With a flexible and engaging style, CECAT’s art therapy courses provide explanations of theory and demonstrations of processes. The use of experiential methods and group interactions support an in depth learning process.
Art therapy encourages self-discovery and emotional growth. Rooted in Freud and Jung's theories of the unconscious, art therapy is based on the assumption that visual symbols and images (as in dreams), are the most accessible and natural form of communication to the human experience. Clients are encouraged to visualize, and create, a representation of thoughts and emotions that they may not be able to talk about.
ONE OR TWO DAY INTRODUCTORY COURSE DESCRIPTION
This introduction is an enriching experience for people who work or would like to work with children, adolescents or adults and who wish to enhance their practice through art. On both days participants will create an artwork and be introduced step by step to the concepts involved in art therapy. Saturday has an emphasis on realistic work such as things we can see in our environment, while Sunday focuses on abstract pictures. Both days also provide an overview of the practical application of the concepts to the workplace, including Play Therapy, Sandplay and Symbol Work, Dream Analysis, Drama therapy and Creative Writing. Pre-reading will be e-mailed to registrants.
ONE YEAR CERTIFICATE TRAINING PROGRAM
Art Therapy is still in its early stages of development in Australia and only three universities offer an extensive program. CECAT is committed to contribute to the training in art therapy and presents a solid foundation for those people who may not be able to study with one of the Universities.
This course offers students, in a group of about 6-12 people, an extensive opportunity to experience and learn a range of verbal and non verbal art therapy approaches and therapeutic interventions used in different educational and clinical settings. The focus will be to work with unconscious processes and how they can be utilised in combination with widely used evidence-based practices. Participants can expect to be exposed to experiences that may stimulate their emotions and offer opportunities for self-disclosure.