This introductory short course will provide you with an overview of art therapy, with a particular focus on Sandtray Therapy, including its uses and applications.
Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses creative techniques such as Sandtray, drawing, painting, colouring and sculpting with the intentions of improving the physical, mental and/or emotional wellbeing of any individual, regardless of ability or language skills.
Sandtray Therapy allows a person to express thoughts and feelings that they may not have been able to vocalise in more traditional forms of therapy. This course will explain and demonstrate how story telling using characters in a sand try can express and play out a person’s story in a manner that is external to the person, i.e. outside of their head and physically removed. Sandtray Therapy allows the participant to be the narrator, witness and manipulator of their own story, in the way that children do when they play in the sand. This form of therapy can feel primal and cathartic as it can surface deeply held emotions that could be difficult to access and discharge otherwise.
This course is ideal for anyone working in the mental health sector, child and youth services, aged care, education disability services, reform services, addiction services and crisis care by providing insights and new ideas for novel but powerful approaches for the betterment of clients.
The course is also suited to individuals wanting to explore new forms of art therapy for personal reasons or for the benefit of their organisation or workplace.
You walk away from this course with a new understanding of art therapy and an understanding of how the unconscious and conscious mind combined with inherent creativity can be harnessed to improve personal and professional wellbeing and capability.
Students holding Visa 500 are eligible
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