Art therapy

Short course program 2019–2020

Introduction

Are you interested in experiencing art therapy or completing an introductory course in counselling skills? The art therapy short course program provides introductory learning experiences for potential students, allied health practitioners, art therapists and the public*.

* Please note that the courses are not for credit to the La Trobe University Master of Art Therapy degree and do not provide qualification to practise as a registered art therapist or counsellor in Australia.

Workshop 1: Art therapy "taster" (one-day workshop)

Presenter: Zeb Brierley (AThR)
Date: 3 August 2019
Venue: Thomas Cherry Building Level 4, Room 403, Bundoora Campus
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fee: $320

Have you ever wondered what art therapy is and how it works? This one-day workshop provides a 'taster' experience of art therapy processes. Focusing on your own art-practice, you will experience the potential of art-making as a tool for personal growth, connectedness and self-awareness. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about art therapy processes and how art therapy may apply in various health settings.

Extend your knowledge with the two-day Introduction to Art Therapy workshop (7 and 8 December 2019) which offers a more in-depth experience of art therapy theory and processes (no pre-requisites required). Both one and two-day courses suit people from varied backgrounds and professional practice, including prospective students of the Master of Art Therapy.

Zeb Brierley has a Master of Art Therapy and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Human Services. She has been a practicing Art Therapist/Counsellor for 20 years, working with a diverse range of populations. Zeb has taught in the Master of Art Therapy and the short course program at La Trobe University.

Applications close 5 pm Friday 26 July 2019. No refund issued after the closing date.

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Workshop 2: Photography as a medium in art therapy processes: theory and practice

Presenter: Kathrin Seifert
Date: 24 – 25 August 2019
Venue: Thomas Cherry Building, Level 4, Room 403, Bundoora Campus
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fee: $475
*Open to art therapists or art therapy students only

Photography increasingly permeates personal and social life with digital photography and digitisation providing fuel for this rapid development. As manipulations of reality, photographs are closely related to subjective perceptions and the perceptual capacities of the maker. These processes and images offer opportunities for rich personal narratives. Although photography has been used in art therapy since the 1970s, the medium is underutilised in our practices today.

In this two-day workshop participants will learn about an innovative 3-phase treatment model developed for people who experience depression and are hospitalised as inpatients. The model was researched using a mixed method design and was found to support an increase in patients’ aesthetic behaviour, enabling improvements in self-reflection and development of future-oriented identities and decreased rates of depression.

The workshop will have both theoretical and practice-based learning components. Participants will create art in keeping with the method and are requested to bring either a digital camera or smart phone to the workshop. Other equipment and art materials will be provided.

Limited numbers

* Prerequisite: this course is suited to qualified art therapists or art therapy students only

Kathrin Seifert is an art therapist who has worked in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Bonn, Germany, since 1996. She teaches and lectures at different universities. Since 2017 she has been teaching as Deputy Professor of Arts in Social Affairs, Ottersberg near Bremen. Her doctoral thesis was on a photo-therapeutic model of treatment for inpatients with unipolar depression. Her main research focus is on art therapy with patients who experience severe mental illness. Last year she received a DGPPN Award (German Society for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Neurology).

Kathrin has organised exhibitions at different hospitals and universities including of paintings made by migrants, by patients experiencing depression and by caregivers. She also exhibits her own art creations.

Applications close 5 pm Friday 16 August 2019.

No refund issued after the closing date.

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Workshop 3: Introduction to Art Therapy (two-day workshop)

Presenter: Zeb Brierley (AThR)
Date: 7 - 8 December, 2019
Venue: Thomas Cherry Building, Level 4, Room 403, Bundoora Campus
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fee: $475

This two-day workshop offers a more in-depth version of the one-day "Taster" workshop.*

The workshop uses individual, paired and group work to guide you through a gentle and mindful exploration of diverse art materials and processes. You'll create, reflect and explore personal meaning, and also experience the potential of art-making as a tool for personal growth, connectedness and self-awareness.

Through an applied focus on your art-practice, you'll gain an understanding of how art enriches and facilitates working with others in many community and healthcare settings.

The workshop is suitable for a wide range of backgrounds and professional practitioners, including prospective students of the Master of Art Therapy.

*There are no pre-requisites for this course. 

Applications close 5 pm Friday 29 November, 20198. No refund issued after the closing date.

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Workshop 4: Introduction to Counselling Skills

Presenter: Jenny Hill & Dr Samantha Warren
Date: 3 February – 7 February 2020
Venue: Health Sciences 1, Level 2, Room 206/207, Bundoora Campus
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fee: $870

This 5-day intensive workshop will focus on the development of effective, basic counselling skills. These will include: attending skills, non-verbal communication, active listening, non-judgmental listening, accurate reflection of content, feelings and meanings, and the use of open questions and summarising.

Students will move from learning to work with feelings to working with thoughts and behaviours. A range of techniques will be employed including a demonstration of skills in lectures and presentations, as well as workshop sessions where students will practise counselling exercises and micro skills. Structured exercises and discussions
will also be incorporated to help develop students’ practical skills and raise their awareness of ethical issues.

Jenny Hill is a psychologist, creative arts therapist, a child and family therapist and educator. Jenny works in various postgraduate counselling and creative arts therapy programs.

Applications close at 5 pm Friday 24 January 2020. No refund issued after the closing date.

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Enquiries

Caryn Griffin

Art Therapy Short Course Coordinator

E: C.Griffin@latrobe.edu.au