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Foundations of Art Therapy for Professionals

ACA registered and approved

JINDIVICK Victoria (between Pakenham and Drouin)

explore - learn - create

  • Participants:

Foundations of Art Therapy is for all those working in the helping profession, including creative therapists, counsellors, teachers, social workers, psychologists, clinicians, occupational therapists, psychotherapists, youth workers, carers, case managers, outreach workers, nurses, community artists and those working or studying in the health/welfare professions.


  • Foundations of Art Therapy overview:

The weekend workshops are well-planned, balanced and expertly paced with a mixture of theory, open discussion, and experiential exercises. Participants develop a deep understanding of the foundational theory, based on the Expressive Therapy Continuum. Experiential learning means participants experience the power and therapeutic value of diverse art processes and materials and in what context and with what client group they can be safely introduced.

# Note: NO artistic abilities or art experience required.



  • Dates:

This course consists of 5-weekend workshops over 6 months


   * Workshop One: May 18th and 19th 2024

   * Workshop Two:  June 1st and 2nd 2024

   * Workshop Three: July 20th and 21st 2024

   * Workshop Four:  August 17th and 18th 2024

   * Workshop Five: September 7th and 8th 2024


# Note: There are no classes during the Victorian school holiday periods.



  • Times:

10:00 am to 4:30 pm. each workshop day. This equates to 60 hours for this ACA registered and approved course. 


  • Topics covered over the 5-weekend workshop classes


1. Expressive Therapy Continuum Art Therapy model and method

Participants will be provided with sound theory in this model as an effective means of understanding the emotional and psychological stages a client moves through in experiencing and reflecting on their art. 


2. Symbols and their messages in Art Therapy

Participants will explore and experience the simplicity and power of symbols and how they can convey individual messages within the client's artwork. They will also develop an understanding of how symbols hold what words cannot.


3. Masks, narratives, and stories in Art Therapy

Participants will have the opportunity to experience different mask making methods and how masks can be used therapeutically as an extension of the self and as a holder of personal identity. Various methods of incorporating stories and narratives within art therapy will be explored. In so doing these methods can assist clients in identifying their resources, manage and reframe their issues and arrive at new choices. 


4. Working with trauma through Art Therapy

Participants will gain a basic understanding of art therapy with those experiencing crisis and trauma. PTSD and various experiences of trauma and crisis will be discussed and how the art-making process can safely hold the client's emotional state.  Comprehension of the connection between the somatic (body) and the cognitive (mind) as it relates to trauma and that working with trauma does not need to be traumatic. 


5. Ethics and synthesis of learning


Participants will reflect on the benefits of experiential creative processes and theory covered throughout the course and how art therapy can be applied in their own practice within a professional and ethical framework.


  • Venue:

Jindivick Hall, 1065 Jacksons Track, Jindivick, Vic. 3818. 

One hour drive from Melbourne, between Pakenham and Drouin

This is a beautiful Victorian homestead with equally beautiful hilltop views, situated in traditional gardens resting in a picturesque country town. A very peaceful, serene yet inspiring environment to explore how art-making can draw new insight and promote change for the clients and students you are working with.

  • Cost:

$2300 full fee 


# Note: The course includes all art materials, folders, and handout articles,

all morning and afternoon teas, and homemade scones on arrival each day!

BYO lunch or there is a country café a short walk through the gardens.


Places are limited to a small cohort, which allows participants to experience the benefits of a cohesive, confidential and supportive group. Previous workshops filled quickly.

Please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 


  • Facilitator:

The course is co-facilitated by qualified, professional art therapist, Dr. Janine Brophy-Dixon, which ensures a smooth learning pace and a strong holding of the group. The facilitator comes with a wealth of knowledge with diverse but complementary work experiences, and individual expertise which enriches the workshops with real case examples. This provides participants with a broad, thorough and integrated understanding of this method of art therapy practice.


Dr. Janine Brophy-Dixon (PhD)

Janine is an artist, art therapist, counsellor, educator, and researcher and is currently teaching at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP). She completed a PhD at La Trobe University (Health Sciences), with an arts-based inquiry into experiences of mother and daughter separation and dislocation. Janine is interested in community arts and health and has created numerous art-based projects. Having worked for 25 years in several areas as an art therapist, Janine has a range of work experiences, particularly working with offenders, traumatized families and with those affected by drugs and alcohol. She has presented her research and projects both nationally and internationally.




Dr. Janine Brophy-Dixon (PhD)

Phone: 0431 072 566





To reserve a place in this course please download the form from the website or press 

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