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Training for Professionals




Australian Counselling Association (ACA) registered and approved course


Keen to move your professional practice forward

in a dynamic way through Art Therapy?


What is the aim/objective of the course?


The aim of the Foundations of Art Therapy training course is to provide professionals with the skills and knowledge to include and incorporate creative methods into their practice to further engage clients.


Who can participate in the Foundations of Art Therapy Training?


This course benefits those working in the helping profession, such as, creative therapists, counsellors, psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists, clinicians, teachers, wellbeing workers, community artists, youth workers, nurses, occupational therapists, carers, case managers and all those working or studying in the health and welfare sectors.


What does this training offer?


Participants will gain a deep and thorough understanding of the Expressive Therapies Continuum method of creative practice. This foundational theory can be applied to all creative therapy and can assist in understanding the emotional stages of your clients and students and how to best hold and manage them.

Art therapy can provide clients with a visual map of their inner world; it can be a new way of knowing. Images can say what words cannot and the process can generate powerful change and insight. Learn through Foundations of Art Therapy how art can be a practical and powerful way of creating meaning and promoting healing to further support the clients and students you work with.


This training includes both theory and experiential learning


NOTE: No art making experience or ability necessary for this course.


What are the dates for the 2019 SA Foundations of Art Therapy Training?


The training is over three x 3-day weekend workshops (9 full days of training)


  1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 3, 4 & 5 and

  2.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 28, 29 & 30 and

  3.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 2, 3, & 4.​



9:30am to 4:30pm each day (A total of 60 hours of Professional Development)


Note: There are no classes during the 2019 South Australian school holiday periods


Overview of the 2019 SA Foundations of Art Therapy Training


WEEKEND ONE: (3 days. Friday, Saturday and Sunday)


  1. Expressive Therapies Continuum Art Therapy model and method

  2. Art making sensory knowledge and experiential learning

  3. The importance of working kinesthetically with art materials


WEEKEND TWO: (3 days. Friday, Saturday and Sunday)


   4. Symbols in art therapy

   5. Narrative and stories in art therapy

   6. The ‘power’ of art materials


WEEKEND THREE: (3 days. Friday, Saturday and Sunday)


  7. Working with crisis and trauma through Art Therapy

  8.How art making can influence thinking, emotions and behaviour

  9.Ethics, best practice and synthesis of learning


Detailed information about the content of the Foundations of Art Therapy Training


WORKSHOP ONE: (3 days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)


  1. Expressive Therapist Continuum (ETC) 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 when creating and experiencing their art.


   2.Art making sensory knowledge and experiential learning

Participants will have an opportunity to explore and discuss the first level of the ETC which focuses on kinesthetic and sensory responses to art making. Through experiential tasks, utilizing all the senses, participants will see the benefits of the art making experiences and discuss how these methods can be used with clients.


   3.The importance of working kinesthetically with art materials

Participants, working kinesthetically with various art materials will experience how art making processes can be relaxing, nourishing and non-threatening for many clients.


Participants will be able to:

Gain a basic understanding of the Expressive Therapies Continuum, Art Therapy model

List the stages and levels of this model

Experience the power of these stages, both cognitively and somatically, while working through the creative process

Understand the theory connected to uncomplicated art making processes.


Reference materials: Vija Lusebrink, Sandra Kagin, Lisa Hinz, Cathy Malchiodi, and Judith Rubin.


WORKSHOP TWO: (3 days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)


   4.Symbols 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 art work. They will also develop an understanding of how symbols hold what words cannot.


   5.Narrative and stories in art therapy

Participants will be introduced to several methods of incorporating stories and narratives within art therapy. In so doing, these methods can assist clients to identify their resources, manage and reframe their issues and arrive at new choices.


   6.The ‘power’ of art materials

Using a wide variety of art materials participants have a chance to experience the ‘power’ of these art materials and when best to use certain art making processes with clients. Participants will gain knowledge of the restrictions and benefits of art materials which is essential for those wanting to work creatively with clients and students.


Participants will be able to:

Reflect on personal symbology in their art work

Understand that symbols hold meaning and can be a way of knowing for the client

Work creatively with their clients to release their “old” story and create a healing outcome to an “old” story

Help clients to identify, “What’s my story?”

Have a chance to experience various mediums to amplify conscious

awareness of the creative process.


Reference materials: Lisa Hinz, Joy Schaverien, Harriet Wadeson, Michael White, Sue Williams-Silverman, Shaun McNiff, Michael Edwards, Carl Jung, Rosalie Politsky, and Laurie Wilson.


WORKSHOP THREE: (3 days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)


   7.Working with crisis and trauma through Art Therapy

Participants will gain a basic understanding of art therapy with those experiencing crisis and trauma.  The stages, PTSD and various forms of trauma will be discussed and how the art making process can safely hold the client's experience.


   8.How art making can influence thinking, emotions and behavior

Participants will discuss and explore how art making can influence thinking processes thus have the potential to identify emotions in oneself and others. The ability to cognitively and physiologically recognize emotions can, in turn, help build positive behaviour.


   9.Ethics, best practice and synthesis of learning

Participants will reflect on the benefits of the 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.


Participants will be able to:

Comprehend the connection between the somatic (body) and the cognitive (mind) as it relates to trauma

Understand that working with trauma does not need to be traumatic

Appreciate how a client’s art can be a safe way to explore trauma.

Gain an understanding of how art making can be an avenue for building hope

Uphold ethical and professional practices

Reflect on the benefits, knowledge and experiential processes undertaken throughout the course

Understand the advantages of using art making as a form of self-care and reflection for the therapist

Reflect on transference and countertransference within the therapeutic art process.


Reference materials: Bruce Perry, Vija Lusebrink, Cathy Malchiodi, Babette Rothchild, George Halasz, Eugen Koh, Bruce Moon, and Neil Springham


Who are the presenters?


The course is co-facilitated by two qualified, professional art therapists, Dr. Janine Brophy-Dixon (PhD) and Carla Temple, which ensures a smooth learning pace and a strong holding of the group. Each facilitator comes with a wealth of knowledge with diverse but complimentary work experiences, and individual expertise which enriches the workshop 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) 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 drug and alcohol. She has presented her research and projects both nationally and internationally.



Carla Temple is an art therapist and teacher with a background in Special Education. She has conducted programs across Australia and internationally, co-authored two books and developed training material on the prevention of school bullying. She has worked as an art therapist with disenfranchised youth, with mothers and children in a woman’s refuge and as an art therapy educator. She currently conducts a range of workshops for women.


Venue for the S.A Foundations of Art Therapy Training: 


South Australia: Venue to be confirmed


What are the Costs?


$2,300 Full Payment


$2,199 early bird price, paid by Monday 1st of April 2019


NOTE: A deposit of $200 ASAP will secure your booking (Places are limited)


Includes all art materials, several relevant handout articles, tea/coffee and morning tea on arrival each day!


Banking Details:


Bank: Bendigo Bank

Account Name: C Temple and J Brophy-Dixon

BSB Number: 633-000

Account number: 163 550 692


Contact details:


Carla Temple.

Mobile: 0458 221 666



Dr. Janine Brophy-Dixon (PhD).

Mobile: 0431 072 566



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