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Art Psychotherapy Australia (ARTPA)

Foundations of Art Therapy



Training for Professionals

Australian Counselling Association (ACA) registered and approved course


Keen to move your professional practice forward

in a dynamic and practical way?

Who can participate in the Foundations of Art Therapy training?

The aim of the experiential 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. 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 management workers and all those working or studying in the health and welfare sectors.

What does the Foundations of Art Therapy training offer?

Participants will gain a deep and thorough understanding of the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) 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.

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

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

Two 4-day weekend workshops 2018 from 9:30am to 5:00pm each day.

A total of 60 hours for this ACA registered and approved course.


  1. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, June 1, 2, 3, & 4   

  2.  Friday, Saturday Sunday and Monday, June 15, 16, 17 & 18  ​​


Note: There are no classes during the 2018 Northern Territory school holiday periods

Includes all art materials, handout articles, tea/coffee, morning and afternoon teas.

What are the topics covered in the Foundations of Art Therapy training?


  1. Expressive Therapies Continuum, Art Therapy model and method

  2. Symbols, narratives and stories in art therapy​



  1. Working with crisis and trauma through Art Therapy

  2. Ethics, best practice and synthesis of learning


WORKSHOP ONE: (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, June 1, 2, 3, & 4)   

1.  Expressive Therapist 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 when creating and experiencing their art.

Participants will be able to:

  • Gain an 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

  • Have a chance to experience various mediums to amplify conscious awareness of the creative process.


2.  Symbols, narratives and stories 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. 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.

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 is my story?”


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

WORKSHOP TWO: (Friday, Saturday Sunday and Monday, June 15, 16, 17 & 18)   

3.  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.


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.


4.  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:

  • 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, Neil Springham and Pat Allen.


Who are the facilitators?

The course is co-facilitated by two qualified, professional art therapists, Dr. Janine Brophy-Dixon 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. Carla and Janine are Melbourne based and have successfully offered The Foundations of Art Therapy Training for the last three years in Melbourne however they now plan to offer the training nationally.

          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.

Where is the venue for the Foundations of Art Therapy training?

Central Craft, Araluen Cultural Precinct,

61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory


What is the cost?

$2300 Full Payment

$2200 early bird price paid by Friday 4th May 2018

NOTE: A deposit of $100 ASAP will secure your booking (places are limited)

Contact details

Name: Janine Brophy-Dixon

Phone: 0431 072 566



Name: Carla Temple

Phone: 0458 221 666






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