Art Therapy and Anger (2 days)
Learn ways to use art that provide the safe expression of difficult emotions that are not always socially acceptable.
It is often difficult to find language to express strong emotions that are not socially acceptable, such as anger. Life experiences can cause unpredictable emotional experiences that are hard to harness and rationalise. Art can be used to provide a safe expression of difficult thoughts and feelings that otherwise might remain unexpressed. When such self-destructive material remains unexpressed, it can lead to self-harming behaviours that are physically and emotionally self-damaging or self-harming. Case examples will demonstrate situations in which art has assisted the expression of repressed anger and self-destructive emotions as well as providing a pathway for insight and more controlled awareness of ways to manage strong emotion.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
• Gain knowledge about destructive potential of unexpressed emotion;
• Consider expressive techniques relevant to their work with clients;
• Learn ways to process difficult emotions through symbolic and metaphoric language.
Therapists, counsellors, artists, educators, child care/early childhood workers or anyone interested in working with art. People who are considering a career in art therapy.
Annette Coulter is a Registered Art Psychotherapist, Director of the Centre for Art Psychotherapy and coordinator of the Adolescent and Family Counselling Service in the upper Blue Mountains. She completed post-graduate clinical art therapy and art education in the UK. Further training includes child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy, family therapy, group work and sandplay. She provides consultation, clinical supervision and customised training and helped pioneer art therapy in academic and clinical settings in UK, Australia and South-east Asia. She is a published author on art therapy with trauma, couples, children and adolescents.