Group Art Therapy (2 days)
Extend group work skills to include techniques that facilitate and enhance group dynamic exploration and intervention.
Therapeutic groups are effectively facilitated through inclusion of art tasks. This workshop demonstrates the therapeutic use of art in group work. Through case examples, experiential workshop demonstration and video presentations, various group art experiences are shared. Designing art tasks to enhance group themes provides new group facilitation skills. Case examples demonstrate how group themes develop and there is opportunity to consider art tasks relevant to different client groups.
This workshop promotes art-making as an alternate way to express thoughts and feelings. Verbal communication in groups can be unclear and confusing. Group art activities help clarify themes, stimulate creative thinking, provide group process insight, allow opportunity for metaphoric communication, visually promote a group identity and because of the art work is tangible, allow themes to be reviewed, as part of the group history.
It is preferable that participants have some group work experience or are currently facilitating groups. Family workers can also gain from this workshop if they work with the family as a group. Artistic skills are not required to benefit from this workshop.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
• Gain knowledge about facilitating creative group work activity;
• Add effective use of art tasks to group work skills;
• Enhance therapeutic skills working with non-verbal communication;
• Understand ways to facilitate group art work exploration.
Therapists, counsellors, artists, educators, and/or anyone interested in group work, particularly people working in multi-cultural or disability settings where English language or verbal communication is challenging. People considering a career in art therapy. Artistic skills are not necessary.
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.