Trauma and Art
(2 days)


Gain knowledge and skill to explore traumatic memory through visual expression.

Course Description

Learn about the recent role of art in trauma recovery. An event can traumatise those not only involved but also those related to the trauma. This may be vicariously through offering treatment, or by knowing people involved or a traumatic event can cause an earlier trauma to resurface. It can be difficult to verbally describe visual memories of traumatic experiences and can also risk a retraumatisation. A Therapeutic use of art with trauma victims is described and demonstrated. Drawing on recent events and media imagery, this workshop explores alternate ways to assist victims who have been exposed to traumatic situations and events. Disasters can traumatise people unexpectedly and this can be at a local, national or international level. Post traumatic stress is considered and examined.  This workshop  explores art therapy approaches to counselling trauma that promotes emotional health and enhances a sense of well-being in coping with post-traumatic stress. This workshop provides skills development to explore strategies that facilitate safe processing of recurring traumatic images.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will have the opportunity to:
• Understand the role of visual retention of traumatic memory;
• Apply art techniques therapeutically in trauma recovery;
• Gain skills in design, processing and recording visual accounts of past and recent trauma.


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.


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