Certificate: Expressive Therapies with Children & Adolescent

Expressive Therapies Institute

Certificate in Expressive Therapies with Children and Adolescents

Course Created by Dr Mark Pearson and Dr Helen Wilson

Trainer: Dr Mark Pearson

This highly experiential course offers training in creative arts-based, emotionally expressive methods and Inner-Life Skills that promote emotional integration, self-awareness and resilience in children and adolescents.  

The activities in the course are used with children from 6 to 19 years. Research and supervision reports indicate that ET provides substantial long-term benefits such as an increase in resilience, self-motivation, increased attention span, less aggressive behaviour and a stronger sense of self.

Emotional Literacy Activities, Emotion-focused and Resilience-building Processes, Symbol Work for Enhanced Communication, Somatic Self-expression, Art and Music in Counselling, Therapeutic Writing, Body Focus, Visualisation, Role-Play, Relaxation and Mindfulness.

On completion of this course, students will be able to:
• Understand the principles of emotional resolution in counselling
• Describe basic theory of emotion-focused processes  
• Utilise a range of appropriate expressive counselling techniques
• Demonstrate a client-focussed approach to using ET
• Assess the suitability of ET strategies for individuals
• Understand and demonstrate how to plan an ET counselling session

This style of Expressive Therapies integrates many person-centred, psychodynamic, attachment, emotion and somatic-focused activities, and is based on the framework and methods of Jungian, Gestalt, Emotion-focused and Transpersonal Therapy, as well as the long history of creative arts therapies. 

The course is made up of lectures, demonstrations, experiential sills practice, debriefing sessions, peer facilitation, background reading and assignment writing. This course has been offered annually around Australia since 1989, and in South-East Asia since 2001.

Developed from the material in Mark and Helen’s books: EMOTIONAL RELEASE FOR CHILDREN (2004), EMOTIONAL HEALING & SELF-ESTEEM (2004), SANDPLAY & SYMBOL WORK (2001), USING EXPRESSIVE ARTS (2009).


About the presenter

Dr Mark Pearson
Ph.D., M. Ed.(BEM); Dip T.; Cert HB & TP; Dip. ERC.

To register for this course, please go to this website.

This course counts towards 100 hours of Category A CPD for PACFA renewal requirements.



25/11/2021 9:00 AM - 16/07/2022 5:00 PM
E. Australia Standard Time
Expressive Therapies Studio Maroochy River Sunshine Coast, QLD 4561 AUSTRALIA

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