Cert. in Expressive Therapies with Children and Adolescents

Expressive Therapies Institute

Somatic Focussed, Creative Counselling for Emotional Integration
Course Created by Mark Pearson and Helen Wilson
Trainer: Dr Mark Pearson

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)

This highly experiential course offers training in emotionally expressive methods and Inner-Life Skills that promote emotional integration, self-awareness, self-esteem and resilience in children and adolescents. Expressive Therapies (ET) methods 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, selfmotivation, increased attention span, less aggressive behaviour and a better sense of self.

The wide range of, often playful, activities ensure that both clients and counsellors have increased motivation to participate. The course provides a large number of new skills that enhance the creativity of counsellors, and provide a means of making deep contact with clients. Imagine you and your clients enjoying the counselling process, quickly forming empathic bonds, and working through challenges with ease.

Emotional Release Processes, Symbol Work, Bioenergetics, Art as Therapy, Music in Therapy, Expressive
Writing, Body Focus, Visualisation, Role-Play, Relaxation and Meditation. There will be a focus on
developing trust, self-discovery, emotional release and integration.

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of emotional release in counselling
  • Describe basic theory and neuroscience of emotional healing 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


5 X 3 DAYS = 15 DAYS OVER 6 MONTHS Total: 105 hours


3 days   26 – 28 November, 2020

Supporting Emotional Expression – Art, Music & Movement


3 days   28 – 30 January, 2021

Exploring Family Issues – Processing Strong Emotions


3 days   25 – 27 March, 2021

Symbol Work, Group Work & Transforming Trauma


3 days   22 – 24 April, 2021

Balancing Emotional, Cognitive and Somatic Processes


3 days   27 – 29 May, 2021

Inner-Life Skills for Self-Awareness and Self-Esteem

FEE: $825 per 3-day training workshop
TIMES: Each day from 9:00am to approx. 5:00pm each day. (last day of each workshop ends at 4:00pm)

Total hours of course: 105 hours (This event counts as 20 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements 2020-2021.

For full details regarding the event please go to the website

If you would like detailed brochures on this, please email us:  info@expressivetherapies.com.au  

26/11/2020 9:00 AM - 29/05/2021 5:00 PM
E. Australia Standard Time
Expressive Therapies Studio Maroochy River Sunshine Coast, QLD 4561 AUSTRALIA

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