This presentation examines and develops ways and means to enhance the coping and support the resilience of people’s personal abilities using art therapy as a means to enhance those abilities. Art therapy is a primary form of psychological treatment used by helping professions today and is no longer considered an adjunct to traditional methods such as talk therapy. It carefully weaves together psychotherapy with the creative art process, and can be a highly effective way to enable healing through the exploration of verbal and non-verbal expression. Through the creation of art, we learn the resources available to work with clients to enable a wide range of emotional and psychological needs – such as people working to cope with mental and physical illnesses, disability, people who have experienced life traumas and for those who are seeking personal development and awareness.
This workshop explores the power and capacity of sculpture as an everyday learning technique that has significant power, yet is relataively
This session presents the HEAL Program (Home of Expressive Arts Learning). This is a school-based mental health service which offers Music and Art Therapy to adolescent refugee students. HEAL aims to provide therapeutic services, research and psychoeducation which increase the possibility of culturally diverse adolescents experiencing the good mental health necessary to participate fully in the learning experience, and to enjoy life without barriers. HEAL was established in 2004 at Milpera State High School, in Brisbane, Queensland . An Outreach Service is offered to other schools.
This workshop will give an experiential appreciation of a different aspect of art psychotherapy, as initially proposed by Susan Bach in the UK following WWII. Using a different way of seeing and responding