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Professional Certificate in Creative Arts Therapies

 This Certificate course is designed to enable qualified helping professionals to introduce a variety of Creative Arts Therapies to their client work and to their own self-care process.  

 

The creative arts are life enhancing and have been used since the beginning of time as part of ritual, healing and celebration. Art, music and drama enrich and help us make meaning of our lives and environment. The creative arts therapies draw on this richness to facilitate expression in multi-faceted ways integrating the experience of a given art form with the theories and practice of psychology, psychotherapy and psychiatry as a unique form of therapeutic intervention. Creative arts therapies are widely used in a variety of settings from private practice to multidisciplinary teams within hospitals, rehabilitation centres, hospices, residential care facilities, mental health and social care services, schools and disability services. They are particularly useful where verbal expression is limited or difficult. Since images existed before words, they provide access to both unconscious processes as well as supporting us to work with both sides of the brain.


WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

Creative arts therapies are widely used in a variety of settings from private practice to multidisciplinary teams within hospitals, rehabilitation centres, hospices, residential care facilities, mental health and social care services, schools and disability services. They are particularly useful where verbal expression is limited or difficult. Since images exist before words, they provide access to both unconscious processes as well as supporting us to work with both sides of the brain.


WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

This programme consists of five one-day workshops, each of six hours duration. Each day will be highly experiential and focus on both the self-of-therapist and client case work through working with visual journalling, personal symbols, image making, music and drama. No prior experience in these areas is necessary in order to participate in the course. To provide each student with an opportunity to engage with and experience the creative modalities of art, music and drama therapy. You will be learning to give students a ‘hands-on’ experience of each discipline, provide an introduction to the fundamental theoretical concepts of these arts therapies, explore the unique contributions, qualities and features of different creative modalities, and consider the ways in which these can complement each other enhancing and transforming the therapeutic process.


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DOING THIS COURSE?

Upon completion of this Certificate, participants will have relevant knowledge about the unique role of the creative arts and their place in the therapeutic process. Furthermore, participants will be familiar with the use of a range of creative interventions from the disciplines of art, drama and music and possess an understanding of their use and limitations.

Course Details

Venue: Nationwide

 

Duration: 5 Days - 30 Hours Programme (10am-5pm each day)

 

Next Start Date: TBC

 

Syllabus:

Day 1:   Introduction to Visual Journalling (Liz Rackard)

Day 2:   Working with personal symbols in a group context (Pauline Macey)

Day 3:   Introduction to Drama Therapy (Pauline Sweeney)

Day 4:   Introduction to Music Therapy (Rory Adamas)

Day 5:   Integration Day (Liz Rackard and Pauline Macey)

 

Additional Requirements (Before Integration Day)

  • Record of 15 hours supervised client work, working with Creative Arts Therapies
  • Record of 3 hours supervision
  • 2,500 word essay
  • Reflective Visual Journal (to be signed off by course leaders, Liz and Pauline on Integration day)

 

Assessed Award:

PCI College Certificate In Creative Arts Therapies

 

 

This is a Contining Professional Development Course specifically designed for Counsellors & Psychotherapist (including Students) and other helping professionals with therapeutic experience.

 

If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us at enquiries@pcicollege.ie or 01-4642268.

This 30 hour programme consists of five one-day workshops, each of 6 hours duration.

 

Day 1: Introduction to Art Therapy through Visual Journaling: Liz Rackard

 

Sometimes words are not enough for individuals to communicate what needs to be expressed. Art can be a creative way to connect to deeper, hidden, playful and creative parts of the self. Visual journaling introduces this exploration through drawing, painting, collage and using words in a journal. Through using both directive and non-directive art therapy based exercises the first day of this course will look at: 

  • Origins of art therapy
  • Materials and methods
  • The role of imagination, creativity and play in a therapeutic context
  • Looking at images within a therapeutic relationship
  • The use of metaphor
  • Feedback and appropriate interpretation
  • Art therapy in self care

While we will look at some of the theoretical perspectives underpinning art therapy, learning will be essentially participative and experiential. The focus is on creativity, freedom and getting in touch with the spontaneous childlike part of oneself. No previous experience of art is necessary.

The visual journal will provide a link throughout the five days and be used to record thoughts, impressions and learning as students progress through the course. The visual journal is an essential part of Integration Day where the focus will be on students integration of personal and professional learning.

 

Learning Outcomes:

Learners will become aware of how to create their own visual journal, gain confidence in using art materials and processes and recognize the role journaling and art therapy in client work and self care.

 

 

Day 2: Working with personal symbols in a group context: Pauline Macey

 

Building on day one, day two will provide participants with an opportunity to extend and deepen their experience and learning from visual journaling through a structured approach to exploring personal symbols in a group setting. This will be facilitated through guided visualization leading into a group image making exercise. The contributions and benefits of art therapy within a group process will also be explored. Group art therapy has many advantages and is considered to be a potentially powerful therapeutic experience and process that is strongly supported by a growing body of research. The day will be highly experiential.

 

Outline of Content

1. Introduction to different types of Group Art Therapy

  • Closed/Open groups
  • Art Therapy for different client groups
  • Structured Groups/ Non-structured groups

2. Familiarise learners with some of the main theoretical concepts and dynamics underlying all therapeutic groups

  • Transference/Counter-transference
  • Power/Domination
  • Projection
  • Scapegoating

3. The roles and responsibilities of the art therapist and the participants in group art therapy

  • The feedback process in group art therapy
  • The group process dynamic in art therapy.
  • Boundaries and ground rules in group art therapy

 

Learning Outcomes:

Learners will become aware of different group dynamics based on their own experience and will be able to recognise the value of group art therapy in different client settings. 

 

 

Day 3: Introduction to Drama Therapy: Pauline Sweeney

 

This one day course aims to introduce participants to the theory and practice of dramatherapy as a therapeutic tool with groups and individuals within a variety of settings including mental health, education, prisons and community / family based services. It will explore play, dramatic projection, role, movement, symbol and metaphor, storytelling and poetry as tools of this therapeutic approach. It is a method of working and playing using drama tools to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight, and growth

The day will be part experiential and will also give participants the opportunity to integrate        theory into practice.

The emphasis is not on performance but on the experience and creative process of the group or individual.

 

Outline of Content

  • Origins of  Dramatherapy - 
  • Theoretical and conceptual perspectives
  • Working from a humanistic experiential approach using theatre /drama skills – movement, improvisation, role, story making, poetry and games to access creativity, imagination and personal expression.
  • Case study - benefits of drama in aiding holistic development
  • Reflective discussion on insights experienced from the journey of the individual in a group setting

 

Learning outcomes

Participants will gain an insight into dramatherapy through an experiential and playful process.  Dramatherapy lends itself well to group work but can also be used with individuals. The relevance of both will be explored through the use of case studies.

 

 

Day 4: Introduction to Music Therapy and Music as a Resource: Rory Adams

 

Music therapy and the therapeutic use of music is strongly supported by a growing body of evidence examples of which will be provided  in relation to each area of the music module.

There is a strong experiential and discursive aspect to this day, each element of the day will include discussion and practical exercises and it is intended that participants will feel encouraged and empowered to use music in their own self-care and in their work. 

It is also intended that participants will have a greater understanding and regard for music therapy as an allied health profession and will be in a position to consider when a referral to music therapy might be appropriate.

 

Music is a very versatile resource which is ulitised in many different health, social and community contexts. This course day looks at the use of music, both as a personal, and as a therapeutic resource in health and wellbeing contexts, and explores various aspects of using music including: 

  • Music making in health, community and social contexts
  • Introducing music therapy in mental health, intellectual disability and other  contexts
  • Theoritical perspectives including music centered/ behavioral/ psychodynamic/ guided imagery
  • Music as a (personal/professional) resource
    • Singing known songs
    • Listening to significant music/ discussing lyrics
    • Songwriting
    • Drumming/rhythming
    • Improvising
    • Relaxation/Mindfulness using music
    • Music and community; Performance/Recording
  •  Using rhythm & circle drumming, introducing elements of music
  • Using singing/ lyrics/ songwriting/ listening
  • Using instruments; improvisation & structured activities

 

Music therapy and the therapeutic use of music is strongly supported by a growing body of evidence examples of which will be provided  in relation to each area of the music module.

There is a strong experiential and discursive aspect to this day, each element of the day will include discussion and practical exercises and it is intended that participants will feel encouraged and empowered to use music in their own self-care and in their work. 

It is also intended that participants will have a greater understanding and regard for music therapy as an allied health profession and will be in a position to consider when a referral to music therapy might be appropriate.

 

 

Day 5: Integration/Assessment Day: Pauline Macey & Liz Rackard

The Integration Day gives learners the opportunity to reflect on their experience from the four previous days using creative arts as part of this processing. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experience and learning in the form of a brief presentation to the group in visual or creative form. Specific topics covered will include:

  • Application of art therapy to a range of case work
  • Integration of personal experience of working with different modalities
  • Brief presentation to the group of experiential learning in visual or creative form
  • Resources to support ongoing practice and development of working with creative arts therapies
  • Incorporating arts therapies into self care

 

Learning and Teaching Strategy

Assessment: 2,500 word essay

Requirements due Before attending Integration Day:

  • Record of 15 hours supervised client work, working with creative arts therapies
  • Record of 3 hours supervision
  • Reflective visual journal (to be signed off by course leaders, Liz and Pauline on Integration day)

 

Learning Outcomes

 

Knowledge

On completion of this Certificate, participants will have relevant knowledge about the unique role of the creatve arts and their place in the therapeutic process.

 

Skills
On completion of this Certificate, participants will be familiar with the use of a range of creative interventions from the disciplines of art, drama and music and posess an understanding of their use and limitations.

 

Module Aims

  • to provide each student with an opportunity to engage with and experience the creative modalities of art, music and drama therapy
  • to give students a ‘hands-on’ experience of each disicipline
  • to provide an introduction to the fundamental theoretical concepts of  these arts therapies
  • to explore the unique contributions, qualities and features of different creative modalities
  • to consider the ways in which these can complement each other enhancing and transforming the therapeutic process. 




 

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