What is the course about?
This course is a practical and experiential course for counsellors, therapists and people in the helping
professions who are interested in introducing expressive arts therapy into their work. 'Talking therapies' can be challenging, and clients may struggle to explore or access their emotions and feelings. Expressive arts therapy combines therapy and the creative process. Using our own experiences, we will reflect on this process and gain a taste of various art forms which can promote emotional growth, self-discovery and healing.
What will we cover?
- Insights into creative therapies at an introductory level
- The use of drama, music, movement, poetry, writing, art and masks, as a creative resource for personal development
- The possibilities of using creative therapy skills within a professional context.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe the basic principles of expressive arts therapy
- Identify two ways in which expressive arts can help to increase self-awareness and self esteem
- Describe two different methods to access your inner thoughts and feelings through writing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is an introductory course suitable for trainee counsellors, qualified counsellors and/or other
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Information offered by the tutor, course handouts, group discussion, group process, guided imagery and a
range of creative therapy exercises facilitated by the tutor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All poems and art materials are provided, do bring your own notebook.
A pen or pencil which enables you to write quickly and freely.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Within our personal development programme you may also be interested in:
Journal writing for self-discovery course code PG612.
Working therapeutically with masks course code PT569.
Introduction to therapeutic writing PT576.
A number of other Personal development courses use writing exercises to explore different topics – check individual course outlines.
Our Humanities department offer many Creative Writing courses.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details