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Institute of Australia
Over 30 years of quality training
Hello. The Expressive Therapies Institute was founded by us: Dr Mark Pearson and Dr Helen Wilson. click here for Mark and Helen's backgrounds, biographical notes and publications)
Expressive Therapies Institute Australia has created and provides
specialised extension training courses in creative arts therapies and
Sandplay Therapy for counsellors, guidance officers, psychologists,
psychiatrists, teachers, social workers and child-care workers, around Australia and Internationally.
ABOUT US: We started our collaboration 30 years ago, and The Expressive Therapies Institute emerged 28 years ago, and since then we have trained thousands of graduates from many parts of the world in the various modalities of Expressive Therapies (ET). We were originally based in Brisbane, and then we lived and worked near Fremantle, Western Australia (to work at the University of Notre Dame Australia), and then we re-located to Adelaide (to work for the University of Adelaide), and perhaps we have completed the cycle by returning to Queensland, and settling on the Sunshine Coast (to work at the University of the Sunshine Coast). The Expressive Therapies Institute programs are now taught all around Australia, and in S. E. Asia and Europe, by a highly experienced team of trainers.
We have two senior trainers who teach our courses: Jo Ablett in Victoria, and Keran Thomas, in Cairns. These trainers have all had extensive training in their fields, as well as extensive ET training, and long-term supervision with us - the course creators.
Helen has established her supervision practice from her Expressive Therapies studio, at our home, in beautiful Maroochy River (12 minutes inland from Coolum Beach, Queensland), offering both in-person and online consultations. Helen's studio is also the venue for the Sunshine Coast training courses we offer.
Expressive Therapies (ET) are multiple intelligence tools for counselling with clients of all ages. They are easily used because of the way they allow the individual to access deeper levels of the psyche at their own pace and level. ET methods are self-balancing, self-regulating and non-intrusive.
Obviously they will not be applicable in every case, but their effectiveness in a growing number of counselling situations across all age groups has brought them into serious prominence.
The Expressive Therapies taught by in the Institute's courses are: Sandplay Therapy, Symbol Work, Dreamwork, Process Drawing, Mandala Artwork, Emotion-focused Processes, Bioenergetics, Body Focus, Movement and Dance, Visualisation, Therapeutic Writing and the use of art and music in counselling.
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Among professionals, many counsellors and psychologists find that ET training gives them valuable, practical counselling skills. Our ET courses have Australian Counselling Association Recognition for PD points.
Counsellors and Guidance Officers in schools, government and in private practice find them useful, beneficial tools in day-to-day work.
Teachers have found ET techniques can help children self-manage problems and improve behaviours.
'The child does the work itself, coming to realisations easily and intuitively with marked improvements in personality, application and learning skills. In the case of one 8 year-old girl , if she arrived at school in a distressed state she would ask to use the sand-play area and, usually within half to three-quarters of an hour, she would return to the class and announce she was now ready to go to work - a huge transformation'
Sunshine Coast, Queensland
And, in the words of an already highly qualified Art Therapist:
'My confidence has grown. I am happy now to try new activities and to make changes to suit the needs of children. ET is infectious, and I want to know so much more. This feels the right thing to be doing. It marries with Art Therapy well.'
Liz Kinnane - Art Therapist / Counsellor, Melbourne
We offer Certificate Level Courses that incorporate all the ET modalities - Sandplay Therapy, Symbol Work, Dreamwork, Process Drawing, Mandala Artwork, Emotion-focused Processes, Bioenergetics, Body Focus, Visualisation, Expressive Writing - and use of art.
'(the) course was experiential, transformative and creative. ET for children and adolescents is one the most authentic and effective healing tools that I have experienced'
Primrose White, Psychologist,
Convener of APS Interest Group on Child Psychology, Melbourne
Where possible we provide links to the home website of the author/s of papers we use or quote from, or to other websites that may offer more information related to it.
We offer professional Certificate courses and training workshops - from one-day, to 15 days - throughout the year - frequently in Brisbane, Cairns, Victoria, Perth, Adelaide, Singapore and in wherever there is interest and need. In 2017 we completed the Certificate in Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work for a large group of therapists in the Czech Republic, the the Department of Psychology at Palacky University in beautiful Olomouc.
Current courses are listed in the Calendar section of the site and can be searched by course and by location.
To the many social workers, teachers, counsellors, therapists, psychologists and others whom we have already trained in these areas, thank you for your acceptance and enthusiasm for ET.