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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Introduction Certificate in Art Therapy

A 3-day certificate course on understanding the importance of pre-verbal art making for children and adults with learning difficulties and trauma.

Dates:16 to 18 Jun 2020 (Tue to Thu)
Time:9:00am - 5pm
Venue:Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.
317 Outram Road
Singapore 169075
Speaker: Caroline Essame

Caroline Essame is a British trained Art Therapist and Occupational Therapist with a Master’s in Education and over 35 years’ experience in the fields of health, therapy, education, play and the arts. She runs her own company and is known for her pioneering work in Developmental Play – a new approach to creative work in adults and children. She also set up the first Masters in Art Therapy in Asia for LASALLE and the Expressive Arts Therapy Post Grad Diploma at Singapore University of Social Sciences and is an award winning adult educator at the Social Services Institute. She is also visiting creative arts and play consultant for Deepti Special School in Kerala, India and developed the first creative arts centre for children on the autistic spectrum in Malaysia. She now works across Asia as a trainer and consultant and has been working with the LEGO Foundation on advocating for play based learning as the foundation for developing 21st Century Skills.

Course Objectives

At the end of this three-day certificate workshop the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the developmental, neurobiological and psychological benefits of art making
  2. Identify the Essame Developmental Mark Making stages
  3. Understand the emotional, social and cognitive skills developed through art
  4. Facilitate art sessions for the benefits of their clients/children
  5. Appreciate their own creativity
  6. Apply the relevant art making approach for the needs of their clients/children
  7. Understand the importance of pre-verbal visual work with their clients
Course Outline

Participants will be introduced to the different approaches in Art Therapy and gain ideas on how to facilitate art sessions to promote social, emotional and cognitive development with special needs and trauma. This workshop does not certify participants to be Art Therapists but explains how art and understanding the creative process is a key skill for all teachers, therapists and care workers.

Participants will learn:

  • Foundations of Art Therapy theory- psychodynamic, neurobiological and developmental
  • Developmental art making theories of Essame, Dubowski and Kellogg
  • Practical exploration of art making
  • Understanding their own creative process
  • An introduction to the role of art in developing social, emotional and cognitive skills
  • Art as language and objects relations
  • Understanding the creative process
  • How to apply art with different case examples
  • Principles of running art sessions for human development
  • Core skills for pre-verbal creative practice
Who Can Benefit?

SPED teachers, early interventionists, arts educators, clinicians and parents of children with special needs who want to understand why art and creativity matters and how to use the arts to help develop foundation skills in the children and adults they work with.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) per pax
28 Feb 2020 900
Normal Till Full 1050