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Workshops and trainings

The playful way to awaken personal growth and creativity…

An inherent impulse in each of us longs for creative expression (Natalie Rogers)

Creativity may be buried under layer after layer of encrusted psychological defences… It is my belief, based on my experience, that it exists in every individual and awaits only the proper conditions to be released and expressed  (Carl Rogers)

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct (Carl Jung)

I offer a range of expressive arts workshops and training courses in the South Cumbria area

  • Introductions to expressive arts therapy (one weekend workshops)

Playful, fun, but powerful introductions to our expressive arts model.

* All newcomers need to attend one of these introductory workshops before attending a follow up workshop.

  • Level 1 Certificate Course
    (4 weekend workshops)

This experiential training offers you a thorough grounding in the diverse elements of the Person Centred Expressive Therapy model (PCEAT) and requires attendance on an introductory weekend + 3 successive themed workshops.

  • 2018/2019 workshops

The July 2018 Introductory weekend and Level 1 Certificate course (2018/19) will be co-led by Amy Williams and Joan Elliot.

An expressive drawing done with eyes closed to heighten sensitivity ... an explosion of colour

For further information on our ongoing workshops view the dates/booking/contact page or email me at .  You can also ring me on 01539 735477. I am happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have about attending workshops.

There are excellent B&Bs in the area which we can recommend to those travelling from areas outside the locality.

Who are the workshops for?

  • people seeking experiential CPD to complement their professional careers in counselling, psychotherapy and other healing professions, trainees as well as qualified therapists
  • those seeking to gain a Level 1 Certificate in PCEAT can opt for a modular route by attending an Introductory workshop plus 3 follow up themed weekend workshops (see booking section).
  • anyone with a genuine interest in pursuing deeper personal awareness, self-empowerment and growth  through the medium of creativity and emotions.

NB Each person is encouraged to work at a level and depth of safety right for themselves and to adapt exercises to suit their own needs.

Absolutely no artistic skill is necessaryjust a willingness to give play (as well as simple movement) a go and to be relatively comfortable, resilient and non-judgemental in the presence of your own and others’ emotions.

Our workshops are not designed to cater for those in very fragile states or with complex issues, who would benefit from seeking in-depth therapy.

“I love the spacious, centred, gentle way you hold our group. I’ve got so much out of the weekends over the last couple of years” (Course participant)

“The facilitators are excellent, very friendly with a wealth of knowledge and experience. They create an atmosphere of warmth, care, safety and are very supportive. For me, massive personal changes have taken place over the time in their groups.  My work with clients has been enriched too in my confidence to offer them the additional expressive media.” (Course participant)

Our Expressive arts model: the Creative Connection

Our approach is based mainly on Natalie Rogers’ person centred expressive arts model, which she developed in the 1980s and which she named the Creative Connection.

I am intrigued by what I call the creative connection, the enhancing interplay among movement, art, writing, and sound (Natalie Rogers)

This is a mixed media approach, which we use in a sequence to enhance deep exploration, self-revelation and release.  The emphasis is on the expressive process rather than the aesthetic outcome and rests on the deep belief that we are all artists at heart, that to release our creativity is a stimulant to greater happiness, wellbeing and vitality.   People often find that accessing and channelling issues creatively is faster and more painless than with words.

Although essentially rooted in the humanistic values of her psychologist father, Carl Rogers (founder of the Person-Centred model), Natalie’s Creative Connection comfortably integrates elements from Gestalt and Jungian creative therapies.

Click here> for an illustration of Natalie’s Creative Connection sequential process of taking one art modality into another.

Janet Adler's Authentic Movement (in full costume)
A collaged box illustrating inner child exploration from a Level 1 expressive arts therapy workshop themed Through the Eyes of a Child
An image of a trainee’s dreamcatcher casting a shadow on the wall. An expressive arts piece from a PCEAT workshop themed Exploring our Dreams

Our Expressive arts therapy facilitation

As facilitators, we  aspire to embody the core values of the person centred approach in the way we lead and engage with our group members and their art work. However we too feel comfortable integrating elements from Carl Jung’s theory and practice to enhance our workshop designs and themes.

Person Centred Values

As Person Centred group facilitators, we believe in

  • each person’s uniqueness
  • the necessity of creating a safe environment if participants are going to expose vulnerable parts of themselves, which are newly emerging through their creative expressions
  • the importance of offering each person and their art expressions our sensitivity, empathy and respect
  • the importance of refraining from interpreting the meaning of participants’ art expressions
  • trusting each participant’s innate wisdom to best steer their way to personal understanding and resolution

As facilitators we will do our best in our workshops to model these values and to encourage others to follow them too.

Jungian influences

We are inspired by Carl Jung’s

  • researches into the Shadow aspects of the psyche — his belief in the importance of reintegrating denied parts of the psyche to restore wellbeing and healthy functioning
  • use of active imagination, including his sequencing creative exploration through different sense modalities i.e. moving from expressive drawing to movement to free writing
  • interest in Archetypes — core patterns in the psyche which are universally present in us all

Jung was a pioneer in this field of expressive arts therapy. We are indebted to his experiential research connecting the arts in a sequence for the purpose of healing as early as the first decades of the 20th century.

The Facilitators

Dinah Brown, MA. Dip. Person Centred Expressive Arts Therapy (PCETI USA 1990)

I trained in this model in the late 1980s in the USA with Natalie Rogers, daughter of Carl Rogers.  I have had the privilege of leading ongoing European and UK trainings and workshops since 1990.

I will be retiring in June 2018 and have invited Amy Williams, my daughter and Joan Elliot to co-lead and organise the expressive arts therapy trainings, established since 1990 in NW England. I am confident they will bring their fresh energy and unique skills to develop and enrich the present workshop series. (For the dates and themes of their Introductory and Level 1 PCEAT 2018/19 trainings download the flyers under the Schedules for trainings and workshops in the contact/dates/booking section of this website).

Amy Williams (MA Illustration, BA Sculpture, Adv. Cert PCEAT group facilitation, PG Dip Counselling)

Since June 2017, Dinah’s daughter, Amy, has been assisting her in facilitating the workshop programme. A freelance artist/designer, specialising in intricate papercutting and 3 D designs in paper (www.amywilliams-art.com), Amy has also trained as a PC Counsellor and has experience working as a secondary school counsellor.  She has recently been appointed as the community arts development officer for the Brewery Arts Centre (Kendal), facilitating weekly art groups for children, young people and adults with an emphasis on cultivating wellbeing through creativity.  She also volunteers regular support with adults with mental health issues through Space to Create in Kendal.

Amy brings abundant creativity, playful skills and her warm, sensitive personality to our trainings.

Joan and Amy work well together, complementing each other’s qualities to create a colourful, fun, but safe container for the transmission of Natalie Rogers’ deeply therapeutic model.

They are in the process of creating their own website.  Until it is live, details of their schedule of courses will appear on this website. Their courses will start from July 2018 (see Calendar section of contact/dates/bookings page).  I will indicate when their website is completed.

Joan Elliot (B.A Hons. Person Centred Counselling, BACP registered accredited counsellor, Adv. Cert. PC group facilitation in PCEAT).

Joan has immersed herself in the culture of PCEAT since 2006 and completed the training with Dinah to facilitate groups using this model. She leads courses incorporating this expressive approach for groups at Littledale Hall, a therapeutic community near Lancaster.  She is an experienced PC counsellor, working for the NHS, GamCare and The Birchall Trust, a Cumbrian organisation supporting survivors of rape and abuse, where she integrates PCEAT into her counselling practice.

Comfortable when working at emotional depth and bringing her serenity, compassion and resilience to group environments, Joan has the gift of transmitting safety within a group, truly embodying Carl Rogers’ core conditions.

 

Dinah Brown demonstrating Expressive Arts counselling skills with a volunteer client
Making a dream catcher

Suggested reading

Dinah Brown, 'Person-centred expressive arts therapies' in Tribes of the Person Centred Nation (second edition), PCCS books (2012)

Natalie Rogers, The Creative Connection: Expressive Arts as Healing, Science and Behaviour Books (1993)

Natalie Rogers, The Creative Connection for Groups, Science and Behaviour Books (2011)

"Both in theory and practice, there is a lot of work to be done in Person Centredness on mind, body and spirit. What I would like to see happen is actually beginning to happen.  Person Centred theory is beginning to engage with the notion of spirituality and to recognise that we are incarnational beings, that we are embodied.  I find it fascinating that Carl's own daughter, Natalie is very conscious of the incompleteness of the merely verbal approach and is addressing this in her expressive therapy.

I suspect that in years to come the Person Centred tradition will extend to incorporate the totality of the human being.  I see that as`` utterly faithful to the Person Centred tradition."

Brian Thorne: Lecture on 'The Cost of Transparency', Norwich 1996

expressive arts therapy

An expressive drawing done with eyes closed to heighten sensitivity ... an explosion of colour
Janet Adler's Authentic Movement (in full costume)
A collaged box illustrating inner child exploration from a Level 1 expressive arts therapy workshop themed Through the Eyes of a Child
An image of a trainee’s dreamcatcher casting a shadow on the wall. An expressive arts piece from a PCEAT workshop themed Exploring our Dreams

Dinah Brown demonstrating Expressive Arts counselling skills with a volunteer client
Making a dream catcher

expressive therapy

An expressive drawing done with eyes closed to heighten sensitivity ... an explosion of colour
Janet Adler's Authentic Movement (in full costume)
A collaged box illustrating inner child exploration from a Level 1 expressive arts therapy workshop themed Through the Eyes of a Child
An image of a trainee’s dreamcatcher casting a shadow on the wall. An expressive arts piece from a PCEAT workshop themed Exploring our Dreams
Dinah Brown demonstrating Expressive Arts counselling skills with a volunteer client
Making a dream catcher

Expressive Arts Therapy
Workshops and trainings

The playful way to awaken personal growth and creativity…

An expressive drawing done with eyes closed to heighten sensitivity ... an explosion of colour
Janet Adler's Authentic Movement (in full costume)
A collaged box illustrating inner child exploration from a Level 1 expressive arts therapy workshop themed Through the Eyes of a Child
An image of a trainee’s dreamcatcher casting a shadow on the wall. An expressive arts piece from a PCEAT workshop themed Exploring our Dreams
Dinah Brown demonstrating Expressive Arts counselling skills with a volunteer client
Making a dream catcher

An expressive drawing done with eyes closed to heighten sensitivity ... an explosion of colour
Janet Adler's Authentic Movement (in full costume)
A collaged box illustrating inner child exploration from a Level 1 expressive arts therapy workshop themed Through the Eyes of a Child
An image of a trainee’s dreamcatcher casting a shadow on the wall. An expressive arts piece from a PCEAT workshop themed Exploring our Dreams
Dinah Brown demonstrating Expressive Arts counselling skills with a volunteer client
Making a dream catcher

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