Workshops

Therapeutic Art Connection Workshop

This workshop is for professionals working with children and young people, and runs for 180 minutes. Therapeutic Art Connection is an experiential learning experience, and involves using initiatic art therapy techniques to build connection and resilience in children and young people, and to build a initiatic art therapy tool box for regulation and calming strategies. By building these skills in professionals to support their work with children and young people, we are investing in their future communication skills, regulation skills, and in their ability to “bounce back” from difficulties.

Participants will attend the 180-minute Therapeutic Art Connection workshop which will involve the following:

  • Discussion as to the meaning of connection and resilience
  • Experiential initiatic art therapy techniques to engage with children and young people
  • Practicing resilience strategies in an initiatic art therapy context
  • Using initiatic art therapy techniques as part of a calming and regulation toolbox

As a result the participants will:

  • Have greater knowledge about attachment dysfunction, trauma, connection and resilience.
  • Experience initiatic art therapy techniques for engagement, resilience, and calming.
  • Build a initiatic art therapy toolbox for regulation and calming.

 

Introduction to Initiatic Art Therapy Workshop

This workshop is run in conjunction with Janene Castillo of The Art Spot. Both Melanie and Janene hold Certificates in Initiatic Art Therapy and Clay Field Therapy. Janene is currently studying for her Diploma in Initiatic Art Therapy, whilst Melanie is working towards attaining her Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice.

Participants will attend the 6.5 hour Introduction to Initiatic Art Therapy workshop, which will involve the following:

  • Experiential initiatic art therapy techniques to engage with a variety of clients, especially children and young people.
  • Learning initiatic art therapy strategies as part of a calming and regulation toolbox.

As a result the participants will be able to:

  • Use initiatic art therapy methods for engagement, resilience, and calming.
  • Build a initiatic art therapy toolbox for regulation and calming.
  • Experience their own personal growth through the processes.

Contact Mel for a quotes to run these workshops at your work place or at the GIGS Artists Studio (Introduction to Intiatic Art Therapy only). Minimum numbers of 8 people. Both workshops have been run previously with school teachers, and social welfare professionals.