An Intensive workshop of:
Masks, Sand Play Therapy & Gestalt Therapy practice and Theory
Sand Play Therapy
Play therapy is a form of counselling or psychotherapy that uses symbolic play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. This helps them to move towards better social integration, growth and development, emotional modulation, and trauma resolution.
Play therapy can also be used as a tool of diagnosis. A sand play therapist observes a client playing with toys (play-houses, pets, dolls, etc.) to determine the cause of the disturbed behavior. Because trauma is often debilitating, directed sand play therapy works to create change in the present, without the lengthy healing process often required in traditional therapy. According to the psychodynamic view, people (especially children) will engage in play behavior to work through their interior issues and anxieties. According to this viewpoint, play therapy can be used as a self-help mechanism for adults as well.
What you will learn:
Learn how to understand the meaning of symbols as therapy tools
Use creative methods to enhance your therapy practice with Sand Play tools.
Learn how to facilitate and promote positive results with symbolic imagery
Uncover the reasons why your clients may resist verbal counselling.
Improve your skills working with traumas and early child painful history.
Discover ways to clear negative memories and blocks to your own growth
Find the way of facilitating sand play figures and understand their unconscious meanings.
Enable clients to discover their self-supports and deal with their life crises.
Masks are worn for performance, entertainment, disguise, concealment or protection. They have been around since ancient times and have been used in ceremony, storytelling, and dramatic enactment. Making a mask invites you to explore the persona you reveal or conceal from the world. A mask also serves to enhance our awareness of who is behind the mask.
C.G.Jung wrote extensively about the concept of Persona and the various ways it manifests itself. He also proposed that there is a dark side to the personality, well-known to the field of psychology as the shadow. It includes both repressed, instinctual feelings and untapped potential. (Starak: Gold in the Shadow article) working with the mask helps to initiate an imagination-driven exploration of the self through role play, dramatic enactment, movement, or storytelling. Best of all, it is an approach that allows all the arts to meet in one place, making it both a very powerful intervention.
Mask making – All materials will be available to make your mask. We will develop experiments to enact our SELF behind the mask created.
To discover our true inner being and authentic self.
Who will benefit from this work? – Anyone wishing to grow as a mature human and enable others to grow.
Therapeutic process – A Gestalt approach to enhance the process of being in the moment.
Enactment using different masks, drama therapy experiments.
The SICAIDIR model in Gestalt Art Therapy.
Practical experiments in working with the client.
Construction of different types of masks.
White mask or blank ground of being.
Masks with recycled materials.
Creative use of masks.
Gestalt Therapy practice and Theory
Just be present... Here and now
This workshop is designed to enable the participant to establish a basic Intervention model that clearly describes the process of therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. This requires the participant to become familiar with the ‘phases’ of this relationship. After demonstrating some degree of comfort in this structure, the participant will be able to begin to develop his or her own ‘style’ of interventions and creative practice. Gestalt therapy was developed from various influences upon the lives of its founders during the times in which they lived, including: the new physics, Eastern religion, existential phenomenology, Gestalt psychology, psychoanalysis, experimental theater, as well as systems theory and field theory.
To examine specific therapeutic applications of Gestalt Therapy theory and explore practical interventions with individuals, couples, families and groups.
To examine the ways a therapist designs intervention strategy using the cycle of awareness model.
To enable the participant to develop a beginning personal style of ‘Gestalt Work’ and enhance his or her practice with clients.
At the workshop, we will extend the knowledge of:
- The power of the here and now and awareness in working with clients
- How to develop a Gestalt experiment to enhance and improve therapeutic outcomes.
October 13 &14, 2018
Saturday: 9:30 am to 4:00pm
Sunday: 9:30 am to 4:00pm
Gestalt Art Therapy Centre
Gestalt Art Therapy Centre members: $320.00
Non- Members: $377.00
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