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This includes:

  • Art counselling training through short modules (spread over eight semesters) to be registered in SA (or other countries) as Counsellor to start your own practice or work at schools or other organizations as 'Counsellor integrating art' or ' Therapeutic Art Counsellor'.
  • Our training in Art Counselling is similar to courses referred to as Pre-Art Therapy degrees in some overseas countries to enable and allow selection for a Masters program in Art Therapy in these countries for example the US.
  • Work as Skills training facilitator in less fortunate areas integrating counselling practices


Art Counselling

(Info on Art Counselling for individuals that hope to equip themselves in future as Art Counsellors)

Expressing feelings through creative activities such as painting, drawing and sculpture can create an image of people's emotions. Viewed as a cathartic and non-threatening way of venting repressed feelings, art counselling can help people gain confidence and bolster self-esteem. It is a particularly effective way of communicating for those with emotional challenges, or those with learning difficulties. Art counselling has been shown to be highly beneficial for people battling with eating disorders, addictions and stress. It has also been known to help those coming to terms with bereavement, and those suffering from Alzheimer's and other terminal illnesses. Many hospitals, prisons and institutions employ art counsellors.

What it is:
Art counselling is based on the idea that the creative act can be healing. According to practitioners, called art counsellors or therapists, it helps people express hidden emotions; reduces stress, fear, and anxiety; and provides a sense of freedom. Many art counsellors also believe the act of creation influences brain wave patterns and the chemicals released by the brain.

What does it involve?
People involved in art counselling are given the tools they need to produce paintings, drawings, sculptures, and many other types of artwork. Art counsellors work with people individually or in groups. The job of the art counsellor is to help people express themselves through their creations and to talk to people about their emotions and concerns as they relate to their art. For example, an art counsellor may encourage a person with cancer to create an image of themselves with cancer, and in this way express feelings about the disease that may be hard to talk about or may be unconscious.

Benefits of art counselling:
Art work may also be used as an assessment tool, particularly with children, who often have trouble talking about painful events or emotions. Art counsellors say that often children can express difficult emotions or relay information about traumatic times in their lives more easily through drawings than through conventional coun.
Art counselling is useful whether the issue is a relationship challenge due to communication breakdown, or the effects of surviving severe trauma. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, grief, illness, and behavioural problems can all be reduced through the creative process. Art counselling enhances any recovery program.
The free flowing expression derived from creating art opens the mind of youngsters and truly aids them in discovery and self awareness. Art expression is portrayed as its own language, speaking for itself when viewed bringing visual insight to behaviours and emotions. Children benefit greatly if they are experiencing developmental or communicational disorders such as autism, as well as grief, parental issues, anxiety, and even abuse.
Art counselling is very effective to tap into the unconscious and suppressed thought and feelings of a person.

Source: AATA

Our training is for people interested in entry- and mid-level training in Art counselling to be registered as Counsellors to work in different settings including at different organizations, working with individuals or groups as well as with groups of people that are less fortunate and can't afford counselling as well as with people from different Southern African countries.



Last Updated on Saturday, 05 May 2018 17:50