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ART THERAPY AS NON-VERBAL, VISUAL PROCESSING IN CLIENT WORK - Facilitating deeper client work/expression using Art as an accessible intervention.

Annette COULTER, Accredited Supervisor, Registered Family Therapist, Registered Art Psychotherapist DipFA, PgDip ATh, MAAEd, AThR, ATR, KATR
One full day
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Mar 28, 2020
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This is a rare opportunity to develop understanding and skill in the use of art as visual processing in therapy and particularly in trauma treatment and recovery. When clients find it difficult to talk about an event, situation, relationship, feeling etc. a non-verbal expression can open up expression and make way for therapeutic work. Trauma memory can be a visual reoccurrence or recollection, that is triggered unexpectedly at times and using art becomes a relevant approach regardless of a person’s artistic ability.

Externalising visual trauma memory can be therapeutic if done so respectfully and safely, with the client’s material being monitored and paced appropriately. While a traumatic event can traumatise those not only involved but also those related to the trauma. This may be vicariously through offering treatment, or by knowing people involved or a traumatic event can cause an earlier trauma to resurface.

It can be difficult to verbally describe visual memories and experiences which can risk a re-traumatisation. Therapeutic use of art is described and demonstrated and demonstrated - drawing on recent events and media imagery, this workshop 

explores alternate ways to assist our clients who may have been exposed to traumatic situations and events. Disasters can traumatise people unexpectedly and this can be at a local, national or international level. Post-traumatic stress is considered and examined as a part of the day’s training.

In this workshop the use of art therapy approaches to counselling will be explored in the context of promoting emotional health and enhancing a sense of well-being. This workshop provides skills development to explore strategies that facilitate safe processing of recurring traumatic images and unresolved or unexpressed internal experience.



1.  PAPER: 

Thicker the better - an old cartridge note pad; Cardboard - old packing box cut up into sheets; photocopy paper from your printer; blank pages preferred.

Size of paper - minimum A4, but you have A3, this is also good.


You don’t need all of the following - just one option will suffice


A 2B pencil; any graphite sticks; piece of charcoal (can pick some up from any burnt bush)


Oil pastels or chalk pastels - only if you have a packet


Any form of coloured pencils


Coloured inks of any description


Any range of coloured pens you might have to hand



A watercolour set; 


An Acrylic  paints - tubes or coloured discs


Paint Brushes; water jar; old toothbrush; roller


Stencils; stamps; found objects


Three-D Materials

Any plasticine; Clay; Air-dry clay


Magazines; photocopy images


Scissors; pencil sharpener; glue stick; cello tape; eraser/rubber; masking tape


Feedback for Annette’s recent training presentations:

“The kit is excellent with so many different things - enough to take into my practice and use for some time- thank you 😊 This seminar reminded me to stay true to my own approach and gave me confidence in my practice. It added to my skills and gave me more ideas in how to easily integrate art therapy.”

“Best investment in my professional development, and that includes my psychology degree…helped me reclaim the language of metaphor, led to a depth of emotional expression (that) has benefited myself, my wife and my clients …”

“It was wonderful to see how art and therapy can support clients so imply - Annette’s practice examples we wonderful and helpful.”

“Presenter and presentation material were just excellent- so much food for thought offered, practical and inclusive regardless of any knowledge or experience with art.”

“Annette, you’re inspirational, informative and a super creative presenter!”

“I really enjoyed this training and am encouraged to pass this information on to my colleagues. I believe we need more opportunities to support expression in our clients and this has helped with that – and I am not artistic at all!

“Valuable information, resources and professional insights…highly recommended.”

“Offers an excellent basis in understanding theory and practice from Australian and overseas perspectives.”

“Fun, informative, inspiring and I have never been good at art and it didn’t matter!”

“Made me more aware of my inner feelings and self-worth…gave words when I may not have used any.”

“A unique experience for the development of both professional skills and tapping into a personal creativity I didn’t know I had – awesome!!”

“Wonderfully organised – highly professional, great value and a great day!”

“It is so exciting to try new ways of engaging with clients in therapy and to revisit the theory underpinning the use of art and non-verbal expression. Thank you for a magical training – Art is magical!”


"The preparation was excellent and I felt a part of it even though it was remote."

“Clearly described processes in what to focus on in working with clients and the examples of different ways art directives were/are used were valuable take-aways for me.

“Excellent theory especially when Annette gave clients interpretation of artworks they had made.”

“I work with Expressive Therapies and believed the content would be interesting and helpful – it was!”

"Annette has great knowledge and expertise and I found the practical and experiential activities so useful to my learning today.”

“I really valued having the opportunity to participate in activities and looking at client works.”

“I use art already but this has greatly enhanced my understanding of the use in therapy.”

“Refreshed my understanding of art therapy and gave me new art approaches to explore.”

“Really appreciate learning how to help clients express non-verbally in a safe supportive way and techniques and media to use with them.”

“I have a new sense of appreciation for art therapy and motivation to pursue learning in this area further.”

“I am a dance therapist and believe extensions from movement to engaging in another allied art field is important and brings a new depth to the experience. I gained much information.”


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The Centre for Art Psychotherapy

Annette Coulter is an art psychotherapist, art educator and published author as well as an accredited (IDT) Interactive Drawing Therapy practitioner, trainer and supervisor. She is a Clinical Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT), and a Clinical Registrant and Accredited Supervisor of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Her background includes working in child and family mental health, art education, child/adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy and family/couple therapy. Through the Centre for Art Psychotherapy she provides consultation, supervision, education and customised training for family therapists, relationship counsellors, art therapists and group leaders. She pioneered art therapy in Australia, Britain and south-east Asia and is a founder of the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA) and the International Networking Group of Art Therapists.

Publications include: The Introductory Guide to Art Therapy: Experiential Teaching and Learning for Students and Practitioners, 2014; Art Therapy ‘Down Under’: Perspectives on the Profession from Australia and New Zealand, 2015; Australia - Family Art Therapy: Dots, Meaning and Metaphor, 2015; Contemporary Art Therapy with Transient Youth, 2012; ‘Came Back – Didn’t Come Home’: Returning from a War Zone, 2008; Couple Art Therapy: Seeing Difference Makes a Difference, 2007.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Learn how to process artwork safely, respectfully and constructively.
  2. Enhance non-verbal visual processing skills.
  3. Be able to design art directives as intervention relevant to client content.
  4. Better understanding of visual retention of traumatic memory.
  5. Explore use of art as an intervention in many areas of client work.​

“You don’t have to be skilled in drawing/art techniques to benefit from this workshop or to   use art in your therapeutic work.”   Annette Coulter


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Gain confidence in use of art expression in therapy/counselling.

    Better understand the use of non-verbal, visual communication techniques.

  • Gain knowledge about use of art as a trauma treatment intervention.


Morning Session (includes a short  break)

  • Group Guidelines.
  • Defining Trauma.
  • Defining Art Therapy.
  • Art Therapy video.
  • Case Study Presentation

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • Guidelines for Art Therapy workshop.
  • Art Therapy workshop.
  • Processing Art Work.
  • Presentation: Visual diaries; Art Materials: Ethical Issues.
  • Review.

Evaluation and post-test - your payment includes a free post-test which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.

To complete the test, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one week of viewing the program. (There is no deadline to complete the post-test for digital downloads)

Target Audience

“You don’t have to be skilled in drawing/art techniques to benefit from this workshop or to
  use art in your therapeutic work.”
  Annette Coulter

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