Art Based Therapeutic Activities for children and young people: Building resilience and mental health through creative expression

Date:  to
Event type:  Workshop
Region:  Brisbane
Organiser:  AASW Qld Branch
Pricing:  As per event listing


Address:  TBC
State:  Queensland
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This two-day hands-on workshop, by an experienced and registered art therapist and social worker, will be practice based, and will provide experiential learning into a range of art based activities suitable for working creatively with children and young people, including those who have experienced trauma, and/or who have mental health issues or disabilities.

The workshop will also include theoretical underpinnings based on neuroscience and will provide information on the evidence base for this approach.

As many social workers and therapists have recognised, an art based approach is effective with many vulnerable populations, including children, young people, people with disabilities, people who have experienced trauma, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds, as it does not rely on verbal expression alone.

This workshop is designed to provide skills in working creatively with a broad range of vulnerable populations, and will give social workers the opportunity to experience practice based, therapeutic interventions for their direct practice with clients.

The evidence base for art based approaches, which is still emerging but is very promising, will be fully covered in this workshop. This includes how art based approaches are supported by current knowledge of neurobiology. It also explores how art can be combined with other evidence based methods such as mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to improve client outcomes for vulnerable populations.

Who should attend?

Suitable for social workers and other health practitioners working in direct practice with vulnerable populations, particularly children, young people and families who have experienced trauma and/or mental health issues or are living with a disability, and who wish to extend their knowledge and experience of using art in their therapeutic practice.

No art skills are required, but a willingness to participate in art activities is essential!

What are the learning outcomes for participants?

At the end of this workshop participants will:

  • Understand how social workers can use art-based interventions effectively in their therapeutic practice.
  • To experience a range of creative interventions for use in
    engagement, assessment, psycho-education, emotional literacy, emotional
    regulation and closure of therapy with target populations.
  • To understand how art-based practices can be used as a form of ‘creative supervision’ and for self-care
  • To understand how this approach is supported by the neurobiology of trauma and childhood development.
  • To learn about the evidence base for art-based approaches.
  • To learn about suitable art materials and other resources and how to source, use and sequence different art materials.
  • To recognise that this workshop does not provide the equivalent to an art therapy qualification.

Meet the Presenter

Claire Edwards has been a registered art therapist for over 30 years, and completed her Masters of Social Work in 2013. Having trained in art therapy in England and migrated to Brisbane, Claire helped establish professional art therapy education at University of Queensland in the School of Medicine in 2005. Claire has worked with adults, children, young people and families in the community sector (child safety, family support, alcohol and drug services, and adult mental health) and for Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS). Claire continues to teach at UQ, work in CYMHS and in private practice at


Venue – TBC

Date: Wednesday 09 & Thursday 10 June 2021

9.00am – 4.15pm (both days)

Registration from 8.45am

Fruit platters for morning and afternoon tea.

CPD: 12 hrs

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