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Art Therapy and Creativity with varying models of evidenced based therapies for different client groups - weekend workshop

Event Details
Date: 12-13 October 2019
Venue: Coolangatta, QLD
CPD hrs: 14

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Organiser: Megan Shiell

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Many Social Workers work in mental health arena and are often assisting people with a variety of problems. The Weekend Workshop is aimed at informing Social Workers of how to use creativity alongside a variety of interventions for varying client groups. This workshop shows clients works, case studies, and information on how to use art making with Dialectial Behaviour Therapy skills, positive psychology strategies and Compassion Focussed Therapy techniques. The weekend workshop will incorporate art making activities that will assist the participants in learning different ways of helping clients of all ages. Art Therapy is a non-invasive, non-verbal way of helping people understand their inner world and behaviours. The Artwork is a tangible, original object to keep that reminds clients of their learning.

The 3 therapies discussed in this weekend workshop are as follows:

  • Dialectical behaviour Therapy - an evidenced based practice and designed for people who suffer from a variety of emotionally dysregulated behaviours.
  • Positive Psychology - an evidenced based practice for increasing wellness and positive approaches and is extremely helpful for depression and anxiety.
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy - an evidenced based practice which is extremely helpful for people who suffer from the 'self-critic' and have low self worth.

Learning objectives

By the end of the workshops, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn about the history of Art Therapy, the process of what Art Therapy is and how it can assist in the mental wellness of a variety of client groups. Children, Adolescents, Elderly and Disability.
  2. Learn how to safely incorporate creativity into your work.
  3. Know the philosophy behind Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and how it can assist many varied client groups in learning how to regulate emotions. Participants will be able to learn how Positive Psychology (PP) strategies can enhance client’s lives and offer hope and ways of building resilience to improve their mental health. Participants will learn the basis of Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and how the techniques discussed can assist with developing self care and self esteem.
  4. Learn how art therapy and creativity can add a non-verbal layer of learning to enhance the use of these various therapies and facilitate a deeper level of insight into the way they manage their lives and emotions.
  5. Understand how the ‘Mindful’ basis of both DBT, PP and CFT also connects with the ‘Mindful’ present moment practice of creativity and art making.
  6. Learn how important it is for the client to re-integrate this information into their inner world and know that they are safe and contained in the therapeutic relationship and environment.
  7. Participants will hear case studies and see art making of client’s in all sessions of the workshop.

Presenter details

Megan Shiell Grad Dip Ex.Th, M.A AThr – Registered Art Therapist, Dialectical Behaviour Therapist, Level 4 Counsellor ACA. Megan is the founder of Expressive Therapy Clinic. She has a Graduate Diploma in Expressive Therapies and a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from the University of Western Sydney. As well as a registered Art Therapist she is a Level 4 Counsellor (ACA), a registered clinical supervisor and a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) trainer/consultant intensively trained by Prof. Marsha Linehan’s trainers. Megan has over many years worked as a consultant to Private Hospitals in Sydney developing and co-ordinating Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) programs. Megan has worked for many years in treating patients with mood disorders, anxiety, depression, PTSD and sufferers of the symptoms of borderline personality and bipolar. She has designed and facilitated programs throughout Sydney Private Psychiatric Hospitals and now has a private practice in Tweed Heads. In individual therapy Megan has worked with many different client groups presenting with varying degrees of mental health issues. Megan combines a variety of therapy interventions alongside the non-verbal experience of creativity. She has presented at mental health conferences in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore over the past 10 years. She is published in the ANZJAT (Australia and New Zealand Journal of Art Therapy) Volume 3 No. 1 October 2008 and has begun her PhD at School of Medicine, University of Queensland. Megan has presented at many conferences in Australia and Internationally on the value of Art Therapy for people presenting with mental health issues.

Location and date

Kirra Room 1,
Calypso Resort
99 Griffith Street

12-13 October 2019
9:00am - 4:00pm


AASW members and early bird: $385
Full fee: $440



AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers