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Sand Play Therapy - a Gestalt approach

Event Details
Date: 9th Nov 2019
Venue: Brisbane, Qld
CPD hrs: 6
Cost:

Members of the Gestalt Art Therapy Club or AASW members: $178.50

Standard: $210.00

Organiser: Gestalt Art Therapy Centre

Sand 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. Sand 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 behaviour. 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 sand play therapy. According to the psychodynamic view, people (especially children) will engage in play behaviour 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.

Learning objectives

  • 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 (Adults, Children, Couples, Families) to discover their self-supports and deal with their life crises.

Presenter details

Yaro Starak, B.A., M.S.W, Adv.Dip.SW, Dip.GT.

Gestalt Psychotherapist. Gestalt Art Therapist CAT® Men leadership training Author of books on Gestalt Psychotherapy & Group facilitation Co-Director Gestalt Art Therapy Centre-Australia AASW member

He finished his undergraduate studies majoring in psychology at the University of Manitoba and later his postgraduate studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He continued further studies at the University of Toronto specialising in adult education, group dynamics and supervision. After training and graduating as a Gestalt Therapy from the Toronto Gestalt Institute, he became a faculty member of the Institute for four years. He later immigrated to Australia in 1978 to lecture at the University of Queensland. Over the past twenty five years Yaro has been teaching and training various professional groups and Gestalt groups in Brisbane, Tasmania, Sydney and overseas in Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, Germany, Estonia, Italy and Spain. Yaro has published and co-edited four books in Gestalt Therapy and Group Process, three training manuals and numerous articles in several international journals on group work, Gestalt Therapy, Family Therapy, Alternative Living, Men’s Issues and Deep Psychology. He is an accredited Values & Leadership Coach and founding member of GANZ – Gestalt Australia & New Zealand – the accrediting body of Gestalt therapy training Institutes. He is also a regular presenter at National and International Conferences. Now his passion is Art and he is having annual Art exhibitions, also he enjoys writing monthly news at his blog "Reflections Yaro".

Gemma Garcia. Dip. GT., Dip. Ericksonian Hypnosis., Aura Soma Therapist L2., Dip.GT. Gestalt Therapist Gestalt Art Therapist CAT® Co-Director Gestalt Art Therapy Centre - Australia Visual Artist. Art Instructor. Freelance Book Editor Freelance Curator, Coordinator Art Group Exhibitions. Director of APE Brisbane (Art Performances and Exhibitions)

Gemma studied Gestalt Therapy at the Gestalt Institute of Valencia-Spain. She worked in the Emergency field for the Spanish government for 15 years - conducting research with groups of Firemen about the emotional impact of high stress situations and combining the use of Gestalt Therapy with Art. Gemma is a trained Ericksonian Hypnotist from the University of Valencia (Spain) and she is an Aura Soma Therapist (L2). Gemma is also a talented Visual Artist. She uses art as part of her process of personal growth, exploring new forms of expression and therapy across a broad range of art materials & mediums. She moved to Australia and co-founded the Gestalt Art Therapy Centre with Yaro Starak - The only Gestalt Art Therapy Centre known in Australia. Yaro Starak and Gemma Garcia organized the First Conference of Art Therapy in Bali in March 2011 and are the organizers of the Second Conference of Art Therapy in Bali in July 2012. Every year they are developing Art Therapy Retreats in Australia and Spain.

Location and date

Gestalt Art Therapy Centre
2 Findlay St
Ashgove QLD 4060

9 November 2019

Cost

Members of the Gestalt Art Therapy Club or AASW members: $178.50

Standard: $210.00

Registration

w: https://www.arttherapygestalt.com/events-1/sand-play-therapy-art-therapy-2

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers