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Creative Psychotherapy

June 19, 2011

Creative Psychotherapy is offered at Tallinn Summer School on July 18 – July 22, 2011

Alternatively known as Art Therapy, Creative Psychotherapy is a method of psychotherapy incorporating creativity as its fundamental tool. During the course, students will learn basic principles, review the field’s theoretical background, as well as gain experience with the creative practices themselves. The course will demonstrate clearly that creativity is something all individuals possess to one degree or another.

Creative Psychotherapy is a counseling process, where a relationship is formed with an artist-therapist, allowing the person’s sense of well-being to grow through discovery of his or her inner creativity.

Psychotherapy is a discipline which has been formed through the centuries. Before being formalized, counseling came simply in the form of reassurance from others. Theoretical psychotherapy began in the Middle East in the 9th century. Until the 18th century enlightenment, Europe regarded mental disorders as effects of demonic intervention and punishment was prescribed. Theoretical psychotherapy allowed for the possibility of psychosocial intervention – reasoning, moral encouragement, chess-playing, and group activities – as a cure.

Psychoanalysis, developed by Freud in the early 1900s, was perhaps the first specific school of psychotherapy. Today, one of psychotherapy’s mainstream disciplines is creativity and the psychology of the human mind.

No prior coursework or experience is required for enrollment. Rather than receive instruction directed toward specific competences, participants will engage in guided exploration and experience. The course method focuses on the invidividual and his or her unique way of producing creative work.

Course participants will learn to use creative work as a tool for communication and exploration of the subconscious, as well as develop a better understanding of the self and the social environment. Course methodology respects the individual’s ability and willingness to explore at one’s own pace and style in a confidential setting where it is safe to express both ideas and emotions. Course is led by Stavroula Fylachtou (MA, Edinburgh St Margaret University College).
Preliminary Schedule

Day 1
9.30 – 10.30 Workshop: Exploring Creative Psychotherapy, what are the differences with Fine Art.
Students will be asked to make creative work with specific directions exploring their own ideas and understanding of the framework of Psychotherapy in contrast to the framework of Art.
Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00 Continuation of the workshop.
Lunch break
13.00 – 14.00 Experiential: a workshop class where the aim is to experience the CP group setting and the principles behind it emphasising on the educational aspect rather than the psychotherapeutic.
The members of the class/group would make creative work in a non-directive manner, meaning that they will be creating work based on their own motivation, and share their work with the group. Self exploration and unconscious patterns emerge flowingly in a group setting, and this workshop is ideal in learning directly about the dynamics used in Psychotherapy.

Day 2
9.30 – 10.30 Workshop: Boundaries in the session.
In this workshop we will explore the significance of ‘holding’, trust, and safety in the Psychotherapeutic relationship. Students will be asked to make creative work with specific directions exploring the purpose of boundaries and the meaning behind them.

Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00 Theory and principles in creative psychotherapy.
A presentation and talk about the theoretical and practical background of CP.
Lunch break
13.00 – 14.00 Experiential

Day 3
9.30 – 10.30 Workshop: Mythology and the subconscious.
Students will be exploring the meaning of the myth as a metaphor of subconscious perceptions.
Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00 Workshop: on Transference and Counter-transference.
Transference and Counter-transference are a significant part of the relationship between the Psychotherapist and the Client. In this workshop we will explore the supple and complex mechanisms of these subconscious dynamics and their role in psychotherapy.
Lunch break
13.00 – 14.00 Experiential.

Day 4
9.30 – 10.30 Workshop: Image of the self.
Students will make creative work and explore the relation between the Image and themselves.
Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00 Case study presentation.
Seminar on a CP case study.
Lunch break
13.00 – 14.00 Experiential.

Day 5
9.30 – 10.30 Workshop: The difference between theory and practice.
Students will explore through role play the practical aspects of the clinical work that have not been discoursed in the theory of Psychotherapy.
Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00 Case study presentation.
Seminar on a CP case study.
Lunch break
13.00 – 14.00 Experiential.