The course introduces Creative Psychotherapy to those seeking a deeper understanding of the dynamics of creativity, psyche and human behaviour. During this course students will learn about CP’s basic principles, the theoretical background, and experience various ways of practice.
In the therapeutic approach of Creative Psychotherapy creativity plays a fundamental part. CP can be described as a process where a relationship is formed between the psychotherapist, the client and the creative work providing a safe framework for the inner self to unfold, heal and flourish.
Psychotherapy stemming from psychology is a discipline formed over millennia. The inner aspects of the human being have been defined in antiquity as the psyche, the spirit (pneuma) and the mind (nous). A need for emotional healing existed in the form of support from family and friends and guidance through spiritual leaders.
In the 9th century Rhazes applied a psychological approach in the Middle East. In Europe, mental health disorders were viewed as effects of demonic intervention and punishment was prescribed. Only after the Enlightenment medicine is ready for the 'talking cure', practised by Josef Breuer in the late 1800s. Then developed by his protégé Sigmund Freud to become Psychoanalysis as we know it today. Currently Psychotherapy is a mainstream discipline applied as a cure to emotional/mental problems that range from minor crises to chronic and life threatening.
Arts psychotherapies started by artists working with people suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and severe mental health problems in institutions during the mid 1900s. Over years of practice creativity in psychotherapy is directed in enabling subconscious mechanisms to surface raising awareness and potentially enhancing our quality of life.
No prior coursework or experience is required for enrolment. Rather than receiving instructions directed towards specific competences, participants will engage in guided exploration and experience. The course method focuses on the individual and his or her unique way of producing creative work and engaging with it. 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 in a confidential setting where it is safe to express both ideas and emotions.
Course leader/lecturer: Stavroula Fylachtou, MSc in Art Psychotherapy, BA Hons in Fine Art Sculpture. She completed her MSc at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Stavroula has worked with people with autism, epilepsy, Down syndrome, and severe mental health problems in an array of settings. She has many years of experience working with groups and on one to one basis. Her clinical practice is focused on adults with chronic mental health problems and her approach is based on psychodynamic methods and on the conception that therapy is enhanced by the creative potential within us. Thus creativity is facilitated towards nourishing and strengthening the Psyche. Since 2007 Stavroula teaches at the Edinburgh College art methods and theory to people with mental health problems and learning difficulties. In 2009 she created and taught this course which has attracted an international interest. Stavroula's background prior to psychotherapy is Fine Art Sculpture having obtained her BA Hons degree at Edinburgh College of Art.
Co-lecturer: Tania Batzoglou, PhD, MA in Drama and Movement Therapy, BA Hons in Psychology, Diploma in Acting. Tania Batzoglou completed her practice as research PhD at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London in 2012 funded by the Greek Scholarship Foundation. Prior to this, she obtained from the same University an MA degree with distinction in the Sesame Approach of Drama and Movement Therapy. Her educational background combines a degree in Psychology from University of Crete, Greece and an Acting diploma from the renown drama school of the Hellenic Art Theatre Karolos Koun. She has worked professionally as an actor, performer, lecturer, dramatherapist and actor trainer in Greece, UK and Germany. Currently, she is working as a visiting lecturer for postgraduates courses at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her clinical work focuses on Mental Health, Dementia and young people with disabilities.
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The course is open to all interested in the subject of Creative Psychotherapy, its principles and practical methods. There is no requirement of any previous experience in art or psychotherapy. Week 1 of the course is open to anyone interested in exploring creativity in the context of the subconscious Self. Week 2 will focus more in-depth in key theoretical concepts and clinical applications of Creative Psychotherapies. Attendance of Week 1 is required for attending week 2.
No credits will be awarded. The students will get the summer school certificate of participation.
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