This course introduces Creative Psychotherapies to those seeking a deeper understanding of the dynamics of creativity and human behaviour. During this course students will learn about the basic principles, the theoretical background, and experience various ways of practice.
Creative Psychotherapy is a therapeutic method that utilises creativity as a fundamental part. Creative Psychotherapy is 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 have been defined in antiquity as the psyche, the spirit (pneuma) and the mind (nous), and the need for emotional healing even before that. Emotional healing existed as 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 problems that range from minor crises to chronic 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.
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.
The course is led by Stavroula Fylachtou who has completed her Msc in Art Pshychotherapy at Queen Margaret University in the Edinburgh Scotland. Stavroula is working with adults with mental health problems and she also teaches art methods and theory to people with mental health problems at the Edinburgh College. Stavroula's background prior to psychotherapy is Fine Art Sculpture having obtained her BA Hons degree at Edinburgh College of Art.
In case of sufficient number of participants, the course will be co-lectured by Tania Batzoglou who completed her research PhD at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2012 while she received funting by the Greek Scholarship Foundation. Prior to this, she obtained from the same University a Master’s 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 drama school of Greek Art Theatre Karolos Koun. She has worked professionally as an actor, psychologist, dramatherapist, drama-facilitator and actor trainer in both Greece and the UK. Currently, she is working as a visiting lecturer for postgraduates courses at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama alongside with running projects for young people and vulnerable adults.
See also video interviews with Tallinn Summer School participants and read the diary of 2013.
The course is open to all interested in the subject of Creative Psychotherapy, its principles and practical methods. The course is also open to anyone interested in exploring creativity in the context of the subconscious Self.
No credits will be awarded. The students will get the summer school certificate of participation.
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