This course introduces Creative Psychotherapy (CP) to those seeking a deeper understanding of human nature, and experience how creativity enriches and enhances our knowledge, perception, and emotional intelligence. During this course, students will learn about the principles of CP, and actively experience the methods of practice.
CP is a therapeutic method that utilises creativity as its core part in treating mental health dysfunctions. CP 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 very young discipline formed tentatively over millennia. The inner aspects of our being have been defined in antiquity as the Psyche, the Spirit (Pneuma) and the Mind (Nous), in describing something manifested only in our behaviour. Healing of the Psyche existed as support from family, friends and guidance by spiritual or religious leaders of our communities.
In the 9th century AD Rhazes applied a psychological approach in the Middle East. In Europe, mental health pathologies were viewed as effects of demonic intervention and punishment or exorcism was prescribed. Only after the Enlightenment medicine is ready for the ‘talking cure’ as coined and practised by Josef Breuer in 1881. Developed by his protégé Sigmund Freud to become psychoanalysis, and later on psychotherapies, and counselling.
Arts/creative psychotherapies started by artists working with people suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder and other severe mental health problems in institutions during the post II world war era. Creativity in psychotherapy is directed in enabling subconscious mechanisms to surface raising self-awareness and enhancing the quality of life. The process though of art-making has its healing properties integrated into the practice.
Course participants will experience the making of creative work as a way of exploring, and connecting with their subconscious. Creativity is used as a tool for understanding the self and the social environment.
The course’s methodology takes into consideration the individual’s ability and willingness to explore at one’s own pace and style in a setting where confidentiality is respected and where it is safe to express both ideas and emotions.