About this course
Who is this course for?
The course is open for therapists who would like to facilitate emotional well-being for their clients through:
- integrating art making into their therapeutic practice
- understanding the emotional process included in the art-making and coursework learning
Insight into the basic theories and practice of art therapy is offered in the course by means of lectures, reading, written text, discussions and workshops, whereby participants take part in the creative process and experience the opportunities facilitated. Knowledge of one’s own art making increases self-awareness and gives participants understanding of the art making process of their clients. A number of ways to create artwork will be introduced in the course, with the aim of increasing creativity, strengthening identity, fostering communication, memorising, and facilitating both self-awareness and emotional well-being. Prior knowledge or experience of art is not required for participation.
The aims of the course are to:
- Introduce the basic methods and theories of art therapy
- Present ways of creating images that facilitate expression of emotions and thoughts, memorisation, creativity, social skills and well-being
- Increase understanding about the way in which problems, emotions, thoughts and contexts can be expressed through art making
- Offer participants a means to learn about themselves through their own imagery
- Explain the function and potential included in application of memory drawing
- Provide the knowledge that memory drawing is generally an effective long-term memory aid for coursework learning as well as for processing emotional material related to stress and/or trauma
“What you offered to us who participated in the course was an opportunity to stop, look, review and rethink. Your presence allowed us a certain freedom to be, just be present there and then in the moment, which can only be created through respect for the individual and belief in the individual's abilities.”
Sonný Hilma Þorbjörnsdóttir, teacher and artist
Module 1 – 1st week
15:00 – 18:00 – 9th of May 2020
An insight into the field of art therapy will be provided, including an introduction to its basic theories and practice in relation to art making.
Module 2 – 2nd week
15:00 – 18:00 – 23rd of May 2020
Introduction to memory drawing and the basic theories and methods in relation to its application.
Module 3 – 3rd week
15:00 – 18:00 – 6th of June 2020
Integrating art making and memory drawing within therapy.
Price: EUR 190.
Dr Unnur Ottarsdottir has worked in a preschool, secondary schools and a high school as a teacher, special education teacher and art therapist. She is a part-time art therapy lecturer at the Iceland University of the Arts and at the continuing education department of the University of Akureyri. She is also a practising researcher at the Reykjavik Academy.
Unnur has practised art therapy in various institutions and in her private practice for 30 years. She runs an art therapy clinic in Iceland, specialising in treatment for children and adults dealing with traumatisation and specific learning difficulties. Her areas of research are art therapy in education for children with specific learning difficulties who have experienced trauma, and art making as a therapeutic and learning approach, including drawing for memorisation and emotional processing.
Unnur has given lectures and written chapters and articles about art therapy and memory drawing which have been published internationally.
Unnur conducted a research study into long-term memory of drawings and words. This is the first time that comparisons between drawn images and written words over such an extended period of time has been studied worldwide.
Sonný Hilma Þorbjörnsdóttir, teacher and artist:
"What you offered to us who participated in the course was an opportunity to stop, look, review and rethink. Your presence allowed us a certain freedom to be, just be present there and then in the moment, which can only be created through respect for the individual and belief in the individual's abilities. You gave us a framework and I think we all adjusted to it without fear of being judged. What we learned about art therapy and the insight you provided into that world was immeasurably valuable for me. Giving keys to that world to someone who is ready to open up will increase our possibilities to work on and support ourselves and others. You are a great teacher, Unnur, and hopefully I will get the chance of meeting you again soon and experience and learn more and more and more."
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