This one-day workshop provides an accessible and engaging introduction to the study of Art Psychotherapy. Participants will gain an understanding of Art Psychotherapy and learn about the creative processes involved in this therapeutic modality. The day will be useful for those who are considering studying Art Psychotherapy at higher educational level and also those wanting to explore art making in a unique environment, enabling members to reflect on their motivations, skills and experiences.
Participants will be invited to engage in a range of art making practical sessions and group discussions exploring their own personal symbols and unconscious imagery in a safe and facilitating environment. Comfortable clothing should be worn suitable for making art in. A degree of active participation will be expected from all participants.
This day will provide direct experiential learning based on the principles which underpin art therapeutic practice, focusing on the ethos of the training taught on the Postgraduate MA course at the University of Roehampton. This workshop will explore the richness of human creativity and expression, making links to the group processes and art therapeutic relationship, shedding light on the non-verbal communication. A Certificate of attendance will be given at the end of the day.
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Grigorios Tzouras MA Art Psychotherapy, BA (Hons) Fine Art HCPC registered, BAAT Full Member
Grigorios has been influenced by the theoretical and practical background of his Fine Arts degree which included philosophy and aesthetics, history of art and architecture and the exploration of both figurative and abstract artistic expression. Grigorios' Postgraduate Studies in Art Psychotherapy motivated him to investigate in art something more than the aesthetic value. He became interested in the ideas of alchemy, emotional interaction and symbolism, as well as physicality and properties of the materials.
"I have a strong personal belief that each chosen material and its specific usage has its own meaning and significance, expressing fundamental emotions through the creative process of art making. I draw a parallel between art making activities, combining a variety of art materials and the alchemy process of mixing and eventually transforming from the original base elements into something new. The final artefact is seen as a highly charged emotional investment, its physicality offering an external, concrete presence of man's internal world. I am particularly interested in the interior dialogue triggered by the communication between the artefact and the artist during the creative process, which becomes a means for gaining self-knowledge and exercise in self-contemplation and analysis."
Grigorios is a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Art Psychotherapist and a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) with experience of working in the National Health Service (NHS) with adults and young people, offering mental health care for patients with personal problems and severe mental health illnesses. He has also worked at Young Persons' Services delivering a multi-component risk reduction programmes for young people who are vulnerable to risks taking behaviour including drug and alcohol use, early and unprotected sex and offending. Currently, he is employed by two NHS Trusts where he delivers group and individual art psychotherapy sessions and assessments at adult in-patient acute psychiatric units.Grigorios teaches Art Psychotherapy at both Foundation and Masters Level at the University of Roehampton in London, continuing to develop his identity as an artist, by maintaining his studio practice, commissioning art projects and taking part in art exhibitions and competitions.
|Time||10:00 - 16:30|
|Payment||Places are awarded on a first paid, first serve basis due to demand|
|Venue||Whitelands College, University of Roehampton|
|Address||Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, Holybourne Avenue, London SW15 4JD|