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ART THERAPY FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS – Including art in existing assessment & treatment approaches (Sydney)

Annette COULTER, Accredited Supervisor, Registered Family Therapist, Registered Art Psychotherapist DipFA, PgDip ATh, MAAEd, AThR, ATR, KATR
One full day
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Chatswood, NSW
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Children and adolescents naturally find ways to express themselves and to communicate through art activities. Through mark-making and symbolic play, reality takes tangible form and fantasy becomes less confusing - the child begins to understand and comprehend their world. Its important for the therapist to respond in a way that accommodates and facilitates the expressive processing of childhood life experiences. Art provides an alternative way to communicate ideas, fantasies, beliefs and experiences. Art therapy offers an opportunity to safely process an array of confusing feelings that may emerge in childhood and adolescence. Children and young people often lack the verbal sophistication to express or to even comprehend what they are experiencing. Through creative art processes what could not be said finds external expression that can lead to reflective distancing and cognitive clarification of thoughts and feelings that may otherwise remain confusing and unclear. 
Art-making is a liberating experience that enhances an innate urge to make marks in their external environment, to engage in the process of play, and to explore developmental issues as they arise. Visual expressive techniques can also reveal impasses, blocks, and disturbances in thinking and feeling as difficult issues start to surface in the therapeutic process. 

For teenagers, art provides opportunity to reconnect with a core sense of self, to redefine a sense of identity as they begin to separate from the family, and experience and be influenced by peers and new relationships, sexual awareness, physical changes and a growing sense of autonomy. Art can connect to childhood memories in an acceptable form of expression in the adult word.

This workshop establishes ways to use art with children and adolescents to examine growth and developmental milestones, provide interactive techniques and learn ways process symbolic messages with different age groups. Art activity offers an alternate way to express strong emotions and provides an area of transition from childhood to adulthood that is developmentally more familiar for the child or young person.

The workshop provides both theoretical and practical learning opportunities that enhance the confident application of art-based interventions when providing assessment and treatment in therapy and counselling. There is also provision to develop skills in designing art intervention tasks in response to content provided by the child or young person. Participants will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of ideas and boundaries around safe practice of art therapy techniques in health and community settings. Artistic skills are not required to benefit from this workshop.

Registration fee includes an art kit large enough for use on the day and for use with clients thereafter. 


Feedback for Annette’s recent training presentations:

“…best investment…in my professional development, and that includes my psychology degree…helped me reclaim the language of metaphor…led to a depth of emotional expression (that) has benefited myself, my wife and my clients …”

“valuable information, resources and professional insights…highly recommended”

“gave me confidence to go ahead in the profession”

“Offers an excellent basis in understanding theory and practice from Australian and overseas perspectives”

“…fun, informative, inspiring…”

“made me more aware of my inner feelings and self-worth…gave words when I may not have used any”

“a unique experience for the development of both professional skills and tapping into a personal creativity – awesome!!”



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The Centre for Art Psychotherapy

Annette Coulter is an art psychotherapist, art educator and published author as well as an accredited (IDT) Interactive Drawing Therapy practitioner, trainer and supervisor. Her background includes working in child and family mental health, art education, child/adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy and family/couple therapy. Through the Centre for Art Psychotherapy she provides consultation, supervision, education and customised training for family therapists, relationship counsellors, art therapists and group leaders. She pioneered art therapy in Australia, Britain and south-east Asia. Publications include: The Introductory Guide to Art Therapy: Experiential Teaching and Learning for Students and Practitioners, 2014; Art Therapy ‘Down Under’: Perspectives on the Profession from Australia and New Zealand, 2015; Australia - Family Art Therapy: Dots, Meaning and Metaphor, 2015; Contemporary Art Therapy with Transient Youth, 2012; ‘Came Back – Didn’t Come Home’: Returning from a War Zone, 2008; Couple Art Therapy: Seeing Difference Makes a Difference, 2007.

Registration Details

Face-to-Face registration
Fee:  $293
(includes an art kit large enough for use on the day and for use with clients thereafter)  
         $29 to purchase and keep the recording of this event. 

  • Tea and coffee are included. Food may be purchased on the ground floor or from the many surrounding cafes.
  • You will need to sign in on arrival to be eligible for an Attendance Certificate. 
  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of face-to-face, active training can be retrieved on completion of your evaluation via your login account.
  • A hard copy of notes and resources will be available to you on arrival at this event.
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend this live event on the day,  your registration will be transferred into the live interactive webcast of this event with three month's access to the recording. 
  • N.B. Face to face participants are required to comply with COVID safety measures as outlined by the venue and PDP. 
    Details of the measures current at the time and in line with public health orders will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
    The venue and PDP reserve the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow COVID safety plans. 

Live Interactive Webcast registration
Fees: $199 
Primary viewer (includes three month's access recording of the event.
           $99 Additional viewer (must watch on same device as primary viewer)
           $29 Purchase lifetime access to the recording (available to primary viewer only)

  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of live, interactive training can be retrieved on completion of the evaluation and quiz via your account. 
  • A soft copy of all resources will remain in your account indefinitely.
  • A recording of this event will be available in your account approximately three weeks after the live event and will remain available for a full three months.  You will receive an email notification when the recording becomes available for viewing. 
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to join the live webcast on the day, you will be able to watch the recording, complete your evaluation and quiz and retrieve  your certificate at a later date before the end of the three month viewing period.

Reminders for all events are sent two weeks, one week, one day and one hour prior.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Gain knowledge in the therapeutic use of art to facilitate expression.
  2. Understand the importance of graphic art development as part of personality growth.
  3. Learn ways to explore symbolic and metaphoric content.
  4. Enhance therapeutic skills in non-verbal assessment and intervention.
  5. Explore alternative communication techniques when working with children and young people.
  6. Inform on ethical and legality issues regarding the art made in therapeutic settings.

“The art maker does not see things as they are, but as she/he is.”   Annette Coulter


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Gain confidence and competency using art making processes with children and young people
  • Gain insight into issues that arise when using visual communication with children and adolescents
  • Opportunity to consider their role in facilitating expressive art assessment and intervention.


Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Welcome – Introductions
  • Group Guidelines
  • Experiential Workshop – Art as Communication
  • Processing Guidelines & Processing Work
  • Stages of Artistic Development; Creativity
  • Overview: Art Assessment
  • Experiential Workshop

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • Review Morning – Questions?
  • Art Therapy Group Work; Families
  • Designing an Assessment: Experiential Workshop
  • Process Artwork
  • Visual Diaries; Art Materials; Expressive Therapies Continuum; Ethical Issues
  • Seminar Discussion

​Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.

To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title.

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

This presentation is appropriate for Therapists; Counsellors; Artists; Educators; Childhood & Adolescent Workers; Aboriginal & Refugee Support Services; War Veteran Counsellors; Grief and Loss Counsellors; Hospital Staff.

Webcast Schedule

Morning Session 9:00am - 12:45pm Includes a 15 minutes break at 10:45am Lunch Break 12:45pm - 1:45pm Afternoon Session 1:45pm - 5:00pm Includes a 15 minutes break at 3:15pm

Venue information

Our venue is registered with Service NSW as a 'Covid Safe' venue. 
You will be required to checkin via our QR code and to abide by the safety  measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everone's safety, PDP reserves the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow the current COVID safety plans. 

This venue offers wheelchair access from the Brown Street entrance.  

4 minute walk from Chatswood train/metro/bus interchange

Links to reasonable early-bird parking close to the venue:

All day tea, coffee and chilled water are provided.
If you have not ordered lunch with your registration, we have a fridge and two microwave ovens should you wish to bring your own food. 
The venue has a cafe on the ground floor and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants including an extensive foodhall above the Chatswood Interchange.

Mantra Hotel is next door to the venue: website here
Meriton Suites is a 4 minute walk from the venue: website here

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PDP Sydney Training Room

Level 1, 10 Help Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Australia

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