General aim of the course:
This course is for art therapists, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, educators, counsellors and others who wish work with nature in the consulting room and to move their practice out-of-doors. The series of one day workshops will introduce the ideas and practice of working therapeutically in nature. It will consist of experiential exercises and reflective time to deepen knowledge and skills in this area of psychotherapeutic practice.
Beginning in the studio we will explore practical and ethical boundaries of an outdoor arts psychotherapy practice – discussing the challenges and benefits of moving outdoors, for us and our clients. We will look at ways in which nature and natural cycles can come into the therapeutic space and relationship in the consulting room. The sessions will then move outdoors working in nature and will be informed by the practice of environmental arts therapy.
Through practical and interpersonal experience, it aims to enhance and develop the skills of the student and to introduce them to taking their therapeutic practice outdoors.
The Introduction to Environmental arts therapy is based at the London Art therapy centre and takes place in the centre, local park land and Highgate woods.
Who can apply?
This course is being offered to trainee and qualified practitioners in psychotherapy, counselling, clinical psychology and the arts therapies (art, drama, music, dance/movement or integrated). The course is for therapists and trainees who wish to enhance and extend their existing practice by developing their skills and knowledge around working with nature and natural cycles and working outdoors.
The workshop is informed by the practice of Ian Siddons Heginworth, the pioneer in environmental arts therapy and will refer to the innovative book ‘Environmental Arts Therapy and the Tree of Life’.
Vanessa Jones, Dip. AT, EAT Cert, Trained MBCT Mindfulness Teacher
has over sixteen years of art therapy experience working mainly in adult mental health. She is a Baat registered private practitioner, working outdoors in nature as an art therapist within her private practice and the NHS since 2010. www.vanessajones.org.uk
Gary Nash, Dip. AT MAAT, EAT Cert;
has over twenty years of art therapy experience working in adult mental health, voluntary sector, learning disabilities services & mainstream education. He is a Baat registered Supervisor and private practitioner.
Ian Siddons Heginworth RDTh, MPhil, Course Director.
Ian is a leading pioneer of Environmental arts therapy. He runs a private practice as an environmental arts therapist and is the author of “Environmental arts therapy and the Tree of Life.” He is also employed as a specialist practitioner by Devon Partnership Trust and has been running seasonal workshops at the London Art Therapy Centre for the past four years.