Working with Children the Violet Oaklander Way
A Gestalt Arts Intensive Residential with Jon Blend Dip Child, assistant Crissy Duff.
This “hands-on” workshop caters for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, play therapists and other professionals working with children in a therapeutic/pastoral capacity.
It may particularly interest those familiar with gestalt therapy* and/ or wanting to explore their own relationship with creativity and playfulness.
The course draws inspiration from the pioneering work of gestalt therapist, Dr Violet Oaklander whose approach puts the relationship between therapist and child at the centre of the therapeutic process. Children tend to express feelings through image and metaphor. When therapists working with young people can engage in a dialogue using expressive arts this can be invaluable.
Children use their ‘contact’ skills (senses, body, feeling and intellect) as relational tools. Troubled youngsters struggle to make good contact with teachers, parents, peers or themselves, tending to restrict healthy expression of their emotions. Many possess a poor sense of self. Therapy facilitates exploration of emotional blockages, helping children regain contact with their emotions, body and natural ability to cope.
Residential, Oxfordshire, April 4-8 2016
Venue: The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, Abingdon, Oxon.
Information/ booking: Crissy Duff