Art Therapy 5-Day Intensive Course (Cape Town)

Art Therapy 5-Day Intensive Course (Cape Town)

7-13 November 2018

Join the 5-Day Intro to Art Therapy Course in Cape Town to gain a deeper working understanding of the dynamic Art Therapy process both with individuals and groups. No art or psychology experience is required to benefit!

Art Therapy is a creative treatment process which is beneficial for people of all ages to assist in personal growth, insight and development. The skills and experiences gained by participants on this course can be adapted to and incorporated in diverse work spheres as well as one’s personal life.

The course is suitable for ALL adults including health professionals, educators, therapists, counselors, coaches, students, artists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, parents and anyone interested in the field of Art Therapy, self-growth and creativity.

The 5-day Intro to Art Therapy Intensive Course includes the following modules:

1: Art Therapy theory and Psychodynamic literature
2: Clinical examples of Art Therapy work with children and adults with a range of conditions including anxiety, depression, stress, ADHD, Autism, psychosis, refugees, trauma, and more
3: Experiential art making, reflection and Journaling daily

What will you gain from the course?

The course provides an invaluable opportunity for enhancing your creativity, personal insight, exploration and growth, self-reflection as well as learning through group interaction.

The skills and experiences gained by participants on the course can be adapted to and incorporated in many professional work spheres such as various therapeutic interventions, teaching art, the running of groups with children or adults, corporate facilitation, and coaching to name but a few.

NO art skill is necessary in order to benefit from the course. Everyone has the ability to be creative through art! The importance in Art Therapy is on the creative PROCESS and not only the aesthetic product. There are also no judgments made on the artwork.

Art Therapy in groups is a highly effective, powerful and dynamic process. Working within a group format encourages the learning of new and inspiring creative uses of various mediums as a means of expression. Interaction with other group members provides an opportunity for sharing of feedback and insights around the image-making process, thereby enhancing the learning experience.

Although the facilitating Art Therapist follows a Psychodynamic approach, an eclectic tool kit is used when appropriate and includes a combination of Art Therapy interventions, coaching, archetypes, numerology, mindfulness, laughter yoga and Journey Therapy work.

In summary, the course is extremely beneficial for both personal and professional growth!

Course Details

7-13 November 2018
(5 consecutive week-days excluding the weekend)
Wed 7; Thurs 8; Fri 9; Mon 12; Tues 13 November 2018

Time: 9:30 am – 4:30/5pm daily

Venue: Sea Point, Cape Town

Note: This workshop may be facilitated in-house and adapted for existing groups / educators / teams / organizations upon request at convenient times.


Full Cost: R7995 per participant
Early bird: R7795 per participant (Bookings before 30 September 2018 or for 2 or more people or for previous participants of Art Therapy workshops with Sami)
Deposit: R2000 secures your place
(Medical Aid reimbursements after attendance of seminar, from savings portion of Medical aid)

Cost includes all course material such as a manual, journal, art materials, and daily snacks & refreshments.

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Questions or queries

Samantha Davis
Tel: 083 326 6655

Groups: Space is limited per course so book early to avoid disappointment!

Facilitator: Samantha Davis, internationally trained and registered Art Psychotherapist (HPCSA AT 0000469) with almost 20 years’ experience.

PLEASE NOTE: This 5-day Introductory Course does not equip you to practice as an Art Therapist. Art Therapy is a 2 year full-time Masters training only available internationally. Following this, one needs to register with the HPCSA to practice Art Therapy in South Africa.

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Art Therapy 5-Day Intensive Course (Cape Town) - 7-13 November 2018

Bookings are subject to Terms and Conditions.

“I grew more than I thought possible.”

- Alfred -

“For the first time in my life I have discovered my true identity and can now answer the fundamental question of who I am!”

- Nonhlanhla -

“The magic that Sam unleashes through her knowledge is beautiful.”

- Charmaine -

“An inspirational, wonderful, creative self-exploratory journey, Thank you!”

- Robyn -

“Thank you for a thought-provoking and inspiring class! You are a fantastic therapist with a very caring and compassionate approach to listening! You made each and every person feel important by allowing each one the opportunity to feel safe enough to open up! Thank you for that.”

- Candace -

“Sam, you are so experienced and it is evident in your facilitation. You are really good at your job and do it with such professionalism.”

- Meryl -

“The course went beyond my personal expectations. I came thinking that we would mainly be learning about Art Therapy, which we did, but it was a big transformational experience for me which I was not expecting.”

- Megan Main-Baillie (Honours Psychology Student) -

“The Art Therapy was a gentle, creative and fun way to build trust and deliver outcomes. It was enjoyable and an extremely valuable experience in our Strategy workshop.”

- Daniella: Business Connexion -

“I didn’t realize how much I NEEDED Art Therapy. It was like rain falling on desert soil. And I have grown so much. My heart feels alive again. I will be back!”

- Heather (Owner of a Montessori Nursery School, Degree in Television) -

“It was a time to forget about the problems and the world around me. Sam is a brilliant facilitator. Even though I was nervous, it was a time for me to reflect and to enjoy how therapeutic art can be. It calmed the storm that reigned inside of me. The Mandala Art Therapy workshop is like having a picnic next to a quiet river. You granted time to reach that point where you can become quiet and can experience the Universe.”

- Anonymous -

“A very comprehensive and thorough intro into Art Therapy. Covered a lot of ground in 5 days and left with a priceless manual and a warm glow.”

- Kat -

“It was the best week of my life, I learnt that I could always be happy as long as I was in a happy and comfortable space, and if I wasn’t I needed to create that space. I learnt that I was in control and all I had to do was to take charge and have fun and paint on a bigger board i.e. see the bigger picture. I am so grateful for the opportunity that came my way and that I was able to embrace and savor it.”

- Anonymous -

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