Workshops & Training

Cornelia Elbrecht works in private practice and provides a certified training program in art therapy. Cornelia's training courses and workshops take place at Claerwen Retreat in Apollo Bay, Victoria, and in several other cities in Australia. She also teaches internationally.

 

Certificate in Initiatic Art Therapy

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The training program is designed for those who wish to integrate art therapy skills into their work. The Initiatic Art Therapy Training Program comprises a series of eight weekends over the period of two years. The aim of the course is to enable its participants to integrate art therapy approaches into the existing framework of their current practice, be it as a counselor, social worker, teacher, nurse, artist or psychologist.

The focus will be on the experience of ongoing group work with art therapy in an environment suitable for personal development. At the same time the approaches and techniques will be made transparent in order to make it possible to acquire profound techniques of working with visual arts in a therapeutic way.

The total of 144 group hours will include experiential workshops, seminars, co-counselling and supervision.

Graduates can register with AON Insurance for Professional Indemnity Cover as Initiatic Art Therapists.


Apollo Bay

Victoria

Facilitator: Cornelia Elbrecht

Module 1: 2020 April 3 - 5
Module 2: 2020 June 12 - 14
Module 3: 2020 September 18 - 20 Module 4: 2020 December 4 - 6

2021 dates: TBA


Cairns 

Far North Queensland

Facilitator: Liz Antcliff

Module 1: 2019 March 15 - 17
Module 2: 2019 June 14 - 16
Module 3: 2019 September 27 - 29
Module 4: 2019 December 6 - 8

2020 dates: TBA


Maleny

Queensland

Facilitator: Liz Antcliff

Module 1: 2019 February 1 - 3
Module 2: 2019 May 17 - 19
Module 3: 2019 August 16 - 18
Module 4: 2019 Nov 29 - Dec 1

2020 dates: TBA


Certificate in Clay Field Therapy

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The Clay Field is a flat wooden box that holds 10-15 kg of clay. A bowl of water is supplied. This simple setting offers a symbolic "world" for the hands to explore. In their ability or inability to "handle" the material they tell the client's life story. The hands then can be encouraged to find ways to deal with situations and events, to complete actions that previously could not be coped with. This unique art therapy approach is part of the curriculum in schools for disabled and disadvantaged children in Europe; it is widely used in women's shelters, refugee centres and to facilitate trauma healing. In order to receive the certificate all four weekends have to be attended.


Apollo Bay

Victoria

Facilitator: Cornelia Elbrecht

Introduction: 2019  September 6 - 8 and November 15 - 17 or 2020 January 12 -16

Module 1: 2020 April 17 - 19
Module 2: 2020 June 5 - 7
Module 3: 2020 September 11 - 13
Module 4: 2020 November 27 - 29


Maleny

Queensland

Facilitator: Cornelia Elbrecht

Introduction: 2018 Contact Liz Antcliff; October 12 - 14  In Maleny  

Module 1: 2019 May 31 - June 2
Module 2: 2019 September 20 - 22
Module 3: 2019 December 13 - 15. Module 4: TBA

International Certification Courses


International Summer School

Lanehead, Coniston, Lake District United Kingdom

Facilitator: Cornelia Elbrecht

Part I: Work at the Clay Field with Adults
2020 July 10  - 24  

Part II: Work at the Clay Field with Children.
2021  July - August

This is a unique opportunity for expressive arts and play therapists and other mental health professionals to learn about Trauma Healing at the Clay Field in an intensive four-week long training program of two weeks duration each in 2020 and 2021. Part I focuses on working with adults, and Part II on Clay Field Therapy with children. The first part of the Certificate Course will be offered in July 2020. The second in July-August 2020. The venue will be in Lanehead, East of Lake, Coniston, Cumbria and offer the option of a study-holiday experience for professional and personal development. It is not necessary to have completed Part I in order to enrol for Part II.

 

International Summer School

Claerwen Retreat, Apollo Bay Australia

Facilitator: Cornelia Elbrecht, co-facilitator Chris Storm

Introduction: 19 - 22 January 2020 - 4 days

Part I: Work at the Clay Field with Adults
2020 January 25 - February 2

Part II: Work at the Clay Field with Children
2021 Mid-January - February

This is a unique opportunity for arts therapists and other mental health professionals to learn about Trauma Healing at the Clay Field in an intensive four-week long training program of two weeks duration each in 2020 and 2021. Especially those from overseas prefer the structure of an intensive training rather than coming for many individual weekends. Part I focuses on working with adults, and Part II on Clay Field Therapy with children. The second part of the Certificate Course will be offered in January 2021. The venue will be at Claerwen Retreat, a secluded 400acre resort along the famous Great Ocean Road in Australia. This is a study-beach-holiday experience for professional and personal development. January is the height of summer in Australia.

Those who do hold a Certificate in Initiatic/Sensorimotor Art Therapy do not need to attend the Introduction. Those simply interested in this modality, can just attend the 4 day introduction.

 

Australian Certification Courses


Supervision: Art Therapy based Supervision

Apollo Bay
Victoria
2019 October 11 - 13

Fee: $600

 

The weekend will be designed according to the needs of the participating arts therapists.  Themes may concern how can we use our own tools to reflect on client's needs, the supervise's concerns and issues arising at the workplace. Exercises will include in-depth understanding of the therapeutic use of art materials, art based reflection of the client-therapist relationship, problem solving through visual media, and exercises to manage overwhelm and vicarious trauma.

Facilitator: Cornelia Elbrecht

 

The Hero’s Journey

Apollo Bay
Victoria
2020 February 28 - March 1

Fee: $600

 

When we need transformational change in our lives, when we find ourselves at crossroads, myth offer an ancient road map to navigate the unconscious roadblocks that sabotage the often terrifyingly necessary changes we are urged to make. In his book the Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell maps out the archetype of The Path based on his studies of myths in numerous cultures. Over the weekend we will follow the stages of transformation as we create our own individual mythology with sculpting, painting, drawing and dancing.   

Facilitator: Cornelia Elbrecht

 

Accreditation


The Certificate in Initiatic Art Therapy is part of a Diploma in Sensorimotor Art Therapy, which takes four years to complete. Each certificate is valid as recognised professional development. It is not necessary and advisable for every student to complete the 4 years.

Year 1 and 2: Certificate in Initiatic Art Therapy. Depending on prior qualifications and documented art therapy practice, graduates can apply for Affiliate Membership with ANZACATA, The Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association.

Completion of all 8 weekends enables participants to apply with AON Insurance for Professional Indemnity Cover as an Initiatic Art Therapist.

Year 3: Certificate in Clay Field Therapy. Four training weekends. For those with a MA in Art Therapy, who have not done the 2-year Initiatic Art Therapy Training, two additional introductory weekend workshops are necessary. 

Year 4: Diploma in Sensorimotor Art Therapy. Four training weekends of Clay Field Therapy as assistants, working under supervision; plus facilitating 60 individual clay field sessions, videoed and presented for supervision.

Depending on prior qualifications and documented art therapy practice, graduates can apply for Affiliate Membership with ANZACATA, The Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association.