What we'll explore

The aim of this course is to enable learners to engage with and develop awareness in the benefit, application and use of working with clients in creative ways. 

During this course learners will be expected to work in a self-directed manner to select and use appropriate Expressive Arts, including; movement, sound, visual arts, creative writing and drama to foster self-expression, insight, creativity; and whilst taking The Creative Connection® process, pioneered by Natalie Rogers, and later developments in Person-centred Expressive Arts Therapy (PCEAT) as a basis, learners will be encouraged to explore creative ways of working and techniques from other theories and modalities; such as Ecotherapy, including walking therapy, and psychodrama.  

During this course the emphasis is on the process: not the technical quality of the product.  The goal is not to create beautiful art, choreographed dance or Booker–prize writing, but on fostering higher states of consciousness and self-awareness in themselves and client-work.  No artistic skills or talent are required or expected. 


Delivery and Assessment

Learning will take the form of directed study, personal development opportunities, role play, self-directed study and enrichment activities.  The emphasis will be on practical application of creative counselling and expressive arts with self and on client work. 

Assessment of the unit will be through a range of journal entries (creative entries are encouraged) demonstrating understanding and increased self-awareness through use of the techniques used. Wider understanding and application of theory will be demonstrated by an assessed group task; planned, led and managed by the student.  This will be supported by a written submission showing the planning concept and rational for the approach used.  Clear reference to recognised theory will evidence justification for this approach and understanding of creative counselling theory.

Creative Project

As part of the assessment process you will be asked to research, design, plan and facilitate a Creative Project to your peer group.

Prepare and deliver a group activity for around 30 minutes encompassing the following: 

  • Choose an age group for your activity. 

  • Choose a client presentation to focus upon i.e.: anxiety, self-esteem, depression, addictions, eating disorder etc. 

  • Develop or choose an appropriate activity based on your age group and presentation. 

  • Deliver your activity to the group. 

On Successful Completion

On successful completion of this course learners will be able to understand theoretical perspectives of Creative Counselling Perspectives to include: Natalaie Rogers – Creative Connection, McNiff- Art Therapy, Moreno-Psychodrama, Jordan & Hinds -Ecotherapy and C Richardson – PC Expressive Arts. 

Be able to apply Expressive Arts & Creative Counselling theories to counselling practice by being able to analyse use of creative counselling and expressive arts in a therapeutic setting by considering different techniques/modalities applied to counselling interactions, in addition to facilitate a group therapy session by preparing and delivering a creative therapy session based on a presenting issue and activity of their choice.

Demonstrate personal growth, professional development, reflexivity, awareness of intra-psychic and inter-personal processes.

Learners will be issued with a CPD certificate totalling 150 hours of learning and a notification of performance on the topics studied.

Classroom Learning

Due to the heavy emphasis on experential and creative exploration this course needs to be delivered face to face, in the classroom.

We will be delivering this course in the following locations:

  • Lincoln

We are regularly adding new locations, so check back soon to see if we're coming to your location.

Sessions will be 10am- 4pm.

Course Dates

This course will be delivered over 6 months, one Saturday a month, 10am- 4pm

Dates for 2021 are as follows:


Please register your interest here.

There will be an expectation to study an additional 5 hours per week to complete reading, journalling and assignments.


20% discount for SM past and present students.

£240 for SM students.

£300 for non SM students.


Can be paid over 3 installments.

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