Into Blue Certificate Courses

Certificate in Expressive Therapies with Children & Adolescents

Commencing 17 February 2022
Into Blue Studio, Phillip Island Victoria
Course Outline & Registration

The Expressive Therapies [ET] model has evolved from the psychodynamic tradition and places significant emphasis on somatic and emotional processes. ET is underpinned by transpersonal psychotherapy and attachment theory, validated by current research in neuroscience and trauma.

Over the last 30 years this series of workshops has been taught continuously around Australia and overseas. Expressive Therapies activities and principles in this course have a distinctly Australian influence.

ET allows deeper aspects of the psyche to be worked with naturally and in safety. Using a range of modalities, the processes bypass left mode thinking / talking / reasoning, to connect with right mode / body where trauma is implicitly stored as imagery, sensations, smell, sound and posture. This reconnection allows integration and healing by way of safe engagement with the body and the senses. The range of activities provide many windows through which the therapist can 'look' at a client's attempts at healing.

The role of the therapist as a companion, equipped with skills of listening, presence, unconditional positive regard, and a stance of curiosity, is first and foremost in setting the scene for safety and trust.

The invitational, non- directive, self-discovery approach central to ET, places authority with the client, trusting in their body's natural capacity for healing and growth within the conditions of trust and safety at a pace determined by the client. Recognition and value is given to the significance of the client's personal interpretations and meanings [rather than the therapists' interpretation].

The ET approach is particularly helpful for clients struggling to verbalize their experience, including young children - non-verbal or lacking language skills, adolescents reluctant to talk, and young clients who have experienced trauma and complex trauma.

Through the use of metaphor and engaging the client's emotions and somatic sensations, ET techniques allow non-verbal expression, activation of right mode and access to any unconscious origins of emotional distress.

Expressive Therapies Modalities

Significance is placed upon matching an individual's personal style of communication with the most suitable activity from the range of modalities offered. Expressive Therapies Modalities cater for interpersonal, intrapersonal, visual, kinaesthetic, musical, linguistic, transpersonal, naturalist and logical intelligences. Identifying a client's preferred style of working towards wellbeing also allows identification of their individual 'cultural' resources, that aid and support the healing process.

Symbol Work
(developed by Pearson & Wilson 1994) supports exploration of unconscious material and externalisation of issues.
Body Focus / Body Awareness / Body Maps
Techniques to facilitate a gentle and safe reconnection with the body when the protective mechanism from feeling pain or trauma has created disconnect or dissociation.
Mindfulness / Visualisation / Meditation / Relaxation Techniques
Used for self awareness, affect regulation and resources.
Art / Drawing
For expression, processing and integration.
Expressive Writing
Dream Work
Exploring the symbols and themes from dreams as messages from the unconscious.
Bioenergetics / Movement / Dance
Trauma is stored at a cellular level within the muscular, skeletal, hormonal and energy systems in the body. Movement energises, shifts stuck energy and activates the immune system.
Role Play & Projective Techniques
Help to deepen and enhance inner work and unify the client's inner and outer worlds.
Emotional Release Processes
Allow impulses and actions frozen in the body during stress and trauma and seen in acting out behaviours to safely release and integrate.
For expression and affect regulation.


A key principle is integration, generally accomplished as a natural outcome but otherwise planned as a safe containment and completion of each session.

With hope and heart-focused support at its center, ET is an effective, outstanding therapeutic modality that has a natural fit with transpersonal perspectives. ET promotes personal growth and healing, connecting an individual to their own innate resources, unifying inner and outer worlds.


Course Requirements

15 days / 105 hours training
Delivered via 5 x 3 day sessions


A short written assignment & case study


Register your interest in the next class intake announcement by emailing: or by calling 0417 078 792. COVID-19 Vaccination Status must be provided on enrolment as per Government requirements.