ART THERAPY THEORY
Every day there is a talk on Art Therapy, helping to integrate all other experiences of the course with the relevant theory. These classes explore the history of Art Therapy and the main theoretical ideas, as well as describe the different forms of Art Therapy, its intervention levels, and its practical uses in clinical and educational settings.
The case presentations are an excellent way to see how Art Therapy works in real practice. Art therapy teachers from the Summer Intensive are invited to show their own clinical work with different groups of users and institutions.
EXPERIENTIAL ART THERAPY GROUPS
The best way to learn Art Therapy is from within. Experiential groups, or “training groups”, are the essence of Art Therapy training around the globe, and form the space in which the different teachings of the course become truly meaningful. Our methodology is based on specific ideas about the dynamics of groups in which art is used as a tool. As this type of group is similar to a therapy group, this allows the student to experience this aspect of an Art Therapy career from the participant’s
The Experiential Groups are at the core of any Art Therapy training. The groups gather a reduced number of individuals. They facilitate both, personal self discovery through the art making as well as awareness on group dynamics.
Without being therapy, the Experiential Group is similar in many ways to the therapy group of clinical settings. This resemblance helps the student to understand practically and first hand some of the theoretical concepts they are acquiring in other areas of the course. It also helps the understanding on how Art Therapy is put into practice with different groups of users.
Our workshops form one of the most important aspects of the program, as they provide a platform on which to combine both the theoretical and general Art Therapy based processes. We will have 4 different workshops taking place:
- Photography in Art Therapy
- Working with Children
- Role Play in Art Therapy
- Community Art Projects
Workshops are an excellent occasion to see how creative methods are practically applied in Art Therapy, and how Art Therapy is implemented with different user groups.
TRENCADÍS, SOCIAL IMAGING GROUP
Each year, Summer Intensive closes with a unique activity, which invites the participation of all attendees. The Trencadís is a form of group work born in our school, in which the role of the metaphor as a mediator in human communication is explored.
PRESENTATIONS, MEALS AND BREAKS
In the Mediterranean culture, mealtime are traditionally when the most important bonds are forged, that’s why every year we organize a potluck to exchange typical meals from our countries. Also, as students of the Summer Intensive come from a wide range of international backgrounds, breaks provide a unique opportunity to meet and exchange experiences. Under the heat of the summer sun, Metafora’s shadowy courtyards offer an ideal environment in which to get to know each other. Also to take advantage of the extensive cultural agenda of Barcelona’s summer we suggest artistic and cultural events that are relevant to the course.
The Summer Intensive course is the equivalent of a Foundation Course in Art Therapy, so that the credits compute for further complete training in Art Therapy.
At the end of the course, students get a Certificate specifying the credits completed (1 ECTS). It is designed for professionals from many areas (Fine Arts, Healthcare, Teaching, Social Work …) who want to have an approach to Art Therapy as a complement to their training and experience.
WHAT OUR STUDENTS THINK ABOUT US
“…I had been thinking for a long time about what direction to take in my life. The course came in just the right moment. I am now on my second year of Art Therapy training, looking forward to start my career in this field…”
Sally Thomson, Chicago, US
“… Before Metàfora I had trained in clinical psychology. I was longing to connect to my creative side and also curious about Metàfora’s reputation as a school of reference within Art therapy. This course gave me access to both sides and I loved every moment of my stay there…”
Soren Andersson, Sweden