Foundation course in Expressive & Creative Arts Therapies (FECAT) aims at training participants to use different art media in therapeutic relationships with children, adolescents & adults in different settings. The participants, at the end of the training program will be able to use the creative arts with various client groups, for therapeutic goals. The FECAT program will also initiate creative art therapy programs in various NGO’s, hospitals & educational institutions as part of the internship program of the participants.
|Title||Foundation Course in Expressive & Creative Arts Therapies|
|Institution||Studio for Movement Arts & Therapies Trust, Bangalore|
|Pre-requisites||Adequate experience & engagement with the arts a must, especially over the last 12 months. Interest in Counselling/Therapy a must. Previous training/education is not a requirement; however it may be an advantage. All potential participants will have to undergo an interview.|
|Aim||The course is designed to train participants to use different art media in therapeutic relationships with children, adolescents & adults in different settings. The participants, at the end of the training program will be able to use the creative arts with various client groups to meet therapeutic goals.|
The syllabus for the FECAT program will cover the fundamentals of counseling and therapy skills, dance therapy, art therapy, drama therapy and integral theatre. During the year, trainees will be required to intern at various NGOs, schools, hospitals etc which will be duly supervised by the trainers. The course content will also focus on guest lectures/workshops that will be interspersed over the 3 terms. These workshops will be largely experiential & considered relevant & important experiences like group process work, play therapy, Feldenkrais technique, improvisations, playback theatre etc. While these workshops are important experiences for the participant that will shape their way of working, it is not required for them to master these techniques.
ATTENDANCE :: The trainers are expected to attend all the training days. 90% attendance is a must in order to be eligible for the certificate.
PLACEMENT & SUPERVISION :: The trainers expected to put into practice what they have learned in the course, during the course. From the month of September, trainees are expected to have regular sessions in various settings such as schools, hospitals, etc. Trainees have to complete a minimum of 40 internship hours with at least 3 different clients, including a special needs client. These sessions will be supervised by a trainer.
PERSONAL THERAPY :: Because of the nature of the training, it is inevitable that some personal issues for the trainers will arise. It is expected that the trainees attend personal therapy / counselling. Each trainee will be allotted an expressive arts therapist from SMArT.
CREATIVE ARTS ENGAGEMENT :: Trainees are expected to actively engage with art forms of their choice over the course of the year.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROFILE :: All trainees are required to submit a personal development profile of not less than 3000 words at the end of the course. This profile must trace their personal journey during the course. Trainees are also expected to make a presentation of this journey to the rest of the class and course trainers and facilitators - this presentation can be in the form of a power point presentation, installation, short play or dance.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROFILE :: Trainees are also required to submit a professional development profile which consists of a case study report of the creative arts therapy they have chosen to specialise in. This again will have to be submitted as both a written profile (minimum 3000 words) and will have to be presented to the rest of the class, course trainers and facilitators.
- Attendance accounts for 25% of the assessment. All trainees are expected to have 90% attendance. Attendance includes training sessions and personal work sessions (minimum 24 hours over the one year)
- Attendance, participation and engagement in the various art forms accounts for 20% of the assessment
- Placement and supervision accounts for 25% of the assessment. Trainees have to complete a minimum of 40 internship hours with at least 3 different clients, including a special needs client
- Personal development profile accounts for 15% of the assessment
- Professional development profile accounts for 15% of the assessment
- Brinda Jacob-Janvrin, Expressive Arts & Dance Therapy
- Anitha Santhanam, Integral Theatre
- Susan Bullough-Khare, Therapeutic Values of Visual Art
- Maitri Gopalakrishna, Drama Therapy
- Tripura Kashyap, Dance Therapy
- Vanaja Nair, Counselling Skills
- Kakli Gupta, Play Therapy
- Anjali D’souza, Jungian Theory
- Greta Furtado, Group Process
The 1 year course will begin in June and end in June of the following year. Training days are primarily on Thu, Fri, Sat, with a few half day sessions on Tue and Wed. The program is a mix of theory and experiential and all sessions will be conducted at the SMArT studio located in Ulsoor, Bangalore.
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