Art Therapy Barcelona December 2018
9 December -15 December 2018
Making the most of the culture and backdrop of artistically exquisite Barcelona, participants are exposed to experiential workshops, talks and daily art therapy seminars in an intensive format of morning to afternoons. Afternoons bring us out into the fantastic city of Barcelona with extraordinary excursions and experiential field trips.
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Exploring Creativity, Art and Psychology Barcelona, Spain.
Includes accommodation, breakfast and lunch, outings and training!
Who is this course for?
People who wish to gain some knowledge and experience of art therapy for their own personal or professional development, e.g. people who may already be employed in occupations which involve the use of art activities as a means of self-expression, such as youth and community workers, arts and health workers, counsellors and psychotherapists, mental health workers, nurses or teachers. Artists who want to develop their own creative potential through an interest in art therapy are also encouraged to attend.
Making the most of the culture and backdrop of artistically exquisite Barcelona, participants are exposed to experiential workshops, talks and daily art therapy seminars in an intensive format of morning to afternoons. Afternoons bring us out into the fantastic city of Barcelona with extraordinary excursions and experiential field trips. (see below itinerary)
“Art is where adults play” ― D.W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality
“Play and Reality” is the title of an influential book in the art therapy profession wich gives name to our teaching orientation.
Winnicott sees play as part of the process of individuation. Winnicott saw unstructured playing as creative and therapeutic; In common with Foucault, Winnicott claimed that modernity made possible the individual (Foucault, 1995) – alienated from identification with community and nature.
Creativity is embodied in ‘healthy looking’ and ‘deliberate doing’ – active engagement rather than passive participation in life.
Thus Winnicott said that ‘the creative impulse’, is it at the heart of healthy life.
Like with children, play/art is an outstanding way to learn about reality. Mind Body Passport’s art therapy course enhances processes in the individual to help them achieve a better understanding of ourselves and our context.
Participants use their own art making practice as a basis to integrate theoretical concepts extracted from psychology and art therapy theory, in this way enabling a deeper awareness around our creative process.
Barcelona’s intensive cultural life with its many museums, exhibitions, theater plays, concerts, etc. offer our participants an excellent background of contemporary art to make our learning experience complete.
In what is known as ‘experiential learning’, our philosophy is to immerse participnants and have you learn to ‘swim by diving into the pool’. Theory comes during and after a contact with reality to help make the experience much more meaningful. Our philosophy is that while participants are experiecing, learning theory comes more naturally and is a more comprehensive holistic approach.
Our art therapy foundation course is presented through engaging and exciting experiential and tutorial dynamic groups and workshops.
Diversity and exchange
The setting and ambience of our art therapy course engages participants in many different cultures and backgrounds all coming together in a quite unique and creative atmosphere where participants and resident artists and art therapists, psychologists, psychoanalysts and others exchange experiences and knowledge.
The variety of professional backgrounds in the multicultural community of teachers and participants also adds to the richness of the learning experience in our courses.
In our art therapy course we use the theoretical foundations of art therapy in practice in many different venues, populations and modalities today. We will immerse in art therapy theory, contemporary art theory, psychoanalytic oriented psychotherapy, group analysis and mentalisation. We use as well contemporary art theory, process work theory and other theoretical approaches that could be applied to a better understanding of the art making process and the resulting artifacts.
Our unique venue
Our dynamic art therapy course will be held in an old charismatic factory complex which houses a prestigous art therapy institute, where the art therapy department has custom designed a course with Mind Body Passport specifically for our small group.
The space is an important marker for the experience of all our participants. As part of Barcelona’s disappearing history of old factories, the space charms any artist with its leftovers of many decades of industrial reality, where 20 years of theatre and art have left their marks in all thinkable ways.
Outdoor spaces and relaxed atmosphere
The courtyards are among the spaces preferred by participants because of their plants and lovely warm mediterranean atmosphere.
Our space has three ample courtyard areas: The small courtyard with a green-house space for project work, the large courtyard with the turtle pond and several seating arrangements, the back entrance with its lovely atmosphere of a forgotten Barcelona.
Rather than focusing exclusively on the art work as an end-result, the core of the course is to include the exploration of the art making process itself.
To support this task, the course provides process theory classes, discussion groups, tutorials and presentations.
Intensive 22.5 CE credits
Mind Body Passport is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. Mind Body Passport maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Mind Body Passport Inc. is also recognised as a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider.
Certificate awarded upon successful completion.
Dr. Leslee Brown is the founder of Mind Body Passport Inc., providing extraordinary international learning experiences and continuing education for professionals. Dr. Brown has been running customised training courses in Zurich, Vienna, London, Argentina, South Africa and more for a number of years. Dr. Brown has more than 20 years’ experience as a psychologist in private practice. She is a graduate level professor at Sigmund Freud University campuses in Vienna and Paris. Dr. Brown is the founder and director of Mind Body Passport Inc. and has led numerous international travel courses. Dr. Brown has lived, worked and studied throughout Europe for many years. She resides part time in Los Angeles, part time Paris and the rest of the time in the rest of the world.