Creative Arts Therapy
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” Edward de Bono
- Supports the processing of traumatic memory
- Reinforces safe emotional expression and self-regulation
- Builds resilience and capacity to self-soothe
- Re-establishes a sense of identity, hope, purpose, meaning, and empowerment.
Creative Arts Therapy offers a unique expressive, non-verbal psychotherapeutic intervention that is focused on the individual’s creative process, rather than reaching an aesthetic end-product. Creative arts therapy is facilitated by a trained professional and is appropriate for all ages, does not require artistic skill and can be recognized by all cultures.
The different qualities of diverse arts media such as malleable clay, wet paint, dry pastels are used to allow for varied neurodevelopmental experiences of control, sensation, and motion and require the maker to operate in the ‘here and now’.
The relationship between creative arts therapies and the brain, including how the brain processes traumatic events, have been recognized with advances in neuroscience and the use of this form of multimodal, body-based therapy is recommended by the leaders in traumatology.
About Course Presenter
Renae trained professionally in art at the Victorian College of the Arts and in Art Therapy at the University of Queensland. Renae works with diverse populations ranging from individuals, couples, families, groups, community outreach, schools, care facilities and with corporate teams.