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International Perspectives - 2020/2021 ONLINE

postgraduate programmes art therapy, artistic therapies


The arts therapies, whether applied in a medical or psychotherapeutic setting, adopt similar procedures, that is, engaging in an art based medium, although different methods. All of the art based therapies are based on the principles to respect culturally specific needs of the populations within which the therapists work. Diversity, historical, social and political backgrounds are given special attention in this forum.

With this in mind, “International Perspectives” aims to become a forum through which Guest Lecturers are invited to present their discussions of their specific approaches and therapeutic work.

The lecturers are all experts in their field, based on research and clinical practice. The fields include art psychotherapy, arts therapies, medicine and psychology.

Each of the further education courses is opened with a lecture, which is then followed by a seminar and practical phase, where theory is interwoven with experience in order that embodied learning occurs.

Künstlerische Therapien, ob nun in einem medizinischen oder psychotherapeutischen Setting, wenden ähnliche Vorgehensweisen an hinsichtlich der Verwendung eines künstlerischen Mediums, wenngleich sie sich auch in ihren Methoden unterscheiden. Alle Künstlerischen Therapien berücksichtigen und respektieren spezifische kulturelle Bedürfnisse ihrer Klienten in der jeweiligen therapeutischen Vorgehensweise. Diversität, historische, soziale und politische Hintergründe finden in diesem Forum besondere Beachtung.

„Internationale Perspektiven“ möchte ein Forum werden, in dem Gast-Dozent*innen aus verschiedenen Ländern weltweit, im Fachbereich Künstlerische Therapien eingeladen sind, ihre Arbeitsschwerpunkte und therapeutischen Ansätze vorzustellen.

Die Lehrenden sind alle Expert*innen mit langjähriger Erfahrung in Forschung und klinischer Praxis aus den Bereichen Kunst-Psychotherapie, Künstlerischen Therapien, Medizin und Psychologie.

Jede Weiterbildung wird mit einem Vortrag eröffnet, dem ein Seminar und eine praktische Phase folgen. So wird Theorie unmittelbar mit praktischer Selbsterfahrung verknüpft.


Further information coming soon!

Arts therapists with successfully completed university studies, a comparable degree or a suitable qualification from the professional life. Interested persons from neighboring professional fields can also participate in individual modules.

Künstlerische Therapeut*innen mit erfolgreich abgeschlossenem Hochschulstudium, einem vergleichbaren Abschluss oder einer entsprechenden Eignung aus dem Berufsleben. Interessent*innen aus angrenzenden Berufsfeldern können ebenfalls an Einzelmodulen teilnehmen. 

The admission criteria are based on the legal requirements of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (Kunsthochschulgesetz NRW, § 54 and the Hochschulzukunftsgesetz NRW §62). The further education courses serve as complement to the professional practice.

Die Zulassungskriterien orientieren sich an den gesetzlichen Vorgaben des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (Kunsthochschulgesetz NRW, § 54 und dem Hochschulzukunftsgesetz NRW §62). Die weiterbildenden Studienangebote dienen der Ergänzung der beruflichen Praxis.

Free lecture

"Regulating the Traumatized Body and Mind through Expressive Arts: Coming to Our Senses through Rhythm, Movement, Sound, and Imagery.”


7:00 pm -8:30 pm (Berlin time)

Registrations via: weiterbildung-kunsttherapie@alanus.edu

Contextualising the Developing Landscape of the Arts Therapies in South Africa: Towards a Context Specific and Ethical Practice

General outline

This series of lectures will look at the current, developing space of the arts therapies in South Africa with a focus on art therapy. Hopefully, more broadly this series will apply to those interested or working in developing countries and spaces where art therapy is a new and burgeoning profession. In the collaborative spirit of the growth of the arts therapies in South Africa, this series will be delivered with guest drama and music therapists.

With an introduction to the history and current state of the profession in South Africa to contextualise specific challenges, we will then explore a range of ethical and therapeutic themes including; ethics in arts therapies around race and culture, arts therapies and gender based violence and arts therapies in education.

There will be an experiential component to this series, intending to provide students with some meaningful tools to enhance their own practice and also to help bring some of the ethical and therapeutic themes we will be exploring to life.

Materials needed: Students are asked to come to lectures with a basic range of art materials, paper and/ or a sketch book.


5:00 pm - 8:30 pm (Berlin time)

Through the looking glass: mirrors and windows of the self through art psychotherapeutic practises.

General outline

How do we know the self and, how can art making and looking at art, provide both a reflective mirror as well as a window into new understandings of self and subjectivity, thereby enabling development? These questions form the general course outline which places the triadic gaze as the core determinant in knowing the self and the other, within the art therapeutic relationship. Theoretically, it draws on three main traditions within British art psychotherapy training and practice that being; object relations theory; developmental psychology and analytical psychology. This course will be of particular interest to art therapists who are keen to deepen their understanding of how the parental gaze may inform notions of the self. It may be of particular use for therapists working with children and young people, however, principles will be applicable to all clinical sectors.

Contents of the workshops

In this series of workshops, participants will be invited to engage in directive visual art-based practices to explore the parental gaze and how it may manifest in the art psychotherapeutic relationship. It offers the potential to engage in practices of looking to see the self in a new way.

Each session will begin with a brief theoretical introduction (the themes as indicated above), followed by an art making activity. 

Workshop one: Winnicott’s ‘Mirror role of Mother’ will be explored in art therapeutic theory and practice

Workshop two: The child developmental notion of ‘visual joint attention’ will be examined as a primary way to structure and enable the art therapeutic relationship

Workshop three: Internalised notions of animus and anima will be visually explored in relation to the paternal gaze and how this might contribute to the constellation of self.


Saturdays 9.30am – 1.00pm (Berlin time)

Materials needed: Participants are asked to have a range of dry and wet art materials available, including a range of coloured paper of various size and quality. They are also asked to ensure that they can work in a room that is private for the duration of the session. Participants will also be asked to make art work between sessions.


Trauma Healing with Guided Drawing
A sensorimotoric approach to bilateral body perception

In Guided Drawing the process is not focused on image making, but perception is concentrated on the internal movements within the body. Such scribbling repetitions of body perceptions gradually extend to the emotions, which are also drawn as movement.
This seemingly simple process of sensory perception and rhythmic drawing of motor impulses enables a unique way of communicating with the autonomic nervous system. When clients feel secure and sufficiently stabilized, they are encouraged to revitalize the life energy that is blocked in trauma-induced bracing or contraction. This is done as a drawn "massage", often with finger paints. Such massages look for movements that bring relief, ease pain, express anger or sadness. The focus is not on what has happened, but on the liberation of the blocked life-movement. The therapist has the option to support the experience with specific archetypes shapes that regulate the nervous system or promote release through drawing.
Traumatized clients often feel helplessly exposed to uncontrollable psychosomatic symptoms. The body-oriented approach of Guided Drawing allows for active intervention, which is encouraging for many and effectively promotes healing.


Saturdays 9:00-12:30 (Berlin time)

Trauma Heilen mit Geführtem Zeichnen
Ein sensomotorischer Ansatz zu bilateraler Körperwahrnehmung

Im Geführten Zeichnen ist der Prozess ist nicht auf Bildwelten ausgerichtet, sondern die Wahrnehmung konzentriert sich auf die innere Bewegung des Körpers. Solche kritzelnden Wiederholungen von Körperwahrnehmungen dehnen sich allmählich auch auf die Emotionen aus, die ebenfalls als Bewegung gezeichnet werden.

Dieser scheinbar einfache Prozess von sinnlicher Wahrnehmung und rhythmischem Zeichnen von Motorimpulsen ermöglicht eine einzigartige Weise, um mit dem Autonomen Nervensystem zu kommunizieren. Wenn sich Klienten geborgen und ausreichend stabilisiert fühlen, werden sie ermutigt die Lebensenergie, die in Trauma-bedingten Verkrampfungen und Versteifungen blockiert ist, neu zu beleben. Dies geschieht als gezeichnete „Massage“, oft auch mit Fingerfarben. In solchen Massagen wird nach Bewegungen gesucht, die Erleichterung bringen, Schmerzen lindern, Wut oder Trauer zum Ausdruck bringen. Nicht was passiert ist steht im Mittelpunkt, sondern die Befreiung der blockierten Lebensbewegung. Der Therapeut hat die Möglichkeit die Erfahrung mit spezifischen Urformen zu unterstützen, die das Nervensystem regulieren oder das Loslassen zeichnerisch fördern.

Traumatisierte Klienten fühlen sich oft hilflos unkontrollierbaren psychosomatischen Symptomen ausgeliefert. Der körperorientierte Ansatz des Geführten Zeichnens ermöglicht es, aktiv einzugreifen, was für viele ermutigend ist und Heilung wirksam fördert.

Post Modern Art Therapy Approaches in Uncertain Times

This workshop focuses on post-modernist theories and applications in art therapy that can be powerful during uncertain times. During the pandemic and natural or manmade disasters it is especially important for art therapists to be aware of new principles related to art therapy and to art making.
Post-modernist art making processes including appropriation, juxtaposition, recontextualization, current practices of art as healing are approaches discussed in this workshop. Participants will gain knowledge of positive psychology, self-portraiture, the use of art history infused art therapy, understand how tattoos can be addressed in a therapeutic construct and review postmodernist principles in art therapy.
This workshop will also address tattoo art and its connection to cultural symbolism. Art therapists may be challenged to address their client’s expectation of tattoos to function beyond their symbolic imagery. Therefore, a review of current research on this topic is timely. Participants will partake in experientials that integrate theory and practice.

Topics include: Post modernism, tattoos and art therapy, self- portraiture, art history infused art therapy, selfies, and ephemeral art. 



5:00 pm-8:30 pm (Berlin time)


Contents of Workshop

Sessions will include art making and will incorporate power point lectures, you tubes and clinical vignettes.

Session 1- Postmodernism theories practice: positive psychology and post-modern art making techniques

Session 2- Tattoos and Healing

Session 3- Self portraits

As a result of taking this course participants will be able to:

1. Describe post-modernist art making processes.
2. Define post-modernist approaches in therapy.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of post-modernist principals through the creation of a piece of post- modernist art.
4. State 3 benefits of integrating art history in art history.
5. Describe 3 ways that tattoos may be important to those with tattoos in self- healing.


Tattoo marker or crayan d arch water soluble neo color crayons (or any other brand)
Black sharpie
Drawing paper
Colored pencils
Colored paper
Small empty match box or similar small box

Therapeutic Art to Explore Birth Trauma & Support New Parenthood

Online seminar one:
Lecture: I shall speak about the growing arts in health movement, and the new openness with regard the arts and a form of public health, a necessity for human flourishing, and a viable alternative to prescription drugs. I shall give some examples from my most recently funded Arts & Humanities Research Council Research project The Birth Project. This lecture will give an overview of the use of the arts to support new motherhood in particular.

Online seminar two:
Workshop: Participants to think of a memory in relation to their own childbirth experience. This can be something seemingly tangential, such as remembered visual detail, or an object that was with you at the time. You may wish to have the object to-hand or you may just recall some small detail as a starting point. If you have had no contact with childbirth you can envisage the story of a client or friend, or use your imagination to think about your own hoped-for experience. We will make art for 20 minutes and then have 25 minutes for sharing. Materials can be anything you like to use: pastels, charcoal, paints.

Online Seminar three:
Film Viewing & Debate: A debate and Q&A will follow a short-film screening. The content of the film will help to stimulate the group discussion.


4:30 pm-8:00 pm (Berlin time)

Reading: Suggested optional preparatory reading: Hogan, S. (ed.) 2020. Art Therapy in Pregnancy, Birth & New Parenthood. Oxon & NY: Routledge.



Simone Alter Muri ATR-BC, ATCS, LMHC is the Director/Founder of the Art Therapy/Counseling, and Art Education programs at Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts USA.  As a Professor of Art Therapy, she holds a Doctorate in Creative Behavior, and a Masters’ degree in Art Therapy. Dr. Alter Muri has worked in the field of art therapy for over 30 years. Simone exhibits her art in galleries locally, regionally, and abroad. Her current art includes work on glass reflecting the plight of refugees, installations about barcodes and holocausts, and plein air paintings.
Her current research is on the connection between tattoos and healing.  She is also known for her work in Art in Times of War and Political Trauma Art Therapy, Autism and Art Therapy and Children’s Art Development. Simone has published numerous articles, chapters in books and has presented nationally and internationally. Dr Simone Alter Muri is known for her work in post-modernism.

Kate Dodd has worked as an art therapist for 8 years in both London and Johannesburg. After moving back to South Africa in 2014, she spent time working in the NGO sector, focussing on community work with children who have experienced severe trauma, with children on the autistic spectrum as well as dyadic parent and child groups. Kate currently has a general private practice in Johannesburg working with a range of presenting issues in both children and adults including autism spectrum disorder, physical disability, trauma related issues, eating disorders, generalised anxiety, depression, PTSD and those experiencing bereavement. She is currently affiliated to the University of Pretoria, leading the development of a MA Art Therapy training in South Africa. After initially completing her BA Fine Arts (Hons) at Wits, she completed her 2 year Masters training as an art therapist at the University of Roehampton in London. Kate is a practicing artist, working in mixed media.

Cornelia Elbrecht BA. MA. (Art Ed), AThR, SEP, ANZACATA, IEATA has over 40 years experience as an art therapist. She is a Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapist (SEP) and is also trained in Jungian and Gestalt therapy, bioenergetics and bodywork. She is founder and director of the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy, School for Initiatic Art Therapy. Cornelia is a registered Art Therapist and accredited supervisor with ANZACATA, the Australian, New Zealand and Asia Art Therapy Association and IEATA, the International Expressive Arts Therapies Association. She has published three books, several online trainings and essays in professional journals. Cornelia teaches internationally the Sensomotoric Art Therapy developed by her. She lives in Australia.

Susan Hogan is Professor of Arts and Health, University of Derby and a Professorial Fellow, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham. She is a member of the advisory panel of the International Health Humanities Network, Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and founding member of their SIG for Arts, Health & Wellbeing. Susan is well known for her on-going interest in women’s mental-health.

Professor Ephrat Huss is a full professor who chairs an MA in Art Therapy for Social workers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. She has published over 80 articles and 2 theoretical and 2 edited books on art therapy within social contexts. "What we see and what we say"; Using the Arts in Social Research and Practice and- A Theory Based Textbook for Teaching Art therapy, as well as an international handbook on arts in social practice. She is now writting two additional edited books on these subjects She has currenlty received a large natioanl grant to research community art therapy and social arts. She has lectured extensivley and provided plenary lectures and webinars on art therapy in community crises worldwide.

Jonathan Isserow holds a PhD in psychoanalysis and documentary film studies from University College London (UCL), and an MA in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies from the Tavistock Clinic. He is a state registered art psychotherapist who has worked extensively within child, adolescent and family psychiatry. He convenes the Art Psychotherapy programme at the University of Roehampton, London.

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT is a psychologist, expressive arts therapist, educator and researcher in the area of traumatic stress, mind/body and arts-based approaches. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, has given over 500 presentations throughout the US and internationally, and has held faculty appointments at seven universities throughout the US. Dr. Malchiodi has served as a member of the American Counseling Association Governing Council, President of the Humanistic Counseling Association and on the Board of Directors of the American Art Therapy Association. For the last three decades she has worked with traumatized children, adolescents, adults and families, expanding the range of understanding of non-verbal, sensory-based theories and methods through 20 books, 50 chapters and refereed articles. Her latest book is Trauma and Expressive Arts: Brain-Wise and Body-Based Approaches to Therapy; she is the editor of Handbook of Art Therapy and Digital Technology and her bestselling book Understanding Children’s Drawings will be in its second edition in late 2020.

Leitung der Künstlerischen und Wissenschaftlichen Weiterbildungen, Kunsttherapie interdisziplinär Medizin & Psychologie:
Prof. Hildrun Rolff

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeit:  Anke Schäfer

Das Wichtigste im Überblick

Artistic and scientific further education, art therapy interdisciplinary medicine & psychology

12-15 hours ’45 minutes per training event

4 to 5 hours per session.
Three times on the same day of the week, if possible within one month. 
At the weekend (saturday or sunday) or in the evening time (German time) within the week.

Costs for the participants
150 € pro series including lecture and confirmation of further education
50 € certificates fee

Limited number of participants: approx. 25-30

Office Artistic and scientific further education (Ludger Vogel)
E-Mail: weiterbildung-kunsttherapie@alanus.edu
Telephone: +49 2222 93211813


Künstlerisch-wissenschaftliche Weiterbildungen, Kunsttherapie, interdisziplinär Medizin und Psychologie

12-15 Stunden á 45 Minuten pro Weiterbildung

4 bis 5 Stunden pro Termin.
Drei Termine an einem wiederkehrenden Wochentag, wenn möglich innerhalb eines Monats.
Am Wochenende (Samstag oder Sonntag) oder abends (Deutsche Zeit) unter der Woche.

150 € pro Themenreihe inklusive Vorlesungen und Weiterbildungsbestätigung
50 € Zertifikatsgebühr

Limitierte Teilnehmerzahl: 25 bis 30 Teilnehmer pro Weiterbildung

Büro künstlerisch-wissenschaftliche Weiterbildungen (Ludger Vogel)
E-Mail: weiterbildung-kunsttherapie@alanus.edu
Telefon: 02222 93211813


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International Perspectives - 2020/2021 ONLINE
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