The Arts in Group Facilitation Certificate (formerly Arts & Empowerment Facilitation Training Course) is a HETAC level 8 (10 credits) certificate comprising of two 5 credit assessed modules. It is an experiential course, aiming to train participants to facilitate workshops in a broad community context, working through the arts to empower group members.
It aims to provide participants with the skills to facilitate arts projects in a broad range of settings. It incorporates training in visual arts, drama, movement, music, music technology and group facilitation skills.
Training on the course is experiential. Participants are facilitated in workshops, learning both through their experience as participants in the workshop and the leadership of the facilitator. They are encouraged to consider the workshops both as participant and as potential facilitator.
The course is underpinned by a strong belief that information is processed, not just verbally, but also through image making, music, acting, sculpture, etc. Space is given within the workshops to explore and respond to discussions and information in a range of different creative media.
Engaging in arts processes such as improvisation and role-play, painting, music and sculpture, trainees will learn how creative activity can promote self-confidence, encourage inclusion and offer new learning methodologies.
Training focuses on acknowledging the person within the learning process, recognizing the importance of play and the need for learning to be engaging. There is a strong emphasis on the value of diversity and the breadth of experience held within a group-learning environment.
The Arts in Group Facilitation Certificate runs once a month (Thursday– Saturday) from October through to end of May, including three 2-day training blocks (Friday - Saturday). There is a total of 24 training days.
Applications are received on an ongoing basis until 23 June 2017. Interviews are held on an ongoing basis. Entry to this course is by interview. Candidates are required to bring a small selection of their personal artwork and/or documentation of projects they have been involved with to the interview with them.
All materials are provided. The cost of this course is €1400* for the coming year.
*Please note: all fees are subject to annual review
Creativity & Change is about creativity and its power to ignite empathy, passion and learning about our interconnected and interdependent world.
It is about imagining more humane, just and viable ways to live in the world.
It connects how we think, live and act in the world and considers how we can live as connected global citizens becoming part of the changes we want to see.
Artists, community workers, youth workers, activists educators, volunteers and anyone who is interested in exploring the connection between creativity, learning and change in the world and in nurturing possiblities to grow as connected global citizens.
The course has several main strands of learning within the context of global citizenship & global and local justice themes.
The course will combine presentations, case studies, and group participation with a focus on experiential learning. Course participation will require access to internet outside of the course time as an on-line learning community will be established and tools and resources shared on-line.
There will be a requirement of assignments and projects that will necessitate approximately the same amount of time to be invested in the course in your own time as the time in workshops over the 8 weekends. Participants will be required to deliver a project as part of the course work.
Seven 2/3 day blocks Oct 2014 to May 2015
The course fee is subsidized through Irish Aid funding so it can be offered at the reduced rate of €680
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"I have a much greater understanding of how my own practice can be used as a means of critically examining the world/community around us, and also take away lots of practical skills and ideas“
“One of the things that the course does best is combining theoretical knowledge with practical approaches and bridging the gap between those two areas. In doing so the course serves in itself as a great example."
"It challenges the way you think and also many of the attitudes you have. This is done in a non confrontational way, self-reflecting way."
"I got new energy...improved my understanding and expanded my horizons and opened my eyes to the world as a bigger picture."
"Love that it can make learning fun even though the issues are very serious”
“Very inspiring to see the power of art and creativity in action”
The Certificate in Principles of Art Therapy (formerly the Art Therapy Foundation Course) is a HETAC level 8 (10 credits) certificate comprising of two 5 credit assessed modules. Through theory and experiential learning this course provides an opportunity to explore Art Therapy within a group setting.
The aim of the course is to introduce participants to the basic principles of Art Therapy, incorporating opportunity to reflect on their learning from the experience. For many this introduction may be a step towards training as a qualified Art Therapist, for others it may introduce them to a more sympathetic understanding of the role of art in rehabilitation and development work.
Each month is focused on a core principle of art therapy. Students will participate in a lecture, experiential workshops and a seminar, exploring that principle with qualified arts therapists. A variety of approaches to the process of Art Therapy will be introduced through these workshops, lectures and seminars.
During the course lectures are delivered on various aspects of art therapy including history, theory and case studies, focusing specifically on the core principles of art therapy. Seminars offer opportunities to discuss ideas, with visiting and course tutors, around the application of art therapy.
Workshops, delivered by qualified, registered art therapists, provide participants with experience of a range of different approaches to facilitating a group (directive, theme-based, non-directive, etc.). The experiential nature of this course can be emotionally and psychologically challenging. Applicants should be aware of this and any concerns can be addressed at interview.
The course runs from October to April, Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 3.30pm (to accommodate travel arrangements). The October and February course days have a longer timetable (tbc).
It usually falls on the first or second weekend of the month.
Applications are received on an ongoing basis until the end June each year. Entry to this course is by interview. Candidates are required to bring a small selection of their personal artwork to the interview with them. Interviews are held on an ongoing basis.
All materials are provided and the cost is €1400*.
*Please note: all fees are subject to annual review
Applicants normally require:
Total course fee for the full-time and part-time modes is eur7560. This may be subject to annual review. There is an additional cost to the student of mandatory weekly personal therapy. All materials are provided.
Art therapists work in a wide variety of HSE and social care settings, including – adult and child psychiatry, education, palliative care, addiction services and community day centres. Many also work in private practise.
Offers of a place on the scheme, for candidates whose applications have met the initial entry criteria listed above, are dependent on a successful group and/or individual interview. At interview candidates will also be assessed on their portfolios and a short written statement, submitted with the application form.
When you submit your application form you will be asked to include up to 6 slides/ photographs so that we have an idea of your current art practice. At interview you will be asked to bring along your art portfolio. This should contain 15 – 20 pieces of art work that best represents your relationship to your creative process, in your chosen medium. Sketch books, journals can be included as well.