As part of Gloria’s Fulbright affiliation with KAPC she was asked to design a 150-hour certificate course for counselors in Expressive Arts and Play Therapy. The course was held between May and June and was attended by 8 professional counselors. It was designed to introduce the theories and techniques of expressive arts and play therapy with children that can be used alongside traditional counseling skills. Most of the trainees had very little or no prior experience with art and were amazed at the power of art as a tool for expression, particularly in accessing the subconscious. One of the participants said, “This art is tricky, it can make you tell what you did not want to tell.” The course was designed with an emphasis on experiencing one’s own childhood. Another trainee expressed, “This class has made me grow and grow. That childhood that I missed I found it in this group. You have made my day.”
A second certificated course will be held in September and October, 2009.