Creative Therapy Courses South West

At The Nautilus Rooms, Totnes

The Nautilus Rooms, Totnes is home to one of the country’s leading providers of Sandplay and Creative Arts Therapies. Our courses provide a comprehensive route to training in Integrative Sandplay Therapy, Integrative Therapeutic Art, Creativity and Mindfulness. Mindfulness.

Contact Ruth Baker: ruthbaker1@gmail.com

Sandplay Therapy

“In sandplay, we withhold judgement. We accept the uniqueness of individuals and their ways of coping and dealing with their wounds, their problems.” Bradway & McCoard

Sandplay Therapy is currently enjoying a surge of interest from trainees to highly experienced practitioners working with children, adolescents, young people and adults of all ages. It is used in a range of settings including private practice, mental health services, social services, schools, residential settings etc. It is highly versatile and accessible to individuals, couples, families and groups.

It is a creative way of working where symbols (small figures/ miniatures) are used in conjunction with a tray of sand. It is a deeply inspiring and transformative therapy where these symbols are used to help clients tell their story, express their feelings and emotions and inner world. Essentially a story is expressed in the sand which is processed verbally and non-verbally. The therapist provides a safe nurturing and empathic space for the client to step into their inner world and expression. The therapist provides a non-judgemental, holding space for this process. Completed Sandtrays can be verbally and non-verbally processed. The processing of the tray continues in the psyche long after the session has ended. Not all needs to be understood in the here and now.

The non-verbal aspect of sandtray makes it an excellent therapy for working with children, with people with autism and those with traumatic memories and difficult subject matter. Traumatic events can be processed in the sand without the need for telling the story verbally. It is a wonderful way of putting your life story together and making sense of it.

Sandplay Training

The training is offered at three levels

  • Foundation
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma

The training groups are small which allows for plenty of group discussion, theory and experiential work.

Foundation in Integrative Sandplay

This two-day course is an ideal introduction for people with no experience of sandplay and will also build on any experience you may have gained from your basic training. It gives a greater depth and understanding of this way of working and its power. This course is an ideal starting point for anyone who is interested in delving into the mysteries of sandplay therapy, its Jungian origins and transpersonal potential.

It is a highly experiential course designed to give you a real taste of what sandplay therapy is all about. Taught by Ruth Baker an experienced sandplay therapist, teacher, consultant and supervisor.

This form of therapy is highly valued as a stand-alone therapy, it is also an excellent tool in the toolbox for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and those working more widely in the helping professions and education.

Let me know if you are interested in an online course as I am in the process of developing this option. You will need access to a sandtray and symbols. I can give advice as to how you may be able to put this together.

Feedback for this course is terrific:

'The best CPD I have ever done'

'An opportunity to fully explore and gain a deeper understanding of sandplay therapy'

'Understanding the clients process in making a tray and how to facilitate through body and symbol enquiry insights and the healing potential'

'Ruth’s' wisdom and knowledge has a depth which is so rich'

‘The pace of the course is perfect and well balanced’.

‘An opportunity to fully explore and gain a deeper understanding of sandplay therapy’.

‘Understanding the clients process in making a sandtray’

Dates:

5th and 6th February 2022
30th April and 1st May 2022
16th and 17th July 2022
3rd and 4th September 2022
19th and 20th November

Cost

From 1st April 2022

£225 this includes a deposit of £75.

The deposit holds the place for you and is non-refundable.

The full payment is due 6 weeks before the course start date.

If the course does not run the deposit can be transferred to another date or be refunded.

Please complete your application form and make payment by BACS.

Diploma in Integrative Sandplay Therapy

This course is organised as four 3-day weekends.

The aim of the course is to bring depth and understanding to your sandplay work from a Jungian and Transpersonal perspective. The course integrates theory and experiential work which thoroughly embeds the work.  It is a dive into a deeply immersive experience of sandplay therapy. The work integrates well into other theoretical perspectives.

Dates

Weekend 1: 23rd, 24th, 25th September 2022
Weekend 2: 28th, 29th,30th October 2022
Weekend 3: 9th, 10th, 11th December 2022
Weekend 4: 13th, 14th,15th January 2023

Cost

Total cost of the course is £1800 payable in instalments.

Early Bird reduction for full payment by 1st July 2022

Non-refundable deposit: £200 secures a place on the course

Please complete your application form and make payment by BACS.

Payment Schedule:

1st payment £400 by 23rd August 2022
2nd payment £400 by 28th September 2022
3rd payment £400 by 9th November 2022
4th payment £400 by 13th December 2022

Foundation in Therapeutic Art

An introduction to the world of therapeutic art and symbolism. When we express our inner world through paint or pastels, we can somehow make a different sense of ourselves in the here and now.

Dates

26th and 27th February 2022
15th and 16th October 2022

Cost

From 1st April 2022

£225 this includes a deposit of £75.

The deposit holds the place for you and is non-refundable.

The full payment is due 6 weeks before the course start date.

If the course does not run the deposit can be transferred to another date or be refunded.

Please complete your application form and make payment by BACS.

Am I eligible for this course?

These courses are aimed at counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, coach’s’, and those working more widely in the helping professions and education. They are suitable for people working with all age’s groups i.e., children through to adults, couples and groups.

The full Diploma is awarded to people who have completed 50 supervised client Sandtrays and received a minimum of 8 hours of sandplay supervision by a recommended supervisor and have a basic qualification in counselling. The course facilitator may recommend some additional personal therapy prior to the awarding of the Diploma.

Course Location

The courses are run from The Nautilus Rooms in Totnes, Devon UK which houses a fabulous collection of sandplay symbols built specifically to give students a full experience of the power of sandplay.

Many people travel long distances for these courses and enjoy staying in Totnes or the surrounding area. Totnes is small market town with a quirky reputation for being ‘alternative’ and artistic. We benefit from a fabulous market on Fridays and Saturdays and a variety of charity shops. Both are great sources for hunting new symbols. One of the joys of the course is sharing symbols bought during lunchtime forays. There is plethora of places to purchase lunch.

Questions

Course size

These courses tend to be small 6-9 people which allows plenty of time for individual processing and experiential work. If there are insufficient numbers the course will not run.

Covid

At the Nautilus Rooms we benefit from large rooms which can be ventilated and plenty of room to spread out. We follow current government guidance. We ask you sanitise your hands prior to using the symbols and sand. If you have specific concerns please contact Ruth.

Online Course

I am getting requests for online courses – to undertake an online course you would need to have access to a sand tray and some symbols. This does not need to be extensive – a cat litter tray or large baking tray and a range of symbols (miniatures) would be enough. If you are interested, please register an interest with me.

Deposits

If the course does not run the deposit can be transferred to another date or be refunded.

Can’t make the date

Interested in a course but cannot make the date – do let me know there may be others in the same position as you.

Bespoke Courses

If your organisation or group of colleagues would like a course to run locally to you please contact me to discuss.

About Ruth

Ruth has been working in the helping professions for the over 25 years. She has extensive experience of working with individuals, couples and groups from a range of different backgrounds including the criminal justice system, mental health services, drug and alcohol services, healthcare provisions including hospices and private practice. She has a love of nature – walking – swimming – gardening and growing and being in wild spaces. She is a student of the Diamond Approach where the primary interest is to know what is true about yourself. She has extensive training in Integrative Sandplay Therapy and Therapeutic Art. She is a counsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor, consultant and teacher. Ruth is a teacher and supervisor within the Association of Integrative Sandplay Therapists.

Ruth’s depth of knowledge and experience is valued and commented on by students as is her ability to hold the space for deep learning to take place.

Feedback on Ruth’s teaching:

‘Thank you, Ruth, for your gentle teaching, holding and facilitation. As I get older, I find myself a bit fussy about who I feel I can learn deeply from and you are definitely one of those people who wisdom and knowledge has a depth which is so rich I find I can settle in (relax) and absorb with confidence.’

‘I found the practical frameworks very useful’

‘…such thoughtful training. Ruth created an environment in which I felt safe and secure at all times’.

More information can be found at:

www.nautilusrooms.uk

or contact Ruth directly

Email: ruthbaker1@gmail.com

 

 

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