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Working with Small (Toy) Figures in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Wednesday, July 29, 2020   Posted in: Training By: Administrator With tags: counselling, workshop, Training

Learn how to use small figures with counselling and therapy clients in this practical introduction workshop with John Barton. Small figure work is a powerful and effective method of working with adults, adolescents and children. Clients quickly understand themselves from fresh perspectives and find themselves thinking in new and creative ways.

Dates: Thursday 27th and Friday 28th August 2020.
Times: 9am to 5pm on Thursday, and 9am to 4.30pm on Friday. Morning and afternoon tea will be supplied. There will be a one hour lunch break each day.
Location: Christchurch Community House (301 Tuam Street).
Cost: $150 per person. $90 for students and the unwaged.

The usual cost of this workshop is $300. The reduced cost is a way of acknowledging the work of counsellors following the Christchurch earthquakes and mosque shooting.

Contact John Barton to register or for more information on this workshop (john[at] or 09 634 1916).

This workshop will focus on working with adults in the one-to-one setting. The work can be directly applied with couples and in family therapy, in supervision and in workplace/management settings. Participants who work with children will need to modify the work to suit their clients.

Using small figures enables clients to:

  • Express and understand their knowledge of the family and social systems they inhabit;
  • Experience themselves and their stories from both internal and external perspectives;
  • Connect with feelings and understanding that are held in nonverbal memory; and
  • Concretise and thus more fully experience their hopes and wishes for the future.

The workshop will be experiential and is limited to sixteen participants. Participants will have the opportunity to be both the client and the therapist. There will also be demonstration and discussion of practical and theoretical aspects of this work. The workshop is likely to be enjoyable and to heighten participants’ appreciation of themselves.

At the end of the workshop the figures used in the workshop (Playmobil toy figures) will be for sale to the participants.

Note: It is expected that all participants are able to take responsibility for self care if they uncover personal material that is difficult, for instance through access to their own therapist or supervisor.

About the facilitator John Barton

John Barton is a psychotherapist in Auckland and Christchurch. He is trained in psychodrama and other modalities. He was a GP for over twenty years. He has run this workshop in NZ, Australia, USA, Europe and Asia. He has a lighthearted teaching style which shows his enthusiasm for small figure work and his joy in the practice of psychotherapy.

Find out more about John Barton on his website.

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