Date(s) - 05/08/2020
6:30 pm - 8:15 pm

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Presenter: Annette Coulter

Date and time: 5 August 2020  6:30pm-8:15pm (Eastern Standard Time)
Venue: Online
Cost: AAFT Members Free/Non-AAFT Members $15


Annette is an approved Interactive Drawing Therapy (IDT) trainer, supervisor and practitioner.

She will address the following questions:
How have I found IDT useful in family and couple therapy?
What are the basics of the IDT ‘tool’?
How can the family therapist use IDT effectively?
How does IDT differ from Family/Couple Art Therapy?
Why is IDT so effective in families and couples work?
What are some useful IDT tasks I can take away with me?

IDT was developed by a NZ architect as an alternative way to communicate through drawing processes. IDT is a unique page-based way of working with words, images and feelings. The page becomes a mirror through which the client is able to see themselves more objectively, facilitating insight, inner resourcefulness, and change. IDT increases the therapist’s effectiveness and ability to work safely and with greater respect for and understanding of client processes. IDT is a client-centred process of disclosure and discovery in which the therapist actively partners the client in the process of deepening their work, often through the development of metaphors. The counsellor does not interpret the client’s drawn images.

IDT is a practical and versatile modality that can be used with self, individual, couple or family therapy across a wide range of situations, and in conjunction with other modalities. IDT can be used for self, individual, couple or family therapy, with all ages, with less verbal or conceptually fluent clients, cross-culturally and from short-term crisis to long-term psychotherapeutic work. IDT has the potential to offer family therapy something unique to enhance clinical practice, research, supervision and ongoing professional development. The goals of this talk are to enhance knowledge of IDT practice and to examine IDT principles in relationship to family/couple therapy.

Annette is a British-trained, Australian-based art psychotherapist, Interactive Drawing Therapy (IDT) supervisor, trainer and practitioner, published author, and practising artist.  She is a Clinical Member and Accredited Supervisor for the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), a Clinical Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT) and an Honorary Professional Member and Approved Supervisor for the Australian, New Zealand, Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA). She has over 40 years clinical experience and is currently in private practice where she specialises in work with children, adolescents, families and couples. Further training includes child/adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy and family/couple therapy. She has worked in child mental health, adolescent community welfare, residential schools, disability and corrective services. She has been an active family therapist since 1984, serving on the Qld, NSW and AAFT Committees. Through The Centre for Art Psychotherapy, she provides clinical supervision, professional development,  customised training, education, and client consultation.

Publications include: The Introductory Guide to Art Therapy, 2014; Art Therapy ‘Down Under’, 2016; Family Art Therapy, 2015; Art Therapy with Transient Youth, 2012; Returning from a War Zone, 2008; Couple Art Therapy, 2007