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The Absurd Word: Using Writing in Counselling

The Absurd Word: Using Writing in Counselling

Date: 13th November 2018

Facilitator: Amanda Hall


Workshop Duration:

1 Day (7 Hours)

Workshop Time:

9:30 – 16:30


$220.00 for registration and payment received by 11/10/2018

Full fee: $240.00 including morning tea and lunch, all associated handouts and a certificate of attendance.

Workshop Venue:

Lighthouse Resources Upstairs Training Room

Kyabra Street RUNCORN, QLD. 4113

Target Group:

All human service professionals (Social Workers, Psychologists, Counsellors, Mental Health workers) and students interested in expressive therapies and self-awareness.


No writing experience required, simply a motivation for self-reflection and creativity.

Workshop Outline:

Learn and practice the use of writing, words, word games, poetry and literature in your counselling and support work with clients.  This experiential workshop will guide you through several writing based activities and techniques that can enhance your work with people who experience various concerns and challenges in their mental health and wellbeing and family life.

The use of creative techniques in counselling can support people to express the hard to say and contain the difficult to feel. Writing can provide an avenue to reflect upon the issues we face in life and externalise them from ourselves, exploring the ups and downs of life in a safe way. Sometimes it is hard to find the words to explain our thoughts and feelings – getting creative through stories and metaphors however can help our brain to bring this out and give us a safe place to express difficult emotions. We can also find strengths and solutions in the worlds we create on the page.

Such techniques can also be used in self-supervision and group work. A self-supervision model will be used during the workshop to maintain a focus on skill development rather than personal concerns.

Please be advised that all activities are to be conducted at your skill level and within your role, with the support of quality professional supervision.

Workshop Outcomes:

By the close of the workshop participants will have:

  • Writing exercises that can be utilised in support and counselling work
  • Ideas to enhance your own continued Self-Supervision, team supervision and general self reflection
  • Confidence in using writing and word games for self-expression and reflection


New Workshop for 2018

NB: This is an enhanced version of a 4hr workshop delivered in 2016 with a greater focus on clinical skills.

Facilitator Bio:

Amanda Hall (Brown)

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Art Therapist with over 14 years’ experience in Mental Health, Child Protection and Family work and Private Practice. Amanda is a book nerd, a lover of words and has used various literary and writing interventions in therapy, particularly in clinic and private practice settings as well as residential and foster care. Amanda is a clinical supervisor of practitioners and students and encourages herself and others to write and create for your own self-reflection.

Workshop Cancellations:

By completing and submitting this registration form, you are indicating your intention to attend this workshop and you will be liable for the full fee as indicated.

If you are unable to attend the workshop for any reason, fail to attend without notice or cancel your registration payment will not be refunded.

Workshops occasionally need to be cancelled due to insufficient participant numbers. Should this be necessary, we will notify you as soon as possible and a full refund will be given.


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