Introduction to Art Therapy

  • Certification: IICP will issue a CPD Certificate of Attendance. CPD: 6 hours

  • QQI: N/A

  • Cost: €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)

    • NOTE: Summer Series Special Offer – Book any two workshops and get a third free (cannot be used in conjunction with alumni discount)
  • Date: Saturday 13th July 2024

  • Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

  • Delivery: Onsite in our Tallaght Campus

One Day Workshop: Introduction to Art as Therapy

Art as therapy may be offered alongside talking based therapy. When words fail to reach down into the heart of the experience the client is wrestling with, the use of a tactile exploration using art making offers a symbolic and non-verbal expression.

Using art materials such as paint, clay, collage, and pastels/crayons etc. can be a vehicle to express what sometimes cannot be expressed through talking. This unique process offers an opportunity for the unconscious mind to become visible through the image created. This form of exploration offers an ongoing dialogue between the conscious and the unconscious aspects of the client’s inner world, which activates the potential for healing and the ongoing development of one’s sense of self, identity, and purpose.

During the workshop you will have time and space to:

  • There will be an opportunity to work in pairs as both creator and silent witness, coming
    together to reflect upon the art process and image.
  • Explore a range of art mediums and understand their appropriate use and how they
    become a vehicle for exploring the inner world.
  • Have a personal experience of the symbolic art making process and its role in
    maintaining and/ restoring well-being:


  • Saturday 13th July 2024, 9.30am – 4.30pm


  • The college will issue a certificate of attendance to those who take this workshop
  • CPD: 6 hours


  • €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)
  • This course is part of IICP’s Summer Series and eligible for our 3 for 2 offer so book any two summer series workshops and get a third one free!

    • Note: The discount for IICP Students / Alumni and VCS Counsellors cannot be used in conjunction with the 3 for 2 offer.


  • This workshop will take place onsite in our Tallaght Campus.

Getting Started

Applications to this course are done online using the link below. If you have any queries, please contact the office on 01 4664205 or call Triona on 086 0499154.

Simply click the below button to be brought to our online application process. When prompted, please select ‘Summer Series’, then select ‘SS 2024 July Introduction to Art Therapy’ and complete the form.

Online Application Form

About the Programme Facilitator

Jean Gascoigne
Jean Gascoigne
Jean Gascoigne is a professional artist who developed and extended her love of art into the field of art and sand play therapy. Jean is a State Registered Art Psychotherapist, registered with the Health Professionals Council. Jean is also a Trauma Practitioner and Trainer, she offers courses in Art as Therapy, Introduction to Sand Play Therapy, Trauma Training for school and community groups.
As an Art Therapist, Jungian Sand Play Therapist, Bereavement Counsellor, Trauma Informed School Practitioner, Trainer, Spiritual Director, and Artist, she has over 30 of experience of working with young children, adolescents, and adults. Jean has had the privilege of being in a school setting as a private practitioner for 20years… where she has developed and integrated the therapeutic qualities of her work into delivering psycho-educational workshops across the school at all levels, thus creating a trauma informed schools’ approach. She also offers trauma training programme to teachers.