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Starting with Interactive Drawing Therapy (IDT)

Fun Crayons IIThis week, I'm attending a 4-day intensive course on Interactive Drawing Therapy (IDT). It's basically a foundation course on this modality, which was introduced and developed by New Zealander Russell Withers in the early 90s. Withers, apparently was an architect by training who ended up doing counselling work. Hence, he started using diagrams and drawings in his work. This practice then became the beginnings of Interactive Drawing Therapy.

Although IDT has an official web site and has some search returns on Google, it doesn't have an extensive online profile. And, I can't find anything much on Mr Withers.

Anyway, when I first heard about IDT, I became immediately attracted to it because of my interest in art. In fact, once upon a time, I even considered taking up art therapy to compliment my practice in psychology. However, I realised that I couldn't spare another 2+ years to study, just to take on art therapy merely as a modality of my practice. So, I simply learned as much as I can about art and expressive therapies in my own time (buying books, reading information, etc.).

Well today, I started with the first session of this foundation course on Interactive Drawing Therapy. And, so far, so good. Day One was jam packed with background information, interspersed with some "practice counselling work" (with an equal chance of being the client too). As a practitioner, I find these types of workshops helpful and energising. I'm hoping that I'll learn more in Days 2 to 4. As it stands, while I don't think I'd be working strictly in this modality (I tend to use "the best of" several modalities), I'm already looking forward to see how I can incorporate IDT in my practice.

Will try to post an update as soon as I'm able. 🙂

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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