Youth Arts Lab Peace IV Continuous Professional Development

Cavan Youth arts lab PEACE IV project Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for artist facilitators on April 28th at the Virginia Show Centre, Virginia, Co Cavan at 10am.

Cavan Youth arts lab PEACE IV project Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for artist facilitators on April 28th at the Virginia Show Centre at 10am.


The purpose of the project Cavan Youth Arts lab is to enhance the capacity of children and young people to develop awareness and respect for self and others and to form positive relationships through the arts.  Art form strategies including workshops, training, events and happenings are taking place to further develop the capacity of young people to create and develop cultural memory.


It is important that the project also benefits and assists in the professional development of the artists which in turn benefits the young people they reach out to.

Therefore this CPD workshop will look at Art and Art Therapy, group process, it will explore adolescence through art and also feature a case study. It is an experiential workshop.The workshop will be delivered by Austin Creaven, Art therapist and Clinical supervisor from The Phoenix Creative Psychotherapy Centre.


Austin Creaven trained as a Fine Artist in Galway, graduating in 1984. He moved to London and worked in a variety of jobs, including as a studio artist, and with homeless people, before training as an Art Psychotherapist at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Graduating in 1997, he was invited to return to Ireland to be involved in setting up an Art Therapy service for children and adolescents in Limerick city. This project, ‘The Blue Box’, provides a Creative Arts Therapy service to young people, mainly through schools, in the city. Austin worked as a Creative Arts Therapist and Clinical Supervisor with the project until August 2015. He has also trained in Child Psychotherapy (Play Therapy) and in Creative Supervision with the Children’s Therapy Centre, Ireland. In addition he has training in Therapeutic Supervision with the Centre for Supervision, Training and Development, UK. Austin is now in private practice, as a Clinical Supervisor and as a Creative Arts Therapist, working with children, adolescents and adults in the west of Ireland, (mainly Clare, Limerick and Galway). He is also a founding member of The Phoenix Creative Psychotherapy Centre, Limerick.

The format for the CPD would be as follows:

Start time 10am - Presentation - Art and Art Therapy - The Historical Connection

  • 11am Break
  • Workshop - Introduction to Group Process
  • 1.00pm to 2.00pm - Lunch Break
  • 2.00pm to 4.00pm - Workshop - Exploration of Adolescence through Art
  • 4.00pm to 4.15pm - Break
  • 4.15 pm to 5.00pm - Case Study - Adolescent Presentation
  • 5.00pm to 5.15pm - Conclusion


There are a limited number of spaces so to book your space, please contact Kim Doherty or 0494378548 / 0866691550 by 16 April


Cavan County Counil arts office partner delivery project

This project/initiative is supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.




13 Apr 2018

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