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Haptic perception in art therapy: using clay for implicit repair of developmental deficits - NEW COURSE

Haptic Perception, touching objects with our hands, is the most fundamental of human experiences. This course teaches practitioners about haptic perception in art therapy where using the hands and touch therapy with clay can offer diagnostic insights and implicit repair of developmental deficits.

Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th March 2023

10.00am - 12.30pm


(Delivered via Zoom, information for the day & invite to join will be sent a week before)

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*Open to all Qualified Professionals and Trainees*

The first year of our life is dominated by the sense of touch. Tactile contact is the first mode of communication we learn. Our earliest body memories and our core attachments were formed when we relied on sensorimotor feedback to feel safe and loved. Love as well as violence are primarily communicated through touch. Our boundaries are invaded through inappropriate touching. Sexual experiences are overwhelmingly ruled by the sense of touch – and so are medical procedures, as well as all other events that happened to our bodies.

Using clay and finger paints, the course will look at the neurobiology of touch, the different memory systems that store touch experiences. The developmental, preverbal stages of the first 4 years of life and how to address the sensorimotor needs of children and adults, when complex trauma has disrupted their development.


On completion of this course you will be able to:

• Understand the different memory systems involved in art making

• Differentiate between implicit and explicit memories

• Acquire insights into the importance of haptic perception in the development of children

• Understand the sensory division in the peripheral nervous system and how it can be engaged to facilitate trauma-informed interventions

• Understand the motor division in the peripheral nervous system and how it can be engaged to facilitate trauma-informed interventions


Cornelia Elbrecht BA. MA. (Art Ed), AThR, SEP, has more than 40 years of experience as an art therapist. She is also a Somatic Experiencing trauma therapist (SEP). She has studied at the School for Initiatic Art Therapy in Germany, also Jungian and Gestalt therapy, Bioenergetics and bodywork. She is founder and director of the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy, School for Initiatic Art Therapy. Cornelia is a registered professional member of ANZACATA, the Australian, New Zealand and Asia Art Therapy Association and IEATA, the International Expressive Arts Therapies Association. She is an accredited art therapy supervisor. 2019 Elbrecht, Cornelia; Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing; a sensorimotor approach to bilateral body

Additional Information:

Please Note:

Booking closes 1-week prior to start date. Information and link to join the day will be sent once booking has closed.


Please create a Free Booking Account if you don't have one or are not a member, here: 


Trainee BAAT Member: £110.00


x3 Reduced Rate for Trainees or Unemployed Members: £85.00

Please Note: We can not reserve reduced rate places.


Full Unemployed or Retired Member: £110.00


Full Underemployed Member: £120.00


Full Member (Self Funded): £130.00


Associate Member: £130.00


Non-BAAT Member (Self or Employer Funded): £220.00


Employer Funded BAAT Members: £200.00


Employer Funded places for members or non-members, please download a course booking form here: Invoice Request Form - Course Booking Form.docx

Completed Booking Forms (with purchase order number and BAAT booking account number), please email to:


Please Note: We do not accept employer funded bookings without an employer purchase order.


Convenors: Cornelia Elbrecht

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