Online courses


Mon, 12 July 2021

19:30 – 21:30 CEST


Jan Taal

The Imagery Toolbox: Mobilising inner resources for coping with a crisis

Learn how to mobilise inner resources with simple yet effective imagery exercises for coping with a crisis or an illness.

With Jan Taal

Mon, 12 July 2021

19:30 – 21:30 CEST

Organized by Psychosynthesis Trust, London

Also known as the ‘Imagery toolbox’, this approach was developed by Jan Taal, a psychologist and psychosynthesis psychotherapist as well as a recognised specialist in this area. Jan has more than 40 years of experience of working with people with cancer and chronic illness.

This is an introductory workshop to Jan’s 4 day in person training on October 16th & 17th and November 27th & 28th.

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Who is it for?

This training is intended for all mental health professionals who support people dealing with a terminal or chronic illness or going through a crisis. This includes health care professionals, nurses and doctors, psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists, coaches, psychiatrists, spiritual care-givers as well as lay people.

The workshop is also open to interested members of the public whether qualified or experienced in psychosynthesis or not.


Purpose of the workshop

In an era where the costs of healthcare are constantly increasing, self-reinforcing methods such as imagery and artistic expression are important additions to the care of clients. When illness or crisis hits, we are often forced into an intimate meeting with ourselves, and both imagery and artistic expression can significantly contribute to promoting our inner and outer coping and resilience.

The simple but effective tools in the Imagery Toolbox provide a humanistic, individualised, empathetic and patient centred response to the challenges posed by crisis or illness, mobilising resilience and improving physical, mental and emotional well-being.


What to expect for this introductory session?

6.30 – 7.20: Theory – using imagery and creative expression as a tool

Short break

19.30 – 20.30: Practice – using imagery exercises


The first part of the workshop will consist of a theoretical and experiential overview of the use of imagery in guiding and supporting people who are confronted with a serious illness or a crisis. Examples of the use of the imagery tools from the Imagery Toolbox will be presented, with case studies and illustrations. There will also be a group discussion about the theory.

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In the second part, attendees will be asked to participate in imagery exercises including sketching (simple drawing) which will then be followed by some sharing and discussion. The symbol cards gallery will also be used.


Learning outcomes

Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of:

• the possible benefits of simple imagery exercises for people or having a chronic or terminal illness, experiencing trauma or going through a crisis

• how imagery and creative expression work and how it can be applied in practice

• the pitfalls involved in working with imagery methods