Masks and the Four Temperaments – Training by Michael Chase, psychodrama psychotherapist

Date: Friday 27 October 10 – 4:30pm

£95 to include a light lunch Early Bird offer (bookings before 13 October) – £75

Michael Chase has taught and directed physical theatre, mime and mask at drama colleges and universities for over 30 years. He established The Mask Studio in the mid 90’s to develop masks for training, education, performance and therapy which are used internationally by theatres and theatre companies including the RSC, the National Theatre, LAMDA, Trestle Theatre, Welch National Opera and Told by an Idiot. He was the Artistic Director of the Glasshouse Art Centre for 15 years, where he also developed the application of masks in ‘Hero’s Journey’, a therapeutic programme for young adults with complex needs. Michael is presently working as a psychodrama psychotherapist in a medium secure Democratic Therapeutic Community prison with violent offenders, using masks and psychodrama. He holds a master’s degree in educational research and runs mask workshops internationally. Michael has just had a book published by Hawthorn Press on the creation and use of masks in different fields of practice; ‘MASK’.

This full day’s training is suited to Therapists, Artists, Social Workers, Education and Criminal Justice Staff looking to integrate masks and action methods into their practice. The archetypes of the four temperaments; choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic and melancholic offer a lens through which to explore the psychology of the human being. Participants will gain meaningful and humorous insights about the four temperaments as they live within us and others. Through improvisation, interactive body-work and action methods participants will learn approaches to the use of full and half masks in performance, education, and the therapeutic application. Using masks participants will also explore how to develop weak temperaments and ameliorate over developed ones.

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Summer Training Programme

Catharsis are very excited to be planning a package of high quality training days over the Summer. See Professional Training page for dates. Contact Keren Adler for flyers / further information ([email protected]).


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Bitesize Training for School Staff

Catharsis are pleased to offer the second in our series of Bitesize training packages for schools.

‘Endings – Loss, Grief and Transitions’ – An hour training session :


This informative piece of training also explores how school staff can support Young People with transitions.

Contact Keren Adler for costs and booking information.

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First Aid Training for Therapists

Catharsis are facilitating HSE certificated First Aid training, (with an emphasis on working with young people) on Tuesday 18 April. This will be  an intensive day (6hrs); participants will be required to work on practical scenarios as an assessment of learning; successful participants will receive a Certificate which is valid for 3 yrs.
Included in the training:
  • Health and safety (first aid) regulations.
  • Managing an incident.
  • The priorities of first aid.
  • Treatment of an unconscious casualty.
  • Resuscitation.
  • Choking.
  • Shock.
  • Bleeding.
  • Burns.
  • Head Injury.
  • Seizures.
  • Fractures and Soft Tissue Injury.
  • Anaphylaxis.
  • Temperature Extremes.

Expressions of interest by 17 March – contact Keren Adler. Cost will be £50 per person.

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Bitesize Training for School Staff

Catharsis are now delivering the first in a series of Bitesize training packages.

‘An Introduction to Supporting Young People diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’ – An hour interactive training session :

What is PTSD /

What are the symptoms and how these may be seen in young people /

Strategies to support /

Contact Keren Adler for costs and booking information.

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Recruitment of Freelance Arts Therapists

Catharsis are currently looking for freelance Arts therapists who are available to work in North Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire areas. We are continually receiving new referrals and whilst there is no guarantee of work, we aim to have a pool of therapists with a variety of skills and experience to call on, as and when work becomes available. Work can be in a variety of settings and may consist of short-term contracts or larger longer-term contracts.


Catharsis is firmly committed to diversity and equality in all areas of its operations. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity both within our business and with our customers. Please email [email protected] to request an Application Pack.



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Catharsis Christmas message

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2017!

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Wish Dolls – A 1 ½ hour Doll Making workshop for Young People

Venue: The Mill, Lodge Lane Derby. Dates: 22, 23, 29 and 30 December.

Wish Dolls are simple fabric dolls that contain a wish, hidden by the doll maker. Whereby the famous ‘Guatemalan Worry Dolls’ sit and fret, Wish Dolls hold a wish and hope for the future. Each Young Person will have an end product to take away, keep and enjoy.

During the workshop young people will not be asked to share their wishes, unless they want to. They will spend time thinking about wishes and helping pick a wish that has the potential to come true. The wishes are private, hidden in the doll; a secret held between doll and maker.

The making of dolls can be very relaxing, soothing and fun. Wish Dolls are a ‘no sew’ doll and can be made by anyone, even those who don’t feel confident at making crafts. They are tactile, soft and are of a size that fits neatly in the hand, meaning they can be carried in the pocket and taken everywhere.

Wish Dolls provide an opportunity for young people to think about their hopes, wishes and potential futures in a safe, contained space, under the supervision of a trained therapist. Groups will be limited to 5.

The workshop aims to

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Support young people and increase their coping strategies
  • Provide a positive focus for the future.

Contact: Keren Adler for booking and further information:

[email protected]

mobile: 07807 753574

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Freelance Working – Information Evening 22 November 4pm – 5:30pm

Two presentations from local advisers giving you information about some of the financial responsibilities related to being a self-employed therapist. Each advisor will give a short (10-15 minute) presentation on their topic followed by a question and answer session.

Venue: Catharsis Creative Arts Therapy Centre, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby

£5 contribution to costs

Contact Keren Adler for more details and to book a space (m: 07807 753574)

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Introduction to Psychodrama – expressions of interest

Introduction to Psychodrama – A day of experiential exploration; a day of fun and reflection. There is no requirement to have any previous experience; participants will gain insight into psychodrama and how it feels to work in a small supportive group.

CPD training day – £ 60

email [email protected] to be kept informed of planned dates.

The potential for establishing an ongoing, weekly, psychodrama group will be explored with participants.

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