Dolphiner Therapeutic Art
We are proud to be the first Dolphiner Therapeutic Art (DTA) establishment in Australia. DTA is a Children’s Art program and curriculum which utilises the theories of Art Therapy. These resources are backed by years of research and experience. The founder of Vlinder Expressive Arts Therapy, Veronica, is the Australian Licensee of DTA. She is excited to implement this program and help other Art Therapists become Dolphiner instructors as well. We love this innovative, holistic practice and we think you will too.
What is Dolphiner Therapeutic Art?
Dolphiner Therapeutic Art (DTA) is a program designed to help children on a holistic level. Research driven and internationally renowned, the Dolphiner Therapeutic Art program is a great addition to any child’s life. It equips them with the skills needed to better understand themselves and the world around them.
For many years, psychological practice has shown the impact Art Therapy can have on children. It is this understanding which forms the foundation for the Dolphiner Art program. The curriculum aims to meet children’s emotional, intellectual and social needs. According to recent studies, children who face emotional issues will also have concentration problems and low academic performance. These are some the problems which DTA seeks to solve. Promoting overall mental health, behavioural stability and well-being is the ultimate goal of this program. Above all, DTA is about giving children the space to express themselves freely.
Developed in the U.S in 1979, the Dolphiner Therapeutic Art program has been helping children worldwide for many years. Popular in Asia, the program has been smoothly adapted to many different cultures and has proven to be transformational in the lives of children from all walks of life. The program has been developed and designed by Registered Art Therapist Bee Tin Teoh.
How does it work?
The Dolphiner program uses fully trained and accredited instructors who walk alongside families on their Dolphiner journey. Consistent communication between child, parent and therapist ensures that progress is made in every element of the child’s life. Dolphiner instructors are passionate and creative professionals who are dedicated to the flourishing of each child. They are capable of interpreting both verbal and nonverbal communications, observing behaviour and conducting diagnostic assessments. DTA encourages parents and caregivers to face their own emotional needs and view the program as an opportunity to enrich their family life.
Who is it designed for?
- Children aged between 4-12.
- Children who are suffering from anxiety, grief, anger, behavioural or learning issues.
- Those who have recently been through a significant life change or are expecting one.
- Children who have issues at school and struggle to concentrate.
- Children who struggle to express their emotions and process their experiences.
The program focusses on three elements of well-being; physical, emotional and social. The program uses the sensory experiences of Art Therapy to empower children in making their own mindful decisions. Cultivating academic, social, emotional and creative potential is what DTA does best. In nurturing a well-rounded sense of self, the DTA program aims to enable children to take ownership of their emotions and decisions. The three focus words of Dolphiner Therapeutic Art are empowerment, autonomy and growth.