Adrian John Davis 戴智仁
PROFESSIONAL MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF ART THERAPISTS (HKAAT).
ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE AUSTRALIAN PLAY THERAPISTS ASSOCIATION (APTA).
ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG SANDPLAY THERAPY ASSOCIATION (HKSTA).
AFFILIATE MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY (HKIAP).
- Master in Buddhist Counselling, The University of Hong Kong.
- Post-MA Certificate in Clinical Art Therapy, The Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT).
- Advanced Clinical Training and Certificate in Child-Centred Play Therapy, Play Therapy Australia (PTA).
- Master in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of St. Joseph, Macao (Associate Institution of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon).
- Doctor of Education, Leicester University, U.K.
Professional training under the auspices of:
The Hong Kong Institute for Analytical Psychology (HKIAP):
- A Critical Review of Archetype Theory.
- Working with Images in Analytical Psychology.
- Binding Love and Individuation in the Chinese Cultural/Collective Context and in Clinical Practice.
- Symbols and the Transcendent Function.
- An Approach to Analysis from the London School.
- Some Aspects of the Chinese Cultural Unconscious in Clinical Practice.
- Archetype of the Great Mother and Clinical Implications.
- Schizophrenia from a Jungian Perspective.
- Fathers’ Daughters: Archetypal Patterns in Myths and Fairy Tales.
The Taiwan Society of Analytical Psychology (TSAP):
- Jungian Psychotherapy: Origin, History and Contemporary Forms (Parts I & II) including Jung’s Trauma Theory and Alchemy.
- Trauma and the Soul: Clinical and Existential Perspectives.
- The Mystery of Transformation.
- Analysis of Dante’s Divine Comedy from the Perspective of Individuation Theory.
- Anatomy of the Psyche: Alchemical Symbolism in Psychotherapy.
- Elemental Consciousness in Sandplay Therapy and The Neuropsychology of Sandplay Therapy and Trauma.
- Age and Acceptance Sandplay therapy workshop.
The Hong Kong Sandplay Therapy Association (HKSTA):
- Completed 100 accredited hours of Sandplay Therapy training plus Personal process for the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST).
- Psychological aspects of Migration as a Specific Form of Trauma with Case Illustrations from Sandplay therapy.
- The Sandplay Process: Stages, Themes, Symbols.
- Sandplay therapy with Adolescents: The Search for Identity.
- Sandplay therapy with Young Children: Archetypal, Developmental and Transferential Issues.
- Sandtray, Story and Myth-making in Therapy, HUMAN Center of the Art Therapy Foundation, Thailand.
- Ritual Mandala Workshop, HUMAN Center of the Art Therapy Foundation, Thailand.
- Somatic Experiencing Master Demonstration, Macau Mental Health Association (MMHA).
- Challenging Belief Systems in Family and Couples Therapy, Department of Social Work, The University of Hong Kong.
- Trainee Counsellor and Intern Counsellor, St. John’s Cathedral Counseling Centre, Hong Kong.
- Workshop on Children of Divorce for Educators, The Hong Kong Society for Child Health and Development.
- Certificate in Reflexology.
Adrian is currently an Associate Professor of Education in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at Macao Polytechnic University. With an early background in Philosophy and Religious Studies, he has always had an interest in understanding the human quest for meaning when facing the fundamental existential concerns of identity, freedom and death. In this regard, his recent studies in Buddhist-inspired counselling have provided him with a spiritual framework for knowing and understanding the human condition as well as responding adaptively to human suffering. His eclectic and integrative counselling approach has also been inspired by humanistic and person-centred psychology and the belief in the development of the infinite potential in every human being for growth and well-being given the appropriate facilitative conditions. As a result, and based on his studies and work in Play therapy and Art therapy, it has become clear to Adrian that therapeutic change springs first from the creation of a secure and authentic relationship characterized by empathy and acceptance. In addition, as an art therapist, play therapist and trainee Sandplay therapist, he continues to make use of the therapeutic potential of the created image and symbols to facilitate personal insight, self-reflection, personal growth and healing in his clients. The utilization of a dynamic source of unconscious imagery and symbology also reflects Adrian’s view of the relevance of a psychodynamic understanding of the human mind, with therapy aiming to tap into the rich healing waters of the unconscious. As for his counselling work, most of his clients have been children and teenagers in school pastoral, counselling and SEN settings spanning 34 years and three countries, namely, the UK, India and now Macao.
Over the last 17 years, Adrian has been teaching his Social work students the use of art therapy, play therapy, group therapy and narrative therapy.
Specific interests in art therapy and psychotherapy
Mandalas and yantras; mindfulness and meditation-based practices; dreamwork; mythology, fairy tales and archetypal psychology; the I Ching; group therapy; play therapy.