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Healing Children and Adolescents through Creativity Workshop


Healing Children and Adolescents through Creativity Workshop
North Dakota Council on the Arts 
Bismarck, North Dakota, USA 
 June 18 and 19, 2018
Mental Health professionals register HERE 
   Earn 13 CEs for mental health professionals
 through R. Cassidy Seminars: HERE 

Workshop Goals:

  • Introduction to the field of art therapy.
  • Outline the history of art therapy highlighting key contributors to the field.
  • Explain the underlying principles of art therapy.
  • Outline the components an art therapy course of treatment.
  • Experience art materials through art therapeutic processes.
  • Experience non-directive and directive evaluation and treatment approaches.
  • Illustrate art therapy principles and practice by reviewing six case studies of clients and their art therapeutic course of treatment.
  • Demonstrate the use of metaphor and healing stories in art therapy.
  • Present art therapeutic interventions to improve the client's self-esteem, increase insight, decrease trauma and acting-out behaviors.
  • Review forensic art therapy evaluation techniques for suspected child sexual abuse.
  • Review the importance of object relations, art making and expression.
  • Understand issues involving the interpretation of children's art.

Healing through Creativity Workshop
Workshop participants in Sofia, Bulgaria

Workshop Agenda 

First day registration and sign-in: 8:30am to 9:00am.

Workshop hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm - both days.

Coffee, tea, and light, healthy refreshments will be served at 10:30am and 3:00pm. Lunch is on your own at nearby restaurants and cafes.

Day One: Child and Adolescent Art Therapy Principles, Assessment and Interpretation
Registration check-in: 8:45 - 9:00 AM
Workshop Time: 9:00-12:00 & 1:00 to 5:00

Art materials including paper, drawing and painting supplies and stoneware clay are included in the workshop fee.

The first day begins by covering a brief history of Art Therapy and an overview of key contributors to the field.

The major clinical modalities used in Art Therapy are highlighted (psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, developmental model, et al). 

  • Developmental stages of child mark-making and art creation is visually presented through power point.
  • The developmental model of Art Therapy assessment will set the foundation for various therapeutic evaluation techniques.
  • Non-directive (E. Ulman) Art Therapy evaluation explained. Participants will experience this process first-hand.
  • Origins of art therapy in power point and lecture.
  • Who is and is not an art therapist. The education and registration process for art therapists.
  • Directive drawing, painting and sculpture evaluations will be experienced by the participants. 
  • A psychodynamic analysis of art media is introduced.
  • Issues in decrypting and interpreting client's visually imagery: process and product.

Day Two: Child/Adolescent Art Therapy Exercises

Workshop Time: 9:00-12:00 & 1:00 to 5:00 

Day Two is heavily experiential and designed to build upon the principles of art therapy covered in Day One. 

Specific art therapeutic exercises will be experienced by the participants for the treatment of child and adolescent:

  • depression/suicidal ideation
  • children of alcoholics and addicts
  • sexual abuse
  • divorce/adoption/custody battles
  •  dysfunctional families
  • medical stress
  • ADHD 
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • learning & developmental disabilities
  • victims of ritual abuse 
  • Case studies of child and adolescent clients and power point presentations of client artworks are reviewed. Course of treatment reviewed.
  • Forensic interviewing techniques: how to question and speak to children and adolescents about traumatic events reflected in their artworks.
  • Effective metaphors and healing stories
  • The use of transitional objects. Participants will create a transitional object in stoneware clay.
  • The psychological impact of creating therapeutic art in clay, charcoal, pastels and paint will be experienced by the participants.
  • Feelings Maps will be created and analyzed.
  • Using Art Therapy in a school setting
  • Structuring Art Therapy sessions for individuals and groups.
  • Question and Answer period.
  • Evaluation of the Child Art Therapy Training Workshop, forms passed out/turned back in.
  • Wrap-Up, Thanks and Goodbyes.