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Creativity for Clinicians is a 16-hour, 2-day course for counselors, social workers and mental health professionals with an interest in learning about or building their knowledge of creative interventions. Learn new innovative interventions to help even your most resistant clients express themselves.

Packed with non-stop action, demonstrations and ideas that will have you furiously taking notes as your clinical toolbox overflows with creative, effective interventions you can use immediately! What’s more, you’ll leave inspired to create even more!


Adult Creativity for Clinicians is primarily designed for social workers, counselors, psychologists and mental health professionals who regularly interact with adults. The course introduces common mental health challenges for adults, reviews typical life challenges, and teaches a concrete action plan for how to help adults in both crisis and non-crisis situations through creative interventions. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders along with concrete interventions to aid in alleviating symptoms.


Adult Creativity for Clinicians is a way to build community level capacity to identify mental health and substance use issues early and for mental health professionals to increase their confidence to intervene creatively. The mental health community has a long history of being theoretically and medically based. Adult Creativity for Clinicians is a way to increase the level of baseline knowledge about creative interventions and to increase the skills resulting in effective change and expression of emotions.



  • The creative mindset

  • Self expression

  • Mood regulation

  • Mind Body connections

  • Harnessing creativity within the therapeutic practice


Adult Creativity for Clinicians educates our learners on creativity and innovation - the belief that individuals experiencing mental health challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well through the use of creative interventions.




You will learn how to apply the Adult Creativity for Clinicians action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:


  • Panic attacks

  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors

  • Non-suicidal self-injury

  • Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)

  • Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use

  • Reaction to a traumatic event


The opportunity to practice (experiential learning) - through role plays, scenarios, and activities – will make it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation.


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*PLEASE NOTE: This training does NOT certify or license you as a mental health professional, psychologist, counselor, social worker or drama, art, music, art or expressive arts therapist. You will need to earn a masters degree from an accredited school of higher education, fulfill all practicum and internship requirements, and pass a national or state licensing exam (depending on your chosen profession and state licensing laws). 


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Let us inspire and guide you towards healing the world through the arts.


The Center for Creative Arts Therapy's Center for Training offers coursework in the following professional disciplines: Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Therapeutic Performing Arts, Theatre for Change, Sociodrama and Psychodrama. 


Students experience fearlessly progressive education in intimate, experiential programs that are grounded in theory and application, and influenced by historical movements of contemporary practice. Under the guidance of globally influential and award-winning faculty, students prepare themselves as leaders in their career, effecting purposeful and inspiring revolutions in the community.


For more information on the Center for Creative Arts Therapy training programs throughout Chicago and the DuPage County area, call us at (847) 477-8244, email us, or visit us at 4336 Saratoga Ave., 2nd Floor, Downers Grove, IL  60515.

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