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Mental Health for the Arts is a 16-hour, 2-day course that teaches arts organizations, educators and artists how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses in order to get them the help they need.


Adult Mental Health for the Arts is designed to teach arts organizations and educators, dancers, musicians, theatre directors, actors, teaching artists, photographers, painters, sculptors, choreographers, visual artists, singers, drummers, and other creatives how to help individuals who are experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.


Adult Mental Health for the Arts is primarily designed for artists, arts organizations and instructors 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. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.


Adult Mental Health for the Arts is a way to build community level capacity to identify mental health and substance use issues early and for teaching artists to increase their confidence to intervene and refer people to the resources that exist. The arts community has a long history of being innovative and taking responsibility. Adult Mental Health for the Arts is a way to increase the level of baseline knowledge about mental health and substance use issues and to decrease the negative perceptions often associated with these issues.



  • Depression and mood disorders

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Trauma

  • Psychosis

  • Substance Use disorders


Adult Mental Health for the Arts educates our learners on recovery and resiliency - the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.




You will learn how to apply the Adult Mental Health for the Arts 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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