"The mental health community has a responsibility to its clients to educate themselves on creative interventions.

It's time to responsibly train mental health professionals to be more mindful of their use of the arts and creativity."


Azizi Marshall


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!


Experience creative, interactive, hands-on training that will re-energize your work. You will gain fresh new creative arts strategies and approaches that you can use immediately to engage even your most difficult and challenging clients.


You will utilize a working case conceptualization to help us understand how we work with clients to identify what expressive interventions could be most beneficial to healing, integrating, or just becoming “unstuck.”

Helping counselors, social workers and psychologists to identify and harness creativity with the clients and communities they serve.



Get to the root cause of challenging thoughts and behavior.


90% of clients in public behavioral health care settings have experienced trauma


Know why, how, when, and where to introduce creative interventions


Share one of the most important ways for people to connect, navigate and grow with each other.


Creative directives to help clients regulate their emotions and behaviors.

Ethical implications and clinical limitations of using creative interventions in clinical practice.


Benefits of utilizing a creative approach in assessment, diagnosis and clinical treatment of mental health disorders.

Neurobiological implications of using creative interventions among clients with various diagnoses.



Creativity for Clinicians course is 16 hours long, taken over 2 days. In order to best fit your needs, it may be offered all in two days or over four shorter sessions.


Active and engaged learning helps you get involved with the material and relating what you learn to real-life applications. Role plays, discussion topics, arts-based experientials, engaging exercises, and other fun activities keep you engaged in the course and give you an opportunity to practice new skills.


One or two certified instructors from the Center for Creative Arts Therapy lead each course and follow a national curriculum and teaching standards, while emphasizing hope for healing. Classes usually consist of 30 people or less and are offered in a safe, respectful and comfortable learning environment.

*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). 


1 in 5 adults experience a mental health illness each year.


The Adult Creativity for Clinicians course is appropriate for anyone age 18 and older who wants to learn how to help an adult who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem through creative interventions.



Over 50% of youth in America aged 6-17 are diagnosed with a mental health disorder.


The Youth Creativity for Clinicians course is primarily intended for adults to learn how to creatively help young people experiencing mental health problems or crises. It reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health issues in children and adolescents ages 1-18 and emphasizes the importance of early intervention while supporting them in self-expression.


Over 60% of adults have experienced some form of trauma as a child.


The Trauma Creativity for Clinicians course is appropriate for anyone working with populations experiencing trauma or loss. Specialized training offers further knowledge and action plans for trauma specific issues that utilize creative interventions.


Learn more about how to become trauma informed in order to best meet the needs of your clients through creativity.


Casandra Grayson

Clinical Director

Our ability to think creatively is fundamental to the work we do with our clients. With Azizi's training, I was able to tap into my creative side in order to help my clients express themselves in more effective ways.

Paramount School of the Arts

Teaching Artist Training was packed with great moments today. Azizi Marshall from Center for Creative Arts Therapy was a highlight; giving us great strategies to bring trauma-informed care into our classrooms.

Matt Mitchell

Teaching Artist

That was one of the most meaningful, effective professional development sessions I have ever attended. Thank you!


The Center for Creative Arts Therapy offers specialized training programs for drama therapy, psychodrama, expressive arts therapy and theatre for social change.

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


The Center for Creative Arts Therapy's Training Programs offer coursework in the following professional disciplines: Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Therapeutic Performing Arts, Theatre of the Oppressed, Creativity in Counseling and Psychodrama.


For more information on Creative Arts Therapy training programs, compassionately creative counseling services and arts-based psychotherapists in Chicago and the DuPage 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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