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Available HYBRID (In person OR Virtual)!


Expressive arts therapy is not just an effective therapeutic approach for young children, it is also a powerful tool for use with teens and adults as well! Across ages and stages, expressive arts therapy helps clients to bring awareness of feelings, make sense of thoughts and emotions, increase understanding of self and others, and improve social and emotional functioning. Participants will engage in a fun, experiential Expressive arts therapy training to explore how you can apply Expressive arts therapy techniques with any client, regardless of age or presenting symptom.

We will explore The Therapeutic Powers of the Arts, developmentally appropriate arts-based interventions, how to strengthen self-esteem and increase self-confidence. You will leave with a toolbox filled with expressive arts therapy techniques utilizing Sandtray, music, visual arts, puppets, role-playing, and guided imagery (to name a few) that you can use immediately with clients of all ages.


Learning Objectives:


  • Describe 6 effective expressive arts therapy strategies across ages and stages of development
  • Identify how expressive arts therapy impacts neuropsychosocial development
  • Conceptualize attachment patterns to strengthen client’s relationships.
  • Develop 2 new techniques to engaging parents in family expressive arts therapy.
  • Practice evidence-based expressive arts therapy techniques to treat children, teens, and adults
  • Identify effective evidence-based expressive arts therapy techniques that can be used immediately with their client populations.


Limitations and Risks:


  • Participants understand the nature, objectives, limitations, and results from the training are distinctly different from the formal study of the creative arts therapies
  • There are potential risks when introducing creative arts into your practice without adequate training
  • The creative arts therapies are an evidenced-based treatment


The Center for Creative Arts Therapy is approved as a continuing education provider for Social Workers and Counselors by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, (#159.001383).


This workshop provides 15 CEUs for Social Workers and Counselors and 1 credit hour for Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy students


Drama Therapy Course  - 1 Credit Advanced Elective

Expressive Arts Therapy Course - 1 Credit Advanced Elective

Creative Arts Therapy Across the Lifespan (15 CEUs)

  • Required Drama Therapy & Expressive Arts Therapy Course (counts as an Advanced Elective)

    (15 CEUs/1 credit) Saturday & Sunday, April 13-14, 2024, 9:00AM-5:30PM, at the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, 2600 Warrenville Rd., Suite 205, Downers Grove, IL 60515


    Via Virtual Zoom

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