top of page

Available via HYBRID (In Person & Zoom)!


This course covers the family life cycle, as well as the theories and methods of many of the major family theories, including strategic, brief strategic, systemic, narrative, solution-focused, family-of-origin, structural, and symbolic-experiential family therapy. The course will present and examine myriad family structures as represented in society and in public mental health. The course also includes experiential expressive arts processes.


This course also surveys contemporary theories and practices within the field of couple therapy and their application in working with LGBTQ+, heterosexual and polyamorous relationships. Students will be introduced to approaches including Object Relations, Jungian, EFT, Gottman Method, Narrative and Integrative within the larger Relational-Cultural framework developed at the Stone Center. Students will learn how to integrate the use of visual arts, music, movement, drama, and the language arts in couple therapy practice.


The experiential portion of the training will focus on the application of creative arts therapy as a powerful tool in working with couples and family. The didactic portion of the training will offer a theoretical basis and rationale for the use of creative arts therapy in multiple clinical situations.


Learning Objectives:


  • Design and describe a drama therapy progression of exercises and techniques with a couple and family.
  • Analyze the “warm-up” or readiness of a couple and family to move into action methods.
  • Apply a foundational understanding of creative arts therapy theory and practice to the development of a treatment plan for a selected clinical population.
  • Describe specific creative arts therapy interventions appropriate for different populations.
  • Utilize doubling in working with couples and family.
  • Utilize scuplting and psychodramatic techniques in working with family and couples.
  • Apply the technique of “role reversal” in clinical practice.
  • Utilize the psychodramatic technique of “mirroring”.


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.


Creative Arts Therapy with Couples & Family

  • (15 CEUs/1 credit) Saturday & Sunday, March 5th-6th, 2022, 9:00AM-5:30PM, 4336 Saratoga Avenue, 2nd Floor, Downers Grove, IL 60515 at the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, 4336 Saratoga Ave., 2nd Floor, Downers Grove, IL 60515

bottom of page