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This workshop is designed for mental health practitioners interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of the use of the mediating properties found in the expressive arts in therapy and counseling as applied to clinical and school settings with children, adolescents, and adults. The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) defines the expressive arts in the following way:


The expressive arts emphasize an interdisciplinary or intermodal approach to creative endeavour. The field is grounded not in specific techniques or media but in how the arts can respond to the multitude of human experience from life challenging situations to self- realization. Expressive arts professionals, such as therapists, consultants/educators, and artists work with symbols, text, movement, sound, and other various media grounded in the body and imagination. Expressive arts practitioners are sensitive to individuals' needs during the creative process and are committed to fostering a compassionate environment for listening, speaking and witnessing.


In this workshop, we will be exploring the uses of drawing, clay, sand tray, puppets, musical instruments, and picture cards to understand their utility and application as “mediating tools” in the counseling and therapeutic context as applied to individuals and groups of all ages.


Learning Objectives:


  • Understanding the developmental, psychological, and neurological theory underlying the use of the expressive arts in counseling and therapeutic contexts.
  • Gaining an understanding of and experience with multiple expressive media.
  • Developing a repertoire of approaches for the application of expressive arts in counseling and therapeutic contexts.
  • Determining which expressive media provide the best fit for you as practitioner and for the populations with whom you work.
  • Articulate, use and begin to integrate Expressive Arts Therapy with other clinical approaches.
  • Solidify a basic understanding about the conduct of psychotherapy.
  • Begin to develop and clarify their own professional style, including theoretical consideration, current research and an awareness of one’s own personal gifts, strengths, biases and limitations.


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.


Expressive Arts Therapy

  • (15 CEUs/1 credit) Saturday & Sunday, November 6th-7th, 2021, 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