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Explore the life-synthesizing work of Natalie Rogers, illuminating the way of comprehensive artistic expression and healing through the support, challenges, energy, and wisdom of groups. Engage and learn from a person-centered approach to group work through an expressive arts therapy lens -- from the opening of a group and facilitator responsibilities, to playing with resistence and the life cycle of a group.


Expressive arts processes have been used successfully in almost all psychotherapeutic contexts, ranging from work with the severely ill to the facilitation of human growth and potential, especially within a group setting. There is a growing use of the expressive arts in health education, hospice work, hospitals, corporations, and in community art projects especially after catastrophic events.


Expressive Arts Therapy with Groups is a multi-arts approach in which different art modalities are woven into the therapeutic process as appropriate to a person’s situation. It is not grounded in any particular techniques or media but in the capacity of all the arts to respond to human suffering.


Learning Objectives:


  • Explore the objectives and applications of expressive arts therapies.

  • Understand expressive arts as an integral part of the healing process within the context of a group.

  • Experience an intermodal approach to expressive arts using movement, visual arts, music, humour, poetry, and story telling while providing services for a group.

  • Become familiar with resources in the area of expressive arts therapies.

  • Demonstrate understanding and use of appropriate therapeutic responses to

    creative work within a group.

  • Explore art making through arts-based research.


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


Center for Creative Arts Therapy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7460. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Center for Creative Arts Therapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Required Expressive Arts Therapy Course - 1 Credit EAT

Optional Drama Therapy Course - 1 Credit Advanced Elective

Expressive Arts Therapy with Groups (15 CEs)

  • Required Expressive Arts Therapy Course

    (15 CEs/1 credit) Saturday & Sunday, February 22-23, 2025, 9:00AM-5:30PM, via Virtual Zoom Classroom

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