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Available via ZOOM Only!


This course is a practical introduction to inclusive arts practice that explores processes of collaborative working and art facilitation skills. Students will establish key philosophies and practices of inclusive practice suitable for transference to other community groups later in the course and your future practice. There are also opportunities for students to think about and develop your own work in the context of collaboration.


Students will be introduced to and integrate the ideas and practices of inclusive arts practice through key readings, tutor-facilitated workshops and peer discussion, which includes issues and debates around the similarities and differences between disability arts, art therapy, occupational therapy and inclusive arts practice, and other approaches to collaboration and inclusion.


This course is designed to enhance the professional practice of arts practitioners and equip students with the skills and contacts to manage their future career paths. It covers areas such as working with museums and galleries, funding, public programming, health and safety, budget management, partnership development, and marketing.


Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize creative abilities in self and others.
  • Explain appropriate scope for the ethical use of Expressive Arts activities.
  • Understand appropriate timing for offering a variety of Expressive Arts planned activities for people with special needs, both small group and individual.

  • Demonstrate implementation of a planned Expressive Arts activities for people with special needs.

  • Analyze the health benefits of Expressive Arts activities.

  • Evaluate impact of Expressive Arts activities.


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 45 CEUs for Social Workers and Counselors and 3 credit hour for Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy students.


Expressive Arts Therapy with Special Needs: Special Populations

  • (45 CEUs/3 credits) Monday-Friday, June 20th-24th, 2022 9:00AM-5:30PM & Friday, June 19th 7:00PM-10:00PM (Performance)

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