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This course offers Level I training in Mental Health for the Arts. Participants will receive their introductory Mental Health for the Arts certificate of completion.


Mental Health for the Arts is a 16-hour, 2-day course that teaches arts organizations, educators and artists how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses in order to get them the help they need.


Mental Health for the Arts is designed to teach arts organizations and educators, dancers, musicians, theatre directors, actors, teaching artists, photographers, painters, sculptors, choreographers, visual artists, singers, drummers, and other creatives how to help individuals who are experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

Helping you to address the mental health needs of the communities you serve.


Mental Health for the Arts' Adult, Youth and Trauma topics will be covered.


The Adult Mental Health for the Arts portion is appropriate for anyone age 18 and older who wants to learn how to help an adult who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem.


The Youth Mental Health for the Arts course is primarily intended for adults to learn how to help young people experiencing mental health problems or crises. It reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health issues in children and adolescents ages 1-18 and emphasizes the importance of early intervention.


The Trauma Mental Health for the Arts course is appropriate for anyone working with populations experiencing trauma or loss. Specialized training offers further knowledge and action plans for trauma specific issues.


Learn more about how to become trauma informed in order to best meet the needs of your community.


Additional Topics Covered


· Depression and mood disorders

· Anxiety disorders

· Trauma

· Psychosis

· Substance Use disorders


Mental Health for the Arts educates our learners on recovery and resiliency - the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.


Interventions Learned


You will learn how to apply the Mental Health for the Arts action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:


  • Panic attacks
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Nonsuicidal self-injury
  • Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)
  • Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use
  • Reaction to a traumatic event


The opportunity to practice (experiential learning) - through role plays, scenarios, and activities – will make it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation.


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.


Mental Health for the Arts Certificate

  • (15 CEUs/1 credit) Saturday & Sunday, June 26th-27th, 2021 9:00AM-5:30PM, 4336 Saratoga Avenue, 2nd Floor, Downers Grove, IL 60515 at the Center for Creative Arts Therapy.

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