This course offers Level I and Level II training in Mental Health for the Arts. Participants will receive their introductory Mental Health for the Arts certificate of completion, as well as advanced training in mental health issues pertinent to their community. The first two days offer introductory training, while the following 3 days offer advanced skill practice, role plays, experientials, self care and additional mental health tools needed for teaching artists.
Mental Health Training for Teaching Artists is designed to teach dancers, musicians, theatre directors, actors, visual artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, choreographers, singers, drummers, educators, and other creatives how to help a student who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
Mental Health Training for Teaching Artists is primarily designed for artists and teachers who regularly interact with students. The course introduces common mental health challenges for students, reviews typical development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help students in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
Mental Health Training for Teaching Artists is a way to build community level capacity to identify mental health and substance use issues early and for teaching artists to increase their confidence to intervene and refer people to the resources that exist. The arts community has a long history of being innovative and taking responsibility. Mental Health Training for Teaching Artists is a way to increase the level of baseline knowledge about mental health and substance use issues and to decrease the negative perceptions often associated with these issues.
· Depression and mood disorders
· Anxiety disorders
· Substance Use disorders
Mental Health Training for Teaching Artists 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.
You will learn how to apply the Mental Health Training for Teaching Artists 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 45 CEUs for Social Workers and Counselors and 3 credit hour for Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy students.
Mental Health Training for Teaching Artists
(45 CEUs/3 credits) Monday-Friday, June 22nd-26th, 2020 9:00AM-5:30PM & Friday, June 28th 7:00PM-10:00PM (Performance), 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