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Healing Trauma through Creativity Workshop


 Healing Trauma through Creativity Workshop



Earn 13 CEs through R. Cassidy Seminars: HERE 


Submit a request for a workshop proposal now for Fall 2019 and Winter/Spring 2020 

The Healing through Creativity Workshops are appropriate for the professional development of staff in educational institutions, companies, communities, corporations, military installations, medical and mental health facilities, children's museums and fine arts museums.

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Healing Trauma through Creativity Workshop Description:

This workshop features art therapeutic approaches to trauma recovery for child, adolescent and adult clients. Workshop participants are first introduced to the basic principles and practice of art therapy. The therapeutic use of visual art as a powerful treatment modality for the treatment of simple (type one) and complex (type two) trauma is reviewed.

Workshop Goals:
  • Introduction to art therapy and trauma characteristics.
  • Highlights of  key contributors to the field of art therapy and trauma.
  • Explain the underlying principles of art therapy in trauma recovery.
  • Demonstrate how counselors and therapists may safely use visual art expression with trauma clients.
  • Experience art materials through art therapeutic processes in trauma recovery.
  • Experience non-directive and directive evaluation and treatment approaches.
  • Demonstrate the use of metaphor and healing stories in art therapy and trauma recovery.
  • Present visual art interventions to improve self-esteem, increase insight, decrease trauma and acting-out behaviors.
  • Review the importance of object relations, art making and expression.
  • Understand issues involving the interpretation of traumatized client's artworks.

Day One: Trauma Recovery and Art Therapy in Action

Registration check-in: 8:30 - 9:00AM
Workshop Time: 9:00-12:00 & 1:00 to 5:00

Morning & afternoon refreshments (10:30am and 3:00pm)

The first day begins by covering a review of Art Therapy and trauma recovery and an overview of key contributors to the field. 
  • The major clinical modalities used in Art Therapy are highlighted (psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, developmental model, et al). 
  • Trauma stages relating to art creation.
  • The developmental model of Art Therapy assessment of trauma will set the foundation for various therapeutic evaluation techniques.
  • Recognizing trauma symbols in client’s art.
  • Directive drawing, painting and sculpture trauma-based evaluations. 
  • Issues in decrypting and interpreting client’s visually imagery: process and product.
Day Two: Trauma-based  Art Therapy Activities

Workshop Time: 9:00-12:00 & 1:00 to 5:00 

Morning & afternoon refreshments (10:30AM and 3 PM)

Day Two is designed to build upon the concepts and activities covered in Day One. 
Specific art therapeutic activities will be experienced by the participants for the treatment of:
·         Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in children, adolescents and adults
·         Depression/suicidal ideation
·         Abuse and neglect
·         Divorce/custody battles
·         Dysfunctional families
·         Alcoholics/addicts and children of alcoholics/addicts
·         ADHD children, adolescents, adults
·         Sexual abuse
·         Victims of ritual abuse
·         Medical stress
  • Case studies of clients and power point presentations of client artworks are reviewed. Course of treatment reviewed.
  • Forensic interviewing techniques: how to question and speak to clients about the traumatic events reflected in their artworks.
  • We will identify effective metaphors and healing stories and how to present these methods in an art therapeutic manner.
  • How to avoid re-traumatizing the client and reinforce self-esteem.
  • The psychological impact of creating therapeutic art in clay, charcoal, pastels and paint will be reviewed.
  • Using Art Therapy in a school setting for teachers and counselors.
  • How to structure Art Therapy activities.
  • Question and Answer period.
  • Evaluation forms passed out/turned back in.
  • Wrap-Up, Thanks and Goodbyes.


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