Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or burned out?

Do you want to build your own emotional resilience as you care for others?

Reconnect with your passion for your work as a helping professional.

Topics include:
Understanding burnout and compassion fatigue
Learning how to move through the stress cycle
Effective strategies for self-care
Developing your own burnout prevention or recovery action plan
Using creative expression to address burnout and build emotional resilience

Guided art experiences throughout the course will help spark your own creativity and enhance learning.

What To Expect:

The course is expected to take approximately 4 hours to complete, including time for informational videos, self-reflection questions, and experiential art exercises.

The online platform allows you to work with your own schedule and at your own pace.

In addition to helping you address your own burnout and stress through the guided exercises and shared strategies, this course will provide information and art prompts that you can use with clients or staff to manage their stress.

You will also be able to build community and get consultation through our Discussion page and private Facebook group.

Please keep in mind that this is not an "art therapy" course as art therapy is a profession that requires a Master's degree education and involves much more than can be covered in this online course. Instead, this course is designed for counselors and therapists who want to improve their own self-care and use creative expression to manage stress.

Course Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the symptoms of burnout and compassion fatigue.
  2. Name at least four actions they can take to complete the stress cycle.
  3. Explain ways that creative expression can be used to manage stress and prevent burnout.
  4. Identify at least five strategies for burnout prevention that they can put into practice.

Learn effective tools to address your stress and burnout.

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Course Curriculum:


  • Carolyn Mehlomakulu


    Carolyn Mehlomakulu

    I believe that art and creativity can be healing and bring meaning to our lives. As a therapist, I integrate art in to my work to help clients express emotions, uncover new possibilities, find joy and meaning, and experience the healing benefits of creativity. I am a Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor. I am currently in private practice and work with children, teens, and young adults to overcome depression, anxiety, and trauma. I also have experience working in in-patient settings, foster care groups homes, community mental health, schools, and probation services. You can learn more about my work at I founded the Creativity in Therapy blog in 2012 as a way to share my knowledge and love of art in therapy with others. You can see the blog at 

Bonus Material

  • Downloadable Workbook

    The downloadable workbook includes the core material that is covered in the course, art directives to use during the course and for future reference, and self-reflection questions to help you deepen your engagement and take action.

  • Discussion & Connection

    Have questions or want some connection with others as you go through the course? The course Discussion feature and a private Facebook group allow participants to share with each other, ask questions of the instructor, and consult if they are wondering how to put things into practice.


  • Who is this course for?

    This course is for all helping professionals who want to better manage their stress and prevent burnout. It is also for therapists and counselors who want to learn how to better support others with burnout and compassion fatigue. This course is considered Beginner level. You do not need any previous training in using art, but should have an openness to creative expression and self-reflection (If this course isn't right for you, be sure to look at the full list of available courses at

  • I'm not sure I have time to do the course right now. Can I sign up later?

    One of the great advantages of an online course it that you can work at your own pace and around your own schedule. If you are interested in the course, I encourage you to sign up now and then work through the course when you are able.

  • Do I need to have art supplies or anything else?

    You'll need a variety of art materials to complete the hands-on art experiences. Because this course is focused on figuring out what works for you personally, I encourage you to use whatever art materials you enjoy the most. I'll share a list of suggestions of some of my favorite materials, but feel free to use anything you already have. You also need a camera (phone is fine) to photograph and upload your completed artwork.

  • What if I have questions during the course?

    I'll be happy to help! Email me at anytime if you have questions about the course or the material that you are learning. If you are wondering how to implement the ideas with particular clients or need more resources, feel free to ask by email, in the Facebook group, or in the course Discussion feature.

  • Can I get CEs for this course?

    A Certificate of Completion will be provided for all participants when they complete the course. If you choose, you may take a post-test through our co-sponsor to obtain their certificate for 1.5 APA-approved CEs (available for MFTs, professional counselors, social workers, and psychologists). Licensed professionals should consult their regulatory board rules to verify that this course meets their requirements. CEs may be used for ATCB re-certification, but art therapists are encouraged to verify the current CE requirements.

  • What if I'm still not sure this course is for me?

    Feel free to email me if you have other questions before signing up. You can reach me at [email protected].

Price: $55

Cancellation/refund policy: You may cancel for a full refund within 48 hours of purchase. No refunds will be given if more than 25% of the course has been completed

I'm so excited to have you join me for this new course! Self-care is absolutely essential to our work as helping professionals. I hope this course will help you use creativity and art in your own self-care, as well as learn other effective strategies for preventing burnout.

Grievance Policy

Creativity in Therapy seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Creativity in Therapy at [email protected]. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. 

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Carolyn Mehlomakulu, carolyn@creativityintherapy, 512-660-7279.

Conflicts of Interest

There are no known conflicts of interest for the course.

CE Approvals

CE co-sponsorship is provided by is approved by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2025 
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements. 
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-174-0225 Expires 02-2025 
  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners – meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education 
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors – meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education 
  • The Texas Board of Marriage and Family Therapists – meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education 
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: (TBD) 
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board - Approval from a state licensing board for counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists is accepted by the OH CSWMFTB. 
  • New York Social Work Board – is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.  
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit 
  • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.