Note PDFs in each unit can be downloaded for ongoing reference. The handouts will include the essential information from the unit, as well as all the art intervention ideas that are shared, so you don't have to take notes.
Have questions or want some consultation as you go through the course? All participants will be able to discuss, ask questions, and get suggestions through a private Facebook group and a course Discussion group.
Do you love using creative approaches to help your clients be more engaged, express themselves, and find new insights?
Are you looking for a deeper, more integrated understanding of how to use creative arts approaches in therapy?
Do you want to be more confident in choosing the art directives and media that will best help your clients?
Fundamentals of Art in Therapy is a 12-hour online course that will give you essential knowledge that you need if you are using art and creativity in therapy.
The benefits of art in therapy
Your role as the creative therapist
The Expressive Therapies Continuum as a framework for using art in therapy
How to understand client art
Using art to help clients express emotions and build healthy coping
Practicing mindfulness skills through art
Art directives to help with identity exploration
Special considerations when working with groups and families
Ethics related to art in therapy
Guided art experiences throughout the course will help spark your own creativity and enhance learning.
The course is 6 units and you can expect each unit to take about 2 - 2.5 hours to complete. CE credit is available (sponsored by Commonwealth Seminars).
The online platform allows you to work with your own schedule and at your own pace.
You will learn through informational videos, readings, short reflection questions, and experiential art activities.
In addition to several ideas for art directives to use with your clients, you will get the knowledge and tools you need to be able to tailor art in therapy interventions to individual clients.
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 incorporate creativity and art into the work they are already trained to do.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe the role of the therapist/counselor in facilitating art in session.
- Select appropriate directives for your client’s needs.
- Use non-directive art with clients when appropriate and in a helpful way.
- Explain how different art media can impact the creative experience.
- Discuss special issues when working with more than one client at once, like a family or group.
- Identify potential ethical issues and plan to respond to challenging situations that may arise.
- Assess various components of the artwork and process that may be important and utilize verbal exploration with clients.
Welcome Course Info Suggested Art Supplies Course Objectives & CE Information Tips for Uploading Your Images Handout of Art Experientials (for your reference)
Unit Overview and Directions Personal Creativity Reflection Notes Handout - Basics of Art in Therapy Week 1 Intro Introduction to Art Therapy Benefits of Art in Therapy The Therapist's Role Quiz - Basics of Art in Therapy Art Experiential #1 - Your Therapist Identity Collage
Unit 2 Overview and Directions Notes Handout - Exploring The Art Week 2 Intro Talking About The Art Looking At and Understanding the Art Art Experiential #2 - Emotions and Colors Art Experiential #2 Worksheet - Emotions and Colors Developmental Stages in Art The Expressive Therapies Continuum Quiz - Exploring The Art Art Experiential #3 - Expressive Therapies Continuum Integration Self-Reflection - Exploring the Art
Unit 3 Overview and Directions Notes Handout - Art for Emotional Expression and Identity Exploration Week 3 Intro Art for Expressing Emotions Art for Positive Coping Art for Self-Expression and Identity Exploration Quiz - Art For Emotional Expression and Identity Exploration Self-Reflection - Art For Emotions Art Experiential #4 - Emotion Series
Unit Overview and Directions Notes Handout - Art for Mindfulness and Relaxation Week 4 Intro Mindful Approaches to Art Art Experiential #5 - Mindful Mandala Directives For Mindfulness Practice Art Experiential #6 - Draw Your Breath Art Experiential #7 - Mindful Painting/Drawing to Music Art Experiential #8 - Contour Drawings Quiz - Art for Mindfulness and Relaxation
Unit Overview and Directions Notes Handout - Art With Families and Groups Week 5 Intro Art With Families and Group - Benefits and Things To Consider Family and Group Directives Art Experiential #9 - Kinetic Family Drawing Art Experiential #10 - Family Strengths and Values Collage Quiz - Art With Families and Groups
Unit Overview and Directions Week 6 Intro Notes Handout - Ethics and Clinical Challenges Ethics and Clinical Challenges Reading - Should Therapists Make Art With Clients? Reading - What Do You Do With The Art After Therapy? Additional Ethics Resources Quiz - Ethics and Clinical Challenges Art Experiential #11 - Growth Sculpture
Completing the Course Course Evaluation CE Credits - How To Take The Post-Test and Get Your CE Certificate
“I loved the activities!! It was great to go through the process our clients would be going through and see how they would experience it. I feel like the course was amazing! I learned a lot! I appreciated having the notes already set up. The videos were engaging, and I felt like the course was easy to navigate.”
“The art activities were engaging and they built from quite simple to more complex...a well-paced progression. I loved the process of making art and I feel that I now have "permission" to be comfortable with and not critical of making art, in whatever form it takes…I found the entire course to relevant and excellent! I know that I will be trying different activities with my clients ...I will be doing so with a new, intentional approach and more attention to process.”
“I enjoyed stretching myself…My favorite part of the course was doing the art…It was fun and challenging at the same time. I tend to judge my art, and I was able to let go and just 'do it' for the most part. I want to pursue using art more and more with clients, and especially begin to align the types of materials I use to their needs.”
“This class is inspiring me to go back and get a master’s in art therapy! Loved the class, and I appreciated being able to do it at my own pace/ according to my schedule.”
“I felt that every activity was very productive and with a lot of significance, the theory always connected with the work and I always found meaning in them. I also felt the works challenged my imagination and allowed me to have inspiration and creativity too. I think every part of the course is important and it has information rich in content and allow the participant to work with it. I am grateful!”
Who is this course for?
This course is for all licensed and pre-licensed counselors and therapists that want to use art and creativity in their clinical work. Maybe you are a mental health professional who is also an artist and you want to be able to bring these two parts of your identity together. Maybe you love to find creative activities to engage your clients, but want to have a more integrated approach. Maybe you want a deeper understanding of what your clients are expressing in their art and how it is helping their healing and growth. This course is considered Intermediate level. You should have a master's level foundation in mental health treatment, but do not need any previous knowledge about art-based approaches. (If this course isn't right for you, be sure to look at the full list of available courses at https://creativityintherapy.thinkific.com/collections)
Does this course give me the education to do Art Therapy or be an Art Therapist?
No. Art Therapists (and Expressive Arts Therapists) attend graduate level 2-3 year training and have extensive supervision. There is a lot more to "art therapy" than what is covered in this course. However, this course aims to help other clinicians use art with their own scope of practice, so that they can help their clients in a way that is better informed, more effective, and ethical.
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. The only deadline to be aware of is that in order to qualify for the CE credits, you must complete the course within 6 months.
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. Supplies that you'll need include collage images, drawing media like pencils and markers, paint, and your choice of 3D media. 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 for each unit.
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?
12 CEs are available for MFTs, professional counselors, and social workers through co-sponsorship with Commonwealth Seminars. To verify approval for your specific state, please visit: https://www.commonwealthseminars.com/seminar-ce-credit.html It is the participant's responsibility to verify CE requirements for their state.
What types of clients will these ideas be helpful for?
In my own work as an art therapist, I use art with a wide variety of clients and this experience is reflected in the course. So whether you work with children or adults, individuals or groups, in a private practice or a more intensive setting, this course will have helpful information and ideas that you can put into practice.
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@example.com.
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! Art can be an amazing tool to help your clients express themselves, grow, and heal. You will leave the course with a deeper understanding of what your clients are communicating in their art, how the art process can facilitate change, and how you can better guide your clients through creative healing.
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: Carolyn Mehlomakulu at firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-660-7279. 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.