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Art Therapy: A Practical Overview for Mental Health Professionals

Art Therapy is a growing field with benefits to clients transcending what words alone can achieve.

Creative interventions can address a multitude of presenting issues, increase safety of the counseling space, reinforce client autonomy, and support the therapeutic relationship. This training opportunity is geared towards those who wish to develop a practical understanding of art therapy and ways to incorporate creative processes into their practice.

Participants can expect to increase their understanding of art therapy fundamentals with focus on media, levels of application, resources/referrals, and supportive responses to client art/art making. An experiential learning opportunity will also be provided to illustrate presentation concepts and benefits of creative engagement. The training will reinforce foundational concepts including process over product and our innate ability to creatively express ourselves regardless of previous experience/training in the arts.

Date: Thursday, March 28th, 2024
Time: 10am-12pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Trainer: Alyssa C. Strickland, M.S., LPC, ATR-BC, CSAC

Learning Objectives:

– Understand what art therapy is and is not.
– Identify populations/circumstances most appropriate for art therapy services.
– Learn resources for art/creative therapies training, education, and referral.
– Learn skills/responses to appropriately support client regulation, creative expression, and continued art making.


Alyssa is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Art Therapist, and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with over 10 years of experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has worked within community, residential, inpatient, and outpatient settings. She has facilitated presentations and workshops at the local, state, and national levels to provide education and training on areas of specialty including art therapy, child/adolescent populations, and suicide prevention. She also serves as a supervisor/consultant to Residents in Counseling, licensed professionals, and those seeking their ATR and CSAC certifications. Alyssa has received training in Play Therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Trauma-Informed Care. She believes strongly in compassionate care that supports individual autonomy and increases access to an individual’s innate ability to heal. Alyssa is deeply appreciative of the opportunities to serve clients, families, supervisees, and trainees on their learning journeys.

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    Mar 28 2024


    10:00 am - 12:00 pm