While many social workers and mental health professionals appreciate the value of creative expression in practice, it is important to be educated about when and how to use art materials with clients in an effective and ethical manner.
Taught by: Drena Fagen, LCSW, LCAT, ATR-BC
“This training was actually real experiential learning…. It was very clinical and so applicable to any work that we do. I felt so rejuvenated after the workshop. It was truly so inspiring.” — participant from 2012 course that was taught for the NYC Chapter of NASW
This course will examine the clinical implications of incorporating the arts in therapy, with particular attention to the dynamics that occur when a therapist materially participates in assigning or directing tasks, offering art materials, interacting with the client to set-up or clean-up, and being asked to lend a hand or offer an opinion about a finished artwork. Participants will learn why and when certain art materials are contraindicated; what to do when your client can’t or won’t draw; how to respond when a client wants to destroy his art; and the risks in offering specific directives.
Discussion will include an overview of art therapy practice including New York State licensing, national certification and scope of practice guidelines. Course will review the advantages of art and nonverbal interventions including an understanding of basic media along the expressive continuum of control vs. regression.
Students will be introduced to responsible techniques for how to understand artwork’s meaning, such as how to identify and expand narratives and metaphors and co-construct meaning. Other topics covered in this intensive course include techniques for engagement, issues of resistance specific to art therapy; planning interventions to fit treatment goals, clinical decision-making for when a therapist joins in art making, and appropriate/ ethical handling of artwork.
This course is based on an extremely popular 30-hour (3-credit) course which Drena developed for the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She has over nine years teaching experience at the graduate level.
$100 for students – Email for info on student rate
Special offer: REGISTER 2 PEOPLE FROM YOUR AGENCY – A THIRD PERSON ATTENDS FOR FREE.
6 CEs approved by New York State for Social Workers
6 CEs approved by the NBCC for mental health counselors, creative arts therapists, and related fields
9:15-9:45a / Registration. Light refreshments, coffee/tea provided.
9:45a–12:45p / Presentation, hands-on projects to demonstrate and practice skills
12:45–1:30p / Lunch provided on-site
1:30–4:30p / Presentation, hands-on projects and role play.
4:30–4:45p / Evaluation forms and CE certificate distribution
Sat, Feb 27, 2016
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
291 Main Street, Beacon, NY
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