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🎧 Fundamentals of Art Therapy & How It Can Help You Break Through Blocks With Children

  • Fri, March 12, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


  • Licensed and Prelicensed Members
  • Redwood Empire, East Bay and San Francisco Chapters

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Every clinician has experienced blocks in treatment and child clients can pose unique challenges.  They can be hesitant to build rapport; have thoughts and emotions too painful to discuss; or unable to verbalize the source of their distress.

What can we do to help child clients acclimate, participate, and benefit from therapeutic intervention?  There are many ways that art therapy can help.

The purpose of this course is to offer an overview of the fundamentals of art therapy.  As an introductory resource this course will begin with a definition of art therapy and a brief history of its development.  This will be followed by a discussion about what art therapy is and isn’t and practical considerations.

Ways that art therapy can assist the therapist with beginning, middle, and ending phases of treatment will also be discussed.  Case vignettes will be provided to illustrate how the use of art therapy can help children break through blocks in treatment.

Time will be set aside for an Art Therapy Experiential and Q&A.

Helpful  materials for participation in the experiential:

A) 3 sheets of white paper 12x18 (Creatology construction paper is best, $5.00 for a pkg. 50 at Michaels).

B) Jr. Artist Craypas - colored oil pastels (box of 12)   $15.99 at Michaels. 

Large paper of any kind, crayons or colored pencils will work.

Educational Objectives:

Based on the content of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List 12 ways that Art Therapy can reduce barriers in clinical work with children.
  • Apply 5 practical guidelines to prepare an office for Art Therapy interventions.
  • Utilize an Art Materials Continuum Guide to assist in the selection of safe and effective art materials and directives.

Cancellations must be made seven (7) days prior to the presentation day. There is a $20 administrative charge for issuing returns.

Audio recordings of the event, CEU's and handouts will be sent to all registrants after the presentation and receipt of the course evaluation. By registering for this event, you are consenting to being heard on the recording.

CEU's are given for live attendance only.  


Lisa Spivack, LMFT, ATR, is a practicing Marriage & Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist with over 25 years of experience as a clinician and teacher.  In her private practice, she specializes in the use of Art Therapy to help highly sensitive children cope in a frequently overwhelming world.  Lisa also teaches and provides consultation to licensed clinicians who want to incorporate art therapy into their work with children. Whenever she gets the chance, Lisa likes to immerse herself in nature by hiking, kayaking, painting and photographing the beauty of Marin County.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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