Art Therapy with Families and Couples

Summer 2018 Weekend Art Therapy Course
Florida State University Art Therapy Program, Department of Art Education

Join us for this innovative summer course that will explore the use of art therapy with families.

The course has been specially designed to provide professional development opportunities for the continuing education of all mental health professionals, particularly those who are involved in the creative arts therapies. The seminars meet the guidelines of continuing education set by the Art Therapy Credentials Board. The course may be taken for FSU academic credit or for non-credit.

Students may register for one, two, or all three weekend sessions. Each 15-hour segment will offer 1 semester hour of graduate credit or 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). All three weekends total 3 credit hours or 4.5 CEUs.

Heart Art

Weekend One: Working with Families through Art Therapy; Focus on Couples Counseling

June 8-9, 2018, 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
This course is an integration of Art Therapy, Psychology, and Family Systems as it relates to marriage
and couples counseling. It will include both theoretical and experiential components. Course
presentations will include basic information on the major contributors in the field of art therapy that have
focused on couples counseling as well as approaches to family, marriage, and couple therapy. Integration
of these theoretical approaches and art therapy will be outlined within a treatment model for marital art
therapy. Case studies of couple art therapy will be presented and discussed. Students will have the
opportunity to explore through lecture, cooperative learning groups, art activities/directives completed
and processed in class and further exploration individually through a final project assignment.

Guest Lecturer: Dina Ricco, PhD, LMHC, ATR

Dina Ricco is a licensed mental health counselor and a registered art therapist. She received her
bachelor’s in Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Counselor Education from the University of South
Florida. She received a Master of Science in Art Therapy and a PhD in Art Therapy from
Florida State University. Her theoretical approach is comprised of family systems, cognitive
behavioral, and art therapy techniques. She has worked in a variety of clinical and instructional
settings which have encompassed students/clients from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Her
clinical experience/interests include relationship issues, women’s issues, LGBTQ concerns,
anxiety, depression, mood disorders and marital/couple therapy. In her personal life she enjoys
spending time with her family and friends, traveling and exploring aesthetically pleasing natural
settings, visiting museums and art galleries and pursuing her own art and fiction writing.

Child Making Art

Weekend Two: Family Art Therapy

June 22-23, 2018, 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
This course will provide an overview of family systems theory. Various schools, including intergenerational, structural, narrative, and strategic approaches will be provided as a foundation in family art therapy practice. Further, these frameworks will be integrated with couple and family art therapy practice, with an emphasis on multicultural awareness and attunement.

Guest Lecturer: Janice Hoshino, PhD, ATR-BC, LMFT, ATCS

Janice Hoshino, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LMFT, ATCS is the Director of the Creative Arts Therapy
Institute and Chair of the Art Therapy and Drama Therapy specializations. She has been at
Antioch University Seattle since 1998. She is a co-author of Family Art Therapy: Foundations of
Theory and Practice, and has published presented widely on couple and family art therapy and
multicultural attunement and art therapy. She has been provided art therapy trainings in China
recently with an organization serving special needs children throughout China.

Hummingbird art

Weekend Three: Family Art Assessment

July 13-14, 2018, 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
This course is a review of family art assessment. It begins with an introduction to the various types of family art assessments that define family strengths, weaknesses and dynamics to gain an understanding of family problems and needs in order to set and/or modify treatment plans. The continuum of assessment is considered from initial to formal assessment including definitions and criteria all of which is capture in an El Duende One-Canvas Process Painting. The central portion of the course explores each of the family art therapy theories in depth through multiple learning modalities. Art making, case examples, demonstration videos and experiential exercises are the central impetus of the learning process. Students attend each of the classes having read all assigned material, prepared to participate in class discussion and learning exercises.

Guest Lecturer: Paige Asawa, PhD, LMFT, ATR

Paige Asawa, PhD, MFT, ATR is an art therapist, art therapy educator, clinic director and artist
who has been engaged in the art therapy community for over 25 years. She has received the
distinguished clinician of the year twice from the American Art Therapy Association for
providing disaster relief for two years following Hurricane Katrina and in 2016 for her work in
family art therapy. After building a private practice for many years, she became an art therapy
educator in 1998 teaching family art therapy, research methods and many other classes. She is
currently the director of the Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic at Loyola Marymount
University where she developed seven programs ranging from trauma and disaster response, and
practicum support to providing consultation utilizing family art assessments. Dr. Asawa has
twice received the distinguished clinician award from the American Art Therapy Association –
once for her disaster work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and in 2016 for her work
providing family art therapy. She is actively engaged in building awareness of art therapy both
nationally and internationally by publishing, providing art therapy programs, consultations, inservices,
training and presentations. She has served as Convenor of the Coalition of Art Therapy
Educators (CATE) and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the American Art
Therapy Association.

Weekend Schedule

The classes will meet in Room 3003 of the William Johnston Building on the FSU campus in Tallahassee at the following times:

  • Friday: 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • Saturday: 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

For More Information:

Please Contact: Barbara Parker-Bell, PhD, ATR-BC at (850) 644-2926
OR Sheila Bagley, Program Coordinator with Center for Academic & Professional Development, at (850) 644-7551 or use the contact form below.

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