Art Therapy with Families and Couples

Summer 2019 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: Understanding and Exploring Art Therapy Theory and Practice with a Neuroscience Lens

Guest Lecturer: Juliet King, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC
Date: June 21-22, 2019
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm

This course is intended to introduce art therapy theory and practice as understood with a
neuroscience lens. Theoretical tenets of art therapy will be explored and understood with science,
encouraging the understanding of art therapy as a neurotherapeutic and the art therapist as a
‘neuroplastician’ in a sense. This workshop will also serve to dispel common assumptions and
set the stage for how to think about an integration of the fields in theory, practice and future

Child Making Art

Weekend Two: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Art Therapy: Integrated Protocol for Treating PTSD

Guest Lecturer: Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC
Date: June 28-29, 2019
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm

This interactive experiential class introduces Art Therapy students to Acceptance and
Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Art Therapy interventions that support clients as they move
through the phases of ACT therapy for recovery from PTSD. During this class, participants gain
an introductory conceptual and applied understanding of ACT. Originated by Dr. Steven Hayes,
ACT combines the mindfulness of Zen Buddhism, the focus on language from relational frame
theory, and the action oriented interventions from cognitive behavioral therapy.

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Weekend Three: Art Therapy for Stress and Trauma

Guest Lecturer: Girja Kaimal, EdD, MA, ATR-BC
Date: July 26-27, 2019
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm

The workshop will examine the neurobiology of acute and chronic stress and its connection to
trauma. Using current research and clinical examples, the course will examine how art therapy
can help address the physiological and psychological implications of the continuum of stress and
trauma in modern life. At the end of the course, students will learn about (a) differences between
acute and chronic stress, b) the relationship between stress and trauma, (b) the applications of art
therapy including use of media in addressing symptoms of stress and trauma.

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.

Contact the Art Therapy with Families and Couples Teacher Institute