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Continuing Education

Healing Trauma through Creativity

Date: 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT July 9 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 115

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This experiential 2-day workshop will examine art therapeutic approaches for trauma recovery in children, adolescents and adults. Participants will begin with an introduction to the basic principles and practices of art therapy, followed by exploring visual art as a powerful treatment modality for the treatment of simple (type one) and complex (type two) trauma.

Through presentation and hands-on art therapeutic exercises, participants will learn creative approaches to diminishing trauma symptoms in military personnel and their families, art interventions for use in addictions treatment, group creative expressions for dysfunctional families, and more.

Following the workshop participants will have the ability to:

  • Explain the underlying principles of art therapy, and the use of art therapy in trauma recovery
  • Demonstrate how counselors and therapists may safely use visual art expression with trauma clients
  • Incorperate art materials in art therapeutic processes in trauma recovery
  • Understand non-directive and directive evaluation and treatment approaches
  • Demonstrate the use of metaphor and healing stories in art therapy and trauma recovery
  • Propose visual art interventions to improve self-esteem, increase insight, decrease trauma and acting-out behaviors
  • Understand issues involving the interpretation of traumatized client’s artworks

Day One-Trauma Recovery and Art Therapy in Action: Major clinical Art Therapy modalities and developmental models specific to trauma; Trauma stages relating to art creation; Recognizing trauma symbols in client’s art; Directive drawing, painting and sculpture trauma-based evaluations; Issues in decrypting and interpreting client’s visually imagery: process and product.

Day Two-Trauma-based Art Therapy Activities: Specific art therapeutic activities will be experienced by the participants for the treatment of: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in children, adolescents and adults; Depression/suicidal ideation; Abuse and neglect; Divorce/custody battles; Alcoholics/addicts and children of alcoholics/addicts; sexual abuse survivors, and more.

Course Details & Registration

Date & Time: Monday-Tuesday, July 9-10, 2018, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructor: Catherine Rogers Jonsson, MFA, MA, ATR-BC

Noncredit: $225 before 5/14, $250 after, includes 13 CEUs or PDUs.  Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.
Student Rate: $100     |      Materials Fee: $15  

Additional CE option for mental health and medical professionals: 13 CE’s through R. Cassidy Seminars. APA and ASWB approved. Fee: $40. Registration for R. Cassidy CE’s will open after May 15. 

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Another CE option for mental health and medical professionals - 13 CE’s through R. Cassidy Seminars. APA and ASWB approved.

Click HERE for more details and registration for R. Cassidy Seminars CEs. Fee: $40.00

About the Presenter

Catherine Rogers Jonsson is a registered board certified art therapist with 25 years of clinical art therapy experience. Her workshops offer a mixture of creativity, humor, dynamic teaching and compassionate insights into incorporating art therapy into clinical practice.

Catherine founded the art therapy treatment services for the Children’s Psychiatric Program (in-patient, aftercare and day hospital), the Adult Day Treatment Program and the Adolescent and Geriatric Psychiatric Units at Good Samaritan Hospital Center for Mental Health in Downers Grove, Illinois. She established an art psychotherapy private practice for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disturbances in both Alaska and the greater-Chicago area.

In Alaska, Catherine worked as an art psychotherapist for the Tanana Chiefs Conference Counseling Center with Alaskan Native children and adolescents. Her enduring passion and specialty is in the area of Child and Adolescent Art Therapy in multi-cultural individual and group settings.

Catherine is also a professional artist based in Sweden with numerous solo and group exhibitions to her credit in the US and Europe. Her figurative paintings and drawings are concerned with contemporary issues in spirituality and philosophy. She is a graduate of Columbia University with an MFA in Visual arts, and the University of Wisconsin with a MA in Art Therapy. She is a redentialed international member of the American Art Therapy Association.