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Continuing Education

Clinical Art Interventions to Explore and Transform Grief and Loss

Date: 9:00am - 4:00pm PDT March 16 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School

Lewis & Clark Graduate School

This two-part workshop provide attendees with an immersive introduction into art therapy, focusing on art interventions that can be utilized when working with clients experiencing loss, transitions and death. Applications for families, couples, children and individuals will be discussed.

Part One (Friday) Participants will briefly review the history and foundation of art therapy and art media considerations. We will then focus on specific family art interventions using cases that have experienced a significant loss or transition within their family structure.

Part Two (Saturday) Participants will spend the day focusing on loss, life transition and death. We will start by discussing overall concepts around loss and death in our society and clinical work. We will then focus on cultural differences when saying goodbye, rituals of death and celebrations of life, and ways in which we can use art interventions to help our clients shift from avoidance and denial to embrace.

Participants will engage in experiential activities and will have the opportunity to work with a personal loss as we engage in art interventions. It is encouraged to bring a piece of clothing, photographs or anything that could be used as part of the art experience, related or unrelated to a personal loss.

After this training experience, participants will be able to explain the basic premises of using art as a way of expression and will be able to engage in at least two art interventions that focus on helping clients transform their loss and grief.

There is no need for a clinician to be artistic or have many art supplies accessible in order to engage clients in expressive interventions that can push the treatment through an impasse and help clients of all ages learn about themselves and their loved ones through visual means.

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Note: this workshop is for mental health practitioners/clinicians including school psychologists. It is not suitable for classroom teachers.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date & Time: Friday & Saturday, March 16 & 17, 2018, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructor: Maru Serricchio, LMFT, ATR

Noncredit: $225 by 2/15, $250 after. Includes 12 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni receive 20% off.

Student Rate: Student registrations are currently full. If you wish to be placed on a waitlist please contact the CCE office,

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About the Instructor

Maru Serricchio, LMFT, ATR is an adjunct professor at Portland Community College. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and growing up in Mexico City, Maru has a diverse background and multi-systemic lens. Maru received a Master’s at Loyola Marymount University in Marital and Family Therapy with a specialization in Clinical Art Therapy. After working in various community agencies in Los Angeles and Portland with children, teenagers and families, Maru began her private practice working with mostly couples and families, as well as providing both clinical and art therapy supervision.