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Continuing Education

Introduction to Using Visual Arts in Clinical Practice

Date: February 22

Learn ways artistic expression can be utilized when working with families; as well as applications for couples, groups and individuals.

We will briefly review the developmental stages of artistic skill, art media considerations, and the use of visual art in therapy. We will then focus on specific family art interventions using cases that have experienced a significant loss or transition within their family structure, and ways that art expression can enhance treatment. Participants will engage in experiential activities, small group work and personal work to experience the application of expressive art in therapy.

After this workshop, participants will be able to explain the basic premises of using art as a way of expression and will be able to utilize at least two art interventions with families in their clinical work.

I don’t think I’ve ever left a training more excited to apply concepts into my work. 

- Summer 2016 Participant

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 their treatment through an impasse, and help clients of all ages learn about themselves and their loved ones through visual means. 

Please note: the methods and approaches that are taught in this workshop are not to be confused with art therapy. Anyone who participates in this training cannot call themselves an art therapist, nor can they describe the work as art therapy upon completion of this workshop.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date & Time: Friday, February, 22, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m
Instructor: Maru Serricchio, LMFT, ATR
Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Noncredit: $125 by 1/31, $150 after. Includes 6 CEUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni receive 20% off. 
Student rate: $50. Please note: Students must be in internships or otherwise currently seeing clients

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    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

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About the Instructor

Maru Serricchio LMFT, ATR-BC is a licensed marital and family therapist, board certified art therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Currently she is focused on her PhD in International Psychology, with a concentration in Organization and Systems, at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and growing up in Mexico City, Maru has a diverse background and uses a multi-systemic lens throughout all her professional roles. After working in various community agencies, in Los Angeles and Portland, with children, teenagers and families, Maru began her art therapy private practice in 2013. She worked with couples and families experiencing loss and grief, LGBTQI+, Intimate Partner Violence and immigration issues and dynamics. Simultaneously, she taught within Lewis & Clark Graduate School’s Marital, Couple and Family Therapy program. Maru uses mindfulness in her practice, both as a therapist and professor, as a way to enhance learning, self-care and guide others to meet their full potential.

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