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[Online] Clinical Art Interventions to Creatively Explore and Transform Grief and Loss

Date: February 5, 2021 Location: Online


This two-part online workshop will review the fundamentals of using art interventions in clinical practice and application for working with clients experiencing loss, life transition, and death. Applications for families, couples, children and individuals will be discussed.

Friday: Participants will explore using art in clinical practice, and considerations for practitioners that are not Art Therapists. We will start by discussing overall concepts around loss and death in our society and clinical work, then focus on cultural differences when saying goodbye, rituals of death and celebrations of life; and ways in which we can use art to help our clients shift from avoidance and denial, to acceptance.

Saturday: Participants will engage in experiential activities and will have the opportunity to explore and transform a personal loss through a creative activity. We’ll conclude with small and large group debrief and Q&A.

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.

Through discussion of art media considerations and cultural awareness when engaging clients with the art process, participants will also expand on their knowledge of issues related to discrimination and marginalized communities. The art process can elicit unconscious biases and schemas of marginalization. Throughout this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore such issues.

After this workshop, participants will have the ability to:

  • Explain basic principles and practices around using art in clinical practice with specific application to grief and loss.
  • Engage in at least two interventions that focus on helping clients transform their loss and grief using art.
  • Explain ways in which the art process and the art material selection will support clients’ cultural intersectionality.

Workshop Format and Materials: This workshop will take place over Zoom and it is expected that participants will have a private space to respect everyone’s process and confidentiality. Participants will have the opportunity to work with a personal loss as we engage in art interventions. It is encouraged to have a piece of clothing, photographs or anything that could be used as part of the art experience, related or unrelated to a personal loss. Suggested supplies to have on hand for this workshop: markers, pencils, pens, papers, cardboard, tissue paper, boxes, anything that you might find around your home to enhance your art experience.

Workshop Details & Registration

Dates and Times: Friday-Saturday, February 5-6, 2021, Friday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Maru Serricchio, LMFT, ATR

Cost: $125, by 2/3, $150 after. Includes 6 CEUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni and Adjunct Faculty save 20%. Free for Lewis & Clark Clinical Supervisors. $50 Student Rate

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

About the Presenter

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.