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Workshops and Elective Classes

Considering art therapy as a possible career option? Marylhurst's workshops are an excellent opportunity for you to try a course or two. A background in psychology and the art form are the only prerequisites. You will learn from experienced, practicing therapists in the Portland area, and explore the expressive therapies in a comfortable and creative way.

Continuing Education Credit

Most workshops may be taken as Continuing Education Credit (CE). One CE equals 10 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit.

The Marylhurst University art therapy program is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors.

How to register for Continuing Education (CE):

  1. Apply online for Non-Degree Enrollment Status.
  2. Fill out the registration form using the course number "0" (e.g., AT 075) then fax or bring the form to the Registrar's office.


The cost of CE is $278 per workshop.
(Graduate students in a degree program should register for the 500-level class and will pay the usual tuition rate.)

Summer Workshops 2015

Introduction to Art Therapy Workshop
Art Therapy Media and Methods
Multimedia Maskmaking
Understanding Children's Art
Dollmaking: The Therapeutic Use of Creative Process
   and Symbolic Imagery with Children & Adolescents
Bereavement & Art Therapy: Shatter & Repair
Therapeutic Storytelling & Interpersonal Neurobiology
Art Therapy with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Art Therapy Treatment of Children with Attachment Disorders               

Introduction to Art Therapy Workshop
June 26 & 27
Fri, 9am-4:30pm; Sat, 9am-12:30pm
Christine Turner, ATR-BC, LPC, NCC

This workshop combines an enjoyable hands-on approach with discussions, videotape, and art examples to introduce students to art therapy. Art experiences in class assist with the integration of information. History and Development of the Profession are discussed. Recommended for those exploring art therapy as a career option, for human services practitioners who wish to acquire basic understanding of art therapy in theory and practice, and for students who plan to attend intermediate-level classes in art therapy during summer term.

Register for:
AT 575A or AT 475A, 1cr.
AT 075, 1 CE (10 contact hours)

Art Therapy Media and Methods
June 27 & 28
Sat, 1:30-5pm; Sun, 9am-4:30pm
Christine Turner, ATR-BC, LPC, NCC

This course develops the student's knowledge and theoretical understanding of art therapy media and methods. The material presented has applications in the creative classroom and in the expressive therapy setting. Through hands-on exploration, discussion, and film, students are introduced to the structural and psychological properties of varied art media. Art therapy methods with individuals and groups are discussed within this context. Recommended as follow-up to Introduction to Art Therapy Workshop, this more advanced class is scheduled immediately afterwards.

Register for:
AT 578A, or AT 478A, 1 cr.
AT 078, 1 CE (10 contact hours)

Multimedia Maskmaking
July 10 - 12
Fri, 4-8:30pm; Sat, 9am-6pm; Sun, 9am-5:30pm
Donvieve Udell, MFA

This stimulating workshop offers students the opportunity to creatively explore media such as plaster gauze, clay, papier mache and leather as they design and develop their own masks. Slide/video presentations and the instructor's personal collection of masks from around the world illustrate the history of masks in various cultures and their uses in rituals, theatre, and for communication exercises in settings such as schools and agencies. 

Note: this class is not approved for CE by NBCC.

Register for:
AT 567 or AT 467, 2 crs.

Understanding Children's Art
July 17 - 18
Fri, 2pm-6pm; Sat, 9am-4pm
Adam Graves, ATR-BC, NCC, LMHC

Participants will develop an understanding of what can be learned about children through looking at their artwork. The primary focus will be learning what the visual language indicates about the children's subjective experience and knowledge of the world around them. Topics include normal graphic development throughout childhood, cognitive abilities as reflected in the artwork, and communicating with children about their art products and processes.

Register for:
AT 544A or AT 444A, 1 cr.
AT 044, 1 CE (10 contact hours)

Dollmaking: The Therapeutic Use of Creative Process and Symbolic Imagery with Children & Adolescents
July 24 & 25
Fri, 2-6pm; Sat, 9am-4pm
Sarah Slayton, ATR-BC, NCC, LMHC

This workshop will involve students' creation of their own, soft-bodied dolls, using a variety of materials and tools, including limited use of a sewing machine. Through creating one's own doll, it is hoped that a deeper understanding of both the therapeutic value of the creative process and the symbolic significance of the final product will be reached. This experiential project will be put in context of art therapy theory and practice related to the use of media, the doll as a container for therapeutic concerns, and questions that may surface before embarking on such a process with young clients. It is recommended that students plan to work on their projects in between the end of class on Friday afternoon, and the start of class on Saturday.

Register for:
AT 549A or AT 449A, 1 cr.
AT 049, 1 CE (10 contact hours)

Bereavement & Art Therapy: Shatter and Repair
July 31 - August 1
Fri, 6-9pm; Sat, 9am-5pm
Margaret Hartsook, ATR

This course introduces art therapy as an intervention to help bereaved children, adolescents, and their families. Participants review various developmental issues, a variety of theoretical models, and the role of ritual in bereavement. The instructor is a therapist in Oregon who has extensive experience with grieving clients.

Register for:
AT 583 or AT 483, 1 cr.
AT 083, 1CE (10 contact hours)

Therapeutic Storytelling & Interpersonal Neurobiology
August 7 & 8
Fri, 6-9pm; Sat, 9am-5pm
Greg Crosby, LPC

This class will integrate the interpersonal neurobiology perspective with Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey to provide a way to better understand how stories can shape, inform and affect our lives. We will examine the three common structural elements (departure, initiation and return) of stories and explore the parts or archetypes that link stories together into universal themes. The fascinating world of brain science will help inform us about how the brain responds to words and how story telling affects attachment and emotional/cognitive learning.

The class will combine different learning styles of video, lecture, discussion and exercises to enhance the integration of the learning.

Register for:
AT 557 or AT 457, 1 cr.
AT 057, 1 CE (10 contact hours)

Art Therapy with Autism Spectrum Disorders
August 14 & 15
Fri, 2pm-6pm; Sat, 9am-4pm
Adam Graves, ATR-BC, NCC, LMHC

This course focuses on the use of art therapy/counseling with youth that have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Through lecturers, case presentation, reading in the literature, and hands-on activities, participants will learn about the nature of the disorder, clinical issues specific to this population, and art therapy methods that facilitate communication and the development of the therapeutic alliance. Specific art methods and materials will be discussed in relationship to common presenting problems. This course will be helpful to counselors and art therapists who work with youth with ASD.

Register for:
AT 514 or AT 414, 1 cr.
AT 014, 1 CE (10 contact hours)

Art Therapy Treatment of Children with Attachment Disorders
August 21 & 22
Fri, 6pm-9pm; Sat, 9am-5pm
Diana Milia, LPC, LCAT, ATR-BC, ACS

Children with attachment disorders have particular difficulty forming and maintaining relationships, complicating the development of trusting therapeutic relationships in treatment. This course is intended to help clinicians gain insight, empathy and practical skills for working with this population. Attachment behavior will be looked at from theoretical and developmental perspectives, and a long term case study of a child in art and play therapy will be presented. An experiential component will explore art media and processes that can be helpful in supporting the developmental progress of children with attachment problems.

Register for:
AT 540 or AT 440, 1 cr.
AT 040, 1 CE (10 contact hours)

Upcoming Fall Classes

Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
Introduction to Art Therapy
The Helping Relationship: Counseling/Art Therapy Technique
Child Development, Psychopathology and Art Therapy
Practicum Seminar
Family & Couples Therapy

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