Art Therapy Workshops

Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon

Art Therapy Workshops at Marylhurst

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.

Marylhurst University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4465.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Marylhurst University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

How to register for Continuing Education (CE):

  1. Apply online as a Nondegree Applicant.
  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 (located on the main floor of the B.P. John Administrative Building).


The cost of CE is $175 per workshop.
(Graduate students in a degree program should register for the 500-level class and will pay the usual tuition rate.)

Upcoming Art Therapy Workshops

  April 6 – 7  | Interpersonal Neurobiology and Treatment of Depression

This continuing education workshop explores the neurobiological roots of anxiety and depression, and examines how the brain works in therapy and responds to treatment. One of the unexpected consequences of clinical neuroscience is how understanding the brain can increase self-understanding and acceptance of ourselves and others in clinical work.

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  June 29 – 30  | Art Therapy Trauma Treatment

Presents a focused topic related to art therapy theory and practice. Topics vary from term to term.

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  July 13- 14| Bereavement and Art Therapy

This continuing education workshop 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.

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  July 20 – 21  | Group Therapy: Effective Strategies

This continuing education workshop describes how to create a viable group by following 10 group readiness steps. Addresses meeting individual needs while attending to the therapeutic properties of the group and stages of development. Participants will learn new ways to link group therapy approaches to clients’ learning styles.

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  July 27 – 28  | Therapeutic Storytelling

This continuing education workshop integrates the interpersonal neurobiology perspective with Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey to better understand how stories can shape, inform and affect our lives. Attendees will examine the three common structural elements (departure, initiation and return) of stories and explore archetypes that form universal themes. Participants will also investigate how the brain responds to words, and how storytelling affects attachment and emotional/cognitive learning.

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  August 3 – 4  | Art Therapy Media & Methods

Through hands-on exploration, discussion and lectures, this workshop introduces students to the structural and psychological properties of varied art media. The implications of this information are discussed in relation to using art media in therapeutic settings. Art therapy methods with individuals and groups are discussed within this context.

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  August 10 – 11  | Sandtray

In this workshop you will focus on a topic related to art therapy theory and practice. Topics vary.

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  August 17 – 18  | Intro to Art Therapy Workshop

This workshop will combine a creative hands-on approach with class discussions and art examples to introduce you to art therapy. History and development of the profession will also be a topic of conversation. If you are considering art therapy as a career, or you are a human services practitioner seeking to acquire a basic understanding of art therapy theory and practice, this workshop is for you!

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  August 24- 25  | Art Therapy in Addiction Treatment

This course provides counselors and art therapists with a general introduction to addiction treatment issues and strategies, with a focus on creativity and the use of art therapy in the healing process.

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