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.)

Art Therapy Workshops:

The Dance of Relationship  |  February 9 – 10, 2018

In this continuing education workshop, you’ll study the nonverbal aspects of relationship and communication while considering dance movement therapy concepts that have application to interpersonal relationship. As a participant you will study the meaning of movement in human interaction and explore styles of relating. Learn more and register.

Interpersonal Neurobiology and Treatment of Depression |  April 6 – 7, 2018

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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Reclaiming Soma |  May 11 – 12, 2018

In this continuing education workshop, students explore body awareness as a unifying force in the body-mind-spirit paradigm. Participants engage in body awareness exercises, kinetic imagery and meditative movement. This course will be of interest to participants seeking to replenish personal resources and to learn movement methods, which can be shared with students and clients for stress reduction and centering purposes.
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Group Therapy: Effective Strategies |  July 13  – 14, 2018

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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Bereavement and Art Therapy |  July 20 – 21, 2018

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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TPC: Sandtray |  July 27 – 28, 2018

In this workshop you will focus on a topic related to art therapy theory and practice. Topics vary.
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Art Therapy Media & Methods |  August 3 – 4, 2018

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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Therapeutic Storytelling |  August 10 – 11, 2018

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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TPC: Art Therapy Trauma Treatment |  August 24 – 25, 2018

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