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. Email the art therapy counseling department for a schedule of upcoming workshops.
  2. Apply online as a Nondegree Applicant.
  3. 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 $278 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:

Art Therapy Treatment of Children with Attachment Disorders  |  January 20 – 21, 2017

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. Learn more and register.

Dancy Thearpy Workshop  |  January 22, 2017

This continuing education workshop will include both didactic and experiential elements, exploring how to foster resilience through specific movement goals. Participants should come ready to move! Learn more and register.

The Dance of Relationship Workshop  |  February 10 – 11, 2017

This workshop is designed as continuing education for licensed professionals. Enroll to examine the nonverbal aspects of relationship and communication. Review dance movement therapy concepts that have application to interpersonal relationship and study the meaning of movement in human interaction by exploring styles of relating. Learn more and register.

Interpersonal Neurobiology & Treatment of Depression  |  April 7 -8, 2017

Explore the neurobiological roots of anxiety and depression, and examines how the brain works in therapy and responds to treatment. Join other licensed professionals to explore the unexpected consequences of clinical neuroscience, notably how understanding the brain can increase self-understanding and acceptance of ourselves and others in clinical work. Learn more and register.

Reclaiming Soma  |  May 12 – 13, 2017

Join other licensed professionals to explore body awareness as a unifying force in the body-mind-spirit paradigm. 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. Learn more and register.

Group Therapy: Effective Strategies for Leading a Successful Group

Learn to create a viable group that addresses individual needs while also attending to the importance of the therapeutic properties of the group. Designed for group therapists in private practice, community mental health, HMO’s, inpatient and residential settings, this workshop provides practical models and skills to enhance group effectiveness and increase the therapeutic qualities that are possible in all types of groups. You will examine the skills necessary for leading vital, effective, cohesive, and meaningful groups.

Introduction to Art Therapy Workshop

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.

Art Therapy Media and Methods

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.

Introduction to Dance Movement

This course includes an overview of the profession, treatment approaches with different ages and populations, assessment strategies and research.  Participants learn how dance movement therapy fosters growth and awareness, by participating in a movement experience, reading, lecture and discussion.

Understanding Children’s Art

Participants will develop an understanding of what can be learned about children ages 3 through 12 by looking at their artwork.  The primary focus will be learning what the visual language indicates about the child’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.

Art Therapy in the Schools

This course provides an overview on implementing art therapy in the school setting.  Using art examples, discussion, and a hands on approach, we will explore how art therapy techniques enhance student learning, provide assessment data, and address behavioral concerns.  Recommended for art therapists, school counselors, classroom and special education teachers, school administrators, and other professionals wishing to acquire information about introducing art therapy in the school setting.

Bereavement & Art Therapy: Shatter & Repair

This course will introduce how the use of art therapy can be used to help companion the bereaved. Participants will review and explore current developmental and theoretical models of bereavement. In addition, this course will study how the use of art therapy in an established art based group has been combined with grief theory help to address issues of grief and loss.

The role of coming to terms with loss, making meaning, continuing bonds, and ritual will be discussed and illuminated through the case study and lecture. The course will also address issues of complicated grief responses. Participants will explore and examine their own beliefs and experiences with grief and loss through experiential art processes. There is no need to have previous art experience to participate in this course, only a willingness to explore your beliefs through your inherent creativity.

Therapeutic Storytelling & Interpersonal Neurobiology

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.

Art Therapy & Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This course focuses on the use of art therapy/counseling with youth that have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Using lecture, 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.


Student at Marylhurst UniversityFor a schedule of workshops or more detailed information about a particular class, email the art therapy counseling department.

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