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Psychoeducation: Art Therapy


Psychoeducation: Art Therapy

Art Therapy for Trafficking Survivors 

Let’s get creative! When words are not easy to find, traditional talk therapies can appear daunting and stress provoking to a client who may have experienced complex trauma. That is why healing through expressive modalities and approaches, such as art therapy, can be paramount to successful treatment outcomes – especially for survivors of human trafficking.

In this presentation, art therapist Amanda Shaw MA, LMHC, ATR will invite participants to learn about art therapy through a psychoeducational presentation followed by engaging in an art experiential. During the presentation, you will discover what art therapy is, what it is not, who can use it and the clinical significance of creativity in healing. Get a chance to view case study examples of art therapy projects created by client’s who have experienced trauma, healing and recovery. 

Enjoy the experience of finding connection, meaning making and introspection with art! NO artistic skill necessary. You will walk away from this presentation with a better understanding of art therapy and a piece of art that you created!

About Amanda:

Amanda Shaw is a licensed mental health counselor in Florida (MH 20223) who is also credentialed in art therapy (ATR), certified by the Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc. She is the sole owner of an art therapy practice, Create Flow Heal Art Therapy & Counseling LLC located in St. Petersburg, FL where she provides individual, family and group counseling. In addition to seeing private clients, Amanda facilitates art therapy groups to survivors of sex trafficking at Selah Freedom in their residential treatment program.

Participants will then have a chance to learn about…

– Art therapy myths – what it is and is not.

– Professional art therapy training requirements – as a regulated mental health field. Who can ethically facilitate art therapy?

– The neuroscience behind creativity as a tool for recovery and successful treatment outcomes.

– Review case studies examples of art therapy projects created by client’s who have experienced trauma, healing and recovery.

– Ethical considerations when including art therapy into an existing program.

– Engagement in an art therapy experiential. 

Participants will walk away with a piece of artwork they have created! No artistic skills required. 

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