Picking the Right Art Materials: Setting the Stage for Successful Self-Expression During Therapeutic Art Making | Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Picking the Right Art Materials: Setting the Stage for Successful Self-Expression During Therapeutic Art Making | Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Date + Time:

Tuesday, October 23
7:30- 8:30 pm


Link to the Live Event will be Provided Upon Payment of the Registration Fee

Course Description:

Do you want to incorporate more art making into your therapeutic practice but find your overtures met with frustrating resistance, unsettling decompensation, or that your clients have a tendency to “play it safe”? This course will provide a basic overview of how to choose materials based on client’s clinical needs, artistic ability and preferences and physical and developmental abilities that will provide containment while circumventing defensiveness in a way that is fun, comfortable and revealing for both the client and the therapist. The course will also explore clinical issues like perfectionism and control that art materials can bring up. Ample case material will be presented to illustrate how best to choose materials. Participants will also learn basic assessment of their clients artistic needs based on the Expressive Therapies Continuum.

Learning Objectives Include:

  1. Learn to categorize art materials into four (4) distinct quality spectrums: wet/ dry, hard/ soft, constrained/ flowing, and 2D/ 3D and be able to match specific clinical goals to each of these quality spectrums.

  2. Identify the four (4) levels of artistic expression on the Expressive Therapies Continuum and the types of materials that complement each level of functioning.

About the Instructor

Kelley Linhardt, MA LCAT ATR-BC is an art therapist in private practice at the Dancing Dialogue with extensive postgraduate family and couples therapy training, culturally-competent trauma treatment and in play therapy and dance and movement therapy. Kelley has over a dozen years of clinical experience with almost every client population under the sun.


Cost is $35/credit hour. Cancellations prior to two weeks before a scheduled training receive a refund minus a $15 processing fee. Participants who cancel their enrollment less than 10 days before the first continuing education session will not be refunded but can receive credit towards a future training. A full refund or credit is given to participants with unexpected medical or personal emergencies. If Dancing Dialogue LCAT LMHC PLLC cancels the entire workshop or training your paid fee will be refunded in full or credited to another workshop at your request. If you transfer to another workshop and then cancel, do not attend or leave early there is no further transfer.  For clinicians with more than one license, an additional CE certificate can be purchased towards your second license CE requirement at the cost of $25.

Dancing Dialogue is a New York State Continuing Education Provider#SW-0512, CAT-0066, & MHC-0131