Expressive Art Therapy

Expressive Art Therapy:

Explore the Healing Power of the Arts for Children, Teens and Adults

Part of our Friday Morning Tea & Training Webinar Series!

The Creative Arts have historically been a way for humanity to express, discover, grow and connect. Combined with therapeutic and educational theories, the arts can wield powers of true transformation.  

Expressive Art Therapy brings together various theoretical approaches and combines them with the artistic process to create spaces for healing and growth. In this course, we will discuss ways to make art safe and approachable, learn how to use various art modalities to foster development, and discover ways to incorporate the arts into the approaches you are already using. 

But let’s not just talk!  Come ready to experience the arts for yourself as we enjoy practicing interventions you can use for yourself and those you support.


Friday, August 6 from 9am to 11am 

Continuing Education Credits: 


Continuing education credit is given by our CE partner, Illuminated Education.  Please go to the Illuminated Education website ( for more information.

What’s Included:
  • Experiential and didactic learning about Expressive Art Therapy
  • The opportunity to connect online with other dedicated professionals. 

$95 Early Bird Rate until June 30

  • $110 after June 30
  • $75 Student Rate

Are you a part of a group?  We offer a $10 discount to individuals coming in a group from an organization or school. Please register individually but provide the names of everyone in your group in the ‘order notes’ of checkout.


This professional training session is a live, interactive webinar.  We will send you the link to join the session after your register.


The Creative Arts have historically been a way for humanity to express, discover, grow and connect. Combined with therapeutic and educational theories, the arts can wield powers of true transformation.  

By the end of the session, attendees will be able to:

  • Obtain an understanding of the theoretical framework, history and uses of Expressive Art Therapy and Expressive Art Therapy theory.
  • Identify at least five concrete ways Expressive Art Therapy and Expressive Art Therapy theory fosters client/student socio-emotional growth and learning. 
  • Recognize the risks and safety precautions needed to safely apply Expressive Art Therapy and Expressive Art Therapy theory, as well as learn two interventions that can aid client containment. 
  • Explain two ways they can use Expressive Art Therapy and Expressive Art Therapy theory for their own self-care, including letting go of secondary trauma.
Agenda Overview:

Grab your tea or coffee – and join us for a morning of online learning!

9am     Get to Know Expressive Art Therapy

  • Defining Expressive Art Therapy
  • Brief History of Expressive Art Therapy
  • Expressive Art Theory combined with other theoretical approaches
  • Benefits of incorporating the arts into your work

9:20am           Use Expressive Art Therapy to Promote Client Growth

  • Use of the arts to aid self-exploration
  • Connection to nonverbal and preverbal experiences
  • Tapping into inner strengths and resilience
  • Using the arts to cultivate concepts, learning, and skill-building 
  • Ability of the arts to foster integration

10am              Experiential using Expressive Art Therapy Concepts 

  • Practical experience using Expressive Arts therapy concepts

10:20am         Important Considerations and Safety Precautions

  • Power of the arts to break down defenses
  • Client considerations
  • How to foster a culture of safety
  • Things to consider when communicating about client’s art 
  • Cultural considerations
  • Material properties and safety risks
  • How to recognize and support clients’ safety needs

10:30am         Use Expressive Arts to Support the Therapist

  • Using the arts to let go of secondary trauma
  • Using the arts to build resilience, confidence and affirmation for the therapist

10:45am         Closing Questions and Discussion

Training Faculty:
Sushi Frausto, M.A.

Sushi Frausto is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT 101031), who specializes in Expressive Art Therapy.  She combines expressive arts with therapeutic approaches such as narrative, cognitive behavioral, dialectic and developmental therapy.  Her expressive arts training includes the use of art materials, drama, music, poetry, writing, play and all forms of creative expression. 

Sushi regularly writes articles and gives presentations at schools and parent groups on the importance of the creative arts, and she is a professional member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.  She earned her degree in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Art Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA.

CE Approval

Two units of Continuing Education credit are available through our continuing education partner, Illuminated Education.  Illuminated Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Illuminated Education maintains the responsibility for this program and its content.   

The California Board of Psychology accepts APA approval for continuing education credit.  In addition, theCalifornia Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA approval for CE activities for MFTs, LCSWs, LPPCs and/or LEPs.

Outside of California, please check with your licensing board to see whether APA approval is accepted for CE credit in your state. Please check the Illuminated Education website ( or call Dr. Chris Cooper (Illuminated Education CE Coordinator) if you have further questions (626-744-9472).


Feel free to contact Paige Hobey, Director of Community Education and Outreach, at 626-585-8075 ext. 121 or


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