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Expressive Therapies: Creative Interventions for Emotional and Self-Awareness
Expressive Therapies: Creative Interventions for Emotional and Self-Awareness


When:  Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Art reveals how one perceives the world, one’s cognitive and emotional functioning level, and is used as a fun outlet for self-expression and self-discovery!

Attend this seminar and learn from well-known art therapist, author, and trained mindful self-compassion instructor and practitioner, Dr. Patricia Isis. You will experience simple, success oriented sociodramatic exercises, along with the utilization of breath, intention and attitude to cultivate mindfulness for challenging emotions. Also discover user friendly therapeutic movement, imagery, mindful doodling, mandalas and aluminum foil sculpture.

Through case examples, experiential activities and dialogue, you will identify a rich menu of mindfulness-based artmaking tools and techniques designed to enhance moment to moment awareness and emotional regulation for inside and outside your practice.

You will be amazed at the transformation with your clients, and no background in art therapy is required as you will be shown tools to use within your scope of practice.

  1. Define and experience mindfulness and mindful self-compassion through expressive arts modalities.
  2. Identify the difference between contemplative mindfulness and mindful awareness while incorporating clinical tools for both.
  3. Illustrate at least 3 positive side effects of mindful doodling.
  4. Explore therapeutic interventions integrating mindfulness, wellness, self-compassion and the expressive arts for multiple populations and settings.
  5. Discuss the differences between art therapy and therapeutic art making and working within your scope of practice.
  6. Recognize the importance of art therapy consultation when needed.

  • Current Neuroscience Research
  • Ethical Implications: Working within a Scope of Practice
  • Art Therapy and Therapeutic Artmaking
  • Population and Setting
  • Selecting Art Materials
Clinical Experiential Applications and Techniques to:
  • Create Safety
  • Build Connections
  • Presence
  • Engagement
Cultivate Mindfulness of Challenging Emotions
  • Create Intention
  • Focus Attention
  • Kind Attitude
  • Breathing Practices
  • Guided Visualizations
Therapeutic Art Interventions for Self-Awareness
  • Movement for
    • Body/Boundary Awareness and Appreciation
  • Imagemaking
    • Focusing
    • Present Moment Awareness
    • Empowerment
  • Mindful Doodling
    • Positivity
    • Self and Social Awareness
    • Compassion
  • Mandala Drawings
    • Concentration/Focusing
    • Self-Direction
    • Motivation
  • Aluminum Foil Sculpture Figures
    • Promote Body Awareness/Acceptance and Empowerment
Case Examples Throughout the Day
  • Utilizing Mindful Doodling, Mandalas, and Foil Sculptures
Challenges as Opportunities
  • Maintaining Safety and Containment
  • Promoting Presence and Success
  • Countertransferential Indications and Strategies/Response Art
  • Art Review


Dr. Patricia Isis, holds a Ph.D. in the expressive therapies with an emphasis on art therapy and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified and Registered Art Therapist and certified mindful self-compassion teacher. She provides art therapy services in the public schools and maintains a private practice. Dr. Isis is the author of The Mindful Doodle Book: 75 Creative Exercises to Help You Stay in the Moment, which will teach you how to utilize mindful doodling as a clinical tool for multiple populations, approaches and settings.

She is the founding president of the Florida Art Therapy Association. In addition, Dr. Isis served as secretary on the Art Therapy Credential Board and later as a director on the Board of the American Art Therapy Association. Furthermore, Dr. Isis is currently on the nominating committee for the Art Therapy Credentials Board and maintains active membership in the American Art Therapy Association, American Counseling Association, The Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, and the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Dr. Isis is a popular presenter internationally, nationally, and locally.

Dr. Isis also facilitates mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), mindful self-compassion (MSC) classes, and mindfulness trainings. She received training in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli in June of 2000.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Patricia Isis is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Patricia Isis has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The District of Columbia Municipal Regulations for Professional Counseling recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the American Psychological Association. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

VIRGINIA COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The Virginia Board of Counseling recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the American Psychological Association or NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

WEST VIRGINIA COUNSELORS: PESI, Inc. has been approved as a continuing education provider through the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling. Provider #: WVBEC-558. This course qualifies for 6.25 continuing education credits.

This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL PERSONNEL: 6.5 ACT 48 Hours will be made available through Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) for location in Hagerstown, MD on 5/17/2017. Those requesting ACT 48 Hours will be required to sign in and provide their Pennsylvania Certification Number and will receive instructions at the seminar on how to create a free online account with CAIU; only those individuals who have a CAIU online account are eligible to receive ACT 48 Hours.

WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATORS: This course has been submitted to West Virginia University Extended Learning.

PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

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PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

** Please note that Speech-Language Pathologists who participate in the live webcast will be required to complete additional steps if they want their participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Detailed instructions will be provided the day of the program under the Handouts Section of the webcast.

PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.25 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors will recognize and accept continuing education programs that are sponsored by providers approved by the American Psychological Association and the ASWB. This course will qualify for 6.25 credits. Full attendance is required, variable credits may not be awarded per the Pennsylvania State Board.

WEST VIRGINIA SOCIAL WORKERS: The West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners can only approve programs held in the state of West Virginia. This course does not qualify for West Virginia social work credits. You will still receive a certificate of completion at the end of the seminar to retain for your records.

This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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