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Art Therapy-Based Toolbox: Creative Techniques for Children and Adolescents with ODD, ADHD, Anxiety and Mood Disorders

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Do you work with challenging children and teens who seem resistant to every intervention you offer? Are they stuck, repeating the same patterns over and over and you feel like you’re powerless to help them?

Join Jan Bush, ED.S., ATR-BC as she teaches you art therapy-based interventions that can complement and strengthen your professional toolbox. You will learn how to creatively engage your most resistant clients who have ODD, ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders.

Through demonstration and hands on activities you will:
  • Meet requirements for mental health preparation for school personnel
  • Understand what children and adolescents are communicating through their artwork
  • Explore strategies to help process feelings to minimize outbursts and acting out behaviors
  • Enrich your professional toolbox with the confidence and ethical practice of using appropriate art materials, supplies and directives
  • Identify cognitive and emotional levels of development through drawings
  • Learn how to make a counseling session fun and engaging
  • Understand how to deal with drawings that portray dangerous themes
  • Learn how to use Artwork to increase communication and emotional regulation
  • Delve into strategies that help kids feel comfortable sharing and releasing repressed emotions
Make counseling sessions more engaging and fun!

  1. Prepare a plan for introducing art therapy-based strategies as a complement to your professional practice.
  2. Analyze the ethical implications and your scope of practice for using art therapy-based interventions
  3. Assess the stages of normative artistic development, warning signs and appropriate materials, that are consistent with developmental age and treatment goals.
  4. Determine the benefits of art making for clients impacted by trauma, anxiety, depression and other symptomatology.
  5. Practice the creative process via interactive, hands-on art therapy-based experiences to promote safety, encourage client problem solving, and to facilitate creative expression.
  6. Integrate over 40 art therapy-based directives into your professional practice to immediately help children and teens cope with their emotions and behaviors.

Art Speaks: Therapeutic Foundations
  • Function and History of Art Expression
  • Art and Neuroscience
  • Approaches to Client Barriers with Art-Making
  • What is Visual Thinking all About?
Using Art in Practice
  • Client Barriers
  • Non-Directive and Directive Use of Prompts
  • How to Talk About Artwork
  • Proceeding with Caution when Looking at Artwork
  • Materials and Media Properties


Indicators of Healthy Development Manifested in Artwork
  • Scribbling, Basic Forms, Representation, Ordered, Detailed, Realistic
  • Age-appropriate Expression vs. Cognitive/Emotional Deficits
Observe Warning Signs in Artwork to Identify Maladaptive Functioning
  • Correlation to History/Issues
  • Patterns and Repetition of Subject Matter
  • Distortions, Omissions, and Organization of Imagery
  • Inconsistencies, Sizes, and Details of Forms and Figures
  • Dangerous Themes


Improve Self-Acceptance, Handling Feelings and Difficult Emotions
  • ODD and Anxiety:
    • Safe Place Art
    • Anger Management
    • Mandalas
    • Stressors vs. Calmers
    • Mindful Doodling
    • Follow Directions Drawing
    • Speech Filters
    • Feelings and Coping Skills
Build Self-Awareness, Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion
  • ADHD, Mood Disorders
    • Name Designs
    • Me/Not Me/Ideal Me Collage
    • Self-object
    • Landscape of My Life
    • Puppets
    • Empathy Masks
    • Worry Dolls
    • Sensory-Motor Adaptations
    • Engaging with Nature
Create Social-Emotional Connection
  • Anxiety, ADHD, Mood Disorders:
    • Collaborative Drawings
    • Mural Making
    • Circle of Commonalities
    • Group Activities
    • Family Art-Making
Termination Checklist
  • Closure and Termination
  • Crossroads Doodle
  • Resilience Doodle
  • Wellness Timeline
  • Letters of Appreciation
  • Memory Books
Research, Limitations and Risks
  • Art Therapy-based Learning is Distinctly Different from the Formal Study of Art Therapy
  • Introducing Art Therapy-based information without Required Education
  • Art Therapy as an Evidence-based Treatment
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers (School and Community)
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Educators (Regular, Special Education and Art)
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Pediatric Nurses
  • Graduate Art Therapy Students
  • Non-certified Art Therapists
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Early Childhood Personnel
  • Head Start Staff


Janet (Jan) Bush, ED.S., ATR-BC, is a credentialed mental health clinician and a registered board certified art Psychotherapist. She is credited for contributing to the fields of psychology and education as the first therapist in the nation to have laid the foundation for a mental health program in public education, in the field of clinical art therapy for Miami’s Dade County Public Schools.

Jan subsequently authored the pioneering textbook, The Handbook of School Art Therapy. Through her long-term and pioneering work, she received several national distinguished clinical services and lifetime achievement awards.

Her breadth of clinical practice has not only included educational settings but also medical, psychiatric, outpatient, correctional and social service facilities, helping clients with a range of issues such as depression and anxiety, grief and loss, substance abuse, behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, relationship problems, career and educational concerns, LGBTQ issues and other life events.

Internationally known, Jan has consulted, presented, and keynoted her work for professional groups developed clinical curricula and authored journal articles and original research.

She has been featured in local, state and national print and broadcast media including television shows, radio programs, newspaper and magazine articles, podcasts and NBC’s nationwide network news. Jan serves as a consultant in private practice based in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Janet Bush is a consultant in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Janet Bush has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and 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.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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.

Georgia Counselors: CE credit is available. 6.25 Core hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, (LPCA CE Approval #8585-0220M). Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

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

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Georgia Marriage & Family Therapists: This activity has been approved by the Georgia Association for Marriage & Family Therapy for continuing education hours for licensed marriage and family therapists. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 6.25 Core continuing education hours. ID #: 166-2019. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
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.

Georgia Psychologists: CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.0 continuing education credit hours for Georgia Psychologists. The Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia, Chapter 510-8, Section 3 confirms acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to psychology from providers approved by the American Medical Association (AMA). This program is certified for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ by PESI as an accredited ACCME provider authorized to award credit by the AMA. PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. 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.

Speech-Language Pathologists

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

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Other Professions
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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