Building Connections Through Art-WMHCA

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Recorded: Fall, 2022 1 CE

In this 1 hour in-person experiential course, counselors will learn a series of art directives to facilitate greater connection to self and others in individual, couples, and family/group settings. This course will emphasize research on how play and flow states can help alleviate stress, burnout, and social anxiety while supporting connection and attunement with others. The role of the inner critic and strategies for dealing with it's presence will be discussed as it shows up in the art making process.

Learning Objectives Learn three art directives to implement in your clinical practice with children, adolescents, and adults. Be able to cite research highlighting the importance of play and creative experiences. Learn strategies for dealing with the inner critic.

Outline Welcome & Introductions (5-10 min) First Experiential: Working in silos (15 min) Second Experiential: Getting on the same page (5 min) Third Experiential: Taking up space together (15 min) Supporting Research on Flow and Play (10 min) Q & A/Closing (5-10 min)

EPDC CE Hours: 1
Presenter: Meaghan Halverson

Meaghan Halverson (she/they) is an LMHCA, ATR-P, and 200-hour RYT working with Cascades Wellness Center in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, WA. When not working with individual clients or running art-based grief groups, Meaghan enjoys tailoring unique art and wellness retreats to support self-care and community building in corporate settings.