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Digital Seminar

Art Therapy and Anxiety: Healing Through Imagery

Pamela G. Malkoff Hayes, MFT, ATR-BC
5 Hours 19 Minutes
Feb 04, 2015
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Art as Innovation in the Treatment of Anxiety

Art therapy is the field where the worlds of art and psychology meet. Roots can be traced back to Carl Jung, the first known psychologist to have his clients draw as a means to interpret dreams and fantasies. However, the true pioneers of art therapy are Margaret Naumberg and Edith Kramer who, during the 1940s and 1950s, recognized art therapy as its own field of study and practice. Today, art therapy can be applied to many different fields of psychology. Treating children with behavior problems, teens and adults struggling with addiction, couples with marital difficulties, and older adults suffering from Alzheimer's are only a few of the areas where art therapy is utilized. By making and interpreting their own art, individuals can reach beyond censored and conscious feelings to a deeper understanding of personal motivations in everyday life.

This course is designed to educate participants about art therapy and provide practical skills for effective assessment and intervention with clients experiencing symptoms of anxiety. Demonstrations of art therapy techniques will advance the participants' understanding of the biopsychosocial perspective of many of the disorders that fall under the DSM-5 categories of Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, and Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders. Significant attention will be paid to treatment interventions with numerous opportunities for hands-on, art-based techniques. Multiple case studies will illustrate the effectiveness of art therapy with anyone presenting with symptoms on the anxiety scale. Take away new skills and interventions to assist in the treatment of your most difficult anxiety cases.


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 5.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Pamela Malkoff Hayes, MFT, ATR-BC, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the state of California and a Registered and Board-Certified Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Her specialties include: alcohol and drug addictions, relationship and parenting, depression and anxiety, grief, LGBTQ, gender identity and sexuality. She is also a court-certified Sexual Abuse Evaluator and trained in Hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

Over the course of her 25+ year career, she has worked in schools, hospitals, prison, foster and residential care, and private practice. She is a noted speaker and educator, lecturing throughout the United States. She has taught art therapy courses at Phillips Graduate University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Chicago School for Professional Psychology. She has written several books and produced DVDs on Art Therapy. She stars in the video podcast, “3 Minute Art Therapy”, and was recently featured on “The Science of Happiness/SoulPancake” as the expert Art Therapist.

Ms. Malkoff lives in Los Angeles where she has a private practice and provides art therapy groups to multiple agencies. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Parsons School of Design in New York, NY and Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles, CA and a Graduate Degree in marriage and family therapy and art therapy from The Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Pamela Malkoff Hayes maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Headspace Health and Ellie Mental Health. She receives royalties as a published author. Pamela Malkoff Hayes receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Pamela Malkoff Hayes is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Art Therapy Association.


  1. Recognize the challenges, issues, symptoms, and needs that face client who are living with anxiety, OCD, panic attacks, phobias, PTSD, and sleeping and eating disorders
  2. Implement art projects into clinical practice that are specifically designed for the treatment of those suffering from anxiety and anxiety-related disorders
  3. Identify the basis of fear and the process of anxiety, and identify how this informs the clinician's choice of treatment interventions
  4. Choose the most effective combination of art and traditional talk therapy in both group and individual counseling sessions
  5. List three hands-on art interventions that engage clients
  6. Review multiple case studies that demonstrate how creativity can alter neurology to reduce stress and increase calm and focus, and discuss how these case studies relate to clinical interventions



  • Definitions: What is art therapy and how does it differ from verbal therapy?
  • The role of art in diagnosis and treatment
  • Understanding the different schools of thought in the art therapy world
    • Art as Assessment
    • Art as Therapy 
  • Art activity and participation


  • Causes for fears
  • Personality traits formed through fear 
    • Controlling
    • Insecure
    • Dependency
    • Perfectionism
    • Stuck


  • Case studies
    • Eating disorders
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    • Panic attacks
    • Post-traumatic and acute stress
    • Sleeping disorders
    • Specific phobias
  • Art activity and participation
    • Increasing self-esteem through learning
    • Gaining control by setting goals


  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
  • Relaxation
  • Art activity and participation


  • Workbooks
  • Art materials
  • Digitally-projected examples
  • Video research
  • Experiential process

Target Audience

  • Art Therapists
  • Pyschologists
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Recreational Therapists
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • Educators

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