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Digital Seminar

Art Therapy for Grief and Loss

Pamela G. Malkoff Hayes, MFT, ATR-BC
5 Hours 33 Minutes
Audio and Video
Sep 10, 2013
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Communicating and Processing Difficult Emotions through Art

Art therapy is where the worlds of art and psychology meet. Every creative endeavor produces a type of self-portrait that can be interpreted to provide further insight and aid in personal growth. By making and interpreting art, individuals and therapists can reach beyond censored and conscious feelings to a deeper understanding of personality, fears, obsessions and motivations. Art therapy is especially effective when working with those struggling with grief and loss. Taking time to construct thoughts in a drawing or painting encourages an open connection to the grief in a way that talking alone may not. In addition, the art task creates a concrete entity that is separate from the self, and therefore provides a distance from the overwhelming sense of loss that may be obstructing the healing process.

This course will provide participants the skills to utilize art therapy with clients experiencing grief and loss. Art therapy techniques will be demonstrated and participants will complete therapeutic art projects based on symptom management and rational psychotherapy. Attendees will analyze research and case studies that illustrate the effectiveness of art therapy with individuals experiencing grief. You will leave with many new concrete skills and interventions to add to your therapeutic toolbox.


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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. Review the stages of grief.
  2. Implement at least eight different art therapy projects specifically designed for the treatment of grief and loss.
  3. Define many different types of loss.
  4. Recognize the importance of tears and crying.
  5. Assess stress levels related to loss and bereavement.
  6. Understand the communicative power that art provides during the stages of grief.


Description of Grief

  • Types of grief
  • Causes, symptoms and treatments
  • Stages of bereavement
  • Benefits of tears
  • Identifying stress levels
  • Moving through loss

Effective Art Therapy Techniques

  • Mandala drawing
  • Collage

Research and Case Studies

  • Case studies
    • Child moving from abusive home to adoptive home
    • Woman experiencing the death of a loved one
    • College student moving towards independence
  • Research participants
    • Demographics
    • Intake interview
    • Procedures
  • Overview of art therapy projects
  • General expectations and outcomes
  • History, treatment and art therapy
  • Results and conclusions

Art Activities and Participation

  • Four hands-on activities
  • Participants will engage in the art therapy process for grief/loss


  • Handouts
  • Art materials
  • Digitally projected examples

Target Audience

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Art Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Pastoral Counselors
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Youth Pastors
  • Youth Counselors
  • Pediatricians
  • Physicians
  • Educators

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