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Digital Seminar

Art Therapy: Hands-on Approaches to Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment

Dr Ellen Horovitz, PhD, LCAT, ATR-BC, E-RYT, LFYP, C-IAYT, LVCYT
6 Hours 01 Minutes
Apr 11, 2018
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  • Incorporate creative art therapy techniques and interventions for anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, physical and sexual abuse, dual diagnosis, co-morbidity and more
  • Spot normal vs. abnormal development in art
  • Recognize cognitive, physical, and emotional irregularities in art

Do you have clients who are stuck, repeating the same patterns over and over and you feel powerless to help them? Are they often resistant to the interventions you offer?

Join internationally known art therapist, Dr. Ellen Horovitz, in this hands-on workshop where she will show you how to incorporate expressive art therapies into your practice in a disarming, imaginative and emotionally-safe manner.

Reach your most resistant patients with evidence-based practices that cut through an array of disorders, including mood, personality, developmental-learning, eating and body disorders. You’ll learn to identify both normal and abnormal artwork from cognitive, physical, emotional and developmental platforms. Add value to your clinical practice by learning creative art therapy modalities that succeed with individuals, couples and families.

Patient video footage of difficult case studies and active hands-on participation will demonstrate how to incorporate these assessments and modalities into your practice. No prior experience necessary!



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Dr. Ellen G. Horovitz, PH.D., LCAT, ATR-BC, E-RYT, LFYP, C-IAYT, LVCYT, is an internationally known leader and author in Art Therapy and Yoga Therapy, as well as a certified yoga therapist and psychotherapist.

She is Professor Emerita and founder of the Nazareth College graduate art therapy program, author of eight books and past president-elect of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). In addition to being a professor and scholar, Dr. Horovitz has been in private practice for over 35 years and works clinically with individuals, couples, and families. She is a dynamic presenter who has given hundreds of lectures and workshops nationally and internationally.

Dr. Horovitz served as AATA board director for 12 years and was responsible for re-writing the national education standards and manuals for approved graduate programs. In addition, she was as an expert witness on art therapy education for the U.S. Department of Justice, has won numerous awards and received grants from many organizations, including a graphic consultant grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.

The topics of her books range from art therapy to yoga therapy to mainstream applications of digital photography, and she has authored over 50 juried articles and 17 book chapters. Dr. Horovitz is also an expert in the field of deafness/hard of hearing and her book, Visually Speaking: Art Therapy and the Deaf, has been translated into Korean. You can read more about her at and (


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Ellen Horovitz is professor emerita at the Nazareth College of Rochester. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Ellen Horovitz is a member of the American Art Therapy Association.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


  1. Summarize the benefits of utilizing an art therapy approach in assessment, diagnosis and clinical treatment of mental health disorders.
  2. Consider the ethical implications and clinical limitations of using art therapy modalities in treatment.
  3. Utilize art therapy methods to identify both normal and abnormal psychological development in clients.
  4. Articulate the methods by which art therapy assessment techniques (such as ATDA, BATA, CATA) can be utilized to improve clinical outcomes.
  5. Incorporate art therapy interventions for identifying specific clinical issues including aggression, self-esteem, PTSD and eating disorders.
  6. Recognize how to identify cognitive, physical and emotional irregularities in art that may indicate symptoms of anxiety and mood disorders and identify potential issues of physical and sexual abuse.


  • Knowing Art Therapy
    • Know the ethical implications of using art therapy in your practice
    • Learn the psychotherapy behind the art and its language
  • Development and Clinical Applications
    • Identify normal and abnormal developmental levels of artwork, including organicity and TBI
    • Streamline your reports using the apps such as Genogram Analytics, BetterMind, and Limbix
  • Assessment: Hands on Activities
    • Art Therapy Dream Assessment (ATDA)
      • Video case study: Mourning and loss, dually diagnosed patient
      • Experience the ADTA firsthand
      • Practice how to dialogue with the patient
    • Belief Art Therapy Assessment (BATA)
      • Video case study: Mourning and loss, dually diagnosed patient
      • Experience the BATA firsthand
      • Practice how to dialogue with the patient
    • Cognitive Art Therapy Assessment (CATA)
      • Video case study: Schizophrenic spiraling into OCD moment
      • Learn how to redirect the patient
      • Experience the CATA and its importance in first art therapy session
    • Conducting Additional Assessments
      • Kinetic Family Drawing (KFD)
      • The Road Test
      • Person Picking an Apple From a Tree (PPAT)
      • The Bridge Drawing
    • Hands-on Techniques for Specific Populations
      • OCD and schizophrenic – fiber work
      • PTSD, co-morbidity - mask making
      • Dysmorphia, eating disorders, and more – body tracings
      • Mood Disorders - Breath of Joy exercises
      • Sexual/physical abuse survivors - co-operative blankets exercises, safe place/containers
      • Couple/ Family Collaborative Drawing Techniques
      • Aggressive, self-harming populations - 3-D exercises, paper exercise
      • All populations - word exercise - the bag exercise, self-esteem techniques
      • Bring an image of your younger self to the workshop or use a current image from your smartphone - Phototherapy techniques

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Case Managers Psychiatrists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, School Counselors, School Psychologists, Educators, Creative Art Therapists

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