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Digital Seminar

Expressive Therapies: Creative Interventions for Emotional Regulation and Self-Awareness

Patricia Isis, PhD, LMHC, ATR-BC, ATCS
6 Hours 11 Minutes
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May 19, 2017
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Art reveals how one perceives the world, one’s cognitive and emotional functioning level, and is used as a fun outlet for self-expression and self-discovery!

Watch this recording and learn from well-known art therapist, author, and trained mindful self-compassion instructor and practitioner, Dr. Patricia Isis. You will experience simple, success oriented sociodramatic exercises, along with the utilization of breath, intention and attitude to cultivate mindfulness for challenging emotions. Also discover user friendly therapeutic movement, imagery, mindful doodling, mandalas and aluminum foil sculpture.

Through case examples, experiential activities and dialogue, you will identify a rich menu of mindfulness-based artmaking tools and techniques designed to enhance moment to moment awareness and emotional regulation for inside and outside your practice.

You will be amazed at the transformation with your clients, and no background in art therapy is required as you will be shown tools to use within your scope of practice.



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Dr. Patricia Isis, Ph.D., LMHC, ATR-BC, ATCS, holds a Ph.D. in the expressive therapies with an emphasis on art therapy and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified and Registered Art Therapist and certified mindful self-compassion teacher. She provides art therapy services in the public schools and maintains a private practice. Dr. Isis is the author of The Mindful Doodle Book: 75 Creative Exercises to Help you Stay in the Moment (PESI, 2019), which will teach you how to utilize mindful doodling as a clinical tool for multiple populations, approaches and settings.

She is the founding president of the Florida Art Therapy Association. In addition, Dr. Isis served as secretary on the Art Therapy Credential Board and later as a director on the Board of the American Art Therapy Association. Furthermore, Dr. Isis is currently on the nominating committee for the Art Therapy Credentials Board and maintains active membership in the American Art Therapy Association, American Counseling Association, The Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, and the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Dr. Isis is a popular presenter internationally, nationally, and locally.

Dr. Isis also facilitates mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), mindful self-compassion (MSC) classes, and mindfulness trainings. She received training in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli in June of 2000.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Patricia Isis maintains a private practice and receives compensation as a consultant. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Isis receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Patricia Isis serves on committees for the American Art Therapy Association and on the Art Therapy Credentialing Board (ATCB) Nominating Committee.

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  • Define and experience mindfulness and mindful self-compassion through expressive arts modalities.
  • Identify the difference between contemplative mindfulness and mindful awareness while incorporating clinical tools for both.
  • Illustrate at least 3 positive side effects of mindful doodling.
  • Explore therapeutic interventions integrating mindfulness, wellness, self-compassion and the expressive arts for multiple populations and settings.
  • Discuss the differences between art therapy and therapeutic art making and working within your scope of practice.
  • Recognize the importance of art therapy consultation when needed.



  • Current Neuroscience Research
  • Ethical Implications: Working within a Scope of Practice
  • Art Therapy and Therapeutic Artmaking
  • Population and Setting
  • Selecting Art Materials

Clinical Experiential Applications and Techniques to:

  • Create Safety
  • Build Connections
  • Presence
  • Engagement

Cultivate Mindfulness of Challenging Emotions

  • Create Intention
  • Focus Attention
  • Kind Attitude
  • Breathing Practices
  • Guided Visualizations

Therapeutic Art Interventions for Self-Awareness

  • Movement for Body/Boundary Awareness and Appreciation
  • Imagemaking
    • Focusing
    • Present Moment Awareness
    • Empowerment
  • Mindful Doodling
    • Positivity
    • Self and Social Awareness
    • Compassion
  • Mandala Drawings
    • Concentration/Focusing
    • Self-Direction
    • Motivation
  • Aluminum Foil Sculpture Figures
    • Promote Body Awareness/Acceptance and Empowerment

Case Examples Throughout the Day

  • Utilizing Mindful Doodling, Mandalas, and Foil Sculptures

Challenges as Opportunities

  • Maintaining Safety and Containment
  • Promoting Presence and Success
  • Countertransferential Indications and Strategies/ Response Art
  • Art Review

Target Audience

Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists and other Mental Health Professionals

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