Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Expressive Arts in Counseling

Credit Option
Program Type
Garden City

Social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, substance abuse professionals, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors as well as established creative arts therapists are all welcome to apply.

60 CEs

In this 60-hour introductory experiential-learning-based CE certificate program (held from September 29, 2023 through June 28, 2024), participants will experience each of the six expressive arts modalities (art, dance/movement, drama, music, psychodrama, and writing/poetry) as well as multimodal integrative special topic sessions addressing work with children/adolescents, life transitions and aging, substance use disorders and trauma-informed care, and arts-based applications to cases and supervision as well as for closure and processing loss.

Important Note: This program does not certify one as an expressive or creative arts therapist and each expressive art form has its own organization and credentialing process.

For more about this please visit the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations (NCCATA) website. There are also entire Master’s degree programs in both Creative Arts or Expressive Arts Therapy. NYSED also offers a license in Creative Arts Therapy.

Each session will cover scope of practice issues and offer insight on where to get additional training and/or how to obtain certification if that is of interest.

Educational Goals

The expressive arts combine psychology and the creative process for the purpose of wellness and the promotion of growth and healing. Though many mental health professionals may utilize creative approaches in their work, many do so without formal training or ongoing professional support.

The term expressive arts also encourage work that is multimodal, incorporating the use of more than one art form.

Educational Objectives

Each session will allow learners to:

  • Establish an awareness of the history and major thought leaders in each modality as well as available training programs
  • Provide an overview of critical developmental and clinical theoretical underpinnings
  • Relay code of ethics for each modality and considerations, including practice guidelines for non-credentialed practitioners and the availability of consultation and further training
  • View the work through a social justice and trauma-informed case-based lens
  • Discuss case-based examples of how expressive arts enhance the externalization of repressed material and provide an opportunity for concretization of the abstract
  • Experience response art-making as a way of processing transferential aspects of the counseling relationship
  • Experience a sampling of engagement and closure exercises for application with both individuals and groups
  • Explore how one would utilize the structure and pacing of the Expressive Arts continuum for each modality
  • Articulate application of presented techniques to one’s own practice population
  • Develop sample facilitation exercises for use in workshopping with cohort peers
  • Build a community among counselors interested in promoting arts-based interventions


Please apply for this certificate program by September 22, 2023.

Tuition Rates

Early Bird Registration Discount: There will be a $460 discount for Applicants who apply and submit a deposit by July 15, 2023.

  • $2460 – General Registration Fee
  • $1968 – Alumni, Field Instructor, Field Liaison, AUSSW Staff

A payment plan will be provided upon request.

Program Schedule

This program will span over 10 months during the calendar year from September 2023 – June 2024. We will meet one Friday per month on our Garden City Campus for 6 hours.


Sessions Date/Time Topic
1 September 29
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Using Expressive Writing, Poetry and Metaphor in Counseling
2 October 27
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Using Visual Art in the Counseling Process
3 November 17
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Multimodal: Life Transitions and Aging
4 December 15
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Multimodal: Using the Arts with Children and Adolescents
5 January 26
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Using Sound and Music in the Counseling Process
6 February 23
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Using Drama Techniques in Counseling
7 March 22
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Incorporating Dance and Movement into the Counseling Process
8 April 26
9:00 am – 4:00 p
Utilizing the Action Methods of Psychodrama in Counseling
9 May 31
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Multimodal: Substance Use Disorders and Trauma-Informed Care
10 June 28
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Multimodal: Arts for Closure, Loss and Arts-Based Application to Cases in Supervision


Expressive arts methods are best learned in an experiential and group environment. This cohort learning model affords participants continuity over time and the opportunity to develop a deepening process in self-reflection as well as in understanding and clinical skill.

Presenters will be making use of PPT presentations for large group didactic learning, and case example discussions, brief video clips to demonstrate skill application and small groups for experiential activities and exercises.

Credentialling Information

Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:

  • NYSED Social Workers
  • CASAC Renewal
  • APA Psychology
  • NYSED Psychology

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

See full credentialing information and CEUs

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows. We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Adelphi University require that all events be accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the event host identified on the event webpage; please allow for a reasonable time frame. The event host, when necessary, will collaborate with the Student Access Office.

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Social Work Building, 221
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