Date & Time: January 28 – December 16
Location: Garden City Campus

AEAC is a multimodal expressive arts based learning program that introduces the application of the expressive arts in the counseling process. 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.

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Tuition Rates

$2460 – Registration Fee

$1968 – Alumni, Field Instructor, Field Liaison, AUSSW Staff

(Payment Plan will be provided)

Scholarship Information

A limited number of partial scholarships are available based upon financial need.

Course Overview

In this 60-hour introductory experiential-learning-based CE certificate program, 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 see 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. For more information about this please visit

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 promotion of growth and healing. Though many mental health professionals may utilize creative approaches in their work, many do so without formal training or on-going professional support.

The term expressive arts also promotes 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 externalization of repressed material and provide 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 community among counselors interested in promoting arts-based interventions

Program Outline

The program will span over 10 months during the calendar year from January-December (meeting one Friday per month for 6 hours), excluding the months of July and August. Though our intention is to meet in person, with the changing needs of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program must be able to shift to a virtual format as needed.

Session Date Topic
1 1/28

Using Expressive Writing, Poetry and Metaphor in Counseling

2 2/25 Using Visual Art in the Counseling Process
3 3/25

Multimodal: Life Transitions and Aging

4 4/29 Using Sound and Music in the Counseling Process
5 5/20 Incorporating Dance and Movement into the Counseling Process
6 6/24 Multimodal: Using the Arts with Children and Adolescents
7 9/30 Using Drama Techniques in Counseling
8 10/28 Utilizing the Action Methods of Psychodrama in Counseling
9 11/18 Multimodal: Substance Use Disorders and Trauma-Informed Care
10 12/16 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.

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