Objectives of the Workshop

Art Therapy & Diagnostics in Emotional & Neuro-Cognitive Conditions

Clinical Format September 23-24

  • Working as an art therapist
  • Functions of the Art Therapist
  • Individual art therapy and group art therapy
  • Learning about art therapy and creative expression
  • Learning what individuals reveal through their drawings
  • Therapist/client relationship; confidentiality issues
  • Therapy Approaches with theElderly.
  • Theoretical Models
  • Learning to associate graphic and color symbols
  • Perception and Creativity
  • Common indicators of emotional disorders
  • Applying Art Therapy to Patients with Dementia
  • Physical environment
  • Importance Collection of diagnostic data.
  • Clinical assessment, clinical Interview
  • Family dynamics
  • Organic and psychological pathologies, similarities and differences
  • Visual-spatial functioning
  • Significance of symbols that are warning signals
  • Release of anger, isolation of affect
  • Release of ‘fear’ control over ‘fear’ Self-protection
  • Non-threatening use of pictures to project feelings
  • Control over environment
  • Multi-sensory approaches to increase body image
  • Organizing chaos with use of affect
  • Vulnerability to physical stressors in Alzheimer’s patients
  • Art Therapy and Caregivers
  • Cultural and ethnic symbols of significance
  • Art Therapy related to Social and Environmental Problems
  • Legal aspects of Art Therapy

Educational Format September 24-25

  • Art Therapy: Definition and concept.
  • Objectives, Function, and Methodological Foundations.
  • Importance of the Process of Graphic Projections
  • “Reality” and distortion of reality
  • Different ways of Perceptual Alteration
  • The Process of Creation of Symbolic Images
  • Symbols and their Formation
  • The Creative Process vs. the Artistic Process
  • Factors to be Considered in the Creative Process
  • Development and Formation of Images
  • Sequence, Analysis
  • Methodological considerations
  • Elements to perceive
  • Stages and sequences of creative development
  • Concrete symbols of environment (children, adolescents, adults)
  • Patterns and organization
  • Organizing chaos with use of affect
  • Assessment of graphic development
  • Graphic symbols in reference to the Human Figure
  • Warning Indicators
  • Graphic symbols in reference to the environment
  • Psychological significance of color and its Relationships
  • Assessment related to memories of abuse; extent of damage
  • Assessment of family structure and dynamics
  • Projective assessment of current/past issues
  • Kinetic family drawings: “ideal family vs. real family”
  • Working through emotions and conflicts of constant events
  • Observation and Suggested Topics
  • Applying Art Therapy to Patients with Dementia:
  • Physical environment, importance Collection of diagnostic data
  • Clinical assessment, clinical interview
  • Family dynamics
  • Organic and psychological pathologies, similarities and differences
  • Visual-spatial functioning
  • Significance of symbols that are warning signals
  • Release of anger, isolation of affect
  • Release of ‘fear’ control over ‘fear’; self-protection
  • Non-threatening use of pictures to project feelings