Expressive Arts Therapy

Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program

2022 Training Dates Will be posted July 2021

Hosted by: Yvette Lyons, Ph.D. & Carla Bittencourt, M.A. 

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Yvette Lyons, Ph.D., and Carla Bittencourt, M.A. are teaming up to offer a 10 month training program in Expressive Arts Therapy.
Both Dr. Yvette & Carla have years of experience in Expressive Arts Therapy.  They have trained, therapists, company leaders and other professionals to use the arts and the creative process to enrich their lives and their careers.  Now we are teaming up to offer you a lifetime of experience in one training program.

Mindfulness Therapy/Coaching Certificate
This Certificate is a combination of Mindfulness Practices woven into the Expressive Arts Training to provide you with the tools nessary to confidently work with clients. You learn how to be fully present for them and provide them with training based in personal-empowerment and wellness. 

expressive-art-therapy-training-program-hand-paintingExpressive Arts Therapy is a multi-modal approach to healing, self-actualization, social healing and collaboration.
It incorporates a combination of Art, Music, Movement, Writing to help in a multitude of areas, personally, socially and globally.
In my Expressive Arts Training I also combine SandTray World Play Therapy, and MARI (Mandala Assessment Research Inventory) training.  
Each weekend will be a balanced combination of didactic information combined with experiential exercises designed to put into practice the information for that module. Exercises will revolve around how the arts create healing for the body, mind, emotions and Soul. Additionally we will look at how the arts can be used with various populations in different venues.
Weekends will be held in Carlsbad CA.
At the Live Your Art Studio on Saturdays and Sundays 9-5PM. We will meet one weekend per month for 10 months.

Training Overview

Weekend 1: 
Creativity and the Brain
Your brain on Art, Music, Movement
The Language of Image
Archetypes the Blue Print for our Unconscious

Weekend 2: 
Visual Art Therapy as a Multi-Modal Approach
Art combined with other art modalities as a healing tool
How art is incorporated into the multimodal approach to healing when working with various groups in various venues
Color, image and form in Expressive Arts Therapy
Art and the brain and resilience
Multi-media art techniques

Weekend 3: 
Sound Healing and Music as a Multi-Modal Approach
Drumming for personal, social and global change
Music combined with other art modalities as a healing tool
The use of musical tools
Sound Bath Healing and Instrument Exploration
Music as a non-verbal language
Working with music in different venues with multi-modal techniques

Weekend 4: 
Movement as a Multi-Modal Approach
Movement combined with other art modalities as a healing tool
Theoretical approaches to movement: Gabrielle Roths 5Rhythms;
Continuum Flow ~ Emily Conrad
Authentic Movement ~ and Body Mapping
Movement, Art and Music techniques combined in working with various populations
Embodiment; breathing; centering; grounding

Weekend 5: 
Creative Writing and Storytelling as a Multi-Modal Approach
Storytelling as a Healing and Communication tool
Poetry, Myth, FairyTale and Expressive Arts
Archetypes & Mask Making and Expressive Arts
Mythology and the Hero's Journey

Weekend 6:
Mindfulness, Mandalas & Transformational Healing
Mindfulness Based Expressive Arts Therapy (MBEAT) Using Expressive Arts as a Mindfulness Practice
MARI ~ Introduction to the Mandala Assessment Research Inventory
Mandalas as a transpersonal and community art modality
Healing on a Transpersonal level

Weekend 7:
Group Dynamics, Group Leadership & Community Building
Working with Groups and Group Dynamics; Group Leadership and working in different venues, Community, Corporate, Schools, Families, Couples

Weekend 8:
Expressive Arts in different venues with various populations
Taking the Expressive Arts into the world
Working in different environments
Working with a variety of people
How to put it all together

Weekend 9:
Expressive Arts Coaching; Business Plan & IEATA
Identifying the difference between Expressive Arts Therapy and Expressive Arts Coaching; Making a plan for your Expressive Arts Business and Exploring the International Expressive Arts Therapy Assoc. (IEATA)

Weekend 10 & 11:
Final Student Presentations
During this last Module, students will be asked to facilitate an Expressive Arts Exercise as their final project.


Included in the Training

All Art Materials and other Materials needed for training
Expressive Arts Therapy Manuel
Group Workbook

Supervision Meeting
Meeting via GoTo Meeting; Six (3) one-hour long supervision meetings after the training to provide a gathering where participants can:
Check in and Consult
Ask Questions
Share Stories and Case Studies
Get support and feedback from Group and Supervisor

Private Facebook Page
A private FB page for your training group will be included in this program. This FB page will be a safe confidential place where participants can meet in-between weekends to have ongoing support and interaction. This facebook page will be monitored by the instructor. During the month people can share their work and ask questions get feedback and collaborate.
*Expressive Arts Therapy Manuel will be included in the training

Who will you learn to use the arts to help?

You will learn how to work with:
Children & Adolescents
Creative Aging
Employee Enrichment
Community Building
Systems Theory

You will learn about how the creative process is used to help deal with:
Emotional Issues: Anxiety
Physical Issues: Chronic Pain
Trauma and PTSD
Parenting & Childhood issues
Clinical work
Skill Building
Transformational Healing

And also how to use the arts for:
Goal Direction
Problem Solving
Creative Enrichment

Who is this program for?

ANYONE who wants to used the creative process and the arts for personal healing and personal growth
ANYONE who would like to include the arts in what you do in the world.
ANYONE who would like to incorporate the Expressive Arts into their Counseling Practice
Whether you are in the Therapeutic community, the Corporate world, the Educational world, or simply want to learn to incorporate the arts into your world and the world of others. 
*This certificate program is a 12 month course. We will be meeting one weekend per month. At the end of this training you will have a comprehensive understanding about how the arts are used for healing with a variety of populations in multiple settings, facilitating creative journeys in your world.


Yvette Lyons, Ph.D. | 760-805-5556 |
Carla Bittencourt, M.A. | 619-408-4413 |

Program Cost: $4000.00

Level 1

Program Cost: $4000.00

*Paid in Full Discount: $200 off

  10 Month Training Program
  Number of payments 1
Due* Amount
  $4,000.00 USD
Early Bird Discount -$200.00 USD
At checkout - Total $3,800.00 USD

Level 2

Program Cost: $3000.00
6 Month Training Program
Number of payments 1
What is Mindfulness based Expressive Arts Therapy/Coaching Certificate?

It is a combination of Mindfulness practices woven into the Expressive Arts Training to provide the trainee with tools of how to work with clients being fully present for them and providing them with a training based in personal empowerment and wellness.
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