Seminar Detail

Art Therapy Interventions for Challenging Children Who Act Out, Meltdown or Shut Down
Friday, December 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Do you have clients who are stuck, repeating the same patterns over and over and you feel like you’re powerless to help them? You know, the ones who repeatedly refuse to listen and don’t stop to think before they act. Or those who refuse to take responsibility for their behaviors and constantly pass blame onto others. Do they leave you feeling stagnant and burnt out in your practice? Do you work with challenging children, teens and families who seem absolutely resistant to every intervention you offer?

Let Janet Bush, a certified art psychotherapist, mental health clinician, art educator, and addictions counselor help you! Attend this seminar and learn innovative interventions that are guaranteed to help even your most resistant clients become unstuck. Your day will consist of creative, interactive, hands-on training that will re-energize your work. You will leave with fresh new art strategies and approaches that you can use immediately to engage even your most difficult and challenging clients. These tools are fun and playful. They will offer you an opportunity to refresh yourself as well!

No art experience is necessary, just an openness to try something creative.
  1. Apply therapeutic art directives and immediately implement into your therapy practice to help children, teens, adults and families regulate their emotions and behaviors.
  2. Analyze the ethical implications and your scope of practice when selecting therapeutic artmaking approaches.
  3. Assess the stages of children’s normative development, and warning signs suggesting a possibility for additional clinical support.
  4. Implement the use of simple and economic art materials; what to use and when, so you can feel immediately confident using art in your practice.
  5. Prepare a plan for introducing art into clinical practice for treatment-resistant and challenging children and families.
  6. Playfully practice the creative process via interactive hand-on therapeutic art-making experiences.

Art Speaks: Therapeutic Practice
  • Art Therapy vs. Therapeutic Art-Making
  • Art Therapy vs. Therapeutic Art
  • Ethical Implications and Scope of Practice
  • Know When to Refer
  • Process of Creating vs. Outcome
Clinical Applications

Using Art: Principles and Foundations
  • Media Selection
  • Developmental Stages Manifested in Art Making
  • Warning Signs in Artwork
  • Positive Perspectives
Strategies for Integrating Art in Practice

Establishing a Sense of Empowerment and Control
  • For Trauma, Anxiety & Mood Disorders
  • Safe Place Art
  • Mandalas
  • Stressors vs. Calmers
  • Mindful Doodling
Establish Relationship to Self
  • For ASD, Trauma, ODD, ADD
  • Name Designs
  • Me/Not Me/Ideal Me Collage
  • Self Object
  • Landscape of My Life
Creating Authentic Connections
  • For ASD, Mood Disorders, ADD
  • Collaborative Drawings
  • Mural Making
  • Circle of Commonalities
  • Group Activities
  • Family Art-Making
Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion
  • For ADHD, Anxiety & Mood Disorders
  • Inside-Out Boxes and Masks
  • Aluminum Foil Sculptures
  • Positive Puppets
  • Empathy Masks
  • Worry Dolls
Control to Commitment
  • For ADHD, Anxiety & Mood Disorders, Trauma
  • Follow Directions Drawing
  • Crossroads Doodle
  • Resilience Doodle
  • Wellness Timeline
  • Letters of Appreciation
Research, Limitations and Risks
  • Training is distinctly different from the formal study of art therapy
  • Introducing art without adequate training
  • Art therapy is an evidenced-based treatment
Target Audience
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Educators
  • Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Creative Arts Therapists


Janet (Jan) Bush, ED.S., ATR-BC, is a credentialed mental health clinician and a registered board certified art Psychotherapist. She is credited for contributing to the fields of psychology and education as the first therapist in the nation to have laid the foundation for a mental health program in public education, in the field of clinical art therapy for Miami’s Dade County Public Schools.

Jan subsequently authored the pioneering textbook, The Handbook of School Art Therapy. Through her long-term and pioneering work, she received several national distinguished clinical services and lifetime achievement awards.

Her breadth of clinical practice has not only included educational settings but also medical, psychiatric, outpatient, correctional and social service facilities, helping clients with a range of issues such as depression and anxiety, grief and loss, substance abuse, behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, relationship problems, career and educational concerns, LGBTQ issues and other life events.

Internationally known, Jan has consulted, presented, and keynoted her work for professional groups developed clinical curricula and authored journal articles and original research.

She has been featured in local, state and national print and broadcast media including television shows, radio programs, newspaper and magazine articles, podcasts and NBC’s nationwide network news. Jan serves as a consultant in private practice based in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Janet Bush is a consultant in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Janet Bush has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

North Carolina Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

South Carolina Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists: This program has been approved for 6.0 continuing education hours by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists. Provider #4540.

This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Psychologists & Psychiatrists & Physicians

Psychiatrists & Physicians
PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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