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Art Therapy & Anxiety: Healing Through Imagery
Art Therapy & Anxiety: Healing Through Imagery

Where:   FAIRFAX, VA

When:  Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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Art as Innovation in the Treatment of Anxiety
Art therapy is the field where the worlds of art and psychology meet. Roots can be traced back to Carl Jung, the first known psychologist to have his clients draw as a means to interpret dreams and fantasies. However, the true pioneers of art therapy are Margaret Naumberg and Edith Kramer who, during the 1940s and 1950s, recognized art therapy as its own field of study and practice. Today, art therapy can be applied to many different fields of psychology. Treating children with behavior problems, teens and adults struggling with addiction, couples with marital difficulties, and older adults suffering from Alzheimer's are only a few of the areas where art therapy is utilized. By making and interpreting their own art, individuals can reach beyond censored and conscious feelings to a deeper understanding of personal motivations in everyday life.

This course is designed to educate participants about art therapy and provide practical skills for effective assessment and intervention with clients experiencing symptoms of anxiety. Demonstrations of art therapy techniques will advance the participants' understanding of the biopsychosocial perspective of many of the disorders that fall under the DSM-5® categories of Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, and Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders. Significant attention will be paid to treatment interventions with numerous opportunities for hands-on, art-based techniques. Multiple case studies will illustrate the effectiveness of art therapy with anyone presenting with symptoms on the anxiety scale. Take away new skills and interventions to assist in the treatment of your most difficult anxiety cases.

  • Recognize the challenges, issues, symptoms, and needs that face those who are living with anxiety, OCD, panic attacks, phobias, PTSD, and sleeping and eating disorders

  • Implement art projects specifically designed for the treatment of those suffering from anxiety and anxiety-related disorders

  • Identify the basis of fear and the process of anxiety

  • Choose the most effective combination of art and traditional talk therapy in both group and individual counseling sessions

  • Provide another means of patient-caregiver communication in addition to traditional talk therapy

  • Supplement art projects with other therapeutic interventions to reduce anxiety and fear-based behavior

  • Engage in three hands-on art interventions

  • Review multiple case studies that demonstrate how creativity can alter neurology to reduce stress and increase calm and focus

  • Art Therapists

  • Licensed Professional Counselors

  • Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

  • Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Social Workers

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Recreational Therapists

  • School Guidance Counselors

  • Educators

  • Juvenile Justice Personnel

  • Pastoral Counselors

  • Anyone who wants to live a more calm, balanced, and exceptional life

What You Should Bring:
  • All art materials for activities will be provided

  • An open mind and a willingness to change your life and the lives of others in a positive way


PAMELA M. HAYES, MFT, ATR-BC is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the state of California and a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Her clinical specialties include: alcohol and drug addictions, relationship and parenting, depression and anxiety, grief, LGBTQ, gender identity, and sexuality. She is also a court certified Sexual Abuse Evaluator and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Ms. Hayes developed the Art Therapy program at the Rhode Island School of Design – Continuing Education and has taught Art Therapy courses at Philips Graduate University and The Chicago School for Professional Psychology. She is the author of several books and DVDs on Art Therapy, produces a monthly video podcast, “3 Minute Art Therapy”, and was recently featured on “The Science of Happiness/ SoulPancake” as the expert Art Therapist. Ms. Hayes has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in New York City and a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California.
For more information about Ms. Hayes, please visit her website at

Financial-Receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education.
Nonfinancial-No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
This course has been approved by Vyne Education, LLC., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 continuing education hours. NAADAC Provider #77600, Vyne Education, LLC. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Content includes elements of one of the NAADAC 8 Counselor Skills Group. Full attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on the NAADAC guidelines.

Counselors: West Virginia: This seminar has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling for 6 hours of continuing education. One Time CE approval number #WVBEC-020718 in Fairfax, VA on 2/7/2018, #WVBEC-020818 in Frederick, MD on 2/8/2018, #WVBEC-020918 in Baltimore, MD on 2/9/2018.

Marriage & Family Therapists: This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours 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 filing requirements.

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants
Vyne Education, LLC. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course is offered for 0.6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Introductory, Category 1: Domain of OT.

Recreation Therapists
NCTRC does not pre-approve programs for CEU credit. It is the individual therapist's responsibility to retain documentation of sessions attended in order to demonstrate the relationship of session content to the NCTRC job analysis code.

Social Workers
Vyne Education, LLC. provider #1005, "formerly Cross Country Education" is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (an approved provider since 1999, approved period 1/27/2018-1/27/2021). Vyne Education, LLC. maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers will receive 6 Clinical continuing education clock hours for participating in this course. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review the current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at for more information. This educational offering is at the Intermediate level for social workers.

This educational offering may qualify toward your professional development requirement. The educational offering consists of 6 clock hours. Use this information and your board rules and regulations to calculate professional development/continuing education credit.

Other Professions
This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours 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 filing requirements.

Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.

All Professionals: In order to process continuing education, please bring the appropriate license/certification number to the seminar.

Certificates, Educational Offering Completion Requirements: Certificates will be awarded upon receipt of payment and successful completion of the educational offering and evaluation form.

Amended Certificates: Please note that the credit hours listed above are offered by Vyne Education and/or boards/associations for a full day's attendance. In the event of late arrival and/or early departure, amended certificates indicating the actual number of credit hours earned will be provided upon calling Vyne Education.

ADA: If you require ADA accommodations, please contact Vyne Education at least two weeks before the seminar date or prior to purchasing any online or distance learning products so that arrangements can be made.

"I really enjoyed the seminar and learned so much! I would be interested in attending Pamela Hayes' presentations again— she is very informative and effective."
-Stephanie Nelson, Mental Health

"I learned a tremendous amount about how to integrate art therapy into my practice. I found the tools very 'do-able' when integrating into a more traditional practice. Excellent presenter. She clearly is an excellent therapist who is able to share her creative therapeutic art."
- Lisa Cuseo-Ott

"Learned many new interventions I'm excited to go and try. Excellent! Very knowledgeable presenter. Loved the videos and hands-on activities and case studies. Very good speaker, kept us engaged."
-Candace Chamberlain, Social Worker

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