Course Description

This workshop will introduce the use of expressive arts when working therapeutically with children and adolescents with a variety of needs and goals.* Rationale for, and examples of, using the arts for expression, wellness and healing with youth will be provided. Basic concepts from drama therapy, art therapy, music therapy, dance/movement therapy and the use of writing, poetry and play will be explored. In addition, intermodal approaches that use numerous arts-based methods will be demonstrated. The workshop will provide information about working from childhood through adolescence in a developmentally appropriate manner.

Rather than “telling,” this workshop will focus on learning through “doing.” It is designed to be highly experiential, allowing participants to actively engage in arts-based methods as both a participant and a facilitator.** In addition, information will provided throughout the workshop using video, conversation and handouts.

Participants will:

  • Gain an introductory understanding of expressive arts therapies and each of the modalities.
  • Experience activities and exercises in each of the arts modalities across a developmental spectrum.
  • Learn how to use arts in an intermodal way.
  • Practice effective facilitation of arts-based methods for expression and wellness.
  • Obtain a handout of useful articles, books and websites with additional resources.

*Please note that this is an introductory course and calling oneself an arts therapist is a protected term. If you are interested in becoming certified in expressive arts therapy or one of the specific modalities, further information about official training programs and national organizations will be provided.

** Experiential activities will differ from other workshops being run by Christine Mayor.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Kitchener: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234
Milton: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235
Online: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


This workshop is currently not available. The 2021/2022 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course and workshop dates will be available in early July 2021.

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