Course Description

Hours: 12

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. 

Because this workshop is happening remotely, all participants will need to have access to basic arts materials at home in order to participate in the workshop.
In addition, a couple days before the workshop you will be sent handouts that you will need to print and have ready to use during the workshop, so you will need to ensure you have access to a printer. 

For the workshop, please prepare the following materials:

  • 5-10 sheets of blank letter-size paper
  • basic set of crayons
  • basic set of markers
  • pen or pencil
  • 2-3 magazines to cut up
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • small sealed container filled with something you can make a noise ‘shaker’ with e.g. yogurt container with dried beans, glass jar with pasta
  • small to medium size container e.g., shoe box, jar, small cardboard box, etc.
  • optional (while you don’t need to buy these materials, if you are crafty and have any of these items at home having them available will give you more creative options): string, yarn, hot glue gun, tissue paper, paint, beads, etc. 

*Please note that this is an introductory workshop 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. 

Learner Outcomes

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.


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

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-5128

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Expressive Arts Therapy with Children and Adolescents
Workshop Remote
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9:00AM to 4:00PM
Mar 18, 2024 to Mar 19, 2024
Schedule and Location
Total Hours
Delivery Options
Workshop Remote  
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $370.00
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Section Notes

Instructor: Christine Mayor, PhD, RP, BCT/RDT

Location: This workshop is being held remotely through Zoom. 

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

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