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Online Training – Ethical and Practical Approaches to Creative Interventions via Tele-Health

May 21 Login to Zoom.com 8:30am; Training 8:45am-4:00pm (EDT) $169, 6 Ethics CEUs Presenter: Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT Zoom.us, MD + Google Map

This six-hour trauma-sensitive webinar will address the ethical challenges and strengths of utilizing art-making and other expressive interventions in tele-mental health therapies. The day will begin with a group discussion of different HIPAA compliant telehealth platforms such as Zoom, Doxy and Simple Practice to learn from each other regarding successful expressive arts experiences and resources.

Technology can cause disruptions and dilemmas interfering with therapy but can also invite effective creative opportunities. How do we observe the art-making process on live camera? What “found” materials in the home can be used creatively? Ethical considerations specific to the art process and art product on video platforms will be addressed. How do we keep artwork and verbal processing confidential especially when done at home by minors? Can client do art between sessions and share in session? General ethical guidelines of using art in therapy by non-art therapist mental health practitioners will be woven into these discussions such as developmental stages of art, the role of the therapist during art-making and how to process the art with the client appropriately. Time will be provided for trauma-focused expressive art experientials throughout the day, integrating the impact of this pandemic on both our clients and ourselves. Specific attention will be on the collective trauma and personal experiences of diverse losses. This workshop will be supportive, creative and engaging while providing practical solutions and ethics credits!

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify at least six ethical guidelines to using art in therapy as a non art therapist
  • Define the difference between the art process and art product in therapy and the therapist’s appropriate role, with consideration of the limitations of teleheath platforms.
  • List at least eight appropriate questions to use in processing the art product ethically as a non-art therapist with consideration of telehealth setting.
  • Describe at least four trauma-informed art directives to effectively address the impact of the pandemic such as collective trauma, anxiety, affect regulation, grief and loss, reduced social connections, and affect on therapeutic relationships.
  • Explain four to six ethical and practical dilemmas in using creative interventions in telehealth.
  • Name four to six adaptions of the art process and product in using telehealth platforms


Please note that short breaks will be offered throughout the day at the following times:

  • Morning: 10 AM and 11 AM
  • Afternoon: 2 PM and 3 PM


  • Introductions

9:10- 9:45

  • Group Discussion of telehealth platforms such as Zoom, Doxy, Simple Practice;
  • Strengths and challenges;
  • Legal considerations. A resource list will evolve to be shared.

9:45- 10:30

  • Ethical considerations specific to the creative process and art product on video platforms will be addressed.

10:30 10:45  BREAK


  • Overview of Developmental Stages of Art


  • Ethical use of Media with consideration of tele-expressive arts

11:30 -12:00

  • Artist trading cards experiential

12:00 LUNCH

1:00- 1:30

  • Creative Journals and Containers: Paper bag journal experiential

1:30 – 1:45

  • Discussion of art

1:45 – 2:30

  • Role of therapist and ethical/effective process questions: How to discuss art product and process with clients?

2:30-2:45  BREAK

2:45 -3:45

  • Expressive Arts Process: music, moving, drawing, writing


  • Q & A
Young woman painting in front of a computer monitor
"Peggy was relatable! She offered examples from her client caseload as well as personal life which were helpful in the learning. I was also impressed by Peggy's knowledge in leading a virtual workshop. She was engaging and had great computer skills!" ~Elizabeth Goodwin, LCSW

"Peggy Kolodny provides a wealth of practical intervention ideas that are presented in the context of theory. She always leaves me wanting more of both!" ~Siri Svaeren, LMSW

"I like that she [Peggy] was competent and very experienced. She introduced a great deal of methods of utilizing art therapeutically even if you're not an art therapist." ~Kim Machado, LCPC

"I valued the range of clear, creative prompts paired with theory that framed why and how they were approached. Really dynamic and useful - thank you!" ~Anne Eckman, LCSW-C, LICSW

"I liked her knowledge and expertise. She had great hands-on doable interventions for online [therapy]. ~Melissa Cook, LPC, ACS

"Peggy Kolodny is a master Art Therapist. It was a special opportunity to spend the day with her, listening and learning." ~Nancy Strohminger, LCSW-C

"The workshop was very interactive and made the participant feel connected to other members. I enjoyed the use of the break out rooms." ~Catina Bordone, LCSW-C

"I was inspired to learn multiple ways art can be included in the treatment of trauma survivors. Excellent training!" ~Wendy Berman, LCSW-C

"Peggy was very knowledgeable and personable. The workshop provided an abundance of tools." ~Debra Boblooch, LCPAT, LCPC