Yvette Lyons, Ph.D. - EXPRESSIVE ARTS CERTIFICATE - San Diego,, CA
 The Expressive Arts Experience - Yvette Lyons, Ph.D., Expressive Arts Therapist
NEW! 2019


Mask Making Seminar

Yvette Lyons, Ph.D.  & 
Carla Bittencourt, M.A.

Yvette Lyons, Ph.D., and Carla Bittencourt, M.A. are teaming up to offer a 12 month training program in Expressive Arts Therapy.  Both Dr. Yvette & Carla have years of experience in Expressive Arts Therapy.  They have trained, therapists, company leaders and other professionals to use the arts and the creative process to enrich their lives and their careers.  Now we are teaming up to offer you a lifetime of experience in one training program.  

Expressive Arts Therapy is a multi-modal approach to healing, self-actualization, social healing and collaboration.  It incorporates a combination of Art, Music, Movement, Writing to help in a multitude of areas, personally, socially and globally.  In my Expressive Arts Training I also combine SandTray World Play Therapy, and MARI (Mandala Assessment Research Inventory) training.  
Each weekend will be a balanced combination of didactic information combined with experiential exercises designed to put into practice the information for that module. Exercises will revolve around how the arts create healing for the body, mind, emotions and Soul.  Additionally we will look at how the arts can be used with various populations in different venues. 
Weekends will be held in Carlsbad Calif. At the Live Your Art Studio on Saturdays and Sundays 9-5PM. We will meet one weekend per month for 12 months.
Weekend One: Creativity and the Brain
The Foundation for the Arts and the Brain
The Creative Process
Creativity and Neuroplasticity (How art, music, creative writing, movement change the brain)
Introduction into Expressive Arts as a Multimodal Approach

Weekend Two: Visual Art Therapy as a Multi-Modal Approach
Art combined with other art modalities as a healing tool
How art is incorporated into  the multimodal approach to healing when working with various groups in various venues
Color, image and form in Expressive Arts Therapy
Art and the brain and resilience
Multi-media art techniques
Weekend Three: Music as a Multi-Modal Approach
Drumming for personal, social and global change
Music combined with other art modalities as a healing tool
The use of musical tools
Instrument Exploration
Music as a non-verbal language
How music works on healing trauma, somatic issues, chronic pain and more
Working with music in different venues with multi-modal techniques
Weekend Four: Movement as a Multi-Modal Approach
Movement combined with other art modalities as a healing tool
Theoretical approaches to movement: Gabrielle Roths 5Rhythms;
Continuum Flow ~ Emily Conrad
Authentic Movement ~ and Body Mapping
Movement, Art and Music techniques combined in working with various populations
Weekend Five: Creative Writing as a Multi-Modal Approach
Storytelling as a Healing and Communication tool
Poetry, Myth, FairyTale and Expressive Arts
Archetypes & Mask Making and Expressive Arts
Mythology and the Hero's Journey
Weekend Six: Mindfulness and Expressive Arts Therapy
What is Mindfulness?
How/Why of Mindfulness
How to combine Mindfulness practices with Expressive Arts
Weekend Seven: 
Day 1: MARI Mandala Training
What is MARI
How does it work?
How to incorporate the MARI with Expressive Arts Therapy
Day 2:  SandTray World Play
What is Sandtray World Play; Origins & History
Being the Observer to another’s world
Being the Builder and Creator of your world
How Expressive Arts can be incorporated into Sandtray work
Weekend Eight: Expressive Art and Systemic Theory 
Family Systems
Couples Therapy
Organizational Systems
School Systems
Community / Global
Weekend Nine: Using Expressive Arts with Children & Adolescents
Expressive Arts As a Healing Modality Trauma & PTSD
Expressive Arts As a Teaching Modality
Expressive Arts for Social Skills Building; Communication; Self Esteem Building; Goal Setting
Weekend Ten: Expressive Arts in Different Venues with Special Populations
This weekend will focus on the use of Expressive Arts in various environments such as Private Practice; Hospitals: Employee Enrichments Programs; Schools
Working with Elderly populations
Working with Corporations
Working with Special Needs Adults & Children
The use of Expressive Arts in Recovery 
Weekend Eleven: Expressive Arts Ethics and Safety
What is the Ethical Code of Expressive Arts Therapy 
Incorporating Safety into your work.  
Physical Safety
Emotional Safety
Confidentiality in Expressive Arts Work
Weekend Twelve:  Final Student Presentations
Module Twelve:  During this last Module, students will be asked to facilitate an Expressive Arts Exercise as their final project.  
Expressive Arts Therapy Manuel will be included in the training
Supervision Meeting via GoTo Meeting; 6, one-hour long supervision meetings after the training to provide a spot where participants can:
Check in and Consult
Ask Questions
Share Stories and Case Studies
Get support and feedback from Group and Supervisor
A Private Facebook Page for only your training group will be included in this program.  This FB page will be a safe confidential place where participants can meet in-between weekends to have ongoing support and interaction.  This facebook page will be monitored by the instructor. During the month people can share their work and ask questions get feedback and collaborate.
Most materials provided. Students will be asked to bring 1 Art Journal (no lines).
Who will you learn to use the arts to help?

You will learn how to work with:

Children & Adolescents
Creative Aging
Special Needs, i.e., PTSD, Childhood Trauma, ASD, and other clinical and Social issues
School settings
Employee Enrichment
Social & Global Issues

You will learn about how the creative process is used to help deal with:

Chronic Pain
Trauma and PTSD
Chronic illness and Medical Issues
Parenting & Childhood issues
Clinical work
With Special Population & Challenges
Skill Building
Transformational Healing

And also how to use the arts for:

Goal Direction
Problem Solving
Creative Enrichment

Who is this program for?

ANYONE who wants to used the creative process and the arts for personal healing and personal growth

ANYONE who would like to include the arts in what you do in the world.

ANYONE who would like to incorporate the Expressive Arts into their Counseling Practice

Whether you are in the Therapeutic community, the Corporate world, the Educational world, or simply want to learn to incorporate the arts into your world and the world of others.  


This certificate program is a 12 month course.  We will be meeting one weekend per month.   At the end of this training you will have a comprehensive understanding about how the arts are used for healing with a variety of populations in multiple settings, facilitating creative journeys in your world. 

JOIN US!    

Yvette Lyons, Ph.D.

Carla Bittencourt, M.A.

Contact me for pricing and payment options.

Expressive Arts Therapy Workshop

“Creativity is a characteristic given to all human beings at birth.”
Abraham Maslow
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