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Art Therapy: Creative Interventions for Kids with Trauma, Anxiety, ADHD and More!

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Pamela G. Malkoff Hayes, MFT, ATR-BC
6 Hours 05 Minutes
Feb 08, 2024
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Do you work with challenging children and teens who seem absolutely resistant to every intervention you offer? Clients who are stuck, repeating the same patterns over and over and you feel like you’re powerless to help them? You know the ones that repeatedly refuse to listen and don’t stop to think before they act. Or those who refuse to take responsibility for their behaviours and constantly pass blame onto others? Do they leave you feeling stagnant and burnt out in your practice?

Watch this seminar and learn innovative interventions that will help even your most resistant clients become unstuck. This training will consist of creative, interactive, hands-on training that will re-energize your work. You will finish with fresh new art strategies and approaches that you can use immediately to engage even your most difficult and challenging clients. These tools are fun and playful. They will offer you an opportunity to refresh yourself as well!

No art experience is necessary, just an openness to try something creative.

Art therapy materials recommended: Crayons, markers or coloured pencils, 2 sheets of white and coloured paper, glue or glue stick.

* Participants will learn how to implement therapeutic art interventions. They will not be certified as an art therapist.


This course counts toward the educational hours required for certification as an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP).

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Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 6.25 hours CPD.



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Pamela Malkoff 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 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 Hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

Over the course of her 25+ year career, she has worked in schools, hospitals, prison, foster and residential care, and private practice. She is a noted speaker and educator, lecturing throughout the United States. She has taught art therapy courses at Phillips Graduate University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Chicago School for Professional Psychology. She has written several books and produced DVDs on Art Therapy. She stars in the video podcast, “3 Minute Art Therapy”, and was recently featured on “The Science of Happiness/SoulPancake” as the expert Art Therapist.

Ms. Malkoff lives in Los Angeles where she has a private practice and provides art therapy groups to multiple agencies. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Parsons School of Design in New York, NY and Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles, CA and a Graduate Degree in marriage and family therapy and art therapy from The Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Pamela Malkoff Hayes maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Headspace Health and Ellie Mental Health. She receives royalties as a published author. Pamela Malkoff Hayes receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Pamela Malkoff Hayes is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Art Therapy Association.

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  1. Evaluate art therapy directives to immediately implement into clinical practice with fidelity to help children regulate their emotions and behavbehaviourraise the ethical implications and clinical limitations of using selected art therapy approaches within your scope of practice.
  2. Determine the stages of a child's normative development, and identify the indicators suggesting a need for additional clinical support.
  3. Analyze the benefits of utilizing therapeutic artmaking approaches in assessment, diagnosis, and clinical treatment of mental health disorders.
  4. Develop a plan for introducing art into clinical practice for treatment resistant and challenging children and families.
  5. Determine the neurobiological implications of using therapeutic art interventions among clients with various diagnoses.


Art Therapy
  • Which clients benefit from art therapy?
  • Ethical implications and limitations of using art therapy in your practice
  • Creating products vs creative process
  • Go with the flow
Clinical Application of Art Therapy
  • What materials to use and when
  • Normative development in art making and developmental stages
  • Indicators in the artwork that suggest a child needs more support
  • Seeing it differently (client perspective)
  • Art talk, they made it now what?

Creative Techniques and Strategies to…
Build Relationships & Connection

  • For ASD, Trauma & ODD
    • Draw your fears
    • Magical thinking
    • Safe place drawing
    • Playing with the materials
    • Building rituals
    • Destroy the OCD monster
    • Paint the silence
Build Safety
  • For Trauma, Anxiety & Mood Disorders
  • Connect the dots
  • Create a safe place
  • Draw a person
  • Draw a house
  • Draw your feelings
  • Play therapy
  • Animal family & other family art activities
  • Trauma feelings
  • Magical thinking
  • Wishes

Understanding of Self and Behaviors

  • For ADHD, Anxiety & Mood disorders
    • Inside out
    • Mask making
    • Body outline
    • Safe place
    • Fear and empowerment
    • Self portraits
    • Beading

Learn to Respond versus React

  • For ADHD, Trauma, ASD, ODD, Anxiety & Mood disorders
    • Miracle question
    • Feeling heart
    • Kinetic family drawing
    • Bridges
    • Cartooning problems & solutions

Increase Self-Regulation

  • For ADHD, Anxiety & Mood disorders
    • Paper weaving
    • Abstracting painting and collage
    • Destroying fears
    • Mindful mandalas
    • Scribble scrabble
    • Gratitude Namaste figure

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Psychiatrists
  • School Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • School Counsellors
  • Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Educators
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Creative Arts Therapists
  • Physicians



Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 5



"Good course. Test is a little difficult becasue many of the case studies are in the power-point but not the companion manual for the course."


"I really enjoyed the presentation and learned a lot. "

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