Positive Psychology and Art Therapy Advance Practice Course, AATA Conference, Wash, DC

Collaborating on Happiness: Positive Psychology and Art Therapy
Gioia Chilton, MA, ATR-BC & Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC
Advanced Practice Course

Topic: Positive Psychology and Art Therapy
When: Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 9:00 Am-5:00 PM
Who: Designed for mental health practitioners
Where: Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008
To Register: go to http://www.arttherapyconference.com/registration

What does it mean to be happy? Who is happy? What are the benefits of being happier? How do we become happier and how do we help our clients become happier?

These are the questions that Positive Psychology has sought to answer. Positive Psychology is the study of positive character traits and well-being; of positive emotions; and of institutions that support research and exploration into wellness, positive experience, resilience, and inherent strengths in individuals and communities (Peterson 2000, Peterson & Seligman 2004, Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi 2000).

Discover how to become happier! Through examining research-based techniques, we will learn concrete strategies for increasing happiness and we will examine the connections between Art Therapy and Positive Psychology, two fields that have much to offer each other.

Objectives:
1) Participants will be able to list 3 characteristics of Positive Psychology.
2) Participants will be able to list 3 connections /correlations between the fields of Positive Psychology and Art Therapy.
3) Participants will be able to identify 3 strategies for integrating Positive Psychology and Art Therapy in their practice.

Course Content:
PDF of Collaborating on Happiness: Positive Psychology and Art Therapy Powerpoint
PDF of Creative Wellbeing Workshops Handout on Strategies for Increasing Happiness


The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) is an approved NBCC provider sponsor of this event. AATA may award NBCC approved clock hours for events or programs that meet NBCC requirements. AATA maintains responsibility for the content of this event.