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Art Therapy and Positive Psychology Graduate Class, George Washington University, Wash, DC

The Art of Happiness: Art Therapy and Positive Psychology
The George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program

Designed for graduates level clinicians. To enroll contact the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program

What makes people happier? Who is happy? Why be happy? How do creative endeavors contribute to happiness? These questions and more will be explored through an introduction to Positive Psychology, the science of happiness, and its application to Art Therapy.

In this class we will explore the following:
• An overview of the field of positive psychology.
• Who is happy, why be happy, and what is happiness, anyway?
• Definitions of optimism and pessimism.
• The evolutionary purpose of negative and positive emotions.
• The definition of positive traits such as character strengths, values, and talents.
• Can art making promote happiness and, if so, how?
• Strategies for using creative endeavors to increase engagement, mastery, and flow.
• Specific, research-based, therapeutic interventions to develop sustainable happiness.

Positive Psychology has challenged us to focus not so much on what is wrong but what is right. Once we help people heal, how do can we help them to thrive and flourish? Be a pioneer in the dynamic new realm bridging Positive Psychology and Art Therapy and discover strategies for increasing satisfaction, meaning, and engagement both in our work and in our personal lives.

WHAT STUDENTS SAY:
“Incredibly empowering and even life-changing. What a gift for me! What a tool to share with others! It truly expands one’s perspective.” -Kelly Hartland,graduate student

“I left the course each week feeling great!” -Hanna Wilson, graduate student

The George Washington University, Art Therapy Program
1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 250, Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-4148 artx@gwu.edu

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.

The Art of Happiness: Art Therapy and Positive Psychology, George Washington University, Alexandria, VA

The Art of Happiness: Art Therapy and Positive Psychology
The George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program

Wednesdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and October 6, 2010 6:00-8:00 pm

What makes people happier? Who is happy? Why be happy? How do creative endeavors contribute to happiness? These questions and more will be explored through an introduction to Positive Psychology, the science of happiness, and its application to Art Therapy.

In this class we will explore the following:
• An overview of the field of positive psychology.
• Who is happy, why be happy, and what is happiness, anyway?
• Definitions of optimism and pessimism.
• The evolutionary purpose of negative and positive emotions.
• The definition of positive traits such as character strengths, values, and talents.
• Can art making promote happiness and, if so, how?
• Strategies for using creative endeavors to increase engagement, mastery, and flow.
• Specific, research-based, therapeutic interventions to develop sustainable happiness.

Positive Psychology has challenged us to focus not so much on what is wrong but what is right. Once we help people heal, how do can we help them to thrive and flourish? Be a pioneer in the dynamic new realm bridging Positive Psychology and Art Therapy and discover strategies for increasing satisfaction, meaning, and engagement both in our work and in our personal lives.

WHAT STUDENTS SAY:
“Incredibly empowering and even life-changing. What a gift for me! What a tool to share with others! It truly expands one’s perspective.” -Kelly Hartland,graduate student

“I left the course each week feeling great!” -Hanna Wilson, graduate student