How To Engage Children and Adolescents with Behavioural Concerns Through Therapeutic Art - Psychology

How To Engage Children and Adolescents with Behavioural Concerns Through Therapeutic Art
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“Since human society has existed the arts have helped man to reconcile the eternal conflict between the individual's instinctual urges and the demands of society. Thus, all art is therapeutic in the broadest sense of the word.” Edith Kramer, Art Therapy pioneer

Many children and adolescents present behavioral concerns, such as school refusal, absenteeism, selective mutism, defiance and aggression in school or other social settings, as they do not know how to express themselves appropriately when being overwhelmed by difficult emotions or tough situations. Art making is thus therapeutic for children and adolescents as it allows them to share their thoughts and emotions in a safe and contained manner. As visual image making is an important aspect of the natural emotional and social learning process, art making allows children and adolescents to get in touch with their thoughts and emotions that cannot be easily expressed in words and creates an inroad into their still changing and developing minds.

Course Outline

Part of this training will introduce strategies in therapeutic art that can be used in the classroom for emotional regulation and expression, so as to enhance learning and behaviour for children and adolescents exhibiting behavioural concerns.

Areas covered include:

  1. Understanding developmental and social-emotional needs in children and adolescents
  2. Understanding behavioural concerns in children and adolescents
  3. Understanding how adverse childhood experiences and trauma affects behaviour in children and adolescents
  4. How therapeutic art making meet the needs of children and adolescents with behavioural concerns
  5. Practical ways of managing and alleviating behavioral concerns for children and adolescents through art making.

Course Objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize signs of social-emotional needs and distress in children and adolescents
  2. Understand the benefits of relating with children and adolescents through art-making
  3. Recognize different types of visual vocabulary in children and adolescents
  4. Use different ways of art-making for emotional regulation and expression
  5. Use art-making as a precursor to reflection and discussions in class

Who Can Benefit?

This course is suitable for anyone working with children and adolescents with behavioral concerns and/or anyone working with neurodiverse children and adolescents. It will be of interest to teachers, educators, allied educators, teaching assistants / aides, youth workers, social workers, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, parents / caregivers of children and adolescents with behavioral concerns and parents / caregivers of neurodiverse children and adolescents.

No prior art-making experience is required.

What to Prepare for the Course?

This course comprises both theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on art-making components.

Art material will be provided for the workshop.

Providers Terms

  1. Please note that registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis and course fees must be paid prior to closing date to reserve a place.
  2. Payment of fees is not a guarantee for the event to be staged as planned. Should the event be cancelled for any reason, a full refund will be made to all registered participants and no other claims are allowed. The organizer disclaims responsibility should any change in the event occur for any reason.
  3. Participants to the course are not allowed to split registration for different persons.
  4. For 1 full day seminar, only one set of meal entitlement per day shall be given to the registered participants. For half day seminar, only coffee and tea will be provided.
  5. Food served will be “no pork and no lard”.
  6. No refund of fees for participant cancellations including medical leave but substitutions are allowed with written request to organizer at least two working days before the course commences.
  7. Registration will be taken as confirmed upon receipt of payment or issuance of invoice. Any cancellation will not be allowed. However, substitutions are allowed with written request to organizer at least two working days before the course commences. Please note that registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Payment must be received by due date, before attendance of training.
  8. All information provided in this form is accurate up to the closing date of normal registration.
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Early Bird Rate$163Closed


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Contact Hours:

4.0 hrs


Fri, 09 June 2023

Start Time:

8:30 AM


Morning Session






Singapore Management University

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81 Victoria St,
Singapore, Singapore,
Singapore, 188065

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Eliza Han

Eliza Han is an experience educator and accredited Art Therapist with a Masters in Education (MEd) from the University of Hong Kong and Masters in Arts for Art Therapy (MAAT) from LASALLE College for the Arts. She had 20 years of experience in education and was Vice-Principal in a local primary school prior to her MAAT training. She has since worked with neuro-diverse children and adolescents, together with children and adolescents with mood and behavioural concerns from the age of 7 to 16 in mainstream schools in Singapore. Apart from individual therapy, Eliza is experienced in group therapy, art experiential workshop, mental wellbeing workshops and therapeutic art coaching. Eliza is a Professional Member of The Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) and the Founding Partner of The Heart Therapy Space LLP.

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