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(Self-Study, 1.5 CE's) Complicated Grief and Creative Arts Therapy (II)

Mindfulness and Treatment Strategies

Applicable for Self Help and Mental Health professionals.

(1.5 Self-study CE contact hours for LCATs in New York State)

The work of grief includes the meaning making of memories; the weaving of symbol into story. Like a thumbprint, no two persons are the same, and so it is with how we make meaning of our stories.

Complicated Grief is a form of prolonged, unabating grief. Supported by empirical study, this diagnosis was added to the DSM V in 2013, and is distinctly different from "normal" grief and depression. Essential to treating Complicated Grief is an understanding of the underlying neural mechanisms and attachment issues.

This webinar offers an Introduction to theory and treatment of Complicated Grief with Creative Arts Therapies, through the frame of mindfulness and attachment, and will be hosted by Briana MacWilliam ATR-BC, LCAT.

Much of the material discussed is derived from Ms. MacWilliam's first edited publication, Complicated Grief, Attachment and Art Therapy: Theory, Treatment and 14 Ready-to-Use Protocols, currently available for pre-order on Amazon.


Part II: Emphasis on Mindfulness and Treatment Strategies

In Part II of this course, there is an emphasis on defining mindfulness and how to apply it to treatment strategies for working with complicated grief, within an attachment framework. We also explore six myths about grief and how these myths may create internal working models that increase our vulnerability to complicated grief.

An outline of an 8-week treatment protocol will be provided, and a video of the second experiential directive will be shared.

In Part II of this course, we will cover:

  • The Nature of loss (violence and trauma)
  • Cultural Influences
  • Recovery Theories
  • Six Myths About Grief
  • Intersections with CAT
  • What is Mindfulness?
  • Applying Mindfulness in Practice
  • Experiential Introduction to an 8-Week Treatment Protocol

You will also receive:

  • A printable copy of this directive
  • The handouts used in the demonstration
  • An outline of this presentation
  • A FREE, downloadable guided meditation, to use in practice

Participants will be able to...

  • Identify at least one creative arts therapy intervention that may be used as a loss-related treatment strategy.
  • Identify at least one creative arts therapy intervention that may be used as a restoration-related treatment strategy.
  • Identify at least two out of six myths about grief.

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If you are interested in continuing education contact hours...

This course is currently offering 1.5 self-study, continuing education contact hours, for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists in New York State.

In order to obtain these contact hours you will need:

  • To complete all Lesson modules (there is a tracking system that monitors if you watched all lectures to their completion and opened all lesson modules, etc.).
  • To complete a course evaluation through Survey Monkey.
  • To complete a graded learning assessment (you must answer at least 75% of the questions correctly; this score will trigger the release of your certificate by email).

A reminder about self-study and continuing education:

For LCATs in New York State, a self-study course can only equal 1/3 of the required contact hours for your license renewal. So, if your license renews in three years, you will require 36 continuing education contact hours, thus a maximum of 12 of those hours can be self-study. The rest of your contact hours must be live events. This includes online webinars, which CreativeArtsTherapiesOnline.com will be offering on a monthly basis, starting in February of 2017. All enrolled students will be updated on new live and self-study course launches. So keep an eye out for our newsletter!




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Your Instructor


Briana MacWilliam MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT
Briana MacWilliam MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT

After graduating with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in psychology, Briana MacWilliam moved to New York City where she earned her Master’s in Professional Studies and Creative Arts Therapy (MPS) from Pratt Institute.

For over a decade, Ms. MacWilliam has practiced as a Licensed and Board Certified Creative Arts Therapist (ATR-BC, LCAT) in various healthcare settings throughout New York City, working predominantly with traumatized women and addiction. For the past four years, she worked as a research coordinator at the Amen Clinics Inc., an agency focused on using brain scans and SPECT technology to provide accurate diagnosis and integrative treatment for mental health problems, poor nutrition, and other obscure conditions.

Dr. Amen has been a guest on CNN, PBS, Dr. Oz, Entertainment Television, Dr. Phil, The View, TedX, Rachel Ray, Larry King, and more. To learn more about The Amen Method, which focuses on the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of life and treatment, click here. To take an online brain health assessment, click here.

Currently, in addition to private practice, Ms. MacWilliam is a professor for Pratt Institute’s Graduate Creative Arts Therapies Department, where she teaches personality development, thesis research and clinical supervision.

Writing, drawing, and painting have always been her passion, and she strongly believes in the curative powers of the creative process.

To learn more, please visit her website at brianamacwilliam.com. Or her community blog for artists and writers at Yellow Bricks. You can also follow her weekly posts on mindfulness and artmaking on Instagram or her Facebook Page.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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