(Self-Study, 10.75 CEs) Creative Arts Therapies and Addictions: A Mindful Approach

A dynamic approach to working with attachment hunger and complicated grief in addiction.

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(10.75 self-study, continuing education contact hours for LCATs in New York State)

In this course, we will explore the concept of "attachment hunger," and how this is the root of many addictions, including both ingestive (food, drugs, alcohol) and non-ingestive addictions (hoarding, sex addiction, love addiction, workaholism, gaming addictions, etc.).

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 on Amazon.


Broken up into 7 digestible lessons, topic areas include...

Attachment and Complicated Grief
Families and Addiction
Brain Chemistry and Attachment Hunger
Brain Basics
Attachment Styles and Addiction
Personality Traits and Prevention
Change Models and Mindfulness in Art Therapy


Each lesson consists of:

A written description

Between 1-3 video lectures

A guided meditation

A creative arts therapy directive and video tutorial

Course Curriculum

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Participants of this course will be able to...

*Identify at least two traits that put a person at higher risk for addiction.
*Identify at least two dysfunctional characteristics of a family system struggling with addiction.
*Identify at least two signs of an addictive relationship.
*Identify at least one activating strategy for an anxious-ambivalent attachment style.
*Identify at least one de-activating strategy for an avoidant attachment style.
*Identify at least two stages of the Transtheorhetical Model for Change.

In purchasing this course, you will receive all 1 lesson "dripped" every 7 days, to allow for maximum absorption and retention. Once all lessons have been made available, you can access them whenever you want, for all time!



"This coarse is very informative about how to identify and cope with complicated grief and a recovery type model. The art experimental projects were deeply meaningful."

-Francine Lee Rubinfeld

"This course was well presented and thorough. Not only did it expand my general knowledge about attachments and addictions but it included practical applications including guided imagery and art therapy directives."

-Deborah Douek

Your Instructor

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

Briana MacWilliam is an author, educator and licensed and board-certified creative arts therapist with more than 15 years in the field, helping adults struggling with insecure attachment attract and/or cultivate loving relationships. Additional certifications in Reiki healing, EFT Tapping, and integrative somatic trauma therapy with internal family systems theory, inform her trademarked method, which utilizes a psycho spiritual approach to healing mind body and spirit. She is also the former director of continuing education for Pratt Institute in New York, and currently continues to provide continuing education for counselors and creative arts therapists in New York State, through her online school and website, creativeartstherapiesonline.com. To learn more about her offerings in personal development, you can visit her website at https://brianamacwilliam.com/.

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?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund. If, however, you have received a continuing education certificate, no refund will be awarded.

This course is currently offering 10.75, 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
*To complete a course evaluation
*To complete a graded learning assessment

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.

If you have any problems or technical difficulties, please contact Briana MacWilliam at [email protected]

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Briana MacWilliam, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists; #CAT-0014, and is also an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors; #MHC-0224.

PLEASE NOTE: While some subject areas overlap in education, a course that includes art therapy directives does not qualify a counselor to practice art therapy, and similarly an art therapist is not qualified to practice as a counselor, without proper licensing. This is a completely self-directed course. Your continuing education contact hours will be attributed on the date that you submit the webform for your certificate of completion.