(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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Applicable for self-help and mental health professionals.

(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.).

Broken up into 7 digestible lessons, topic areas include:

  1. Attachment and Complicated Grief
  2. Families and Addiction
  3. Brain Chemistry and Attachment Hunger
  4. Brain Basics
  5. Attachment Styles and Addiction
  6. Personality Traits and Prevention
  7. Change Models and Mindfulness in Art Therapy

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.

Each lesson consists of:

  • A written description
  • Between 1-3 video lectures
  • A guided meditation
  • A creative arts therapy directive and video tutorial

Participants of this course will be able to:

  • Identify two traits that put a person at higher risk for addiction.
  • Identify two dysfunctional characteristics of a family system struggling with addiction.
  • Identify two signs of an addictive relationship.
  • Identify one activating strategy for an anxious-ambivalent attachment style.
  • Identify one de-activating strategy for an avoidant attachment style.
  • Identify 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!

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

This course is currently offering 10.75 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!

If you are still not sure...

Scroll down this page to view the full course curriculum. Lesson one offers a free preview, to give you a taste!

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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