(Self Study, 1.5 CEs) Therapeutic Retreat Work with Veterans, their Families, and Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma

Alix Sugarman LCAT, ATR-BC

(Self-Study, 1.5 CE Contact Hours for LCATs and LMHCs in New York State)


This presentation will discuss how this therapist developed a Healing Arts Curriculum in a Therapeutic Retreat Setting for Veterans, Couples, Families and Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma. This presenter will review the program structure and interventions, and end with case studies and artwork.


  1. Participants will be able to identify 5 different interventions for trauma work with veterans.
  2. Participants will understand how art therapy can be introduced in a retreat setting.
  3. Participants will learn 3 specific directives appropriate for use with this population



"The material was presented in a clear and engaging way. I liked the inclusion of the song and video along with the lecture and slides. It was wonderful very moving to learn about this program which sounds so beneficial for the vets and their families."

- Julie Rogers

"I really enjoyed learning about the retreat program, Lone Survivor. It was also helpful to speak with someone trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART,) since I had been researching it recently. Alix's description so very compelling."

- Judy Ginzberg

Your Instructor

Alix Sugarman LCAT, ATR-BC
Alix Sugarman LCAT, ATR-BC

Alix Sugarman is a licensed, registered and board-certified art therapist and a master practitioner in Accelerated Resolution Therapy. She has worked as an art therapist in diverse settings: from psychiatric outpatient hospitalization programs to adolescent and youth services in non-profit organizations. It has been her life’s passion to connect experiential art therapy with equine assisted learning and psychotherapy (EAGALA) in facilities throughout the US. In 2013, she developed Goodwill Industries’ first program partnering with horses. She currently sees clients in her private practice office in Red Hook, NY and works as an independent contractor with the Lone Survivor Foundation. She continues to work within therapeutic settings using horses, creative arts, and experiential treatment modalities.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I receive the certificate?
Certificates are automatically generated when you complete a webform, after you have taken an online assessment and course evaluation. It will be sent to the email you used to enroll in the program.
What if I have more questions?
Contact us at [email protected], and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

A reminder about self-study and continuing education:

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.