2019 Registration now Open!

Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program

Yvette Lyons, Ph.D.  & Carla Bittencourt, M.A. ARE TEAMING UP!

Yvette Lyons, Ph.D., and Carla Bittencourt, M.A. are teaming up to offer a 12 month training program in Expressive Arts Therapy.  Both Dr. Yvette & Carla have years of experience in Expressive Arts Therapy. They have trained, therapists, company leaders and other professionals to use the arts and the creative process to enrich their lives and their careers.  Now we are teaming up to offer you a lifetime of experience in one training program.


Expressive Arts Therapy is a multi-modal approach to healing, self-actualization, social healing and collaboration.  It incorporates a combination of Art, Music, Movement, Writing to help in a multitude of areas, personally, socially and globally.  In my Expressive Arts Training I also combine SandTray World Play Therapy, and MARI (Mandala Assessment Research Inventory) training.  

Each weekend will be a balanced combination of didactic information combined with experiential exercises designed to put into practice the information for that module. Exercises will revolve around how the arts create healing for the body, mind, emotions and Soul.  Additionally we will look at how the arts can be used with various populations in different venues.

Weekends will be held in Carlsbad Calif. At the Live Your Art Studio on Saturdays and Sundays 9-5PM. We will meet one weekend per month for 12 months.


Weekend 1: JAN 26, 2019

Creativity ~ The Brain and the Need to Create

  • The Foundation for the Arts and the Brain

  • The Creative Process

  • Creativity and Neuroplasticity (How art, music, creative writing, movement change the brain)

  • Introduction into Expressive Arts as a Multimodal Approach

  • Why we need to create

  • Expressive Arts and Community Building

Weekend 2: FEB 23, 2019

Visual Art Therapy as a Multi-Modal Approach

  • Art combined with other art modalities as a healing tool

  • How art is incorporated into  the multimodal approach to healing when working with various groups in various venues

  • Color, image and form in Expressive Arts Therapy

  • Art and the brain and resilience

  • Multi-media art techniques

Weekend 3: MAR 23, 2019

Music as a Multi-Modal Approach

  • Drumming for personal, social and global change

  • Music combined with other art modalities as a healing tool

  • The use of musical tools

  • Instrument Exploration

  • Music as a non-verbal language

  • How music works on healing trauma, somatic issues, chronic pain and more

  • Working with music in different venues with multi-modal techniques

Weekend 4: APR 27, 2019

Movement as a Multi-Modal Approach

  • Movement combined with other art modalities as a healing tool

  • Theoretical approaches to movement: Gabrielle Roths 5Rhythms;

  • Continuum Flow ~ Emily Conrad

  • Authentic Movement ~ and Body Mapping

  • Movement, Art and Music techniques combined in working with various populations

  • Embodiment; breathing; centering; grounding

Weekend 5: MAY 18, 2019

Creative Writing and Storytelling as a Multi-Modal Approach

  • Storytelling as a Healing and Communication tool

  • Poetry, Myth, FairyTale and Expressive Arts

  • Archetypes & Mask Making and Expressive Arts

  • Mythology and the Hero's Journey

Weekend 6: JUN 22, 2019

Mindfulness and Spirituality and  Expressive Arts Therapy

  • What is Mindfulness?

  • How/Why of Mindfulness

  • How to combine Mindfulness practices with Expressive Arts

  • Spirituality and the Arts ~ Connecting to the Divine

Weekend 7: JUL 20, 2019

Day 1: MARI Mandala Training

What is MARI

How does it work?

How to incorporate the MARI with Expressive Arts Therapy

Mandalas as a community art modality

Day 2:  SandTray World Play

What is Sandtray World Play; Origins & History

Being the Observer to another’s world

Being the Builder and Creator of your world

How Expressive Arts can be incorporated into Sandtray work

Weekend 8: AUG 24, 2019

Expressive Art and Systemic Theory

Family Expressive Art Therapy

Couples Expressive Arts Therapy

Organizational Expressive Arts Therapy

School Systems and Expressive Arts

Expressive Arts for Community Building and Global Healing

Weekend 9: SEP 21, 2019

Using Expressive Arts with Children & Adolescents

Expressive Arts As a Healing Modality Trauma & PTSD

Expressive Arts As a Teaching Modality

Expressive Arts for Social Skills Building; Communication; Self Esteem Building; Goal Setting

Expressive Arts for Team Building

Weekend 10: OCT 19, 2019

Expressive Arts in Different Venues with Special Populations

This weekend will focus on the use of Expressive Arts in various environments such as Private Practice; Hospitals: Employee Enrichments Programs; Schools

Working with Elderly populations

Working with Corporations

Working with Special Populations

The use of Expressive Arts for community

Weekend 11: NOV 16, 2019

Expressive Arts Ethics and Safety

What is the Ethical Code of Expressive Arts Therapy

Incorporating Safety into your work.  

Physical Safety

Emotional Safety

Confidentiality in Expressive Arts Work

Expressive Arts with Light and Shadow work

Weekend 12: DEC 14, 2019

Final Student Presentations

During this last Module, students will be asked to facilitate an Expressive Arts Exercise as their final project.  

What’s included:

1. Expressive Arts Therapy Manuel

2. Six (6) one-hour long supervision meetings via GoTo Meeting; for 6 months after the training to provide a gathering where participants can:

  • Check in and Consult

  • Ask Questions

  • Share Stories and Case Studies

  • Get support and feedback from Group and Supervisor

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3. A Private Facebook Page for only your training group will be included in this program.  This FB page will be a safe confidential place where participants can meet in-between weekends to have ongoing support and interaction.  This facebook page will be monitored by the instructor. During the month people can share their work and ask questions get feedback and collaborate.

4. Art materials will be provided. Students will be asked to bring 1 Art Journal (no lines).

What will I learn?

How to work with:

  • Adults

  • Children & Adolescents

  • Creative Aging

  • Special Needs, i.e., PTSD, Childhood Trauma, ASD, and other clinical and Social issues

  • School settings

  • Employee Enrichment

  • Social & Global Issues

How the creative process is used to help deal with:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Chronic Pain

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Chronic illness and Medical Issues

  • Parenting & Childhood issues

  • Clinical work

  • With Special Population & Challenges

  • Skill Building

  • Transformational Healing

How to use the arts for:

  • Motivation

  • Relaxation

  • Goal Direction

  • Problem Solving

  • Communication

  • Enrichment

  • Leadership

  • Creative Enrichment

  • Spiritual Renewal

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Who is this program for?

ANYONE who wants to used the creative process and the arts for personal healing and personal growth

ANYONE who would like to include the arts in what you do in the world.

ANYONE who would like to incorporate the Expressive Arts into their Counseling Practice

Whether you are in the Therapeutic community, the Corporate world, the Educational world, or simply want to learn to incorporate the arts into your world and the world of others.  


Join us for this enriching journey!

This certificate program is a 12 month course.  We will be meeting one weekend per month. At the end of this training you will have a comprehensive understanding about how the arts are used for healing with a variety of populations in multiple settings, facilitating creative journeys in your world.

Early bird special, save $200

12 months, $4,000. Payment plan is available, please contact us.