Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program for Mental Health Professionals

Advance your skills as a Social Worker through Art Therapy

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Complete this form to apply for the certificate program in creative arts therapy for mental health professionals.

72 CEUs

Paula-Martinelli-LCSWAs clinicians, we know that there are times when clients can benefit from nonverbal therapies to cope with challenges that may not readily translate to verbal strategies. The Creative Arts Therapy (CAT) program is an immersion program that will enable social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, psychiatric nurses and educators to expand their clinical repertoire of tools to utilize across a variety of settings and populations (e.g. social service, behavioral, medical, educational, private practice). The integration and application of creative arts modalities to clinical practice will be disseminated within a supportive community that will be of benefit to experienced practitioners in their work with individuals and groups, as well as new clinicians who desire additional consultation and training. Absolutely no prior art experience is necessary.

Creative Arts Therapy

Creative Arts Therapy includes (but is not limited to) the use of movement, music, painting, drama, photography, drawing, collage, clay work, and drama as non-verbal vehicles for expression. It also includes journaling, poetry, and memoir for verbal expression. The Creative Art Therapies, when used together, facilitate “creative connections” which expand and deepen their effective value, particularly when compared with their use as isolated methods.

The theoretical foundation the certificate program in Creative Arts Therapy is based on the Person-Centered approach developed by Carl Rogers. This philosophy incorporates the belief that each individual has worth, dignity and the capacity for self-direction. Thus, a deep trust in the innate capacity of each person to reach toward his or her full potential is the basis for this particular approach to Creative Arts Therapy.

The Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program will be experientially based and focus on establishing a model for the person-centered approach to the creative arts experience. The emphasis will be on the learner’s growth process and from that base the development of a plan for the integration of the Creative Arts modalities in Mental Health, Medical Health, Human Services, and Educational settings. There will be intensive work experiencing the Creative Arts methods and their utilization for personal, interpersonal, professional, and social growth and change.

Lucy-Barbera-PhDLucy Barbera, Ph.D., is a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and serves on the faculty of The Humanistic Multicultural Education Graduate Program, at SUNY, New Paltz, where she has developed and teaches Expressive Arts Therapy and Expressive Arts & Social Justice courses over the last twenty years. Dr. Barbera is the Founder/Director of The Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program, for mental health, medical, and educational professionals, sponsored by Ulster BOCES Adult Career Education Center. Dr. Barbera’s clinical practice includes work in medical (SUNY Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital), special education (Astor Day Treatment Center), and school leadership (Special Education Training Coordinator, Ulster County BOCES) settings.


  1. To Awaken, Explore, and Learn About Creativity: Experientially, students will awaken, explore, and learn to develop their own creativity as a path to self- understanding, self-esteem and self-empowerment, as prerequisite to use of the arts in clinical practice.  
  2. To Experience and Learn Expressive Arts Methods: Students will experience and learn expressive arts methods, including but not limited to movement, visual art, sounding and music, creative writing, dramatic arts, and guided imagery.
  3. To Facilitate Person-Centered Communication: Students will be able to utilize Person-Centered listening and speaking skills, including the Rogerian (Rogers, C.) interconnected conditions of empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard in expressive arts counseling practice triads which will include: listener, speaker, and observer.   


Creative Arts Therapy for Mental Health Practitioners Workshop

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Taconic Innovations
872 NY-376
Wappinger’s Falls, NY 12590

  1. November 11, 2017
  2. December 16, 2017
  3. January 20, 2018
  4. February 10, 2018
  5. March 10, 2018
  6. April 14, 2018
  7. May 12, 2018
  8. June 9, 2018
  9. June 16, 2018
  10. July 14, 2018
  11. August 11, 2018
  12. September 1, 2018
  13. September 22, 2018
  14. October 20, 2018


The total cost for this program is $1,380 with all materials included. 

*Partial tuition remission may be available for staff members in qualifying Adelphi Fieldwork agencies.

We offer a payment plan for those who wish to pay in installments:

  • $480 deposit due by Oct 10, 2017
  • $450 by December 14, 2017
  • $450 by April 14, 2018

Tuition Remission

If your agency takes student fieldwork placements from Adelphi, then the agency may be eligible for tuition remission. This may entitle you to a 30% discount off tuition pending your agency approval.

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To apply for tuition remission please download the form and return it to:
Pat Durecko 
Adelphi School of Social Work
One South Avenue
Garden City, New York

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Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the onset of the postgraduate certificate program. Cancellations occurring more than seven working days before the onset of the program will result in a refund less the amount of the deposit. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.

Credentialing Information

This program has been approved for 72 CEU credits by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work. Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.

According to NYSED, in order to award social work clock hours; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

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