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Event Details - Introduction to Art Therapy

Title: Introduction to Art Therapy
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:


The workshop will cover the following areas:

  • Introduction to Art therapy
  • Understanding the role of art therapy in Human life
  • Personal feelings/experiences/expressions/awareness through this workshop
  • Questions & Answers session


  • Art Experience and Exploration (Hands-on session to understand and experience the effect of Art Therapy)
  • Self-expression and experience by creating art to awaken self-awareness
  • Implementing creative arts in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Case study Experience

This will be an experiential workshop!
Participants will be engaged to draw, paint and sculpt a variety of art therapeutic exercises that help them to identify and express thoughts, feelings, conflicts, strengths and increase confidence, self-esteem and coping skills.

Course / Workshop Outline:

9.30am to 11am

  • Introduction to Art therapy

11.30am to 1pm

  • Understanding the role of art therapy in Human life

1pm to 2.30pm

  • Lunch

2.30pm to 4pm

  • Personal feelings/ experiences/ expressions/ awareness through this workshop

4.30pm to 5.30pm

  • Debrief
  • Q&A session
  • Closing


OPD points: 5
Course / Workshop content:

Art revolves around mind and body, heart and soul, think and touch, feel and explore. Art Therapy is a combination of art and psychology. Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others. Art therapy fosters the use of both sides of the brain. The nonverbal art expression is primarily a right brain process; the writing comes from the left-brain language centres. Art Therapy helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behaviour, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self- awareness.

Art Therapy is a human service profession that utilizes art media, images, creative art processes and patient/client responses to the created products as reflections of an individual’s development, abilities, personality, interests, concerns and conflicts.

Art Therapy practice is based on knowledge of human developmental and psychological theories which are implemented in the full spectrum of models of assessment and treatment including educational, psychodynamic, cognitive, transpersonal and other therapeutic means of reconciling emotional conflicts, fostering self-awareness, developing social skills, managing behaviour, solving problems, reducing anxiety, aiding reality orientation and increasing self-esteem, awareness, and achieve insight.

Art therapy requires no artistic ability and no prior art experience is required.

How does art therapy work?

    • Stimulates imagination and creativity
    • Develops healthy coping skills and focus
    • Increases self-esteem and confidence
    • Clarifies issues and concerns
    • Increases communication skills
    • Ability to share a safe nurturing environment
    • Assists with the development of motor skills and physical coordination
    • Ability to identify feelings and blocks to emotional expression and personal growth.
    • Working with a therapist helps develop social skills.
    • Art therapy provides an outlet for anger and frustration.
    • Self-discovery: At its most successful, art therapy triggers an emotional catharsis.

Areas to look in to in an art therapy setting:

  • Drawing development and its effects on human development
  • How to facilitate communication using various art therapy approaches by understanding the value of non-verbal communication.
  • Planning and implementing an art therapy session /exercises in an individual session and group setting.
  • How creative arts can be implemented in a multidisciplinary setting

Arts for Healing—Leisure and Pleasure, where clients can come to get therapeutic services, information, resources, and much-needed relaxation. Our concept is Integrated Music and Art Therapy. Combining auditory and visual stimuli in an interactive, fun and nurturing environment, helps promote language and speech, motor skills, socialization and personal development in children and adults. Music and art make up the universal language that is understood by all.

Start/End Date: 08/03/2020 to 08/03/2020
Time: 09:30:00 - 17:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Mrs Vijaya Mohan / The Lion Mind
Contact Name: Yap Weiren
Contact Phone: (+65) 9677 6878
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Master of Art (Art Therapy), Diploma in Education (Special Needs)

Mrs Vijaya Mohan M.A. Art Therapy (Singapore), Dip in SPED (Singapore), is a Singapore trained art therapist and special educator with 18 years of experience in the field of health, therapy and the arts. She has worked with children with autism in the school setting and is doing voluntary work in art therapy in various organizations like the Institute of Mental Health, Rehab for Elderly and Old age home. She has experience in working with children affected by the Tsunami in Sri Lanka.  

Address: 1 Sophia Road
Address 2: #06-31A
State: International
Parking: Paid
Is there disability parking and entry? No
Are meals included with this event? No
If yes, what meals?
Registration URL:
Cost ($): SGD$168
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

Student concession rates available. Please enquire for more details.

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