Seminar Detail

2-Day: Yoga and Art Therapy: Interventions for Anxiety and Mood Disorders
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Friday, March 29, 2019

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Course Description:

Are you feeling challenged or stuck with your clients? Need new ways to help them combat negative self-talk, mood disorders, and physiological challenges?

By combining yoga and art therapy techniques you will discover new and innovative ways to help your clients reduce physiological manifestations and mood disorders and replace rumination with healthy behaviors and thinking.

Join Ellen, international speaker, author, expert art therapist and yoga therapist, to experience firsthand how to combine creative arts, present moment awareness, yoga, and self-compassion with your clients to calm worried minds and soothe painful emotions.

This exploration, rich in didactic and experiential practice, will teach you how to create a safe container, increase mood regulation in your clients and use specific strategies through:
  • Creative art activities
  • Gentle yoga
  • A balanced schedule of meditation
  • Breathing techniques
  • Mindfulness practice
  • Group discussion
  • Clinical teachings, videos and case studies
Open the creative pathway for transformation and learn how to calm your central nervous system through yoga and witness your experience through creative artistic exploration.

You will leave this seminar personally restored and confident in your ability to lead your clients towards creative expression, greater peace, transformation and mood regulation.

  1. Identify who would benefit from art therapy and yoga therapy
  2. Explore the ethical implications and limitations of using art therapy and yoga therapy in treatment
  3. Review art therapy and yoga therapy and pain assessment techniques and their role in treatment
  4. Explore how to set a safe container and cultivate trust when working with mind/body issues with clients who suffer from anxiety, mood disorders, dual diagnosis, co-morbidity and more
  5. Apply mindfulness techniques and practices to address negative thoughts with your clients
  6. Demonstrate how to use art/body exercises for nonverbal communication
  7. Acquire hands-on art therapy and yoga therapy techniques for individual, couples and family populations
  8. Implement partner yoga techniques as a strategy to aid couples’ counseling
  9. Apply breathing practices, body movement and self-compassion for emotional regulation and mood disorders
  10. Demonstrate meditation techniques and incorporate for deep rest and restorative poses for mood disorders
  11. Practice chair yoga techniques for physically and emotionally challenged populations
  12. Review adaptive art techniques for physically and emotionally challenged populations

Art Therapy & Yoga Therapy
  • The psychotherapy behind art therapy and yoga therapy
  • Streamlining your reports using healthcare apps in treatment
  • Techniques for mood regulation (Sample: Breath of Joy)
Physical and Psychological Assessment
  • The Morris-Payne Assessment and its purpose (interactive)
  • Self-Pain Assessment for patients (interactive handout)
  • Genogram Analytics app (interactive and video)
  • BetterMind app (interactive)
  • (Case presentation of 22-year-old suicidal female using Apps)
  • Art Therapy Assessment (CATA, KFD, etc.)
  • Chair Yoga Techniques for Physically Challenged
Create a Safe Space for Client and Therapist: Safe Boundaries, Touch and Ethics
  • Establishing Confidentiality
  • Permission to modify, stop, redirect
  • Safe attention to the breath
  • Ritual of Invitation
  • Attention to Environment
  • Therapeutic Attitude and Body Language
Clinical Applications of Combining Art Therapy and Yoga Therapy Techniques to Build New Neuropathways
  • Psychosocial versus physical issues – starting with the body
  • Understanding the body from a physical and emotional platform
  • Current research in the field of art therapy, yoga therapy and mental health
    • Mood Disorders
      • Videos:
      • Bipolar child (11-year old male and his mother)
      • ADD 11-year old child and mother
    • Case studies
      • 18-year-old Bipolar, adolescent (addiction disorder) and family)
      • 23-year-old suicidal female
    • Physiological Dysfunction
      • Videos
      • 65-year-old female stroke survivor
      • 64-year-old female sexual abuse survivor
    • Case studies:
      • 78-year-old depressed male and his wife: Couples’ therapy
      • 10-year-old ADHD (child custody case) and his family
Experiential Component: Yoga Therapy Techniques for Anxiety, OCD and PTSD
  • Warm-up, techniques:
  • Breathing and meditation techniques for mood management
    • Lift depressed mood
    • Calm an anxious mood
  • Sequencing: Counter poses, benefits, and modifications of each pose
  • Sound, breath and visual imagery to address both depression and anxiety
  • Yoga therapy strategies to incorporate: Body awareness, imagery
  • Reduce rumination and negative self-talk
Experiential Component: Art Therapy Techniques for OD, PTSD & Physical Challenges
  • Understand the development stages of art
  • Media selection
  • Warning signs in artwork
  • Reduce anxiety (mandalas, safe places)
  • Discharge anger (straws)
  • Physically challenged
  • Mindful doodling
  • Using fibers to quell OCD and PTSD
  • Worry dolls
Combining Yoga Therapy & Art Therapy Techniques and Beyond
  • Journaling
  • Combing mantras and postures
  • Collaborative art making
  • Family yoga therapy & art therapy techniques
  • Partner yoga therapy exercises
  • The importance of recapping
  • Assigning apps in between sessions
  • Sequence Wiz Yoga App
  • Assigning homework to increase emotional and physical regulation in between sessions
  • Smartline: HIPAA compliant formats for distributing homework and texting
Physiological and Psychological Effects of Incorporating Yoga Therapy and Art Therapy
  • Priming the brain using yoga and art
  • Elevation of mood
  • Dissolving chronic tension held in the body
  • Decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Complementing talk therapy with through somatic practice and mindful engagement
  • Release of repressed emotions stored in the body
  • Increased ability to self-regulate mood and cognition
  • Ethical implications of using these modalities and its limitations in your practice
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Educators
  • Yoga teachers
  • Creative Arts Therapists


Dr. Ellen Horovitz, ATR-BC, LCAT, E-RYT, YACEP, LFYP, C-IAYT, LVCYT, is an internationally-known leader in Art Therapy and Yoga Therapy and the author of eight books, including Yoga Therapy: Theory and Practice. She is a board-licensed art therapist/psychotherapist, and a certified yoga teacher and yoga therapist. She is also a dynamic presenter who has given hundreds of lectures and workshops nationally and internationally.

Dr. Horovitz is Professor Emerita and founder of the Nazareth College graduate art therapy program and past president-elect of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). In addition, Dr. Horovitz has been in private practice for over 35 years and works clinically with individuals, couples and families.

The topics of her books range from art therapy to yoga therapy to mainstream applications of digital photography, and she has authored over 50 juried articles and 17 book chapters. Dr. Horovitz is an expert in the field of Deafness/Hard of Hearing and her book, Visually Speaking: Art Therapy and the Deaf has been translated into Korean.

She served as AATA board director for 12 years and was responsible for re-writing the national education standards and manuals for approved graduate programs. In addition, she was an expert witness on art therapy education for the U.S. Department of Justice, has won numerous awards and received grants from many organizations, including a graphic consultant grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Ellen Horovitz is professor emerita at the Nazareth College of Rochester. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Ellen Horovitz is a member of the American Art Therapy Association.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 12.5 clock hours in length.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours or 1.25 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

California Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists. Provider #PES010. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. PESI is offering this activity for 12.5 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. PESI is offering this activity for 12.5 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for 1.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

California Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 12.5 hours of continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 12.5 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

California Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Educational Psychologists: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE programs that are approved by other approval agencies, including several that approve PESI and its programs. A full list of approval agencies accepted by the BBS can be found at under “Where to find CE Courses.” This intermediate level activity consists of 12.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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