Los Angeles LMU Sponsored CEU Event

  • 21 May 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • The Art Therapy Studio University Hall #2504 at Loyola Marymount University (1 LMU Drive, Suite 2444 Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659)


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We are pleased to invite you to attend a guest lecturer presentation with an art experiential.

Join us for this opportunity to network and learn new art therapy interventions for treating substance abuse clients with a history of trauma.

Sponsored by Loyola Marymount University’s MFT/Art Therapy Department

Presentation: An Exploration of Existential Art Therapy for Substance Abuse Clients with a History of Trauma.

Presenter: Liz (Sung) Liskin, MFTI, Art Therapist

Brief Introduction: This presentation is a review of research that explored existential group art therapy (EGAT) as an alternate or integrated method in treating clients with substance abuse and a history of trauma. In contrast to the traditional Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) model, existential therapy emphasizes the importance of client’s actions. The approach seeks to empower clients by enabling them to see their role and responsibility in their lives despite their history of trauma. The art therapy group approach offers a non-threatening space and alternate way for clients to express themselves through art material, especially for those who have been kept silenced by their abusers, family members, and other systems in their lives or lack thereof. The research findings provide preliminary support for the use of EGAT with this population.

This research was presented at the 2016 Annual American Art Therapy Association conference. 2.5 CEU’s will be provided.


In working with a substance abuse population, I have found that many of clients did not have any purpose or meaning in their lives. This void left them directionless and feeling lost. Frankl suggested that discovering a sense of purpose was essential in one’s life and the key to physical and psychological health. Also, prevalence of complex childhood trauma and abuse history is high in the substance abuse population. Existential art therapy with its focus on exploring the meaning and purpose in life may promote more stable and lasting results in drug addiction treatment. This presentation describes in detail the relationship between the EGAT program and existential thinking and its possible benefits to individuals who suffer from SUD or substance abuse and PSTD from their trauma history.

Who Should Attend?

Clinicians who want to learn a number of art interventions and obtain an 8 weeks curriculum developed for treating individuals who suffer from SUD or substance abuse and PSTD from their trauma history using a group modality. Art Therapists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs are eligible to earn 2.5 CEUs.

CEU Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

1. Attendees will learn at least six key concepts of an existential therapy approach.

2. Attendees will learn eight art interventions they can utilize as part of an existential art therapy framework for a substance abuse population with a history of trauma.

3. Attendees will learn at least three approaches to integrating existential art therapy into their practice.

4. Attendees will engage in hands-on art experiential.

Course Credit: 2.5 CEUs

This is equivalent to 2.5 hours of instructional time.

Date: Sunday May 21th, 2017

Time: 9am-12pm

Venue: The Art Therapy Studio (University Hall #2504) at Loyola Marymount University

1 LMU Drive, Suite 2444

Los Angeles, CA  90045-2659

Fee: $10 for Members, $25 for Non-Members


9:00 Networking & Registration

9:30 Presentation by Liz (Sung) Liskin

12:00 Networking & close

The Course meets the qualifications for 2.5 hours of continuing education credit for ATRs, LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

The course completion certificate will be awarded to registered attendees who completed the full 2.5 hour course at the end of the meeting.

About Liz: Liz (Sung) is a Clinical Therapist in The Guidance Center’s San Pedro Clinic, where she helps guide children and families struggling with mental health conditions or abuse toward positive and productive futures. Before Liz joined The Guidance Center team in October 2016, she worked with adults with severe mental illnesses at the Intensive Outpatient Program at Little Company of Mary and adults with substance abuse and addiction with concurrent mental illness at Tarzana Treatment Centers. Liskin earned a Master of Arts degree in Marital and Family Therapy with specialized training in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The College of Creative Studies in Detroit.

Liz has presented her research paper, “An Exploration of Existential Art Therapy for Substance Abuse Clients with a History of Trauma” at the annual American Art Therapy Association (AATA) conference in 2016.

The Southern California Art Therapy Association would like to thank the following organizations for their generous donations and making our beach picnic a success!

Southern California Art Therapy Association


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