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Self Injury- An Art-Based Approach

  • 28 Sep 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Department of Marital and Family Therapy, Art Therapy Suite, University Hall 2504, Loyola Marymount University
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Exploring Self-Injury: An Art-Based Approach

  • Presented by:

    Dana Wyss PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC

    Saturday, September 28th, 2019

    9:00AM to 12:00PM

    8:45AM Sign-In

    Department of Marital and Family Therapy

    Art Therapy Suite, University Hall 2504

    Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 90045

     $20 for SoCalATA Members, $30 for Non-Members


    Self-injurious behaviors not only affect the bodies and self-esteem of our clients, but also impact their families and the mental health professionals who provide their care. Commonly thought to be an issue specific to adolescents and young women, self injury—which can include burning, cutting, and other forms of physical harm—is also seen in varying degrees in clients of all ages and genders. This 3-hour workshop will provide insight into these perplexing and mostly-hidden behaviors and present art-based activities to support healing. Additionally we will engage in a brief investigation into the impact of clients’ self-injury on mental health professionals. Weaving between the literature, stories from clients, and experiential exercises, our goal is to facilitate empathy and understanding for this disorder in order to provide those who suffer with it improved treatment. Activities will include experimenting with temporary body art and tattoos as well as digital photography. In addition to these recommendations for treatment, the limitations and contraindications for using them will be addressed. 


    3 CEUs will be provided

    This is equivalent to 3 hours of instructional time. 

    Who Should Attend?

    Clinicians who want to learn more about trauma and how to begin to include the body in treatment. Trauma affects the mind and body simultaneously, and healing occurs at both levels. Art Therapists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs are eligible to earn 3 CEUs.

    Learning Objectives 

  • Define the role of self-injury as a resource for communication and expression.
  • Identify 3 therapeutic benefits of utilizing temporary body art in therapy and supervision to support empathy and understanding. 
  • Describe 3 or more limitations, considerations, and/or recommendations regarding the use of temporary body art in the therapeutic setting.

About Dana

Dana Wyss, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and board certified art therapist. She holds a doctorate in expressive therapies from Lesley University and is co-author of The Invisible String Workbook. Dr. Wyss is an ATD certified master trainer and facilitates workshops throughout the country on trauma responsive care, self-harm, and sexual commercial exploitation of children and youth. For the last 20 years, she has worked in psychiatric hospitals, group homes, and nonpublic school settings to manage crisis, coach and educate staff, and support children and families who have experienced complex developmental trauma. Her research interests focus on the use of art in the understanding of self-injury. She currently works with Star View Adolescent Center as a training director and clinical supervisor.  


*The presentation will begin promptly at 9:00am and ends at 12:00pm.

The Course meets the qualifications for 3 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 entire course at the end of the meeting. 

About SoCalATA (CAMFT Approved Provider #77619):
The Southern California Art Therapy Association (SoCalATA) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for Art Therapists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs. SoCalATA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

For more information, visit our website at: www.socalarttherapy.org

We encourage you to consider joining SoCalATA for great benefits, such as free or discounted CEU credits at our events! For more information on membership, visit the website and click on the Membership tab on our homepage.

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

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