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Art Therapy in Addiction Treatment

  • 16 Nov 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Betty Ford Center San Diego


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The relationship between art-making, creativity, and addiction have a long history in our society.  Art therapy is an integral part of a comprehensive, evidence-based addiction treatment program and optimum practice.  This workshop will inform participants, in both theory and practice, ways to use art therapy as an essential, clinical component of an overall addiction recovery program. 

2.5 CEUs will be provided

Who Should Attend?

Clinicians who want to learn more about how art therapy expands efforts to engage clients and enrich therapeutic approaches to addiction treatment and recovery. Art Therapists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs are eligible to earn CEUs. Practitioners of addiction treatment are also invited to attend. CEUs may be available through CCAPP. 

CEU Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to: 

  • Identify 3 examples of media most appropriate to use with clients in early recovery and explain why they are effective.
  • List 2 reasons why magazine collage is an ideal intervention to use in group therapy.
  • Identify 3 therapeutically appropriate interventions to use with clients in the early recovery stage of addiction treatment.

Experiential Component

Participants will create specific art tasks in a setting designed to simulate outpatient therapy group in early recovery. As the simple tasks designed to evoke specific therapeutic goals evolve, relevance to early recovery addiction treatment principles will be explored.

About Kathy

Kathy M. King, MA, ATR-BC, LAADC, ICAADC has been practicing as an Art Therapist in the field of addiction treatment for over 20 years. She began her graduate studies in Art Therapy at then, Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia and since then much of her work has reflected a focus on addiction treatment. She holds an advanced addiction treatment license LAADC in CA.  She has been employed as a manager, clinical supervisor,  and addiction counselor in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and residential treatment. She also has extensive experience in MAT.  She has worked as an art therapist in California State Mental Health maximum security prison and other forensic settings. She has also been a subject matter expert and participated in writing the Advanced Addiction treatment exam for IC & RC. 

About the Venue

The Betty Ford Center’s addiction treatment center in San Diego brings world-renowned alcohol and drug rehab to more people through weekday and weeknight outpatient services. In recognizing addiction as a chronic disease and recovery as a new way of living, treatment at the Betty Ford Center is individualized and evidence-based.

Outpatient substance abuse treatment programs and services available at the Betty Ford Center’s San Diego facility include alcohol and drug addiction rehab, screening and brief intervention for teens, and post-treatment continuing care groups and support.

Course Credit: 2.5 CEUs

This is equivalent to 2.5 hours of instructional time

Date and Time:

Saturday November 16th, 2019

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

12:45 pm Registration Open

1:00 pm Center Tour

1:30 pm CE Instruction Begins

4:00 pm Program Ends


The Betty Ford Center in San Diego, CA

Address: 11720 El Camino Real, #200, San Diego, CA 92130

Phone: 855-348-7018

Fee: $25 for SoCalATA Members, $35 for Non-Members

Water and coffee will be provided. 

*This instruction will begin promptly at 1:30PM. 

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 at the end of the meeting to registered attendees who finish the complete course. 

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.

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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