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NEW! 2020



STARTING March 14, 2020



Mask Making Seminar

Yvette Lyons, Ph.D.  & 

Carla Bittencourt, M.A.

Yvette Lyons, Ph.D., and Carla Bittencourt, M.A. are teaming up to offer a 10 month training program in Expressive Arts Therapy.  Both Dr. Yvette & Carla have years of experience in Expressive Arts Therapy.  They have trained, therapists, company leaders and other professionals to use the arts and the creative process to enrich their lives and their careers.  Now we are teaming up to offer you a lifetime of experience in one training program.  


Expressive Arts Therapy is a multi-modal approach to healing, self-actualization, social healing and collaboration.  It incorporates a combination of Art, Music, Movement, Writing to help in a multitude of areas, personally, socially and globally.  In my Expressive Arts Training I also combine SandTray World Play Therapy, and MARI (Mandala Assessment Research Inventory) training.  


Each weekend will be a balanced combination of didactic information combined with experiential exercises designed to put into practice the information for that module. Exercises will revolve around how the arts create healing for the body, mind, emotions and Soul.  Additionally we will look at how the arts can be used with various populations in different venues. 


Weekends will be held in Carlsbad Calif. At the Live Your Art Studio on Saturdays and Sundays 9-5PM. We will meet one weekend per month for 8 months.


Weekend One:  Mar 14, 2020 Creativity and the Brain

Your brain on Art, Music, Movement

The Language of Image

Archetypes the Blue Print for our Unconscious

Weekend Two: Apr 18,2020 Visual Art Therapy as a Multi-Modal Approach

Art combined with other art modalities as a healing tool

How art is incorporated into  the multimodal approach to healing when working with various groups in various venues

Color, image and form in Expressive Arts Therapy

Art and the brain and resilience

Multi-media art techniques


Weekend Three: May 16, 2020 Sound Healing and Music as a Multi-Modal Approach

Drumming for personal, social and global change

Music combined with other art modalities as a healing tool

The use of musical tools

Sound Bath Healing and Instrument Exploration

Music as a non-verbal language

Working with music in different venues with multi-modal techniques


Weekend Four: Jun 20, 2020 Movement as a Multi-Modal Approach

Movement combined with other art modalities as a healing tool

Theoretical approaches to movement: 

Gabrielle Roths 5Rhythms;

Continuum Flow ~ Emily Conrad

Authentic Movement ~ and Body Mapping

Movement, Art and Music techniques combined in working with various populations

Embodiment; breathing; centering; grounding


Weekend Five: July 18, 2020 Creative Writing and Storytelling as a Multi-Modal Approach

Storytelling as a Healing and Communication tool

Poetry, Myth, FairyTale and Expressive Arts

Archetypes & Mask Making and Expressive Arts

Mythology and the Hero's Journey


Weekend Six: Aug 15, 2020 Mandalas & Transformational Healing

MARI ~ Introduction to the Mandala Assessment Research Inventory

Mandalas as a transpersonal and community art modality

Healing on a Transpersonal level


Weekend Seven: Sept 12, 2020 Group Work & Community Building

Working with Groups in different venues, Community, Corporate, Families, Couples and more

Weekend Eight: Oct. 17, 2020 Sandtray Therapy

Learn the Fundamentals of this power tool

Sandtray  Therapy with various population

Weekend Nine: Nov 14 , 2020 Expressive Arts in different venues with various populations

Taking the Expressive Arts into the world

Working in different environments

Working with a variety of people

How to put it all together

 Weekend Ten: Dec 12,  2020  

Final Student Presentations

Module Twelve:  During this last Module, students will be asked to facilitate an Expressive Arts Exercise as their final project. 


Included in the Training:

All Art Materials and other Materials needed for training

Expressive Arts Therapy Manuel

Group Workbook


Supervision Meeting via GoTo Meeting; Six (3) one-hour long supervision meetings after the training to provide a gathering where participants can:


Check in and Consult

Ask Questions

Share Stories and Case Studies

Get support and feedback from Group and Supervisor


A Private Facebook Page for only your training group will be included in this program.  This FB page will be a safe confidential place where participants can meet in-between weekends to have ongoing support and interaction.  This facebook page will be monitored by the instructor. During the month people can share their work and ask questions get feedback and collaborate. 

Expressive Arts Therapy Manuel will be included in the training



Who will you learn to use the arts to help?

You will learn how to work with:


Children & Adolescents

Creative Aging

Employee Enrichment

Community Building

Systems Theory

You will learn about how the creative process is used to help deal with:

Emotional Issues: Anxiety


Physical Issues: Chronic Pain

Trauma and PTSD

Parenting & Childhood issues

Clinical work

Skill Building

Transformational Healing

And also how to use the arts for:



Goal Direction

Problem Solving




Creative Enrichment

Who is this program for?

ANYONE who wants to used the creative process and the arts for personal healing and personal growth

ANYONE who would like to include the arts in what you do in the world.

ANYONE who would like to incorporate the Expressive Arts into their Counseling Practice

Whether you are in the Therapeutic community, the Corporate world, the Educational world, or simply want to learn to incorporate the arts into your world and the world of others.  


This certificate program is a 12 month course.  We will be meeting one weekend per month.   At the end of this training you will have a comprehensive understanding about how the arts are used for healing with a variety of populations in multiple settings, facilitating creative journeys in your world. 

JOIN US!    


Yvette Lyons, Ph.D.



Carla Bittencourt, M.A.


Contact me for pricing and payment options.

Expressive Arts Therapy Workshop

“Creativity is a characteristic given to all human beings at birth.”
Abraham Maslow