Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.



Presenter: Elise Lunsford



Training Jan 28th 8:30am-4pm  6 hours of APT credit hours 

A training to learn about art therapy and trauma-informed practice for non art therapists in play therapy. Learn more about art-based and creative interventions and how they can be appropriately applied within your clinical practice and in play therapy.

Participants will gain an introductory understanding of trauma and trauma-informed practice, as well as an introductory understanding of art therapy and some of its founding principles and the use of art therapy in play therapy. Participants will learn the neurological implications of trauma informed care and how it is complimentary to the use of expressive arts for healing.

Participants will learn and experience several art therapy principles and techniques through didactic learning, discussion, and hands-on experiential learning and art making.


Training objectives:

  • Identify three benefits of using art in counseling and in play therapy. 

  • Identify at least three barriers and solutions for using art materials in counseling and play therapy .

  • Demonstrate three art interventions to address trauma in treatment.

  • Explain the neurological implications of using art materials in counseling and play therapy. 

  • Identify the key components of the expressive therapies continuum. 

  • Describe three ethical considerations when using art materials in treatment.

Elise Lunsford


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Elise has 8 years of experience in art therapy working with children, young adults, and families who have experienced a wide variety of traumas. Elise obtained her M.A. in Art Therapy from George Washington University. She is employed at Ozark Guidance Center, working with foster children and their families. Elise is an artist who works in multiple media, with painting being her favored medium. She utilizes trauma-informed art therapy, as a foundation for her work with foster children. She is a registered and board certified art therapist, registered play therapist, and licensed professional counselor and supervisor. In addition to her clinical work, she provides supervision to newly licensed counselors, and provides trainings in Northwest Arkansas on art therapy, trauma-informed practices and foster care

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