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Art Therapy-Based Toolbox: Creative Techniques for Children and Adolescents with ODD, ADHD, Anxiety and Mood Disorders

Janet Bush
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Do you work with challenging children and teens who seem resistant to every intervention you offer? Are they stuck, repeating the same patterns over and over and you feel like you’re powerless to help them?

Join Jan Bush, ED.S., ATR-BC, as she teaches you art therapy-based interventions that can complement and strengthen your professional toolbox. You will learn how to creatively engage your most resistant clients who have ODD, ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders.

Through demonstration and hands-on activities you will:

  • Meet requirements for mental health preparation for school personnel
  • Understand what children and adolescents are communicating through their artwork
  • Explore strategies to help process feelings to minimize outbursts and acting out behaviors
  • Enrich your professional toolbox with the confidence and ethical practice of using appropriate art materials, supplies and directives
  • Identify cognitive and emotional levels of development through drawings
  • Learn how to make a counseling session fun and engaging
  • Understand how to deal with drawings that portray dangerous themes
  • Learn how to use Artwork to increase communication and emotional regulation
  • Delve into strategies that help kids feel comfortable sharing and releasing repressed emotions

Make counseling sessions more engaging and fun!


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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this live webcast.


Janet Bush Related seminars and products: 2

JANET (JAN) BUSH, ED.S., ATR-BC, is a credentialed mental health clinician and a registered board certified art Psychotherapist. She is credited for contributing to the fields of psychology and education as the first therapist in the nation to have laid the foundation for a mental health program in public education, in the field of clinical art therapy for Miami’s Dade County Public Schools.

Jan subsequently authored the pioneering textbook, The Handbook of School Art Therapy. Through her long-term and pioneering work, she received several national distinguished clinical services and lifetime achievement awards.

Her breadth of clinical practice has not only included educational settings but also medical, psychiatric, outpatient, correctional and social service facilities, helping clients with a range of issues such as depression and anxiety, grief and loss, substance abuse, behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, relationship problems, career and educational concerns, LGBTQ issues and other life events.

Internationally known, Jan has consulted, presented, and keynoted her work for professional groups, developed clinical curricula and authored journal articles and original research.

She has been featured in local, state and national print and broadcast media including television shows, radio programs, newspaper and magazine articles, podcasts and NBC’s nationwide network news. Jan serves as a consultant in private practice based in Palm Beach County Florida.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Janet Bush is a consultant in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Janet Bush has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Program Information


Click here to purchase the DVD or CD recording from our product store. CE hours and approvals on products may differ from live CE approvals.

Additional Resources

To order the book, 250 Brief, Creative & Practical Art Therapy Techniques, please visit our product store.

To order the book, The Mindful Doodle Book, please visit our product store.

Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.

Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


  1. Prepare a plan for introducing art therapy-based strategies as a complement to your professional practice.
  2. Analyze the ethical implications and your scope of practice for using art therapy-based interventions
  3. Assess the stages of normative artistic development, warning signs and appropriate materials, that are consistent with developmental age and treatment goals.
  4. Determine the benefits of art making for clients impacted by trauma, anxiety, depression and other symptomatology.
  5. Practice the creative process via interactive, hands-on art therapy-based experiences to promote safety, encourage client problem solving, and to facilitate creative expression.
  6. Integrate over 40 art therapy-based directives into your professional practice to immediately help children and teens cope with their emotions and behaviors.


Art Speaks: Therapeutic Foundations
  • Function and History of Art Expression
  • Art and Neuroscience
  • Approaches to Client Barriers with Art-Making
  • What is Visual Thinking all About?
Using Art in Practice
  • Client Barriers
  • Non-Directive and Directive Use of Prompts
  • How to Talk About Artwork
  • Proceeding with Caution when Looking at Artwork
  • Materials and Media Properties


Indicators of Healthy Development Manifested in Artwork

  • Scribbling, Basic Forms, Representation, Ordered, Detailed, Realistic
  • Age-appropriate Expression vs. Cognitive/Emotional Deficits
Observe Warning Signs in Artwork to Identify Maladaptive Functioning
  • Correlation to History/Issues
  • Patterns and Repetition of Subject Matter
  • Distortions, Omissions, and Organization of Imagery
  • Inconsistencies, Sizes, and Details of Forms and Figures
  • Dangerous Themes


Improve Self-Acceptance, Handling Feelings and Difficult Emotions

  • ODD and Anxiety:
    • Safe Place Art
    • Anger Management
    • Mandalas
    • Stressors vs. Calmers
    • Mindful Doodling
    • Follow Directions Drawing
    • Speech Filters
    • Feelings and Coping Skills
Build Self-Awareness, Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion
  • ADHD, Mood Disorders
    • Name Designs
    • Me/Not Me/Ideal Me Collage
    • Self-object
    • Landscape of My Life
    • Puppets
    • Empathy Masks
    • Worry Dolls
    • Sensory-Motor Adaptations
    • Engaging with Nature
Create Social-Emotional Connection
  • Anxiety, ADHD, Mood Disorders:
    • Collaborative Drawings
    • Mural Making
    • Circle of Commonalities
    • Group Activities
    • Family Art-Making
Termination Checklist
  • Closure and Termination
  • Crossroads Doodle
  • Resilience Doodle
  • Wellness Timeline
  • Letters of Appreciation
  • Memory Books
Research, Limitations and Risks
  • Art Therapy-based Learning is Distinctly Different from the Formal Study of Art Therapy
  • Introducing Art Therapy-based information without Required Education
  • Art Therapy as an Evidence-based Treatment

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers (School and Community)
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Educators (Regular, Special Education and Art)
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Pediatric Nurses
  • Graduate Art Therapy Students
  • Non-certified Art Therapists
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Early Childhood Personnel
  • Head Start Staff


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