Academy of Human Development

FREE CONSULTATION: 65 - 6425 - 2422

UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 20 May 2016 - 19 May 2020)

Introduction to Art Therapy (Professional Development)


This course is intended to introduce professionals working with children and adolescents to trauma-informed art interventions as understood from a psychotherapeutic framework. The construct of trauma will be explored from a developmental perspective, and the role of art therapy interventions will be based on neurobiological and psychodynamic understanding. It will combine experiential components with lectures, to introduce participants to principles and practices of art therapy.


This course will help participants to understand the roles both process and product in image making play in art therapy, and ways to develop art themes for therapeutic interventions based on nature of their caregiving roles.


Day 1

Introduction to Art Therapy
• Defining art therapy through a historical lens
• Art therapy as a profession
• Art and child development
• Ethics and professional issues
• Attachment theory and art therapy as a relational intervention

Understanding Trauma
• Childhood traumatic stress, bereavement and grief
• Impact of trauma on children
• Trauma and the mind-body connection
• Vicarious trauma

Day 2

Therapeutic use of Art
• Art and the mind-body connection
• Tenets of art therapy
• Understand why art enhances trauma intervention
• Provide safety, support and coping skills

Art Experiential
• Develop art themes and ideas built on trauma-informed strategies
• Understand potentials and limitations of art media
• How to guide clients/ supervisees find expressive language through art


Social workers, psychologists, counsellors, teachers and other social service practitioners, especially those with experience working with children and adolescents. 


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.


Fees S$

Course Fee (Nett)


For Company-Sponsored applicant:

 * VCF pre-approved funding per pax for Singaporeans/PR Social Service Organisation Staff



*VCF subsidy
is only applicable to staff and volunteers of NCSS members / MFS-Funded Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs). 


Mira Yoon is an art psychotherapist. She specialises in using the creative modality of visual arts as a medium of language to guide her clients to express their inner-most feelings which might not readily accessible through a verbal language. She holds Master’s degree in art therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts, which is validated by Goldsmiths, University of London. Mira holds professional membership with the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA). Through this international organization she is granted with a credential which allows her to work as a registered art therapist (AThR) in Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. Mira is passionate not only about her clinical practice as an art psychotherapist, buy also about imparting her knowledge and experiences. She is a research dissertation advisor at LASALLE College of the Arts, delivers lectures and trainings on art therapy to other healthcare professionals, teachers and therapists.Mira guides her clients through a creative and transformative journey of art making as a form of psychotherapy, where their unconscious core-conflicts are identified and resolved through visual imageries, symbols and explorations of various art media, in a safe, non-judgmental space of therapeutic alliance. Giving forms, shapes and colours to inexplicably difficult feelings and psychic pains through a therapeutic medium of art therapy elevates human spirits as it allows one to see and feel what is suppressed and obscured otherwise.


Dave Goh

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Course Schedule

Duration 14 Hours
Dates To be advised
Timing 9.30am - 5.30pm
Trainer(s) Mira Yoon
Venue(s) To be advised