Academy of Human Development

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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

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)



Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

PCG (formerly VCF) pre-approved funding at 45% per pax for Singaporeans/PR Social Service Organisation Staff (Ref No. PAS00002754, end date of approval: 21 Jul 2023)

Up to $270 subsidy



Ms Angeline Kin is an art psychotherapist. She specializes in facilitating the visual arts and creative process as a therapeutic modality for her clients to express and process their inner states that words alone may not convey. She is a registered art therapist with the Australian New Zealand Art Therapists’ Association and a board member of the Art Therapists’ Association of Singapore. Angeline holds a Masters degree in Art Therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts validated by Goldsmiths University of London. She has written articles for ‘Present’, a Singapore Art Therapy Journal. In clinical practice, Angeline is passionate about art therapy as an integrative, expressive psychotherapy and enjoys conveying experiential knowledge through art psychoeducational skills-workshops. She enables her clients guiding them to transform self-defeating, destructive energy into curative, transformative energies that externalises unconscious core conflicts within a safe therapeutic relationship. These difficult thoughts, feelings, beliefs and memories are then contained in the sensory, perceptual, affective and symbolic processes and language of art allowing further processing and reframing. Angeline regards creative art making as instrumental in self-actualising individual potential, revealing unrecognised strengths and envisioning alternate solutions and new ways of being.


Dave Goh

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Course Schedule

Duration 14 Hours
Dates 3 & 4 Nov 2022 (FULL)
Timing 9.30am - 5.30pm
Trainer(s) Ms Angeline Kin
Venue(s) To be advised