Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Art of Happiness: Positive Psychology and Art Therapy

The Art of Happiness:
Positive Psychology and Art Therapy
Friday, June 24, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

Would you like to increase life satisfaction, meaning, and engagement for your clients and yourself? Discover what makes people of all ages happier, and how to increase personal and professional happiness? Who is happy? Why be happy? Can creative endeavors contribute to happiness, and if so, how? These questions and more will be explored through an introduction to Positive Psychology, the science of happiness.

Positive psychology seeks to help us identify and build upon character strengths as tools to increase well being. We will explore the connection between Positive Psychology and art therapy and offer strategies for using creative endeavors to increase engagement, mastery, and flow.


Art therapists, counselors, mental health professionals, and anyone interested in improving happiness in themselves and those around them.


The 'live' Webinar session is free, but does not include a CEC. The Webinar will be converted into an online distance learning course for 1 CEC available through the Institute for Continuing Education in Art Therapy (ICE/AT). The course module via ICE/AT for AATA Members is $18 and $25 for non-members. The online distance learning course is expected to be available by mid-July 2011.


“Incredibly empowering and even life-changing. What a gift for me! What a tool to share with others! It truly expands one's perspective.” -Kelly Hartland

“One of best lectures I've attended in a long time, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.” -Cynthia Hart


Gioia Chilton, M.A., ATR-BC and Rebecca Wilkinson, M.A., ATR-BC are registered and board certified art therapists, and authors of Positive Art Therapy: Envisioning the Intersection of Art Therapy and Positive Psychology published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art Therapy in 2009. Gioia & Rebecca are both Adjunct Faculty with The George Washington University and co-founders of

To register and for more information:

We hope you'll sign up! Also, at the upcomming AATA conference
 Rebecca and I will give the all-day, art-filled, in-depth version of this Wensday July 6th, then host a focus group on Friday June 8th! Special guest will be Megan Booth of Hollyhox Postive Resoures,
art therapist from Australia!

Hope to meet you at any of these upcoming events!


Gioia Chilton, MA, ATR-BC, Co-founder, Creative Wellbeing Workshops
Creative Arts Therapies Ph.D. Program, Drexel University
Adjunct Faculty, The George Washington University, Marymount University

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