Certified Clinical Art Psychotherapist


This course is a twelve-two hour session total of 24 hours of CE credit.   This class starts on September 6, 2020, at 3:30-5:30 PM EST.  We will meet weekly for 12 weeks via Zoom.  We will record every meeting, so if you miss a week, you can always catch the replay. Participants must complete all twenty-four hours to qualify for international certification.


Clinical Art Psychotherapy is a treatment modality that is deeply embedded in Psychoanalytic Theory while incorporating other  Psychological Theories and the principals of Art  Design and Color. It is used to facilitates catharsis of repressed traumatic memories without harm to fragile Ego Structures while preventing regression or re-traumatization.

Clinical Art Psychotherapy uses symbolic language for communication and self-disclosure that is validated by the Psychological Interpretation of color selection, placement, and juxtaposition. 

Participants of this training will learn the techniques of developing an Individual Color Profile,  identifying  Psychopathology and Conflict Resolution while also being able to incorporate modifications of the model to accommodate working with various treatment populations including Complex Trauma, Grief Resolution,  Maladaptive Behaviors,  Substance Use Disorders,  Family Treatment,  Developmental Lags,  Affective Disorders and work with the Chronically Mentally Il and Incarcerated populations.  

Clinical Art Psychotherapy is adaptable for all ages and treatment populations. It can be used by medical /psychiatric providers, teachers/school counselors to identify those at risk, and as a Diagnostic Tool for early treatment and prevention of future development of pathology and violence.


  • Discuss the historical roots of Clinical Art Psychotherapy and the early Psychologists who supported its expansion into use as a diagnostic tool and treatment modality.
  • Develop an understanding of determining an individual’s cognitive level of functioning, perceptual distortions, psychopathology, and developmental regressions from the artwork of clients. 
  • Identify the correlation between subconscious metaphors disclosed in the process of artistic expression and their importance to conflict resolution.
  • Explain the cultural and ethnic influences in artistic expression to prevent diagnostic misinterpretation.
  • Discuss the basic artistic principles to effectively interpret and contradict which may be used diagnostically.
  • Access Developmental, Psychological, and Affective Disorders through color preference. 
  • Interpret the use of color diagnostically.
  • Administer and validate an individual color profile to later use in validating the diagnostics and treatment as well as predicting affective changes and potentially aggressive behaviors.
  • Identify between potential or active PsychoPathology.
  • Provided with illustrations and explanations of specific Art Therapy criteria to evaluate client art to evaluate clinical abnormalities and will also be provided with an appropriate glossary of terms for Art Therapy treatment.
  • Observe from the authentic application of color, symbolism, and pathology from this population to strengthen their visual sensitivity/acuity when working with their future clients.
  • Apply an authentic application of color, symbolism, and pathology from this population to strengthen their visual sensitivity/acuity when working with their future clients.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate to Advanced
24 CE hour credits approved by NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
TX 2041-19
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
VCB EP # 143

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 22 hours
  • Skill level Intermediate to advanced
  • Language English
  • Students 1
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes
Yvonne Gilbert, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
YVONNE JOHNSON- GILBERT, attained her BA in Clinical Psychology with a secondary in Special Education under a full academic scholarship and continued for her Graduate degree attaining her MSW from SUNY, Stony Brook, NY with a major in Clinical Social Work and Secondary Specialization in Psychopharmacology and Addiction. Ms. Gilbert’s internships included CPS/DSS, Probation and Parole and Inpatient Psychiatric/Medical. Having come from a Professional Fine Arts background, she emerged her analytic understanding of psychology with the concepts of Art and attained Certification as a Clinical Art Psychotherapist (RATR) from the Amer Artist Therapist Assoc. in NYC and has taught many courses over the years to Mental Health and Educational Professionals. While working in Mental Health she quickly became aware of the symbiotic relationship between mental disorders and substance misuse deciding to attain Certifications in Substance Abuse and now holds the CC-ATODSW, LCAS, CCS. Yvonne Gilbert’s Professional Career spans almost thirty years, having worked Mental Health, inpatient and outpatient covering New York at Central Islip Psychiatric Hospital, Florida at Charter Hospital and out-patient Center as well as teaching courses at Edison Community College and North Carolina with Blue Ridge Mental Health and North Carolina Dept. of Corrections. She is currently in Private Practice in Waynesville, working DWI Assessments and Treatment and Assessments & Addictive Behavioral Alternatives, PLLC. Because of her dedication and compassion for the field she has developed and published several articles and numerous professional training seminars for NASW, APNC, NAADAC, MAHEC among others on various topics and is currently writing a book on “Journey Into The Inner Psyche,” which is based upon her clinical work and case histories working with Clinical Art Psychotherapy. Yvonne Gilbert is not only a seasoned professional but also a mother to adult children, grandmother, and great-grandmother which has given her “human insight” having worked through many of the issues other families struggle with and seek help with. Yvonne Gilbert, loves gardening especially flowers and herbs, swimming, fishing, hiking, museums, art galleries, flea markets, photography, and painting, cooking, and entertaining friends.

Sundays, Beginning on September 6, 2020 at 3:30 PM EST.