Creative Arts Therapies: Basic Concepts and Applications



Creative Arts Therapies have been in use in America for more than 75 years, but have evolved and expanded over the years. Most of the modalities have involved some form of art, poetry, dance, drama, and/or music as a therapeutic medium. In this workshop, an introduction to and overview of the various forms or creative arts used as therapeutic mediums will be presented, with a focus on a newer form of music-assisted therapy that was developed by Dr. Mathis (M.A.TH.I.S.) and involves music as a way to reach difficult clients and discuss topics that might otherwise be more of a challenge to address in treatment. Applications of this program with various disorders and clients will also be introduced.


  • Discover a brief history of the origins of and rationale for M.A.Th.I.S.
  • Name the major components and aspects of this program.
  • Express the pros and cons of this therapy model with various clients.
  • List the most common conditions for which this approach is used.
  • Identify the various parameters involved in applying this approach to groups and individual patients.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors

Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
TX 2041-19
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
VCB EP # 143
OCDP BOARD 20-779518 (C8)

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 24
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes
Dr. Stephen Mathis, Psy.D, CCADC, CCS, MAC
Stephen Mathis is a licensed psychologist and an internationally certified addictions counselor who has been working with adolescents, young and middle adults, and families/couples since 1983. He is one of the few clinicians who works on weekends and makes house calls. In addition to providing a variety of assessments (i.e., psychoeducational, forensic, cognitive, emotional, neurological, personological), individual psychotherapy (both “regularly scheduled” and intensive outpatient), and group therapy, Dr. Mathis is an adjunct/part-time faculty at several colleges and training institutes, conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, supervises other therapists, consults with various professionals and organizations, has pioneered a new form of music-assisted therapy (M.A.TH.I.S.), and is in the process of writing a book on addictions based on his development trauma model. True to the advice given to the patients he serves, Dr. Mathis adheres to a healthy lifestyle, an illicit substance-free existence, and a holistic dietary regimen, making the majority of his meals from scratch himself without using refined or artificial ingredients or simple carbohydrates. In his free time, Dr. Mathis is an avid collector of classic stringed instruments and amplifiers, as well as a being a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, arranger, and producer.

Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 6:30-8:30 PM EST.

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