Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art

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Marine Park
1406 Marine St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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Learn simple and practical art therapy-based tools to help children and teens understand and express their emotions, communicate nonverbally when words aren’t working, build connections with others, develop problem-solving skills, confront fears and anxiety, and much more. Engage in hands-on art activities to promote creative problem solving and inspire the development of novel ideas for addressing challenging behaviors at home or in therapeutic settings. This workshop is for anyone with a child in their life, personally or professionally. It is intended for adults only.
Light refreshments will be served following the program.
This workshop is based on The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art(Ohio University/Swallow Press, Spring 2019), the newly released book by art therapist Erica Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC and Ping Ho, MA, MPH, Founder & Director of UCLArts & Healing. The book will be available for purchase at the workshop for $20. And attendees can enter a raffle to receive a free book!
Click here to watch a brief, animated video about the book, which offers examples of the kinds of tools that will be shared in the program.
The program is designed to offer creative tools for:


    • Redirecting and shifting energy in children


    • Getting attention without having to use one’s voice


    • Establishing boundaries and engaging cooperation playfully


    • Communicating nonverbally, when words aren’t working


    • Supporting emotional safety and academic effort with non-judgmental language


    • Responding to difficult emotions or traumatic stress reactions


    • Facilitating interpersonal problem solving and decision making


  • Building self-care into daily life