Professional Training & Internships



As part of our mission, The Art Therapy Institute is dedicated to providing a variety of professional training opportunities and internships. We are an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Our offerings include:

• Professional ATR Supervision
• In-Services on the use of Art Therapy with various populations
• Ongoing Workshops
• Internship opportunities for graduate students and professionals

ATI Continuing Education Series: Fall 2016-Spring 2017

Join us to explore art therapy with our Continuing Education Series. This workshop series is geared towards counselors, social workers, expressive arts therapists, graduate students, and other allied professionals, but ALL are welcome! Two clock hours of continuing education will be offered.    

Below are the dates and titles of each workshop in the series.   

Please note the last workshop of the series will be held on Saturday March 11, 2017 12-2pm to coincide with NCATA’s monthly meeting and will follow the NCATA meeting.

All other workshops are held from 6:30-8:30pm at the Art Therapy Institute

200 N. Greensboro St, Carr Mill Mall, Suite D-6, Carrboro, NC 27510 (2nd Floor)

CEs are available: ATI is an NBCC-approved provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

No art or art therapy experience is necessary.

$45 fee for one workshop/$30 for students

$375 for entire series


Art Therapy and ADHD, Oct. 27th  6:30-8:30pm

Kathleen Doyle, MS

Stumped why students are off-task and doodling in class? This lecture is intended to introduce attendees about the correlation between doodling and memory recall and talk about how doodling can be used in an academic and therapeutic settings. Also the presenter will explain her narrative of growing up with a profound learning disability and becoming an art therapist.

Art as Form of Communication with Alzheimer’s Patient, Nov. 3rd,  6:30-8:30pm

Nancy Ferguson LMFT

“Over a period of two years, we used drawing to free my husband, Harold, from his AD for a few hours each day.”  Nancy, his wife and presenter, and Miho Nakamura, CNA, planned out drawing activities for him–a “job” that improved his focus and language skills. This presentation will demonstrate how art to improved the quality of Harold’s life.  He was able to use language to the end of his life and colored his last picture about a month before he died May 22, 2016. Harold had two art shows, and loved art but did not produce any until they started this activity with him.

Creative Arts therapy with Adults Living with Chronic Mental Illness: Nov. 17th  6:30-8:30pm 

Uli Schempp MA, LPC, ATR-BC 

This workshop will begin with a short video presentation to introduce the range of creative arts therapy modalities followed by a discussion of challenges in conducting groups with clients from a wide variety of cultural and social backgrounds as well as the whole range of psychiatric diagnoses. An examination of artwork related to specific diagnoses will conclude this workshop.

Expressive Arts Therapy Roundtable, Dec. 1st6:30-8:30pm

A panel of expressive arts therapists including art, music, dance, and drama therapists will speak about their work in the community and answer questions about the field. Panelists will talk about the populations they serve, the kind of directives they often employ in their clinical work, and offer brief experientials for workshop attendees.

Group Process, Art Therapy, and Counseling Jan. 26th  6:30-8:30pm

Courtney Powers MA, ATR, LPCA
This workshop will increase participants’ knowledge of art therapy and counseling techniques, applications and ethical considerations in a variety of group settings. We will explore group dynamics, roles, goals, interventions, and outcomes used in school and community based art therapy groups. Specific populations that will be addressed include school-based work with exceptional children and immigrant, refugee and newcomers as well as community based art therapy groups for adults living with mental illness and older adults facing Alzheimer’s and Dementia. We encourage participants to come with questions, engage in an open dialogue and a willingness to take positive risks through making a little art of their own!

Art Therapy and Ethics, Feb. 9th   6:30-8:30pm

Bridget Pemberton-Smith MA, ATR-BC & Courtney Powers MA, ATR, LPCA

This workshop will explore the many ethical considerations art therapists consider when deciding to display client artwork to the public. Art therapy is a unique field which allows the therapeutic process to be shared publicly through artshows and art sales. If done thoughtfully, this can be a very powerful experience for all. Join us as we discuss these ethical questions and explore them through our own art making.

Art Therapy and Soul Collage, Feb. 23rd  6:30-8:30pm

Bridget Pemberton-Smith MA, ATR-BC & Eva Miller MPS, ATR, LPC

Soul Collage is a fun, creative collage process in which a person creates a personal “deck” of collage cards. In this introductory workshop, we’ll explore the four suits of Soul Collage and also have a chance to create a card (or more!)

Culturally Competent Art Therapy and Counseling; Therapist Self-Reflection, March 9th6:30-8:30pm

Evans Baker MFA, MS, ATR

This workshop provide an opportunity for participant to thoroughly examine one’s heritage, values and beliefs, education, age, and sexual orientation to raise the awareness on how these factors are influencing the therapist’s approach with clients and in practice.  Genogram and self-reported survey will be used.  Discussion may also touch on sensitive social and cultural related issues.  There will be self-reflective art making time and participants are encouraged to bring material that may be relevant to the art making process, such as photos.

Artful Self-Care Through Positive Psychology,* Saturday, March 11th,  12-2pm

Stacey Hayes MA, LPCA

Take time for self-care as we explore positive psychology through the arts. We will focus on positive psychology concepts such as loving kindness, gratitude, and exploring our strengths. This workshop will rejuvenate you personally and professionally. *Note, this workshop is on a Saturday at ATI to coincide with NCATA’s monthly meeting and will follow the NCATA meeting.


Online Training Opportunities:

Course Title: 0205 – The Burma Project: Journeys to a Different Landscape Course Description: A panel of art therapists with the Art Therapy Institute of North Carolina share their experiences of utilizing art therapy with refugees from Burma who have resettled in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Together they find creative ways in which to address the mental health needs of this population. Course Fee: $37 for American Art Therapy Association Members, $60 for nonmembers. CECs: 1.5 CECs. This course if offered through the American Art Therapy Association; register online.