White Institute Calendar
Images and Materials; Art in the treatment room with children and adolescents
This “hands on” course will integrate an exploration of the developmental and symbolic
meaning of the personal image with an appreciation of the materials and process used to
create it. In each class, materials will be provided and their specific qualities and
potentials for use in the clinical process will be discussed. Clinical examples will be
presented to illustrate how to overcome reluctance to work with art materials, how
creative activity can be used to engage difficult-to-reach patients, and how personally
meaningful images are created and evolve with the therapeutic process.
$65 Candidates and Students
-Explain two insights into child and adolescent art.
-Show hands on use of some basic materials.
-List three art materials and how they can be useful in treatment.
-Express how to use art materials to expand children’s personal expression.
Ailish Coughlan, MA, LCAT, ATR-BC, is a licensed art therapist and a graduate of the
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program at the William Alanson White
Institute. She received her Masters Degree in Art Therapy from NYU and has worked
with children, adolescents and adults in psychiatric hospitals, clinics, and community
settings. She currently has a private practice in Brooklyn and Manhattan.