Art Therapy Workshop - ACC Institute of Human Services
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Introduction to Art Therapy

Workshop Details

Art Therapy is a human service profession that utilizes art media, images, creative art processes and patient/client responses to the created products as reflections of an individual’s development, abilities, personality, interests, concerns and conflicts.

It encourages the person to express emotion and explore their problems using a wide range of art materials, enabling positive change and personal growth. The intention is not a focus on the artistic skills of the client but their engagement in a creative personal process.

In the therapy process, people are encouraged to visually represent their thoughts and feelings, such as conflicts, wishes, and memories. Utilizing their artwork and verbalizations, they are helped to understand how they function as individuals and as part of a family and group system. Art therapy treatment in schools is art expression that lends itself to exploration, and as a result, to the adjustment of individuals to life.

Is Art Therapy Effective?

A growing body of evidence suggests that engaging in the visual arts for adults with mental health conditions can reduce depression and anxiety, increase self-respect and encourage re-engagement with the wider world (The Straits Times, 2018). Furthermore, it is heartening to note that art therapy is gaining traction in Singapore, with organisations such as Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) launching more initiatives to promote art therapy.

Please note that this is an Introductory Workshop to Art Therapy. Attending this course will not qualify you to work as an art therapist. 

Topics Covered

Anyone who is interested to learn more about art therapy and is comfortable with making art. However, no skills nor training in art is needed to attend.

In particular, childcare supervisors, kindergarten and primary school supervisors, teachers, assistant teachers, counsellors, social workers, professionals in healthcare & welfare organizations, parents and caregivers are welcomed to join us.

*Artistic skills are not required to participate. Participants are only required to be comfortable and open to making art. The session is interactive with multiple opportunities for learning through art activities and case-sharing.

  • Provide an overview of Art Therapy
  • Understand and appreciate the use of Art in Art Therapy
  • Learn how to plan and facilitate therapeutic art sessions
  • Know and understand the requirements of Art Therapy as a profession

Please note that this is an Introductory Workshop to Art Therapy. Attending this course will not qualify you to work as an art therapist. 

  • Instruction by an expert facilitator
  • Small interactive classes
  • Art materials for participants to use during the workshop
  • Personalized certificate of completion
  • Introduction to Art Therapy (history, definition, role of an Art Therapist, the approaches used and the benefits of Art Therapy)
  • Uses of Art in Therapy (the types and the affect of art mediums on art makers)
  • Learn how to plan and facilitate a therapeutic art/s session (using the ETC framework, with case studies and sharing)
  • Understanding Art Therapy as a Profession (Ethical considerations in Art Therapy, identifying ways in which Art Therapy is conducted and the training requirements as an Art Therapist)

Amanda is a certified and experienced Art Therapist (MA-AT 2015 Masters in Art Therapy), Arts Educator (Registered with MOE-AMIS) and Soft Pastel Nagomi Art Instructor. She has been active and current in the social work scene for the past decade and has worked with many charities and social enterprises like Red Pencil, Student Advisory Centre (Children’s Wishing Well), Center Pottery, Habitat for Humanity Singapore and was the Former Deputy Director of Social Creatives. She currently sits on the board as Honorary Secretary of the Rare Disorders Society of Singapore.

Prior, Amanda has been in the advertising industry for several years before starting her own branding and design agency that was running for more than 12 years. The healing arts and the work of a therapist resonated so deeply with her, she decided to pursue her Masters in Art Therapy to become an Art Therapist. Amanda is the founder for Art for Good and believes that a lot of good can be done through art using the platform of a social enterprise. She believes in the healing and therapeutic aspects of art and its many applications.

Amanda is an Art Therapist with Art for Good and The Red Pencil. She is also a lecturer at the School of Positive Psychology for a module in Art Therapy. She manages and oversees all the projects and programs under Art for Good, which uses art to create good! Amanda supervises the art therapy programs under Art for Good and also develops Art Therapy infused art curriculums and programs for various schools and organisations. She creates children’s illustrations, sculptures and paintings in her free time.

Training Fees

$330($356.4 wGST) for non-members, $280($302.4 wGST) for ACC members

We do not accept Cash over the counter. You may however do a bank transfer or bank deposit and forward the proof of your deposit to us at Please call us at 6339 5411 for the bank details.
Payment Option: NETS / Cheque / Credit Card

Participant’s Testimony

“Great balance of practical and theoretical work. Overall great trainer.” – Zhao C. (Jan 2019)

“Loved the activities. That and reflections and discussions were a highlight for me.” – Fisher S. (Jan 2019)

“Very informative workshop.” – S.P. (Jan 2019)

“Able to provide different suggestions to be applied to each individual’s work setting.” – (Oct 2021)

Course Information

Upcoming Workshop:

  • 21 October 2023 (Sat, 9.30am-5.30pm), 22 October 2023 (Sun, 9.30am-12.30pm)

Duration: 10 hours (1.5 days)
Venue: ACC, 51 Cuppage Road, #03-03, Singapore 229469
Course Fee: $330.00 ($356.4 with GST) and $280.00 ($302.4 with GST) for ACC Member
Upon Completion: Certificate of Attendance

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