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NAGC Webinar: Art in Action

November 16, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

| $45


Hosted by the National Association for Grieving Children, this webinar features Art with Heart’s former board president, art therapist Helena Hillinga Haas, ATR, LMHC. The webinar will take place on November 16th at 2pm EST, 11AM PST.

In this webinar, Helena will help participants take an in-depth, hands-on look at two effective therapeutic activities focusing on grief support for children. We will cover everything you need to run two creative expression lessons from beginning to end. Participants will learn therapeutic goals, decide on materials, discuss and practice potential priming activities, learn new art methods, and finally cover how to approach sharing and discussing the children’s artwork, offering concrete examples throughout the webinar.

The first art lesson will be a basic art project, and the second will build upon the first, giving you ideas for how to add depth to a single project over more than one week, integrating unique therapeutic goals for each session.


1.Describe two priming activities using creative expression for use in grief groups

2.Discuss how to do and teach two art activities that blend creative expression and therapeutic principles to evoke emotion

3.Discuss specific prompts and techniques to facilitate sharing after a creative expression activity

About the Presenter

Helena Hillinga Haas, ATR, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor and registered art therapist. She Helena Hillinga Haas for Art with Heart graduated from The George Washington University in D.C. with a Master’s degree in art therapy. Currently, Helena works as an art therapist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. There, she works with children aged 3 to 21 who are suffering from chronic and/or life threatening illnesses. Helena has worked with diverse populations throughout her career including older adults with Dementia and stroke recovery patients, inner city youth with multiple psychosocial stressors and challenges and young students suffering from anxiety and newly diagnosed learning disabilities. Helena also has a small private practice. For several years Helena served on the Art with Heart board. In 2013, she volunteered for the organization to conduct grief and loss workshops for students and adults who were impacted by the Sandy Hook shooting. When time allows, Helena enjoys creating art using found objects and mixed media to create little treasures.

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