Creativity & Neuroscience for Helping Professionals

Gaining a deeper understanding of the neuroscience that underscores nonverbal and symbolic communication enhances psychotherapy and counseling approaches.  By exploring theoretical and practical implications of the use of art materials, attendees will learn strategies for invigorating their own work with clients in healthcare, education and community settings.  The 6-hour workshop will include didactic instruction, case examples, art experiential and interactive discussion. Lunch is included.


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the basic neuroanatomy and brain systems as related to the use of creativity and art-making in psychotherapeutic process.
  • Articulate principles and theories of neuroscience that underscore creativity within psychotherapeutic intervention.
  • Synthesize theory and practical skills that will enhance a neuroscience-informed approach to the use of creativity.


Juliet L. King, LPC, LMHC, ATR-BC

Juliet is an Associate Professor in the Art Therapy Program at George Washington University and maintains an academic appointment in the Department of Neurology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  Ms. King has spent 20 years as a clinician, administrator, and professor of art therapy education.  Her current research includes exploring the integration of art, neuroscience, and related therapeutics, with a focus on the use of contemporary neuroimaging technology to further understand creative and expressive processes.  Her book, Art Therapy, Trauma and Neuroscience: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives is a groundbreaking and widely used text.