Independence in Private Practice: How Creativity Supports the Challenges and Adventures Therapists Face


This engaging training will provide participants with the opportunity to explore the world of independent practice. Creativity can inherently support those in private practice, especially as we all adapt to the new needs of today’s world. It helps us think outside the box, process the ups and downs, and reflect on what we are offering our communities.  Spend the afternoon weaving together creativity and the nuanced world of private practice; coming out with new ideas and tools that you can put into immediate use.



Participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 2 common challenges in private practice.
  • List at least 2 ways to use creativity as a professional support.
  • Name 2 reasons supervision is important when entering the private practice setting.



Target Audience: Art Therapists, Counselors, Social Workers and other mental health professionals interested in expanding their knowledge base regarding entering the world of private practice and navigating the range of experiences common to this professional step. Content will be novice to intermediate. Suggested supplies: Blank paper and basic drawing materials (colored pencils, markers, oil pastels)




12:00-12:30      Welcome, Introduction and the Many Facets of Private Practice               

12:30-1:30        Dealing with Challenges, Solo and Group Practice, Art Experiential #1        

1:30-2:30          Successes and Outcomes, Supervision and Developing Community, Art Experiential #2

2:30-3:00          Discussion and Questions




Emery Mikel, ATR-BC, LCAT, LCPAT is the founder and director of Water & Stone, a Creative Arts Therapy PLLC.  W&S currently has 13 creative arts therapists seeing individual clients and running groups. It also offers regular LCAT continuing education workshops both in-person and online. The company grew out of Emery’s experiences living and working in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Long Island, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. To help other therapists interested in similar work Emery authored The Art of Business: A Guide for Creative Arts Therapists (JKP, 2013) which focuses on contracting and business basics. She is currently working on her second book focused on private practice and starting a company. Emery’s therapeutic work supports adults dealing with anxiety, grief, loss, fertility issues and women who want to find and use their voices more effectively in the world. Along with these pursuits she mentors other therapists, supervises interns, guest lectures at George Washington University and is adjunct faculty at Nazareth College. She received her MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO.






$45 Professionals

$36 (GWalumni, faculty & supervisors) CODE: GWU

Space is limited.




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Contact information:
Please contact 703-299-4148 if you have questions, concerns, or need special accommodations. Space is limited. Registration closes on September 17, 2020. Cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to the event date to be eligible for a refund.


Course completion & CE info:
Course completion requirements: Social workers must attend the entire course and complete a course evaluation to earn CE credit. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.



The George Washington University Art Therapy Graduate Program, Provider #1708, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The George Washington University Art Therapy Graduate Program maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 4/16/2019-4/16/2020. Social workers completing this course receive 6 Trauma continuing education credits.



The George Washington University Art Therapy Department has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 3053. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The George Washington University Art Therapy Department is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.



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