Signature Programs Catalog
Our signature training programs are designed to maximize the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive benefits of the arts. These professional development and self-care programs can create a sustainable environment of support because they can be delivered by anyone—educators, health and mental health professionals, non-profit personnel, visual and performing artists, caregivers, and parents.
Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts (SEA) empowers educators, community arts professionals, mental health practitioners, and others in maximizing the social-emotional benefits of arts experiences, and minimizing self-judgment, anxiety, and unintentional re-triggering of trauma that can impede learning. This interactive and experiential eight-part certificate training not only teaches structured and scripted activities that can be used in the community, but also teaches trainees how to develop and evaluate their own effective curricula. The training features the use of sound, rhythm, movement, and other creative approaches for group behavior management, verbal and nonverbal communication, managing special needs, traumatic responses and self-care, personal presentation, program evaluation, and best practices in six art forms. The teaching faculty consists of board-certified creative arts therapists or individuals/teams with equivalent expertise, who are leaders in their respective professions. Click here for more information, including course syllabus and instructor bios.
Beat the Odds® (BTO): Social & Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming integrates activities from contemporary drum circles and group counseling to build core assets such as focusing and listening, team building, leadership, expressing feelings, managing anger/stress, empathy, and gratitude. UCLA researchers have shown that Beat the Odds can significantly improve a spectrum of behavior problems in children, such as those related to inattention, withdrawn/depression, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity, oppositional defiance, and sluggish cognitive tempo. Beat the Odds® was co-developed by an licensed clinical social worker who specializes in underserved populations, a public health educator, and a drum circle facilitator. This evidence-based and trauma-informed curriculum is scripted and does not require musical experience for delivery or participation. Click here for more information about the one-day facilitator training program, and here to find publications, a documentary film trailer, testimonials, and an informational document for administrators. This program is adaptable to all age groups and does not require facilitators to have a music background.
Helping Kids Manage Stress & Anxiety through Art is an experiential training that provides parents, teachers, and other community members with tools for building social, emotional, and cognitive skills in children. Conceived from The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art, the new book on parenting by art therapist Erica Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC and Ping Ho, MA, MPH, Founder & Director of Arts & Healing Initiative, participants learn how to harness play and creativity to engage more effectively with children. Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art workshops have been successfully launched in the El Monte City School District for parents and staff, and our inaugural public training will launch in the 2019-2020 academic year. These workshops can be offered in a variety of formats, from two hours to one day in length.
Mindful Music Making
Bring calm and focus into your daily life, classroom, and community setting in as little as five minutes with Mindful Music Making. This sound-and-movement-based process is both easy and effective for any population as well as for your own self-care—and no musical background is required.
In this online training, you will learn to use a variety of instruments—even homemade—to create a mindful soundscape, and you will experience a variety of ways to deliver Mindful Music Making. You will also discover ways to support the process using nonjudgmental language. Recorded examples of Mindful Music Making in action will be shared, and you'll receive a comprehensive set of guidelines for delivery.
Participant Expectation Policy
In accordance with our mission and cultural, equity and inclusion practices, our aim is to foster a supportive, healing, and collaborative learning environment, whether in an online or in-person setting.
With this goal in mind, we ask our program participants and staff to acknowledge, and abide by, the following community agreements:
- Practice loving kindness, nonjudgment, and listening to understand
- Acknowledge your feelings and the feelings of others
- Practice cultural humility, acknowledging the lived experience of others and our own privilege and biases
- Hold in confidence what is shared here personally
- When speaking, be mindful of time for others to be heard
- Practice self-care and seek support as needed
- Keep cameras on, if/when possible, to maintain your presence
In order to protect participant and staff safety as well as the integrity of our programming, we have adopted and maintain a zero tolerance policy for inappropriate and/or triggering behavior, whether accidental or intentional. Such behavior includes offensive or discriminatory actions related to sex, gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, medical condition, genetic information, or any other characteristic.
Digital Media Release Policy
By registering, you give Arts & Healing Initiative approval to record this event, still and/or moving images from which may appear in printed materials or digital channels for archival, educational, or promotional purposes. Note that Zoom breakout rooms are not recorded.
In order to keep our programs affordable yet self-sustaining, we regret that we are unable to offer refunds on enrollment fees ; however, we are happy to provide you with credit good for one year from the date of the program toward the next offering of the same program or a different one. Credit applied toward a program with higher registration fees will require payment of the balance. In addition, credit may be applied toward purchase of curriculum materials for any program. Unused fees after one year would then be tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law because no goods or services would have been received for them.
Click here for our Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts refund policy.
- Enroll in a PhD, PsyD, or master's degree program in clinical or counseling psychology, social work, or marriage and family therapy, and then supplement your training with creative arts therapy training in your art form(s) of interest.
- Enroll in a graduate program in one of the creative arts therapies. Most of the credentials offered in these fields, which teach integration of specific art forms with mental health practices, are at the master’s level.
- Enroll in a two-year training program in Expressive Arts Therapies. These programs offer credentialing in the integrated use of a variety of art forms for therapeutic purposes.
- Enroll in our Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts. This comprehensive program is for anyone who wishes to learn how to design, deliver, and evaluate their own effective programs. It offers practical training that addresses what professionals may encounter in the community. Creative arts therapists who have taken the program have reported that it is invaluable and offers training in areas not addressed by their previous academic curricula. Many of our trainees come from the arts, education, mental health, and complementary health care. Some are fresh out of college and exploring career options, others are mid-career and wanting to add a therapeutic element to their work, and still others are making career transitions after many years in other professions.
- Enroll in our online, four-session Social Emotional Arts on a Shoestring training offered as part of our signature programming, or join us for the two-day online offering at our annual conference on Creativity & the Arts in Healing. This training offers scripted activities in four different art forms that are adaptable to any population, setting, ability level, time frame, or budget. It can be used with groups or individuals. It teaches the key principles of social emotional arts work.
- Additionally, volunteering is a great way to familiarize yourself with the field and what it is like to work with different populations. Here are several possibilities:
- We often seek translators/interpreters to volunteer their services at our workshops.
- There are two programs that partner with Arts & Healing Initiative, which often actively seek volunteers: ALMA (Addressing Loneliness through Movement and Art) and the Creative Minds Project (although Creative Minds Project may require more extensive training in order to be involved).
- Some of our organizational partners often seek volunteers as well: Safe Place for Youth, Able Arts Work, and The Miracle Project are a few examples.
- We also partner with a Therapeutic Arts Group for UCLA medical and undergraduate students.
- Professionals who have completed a formal degree program in the creative arts therapies, typically involving masters level integrated training in mental health and the arts with supervised internship hours and a certification option.
- Mental health practitioners who have created a social-emotional arts curriculum for a specific population that is well documented and tested.
- Graduates of our Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts who have demonstrated mastery of their training in the design and delivery of programs that maximize the social-emotional benefits of arts experiences.
- Recruitment is also often based in knowledge of an individual’s work and recommendations from trusted sources.
Beat the Odds® (BTO)
How can I order a copy of the curriculum?
The curriculum manual is available via the Curriculum Materials section of our website. You can choose from the manual alone or the manual with a DVD showing our LCSW co-developer delivering the program to a group of 4th grade students. The scripted curriculum is designed for delivery via the manual alone, although we also offer 1-day trainings here in LA and occasionally in other parts of the country. You can find information about our trainings in the Upcoming Program section of our website.
How much space to do I need to store drums?
- The drums nest together in groups of 3. For 30 drums, there would be 10 groups. Two groups can be stacked vertically on one another. Most of the groups are the same height (all tubanos) except for two, which consist of some different types of drums (tubano, timbau and djembe combo), so they are a little taller.
- A stack of two groups of tubano drums will require 1 foot square land space and 51" height. There would be three of these.
- A stack of a group of tubano drums and mixed drums will require 1 foot square land space and 58" height (an additional 7"). There would be two of these.
- Therefore in total, you would need a 5 foot square land space and 58" height to accommodate 30 drums. For 60 drums, you would multiply this by 2.
- If you do not have the height to stack 2 groups of drums on top of one another, but have a space with width, just assume a 10 foot square space to accommodate each stack of drums and a height of 32" to accommodate the tallest stacks. For 60 drums, you would multiply this by 2.
FOR 15 DRUMS
- You would need a 3 foot square space and 58" height for 15 drums.
- If you have more land space and less height, you need a 5 foot square land space and a height of 32" to accommodate the tallest stacks.
- Present our research findings and other scientific justification for drumming to your administration by sharing with them the document entitled, “Beat the Odds®: A Brief Summary of an Evidence-Based Program”
- Facilitate buy-in for the program by demonstrating the Booster Session in the curriculum with students or with staff.
- Show excerpts from the training DVD, which can be purchased with a manual via our Curriculum Materials section, particularly the clips demonstrating the "Student-Led Call and Response - Drum in Middle" and the reflection" (on empathy) that follows.