Please check out this great workshop series

Spring through Fall, 2011 Arlington Center for the Arts Facilitated by Julianne Hertz

MAKE IT! Expressive Therapies in Mental Health Counseling

Workshop Series

Interactive workshops for professional development

Saturdays, from 9:00am – 4:00pm

24 hours of LMHC CEU’s – 6 per workshop! (MAMHCA approved) Social Work CE’s applied for, see registration form

April – Books: Cover to Cover

June – Puppets: More Than Child’s Play

September – Printmaking: A Graphic Mirror

October – Dolls: Healing, Power and Play

Effective treatment for:

Strengths Building & Wellness

Disrupted Attachment

Grief & Loss

Anxiety & Mood Disorders

Substance Abuse

Life Transitions and Review

Julianne Hertz, ATR-BC, LMHC

Julianne is a Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has done individual, family and group therapy for 20 years. She has extensive clinical experience in school, hospital, and community settings with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Julianne is a mixed media artist who is always curious about how the metaphors of materials and process can be applied to her clinical work. She maintains an active private practice and is an adjunct faculty at Lesley University. She has been a graduate level clinical trainer since 1995.

Spring Workshop Descriptions

Books: Cover to Cover: Saturday, April 16th

Participants will explore the therapeutic potential of making books with clients in mental health counseling and expressive therapies. We will examine how the separate parts of a book such as the table of contents, chapters, storyline, as well as metaphors contained within the book structure, such as exposure and enclosure, can be used to help clients explore issues and clarify their personal narratives. Through a survey of techniques and applications, participants will learn to make different types of books that can be used with a wide range clients of varying abilities and ages in various treatment settings. A case study will be presented.

Objectives: Participants will:

Learn to make at least 3 different books, identify at least 6 metaphors related to book organization and structure that can be used in treatment, and identify at least 3 ways to use books clinically.

 Puppets: More Than Child’s Play: Saturday, June 11th

For centuries puppets have been used to relay myths, reflect on universal human experiences, perform political satire, and express moral stories. Through an historical examination of puppets and their uses in various cultures, participants will develop an understanding of how to use puppets and puppet making in a clinical context. Various styles of puppets, such as: shadow, hand and rod, will be explored and methods of construction will be demonstrated. In this workshop, participants will create puppets representing/embodying “The Critic” and “The Muse” to develop an understanding of how to use puppet making in mental health counseling and expressive therapies to help clients explore their strengths, difficulties and maladaptive defenses that prevent them from fully engaging in life. Simultaneously, participants may explore their challenges when engaging in their own creative activities. Case examples will be presented to illustrate the use of puppet making in mental health counseling with children and adults. Come, cut your “Critic” down to size and bring your “Muse” out playfully to expand your range of expressive clinical tools.

 Objectives: Participants will:

Identify at least 3 different puppets and their cultural usages, make at least 2 puppets, and identify at least 3 techniques for using puppets in mental health settings with children or adults.

 Printmaking: A Graphic Mirror: Saturday, September 24th

In this workshop, attendees will explore the therapeutic concepts and metaphor of reflection through the process of printmaking. Group members will explore the techniques of reflecting material back to clients, encouraging clients to reflect on life challenges.

Dolls: Healing, Power and Play: Saturday, October 22nd

Dolls offer externalized 3-dimensional representations of emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects of ourselves. In this workshop, a range of doll making styles, purposes and mediums will be examined.

General Workshop Format:

• Registration – 8:30am

• Introduction: historical, cultural and clinical


• Demonstration of techniques

• Experiential -practice techniques and dialogue about use as a therapeutic tool

• Lunch (on your own)

• Case Study

• Demonstration of techniques

• Experiential – practice techniques, dialogue about clinical applications

• Participant case examples, questions and conclusion

MAKE MORE: Fall Workshops!

Full details coming this summer! Join our mailing list for all new and upcoming workshops!

Workshop Location and Directions:

Arlington Center for the Arts

(All workshops held in the ACA Theater!)

Gibbs Center | 41 Foster Street | Arlington, MA 02474-6813 | Ph: 781-648-6220

 ACA is conveniently located just off of Mass. Ave (Rt. 2) and is accessible by public transportation (several bus routes).

ACA is accessible to person’s with physical disabilities.

From Cambridge/Somerville      Take Mass. Ave. toward Arlington past the Capitol Theatre (on your left). Go about 6 blocks past the theatre and take a right at the BP Gas station onto Tufts St.

 From Lexington      Take Mass. Ave. through Arlington Center. Right after the Walgreen’s (on your right), take a left at the BP Gas Station onto Tufts St.

 From Rt. 2    Take Rt. 60 exit toward Arlington/Medford (away from Belmont). Follow Rt. 60 until it intersects with Mass. Ave. Take a right on Mass. Ave. Go about 5 blocks, and right past the Walgreen’s (on your right), take a left at the BP Gas Station onto Tufts St.

 Once on Tufts Street: After turning onto Tufts, take a left into the parking lot – ACA is in the brick school building, which we share with other organ

To get to the ACA Theater follow ACA signs to the ramp entrance across from the basketball court.

 Registration Form: Print and Mail!

*NEW: Application for Social Work CE’s has been submitted! For status of accreditation, please contact Julianne @ Please note: 6 CEU’s per workshop, no partial CEU’s granted. For questions  about partial attendance, please contact Julianne.

Name: _____________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________

Email Address:________________________________________________________



$90 per workshop (

fee includes all art materials, hand-outs, references, and ceu certificates)

NEATA members: $80

Limited scholarships available based on financial need, please email Julianne if interested in more info.

Please check box(es) for the workshop(s) you plan to attend.

__ Books: Cover to Cover (Saturday April 16th 9-4)

__ Puppets: More Than Child’s Play (Saturday June 11th 9-4)

__ Printmaking: A Graphic Mirror (Saturday September 24th 9-4)

__ Dolls: Healing Power and Play (Saturday October 22nd 9-4)

Method of Payment:

Please send registration form and check or money order (payable to Julianne Hertz)

to: Julianne Hertz, ATR-BC, LMHC 62 Lowell Ave. Watertown, MA 02472

Cancellation policy: Refunds will be made for cancellations made no later than 2 weeks prior to workshop, and may be subject to an administration fee. No refunds will be made 7 days before workshop


Works in progress

It should come as no surprise that I have several irons in the creative fire at any given time. Here are a few of them:

Check out this website You can make your own guitar picks. I  purchased the punch and am experimenting with different ways to add color to the picks. According to my musician friends, the picks themselves are very good and the trick now is to make the color permanent. There is a video on the website demonstrating a way to sandwich images between two picks. I haven’t tried this yet.  We have been coloring the picks with alcohol inks and they look great but the color wears off. I am thinking about trying a polyurethane spray to seal them. Does  anyone have any ideas? Mod podge is too sticky, but I need some kind of sealant. I will post some pics of these later.

I am working in several altered books right now, but the main one is from a set of encyclopedias. I have the ambitious goal of altering the whole set  of books. The current one focuses on things that are common: air, causes, good, hope, despair. I generated a huge list by asking for submissions on Facebook. Then I embossed the words on each page of the encyclopedia. Now I am going through and altering each page. I worked on it along with my class this semester and I do some of it during my open studio groups at work.

Students in my class have to come up with their own altered book techniques to share. There were some great ideas this year, including a woven pop-up page.

I am trying to work out a way of weaving a Danish heart onto a page. See this website for instructions on making Danish hearts  Danish hearts don’t have to be hearts, they can be any shape or size. Once you have mastered the weaving technique you can let your imagination go wild.

Sock monkeys are a perennial favorite and they are fun to make and give as gifts.  Here is the website for the original Red Heel sock monkeys

I am making some sock monkeys for my cousin (I haven’t forgotten Anna!) out of these adorable socks. They should sew up into some pretty cute little monkeys.  If you are making these for small children, you have to embroider on the features instead of using buttons or other swallowable items.

These are just a few things that are keeping me busy. What are you working on?

I have my degree, now what?

It’s that time again. New art therapists are walking the stage, collecting their diplomas and wondering what the heck they are going to do next. Especially at a time when it seems like there are no jobs of any kind out there, how does one find an art therapy job? Given the time and money invested in getting a master’s degree, frustration and pressure can rise as the job search goes on.

Here is my advice. You are most likely not going to find the job of your dreams straight out of school. What you will be able to find is a job that will help you get your clinical license and your art therapy credentials so that down the road you can get the job of your dreams. Don’t be afraid to hold out for a little while until you can find a job that suits your needs in terms of benefits, clinical experience and supervision. You are probably aware by now that a huge salary is not coming your way but don’t be afraid to negotiate and find something that suits your needs. No need to undersell yourself.

There are many ways of working as an art therapist. One is to land a full-time job. Inquire about what type of supervision you will be able to receive. You may be able to find someone within the agency who can give you the supervision hours you need for your license. This is a huge job benefit and will save you a great deal of money. Don’t be afraid to apply for jobs that are not explicitly art therapy jobs. A clinical position at an agency can be a foot in the door and you can market your additional skills as an art therapist. They may not have known they were looking for an art therapist until you showed up! My first job was at a mental health agency as an elder services clinician. They did not hire me specifically as an art therapist but were happy to have me work as one. There was someone in the agency who was an ATR and LMHC who provided my supervision. It was a win-win because the supervision was on the clock for both of us and I did not have to pay for outside supervision. Within 2 years I had my credentials and moved on to another job.

Another way of working is to pick up per diem and fee for service work. It is sometimes necessary or desirable to do this in addition to a full-time job. Many sites do not have the funding to hire a full-time art therapist but are able to bring someone in for a few hours a week. It is worth it to pursue these positions because it could turn into something more and you are networking as well. Fee for service work is tricky because if the client doesn’t show up, you don’t get paid. Paperwork is done on your own time and it can be significant. Travel time is often not reimbursed. However, it is a good way to gain experience and supplement your income. You often can work in a wide range of settings and with diverse populations as well. I have worked in homeless shelters, schools, nursing homes, clients’ homes, hospitals, adolescent group homes and elder housing as a fee for service clinician. I loved working in so many different settings. The work was interesting and I gained a great deal of experience.

My final piece of advice: Network. Network. Network. Massage every connection you have. Stay in touch with supervisors, professors and fellow students. Join online groups. Attend conferences and workshops. Print up some business cards and give them to everyone you meet. I found my current job through a former professor. My previous job was found through a former supervisor. People hear about positions all the time and you have to keep your name and face in front of them. Hang in there. Working as an art therapist is possible. It is not always easy and I have certainly had my share of struggles so I won’t sugarcoat the challenges we face in the job market. But it can be done. Best wishes to you on your journey.

Mothering your Creativity

It’s Mother’s Day and I am thinking of all the wonderful ways I have been mothered. Nurtured, supported, loved unconditionally, listened to, respected-being mothered is pretty wonderful actually. It all got me to thinking about birthing and mothering our own creativity.

Like a child, our creativity can be ornery, destructive, surprising, funny, and just a good companion in general. But it takes work to nurture our creativity. If it is not fed well and sheltered and encouraged, it will wither away. If it is treated poorly with unkind words, it will seek out nurture elsewhere. If it is honored and allowed to make mistakes and given room to have a bad day, it will blossom.

Treating our creativity as though it were a child may seem like an odd construct. But if we treat our creativity as the entity that it is, won’t we be much kinder to it? Gone are the statements such as “I don’t have time for you today,” “Other things in my life are more important than you right now”,” You have failed me,” and “You don’t exist.” Treating our creativity with the respect we would show our own child changes those statements into “I honor you,” “I will make time for  you,” “You are important to me,” and “Even when you struggle, I love you.”

Imagining our creativity as a companion on  our journey allows us to treat it with the care it deserves. I intend to honor my creativity today by working  on one of my altered books and making a page in it about my love for my mother. How can you honor your own creativity today and everyday?

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