Dec 6 2018
Dec 6 2018: 8:30am–11:45am

The Efficacy of Art Therapy in Various Levels of Treatment

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health

Bradley Conference is designed to provide education for psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech/language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals who work with children, adolescents or adults. Topics address different behavioral health populations and treatment modalities and are intended to provide practical, state-of-the-art information.

Bradley Hospital’s clinical expertise, internationally renowned research, and academic affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University make the hospital a unique resource in all areas of behavioral health care. We have designed a wide range of learning experiences to provide the training that behavioral health care professionals need to stay at the forefront of their fields.

All sessions in this series will be held at Bradley Hospital at 1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence, Rhode Island unless otherwise noted.


Melissa WeaverMelissa Weaver, LMHC, ATR-BC is a licensed mental health counselor and board certified art therapist who works with the Pediatric Partial Program, Adolescent Partial Programs, Pediatric Anxiety Research Center Partial Programs, and outpatient services.

Before arriving at Bradley, Melissa gained experience in a variety of settings working at residential, educational, and clinical programs throughout southern New England. Melissa was formally trained in painting at the Hartford Art School in West Hartford, CT where she earned her bachelors of fine arts. She went on to study expressive therapies at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she earned her master’s in art therapy and mental health counseling.

Melissa brings medium based exploration and a process oriented approach to art-making with children and adolescents. She encourages participants to explore their creativity, aiming to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of the patients at Bradley Hospital.

Rebecca Jacobson, MA, ATR is a resident art therapist who works with the children and adolescents of the children’s inpatient program, adolescent inpatient program, and the afternoon adolescent partial hospital program. Rebecca has prior experience working in psychiatric, residential, and educational settings, with children, adolescents, and adults.

Rebecca earned her bachelor’s degree from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts where she majored in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, and minored in Psychology and Studio Art. Rebecca graduated from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in May of 2016 with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and a specialization in art therapy. Rebecca offers opportunities that encourage self-expression and creativity, while aiming to foster self-awareness and build motivation.

Rebecca enjoys providing atypical art materials for the children and adolescents to explore, as well as providing directives that encourage collaboration, communication, and community.


This presentation explores the use of art therapy assessment and targeted interventions, with a review of case studies across varying diagnosis and levels of treatment within a child and adolescent hospital. Children have been observed to manifest their symptoms in metaphoric modalities such as play, drawing, and storytelling. Art therapists have found this useful in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. Presentation material will include an experiential component, photographs of completed art, surveys and written feedback from both patients and observing clinicians. By diffusing common misconceptions about art therapy, an improved understanding of integrating art therapy into a diverse and patient focused treatment approach is encouraged.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Indicate an understanding of art therapy as defined by the American Art Therapy Association and how this information can be used in relation to treatment planning.
  2. Examine how art therapy impacts patients at varying levels of care and articulate how art therapy interventions can be integrated into a comprehensive treatment team approach.
  3. Evaluate the use of art therapy assessments in treatment and articulate how interpretation by the patient and trained art therapist can inform mental health professionals and improve clinical outcomes.


  • Target audience: psychologists, physicians, social workers and other interested health care professionals
  • For information regarding education credits, please contact Liz DeFreitas at 401-606-5752.
  • Instructional level: intermediate
  • Beverages and light snacks will be offered

Registration Information

  • Program fee: $59
  • Online registration closes on Wednesday, December 5.
  • Register online
  • Phone registration: please call the department of behavioral education at 401-606-5752.
  • For refund/cancellation information please email or call Liz DeFreitas at 401-606-5752.

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To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital Continuing Medical Education office at 401-444-4260.

Accreditation:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation criteria and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital.  Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.      

Credit Designation:  Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Psychologists:  Rhode Island Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CEUs for this event have been submitted, pending approval by the National Board for Social Work (NASW), designating this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 continuing education credits for certified counselors, marriage and family therapists.