The Efficacy of Art Therapy in Various Levels of Treatment

Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 12:00p.m. - 3:15p.m.

This presentation explores the use of art therapy assessment and target interventions, with a review of case studies across varying diagnosis and levels of treatment within a child 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.



Melissa Weaver LMHC, ATR-BC is a licensed mental health counselor and art therapist who works with the Pediatric Partial Hospital Program, Children’s Partial Hospital Program, Adolescent Partial Programs, Pediatric Anxiety Research Center partial programs, children’s inpatient unit, Children’s Residential and Family Treatment Program, and outpatient services. Before arriving at Bradley, she gained experience in a variety of settings working at residential, educational, and clinical programs throughout southern New England. Weaver was formally trained in painting at the Hartford Art School in West Hartford, Connecticut, where she earned her bachelor of fine art degree. She went on to study expressive therapies at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she earned her master’s in art therapy and mental health counseling.

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
  • 3.0 CE hours/credits (see below) 


  • Program fee: $49.00
  • Online registration closes on Wednesday, May 3.
  • To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please call Melissa Crane at 401-432-1106.
  • For refund/cancellation information, please email [email protected] or call Mayra Colon at 401-606-5753.

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Credit Details

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education. 

Rhode Island Hospital designates this 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. 


Location Information

All sessions in this series will be held virtually.