Empower your clients and patients to be active participants in their health and well-being.

Dive into the research and get practical tools to start using right away.

Empower yourself for your own self-care, and empower those you work with. The ripple effect of arts engagement integration can create positive change in the health and well-being of our communities.

Course Reviews

  • Informative and Enjoyable Course!

    Matthew Gonzales

    The course contents were high-quality, from the clarity of the Connection Model to the inclusion of many resources and outside readings, and were never boring. I was particularly impressed with and interested in the Physical Connection section, as...

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    The course contents were high-quality, from the clarity of the Connection Model to the inclusion of many resources and outside readings, and were never boring. I was particularly impressed with and interested in the Physical Connection section, as I learned a great deal about the physiological underpinnings of how Arts Engagement can improve one's wellness. Altogether, this is a great course and I would recommend it to everyone interested in how to incorporate music, dance, drawing, painting, writing or any other art form in practice!

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Course curriculum

This is a self-paced online course

  • 1
    Welcome to the Arts in Health Certificate Course!
  • 2
    Section 1: Introduction to Arts in Health
    • Overview of Section 1: What is arts in health?
    • The Field of Arts in Health
    • Process your learning
  • 3
    Section 2: The Arts in Health Connection Model
    • Overview of section 2: Introducing a new model
    • The Arts in Health Connection Model
    • Process your learning
  • 4
    Section 3: Arts Engagement, Spiritual Connection, and Health
    • Overview of Section 3: Spiritual Connection
    • Research and Resources
    • Process your learning
  • 5
    Section 4: Arts Engagement, Physical Connection, and Health
    • Overview of Section 4: Physical Connection
    • Research and Resources
    • Process your learning
  • 6
    Section 5: Arts Engagement, Social Connection, and Health
    • Overview of Section 5: Social Connection
    • Research and Resources
    • Connection Model Recap
    • Process your learning
  • 7
    Section 6: The Arts as a Tool for Personal Health, Self-Care, and Burnout Prevention
    • Overview of Section 6: The Importance of Self-Care
    • Arts Engagement to Restore and Recharge
    • Process your learning
  • 8
    Section 7: The Arts as a Prescription Tool for Professional Practice
    • Overview of Section 7: Prescribing the Arts
    • Tools and Resources
    • Process your learning
  • 9
    Section 8: The Arts as a Facilitation Tool for Professional Practice
    • Overview of Section 8: Facilitating Arts Engagement
    • Tools and Resources
    • Process your learning
  • 10
    Next steps
    • Congrats! Here's what's next...
    • More resources for you
    • Before you go...

Why this course?

  • Proven Results

    Research shows that engaging in arts activities can have significant positive impacts on health and well-being. Integrating the arts into the treatment plans of your patients and clients can improve results and success in health and wellness goals.

  • Most Affordable

    Comparable certificate courses in Arts in Health range in price from $4,000 to $15,000. This course is designed and taught by an expert in the field for a fraction of the cost. As an online and self-paced course, it is affordable and accessible for all helping professionals.

  • Tools and Resources

    This course provides over 300 tools and resources that you can start using right away! You'll have full access to these resources for an entire year. This gives you time to work at your own pace and enjoy the learning experience for optimal professional development.

Course Instructor

  • Dr. Sarah Ness

    Dr. Sarah Ness

    Founder of Arts in Health Institute

    Sarah Ness, PhD has nearly fifteen years of professional experience in the arts in health field. She earned a masters degree in expressive arts therapies and a doctorate degree in integrative medicine. Dr. Ness has worked extensively with trauma survivors and children and families in crisis. Her experience includes work in mental health, community health, and medical hospital settings. She is a passionate advocate for the essential role of arts engagement in individual and public health. She believes that individual arts engagement advocates can make a great impact on the collective health and well-being of our communities.

FAQ

  • Who can take this course?

    This course is designed for anyone working in a helping profession. Mental Health Professionals, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Health and Wellness Coaches, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Health Educators, Community Health Workers, and anyone else working to improve the health and well-being of individuals and/or communities.

  • Can I take this course if I'm not a helping professional?

    Yes. This course is designed for helping professionals and often references work with patients and clients, BUT it's really a course for anyone who wants to learn more about the power of the arts in health and well-being. If you're not a helping professional, you will still gain valuable knowledge and tools that you can start using right away for your own self-care and personal growth. You can also use this knowledge to advocate for arts integration into your own healthcare plans with your current and future healthcare providers.

  • Is this a self-paced course?

    Yes, this course is offered exclusively online and is self-paced. You will have access to the course content for an entire year and can complete each section of the course at your own pace.

  • Is this an art therapy course?

    No, this is not an art therapy course. Art therapy is a field focused only on visual art techniques used during a psychotherapy session to address goals of psychotherapy. Arts in health tools can include any creative expression (visual art, music, dance, theater, writing, etc) and can be incorporated into a variety of health settings to support a variety of health and wellness goals. The arts in health tools provided in this course include both facilitation tools and prescription tools. This includes resources for using the arts during sessions with patients/clients and resources for "prescribing" and encouraging arts activities to take place outside of sessions via community groups, classes, individual activities, etc.

  • Do I have to be "artistic" to benefit from this course?

    Having skills in the arts is not a requirement for you or your patient/client. The benefits of arts engagement are not dependent on active participation in the art making process. Receptive/Passive participation in arts activities such as listening to music, viewing art at a museum, going to the theater, watching a film, etc. are also forms of arts engagement that can benefit health and well-being.

  • Does this course count for CEU's?

    Continuing education for mental health and health practitioners varies by profession and from state to state in the US. Please check with your state board or professional organization to confirm requirements for continuing education credits. A certificate of completion is provided at the end of the course, and additional documentation can be requested to satisfy submissions for continuing education.

Free Extras Included!

In addition to year long access to the course content, you'll also receive these bonus benefits for FREE!

  • 1:1 Consultation

    As a participant in this course, you have the opportunity to connect individually with Dr. Sarah Ness for 1 FREE CONSULTATION SESSION. She will share her experience and expertise to help you successfully integrate the arts into your personal and professional practice.

  • Direct Contact with Course Instructor

    Enjoy the benefit of DIRECT CONTACT with the course instructor, Dr. Sarah Ness. You can ask any questions at any time to help deepen your understanding of the course content.

  • Access to Private Facebook Group

    As a participant in this course, you'll be invited to join our PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP where you can connect with the instructor, connect with other students, share ideas and resources, brainstorm projects, and be a part of a supportive learning community.

Total price of this course:

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