Monthly Art Workshop for Self-Care 

Where? Toronto, Near Donlands and Danforth

When? Monthly: June 3rd, 2017 1pm-3pm June 24th, July 22nd, September 23rd, 2017 10am-12pm, October 28th, 2017 1pm-3pm  November 25th, 2017 10am -12pm

(see below for details about individual workshops)

No workshop in August or December







Make self-care and professional growth a priority by connecting with other helping professionals and making art in a supportive environment.

According to the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) therapists have a  “professional responsibility” to “maintain high standards of professional competence and ethical behavior, and recognize the need for continuing education and personal care in order to meet this responsibility” Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association, 2007, p.5

College of Registered Psychotherapists competencies addressed:

1.4 Integrate awareness of self in relation to professional role.  

3.3 Maintain self-care and level of health necessary for responsible therapy. 

Join me for a monthly 2 hour self-care workshop series for therapists and helping professionals.  Each session we will explore a different self-care themed art project (see below for details). We will  focus on various art media every month including paints, clay, mixed media, found objects, nature, collage papers and textiles.


What is a helping professional you ask? Anyone who is in a care-giving or helping role with others on a professional basis, though this may include volunteers as well.  Professionals such as psychotherapists, guidance counselors, special education teachers, medical professionals, 911 or crisis operators, occupational therapists,  settlement workers, child and youth workers, spiritual leaders, to name a few. My new monthly Creative Self-Care for Helping Professionals is an arts based workshop designed to explore different avenues of self-care through a variety of art media and projects. Prompts for self-reflection are included to deepen the experience.   

Come explore how art making can be a soothing container for those in the helping professions. Having a regular self-care practice can help you keep your creative well filled, ready to face the often challenging and difficult role of helping others.  Many of us encourage our clients and patients to take care of themselves but often forget to heed the same advice for ourselves regularly.  Before every airplane flight, adults are instructed in emergencies to take the oxygen for themselves first before offering to others.    The same principle applies to the work we do in the helping professions.  If we do not take care of our own mental health and well-being first, then we are less likely to have the energy and emotional capacity to serve our clients.

This monthly gathering for therapists and helping professionals will be based on the tenets of art therapy:

  • art making for resiliency

  • art making for self-expression

  • art making for exploration of self

  • art making for processing difficult emotions

  • art making for self-reflection

  • art making for mindfulness

  • art making to experience a flow state

  • art making for relaxation

The format is of this monthly workshop is one of prevention, self-discovery and exploration through the arts but is not art therapy. Participants are encouraged to take any personal issues that arise in workshops sessions to their therapist. Please note that this workshop is not a supervision group.  If you are looking for a supervision group in the Toronto area please contact [email protected]


What Exactly is Self-Care?

Myers, Sweeney, & Witmer (2000) defined wellness as “a way of life oriented towards optimal health and well-being in which body, mind, and spirit are integrated by the individual to live life more fully within the human and natural community” (p. 252).

Three specific components have to be put forward by therapists in their practice of self-care:

  1. Self-awareness: “involves benign self-observation of our own physical and psychological experience” (Baker, 2003, p. 14)

  2. Self-regulation: the process of self-regulation refers to the conscious or less conscious actions we do in order to “help us maintain and restore our physiological and psychological equilibrium” (Baker, 2003, p. 15). Of major importance for therapists considering the emotionally charged nature of their work. (Shapiro, Brown, & Biegel, 2007).

  3. Balance: “the balancing of connections among self (involving the psychological, physical, and spiritual, as well as the professional), others (including personal and professional relationships), and the larger community (encompassing civic and professional involvement)”(Baker, 2003, p. 14).


Why Art for Self-Care?

Art production has been shown to improve negative mood (Bell, & Robbins,  2007).

Art-making can help contain emotions, explore and express self in relation to clinical work (Wadeson, 2003).

Creating art can lead to increased self-awareness through clarifying therapist’s feelings and exploring the preconscious and unconscious (Wadeson, 2003).

Art-making has the potential to offer a process for reflection, insight and problem solving for therapists (Wadeson, 2003).

Workshop Dates:

Choose from one or more of the following dates.

June 24th, 2017 10am-12pm  Mindful Sculptures: Intro to junk sculpture for mindfulness and inner exploration.  Only 2 spot left!

July 22nd, 2017 10am-12pm  Random Acts of Kindness:  Finding balance and regulation through gratitude art.  5 spots left!

No workshop in August

September 23rd, 2017 10am-12pm Puppet Hero Journey: Connect with your strengths through puppet making and story telling. Only 4 spots left!

October 28th, 2017 1pm-3pm  Changing Colours, Transforming Moods, Layers to Self: Print-making for release and self-exploration. 

Only 5 spots left!

November 25th, 2017 10am -12pm Symbols of Hope: Make your own 3-d mini coping tiles set.

Upcoming . . .

No Workshop in December

January 2018 date TBA Healing Clay: Connection and self-discovery though clay work.

February 2018 date TBA Connect with your Strengths: Doll Making for inner connection.

Trusting Your Intuition: Make your own set of “Wisdom Cards”.

Playful Expression, Connection and Personal Narrative Through Altered Books. 

Join us for 2 or more monthly dates and save!  Simply let me know which dates you plan to join upon registration. Workshops will be removed once they are full.  Payment can also be made via an e-transfer to [email protected]

Creative Self-Care for Helping Professionals 1 workshop session with Petrea Hansen-Adamidis, Registered Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) $60

Creative Self-Care for Helping Professionals 2 workshop sessions with Petrea Hansen-Adamidis, Registered Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) $108

Creative Self-Care for Helping Professionals 3 workshop sessions with Petrea Hansen-Adamidis, Registered Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) $162

Creative Self-Care for Helping Professionals 4 workshop sessions with Petrea Hansen-Adamidis, Registered Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) $200

Creative Self-Care for Helping Professionals 5 workshop sessions with Petrea Hansen-Adamidis, Registered Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) $250


Baker, E. K. (2003). Caring for ourselves: A therapist guide to personal and professional well-being. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Bell, C.E. & Robbins, S.J., (2007) Effect of Art Production on Negative Mood: A Randomized, Controlled Trial Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 24(2) pp. 71-75.

Kaimal, G., Ray, K., & Muniz, J. (2016) Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making, Art Therapy, 33:2, 74-80.

Myers, J. E., Sweeney, T. J., & Witmer, J. M. (2000). The Wheel of Wellness counseling for wellness: A holistic model for treatment planning. Journal of Counseling & Development, 78, 251-266.

Nainis, N (2005) Art Therapy with an Oncology Care Team, Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 22:3, 150-154

Riley, S. (1997) An Art Psychotherapy Stress Reduction Group: For Therapists Dealing With A Severely Abused Client Population: The Arts In Psychotherapy 23(5) pp. 407-415.

Shapiro, S. L., Brown, K. W., & Biegel, G. M. (2007). Teaching self-care to caregivers: Effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction on the mental health of therapists in training. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 1(2), 105–115.

Wadeson, W. (2003) Making Art for Professional Processing: Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 20 (4) pp. 208-218.