AAGT Online Components

1)  AAGT Mentoring (3 hours)

Learners fulfill three 1-hour individual mentoring sessions in Art-Assisted Grief Therapy for grief and loss with one of the Portland Institute faculty in a shared language.  These sessions may be conducted in face-to-face mode, or via phone or videoconference. 

2)  Orientation to Art-Assisted Grief Therapy (12 hours)
Learners are assigned four sets of readings from Thompson and Neimeyer’s book Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning, which provides a strong foundation for the practice of Art-Assisted Grief Therapy for meaning making in grief and loss.  Learners are then required to submit a short Principles-to-Practice Reflection Paper following a rubric provided for each set of readings.  Portland Institute faculty provide brief written feedback on each submission.

3)  AAGT Session Evaluation (3 hours)

Following the completion of all the other Onsite and Online Components, learners submit one portfolio of their work, including a case analysis demonstrating use of AAGT in meaning reconstruction in the aftermath of a significant loss.  Learners are encouraged to incorporate various forms of representation, such as photographs, audio or video recordings of AAGT for meaning reconstruction.  The Portfolio is then evaluated for demonstration of competency in working with grieving clients from an art assisted, meaning reconstruction perspective.  It also provides students with an opportunity for a creative representation and reflection on their learning.  Learners have to schedule a 1-hour feedback session with one of the Portland Institute faculty in a shared language.

As a prerequisite for this specialization, learners are required to first complete the Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction (GTMR), although credits toward AAGT specialization can be earned concurrently while the learner is still pursuing the GTMR Certification.  After completion of the GTMR Certification and all the above required AAGT components, Specialized Certification in Art-Assisted Grief Therapy would be awarded.  All licensed or registered counselors or therapists completing Certification will be listed on the Portland Institute website as part of our Global Provider Network.

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