Live Training


Practicum Studio

Earn Credit for 1 Practicum Session toward

Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction

or Specialized Certification in Art-Assisted Grief Therapy

Offered by the Portland Institute.

JuLY 31, 2020

9-11:30 am, PDT

Presented by

Sharon Strouse


Art Therapist

Associate Director

Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

USD$99 for 3-hour module

Collage is a transformative art therapy modality, effective in the treatment of traumatic loss and relevant in today’s current crisis of overwhelming loss.  In this webinar, we examine the creative process of making and shaping what is given and engage two- and three-dimensional collage through personal creative experience and deep personal process work to widen learning.  Participants will then receive clear instructions for the use of personal reflection and processing in pairs.  This experience will incorporate understanding of the event story and back story; bracing, pacing and facing; and the central tenets of Meaning Reconstruction, as well as highlighting the final phase of the architecture of an art therapy session - harvesting. 


  • Describe Meaning Reconstruction tenets that are evidenced in the personal collage process and product;

  • Practice using personal reflection of the two- and three-dimensional collages in order to gain a basic proficiency and understanding of the creative process and product through personal experience; and

  • Implement the processing of two- and three-dimensional collages in pairs in order to deepen proficiency with the creative process and products in preparation of introducing collage to certain clients in selected situations.


Learners are required to create a two-dimensional collage on paper of any size BEFORE the Practicum.

  • Discussion of the two-dimensional collage process and product;

  • Experiential practice of collaging into a box or an altered book; and

  • Discussion of the three-dimensional collage process and product.



Participants must have attended the live webinar of Collage: Integrating the Torn Pieces.  Otherwise, interested learners must first purchase and watch this recorded webinar in the Online Training library before attending this Practicum Studio, so that all participants will have a shared conceptual orientation to the practice.


  • 9-11:30 am PDT: Portland, OR, which corresponds to 12-2:30 pm in New York, 5-7:30 pm in London, and 6-8:30 pm in Amsterdam.

The Zoom meeting link and the module materials will be emailed to all registrants in due course.


Presenting Faculty

Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is a board-certified and licensed clinical professional art therapist and Associate Director for the Portland Institute.  Her art therapy private practice, national presentations, trainings and practitioner supervision / mentoring focus on traumatic loss, specifically with parents who have lost a child, suicide bereavement, and military loss/ Gold Star Families.  The theoretical foundations of her group and individual art therapy work are grounded in meaning reconstruction, attachment informed grief therapy, continuing bonds with the deceased and restorative retelling.  She is author of Artful Grief: A Diary of Healing, ( written twelve years after the suicide of her seventeen-year-old daughter.  She is co-founder of The Kristin Rita Strouse Foundation ( a non-profit dedicated to supporting programs that increase awareness of mental health through education and the arts.

Sharon Strouse,


USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.

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