ATI is dedicated to providing a variety of professional training opportunities and internships for community members.

The Art Therapy Institute (ATI) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6567. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ATI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

If a participant would like to express a concern about their experience with Art Therapy Institute, they may call or e-mail ATI’s Executive Director, Hillary Rubesin, PhD, REAT, LPC-S at (919) 381-6068 or hrubesin@gmail.com. Although we do not guarantee a particular outcome, the individual can expect us to consider the complaint, make any necessary decisions and respond within 10 business days.

** The nominal registration fees required for these workshops support ongoing community programming. Please note refunds are only offered if the workshop is canceled by The Art Therapy Institute.

Our offerings include:
• Professional ATR, REAT, and LPC Supervision
• Workshops on the use of Art Therapy with various populations
• Internship opportunities for Masters level graduate students

ATI Professional Workshop Series
Join us to explore art therapy with our Professional Workshop Series. This workshop series is geared towards counselors, social workers, expressive arts therapists, graduate students, and other allied professionals, but ALL are welcome! Two clock hours of continuing education will be offered unless otherwise noted.   
Workshops are held from 6:30-8:30pm at the Art Therapy Institute 200 N. Greensboro St, Carr Mill Mall, Suite D-6, Carrboro, NC 27510 (2nd Floor) unless stated otherwise in the workshop description. See all upcoming workshops below!


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The Relationship Museum Workshop

November 9th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This workshop is sponsored by the Art Therapy Institute and is offered by Zelda Lockhart, PhD.

In this fun, engaging, yet insightful writing and art expression workshop, participants will write 2 short scenes and create a diorama museum piece inspired by the relationships they have and the relationships they want in the future. You'll take this art home as a personalized written and visual expression of the types of human connections you find to be healthy, supportive, and reflective of who you are.

*Please note that NBCC credit is not available for this workshop.


Clinical Lecture Institutes of 2019: Expressive Arts in Clinical Practice November 7th, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

This workshop is sponsored by the UNC School of Social Work and is offered by Laurie Selz-Campbell, MSW and Hillary Rubesin, PhD, LPCS, REAT

This workshop will introduce participants to the role of  expressive arts in the therapeutic and healing process.The workshop will begin with a presentation on Expressive Therapies, including theory, methods, populations, settings, strategies, etc. Participants will then engage in an experiential arts activity, where they will explore personal narratives within small groups, and then have the opportunity to process this as a community!


Self Care through the Seasons


  • Saturday, Oct. 12, 10:00-11:30am

  • Saturday, Nov. 2, 10:00-11:30am

  • Saturday, Dec. 7, 10:00-11:30am

This workshop is sponsored by the Art Therapy Institute and is offered by Stacey Hayes, MA, MPA, LPC and Bridget Pemberton-Smith, MA, ATR-BC.

The seasons offer an opportunity to reflect on how self care changes during life’s seasons and nature’s rhythms. In this workshop series, we will use the expressive arts to explore autumn themes such as harvest and gratitude as well as hibernation and turning inward as we approach winter. Join us to practice self care and enjoy comforting art activities. No previous art experience is necessary.

Past Workshops

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Art Therapy and Newcomers Workshop & Walk-Through May 9, 2019 6:30PM-8:30PM

This event is part of a monthly continuing education series run by the Art Therapy Institute.

Presented by Hillary Rubesin, PhD, LPC-S, REAT, and other ATI staff members

Please join us on Thursday, May 9th, for a workshop exploring how expressive therapies (ET) are used within counseling with refugee and immigrant populations. This workshop is in conjunction with the Newcomers Art Show, opening on May 10th, which highlights the artwork and stories of over 200 refugees and immigrants living in the Triangle.

In this presentation, ATI staff will share a PowerPoint on the impact and uses of ET with newcomers in both school and community-based settings. Next, presenters will walk workshop attendees through the ATI art gallery, explaining specific ET directives displayed on the walls, and why these interventions were implemented. Finally, workshop attendees will have a chance to contribute to a collaborative art piece, to experience ET themselves.

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Please join Bridget Pemberton-Smith MA, ATR-BC for an evening of creative self-discovery. 

Soul Collage is a fun, creative collage process in which a person creates a personal “deck” of collage cards. In this introductory workshop, we’ll explore the four suits of Soul Collage and discuss how Soul Collage could be used by an art therapist. Afterwards, you will have a chance to create your own Soul Collage card (or more!).

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Presented by Anna Hicken, LPCA, ATR; Mallory Schellhorn, LPCA, ATR; & Courtney Powers LPCA, ATR

Please join us on Thursday, March 7th for a workshop exploring how art therapy is used within the CHCCS Exceptional Children's Program. This workshop is in conjunction with the Exceptional Children's Art Show, opening on March 8th, which highlights the artwork and images of over 100 students participating in our school based program. In this workshop, presenters will discuss rituals, materials and adaptations; goals, approaches and process; and making connections. Also, presenters will walk workshop attendees through the ATI art gallery, explaining specific artwork displayed on the walls, and why these interventions were implemented. 

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Presented by: Uli SchemppMA, LPC, ATR-BC

This workshop will begin with a short video presentation to introduce the range of creative arts therapy modalities followed by a discussion of challenges in conducting groups with clients from a wide variety of cultural and social backgrounds as well as the whole range of psychiatric diagnoses. An examination of artwork related to specific diagnoses will conclude this workshop.



Presented by: Hillary Rubesin, PhD, LPC-S, REAT Executive Director and Expressive Arts Therapist Anna Hicken, ATR, LPCA Mallory Schellhorn, ATR, LPCA, Uli Schempp, ATR-BC, LCAT, LPCS and Courtney Powers, ATR, LPCA

This workshop will provide a general overview of art therapy, including a brief history of the field, information about becoming an art therapist and clinical applications. We will also discuss the programs and activities at the Art Therapy Institute and how you can be involved. We encourage you to bring questions!! We will close out the workshop with an art experiential--no art experience necessary, we promise! If you are interested in learning more about the field, this is a great first step.


Trust-Based Relational Intervention. a holistic approach that is multidisciplinary, flexible, and attachment-centered. November 15, 2018 @ 6:30PM — 8:30PM

This workshop, presented by Angie Dickey and Lisa Williams, LPCA, will introduce Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®). TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed, evidenced-based intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. Presenters will introduce information that enhances insight about how a child's history impacts their development; introduce a framework for practical intervention and application; and discuss how to interpret behavior and respond appropriately.

Angie is a bio and adoptive mom of five, with 29 years of parenting experience and ten years experience in adoption-related issues. She worked with several mental health trauma specialists across the country to gain a better understanding of the complex developmental trauma that can occur in children, specifically who are adopted. Through somatic experiencing and attachment work, Angie expanded her skill set and knowledge of attachment development and implications on adopted children. In 2014, Angie acquired the title of Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner through the Karyn Purvis Department of Child Development at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. She is currently completing her Masters of Arts in professional counseling and will combine her trainings and education in her work as a mental health professional. Angie's desire is to give a voice to the victims of childhood trauma.

Lisa is a North Carolina licensed professional counselor associate (LPCA), a bio and adoptive mother of six, and former foster parent for Alamance County Department of Social Services. She also holds the title of Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner from the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development, a program of the Department of Psychology at the TCU College of Science and Engineering in Fort Worth, Texas. As well as her formal training, Lisa brings 30 years of parenting experience, and a decade of experience in parenting the traumatized child into her counseling private practice, where she works with children, adolescents, and adults, utilizing attachment-based and cognitive behavioral approaches.


THE RELATIONSHIP MUSEUM WORKSHOP OCTOBER 18, 2018 @ 6:00PM — 8:30PM *please note that NBCC clock hours are not available for this workshop

In this fun, engaging, yet insightful writing and art expression workshop participants will write 2 short scenes and create a diorama museum piece inspired by the relationships they have and the relationships they want in the future. You'll take this art home as a personalized written and visual expression of the types of human connections you find to be healthy, supportive, and reflective of who you are. 

About the Presenter: ZELDA LOCKHART holds a PhD in Expressive Art Therapies, an MA in Literature and a certificate in writing, directing and editing from the New York Film Academy. Her latest book, The Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript takes readers on the emotional, psychological and spiritual journey of utilizing personal stories to transform their lives while completing a work of fiction, memoir or poetry.


The Song of Iron and the Schizoaffective Order April 12th 6:30-8:30pm

Please join us for the presentation “The Song of Iron and the Schizoaffective Order” by artist Tripp Jarvis. The presentation is based on a series of his sculptures that chart his journey beyond the threshold of psychosis.  Through imagination, iron casting, and sculpture, Tripp builds a working paradigm and insight into the complex healing process that circles around the issues concerned with schizoaffective disorder; and that compassion, empathy, love,  and most importantly art may the best tools to assist someone who may be on this heroic journey of the imagination. There will be an art making experiential as part of the workshop, no art making experience necessary! The workshop will take place in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Artwalk featuring works by Tripp.

Group Process and Art Therapy, November 16, 2017 6:30-8:30pm

This workshop will increase participants knowledge of art therapy techniques, applications and ethical considerations in a variety of group settings. We will explore group dynamics, roles, goals, interventions, and outcomes used in school and community based art therapy groups. Specific populations that will be addressed include school-based work with exceptional children and immigrant, refugee and newcomers as well as community based art therapy groups for adults living with mental illness and older adults facing Alzheimer’s and Dementia. We encourage participants to come with questions, engage in an open dialogue and a willingness to take positive risks through making a little art of their own!

Queering Art Therapy : Serving LGBTQIA+ Communities in the South

February 22, 2018 6:30-8:30pm

Join Meg Hamilton, MA, LPC and Cassie Hamrick, MAAT, LPCA for an art-based workshop focused on providing mental health services for LGBTQIA+ communities in the Triangle. Discussion will include an introduction to diversity in gender and sexuality, an overview of gender affirming approaches to care, and a summary of the local landscape of care for LGBTQIA+ communities. Participants will leave with a better understanding of LGBTQIA+ dynamics and needs, as well as resources for providing affirming support.


Online Training Opportunities:

Burma Art Therapy Project: Journeys to a Different Landscape

Course Title: 0205 – The Burma Project: Journeys to a Different Landscape Course Description: A panel of art therapists with the Art Therapy Institute of North Carolina share their experiences of utilizing art therapy with refugees from Burma who have resettled in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Together they find creative ways in which to address the mental health needs of this population. Course Fee: $37 for American Art Therapy Association Members, $60 for nonmembers. CECs: 1.5 CECs. This course if offered through the American Art Therapy Association