of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
                   serving the Coachella Valley since 2001.
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Chapter Events


Upcoming events

    • Fri, August 17, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • RAP Foundation

    Art Therapy With Children

    Presented by: Chaundra Prehara, LMFT

    August 17, 2018  9:30 - 12:30

    RAP Foundation
    41550 Eclectic St, Room 103
    Palm Desert, CA 92260

    3 CEU’s Available

    Light Refreshments Provided

    Pre-Registration Prices:

    CAMFT Licensed Members/Guests




    Non-Licensed & Guests


    Please register by August 14, 2018 for pre-registration prices

    At-the-Door Prices:

    CAMFT Licensed Members/Guests




    Non-Licensed & Guests


    Course Description:

    Art therapy uses the creative process of art to improve and enhance ones physical, mental and emotional well-being. An art therapy approach has been shown to be well suited for working with children because it affords great expression for things for which children have no language or are unable to say aloud, and assists in assessment, diagnosis and healing while being enjoyable (therefore more welcoming to and engaging for the child/children). This workshop will provide a glimpse into the various benefits of art therapy, educate on how to use an art therapy approach when working with children, and specifically provide instruction on how to use drawings to enhance the
    assessment and therapeutic process.  The use of drawings will be focused on as
    drawings offer ease of administration, a structured approach to assessment and
    therapeutic encounters, and lessen the opportunities for regressive actions. No formal training in the use of creative media is required for this workshop.


    1. Participants will learn about the various benefits of art therapy.
    2. Participants will learn about the specific benefits of using art therapy with children.
    3. Participants will learn how to use drawings for assessment with children.
    4. Participants will learn common metaphors, symbols and patterns in children’s
    5. Participants will learn how to use art directives and drawings to enhance treatment
    6. Participants will experience one (or more, time permitting) projective drawing activity.


    1. To learn about the modality of art therapy.
    2. To learn how art therapy specifically benefits children.
    3. To learn how to use drawings as “clinical tools” in the diagnostic and therapeutic processes with children.


    Chaundra Prehara, LMFT earned her Master’s in art and counseling therapy at Notre Dame de Namur University in the 1990’s. She has practiced art and counseling therapy for 20 years in many diverse settings: the YMCA Youth Service Bureau in San Francisco, the Pacifica school district, Women’s Recovery Association (residential drug and alcohol recovery for women and children), Mercy High School (private parochial school) and her Northern California private practice.  She is currently a clinical and art psychotherapist in private practice in Palm Desert, CA.

    This course meets the qualifications for three (3) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Completion certificates will be awarded for full attendance of the event. 
    Course evaluations are required to obtain the completion certificate.

    The Desert Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (Provider #62275) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs.  The Desert Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for the course and its content.

    [This venue is ADA acceptable.  
    If you have any special needs, please call 760-346-4606
     at least 7 days prior to the event.]

    The Desert Chapter’s Refund, Grievance and ADA Policies are described under Events on the Chapter website at www.desert-camft.org. 

Past events

Wed, May 23, 2018 Using Psychological Evaluation to Promote Growth and Maximize Potential: A Workshop Using Psychological Evaluation to Promote Growth and Maximize Potential: A Workshop
Fri, May 04, 2018 Spring Social Event
Tue, April 17, 2018 Cannabis Workshop
Fri, March 09, 2018 Road to Licensure 41550 Eclectic St. Palm Desert, CA 92260
Fri, February 23, 2018 "Dr. Marsha Linehan's Dialectical Behavior Therapy"
Fri, December 15, 2017 December 2017 Social
Fri, November 17, 2017 Bi-Polar Workshop
Fri, October 13, 2017 Power Down & Parent Up: Screen Dependence and Raising Tech-Healthy Children
Fri, July 07, 2017 July Networking Social
Fri, June 16, 2017 Law and Ethics with Michael Griffin from CAMFT
Fri, May 19, 2017 State of Recovery in Coachella Valley - A No Charge Event
Sat, February 25, 2017 An Introduction to Biofeedback
Fri, December 02, 2016 Holiday Networking Social
Sat, November 19, 2016 The 3000 Club Presents: The Road to Licensure
Fri, November 04, 2016 Sexual Health in the Coachella Valley
Fri, September 16, 2016 Engaging Clinicians in the Steps and Stages of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Sat, August 06, 2016 The 3000 Club Presents: The Basics of TF-CBT - The Who, What, and How of Trauma Focused Evidence-Based Treatment
Fri, July 22, 2016 July Networking Social
Fri, June 17, 2016 “The Psychotherapist as a Creator of Outcomes!” with David Jensen
Fri, April 22, 2016 Spring Networking Social
Fri, March 25, 2016 CANCELLED - The 3000 Club - March Potluck Social
Fri, March 18, 2016 WHY YOU BURN OUT: The Open Door Dinner Lecture Series
Sat, February 27, 2016 The 3000 Club - Winter Workshop - "The Therapist's Toolbox"
Fri, January 29, 2016 *** First Networking Social for 2016 ***
Fri, December 04, 2015 ICD-10 Workshop
Fri, October 09, 2015 Jirvana Workshop
Sat, October 03, 2015 **CANCELLED** - 3000 Club Workshop: Workplace Options Panel Discussion
Fri, September 18, 2015 3000 Club Networking and Social Potluck
Thu, September 10, 2015 Breaking the Link Between Trauma and Addiction through Advanced Mindfulness Techniques”
Fri, July 10, 2015 Summer Networking Social
Sat, June 20, 2015 "Road to Licensure"
Fri, April 17, 2015 DSM-5 Workshop with Garry Raley
Thu, March 19, 2015 Resilience and Compassion Fatigue
Fri, February 06, 2015 Therapy Business Breakthrough by Casey Truffo
Wed, January 14, 2015 Compassionate Attentiveness by Saleem Noorali, LCSW
Mon, December 08, 2014 Eating Disorders by Dr. Heather Gaedt
Wed, December 03, 2014 Desert CAMFT Holiday Social
Mon, November 10, 2014 DBT by Beth Freimuth
Thu, October 09, 2014 Terry Gatewood: Sexual Addiction 101
Fri, August 15, 2014 "Psychodrama and Experiential Therapy"
Fri, June 27, 2014 Law and Ethics: What the Law Expects from Me? Part IV
Tue, May 13, 2014 “Feelings? What are they and how do we deal with them” with Carol Teitelbaum, LMFT
Thu, May 01, 2014 CAMFT 50th Anniversary The Gold Standard: Integrating Mental Health and Community
Sat, March 29, 2014 “Off The Rollercoaster, Seven Steps to Help Gamblers and their Families Build Trust and Stability”
Wed, January 29, 2014 2014 Desert CAMFT Board Installation
Tue, January 28, 2014 Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Lung Cancer

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