Continuing Education September 27

You are invited to a

Nazareth University Workshop:

"Utilizing SoulCollage® in Therapy: An Introduction"

Date:  Friday, September 27, 2024

Time: 9 AM to 4 PM

Where: Nazareth University, Medaille Formal Lounge

Cost: Professionals $105, Students $15, Nazareth Faculty $15

Register by September 25:  Registration

Continuing Education:

6 NYS CEs available for LCATs, LMHCs, and Social Workers. 

Course Instructor:  

Diane Stratton-Smith, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT

Professor Stratton-Smith is a Registered and Board-Certified Art Therapist and licensed as a Creative Arts Therapist in New York State.  She worked ten years as an Art Therapist at Noyes Mental Health and Wellness in Dansville NY and is an adjunct professor supervising in the York Art Therapy Clinic at Nazareth University.  Diane has presented her research on the national level.  Additionally, she is certified as a trained SoulCollage® Facilitator.  Diane enjoys sharing the power and process of art therapy with students and clients of many ages and her work is informed by interpersonal neurobiology and how the creative process enhances powerfully restorative neural pathways.  Diane's clinical work experiences encompasses individual and group work, with expertise in transitions (child, adolescent and adult), stress management, loss and grief, trauma, LGBT issues, substance recovery, women's wellness, chronic illness and end of life.  Her wealth of experience in art includes drawing, painting, fiber arts and weaving, wood-block carving and printing, clay-work, leatherwork, sculpting and carving, and collage.

Course Description:

This hands-on workshop provides an introduction and overview of the SoulCollage® process and its application to therapeutic practice.  It is a "perfect fit" process and tool to enhance efficacy with multiple therapeutic applications and populations.  The method was developed by Seena Frost beginning in 1989 and expanded on in her two books published in 2001 and 2010.  She included concepts from G.C. Jung (Collective Unconscious, Archetypes and Active Imagination), Virginia Satir (Parts Therapy), Fritz Perls (Gestalt Therapy), Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology, Narrative Therapy and Psychosynthesis.  Incorporating artmaking, visual language, symbol interpretation, self-exploration and intuition, gestalt processing, journaling, and shadow work, SoulCollage® is a versatile and effective process for either individual or group therapy which furthers therapeutic outcomes.  Participants will be introduced to the SoulCollage® technique and will learn a variety of applications for various populations with inclusion of individual and group case examples.

Objectives: At the end of this course, participants will…

  1. Learn the SoulCollage® process through hands-on creation of their own cards, working with the cards in individual and dyad journaling, identifying suit categories, participating in guided imagery and readings and sharing in group process insights and observations.
  2. Identify four theoretical concepts inherent in the SoulCollage® process.
  3. Identify four applications of the SoulCollage® process with clinical populations/diagnoses.
  4. Learn applications for both individual and group therapy.
  5. Identify a creative arts therapy method for personal self-care within the clinical environment.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Schedule:

9 AM - 12 PM (with one break)

Introduction to SoulCollage® history and basics

Card-making (throughout workshop)

Overview of Transpersonal Cards and Suits

Therapeutic Elements

Journaling - The "I am the one who..." process

1 PM - 4PM (with one break)

Dyad Journaling - utilizing a scribe and witnessing

Guided Imagery - The Companion Suit

Card Reading - group process

Discussion - Participant observations and insights for therapeutic          applications

Review of Resources


*Please bring a bag lunch; lunch is also available in the Shults Center

Cancellation and Refund Policy:  Written cancellation must be received via email by September 25th for the full refund of the workshop fee.  Please send an email to Colleen Weldgen ( if you need to cancel. Programs may be canceled by the Nazareth University Creative Arts Therapy Department based on low attendance.  Full refunds will be issued.

Statements of Relationship:

Nazareth University is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Creative Art Therapists #CAT-0036.

Nazareth University is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors.  #MHC-0222.

Nazareth University is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #SW-0482.

APT Approved Provider # 09-251

Diane Stratton-Smith, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT

Diane Stratton-Smith, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT