IMG_9111Caring for Self

A Self-Care Workshop for Therapists &

Those in Helping Professions

10am-4pm Toronto


College of Registered Psychotherapists competencies addressed:

1.4 Integrate awareness of self in relation to professional role

3.3 Maintain self-care and level of health necessary for responsible therapy

4.3 Apply safe and effective use of self in the therapeutic relationship.



In the helping profession it is easy to get lost in the flow of helping others at the risk of overlooking or putting our own feelings on the back burner.

We may feel such a strong need to guide and sometimes rescue our clients and patients that we overlook the toll it takes on our own mental health.  In this workshop we will explore the many ways that art can help us stay centered, maintain healthy boundaries, and prevent compassion fatigue.

An important part of caring for others is making sure we care for ourselves otherwise we will not have the energy and compassion to serve others. Self-care can be so under valued: when we say we are taking time for ourselves, whether taking time off or giving ourselves a special retreat, often it falls short of the amount of self-care that we actually need to be investing in Self.

In order to help others we need to help ourselves first. Self-care needs to be a regular practice rather than an after thought that happens when we are already burnt out. Regular doses of Caring for Self is essential to maintaining mental health and stability.

Come learn creative ways to implement a regular self-care practice!

Participants will utilize mindfulness based practices and positive psychology via art making to establish a sustainable self-care practice.  This is an experiential based workshop with some didactic learning components.  There will be opportunities to make several 3-D art projects for your self-care toolkit.  No art experience needed. All materials provided. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.


Discover ways to honour your self and refuel.

Key Learning points/Learning objectives:

  • Understand the impact of client’s narratives on the helper;
  • Learn ways to debrief using art after difficult sessions/appointments/day;
  • Experience self care through art making and engagement;
  • Develop a sustainable creative self-care practice.

Petrea Hansen-Adamidis DTATI, RCAT, RP is a Registered Art Psychotherapist, who has worked in the field of art therapy for over 20 years. For the past 15 years she has worked as an Expressive Arts Therapist at The Sick Kids Community Mental Health Center, formerly The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, a children’s mental health, treatment, teaching and research centre. Petrea serves individual and parent child dyads, specializing in trauma assessments and treatment. Petrea is also an art therapy supervisor and is on faculty at The Toronto Art Therapy Institute.

When:  2019 Date TBA Toronto

Location: Near Donlands and Danforth, Art Home Studio. Toronto,




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