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Harmony of Expression: Exploring Social and Emotional Development in Middle Childhood Through Expressive Art Approaches

April 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

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About This Webinar

This webinar weaves together foundations of social emotional development during middle childhood (6-12 years old) and the role of expressive art in nurturing their overall development, particularly within the context of transitions, grief, and loss. Presenters will focus on the principles, foundations, and evidence-base of expressive art approaches, including techniques for fostering self-awareness, empathy, and interpersonal skills. Participants will also discover how art-based methods facilitate self-expression and communication and how those methods can be applied even by those with limited background in art therapy.

Learning Objectives:

In this webinar we will:
1. Identify at least one social and emotional challenge faced by individuals during middle childhood (6-12 years old) relating to issues of transition, grief, and loss.
2. Gain an introductory understanding of the potential of artistic expression to support youth social and emotional development.
3. Describe at least one principle of art-based work and its effectiveness in addressing emotional regulation, identity formation, and relational dynamics.
4. Understand the foundational principles and actively explore at least one form of art-based medium as a tool for processing and expressing emotions with working with young people.


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Dr. Kevin Tan

Dr. Kevin Tan brings over six years of hands-on experience as a school social worker to his current role in academia. His research centers on enhancing social-emotional learning across K-12 populations. Dr. Tan collaborates closely with parents, educators, and school administrators to promote youth identity, agency, and a sense of belonging in support of positive youth development.

Ms. Felicia Li, presenter, an Asian woman sitting on a couch smiling wearing a navy dress

Felicia Li, MSW, LCSW

Felicia Li is a licensed clinical social worker with two decades of clinical experience spanning diverse populations. Her direct service experience with children and youth at an urban residential mental health facility sparked her realization of the transformative power of engaging young individuals through the creative process. Specializing in Expressive Arts Therapy, Felicia is passionate about its ability to facilitate emotional exploration beyond verbal communication, catering to individuals of all artistic levels.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

Continuing Education
  • Certified Family Life Educators: An application to provide 1.5 Continuing Education Credits for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) program from the National Council on Family Relations has been submitted.
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Professionals: An application to provide 1.5 CE Credits towards CFCS from the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences has been submitted.
  • Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists:  An application to provide 1.5 CE credits for Social Work, LPCs, and LMFTs from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work has been submitted. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK
  • Certificate of attendance

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April 18
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
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Webinar ID: 8369 2357 839
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