International Certification Online

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International Certification Online

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Art4Healing® International Certification Online Program

We are proud to offer the only globally recognized Art4Healing® Certification, exclusively available online

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We highly recommend you read the frequently asked questions and watch the introductory videos before applying. If you’re familiar with the program, jump straight to the application now!

Last minute questions?

We will review your application within 48 business hours (Pacific Time). If you are accepted, you will have 30 days to enroll and provide payment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Art4Healing® International Certificate Program?

Students will experience and complete Art4Healing® workshops and assignments through an online platform within a timeline of 9 months (or less). In addition to completing these assignments, students will be required to record and submit videos of themselves facilitating full workshops. These assignments will culminate in a final paper which will discuss the student’s experience with Art4Healing® and future plans.

As additional support, students will be matched with an Art4Healing® Coach who will answer questions and review his/her assignments and facilitated workshops. All students will have a total of 9 hours (via 6 virtual meetings) with his/her Art4Healing® Coach.

Where is the International Certification offered?

Our Art4Healing® International Certificate Program has been offered in and completed by students from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, England, and the United States. However, we’ve had worldwide interest! In practicality, you can participate anywhere you have a high-speed Internet connection. Currently, our Art4Healing® International Certificate Program curriculum is offered in English and requires individuals to speak and write fluently in English.

What is the Art4Healing® Method?

Our Art4Healing® curriculum contains strictly guided exercises, rather than loosely formatted art sessions. These exercises are specially designed to elicit emotional responses. In a group setting through abstract painting, participants leave encouraged, with enhanced clarity and insight. Want to know more?

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How long does the International Certification take to complete?

Students have 9 months to complete all assignments and requirements, however, students (along with their assigned Art4Healing® Coach) will be able to personalize their own schedules for completing each assignment.

How is this different from the Art4Healing® Brandman Certificate?

The Art4Healing® International Certificate Program is in no way associated with Brandman University. This international certification is solely certified by Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc., and therefore, does not include University credits.

This international certificate differs from the Art4Healing® Brandman Certificate due to the more extensive curriculum and is intended for prospective students to complete Art4Healing® Certification through web-based services. The Art4Healing® Brandman Certificate Program is only available in our studio in Laguna Hills, CA.

Do I need an art background or art degree to apply?

Prospective students do not need an art background or an art degree to apply. We certify counselors, teachers, therapists, medical professionals, artists, and others who help children and adults suffering from abuse, illness, grief or stress in the Art4Healing® method.

Are there any prerequisites?

While there are no course prerequisites for this certification, there are technical requirements for participants since this program is entirely web-based.

Each prospective student is required to have access to:

  • A desktop or laptop with Internet capabilities
  • A webcam and microphone set-up for virtual meetings (if your desktop or laptop includes this, you do not need additional equipment)
  • A video-recording device, such as a cell-phone or camera (Students will need to video record themselves to complete two practicum assignments. Each video file recorded will need at least 5 GB of space on your device)
  • A Google Account

In addition, please be aware that each participant is required to sign a training agreement and a photography and video waiver before participating in any certification activities. If you are unable to complete these prerequisites, your application may be denied.

Who provides the training?

Laurie Zagon, the founder of Art and Creativity for Healing, Inc., has designed the entire curriculum and provides training through her online instructional videos. Each student is also assigned a highly qualified Art4Healing® Coach to provide additional virtual support throughout his/her training.

All Art4Healing Coaches are certified facilitators with 2 years of experience or more. They currently work as facilitators for Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. at our various partner agencies and serve the following demographics: veterans, victims of domestic violence, children and families suffering from homelessness, at-risk teens, and senior citizens.

Where can I use the International Certification?

Graduates can use the Art4Healing® method in any setting where participants can benefit from emotional healing. These settings include (but are not limited to) places such as hospitals, schools, homeless shelters, mental health facilities, veteran facilities, senior citizen centers, etc. You will be using the Art4Healing method as a supplement to your own unique program or in addition to an existing program.

How much does it cost?

The tuition fee for the Art4Healing® International Certificate Program is $2,500 per individual. You will also be responsible for purchasing your own art materials.

What do Participants say?

Here are a few testimonials from our International Certificate Program Graduates and Coaches. Hear first-hand how the Program affected them!

On what’s next

"I am excited to share this process with others. I have big dreams of taking this out to my world! There are so many people who can benefit from this method."

Jocelyn Friis - International Certification Program Graduate

2018-07-15T18:43:41-07:00

Jocelyn Friis - International Certification Program Graduate

"I am excited to share this process with others. I have big dreams of taking this out to my world! There are so many people who can benefit from this method."

On the structure of the methodology

"Offering this to those who are homeless, that do not have access to materials or space to create art, has a lot of meaning to me. I do firmly believe that the Art4Healing methodology will provide a more structured program with more specific end results, and therefore, be more therapeutic for my whomever my participants are."

Brian Olson - International Certification Program Graduate

2019-05-13T14:54:43-07:00

Brian Olson - International Certification Program Graduate

"Offering this to those who are homeless, that do not have access to materials or space to create art, has a lot of meaning to me. I do firmly believe that the Art4Healing methodology will provide a more structured program with more specific end results, and therefore, be more therapeutic for my whomever my participants are."

On her personal experience

"My overall impression of the Art4Healing program was fantastic. I believe the organization is staffed with talented individuals who are passionate about what they do. The classes are carefully guided and organized in a structured way, which allows the various exercises and artwork to flow in a natural and harmonious way."

Anny Zachariadou - International Certification Program Graduate

2019-05-13T15:02:07-07:00

Anny Zachariadou - International Certification Program Graduate

"My overall impression of the Art4Healing program was fantastic. I believe the organization is staffed with talented individuals who are passionate about what they do. The classes are carefully guided and organized in a structured way, which allows the various exercises and artwork to flow in a natural and harmonious way."

On distance

"Being able to participate through the online format meant my location in New Zealand was not a hindrance, as is often the case. I had been eyeing out ACFH for a long time but was unable to take the certification due to my location, so I was very excited to see the online development. As I work part-time, it also suited me in that I was free to choose when to complete the assignments."

Jocelyn Friis - International Certification Program Graduate

2018-07-15T18:39:30-07:00

Jocelyn Friis - International Certification Program Graduate

"Being able to participate through the online format meant my location in New Zealand was not a hindrance, as is often the case. I had been eyeing out ACFH for a long time but was unable to take the certification due to my location, so I was very excited to see the online development. As I work part-time, it also suited me in that I was free to choose when to complete the assignments."

On her personal experience

"This has been quite a journey. It has been both deep and healing, freeing and liberating. I am totally sold on how painting is a healthy way to express what would otherwise be damagingly trapped inside of us.

To see the feelings right there on the canvas before me was healing in itself. Using paint in this way always felt safe to me. Many of the exercises helped me gain perspective on situations. I learned what is of real value to me, I found space to reflect, to step back and look at the big picture of life. It gave me an awareness and a reminder to enjoy the moment."

Jocelyn Friis - International Certification Program Graduate

2018-07-15T18:42:26-07:00

Jocelyn Friis - International Certification Program Graduate

"This has been quite a journey. It has been both deep and healing, freeing and liberating. I am totally sold on how painting is a healthy way to express what would otherwise be damagingly trapped inside of us. To see the feelings right there on the canvas before me was healing in itself. Using paint in this way always felt safe to me. Many of the exercises helped me gain perspective on situations. I learned what is of real value to me, I found space to reflect, to step back and look at the big picture of life. It gave me an awareness and a reminder to enjoy the moment."

From Coach Randi

"I thought this provided an excellent option for people who need distance learning. Being able to view the paintings online and discuss them worked great for providing feedback and guidance!"

Coach Randi - International Certification Program Coach

2019-05-13T14:58:32-07:00

Coach Randi - International Certification Program Coach

"I thought this provided an excellent option for people who need distance learning. Being able to view the paintings online and discuss them worked great for providing feedback and guidance!"

On how Art for Healing has re-ignited his creativity

"As I near completion of the Art4Healing certification program, I’m amazed at how far I’ve come in so little time. I definitely struggle with the Committee in the Head syndrome and have so since my 7th-grade teacher knocked the creativity wind right out of me by giving me my first “D” grade. I felt defeated and since then, I have really stayed clear of any situations that relied on me tapping into my creative side. I feel that the Art4Healing curriculum has helped me to silence the “Committee”, and who knows what creative opportunities await me!"

Brian Olson - International Certification Program Graduate

2019-05-13T14:52:28-07:00

Brian Olson - International Certification Program Graduate

"As I near completion of the Art4Healing certification program, I’m amazed at how far I’ve come in so little time. I definitely struggle with the Committee in the Head syndrome and have so since my 7th-grade teacher knocked the creativity wind right out of me by giving me my first “D” grade. I felt defeated and since then, I have really stayed clear of any situations that relied on me tapping into my creative side. I feel that the Art4Healing curriculum has helped me to silence the “Committee”, and who knows what creative opportunities await me!"

From Coach Eve

"I'm just thrilled to see how this has worked! I loved reviewing my student's practicum and seeing her apply everything she learned. It's an amazing program; it's very well designed, easy to follow along and though student and teacher are far from each other, communication felt seamless."

Coach Eve - International Certirfication Program Coach

2019-05-13T14:57:34-07:00

Coach Eve - International Certirfication Program Coach

"I'm just thrilled to see how this has worked! I loved reviewing my student's practicum and seeing her apply everything she learned. It's an amazing program; it's very well designed, easy to follow along and though student and teacher are far from each other, communication felt seamless."

On the curriculum & exercises

"Personally, doing each exercise myself gave me a clear insight into what was being asked and I was continually amazed at the unexpected artwork (and revelations) that resulted. Even on the workshops that I didn’t think had any relevancy to me, I still found them to be enlightening and there was always something I learned about myself or the process."

Jocelyn Friis - International Certification Program Graduate

2018-07-15T18:40:38-07:00

Jocelyn Friis - International Certification Program Graduate

"Personally, doing each exercise myself gave me a clear insight into what was being asked and I was continually amazed at the unexpected artwork (and revelations) that resulted. Even on the workshops that I didn’t think had any relevancy to me, I still found them to be enlightening and there was always something I learned about myself or the process."

On the Art4Healing® Method

"I can’t remember when it was exactly, but early on in the curriculum, I had an “ah ha” moment, when I really think I understood the main gist of what is critical for any participant to understand to fully appreciate and benefit from a workshop, and crucial to understanding as a facilitator. The Art4Healing methodology asks that participants focus on the process, rather than the final product…. At first, this was difficult for me.

I think as children, we are quickly emphasized that when painting, coloring, etc, it’s important to stay in the lines. It’s important that you have correct shading. It’s important that your images mirror reality. But realism artwork is only one type of artwork, and I found abstract art to be much more enjoyable. Letting go of what I wanted the artwork to end up looking like did not come easy at first, but once I gave into the process and let go of my expectations, I really started to enjoy the process and respond more spontaneously to the instructions."

Brian Olson - International Certification Program Graduate

2019-05-13T14:53:30-07:00

Brian Olson - International Certification Program Graduate

"I can’t remember when it was exactly, but early on in the curriculum, I had an “ah ha” moment, when I really think I understood the main gist of what is critical for any participant to understand to fully appreciate and benefit from a workshop, and crucial to understanding as a facilitator. The Art4Healing methodology asks that participants focus on the process, rather than the final product…. At first, this was difficult for me. I think as children, we are quickly emphasized that when painting, coloring, etc, it’s important to stay in the lines. It’s important that you have correct shading. It’s important that your images mirror reality. But realism artwork is only one type of artwork, and I found abstract art to be much more enjoyable. Letting go of what I wanted the artwork to end up looking like did not come easy at first, but once I gave into the process and let go of my expectations, I really started to enjoy the process and respond more spontaneously to the instructions."

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If you are interested in pursuing the Art4Healing® International Certification Program, please read through the FAQs Sheet:

Once you have read the FAQs Sheet, you can apply by filling out an application:

We will review your application within 48 business hours (Pacific Time). If you are accepted, you will have 30 days to enroll and provide payment.

Participant Gallery

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