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NorCATA 2020 Fall Workshop

  • 11/21/2020
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC-08:00)
  • virtual


Phototherapy, Therapeutic Photography, and Photo-Based Research

Sarah E. Kremer, Ph.D., LPCC, ATR-BC

Saturday, November 21, 2020

1:00 – 4:00 pm


Explore phototherapy and therapeutic photography through traditional and more recent digital processes in art therapy and other therapeutic applications, as well as photo-based research, in this workshop. Several of many applications to using photography in therapeutic treatment include being catalysts to deepen insight and enhance communication during therapy in ways not possible using words alone (Weiser, 1999); to reduce or relieve painful psychological symptoms and to facilitate psychological growth and therapeutic change (Gibson, 2018); and to aid in memory, promote the development of positive relationships, offer a means to communicate what is important, and support the process of change (Craig, 2009). Examples of clinical work with photo-based techniques as self-exploration, therapeutic photography, and phototherapy will be shared to enhance any counselor’s or therapist’s practice with a variety of populations, including a project that engaged three groups – adolescents, adult providers, and community members promoting suicide prevention – in a creative self-portraiture photographic process designed to bring awareness to the neurodevelopmental implications for this critical age. Participants will engage in three experientials involving photography and mindfulness. Finally, the workshop will focus on photo-based research’s strength to explore topics not able to be researched in more traditional ways, as highlighted in a doctoral dissertation.

Materials needed for experientials

  • Digital camera (phone camera) 
  • In-camera editing tools
  • Digital editing apps described in workshop (optional)

Learning Objectives

  1. Articulate a definition of phototherapy and therapeutic photography and explain how to integrate three photo-based techniques with a variety of populations and settings in their existing therapeutic practices
  2. Practice three different therapeutic applications using photography in printed and digital forms that involve the experience of their own internal process of contemplation, attention, and awareness and the external world that can be applied in healing practices
  3. Identify at least three photo-based visual research methodologies that can be used to enhance understanding of client/ community work


Sarah Kremer, Ph.D., LPCC, ATR-BC, believes passionately in the power of art and supportive relationships to heal and grow and provides support, teaching, and training based on her foundational belief of building resilience in young people and the adults around them. She has a Master’s in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sarah is adjunct faculty in Notre Dame de Namur University’s Art Therapy Psychology where she completed a doctoral degree in art therapy. As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Board-Certified art therapist, and SoulCollage® facilitator, she has worked with adolescents in mental health and community settings for the past 27 years. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for First Exposures, a nonprofit photography-based youth mentoring program in San Francisco.

Cancellation & Refund Policy
 in cases of non-attendance by the registrant.


This workshop is three hours long without a break and 3 CE hours can be obtained.  Please note that breaks and meal breaks are not included in CE hours that can be obtained.

All workshops and conferences sponsored by NorCATA are accepted for continuing education by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). NorCATA has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP 6832). Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

All courses meet the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit (TBD) for Registered and Board Certified Art Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Educational Psychologists, and Other Mental Health Professionals as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  NorCATA is approved by the California Association for Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT provider number 57985) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. NorCATA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Activities such as breaks, meals, and/or casual receptions are not offered for continuing education credit.

It is each participant's responsibility to determine whether her or his licensing or credentialing body will accept the continuing education units earned at NorCATA's workshops and conferences.  NorCATA continuing education is defined as the number of actual clock hours spent in direct participation in a structured educational format as a learner. ​

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