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Creative Journal Expressive Arts (CJEA)
Training & Certification

Since 1998, Dr. Lucia Capacchione and Dr. Marsha Nelson have trained and certified professionals in a year-long program, Creative Journal Expressive Arts.


Instructor: Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R., R.E.A.T.

A program for certification to teach and coach others using Dr. Capacchione's CREATIVE JOURNAL EXPRESSIVE ARTS METHOD. Completion enables professionals to apply and integrate Dr. Capacchione's methods in their on-going work or to create an adjunct practice in coaching, teaching and group leadership in the Method.

The Level One training is a work/study program to be completed in one year. Level Two intensives are offered in advanced theory and techniques for certified instructors who have graduated from Level One. Continuing Education Units are available through this training for therapists.

Field Supervisor: Marsha Nelson, Ph.D.

Field supervision includes reading assignments, marketing and project coaching with Dr. Nelson, and personal mentoring with a CJEA certified instructor.

Fee schedule for complete training (in U.S. funds)

Non-refundable deposit (registration/adm. fee)
Two week long Intensives (includes art materials)
includes: One Introductory Intensive at beginning ($1500) and
One Final Intensive at end of year ($1300)
Room, Board and Transportation - not included in fee
Guided Assisting Fee
Assist at Dr. Capacchione's workshops (45 hours total)
Field work Supervision:
Consists of assignments under the direction of Dr. Marsha Nelson, field supervisor. These include reading, reports, planning and marketing workshops, and other applications of CJEA methods. Towards the end of the trainees year a certified supervisor observes a workshop in progress. A case study and timeline of the trainees accomplishments during the year are also required.
PAYMENT - Each module of program is paid for at time it is taken. Field work supervision fees are paid in quarterly installments.

Program includes:

  •  interview with Dr. Capacchione
  •  2 week-long training intensives (1 week at start and 1 at end of program)
  •  45 hours of assisting at Dr. Capacchione's public workshops
  •  ongoing personal growth work using Creative Journal Expressive Arts process
  •  field work supervised by Dr. Marsha Nelson
  •  certified trainer visit to observe trainee's field work
  •  case study/documentation of field work

Areas of study during the intensives include:

  •  Creative Journal methodology and techniques
  •  Applications of the method in education and all areas of health care
  •  Expressive Arts as medicine, Body/Mind work
  •  Inner Child/Inner Family work originated by Dr. Capacchione
  •  Multi-media exploration in movement, sound, music, drama, Voice Dialogue, visual art, sculpture, poetry, collage and more
  •  Integration of Expressive Arts Therapy with other modalities
  •  Meditation and spiritual practice techniques
  •  Visioning®
  •  Business and marketing for professionals

Trainees are being prepared to apply the method in areas of their choice, such as:

  •  private therapy and counseling, especially for survivors of abuse
  •  public school systems (kindergarten through college)
  •  training and in-service programs for health care professionals
  •  stress management seminars
  •  programs for senior citizens
  •  classes in art, writing and creativity and graduate school courses
  •  spiritual retreat centers and conferences for spiritual directors
  •  hospitals, recovery clinics and mental health facilities
  •  support groups for persons with life threatening illnesses
  •  prisons and rehabilitation centers
  •  job outplacement and career counseling centers
  •  corporations and other institutions

Dr. Capacchione's work is being used in many countries. Her books have been translated into Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Hebrew.

Requirements for application:

Bachelor's degree (or the equivalent in life and work experience). Exceptions made on an individual basis. Professional experience as a therapist, nurse, physician, health care practitioner, body worker, career counselor, spiritual director, addictions or recovery counselor, arts educator, teacher, corporate/organizational trainer or other helping professional. Commitment to one's own personal growth using Creative Journal Expressive Arts Methods. Dedication to sharing this method with others on a professional basis in one-on-one or group work.

South Texas

For more information about training contact:

Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D. Director
CJEA Training Program
(805) 546-1424
California USA

Marsha Nelson, Ph.D. Supervisor
CJEA Training Program
(956) 383-6045
Texas USA