Continuing Education – Art Therapy Intensive

About the Training

Join Board Certified Art Therapists Alison McQueen and Michael Franklin in Boulder, Colorado for a four day Art Therapy Intensive for Psychedelic Therapists and Guides. This intensive will provide a combination of art experientials and theoretical learning as well as two Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy group experiences.

Lecture topics include:

  • The role of art in various stages of psychedelic therapy (intake/early assessment, preparation, during medicine sessions, integration)
  • Therapeutic qualities and properties of art materials and art processes
  • Understanding product, process, and the relationship between the two
  • Understanding visual communication: giving feelings form through art materials and processes
  • How to look at art with your clients
  • Isomorphism
  • The language of symbols, metaphor and imaginal dialogue

Who can attend this training:

  • Psychotherapists and established helping professionals (such as ministers, coaches, hypnotherapists, etc.)
  • Non-licensed professionals who have completed Psychedelic Guide Training
  • Graduate students in the field of psychotherapy

No previous art training is necessary; all levels are welcome. Participants must have a willingness and commitment to explore their own artist identity. Note: Consuming cannabis during the intensive is recommended but not required.

You’ll leave this training with:

  • Numerous ideas for incorporating art exercises into preparation and integration with psychedelic therapy clients
  • Renewed connection with your creative self
  • Confidence in working with materials and creative processes as an outlet of expression and tool for deepening medicine processes 
  • Tools for deepening psychedelic work through art practices

This course is informational and experiential in nature and offers a beginning understanding of what is involved in applying this work. Further training may be required to practice professionally using the skills with paying clients. It is meant to complement other trainings in our program and other professional identities and is not meant to be a complete psychedelic guide training program or art therapy training program on its own. 

Schedule & Location

Four full days with online integration sessions.

Dates TBD


Need-based and Diversity Scholarships Available

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Alison McQueen, MA, LPC, ATR-BC

Clinical Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness

Alison McQueen served as a Sub-Investigator and Psychotherapist in the MAPS Phase 2 trials treating PTSD with MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy, and was trained by the Ketamine Training Center in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy. She practices as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist, specializing in Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy, trauma and depth work, and conscious parenting. Alison identifies as a BIPOC and LGBTQI+ ally and is committed to the path of conscious and feminist leadership.

Michael Franklin

Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC

Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC, is a practicing art therapist, professor, and past chair of the graduate Transpersonal Art Therapy program at Naropa University. Prior to this academic appointment, he chaired the art therapy programs at the College of St. Teresa and Bowling Green State University. Michael is an international lecturer, workshop leader and researcher publishing over 30 papers on numerous subjects. The American Art Therapy Association recognized his work with the Distinguished Educator Award and Distinguished Service Award. Current research integrates the intersections between art-based empathic/compassionate methods, social engagement, yoga philosophy, meditation and studio art/therapy. He is the author of: Art as Contemplative Practice: Expressive Pathways to the Self with SUNY Press. (see