This course empowers educators, therapists, and support staff to use art as a powerful tool for inclusion, communication, and expression. 

Creative Inclusion: Art Therapy in Special Needs Education

Madeira, Portugal

6 days

Erasmus+ KA1


Upcoming Dates

Course Summary

Join us for “Creative Inclusion: Art Therapy in Special Needs Education,” a specialized six-day course designed to integrate art therapy techniques into educational settings for students with special needs. 

This course empowers educators, therapists, and support staff to use art as a powerful tool for inclusion, communication, and expression. 

Participants will explore how art therapy can aid in breaking down barriers to learning and social interaction among students with diverse abilities. 

Through hands-on sessions, expert-led workshops, and collaborative projects, educators will learn to create supportive, expressive, and inclusive environments that cater to the unique needs of all students.

Participants will explore diverse art mediums and innovative therapeutic techniques to enhance emotional well-being and social interaction among students. 

This course will empower you to creatively support every student’s learning journey, making it an ideal learning experience for those committed to enhancing educational outcomes through the arts.

children painting art


Costs can be supported with a Key Action grant under the Erasmus+ Program. Our pricing policy follows the official regulations on transparent costs. 

Course fee: 580 euros per participant (6-day course).

What is Included?

Course Goals

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand Art Therapy Foundations: Grasp the fundamental principles of art therapy, including its history, key techniques, and its role in educational settings.
  • Develop Skills in Art-Based Interventions: Learn to design and implement effective art-based interventions that support emotional, cognitive, and social development for students with special needs.
  • Utilize Art for Inclusion and Communication: Employ art as a medium for enhancing inclusion, facilitating better communication, and understanding students’ emotions and thoughts.
  • Create Adaptive Art Programs: Tailor art programs to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities, ensuring accessibility and engagement for all participants.
  • Assess and Document Progress: Master techniques for assessing students’ progress through art therapy and maintaining records to track developmental milestones and therapeutic outcomes.
  • Foster an Inclusive Classroom Environment: Gain strategies to promote an inclusive atmosphere that encourages participation and expression across abilities.
  • Empower educators to create practical and meaningful experiences.
  • Improve technical and English language, communication and social skills.
  • Promote intercultural awareness.
  • Transfer and share core values, experiences and effective teaching practices between educators from different contexts and regions.
  • Motivate and inspire educators to contribute, through their areas of action, to building more coherent, harmonious, and sustainable societies.

Daily Program

  • Welcome Session – dinner and icebreaking
  • Meet & greet, networking – participants and staff
  • Week briefing and planning
  • Introduction to Art Therapy
  • Overview of Art Therapy – Principles and Practices
  • Understanding Special Needs – Tailoring Art Therapy to Diverse Learners
  • Techniques in Art Therapy
  • Hands-On Art Techniques – Drawing, Painting, and Sculpting
  • Digital Art Therapy Techniques – Using Technology to Enhance Creativity
  • Art Therapy for Emotional and Social Development
  • Emotional Expression Through Art – Case Studies and Activities
  • Social Skills Through Group Art Projects
  • Program Development and Implementation
  • Designing Art Therapy Programs for Schools
  • Workshop on Adaptive Tools and Materials for Inclusive Art Making
  • Methods for Assessing and Documenting Therapeutic Outcomes
  • Future Trends in Art Therapy and Special Education
  • Integration Strategies
  • Group work: presentation
  • Reflection, future cooperation, planning follow-up activities
  • Discussion and evaluation of the course
  • Learning validation and outcomes
  • Certification Ceremony


The daily schedule/ program describes likely activities but may differ based on the trainer's discretion and objectives.
Classes are scheduled for either the morning or afternoon, based on the provider's preference.
If there's a particular topic you wish to cover, please mention it no later than 1 month in advance.

  • Target Audience
    This course is designed for a wide range of educational professionals including teachers, trainers, educational and career counsellors, school psychologists, headmasters, school administrators, and staff across primary, lower-secondary, secondary schools and higher education. It also caters to professionals in training centers, adult education schools, higher education institutions, and NGOs.
  • Certification
    Participants who attend at least 80% of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
  • Additional Info
    Please note that the course may have participants from various school levels and English proficiency.
    Course Language: English
  • 2-Weeks Course
    Pair a confirmed date of this course with another confirmed course to effortlessly design a 2-week training (and enjoy a discount)! Contact us for more information.

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