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NorCATA 2020 Winter Workshop

  • 01/26/2020
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
  • FORT MASON, 2 Marina Blvd Building C, Room 235, San Francisco, CA 94123
  • 15


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Enriched Environments for Baby Boomers

with Jen Mank, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC

Dr. Mank will present findings from her qualitative research project involving members of the Baby Boom cohort and art journaling.  A 10-week protocol,  designed to reduce stress and activate specific areas of the brain, will be discussed with three of the directives utilized in the workshop.

Workshop Description

The Baby Boomer generation is experiencing ever increasing responsibilities and stress as caregivers within multigenerational families.  Successful aging requires supportive environments in which to identify and develop creative coping strategies to combat stress. The expressive arts provide opportunities to stimulate and engage cognitive processes, activate physical movement and facilitate social engagement, which are key components in developing enriched environments.  This workshop will provide a summary of data from a qualitative research project that designed and tested an art-based protocol intended to reduce stress and build social relationships through the development of enriched environments.


Attendees, including Art Therapists, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers and Psychologists will gain the ability to:

  1. Identify three (3) components of an enriched environment

  2. List three (3) expressive arts directives designed to facilitate an enriched environment 

  3. List three (3) stress reduction techniques that have shown positive results in the Baby Boomer generation


Jen Mank, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC is a registered and board certified art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist who currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her clinical experience includes working with individuals with serious and chronic mental illness and with elders in order to provide creative approaches to living a fulfilling and rewarding life.  Jen received a BS in art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS in art therapy from Mt. Mary University. In 2019, she received her Ph.D. in art therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University.  Jen continues to focus upon how art and creativity contribute to successful aging. 

Please note that registration starts at 12:30pm.  Workshop starts at 1pm.   Please be on time, thanks!

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


This workshop is three hours long without a break and 3 CE Units can be obtained.  Note that breaks and meal breaks are not included in CE units able to 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 ____ 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. ​

While you're at Fort Mason Center:

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Visit the year-round farmers' market in the center's parking lot 9:30 - 1:30.
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