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NorCATA 2021 Winter Workshop

  • 01/31/2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
  • virtual


NorCATA 2021 Winter Workshop

Art Therapy in Saudi Arabia: Art Therapy & Cultural Perspectives


Fahad Alfahed, PhD., ATR-BC

10:00am - 12:00pm PST

Workshop Description

This workshop invites participants with an interest in international art therapy to explore the historical and cultural perspectives and future directions of art therapy in Saudi Arabia. Through a combination of presentation, exercises, and discussion, the facilitator will provide participants with concepts addressing therapeutic assessments.

The workshop focuses on 1) the review of art therapy practices in Saudi Arabia, 2) the highlighted cultural considerations of art therapy assessments in Saudi Arabia from the perspective of the presenter’s clinical experience and research findings, and 3) the practical application of providing culturally based art therapy assessments.

The workshop will invite participants to engage in a discussion covering applications,  perspectives and status of art therapy as cultural research and practice, particularly in Saudi Arabia, as well as implications for cross cultural implementation. Participants will have the opportunity to exchange cultural perspectives and share their own experiences, challenges, and barriers to using cross cultural art therapy assessments in order to articulate lessons learned and explore best practices.

Materials needed for experientials

12" x 18" drawing paper

Colored pencils



Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical contexts of art therapy in Saudi Arabia that influences current practice and possible future therapeutic directions; 
  2. Outline important cultural considerations and implications of art therapy assessment in Saudi Arabia;
  3. Discuss practical ways of providing cross cultural assessment in art therapy.

Workshop Schedule




Art therapy in Saudi Arabia

      1 hour          


Art therapy Assessment    

      ½ hour


Cultural perspectives

       ½ hour


Fahad Alfahed developed an interest in art at an early time of his life. He refined his interest in art professionally by studying as an undergraduate and his first master’s degree in art education at King Saud University. While he was studying his undergraduate, he also developed an interest in art therapy and attended many workshops and trainings in Saudi Arabia. After that, Alfahed earned his master’s degree in art therapy from New York University and finished his master’s thesis on art therapy and Alzheimer’s. Subsequently, and during his PhD study, he obtained the registration and board certification from the art therapy credentials board. He finished his doctoral study at Notre Dame de Namur University and completed his dissertation on the personality, art therapy formal elements, and Beneficiaries of Mohammed Bin Naif Counseling and Care Center in Riyadh. Alfahed currently is working as an assistant professor at King Saud University and practices art therapy with various populations.

Come for the workshop, stay for our Annual Business Meeting (ABM)
Meet the new board members for 2021, participate in a brief opening ritual, a raffle, and an awards ceremony including Honorary Lifetime Member (HLM).  Much more to come!

The NorCATA Annual Business Meeting (ABM)
12:30pm - 2:00pm PST

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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