Since 1998, Dr. Lucia Capacchione and Dr. Marsha Nelson have conducted programs for professionals with a year-long work-study curriculum, Creative Journal Expressive Arts (CJEA) Training & Certification.

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

Marsha Nelson
Ph.D.Field Supervisor

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. Visioning® Coaching Training is a post-graduate program offered annually to Certified CJEA Practitioners. For more information about Visioning® Coaching, please visit: and

Continuing Education Units are available for all of these training programs.

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

Program Curriculum

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
Supervision of trainee’s field work
Monthly group phone conferences conducted by Dr. Capacchione
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
Business and marketing for professionals

Areas of Application

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 20 languages, including Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Farsi, Turkish and Hebrew.

Requirements for Admission

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.

Fee Schedule for C.J.E.A. Training (US funds)

Tuition fees only listed below.
(Room, board and transportation not included in fee)
Fees paid in installments
Non-refundable registration/administrative fee: $220 USD
Two week long Intensives (includes art materials) Location: Templeton, CA USA
Introductory Intensive at beginning of training: $1850
Final Intensive at end of year: $1300

Guided Assisting

Assist at workshops conducted by Dr. Capacchione, Dr. Nelson or other master teacher (4 days): $440
Field work Supervision: $1,435 (paid in quarterly installments)
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 trainee’s year a certified supervisor observes a workshop in progress. A case study and timeline of the trainee’s 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.

For more information about training contact:

Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R.
P.O. Box 1355
Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 546-1424

Annual Intensive October 26 – November 1, 2019
Dancing Deer Farm, Templeton, CA