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Abbe Miller, MS, ATR-BC, LPC offers clinical supervision to licensure eligible art therapists; licensed professional counselors, and other clinicians in the mental health field. 

She has been supervising both individually and in small groups for over 20 years. Supervision is an opportunity to explore ethical challenges that arise within the therapist-patient dynamic. These ethical challenges can also be learning opportunities, made visible via engagement in the depth oriented experience of El Duende Process Painting (EDPP) supervision seminar (Miller; 2012).









EDPP ART-BASED SUPERVISION: In applying this concept to supervision, the vehicle for learning becomes the supervisee's relationship to a single canvas over time. By working on the same art piece over multiple sessions, the sequential layering of art materials enables ongoing self-reflexivity through aesthetic attunement and clinical intuition. The process offers direct experience with complex reflective processing, aesthetically focused attention, and opportunities to explore multiple relationships, often activating deep layers of professional and personal identity material (Miller, 2013). The structure of the supervision is comprised of three main activities: (a) spontaneous painting, (b) complex reflective processing, and (c) aesthetically focused attention to imagery appearing in the painting that parallels the internship/clinical experience. Engagement from active imagination, feedback loops, and supervisor input informs critical reflection and learning.  

Supervision can be

long-term or in a


model (1-2 sessions).

Please contact Abbe if you are interested in clinical supervision. 

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El Duende Process Painting: Single Canvas Exploration for Reflection & Feedback

Saturday Master Classes (November 19, Virtual)
Taught Live Via Zoom by


Abbe Miller

El Duende Process Painting (EDPP) was originally developed by the speaker for use in graduate art therapy supervision seminars. Thanks to its capacity for fostering self-awareness in the here-and-now, as well as enhancing attunement, it has become used in art therapy clinical practice and clinicians' daily reflective process. What makes it rather unique as an art therapy approach is that EDPP provides continuous, ongoing art and emotional encounters on a single canvas surface versus sequential ones. This daylong master class will focus on two particular elements of the approach: layering/re-working during art making; and enhancing/expanding the experience by creating and using prompts for reflection and feedback loops. The dynamic between which images stay and which are lost during the process is explored with prompts guided by all three levels of the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC). No previous painting talent or art therapy experience is required.

Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; NASW, MFT; SWNYS, LMHC, LCAT (New York state only)

Not eligible for APT Credits

Art-Based Supervisor Training: El Duende Process Painting

Metafora, Barcelona, Spain

The Dance of Movement & Flow: El Duende Process Painting’s Cycle of Layering.”

LASALLE College, Singapore 




One-canvas process painting, inspired by the awakening of archetypal imagination accesses the healing forces of creativity (Miller, 2012).  This intensive will offer individual exploration of the ways in which creating art is a natural process for activating the archetypal imagination in service of meaning making at the deep edges.  Inspired by the duende (Lorca, 1955), artistic expression that befriends and makes room for tension and conflict, participants will be immersed in using the one-canvas process painting technique.  Guided by intermittent prompts for active imagination (Jung, 1916/58), journaling, and feedback, participants will bridge resonant awareness to authentic artistic expression.

As the awakening agent of archetypal imagination, this process painting technique makes visible the invisible presence of creative vitality.  Process painting (Gold & Oumano, 1998) focuses on image-led flow. Disparate perceptions, beliefs and feelings often signal a paralysis of life force, but as the contents of the unconscious (both personal and collective) begin to share space on the canvas, the transcendent function (Jung, 1916/58) becomes activated, offering the potential for release, renewal, and transformation of stuck energies through this layered art making process.  Guided by a 5-step method, participants will be able to journey through a sequential yet fluid process.

The process will be guided by the themes of exploration of the opposites; longing for connection; desire for individuation; and opening to the mystery are just some examples.  Learning to interact with the archetypal imagination offers rich benefits for healing, as new patterns of relationship can be witnessed as they emerge out of the chaos of raw spontaneous imagery. 









2-DAY 1:1 Intensive [10 hour]: will run from 4:30- 7:15 the first evening and 9:30- 5:00 the second day, with a 1 hour 15 min. break for lunch and 2 shorter breaks during morning and afternoon times.

There will be intermittent times for creating and processing as called for.

A progression of photographs of the process will be enfolded into a visual record by Abbe, following the intensive. This, along with a written process reflection and sensing of the journey, will be sent by Abbe to the participant shortly after the conclusion of the intensive. This offers continued reflection and opportunity to sense the subtle shifts that the imaginal forces of healing have offered.

There will be intermittent times for creating and processing as called for.


Cost: $1,500 includes all supplies, healthy snacks, and full lunch provided.

Dates: Will be set up on an individual basis.

Accommodations: Information about Local B&B’s and AirBnB’s will be provided.

 3-Day (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday to mid-day) Workshops available- details upon request.

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