The Catharsis Application Program (CAP) is an original therapeutic methodology which incorporates an innovative artistic mediation.

The process which is both innovative and restorative is an exceptional quality program that

  • combines graphic expression under musical induction
  • utilizes evaluation scales, projective and objective testing, as an assessment tools for the professional and
  • is suitable to a wide range of therapeutic setting

Definition of an artistic mediation:

An artistic mediation involves a tripartite relationship between therapist-patient-art. The creative art — drawings expressed during CAP — becomes the medium of the communication.

Introducing artistic mediation in psychotherapy was motivated by therapists working with individuals whose ability to communicate verbally was impaired.

It started with children and psychotic patients but the concept expanded to an increasingly wider client population for whom the foundations of psychoanalytic technique were no longer suitable or effective.

An artistic mediation is needed when verbal communication is inadequate in producing positive change.

It provides support for the release of emotional concerns. Drawing was one of the first expressive art mediation recognized and accepted until other mediations, such as play, dance, and animal therapy found their place as a viable therapeutic intervention.

The value of CAP as an artistic mediation in the therapeutic milieu:

  • The music used in CAP activates the imagination, even for those who may be unable to express themselves through words or art
  • The entire program is a tool which allows the healthy expression of emotions and provides a unified process,  in establishing a therapeutic relationship
  • The drawing becomes the medium to promote a trusting, safe and deep patient-therapist relationship
  • No special artistic skill is required for either the therapist or the client. The practitioner does not need to be an art therapist. The creative process seen in CAP is considered for its therapeutic significance, not for its aesthetic value. The drawings are employed for therapeutic and counseling purposes
  • Within the framework of the program is a structured methodology and defined musical selections, allowing the client to freely express themselves through their drawings. The therapist role is to facilitate the client’s process unencumbered and to provide insight into their progress through the final assessment

Professional Training in the CAP Process

CAP training is offered to therapists working in private practice or in a medical/mental health setting.  To attend trainings, professionals need to have completed their degree and be licensed with at least two years of experience.

1. Professional training for the independent practitioner:

Professionals working the fields of mental health, medicine, personal development and speech therapy find CAP training to be beneficial, in their «tool box»

2. Teams in clinical environment:

Psychologists, psychiatric nurses, rehabilitation therapists, working in mental health facilities, rehabilitation centers, medical institutions, retirement and adult day care centers will appreciate the therapeutic value of incorporating CAP, in both individual and group therapy.


Training objectives:

For Mental Health Professionals (PhD, PsyD, EdD, LMFT, LCSW, LCPC)

  • Can be applied to a variety of client for whom conscious exploration into past trauma is difficult
  • Gives client the ability to discover quickly the source of core issues that create blockage in their life
  • Can be used as a preliminary step prior to psychotherapy

"Allowing creativity to flow in drawing, painting, and collages during music listening, helps patients discover themselves and lets those who observe their drawings get a glimpse of their mental organization, at a particular moment in time.  In this way, the patients are able to reacquaint themselves with the underlying framework that supports their internal world, made up of strengths, weaknesses, mental and spiritual forces, all of which being stimulated and mobilized by the music.”  — Dr. Michel G. Mouret

"We do not force anything, but allow the process to happen. Each person gives their consent or not... It is a gentle technique that respects the individual because one's evolution progresses at their own pace..." — Ms. Touron (psychiatric nurse who, for the past 30 years, has applied the program at Relaxazur, a psychiatric aftercare clinic Dr. L. Duclaud, Neuropsychiatrist and Director)

For Speech Therapist

  • Work unobtrusively on the emotional components which present with speech disorders
  • Provide relief of difficult emotions safely, without the need for words

"CAP is a remarkable method. We were skeptical at first but we are very pleased with the results in such a short time. Our 6 year old son manifested unexplained crying, in addition to stuttering. Very quickly, he becomes more open and was less afraid to speak. He participated more in class and suffered less from the mocking of others about his language problem. Ms. Pecorini is wonderful, my son immediately loved her." — Parent of a child treated by speech therapist, Marie-Dominique Pecorini

"I already knew the positive influences of music on the welfare of the human being, but the program Catharsis opens the "possible" that I did not know in terms of emotional aid and interpersonal therapies. Music, resonances, emotions, drawings together went throughout this training that allowed me to really live the deeper meaning of their association.  Music feeds the emotions that emerge. As a speech therapist, I am using the CAP method as a tool to improve greatly the quality of my care to my clients." — Marie-Claude Morote, speech therapist

For staff at retirement home/center

  • We have impressive evidence demonstrating the strong stimulation and mobilization of residents participating in our program
  • CAP sustains the most impeded residents at a far higher level than is commonly believed
  • The program brings hope and inspiration not only to the resident but also the family and the staff.


"I would, like first, of all to express my deep acknowledgment for the high quality of leadership that you provided to our team in the implementation of the Catharsis sessions. I felt and understood that we would find a part of the solution to our goal of providing well-being to our residents, who endure much suffering. CAP is a tool that is simultaneously flexible and rigorous, in the sense that it offers every person the possibility to express his/her experience in their own way: emotions, experiences (through verbal or non-verbal expression); and it inevitably leads to some kind of expression.  The method and tool also allow other professionals to participate, for this work extends into the ward and private spaces of the patient's life. In order to work, it requires open communication between the leaders of the therapeutic activity and their colleagues. The residents who take advantage of this therapy, find a kind of calm and serenity because they are really taken into consideration; they have, suddenly, become interesting to the caregivers and they sense that change in attitude. They are no longer relegated to the status of a gear, in the caregiver's “work to bring home the bacon” machine. Every resident becomes human again and the caregiver becomes more humane. — Christiane Lavanant, nursing home director in Bévière, Grenoble

For staff in medical setting

  • Delivers a quality therapeutic program based on careful monitoring of observed responses and individualized care
  •  Addresses the emotional component which presents with chronic health conditions and those receiving hospice care
  • Professional teams are given clinical insights on patient progress, through program assessments, while creating bridges between staff members giving them the opportunity to collaborate on patient care more effectively

Important note :

Important note: Master level mental health/counseling and speech therapists are required to collaborate with a CAP psychologist who will assess the client’s needs/goals prior to the program and their experience after the final assessment.

CAP is an important methodology to incorporate into your therapeutic “tool box”. The appeal for art, the creative process, will help you attract a diverse audience that may be reluctant to engage in therapy or counseling. The non verbal component of this program will appeal to many people who are today more aware of the therapeutic value of artistic expression.

In medical setting, CAP, as a powerful therapeutic tool, assists patients in exploring their emotions and feelings through the use of music and expressive drawings. CAP offers therapists a unique and pleasurable methodology to help uncover the underlying causes to many medical or mental health issues. It is suitable for all ages and can be used in either individual or group sessions.


• Training Objective

Learn the CAP methodology to confidently implement the program and enhance the therapeutic process


• Pedagogy

This training is a learn-by-doing, and learn-from-experience based program, with a blend of theory, personal experience and practice.

We have found that the experiential approach requiring self-reflective work is highly beneficial in understanding the core essence and therapeutic impact of the program.

 Included in the training process, will be instruction, case study, personal work, practical exercises (group sessions) and individual critique.


The CAP Complete Training Package of $ 1997 includes:


  1. Exclusive 4-day training, with the founder of the CAP methodology: Chantal Desmoulins
  2. Experience a program utilizing musical induction and artistic mediation with therapeutic value, for the private practice or a healthcare institution
  3. Receive a personal assessment, based on your drawings created during the experiential training
  4. Get comprehensive instructions that provide all the information needed to implement the program with your clients
  5. Receive a written manual, with procedures and protocols
  6. Have the ability to apply the program to clients, as soon as the training is completed: 2 clients will cover the fee of the training
  7.  After the training, gain access to the professional section for service and products:
    1. Graphic Expression Kit ($100)
    2. Final assessment evaluation for your clients ( $250)
    3. Membership ($59 to $79/month) allows access to music online, monthly informative CAP webinars, access to new PDF documents, and personalized mentor support


Benefits of becoming a "Certified CAP FACILITATOR"

  1. Acquire a sound understanding of the graphic expression under musical induction methodology and its application, as an efficient therapeutic tool
  2. Benefit from the expertise of professionals, in the analysis of drawings and comments, which will provide useful and relevant feedback for your clients
  3. Receive mentorship through the learning process and the implementation of the program
  4. Learn a method that is easily implemented, with all age groups
  5. Ability to offer CAP services to individuals or groups
  6. Learn to apply the method effectively, on a variety of medical or psychological conditions
  7. Be referenced, as a certified facilitator on our website
  8. Access to information on research and development of the CAP methodology
  9. Be a part of a network of professionals engaged in a spirit of collaboration and mutual aid, for the support and well-being of patients



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  • Provides tools to assist on customizing individualized care plans, to address the needs of the in the medical environment
  •  Allows for both administration and professional staff members, to take an active role in the implementation CAP contributing to quality care, for program participants
  •  Improves the overall care of patients, taking into account their family, social, emotional and psycho-physiological state, in respect of their free will and identity
  •  Provides a unique therapeutic opportunity within an institution, offering patients the possibilities to express their feelings and various emotions
  •  Proposes a methodology, whose priority is to maintain and stimulate the autonomy of patients



This training is a learn-by-doing and learn-from-experience based program, with a blend of theory, personal experience and practice.

We have found that the experiential approach requiring self-reflective work is highly beneficial, in understanding the core essence and therapeutic impact of the program.

 Included in the training process will be instruction, case study, personal work, practical exercises (group sessions) and individual critique.


ADVANTAGES to having a trained staff in an institution

  • Incorporate a method of graphic expression under musical induction promoting an effective therapeutic work
  • Benefit from our professional expertise and collaboration in providing data analysis & assessment for unprecedented service to your clients/patients
  • Access to monthly educational support for your staff to enhance their learning process and implementation of the program
  • Apply a therapeutic methodology that is easily adapted to all age groups and a wide variety of pathologies
  • CAP sessions are suitable for both individual and group therapy
  • Access to online information on the research and development of the CAP method and its application to medical disciplines


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