Coming SPRING 2019. . .

innovative parent lightbulb 2The Innovative Parent: Using Art to Raise Connected, Happy, and Successful Kids

Erica Curtis with Ping Ho

The Innovative Parent is an accessible guide to USE ART’S POTENTIAL in order to raise connected, happy, successful kids while SURVIVING PARENTING STRUGGLES.

The book integrates over 15 years of practical experience as an art therapist with cutting-edge research from the fields of positive psychology, creativity, and child development—along with a hefty dose of successes and failures from parenting my own three children.  Along with ground-breaking approaches to common concerns, the book aims to inspire parents to tap into their own creative resources to THRIVE AS CAREGIVERS.


“. . . when you’re knocking but they’re pretending that nobody’s home, art gives you a key to get in through the back door.”

– The Innovative Parent


Articles by Erica

Holiday Art Activities for Healing Trauma – UCLArts and Healing (December 2017)

Transforming Objects Transforms Yourself – Follow The Things (December 2017)

Making Meaning -UCLArts and Healing (Dec 2014)

Embrace the moment: Quick holiday de-stress tips -Indian River (Dec 2014)

Beyond Words: Why we should talk less and make more -Lifespan Learning blog (Oct 2014)

7 Books Sure to Inspire Creative Expression -Foundation for Art and Healing blog (August 2014)

Shape Up Your Practice with Metaphors -Lifespan Leaning blog (March 2014)

Giving: Is it always good? -Lifespan Leaning blog (Jan 2014)

Gifts from the Heart: ART Activity -UCLArts and Healing (December 2013)

Re-Visualizing Relationships -Lifespan Leaning blog (September 2013)

ADHD Treatments and Remedies -by Jeremy Warner (Erica Curtis contributing writer/expert) (April 2013)

Picture This: Healing Trauma through Art – UCLArts and Healing (January 2013) and Live Well UCLA (July 2013)

A Creative Spark of Gratitude -All Things Healing (November 2011)

Get Organized from the Outside In -Special Education Advisor (October 12, 2011)

The Anatomy of Self CareSpecial Education Advisor (June 8, 2011)

Is the Behavior in My Child’s Control?: A Question of Consequence  –Special Education Advisor (May 2, 2011)

Understanding Client Imagery in Art Therapy –Journal of Clinical Art Therapy (May 2011)

Preschool for Children with Special NeedsSpecial Education Advisor (March 13, 2011)