Expressive Arts Therapy E-News

July 2017 | Enjoy These Resources and Articles!

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In this issue...

Enjoy and learn more about expressive arts and trauma-informed practice...

  • Read about current research on children, domestic violence and creative expression
  • Donald Winnicott and his interest in creative expression and health
  • Expressive Arts Therapy and Posttraumatic Growth
  • Film: Safe Recovery from Trauma
  • Downloadable resources, events and other trauma-informed expressive arts therapy information via our website.
  • Continuing Education Updates

NOTE: When you are reading our newsletter, please click directly on images to see larger versions-- enjoy!

Register Here for Ghost Ranch Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One | November 6-7-8 2017

Click here to register! Complete Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One Certificate at this special offering at historic Ghost Ranch in New Mexico!

This course presents key trauma-informed arts-based and expressive arts therapy strategies and applications to support self-regulation, enhance resilience and reduce stress responses to trauma and loss. Participants will engage in a variety of hands-on experiences [individual and group] using mind-body, mindfulness, self-regulation, wellness, resilience and strength-based best practices grounded in emerging research. The essential practices presented in this course can be applied to individuals of all ages, but particular emphasis is on families, groups and communities from a culturally-responsive, trauma-informed approach

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Click here to register! Regular Registration Deadline is July 15th, 2017! Take advantage of the lowest registration fee and join us at the beautiful BP Center in Anchorage Alaska for this three-day course presenting the advanced foundations of trauma-informed practice and the latest research and approaches to expressive arts and play, stress reduction and resilience. Participants will learn art therapy and expressive arts therapy strategies and applications to increase their understanding of trauma-informed approaches, enhance resilience in various client populations and reduce stress responses to trauma and loss and engage in a variety of hands-on arts-based experiences using mind-body, mindfulness, wellness and strength-based best practices grounded in emerging research. The essential practices presented in this course can be applied to individuals of all ages and families, groups and communities from a culturally-responsive, trauma-informed approach.

For those who have completed Level One Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, this will provide the opportunity for you to complete the Level Two Certificate. If you have not taken Level One, no worries-- you can register for this course and receive a Certificate for Advanced Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy [if you wish you can complete Level One online or at a live presentation at another time and location].

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Three-Day "Visual Journaling for Self-Care and Self-Reflection" Prescott College Expressive Arts Therapies Summer Institute, August 10, 11 & 12th/2017 in historic Prescott Arizona

This is a wonderful two week summer institute in the expressive arts that will introduce you to a variety of approaches in a nurturing setting in the high desert. You can register for the entire institute or take these three days and combine this experience with an online course to complete Level One/Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy. For Registration, please contact Institute Director Camille Smith at

The 2017-2018 Schedule of Courses, Workshops and Presentations Open to the Public

The following events are open to the public, but please contact us for other trainings that are sponsored by various agencies and groups throughout the US and internationally:

  • Two-Day Expressive Arts and Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents at Center for Play Therapy [July 2017 Dallas TX] [partial completion of Level One Certificate]
  • Three days of Trauma-Informed Visual Journaling and Self-Care in Prescott, Arizona
  • Advanced Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level Two, 3-Day Course in Anchorage Alaska [September 6, 7 & 8, 2017]...a few seats left for this special event at the BP Center. See this link for details.
  • Registration for Ghost Ranch/New Mexico Three-Day Level One Certificate [November 2017]-- Early Bird ends on July 15th.
  • JOIN US IN HONOLULU HAWAII ON FEBRUARY 24, 25 AND 26, 2018! Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy and Play Therapy Level One Certificate, information available shortly on our website.
  • Mindfulness-Based Expressive Arts, Yoga and Play Therapy, a two-day course at the Kentucky Association for Play Therapy Conference, March 8 & 9, 2018; with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, and Emily Johnson Welsh, LPAT, LPCC.
  • Spring 2018, dates to be announced for Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level Three in Saskatoon Canada.
  • Save the Dates| 2018 International Children Trauma Conference, Melbourne Australia
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Let us know if you have any questions about registration or courses.

Continuing Education Updates...

We have a variety of continuing education offerings for learners and participants. But many of you have been asking for more options, so we are exploring continuing education for social workers, psychologists and nurses. If you have a preference or specific need--- please let us know and use our Contact form at this link.

And for our current continuing education offerings, please visit our continuing education page for information.

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Click on each picture below to see an enlarged image and learn more about grounding as a technique, the value of self-compassion and the ripple effect of trauma from individual to community.

Complete Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One, Two or Just take a course...

To date, over 12,000 participants have attended one or more trauma-informed expressive arts therapy workshops and/or taken online courses! Thank you for your support! For more information about these courses, please visit this link. Here are a few of the most popular offerings:

  • Trauma-Informed Art Therapy® and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy©
  • Resilience, Posttraumatic Growth and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Practice
  • Art Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy and Positive Psychology
  • Expressive Arts Therapy Approaches to Resilience and Stress Reduction

To read more about completing Registration as an Expressive Arts Therapist, please see this link about the REAT.

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Babette Rothschild on "Safe Trauma Recovery"

Introduction to 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery (1)
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Expressive Arts Therapies and Posttraumatic Growth --Expressive arts are changing the story of recovery.

In its simplest sense, posttraumatic growth is a positive change experienced by some individuals as a result of a traumatic event or major crisis. While the idea of posttraumatic growth is found throughout human history particularly within spiritual traditions, literature and philosophy, it is an experience that contemporary psychology is investigating for its role in trauma recovery and health.

The Posttraumatic Growth Research Group at the Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina has identified five general areas that constitute forms of post traumatic growth...and to find out more, click here to go to Psychology Today. Enjoy the short film on the post traumatic success experts, The Combat Hippies.

You can also find a great list of posttraumatic growth articles at this University of North Carolina link

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Learn More About the Expressive Arts and Their Impact on Health and Well-Being

Shoshana Simons discusses the value of the arts to the self and in the international community. She speaks of the unique benefit that the arts bring to a polarizing world.
The Arts are Intrinsic: Shoshana Simons Jul16

Why Britain's Greatest Psychoanalyst, Donald Winnicott, Loved Doodles

Prizing playfulness, creativity and spontaneity, Winnicott developed the squiggle game to communicate with children.

Donald Winnicott once told a colleague that Tolstoy had been perversely wrong to write that happy families were all alike while every unhappy family was unhappy in its own way. It is illness, Winnicott said, that could be dull and repetitive, while in health there is infinite variety.

Winnicott was reared in an environment of plain-speaking west-country Methodism. He was a people’s doctor who earned his spurs in the crowded children’s wards of east London’s wartime hospitals, allergic to dogma and fearless of being labelled a heretic. He believed that mothers did not need experts to tell them how to care for their own babies and, equally, that artists didn’t need to be justified or understood by psychoanalysts. Yet Winnicott — the great psychoanalyst — made creativity, spontaneity and playfulness the sine qua non of his life and work. He and his wife Claire, an influential child social worker and analyst in her own right, would hand draw or paint their own Christmas cards each year to send to their friends. He filled his letters with witticisms and drawings, and regularly doodled, rather than wrote, his signature. To read more, click here to access the original article...

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