Expressive Arts Therapy E-News

January 2018 | Enjoy These Resources and Articles!

In this issue...

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

  • Links to resources and research on the power of song, doodling, and mindfulness;
  • EMDR and Art Therapy
  • NEW COURSE OFFERING--Yoga and Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Art Therapy in Singapore/SingHealth Top Five "Most Read News Stories" of 2017!
  • Expressive Arts Therapy and Posttraumatic Growth;
  • Film: Polyvagal Theory with Stephen Porges;
  • Supervision available for Expressive Arts Therapy and Art Therapy;
  • Downloadable resources, events and other trauma-informed expressive arts therapy information via our website;
  • Links to distance learning and 2018 workshop schedule! Last Call- Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada--Register by February 5th/2018

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

Register Here for Fort Collins Colorado Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level Two, June 11-12-13, 2018

Click here to register! Complete Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level Two Certificate at Fort Collins Colorado!

Institute Faculty: Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT and Elizabeth Warson, PhD, LPC, ATR-BC

Enjoy wonderful Fort Collins Colorado-- a lively college town with fabulous restaurants, shopping and sights-- while getting 18 hours of continuing education. Fort Collins is accessible by Denver International Airport by direct shuttle; for information on accommodations, please see information below "How to Register."

This three-day course provides 18 continuing education hours including lecture/discussion and plenty of hands-on experiences that you can adapt and apply to your work with children, teens, adults, families and groups. The course is open to mental health professionals, health care professionals, expressive arts facilitators and graduate students.

Level Two Certificate presents the advanced foundations of trauma-informed practice and the latest research and approaches to expressive arts therapy 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.

A FEW SEATS LEFT! Register Now for Saskatoon Advanced Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy-- May 8-10th, 2018

Saskatoon Canada/Advanced Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy/ Level Three/ Dr. Cathy Malchiodi, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT; May 8-10, 2018
For all the expressive arts practitioners, mental health professionals and trauma specialists who are interested in a three-day training, there will be one in Saskatoon held at the beautiful and economical Queen's House of Retreats on May 8, 9, and 10th, 2018. I have been asked to post this because the deadline for registration is approaching (February 5, 2018) and there are a few spots left.

The course will provide three days of trauma-informed expressive arts therapy with a focus on integrating mindfulness practices, EMDR and related approaches, and narrative therapy with arts-based strategies. There are 18 hours of continuing education/professional development and those of you who have taken Level One and Two with get a Certificate for Level Three; everyone will get a Certificate for Advanced Practices in Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy upon completing the three days of training. You can register for this course without having completed One or Two with permission of the instructor; the course is self-contained and presents advanced principles.

If you are interested, don't delay! Contact Paige or Shona Gryba at Gryba Events <> to register.

Art Therapy in Top Five Most Read News Stories in SingHealth [Singapore] "Tomorrow's Medicine"

From TOMORROW'S MEDICINE published by SingHealth December 27th, 2017: Renowned art therapist and research psychologist Dr Cathy Malchiodi explains the relevance of art-based therapy in healthcare today, and how patients can find common healing grounds in art-based therapy, at SingHealth’s Academic Hour, 15 February 2017. Creative arts or expressive arts therapies have existed for 50 to 70 years but are only formally recognised in the last 20 as educational programmes with certification and formal registration.

Dr Malchiodi works in the USA in creating programmes for military personnel and their families. In fact, the military is a large adopter of art therapy services in the USA. Evaluations of the art-based programme showed that it increases the ability to talk about traumatic experience and resolve symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

"Art reconnects the language centre through visual expression. It allows people to talk about their traumatic events and resolve their symptoms in that way," Dr Malchiodi said.

"We are only beginning to learn how art therapy can be combined with other evidence-based treatments, as a value-added approach with better outcomes compared to physical and/or cognitive behavioral therapies alone." You can read more at this link.

NEW ONLINE COURSE! Yoga and Expressive Arts Therapy

Yoga and Expressive Arts Therapy: Focusing on the physical practices of yoga, this course will bring to light the "how" and "why" utilizing a body-based method is important when addressing trauma. One will both learn and experience these concepts though a variety of articles, films, and research, all provided within this course. Yoga is presented as a body-based approach to building resilience and self-regulation with consideration for trauma-informed methods in counseling and expressive arts therapy.

This course provides 6 hours of online education; please see our Continuing Education page for more information. All readings are included; Note: To register for this course, please visit this page at

Registration is Open Now for the 2018 International Childhood Trauma Conference in Melbourne Australia

The not-to-miss conference of 2018...held at the Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne Australian by the Australia Childhood Foundation. There are full day Masterclass workshops offered on the Monday and Friday of the conference. These are opportunities for delegates to engage with a selection of key note speakers in an extended training session focusing on a cutting edge topic in the field of neurobiology, trauma, attachment and therapeutic intervention. There are two full days of concurrent keynote speaker seminars. The seminars run for 1.5 hours each. Delegates can choose from a selection of insightful and thought provoking presentations. To read more, visit the website at
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Here is a partial list of public courses and workshops for 2018; get on our mailing list at our Contact page for updates and additions to this schedule.

  • February 22, 23 & 24, 2018. Three-Day "Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts and Play Therapy" Level One in Honolulu Hawaii; Hawai’i Association for Play Therapy. Download brochure and registration form below or visit for more information. Play Therapy Continuing Education and many other continuing education credits are available.
  • March 8 & 9, 2018. Two-Day "Mindfulness-Based Expressive Arts, Yoga and Play Therapy: Supporting Self-Regulation and Resilience" [25th Annual Conference!] in Louisville, Kentucky; sponsored by Kentucky Association for Play Therapy and held at Home of the Innocents; faculty Cathy Malchiodi, PhD and Emily Johnson Welsh, MA, LPCC, LPAT, REAT. For more information, contact KAPT at
  • May 8, 9 & 10, 2018. Three-Day Advanced Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level Three in Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada! At the beautiful Queen's House of Retreats sponsored by Gryba Events, contact them directly at for location and registration.
  • June 2, 2018. One-Day training event in Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts and Play Therapy in Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada; sponsored by British Columbia Association for Play Therapy; more information to be announced.
  • June 11, 12 & 13, 2018. Three-Day Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level Two in Fort Collins, Colorado at the Northside Atzlan Community Center [adjacent to downtown Ft. Collins]; faculty Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, and Elizabeth Warson, PhD-- REGISTRATION OPEN
  • July 29-August 4, 2018. See you in Melbourne Australia for the 3rd Biennial 2018 International Childhood Trauma Conference!
  • September 14, 2018. One-Day training event on Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts and Play Therapy, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota; more information to be announced.
  • Early November 2018. Back to beautiful Ghost Ranch, dates to be announced! Join faculty Cathy Malchiodi, PhD and Elizabeth Warson, PhD, for three days of visual journaling and narrative approaches.
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Do need supervision for your Registered Expressive Arts Therapist [REAT] or ATR-BC? Distance supervision is now available with Emily Johnson Welsh, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC,REAT, RYT 200. Please visit this link for more information.

Please note: Each supervisee is responsible for organizing the site and clinical experience, as well as client contact hours which complies with the requirements outlined in your specific registration application. Additionally, the Art Therapy Credentials Board only accepts distance supervision if there is no ATR, ATR-BC, or ATCS within a 100 mile radius of your workplace.

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Mindfulness in March 2018: Two-Day Mindfulness-Based Expressive Arts, Yoga and Play Therapy: Supporting Self-Regulation and Resilience

    Kentucky 25th Annual Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky at Home of the Innocents; Institute Faculty Cathy Malchiodi, PhD and Emily Johnson Welsh, MA, LPCC, LPAT, REAT. For more information, contact KAPT at
    Contact Us Here!

    Let us know if you have any questions about registration or courses.

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    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.

    Click on each picture below to see an enlarged image...a few of the most popular inspirational and informative quotes on our Facebook Page at Trauma-Informed Practice.

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

    To date, over 15,000 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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    The Polyvagal Theory and PTSD with Stephen Porges, PhD
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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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    Please click here with questions about courses, to get on our mailing list or to get more information about registration for live courses.

    EMDR and Art Therapy for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress

    Via British Association of Art Therapists, an important article: Art Therapist, Nili Sigal tells us about art therapy and EMDR..."While art therapy remains at the core of my work, I use EMDR to address specific memories which are particularly distressing, especially ones that might be re-experienced or appear in nightmares and flashbacks. Working through these memories in EMDR, then returning to art therapy for the rest of the therapeutic process, can help clients to integrate insights and emotions with the re-framed, processed memories which have formed the client’s negative perception of themselves and the world.

    EMDR is one of the two approaches (alongside trauma-focused CBT) recommended in the NICE guidelines for treatment of PTSD. Training is only open to qualified psychologists, therapists and other professionals with relevant training and qualifications. It is taught as a tool to be used in an integrative way and can be introduced as a standalone treatment or added as a targeted piece of work within a longer-term therapeutic intervention. It is possible to begin practicing EMDR after completing the first level, although level three is focused on clients with complex trauma, which has been my main area of interest." READ MORE HERE....

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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
    You can find even more resources, links and articles everyday on Trauma-Informed Practice on Facebook. You can also find a schedule of events on our Facebook page. Click here to go to our page.... 70,000 followers and growing!
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    Art Therapy, Digital Technology and Social Media-- New Website and Upcoming Book!

    Interested in how therapists can harness digital technology for use with clients of all ages? Or do you have questions about professional and ethical use of digital media and social networking within your practice. Visit this new website and learn more about an upcoming book: Art Therapy and Digital Technology Sourcebook. Go to for more information, films and free downloadable documents.
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