3 Days of Expressive Arts Therapy!

BP Center | Anchorage Alaska, August 19-20-21, 2015!

Faculty: Cathy Malchiodi, PhD & Elizabeth Warson, PhD

Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One at the BP Center, Anchorage Alaska, August 2015! Registration Open! Limited to 60 Participants!


Complete Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy by attending this unique 3-day event in beautiful Anchorage Alaska; 18 CECs available upon completion.


Join us at the beautiful BP Center in Anchorage Alaska for this three-day course presenting the 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. Participants will engage in a variety of hands-on 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. By attending the entire three days, participants will learn:


1) the five components of trauma-informed practice;

2) at least five arts-based methods used in culturally responsive, trauma-informed intervention;

3) at least three reasons why sensory-based, arts interventions are essential to reducing the body’s response to stress;

4) at least five aspects that enhance resilience through culturally responsive, trauma informed intervention;

5) at least seven ways to apply course material to work with families, groups or communities that have experienced acute trauma, chronic trauma or intergenerational trauma.


Attendance of the three day sequence qualifies for 18 continuing education credits from the National Board of Certified Counselors [NBCC Provider #6557 and Texas LPC Board] and completion of Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One Certificate; a small additional fee is charged for a continuing education certificate, but your Level One Certificate is included in the three-day fee.

For Registration, Click Link Below...

Go to this page to register for this event. Early Registration Fee [by May 1, 2015] is $350

Regular Registration Fee [by June 1, 2015] is $375 and "Last Call" Registration is $425 [depending on availability of seating-- we usually are full with wait lists for most events].

Refund Policy for Live Events

Refund Policy for Live Events: Cancellations 30 days or more before an event receive a 90% refund plus a small handling charge. Cancellations received at least five working days before the seminar receive a 50% refund minus a small handling charge. If the event takes place, there is no refund for cancellations received later; however, a credit will be issued toward a future seminar or online course of your choice.

If an event is not held due to weather or other unforeseeable circumstances, a 90% refund plus a small handling charge is issued to all participants. However, you may also chose to apply the entire registration fee toward another live program or online course of your choice.

What if I can’t attend, but want to send someone else in my place? We accept substitutions at any time! If you will have the information prior to the seminar, please contact us using the contact form on the top menu. If you will not know until the day of, please make the registrar aware of the substitution when attending the event.

Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute

The Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute is dedicated to providing professional education that promotes greater understanding of creative, trauma-informed practices. The Institute offers continuing education courses and workshops and convenient distance learning courses for mental health professionals and master's and doctoral students. Courses emphasize approaches that are based on best practices, integrative methods and current research in expressive arts, creative arts, and trauma-informed care and complement mind-body, somatic, sensory integration and neurodevelopmental methods of trauma intervention. We believe that the expressive arts approach in particular is essential to many individuals' trauma recovery and are an important part of integrative health care. The Institute's supports a vision for advanced understanding and education in creative methods of therapy and promotes the value of these approaches as complementary to mind-body, sensory-integration and neuropsychology approaches to trauma-informed care, psychotherapy and wellness.

Try Some "5 Count Breathing" Today...

From our Trauma-Informed Practice Facebook Page this week...5 Count Breathing diagram and printable!

Intergenerational and Historical Trauma...Important to Trauma-Informed Practice

A person's experience as a child or teenager can have a profound impact on their future children's lives, new work is showing. Rachel Yehuda, a researcher in the growing field of epigenetics and the intergenerational effects of trauma, and her colleagues have long studied mass trauma survivors and their offspring. Their latest results reveal that descendants of people who survived the Holocaust have different stress hormone profiles than their peers, perhaps predisposing them to anxiety disorders. Read more at Scientific American...

Scenes from a Recent Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Training!

Join Us for an Online Course or Live Event!

In the last two years, thousands of participants have attended our live events or taken our online courses in expressive arts therapies and trauma-informed practice! Our online and live event courses will enhance your skills with children, adolescents, and adults and increase your practical knowledge of how to apply arts therapies, play therapy, neuroscience, somatic and mind-body approaches, mindfulness practice and resilience building. In particular, they will introduce you to trauma-informed art therapy [art-based methods along with specific play-based and expressive therapies techniques] and how to apply practical strategies to your work with children and adults who have experienced a wide variety of traumatic events and other challenges. Trauma-informed work is based on best evidence-based practices that are enhanced by specific applications creative interventions and somatic approaches. These courses are appropriate for mental health and healthcare professionals and graduate level students. Unlike workbook approaches, these courses are designed to help practitioners learn to learn “how to think” and determine the best approach for each child or adult.


The goal of these presentations is to introduce the participant to expressive arts and play therapy activities designed specifically for children and families who have experienced traumatic events or loss, with an emphasis on resilience. See this page for more information!