Expressive Arts Therapy E-News

March 2018 | Enjoy These Resources and Articles!

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In this issue...

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

  • Register now for Advanced Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy in Colorado!
  • Art and Trauma: Accessing Creative Paths to Healing
  • 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 and as Self-Regulation;
  • Film: "Window of Tolerance"
  • Supervision available for Expressive Arts Therapy and Art Therapy credentials;
  • Downloadable resources, events and other trauma-informed expressive arts therapy information via our website;
  • Links to distance learning and 2018 workshop schedule! Join us at spectacular Ghost Ranch in November 2018!

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

Register Here for Fort Collins Colorado Advanced 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! Early Registration [aka: least cost] ends on March 20th!

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/ Advanced 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.

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

From Psychotherapy Networker, a recent interview with Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute founder and Director, Cathy Malchiodi, PhD:

Ryan Howes: How is art therapy different from expressive arts therapy?

MALCHIODI: Art therapy integrates visual arts and the psychotherapeutic process, while the newer field of expressive arts therapy adds movement, sound, music, play, and drama. I’ve started using both in the last decade. For example, I normally start a session now with movement. I might spend five to seven minutes with a client when they first come in, doing some stretching, maybe some chair yoga, or just some bilateral movement where they’re moving both sides of their body. Creating this moment of attunement, and warming up the body, is especially helpful for clients who’ve survived trauma.

RH: Isn’t art therapy typically associated with children and in-patient populations?

MALCHIODI: When people hear I do art therapy, they often say, “You must do a lot of work with children,” and yes, that’s part of the continuum. But this work can help people of all ages process and recover from trauma. Take one of my typical clients: an active-duty soldier in her early 30s. Along with a physically abusive childhood, she developed PTSD with body reactions after two tours of combat. We’ll do some movement at the start of sessions, and often she’ll say something like “I have a tight feeling in my chest and my shoulders.” We might work with that a little bit through movement, but we might also take it to the next level, which would be me saying, “Show me through colors, shapes, and lines what that feeling in your body looks like. Don’t worry about making it into art, just put something on the paper.”

To read more, see this link...

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 in registering, please contact Paige or Shona Gryba at Gryba Events <> for availability.

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.

  • 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.

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.

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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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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.

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

To date, over 20,000 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.

Using the Three R's to Reach the Learning Brain-- A Key Concept in Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy

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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.

Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts and Play Therapy in Honolulu, February 2018! Click images to enlarge each.

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Window of Tolerance: A Short Film from Beacon House
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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.

Your expressive arts therapist understands sensory-based attunement

Expressive arts (art, music, dance/movement, drama, and creative writing) therapies can enhance self-regulation in individuals of all ages who are experiencing distress or reactions from psychological trauma. In particular, the kinesthetic-sensory qualities of art, music and movement that include rhythm, movement, touch, and sound potentially mediate lower brainfunctions such as heart rate and respiration through specific approaches. Here are just a few ways that expressive arts approaches support self-regulation:

Not Just Attunement; It’s “Sensory-Based” Attunement. In any therapy relationship, practitioners meet individuals where they are in their reparation and recovery, responding with both insight (knowing what one feels) and empathy(knowing what others feel). Daniel Siegel refers to this as “mindsight” while others refer to it as attunement, the capacity to recognize non-verbal communications, rhythms and responses of others. Similarly, Bruce Perry notes that attunement is the capacity to be able to read the non-verbal communication and rhythms of others. READ MORE HERE...

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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: The Handbook of Art Therapy and Digital Technology Sourcebook. Go to for more information, films and free downloadable documents.
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