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3-Day Course in California, Feb. 26, 27 & 28, 2015!

Brain + Heart-Wise Approaches Expressive Arts Approaches for Self-Regulation, Resilience, and Post-Traumatic Growth

Faculty: Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT & Laury Rappaport, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, REAT

Date & Time: February 26, 27 & 28, 2015 [9:00 am - 4:30 pm] in beautiful Santa Rosa, California; one hour north of San Francisco and in the midst of California Wine Country! Register early, seating is limited to first 24 registrants!


For Registration, click here; until January 15th, $395 USD; after January 15th, $435 USD.


This three-day course emphasizes the expressive arts (art, music/sound, dance/movement, dramatic enactment, and play), interpersonal neurobiology, mind-body principles and mindfulness approaches to support recovery, cultivate compassion and empathy, and enhance overall health and well- being.

In the first half of the course, participants will learn how to apply and integrate the Expressive Therapies Continuum, neurodevelopmental principles, and the Three R’s (regulation, relationship, resiliency) within expressive arts approaches. The focus will be on trauma recovery and mind-heart-body integration through sensory-based, somatically-oriented creative interventions.


In the second half of the course, you will learn the foundational theory and practices of Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT)—a mindfulness-based approach for cultivating self-compassion, inner witnessing, and accessing the body’s intrinsic wisdom. Participants will also learn: 1). how to access the Focusing Attitude (friendly curiosity and compassionate acceptance); 2). access a felt sense and express it through the arts; and learn 3 basic FOAT methods applicable to various populations.

Continuing Education and Additional Information

Continuing Education Units: This course meets the qualifications for 18 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute is an approved Provider [NO. PCE 4701]. This course also meets the qualifications for 18 hours of continuing education credit from the National Board of Certified Counselors. The Trauma-Informed Practice and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute is an approved provider [NO. 6557]. An additional fee of $25 is charged for issuance of CEC certificates and is payable by cash or check at the first day of the course meeting.



Special Note: This course fulfills part of the Trauma Informed Expressive Art Therapy® Level One Certificate Program and part of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) Level 1.

**To complete Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy® Level One, participants can take Trauma-Informed Art Therapy, a 12 unit continuing education course online through the Trauma-Informed Practice and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute at www.trauma-informedpractice.com.

**To complete Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts ® Level 1, participants can take an additional online component [to be announced] via the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute at http://www.focusingarts.com.

Brain + Heart-Wise Expressive Arts Approaches for Self-Regulation, Resilience, and Post-Traumatic Growth

Thursday, Feb. 26th 2015 at 9am to Saturday, Feb. 28th 2015 at 4:30pm

Santa Rosa, California

This 3 day course will include a dynamic combination of lecture, discussions, hands-on experiential practices, short films and case examples and will:


  • Increase your knowledge of the role of the arts in enhancing the brain-heart connection for health and wisdom;
  • Increase your knowledge of resilience-building, arts-based, somatic, and mindfulness approaches;
  • Expand your skills with children, adolescents, adults and families;
  • Enhance your knowledge of trauma-informed treatment.


The course will be held in a studio setting in Santa Rosa, California [details will be emailed to participants upon registration].

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.

Calm Through Creativity | National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth

It takes a lot of effort for the brain to deal with trauma. Whether because of post-traumatic stress disorder or the many adaptive behaviors that victims use instinctively in threatening situations, the traumatized brain is constantly on high-alert, particularly its lower regions, where survival instincts originate.


Simple artistic activities like drawing or sculpting clay can soothe those lower regions, which is why arts therapists argue that their methods can help trauma victims calm down and release some of that mental tension. These evidence-informed therapies use creativity to raise victims’ awareness of their physical and mental states and build resilience and a sense of safety. Read more of this National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth article here...