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Trauma-Informed Practice & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute

Early Registration Open for 3 Days of "Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy," February 2016 Santa Rosa California--learn integrative methods and applications with children, adolescents, adults and groups in this dynamic course!

"Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy: Historical and Contemporary Approaches" February 19, 20, & 21 2016; Faculty: Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT & Laury Rappaport, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, REAT


February 19, 20, & 21, 2016 [9:30 am - 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday; 9:15 pm - 4:15 pm Sunday] 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-- early rate until January 15, 2016 [register early, course fills up quickly]


This unique three-day course is designed to provide an overview of the historical foundations of the expressive arts therapy (art, music/sound, dance/movement, dramatic enactment, and play) and how these foundations inform contemporary practice— Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy and Trauma-Informed Art Therapy® and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy®— with individuals, families and groups. Participants will learn multiple arts-based applications of expressive arts therapy through lectures, films, discussion and hands-on experiences. Mindfulness practice will also be integrated with the expressive arts and Focusing.


The course emphasizes how to apply the expressive arts as brain + heart-wise, sensory-based and embodied interventions, integrating contemporary principles of Focusing, somatic psychology, mindfulness, trauma-informed practice, neurobiology and creative process within psychotherapy and counseling. It is open to mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, creative arts therapists, expressive arts facilitators and graduate students. The course is designed to meet part of the required content for Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) credential with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, but course content is also intended to enrich helping professionals’ practical knowledge and application of expressive arts in their work.

Continuing Education Units: This course provides 18 clock hours of continuing education. Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6557. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC are clearly identified. Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of this program.


California Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Educational Psychologists and Professional Counselors. As of July 1, 2015, the State of California /Board of Behavioral Sciences [BBS] amended its regulations for continuing education providers to include National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as a "board-recognized approval agency." If you are licensed as a marriage and family therapist, social worker, educational psychologist or professional clinical counselor in California, NBCC Approved Continuing Education Providers are recognized by the BBS to fulfill continuing education requirements.

Feature Story: Art is about Resilience, It Always Has Been

From Psychology Today: Resilience is a current hot topic in the field of art therapy with many practitioners bending the traditional psychoanalytic foundations of the field toward a less pathology-driven framework...Art expression is one way to communicate narratives without words; in many cases, it becomes the opportunity to tell one’s story without the parameters, restrictions and judgments of language. It is this core experience found in creative endeavors that tells us art’s purpose is not merely to exemplify internal conflicts, but is actually to provide a way to continuously reinforce our own self-empowering, life-affirming capacity for resilience. Read more about how art therapy is a brain-wise approach to enhancing resilience here...

"Visual Journaling in Counseling & Expressive Arts Therapy," Three-Day Course in Denver Colorado, Lowry Conference Center June 2016: Registration Opens in January 2016

Make your plans now to join us on June 22, 23, & 24, 2016 in Denver Colorado at the Lowry Conference Center for three days of exploration and learning-- "Visual Journaling in Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy" with Institute Faculty Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, and Elizabeth Warson, PhD. They will be sharing methods, approaches, theory and practice about visual journaling, including research and applications with a variety of populations. This course will emphasize hands-on activities each day; seating is limited so register early! Registration opens in January 2016.


Please visit the Live Workshops and Courses Page on the Institute website for registration information and details as it becomes available; 18 hours of continuing education for counselors, creative arts therapists and social workers are pending. We are also welcoming individuals who facilitate expressive arts in community, educational and healthcare settings or just want to learn more about visual journaling practices that are supported by research and contribute to overall wellness. This course offering can be applied to those accumulating course hours toward Registered Expressive Arts Therapist [REAT] with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. For information on the REAT see this page.

Trauma-Informed Art Therapy® and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One and Two in Alaska! August 22nd--August 26th, 2016

Registration Opens January 1st, 2016: Institute Faculty: Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, and Elizabeth Warson, PhD


Visit the wonders of Alaska this summer and complete both Level One and Level Two of Trauma-Informed Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy! Join us at the BP Center in Anchorage for 5 days of learning. Our 2015 participants loved the venue so much we just had to return for another week of hands-on, dynamic course work. To read about the 2015 offering at the BP Center, please go to this page for details.


Please visit the Live Workshops and Courses Page on the Institute website for registration information and details as it becomes available; a total of 30 hours of continuing education for counselors, creative arts therapists and social workers are pending. This course offering can also be applied to those accumulating course hours toward Registered Expressive Arts Therapist [REAT] with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. For information on the REAT see this page.

Coming Attractions! Courses, Workshops and Conferences!

Here is a partial list of courses and workshops for 2016; get on our mailing lists for updates and additions to this schedule.



  • Feb. 19, 20, & 21 2016, "Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy" with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD and Laury Rappaport, PhD, in Santa Rosa, California.
  • May 2, 3, & 4, 2016, "Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One," with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  • May 21, 22, & 23, 2016, "Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level Three," with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, Hong Kong China.
  • May 27, 28 & 29, 2016, see you at the International Art Therapy Conference in Hong Kong China! Master Class with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD & Elizabeth Warson, PhD.
  • June 22, 23, & 24, 2016, "Visual Journaling in Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy" with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, and Elizabeth Warson, PhD, Lowry Conference Center, Denver Colorado.
  • July 15, 2016, see you at the American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA for plenary session on "Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy in Trauma-Informed Practice and Integratie Approaches to Health."
  • August 2016, see you at Prescott College, Prescott AZ, Annual Expressive Arts Therapy Summer Institute!
  • August 22-26, 2016, join us for a week of Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts [Level One and Two] Therapy at the beautiful BP Center, Anchorage Alaska, with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, and Elizabeth Warson, PhD.
  • Early November 2016, series of two-day trainings in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne Australia...more details in January!

Registered Expressive Arts Therapist [REAT] Credential: Visit Our Info Page

The Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute provides courses that can be applied toward obtaining the REAT, based on the current REAT application standards. Our core faculty all hold a REAT and/or qualified credentials in the expressive arts therapies and clinical licenses. We are also currently working on creating a REAT-supervised internship course for the required internship hours; these hours will be offered through distance supervision via Skype or similar communication platforms. For more information, visit our information page here.


Also, look for new Expressive Arts Therapy distance learning and live course events; we recently added "Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy" to our distance learning catalogue, with more online offerings to follow soon.

Scenes from June 2015...Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy for the Australia Childhood Foundation

For Expressive Arts Therapy and Trauma-Informed Books, Toys, Props and More...Visit the Amazing Self-Esteem Bookstore!

Support an independent bookseller by buying your professional books, children's books, toys and props for play therapy and other expressive arts items from Self-Esteem Bookstore. Click here to visit!

And there is more on our website!