January 2023 Newsletter


Embodiment is a capacity that supports a healthy relationship with our bodies. Embodied practices help increase the connections between exteroception (external sensations) and interoception (the internal felt sense. Restorative embodiment focuses on the senses as a resource to support and reinforce soothing, invigorating, and recuperative experiences.

Learn about embodiment and embodied practices you can apply to your work and self-care. And the restorative embodiment approaches that make a difference in health and well-being, central to trauma-informed practice.

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The "Circle of Capacity" is coming around again in 2023-- Five Session Live Advanced Expressive Arts Therapy Webinar Series starting on January 24th.

The "Circle of Capacity" is coming around again in 2023-- Five Session Live Advanced Expressive Arts Therapy Webinar Series starting on January 24th. Early Bird Registration Open at https://tinyurl.com/yxdh2paw. You do not have to have taken Level One Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy to join this webinar series!

A focus on advanced skills in Expressive Arts Therapy and Somatosensory approaches through the Circle of Capacity Model and the MSSS Model-- Movement, Sound Storytelling, and Silence (Self-Regulation). We will also explore body's sense of trauma, the process of body mapping; facilitating and working with "feeling states;" Restorative Embodiment practices; resilience and supporting wellness in body and mind [in individuals and ourselves] through expressive methods and using the Circle of Capacity to support enlivenment, self-efficacy, mastery, joy, curiosity, and empowerment.

These meetings are live so that you only need to complete a course evaluation and do not have to take a final examination for your continuing education and professional development hours and certificate.

This course is a "drip format"-- the contents are available each week and we constantly add new resources in the form of films, downloadable documents and protocols, links to articles, and more. Each section has a module where you can share your impressions and images, connect with other participants, and network with colleagues around the world.

No prerequisite required! If you did not take the Introductory course (Level One), you can begin with this course. Replays included [in case you need to watch later].

Explore your Tree of Capacity; a Circle of Capacity Visual Journal; Your Personal Body Map of Resilience; a Portfolio of Body/Mind States; the "Body Mapping Process" used throughout the world in healthcare and community agencies; and more multi-sensory approaches that you can adapt and apply to your psychotherapy practice, coaching, teaching, or arts facilitation sessions.

Will there be recordings that I can watch after the Live Webinar Sessions?

Yes-- we record the lecture portions of the events for replay and you can watch them for 90 days after the event.

Live Webinar Dates: January 24 and 31, February 7, 14, and 21, 2023, 12 pm--3:00 pm Eastern US Time.

15 NBCC Continuing Education hours Included


If you have taken Institute courses in the past, you may be well on your way to the Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy Practitioner Certificate Program Completion!

Requirements for the Practitioner Certificate:

Required Trainings:

1) Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy Live Webinar Series

2) Advanced Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy Webinar Series: Healing Trauma and Loss with Nature

3) Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Foundation Course [online study] OR Level One Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Live Webinar Series

Also Required--Chose Any Two of the Following Trainings:

1) Annual Expressive Arts Therapy Retreat In-Person Training at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico

2) Equine-Assisted Expressive Arts Therapy In-Person Training in Fort Collins, Colorado

3) Bilateral Stimulation and Sensorimotor Expressive Arts Therapy Live Webinar Series

4) Polyvagal-Focused and Sensorimotor Expressive Arts Therapy Live Webinar Series

5) Expressive Arts Therapy and the Circle of Capacity Live Webinar Series

To Our Regular Participants-- many of you have already completed most of these trainings, so please take advantage of Advanced Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy Live Webinar Series to complete your Practitioner Certificate!

FREE! Don't Miss It! Welcoming art therapists, expressive arts therapists, and practitioners together worldwide!


This project is born from the organizers' dream to discover what art therapists do in their parts of the globe. During the pandemic, we realized how much we were working in clusters without a solid connection to theory and practice in other countries. This conference, the first in a series, is a soul project and wants to allow sound and innovative ideas in art therapy worldwide to be heard by as many art therapists as possible.

The conference has three sections that will treat different aspects of art therapy. The presentations will focus on benefits, approaches, methods, and interventions in trauma work, restoring well-being, and promoting social justice and inclusiveness in community work. We strive to keep this conference accessible to everyone having internet access. Therefore, this will be a free event during the conference dates (and paid for those who want to have the videos available for one year and to watch them at their own pace). We are glad to partner for this free event with Concordia University Art Hives and engAGE Living Lab, Montreal, Canada.

The Body Holds the Healing

Embodiment is a term that is ubiquitous in the field of mental health. Its most basic definition refers to a tangible or visible form of an idea, quality, or feeling. It is the personification, incarnation, or manifestation of a way of being or characteristic, such as “she is the embodiment of hope” or “their musical performance embodied joy and exuberance.”

In contemporary psychotherapy, the term embodiment has taken on a slightly different meaning. Many therapists are now familiar with the idea that the “body keeps the score” (van der Kolk, 1994; 2014). “Our issues are in our tissues” (author unknown) is another phrase often used by somatic educators and body-based practitioners (yoga, massage, and others) to describe the importance of physical awareness. Read More Here...

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Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy with Cathy Malchiodi PhD



Expressive Arts Therapist--Trauma Informed [EXAT] is a continuing education program designed to help you acquire the competencies necessary to apply Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy within the context of psychotherapy and counseling. To be admitted to this program and participate in the courses and practices to achieve this designation, applicants must be hold a master's degree or higher and be licensed or board certified mental health professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurses and addictions counselors.

Expressive Arts Coach/Educator--Trauma-Informed [EXA-CE] is a continuing education program designed to help individuals in a variety of fields acquire the competencies necessary to apply trauma-informed expressive arts in your work. Applicants for this designation include individuals with degrees in the arts, humanities or education, health or other types of coaches, nurses and nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physical therapists, emergency medical workers, acupuncturists, bodyworkers (massage therapists, Rolfers®, Craniosacral and Polarity therapists, Feldenkrais practitioners, yoga practitioners, and others), first responders, crisis center staff, educators, mediators, clergy, and chaplains.

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