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June 2019 | Join Us for Expressive Arts Live Events!

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Level One Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, Louisville, KY Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts--KMAC August 7, 8 & 9, 2019

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD and Emily Johnson Welsh, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT Institute Faculty

A few seats left! Register here by June 15th for regular registration. Enjoy beautiful downtown Louisville KY while completing 18 hours of continuing education at the fabulous KMAC [Kentucky Museum of Arts & Crafts]! This three-day course provides 18 continuing education hours [see Continuing Education page for more information] 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.

Join us at the fabulous KMAC Museum in downtown Louisville KY for this three-day Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One course presenting the basic foundations of trauma-informed practice and establishing safety, supporting self-regulation/co-regulation, and using embodied approaches. Participants will learn expressive arts therapy strategies and applications to increase their understanding of trauma-informed approaches, enhance resilience and reduce traumatic stress 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.

Level Two | Advanced Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, Louisville, KY | Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts--KMAC December 4, 5 & 6, 2019

Institute Faculty: Cathy Malchiodi and Emily Johnson Welsh

Registration is now open for Level Two 3-day training-- and it will be held in beautiful downtown Louisville KY at the fabulous KMAC [Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts]. Enjoy attending professional training and network with colleagues in an "artsy" environment within walking distance of accommodations and restaurants [you can never starve in Louisville, some of the finest chefs in the US because of a world-class cooking school and UPS World Hub]. Also, easy access from Louisville International Airport.

Read more about Level Two and register here. December 4, 5 & 6, 2019. And register early as limited seating is available for both these offerings. You do not need to complete Level One to attend Level Two-- each course is self-contained. Level Two focuses on body-based approaches, narrative work and resilience-building strategies as well as advanced principles of practice of expressive arts within trauma reparation.


Three-Day "Visual Journaling in Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychotherapy" [Advanced] at Franciscan Retreat Center ["Casa"] Scottsdale Arizona October 2, 3 & 4 2019.

Institute Faculty: Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT and Elizabeth Warson, PhD, LPC, ATR-BC

Registration is open! Register here and read more about this course. Visual journaling [also called art or drawing journaling] has been identified as both an important and accessible approach in expressive arts therapy, counseling and psychotherapy. It is not only an effective method for stress reduction, but also is considered a creative way to express personal narratives and life stories as well as make meaning through images, creative writing, imagination and storytelling.

In this advanced three-day course, participants will experience a variety of visual journaling approaches that are grounded in emerging research and based on historical foundations of journaling for emotional reparation and wellness. Course content focuses on three basic areas--methods,materials and embodiment -- to demonstrate and illustrate how visual journaling can be adapted to support self-regulation, stress reduction, meaning-making and construction of narratives within person-centered expressive arts, narrative therapy and counseling frameworks. While this course is mostly "hands-on," participants will also learn how to design developmentally-appropriate, trauma-informed and culturally responsive visual journal interventions through lecture and group discussions.

If you did not take our introductory course in 2018 at Ghost Ranch/Abiquiu New Mexico or our 2016 in Denver, you are welcome to join us for this course. Please use the Contact Form for any questions that you have. And in 2020, we plan to be back in Abiquiu for another course in November...because we enjoy the magic of the place, of course.


Madrid, Beijing, Nijmegen, Scottsdale, Annapolis, Moose Jaw...yes, Cathy goes there.

Nijmegen [the Netherlands] is coming up this month, but Madrid, Beijing, Scottsdale, Annapolis and Moose Jaw...just up on the 2019 schedule. All the details will be posted shortly on the website!


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Register Here for Online Courses on Expressive Art Therapy and Trauma-Informed Practice

Take our popular Foundation Course in Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy or complete an online Certificate in Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One. Or learn more about Expressive Arts Therapy and Yoga; we also offer supervision in expressive arts therapy if you are working toward your REAT or REACE credentials, or just need some consultation.

We will be upgrading our course site over the coming months, so look for news about changes soon! And use the Contact Form on our site to send your questions-- we look forward to hearing from you.


We are excited to begin to offer regular online group supervision for those seeking a REAT or professionals who would like to join a cost-friendly supervision experience for professional growth and development. Group supervision is open to a variety of students and professionals, including those who are working on their Registration as an Expressive Arts Therapist; Art Therapists who can use additional hours of supervision; Play Therapists who would like supervision in Expressive Arts Therapy; and related practitioners in mental health and healthcare who are licensed or certified by a professional board and who would like to participate for continuing education or professional development goals to learn more about expressive arts in clinical practice. All participants must show proof of malpractice insurance before the first session of online supervision. Participants should have relevant case material to bring to supervision for discussion and follow ethical principles for confidentiality, informed consent and permission in presentation and discussion of any client information.

Please contact us for more information on this offering.

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Resensitizing the Body Through Expressive Arts | Psychology Today May 2019

While people often communicate their personal stories with words, I believe there is another form of narrative that is embodied. Peter Levine, originator of Somatic Experiencing® maintained that the body communicates the memory of trauma through posture, gesture, movement, breath and other somatic responses. While not all individuals verbalize stories in every expressive arts therapy session, their bodies always tell a story of the traumatic stress they have experienced. I see this narrative expressed in how the person enters the office, sits in a chair and physically engages with me and through body scan drawings when I ask, “show me with colors, shapes, lines or mark-making where you hold that emotion or sensation in your body.” According to Levine this somatic narrative is as important as the language-driven stories people tell; when its story changes over time, it is observable in how people carry and move their bodies. Similarly, Ogden and Fisher, of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy fame, assert that body sensations and movements are constant sources of meaning making. Read more here....

From Psychology Today-- Expressive Therapies Continuum-- Healing in Three-Part Harmony

In psychotherapy and particularly trauma-focused work, we often talk about working from the “bottom-up.” That generally means a progression that begins with the body’s sensory and somatic experiences as the foundation for eventual exploration of emotions (affect) and personal narratives (cognition). While a “top-down” approach is still on the menu, most often reparative applications of expressive arts generally begin with somatic-sensory experiences — that is, the experience of embodiment. Simply put, embodiment is an implicit form of intelligence that is in direct contrast to the prevailing notion found in most forms of psychotherapy that focus on the mind as the main source of intelligence. Read more at this link:


Empathy? In Denmark they’re learning it in school

What a concept...learning empathy in school. To read this article in it's entirety, go to this link.

“In Danish schools an hour a week is dedicated to the “Klassens tid”, an empathy lesson for students aged 6 to 16 years. The hour of empathy is as important as the time spent, for example, on English or mathematics. During the Klassens tid students discuss their problems, either related to school or not, and the whole class, together with the teacher, tries to find a solution based on real listening and understanding. If there are no problems to discuss, children are simply spent the time together relaxing and enjoying hygge, a word (and also a verb and an adjective), which cannot be translated literally, since it is a phenomenon closely related to Danish culture. Hygge could be defined as “intentionally created intimacy”. In a country where it gets dark very early in the year, it rains, it's gray, hygge means bringing light, warmth and friendship, creating a shared, welcoming and intimate atmosphere.”


Facebook Live at 2019 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium | Expressive Arts Therapy as Healing Engagement

Listen to Podcast About "Why Art in Trauma Treatment?"

Part of the Trauma Therapist Podcast series. To learn more and enjoy 100s of additional podcasts, be sure to go to Guy Macpherson's website The Trauma Therapist at this link.
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