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 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 and current research in art therapy, play therapy, expressive arts therapy and creative arts therapies and trauma-informed care and complement mind-body, somatic, sensory integration and neurodevelopmental methods of trauma intervention. We believe that these approaches are 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.
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An International Creative Community with Art Therapists Cathy Malchiodi (USA) and Janet McLeod (New Zealand)
The ART THERAPY + HAPPINESS PROJECT was so popular in 2013, we're planning a new version for 2014. This is a unique opportunity for exploring art making and well-being; no art [therapy] experience required! However, if you are an art therapist or helping professional and are seeking continuing education credits, you are eligible to obtain 6 CECs by completing a companion course, ART THERAPY AND POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY. Art therapists who require a certificate of completion for the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) may contact us for more information on how to obtain continuing education for participation in the Project.
Registration is open for the 2014 PROJECT; see this link for for Early Registration and Regular Registration. We are planning to open the course for participation in late February 2014, but by registering early you will be able to enroll at a lower fee. The course will stay open throughout the rest of 2014, giving you plenty of time to enjoy monthly activities, downloadable materials and regular opportunities for a variety of art swaps with participants around the world.
It’s the start of a new year and it’s a good time to begin or renew a journaling practice. I believe that creative expression is as much of a wellness practice as good nutrition and exercise; it is not only an effective means of stress reduction, it is also a pleasurable cognitive “workout” that flexes your creative muscles and sensory parts of your brain. I encourage you to get yourself an art journal or even a dollar store composition book and drawing, painting, and/or collage materials and try some of the techniques described in the four previous posts on visual journaling. In order to download the free PDF, go to Psychology Today to read the complete article and find a link to the download, Visual Journaling as Art Therapy and Self-Care.
Read more about the top ten art therapy visual journaling prompts at Psychology Today, Arts and Health. Visual journaling (aka art journaling) has a long history in the field of art therapy, particularly as an approach to assist recovery from trauma or loss and as a form of stress reduction. Carl Jung is often considered to be the art therapy “poster person” for visual journaling because he maintained a regular practice of visual journaling. He generally created small circular drawings that he believed corresponded to his inner feelings and the archetypal realm of the collective unconscious.
September 13th and 14th, 2013, 9 am to 4 pm each day at North Aztlan Community Center, Fort Collins, Colorado-- Register Early, Limited Seating!
Want to get a “Rocky Mountain High” and work in some continuing education on art therapy and trauma-informed practice? Cathy Malchiodi and Elizabeth Warson will be presenting the latest research and approaches to art making, stress reduction and resilience in Fort Collins, Colorado this fall [an hour north from Denver International Airport, one hour from Denver and one hour from Boulder area]. This two-day course presents key art therapy strategies and applications to enhance resilience and reduce stress responses to trauma and loss. Participants will engage in a variety of hands-on 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, but particular emphasis is on families, groups and communities from a culturally-responsive, trauma-informed approach. For more information, click here.
Go to http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-healing-arts/201207/the-healing-arts-after-crisis-7-essential-practices to read and download a PDF of The Healing Arts After a Crisis: Seven Essential Practices. Originally written in response to the shooting in Aurora Colorado in July 2012, this article has been widely circulated and applied to the tragedy in Connecticut in December 2012, and recently in the Boston Marathon bombing.
The Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute has added a new online course to its offerings: Art Therapy and Positive Psychology. For more information on this course and how to register, please see Online Courses on this site. You can register any time and have 1 year to complete this course for 6 continuing education units; professionals and students may register and others by contacting the Institute for details.
THE ART [THERAPY] + HAPPINESS PROJECT is now open for registration! It a unique learning opportunity inspired by concepts, activities and techniques we have embraced in our own work as art therapists and in our journeys as artists. We believe that art making is an essential practice that can support our positivity and sense of well-being, expand our awareness, open ourselves to kindness and self-compassion, and deepen our connection to ourselves and others. No previous art experience is required; this online art making and positivity community is open to all creative spirits--artists, non-artists, helping professionals and students-- and first-timers included! Go to the PROJECT to register and learn more.
Media cites Trauma-Informed Art Therapy® as method for addressing Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy; to read more, visit this webpage at http://www.examiner.com/article/art-therapy-for-grief-helping-your-loved-ones-cope-after-sandy-hook-shooting?cid=rss.