Certificate Programs | Trauma-Informed Expressive Art Therapy

Art Therapy and the Brain by Cathy Malchiodi, PhD
Art Therapy & The Brain | ©2015 C. Malchiodi

Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy® Level One Certificate

 

Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy® Level One can be completed through a series of "live" courses, online or through a combination of online and live courses; please see the Course Catalogue for more information on registration fees. Principles and interventions in these courses are easily applied to work with children, teens, adults and families. There are three options to complete Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One Certificate:

 

Option #1: Online Learning for Level One includes 5 of following courses:

 

Required: Trauma-Informed Art Therapy®/ Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, an introduction to the basic concepts of trauma-informed work, trauma-informed expressive arts therapy, and how expressive arts, play therapy and related approaches support trauma recovery using neurodevelopment and mind-body best practices. Emphasis is on how creative interventions support the essential areas of trauma-informed care-- safety, empowerment, resilience, and self-efficacy. Provides 12 hours of continuing education.

 

Choose an additional 4 from the following list:

 

Resilience, Posttraumatic Growth and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Practices (Part One)-- an introduction to four positive factors in trauma integration and recovery: resilience, empathy, gratitude and compassion. The emphasis in this course is on using arts therapies and creative interventions in resilience building, establishing and supporting healthy attachment, and developing empathy. Additional trauma-informed practices including mindfulness and mind-body approaches are introduced to demonstrate their integration with arts therapies principles. Provides 6 hours of continuing education.

 

Resilience, Posttraumatic Growth and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Practices (Part Two) -- building on the concepts in Part One, this course introduces the importance of the practices of gratitude and compassion, including self-compassion, in trauma integration and recovery. The emphasis is on using arts therapies and creative interventions to help individuals of all ages explore positivity as a wellness factor and approach to mediating trauma reactions. Additional trauma-informed practices including mindfulness and mind-body approaches are introduced to demonstrate their integration with arts therapies principles. Provides 6 hours of continuing education.

 

Art Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy and Positive Psychology -- The course covers 1) basic principles of positive psychology; 2) the interface and relationship between positive psychology, art therapy and creativity; 3) neurobiology of positive psychology; 4) the concept of flow and its importance to positivity; 5) compassion, connection, courage and contribution as factors in positivity and wellness; and 6) art-based activities related to the theme of positive psychology. All readings and resources are available online; you will also engage in several hands-on activities, short feedback exercises, and complete a short final exam. Provides 6 hours of continuing education.

 

Ethics of Art and Play Therapy with Traumatized Children- an introduction to the ethical and legal issues of applying art therapy and play therapy to work with children who have experienced traumatic events, including interpersonal violence, witness to violence, hospitalization, divorce and custody disputes, and disasters. A trauma-informed approach to solving ethical dilemmas and forensic evaluations is included, with an emphasis on questions about retention of artwork, storage and confidentiality. Fulfills most requirements for 6 hours of ethics coursework and particularly helpful for those who are not credentialed as art or play therapists. Provides 6 hours of continuing education.

 

Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy with Children and Families--This course is an overview of art therapy, play therapy and creative arts therapies [music therapy, drama therapy and bibliotherapy] in trauma-informed practice with children and families. Course takers will learn why these approaches are essential to trauma intervention with children and families through short response papers and hands-on experience. Creative interventions allow children and families to actively imagine, experiment with, reframe and rehearse desired changes through self-expression; in this course you will learn a wide variety ways to facilitate trauma-informed, creative interventions and learn more about the foundations of these approaches. Provides 6 hours of continuing education.

 

Expressive Arts Therapy | Contemporary Approaches to Practice-- This course is part of the foundational learning in the Expressive Arts Therapies with a focus on major contemporary approaches to practice-- Appalachian Approach, Person-Centered Expressive Arts, Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, Social Action and Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts. Learners will complete a series of short written assignments, quizzes, and hands-on activities to learn more about specific approaches and the essential concepts involved in applying approaches to counseling, psychotherapy and arts-based facilitation with children, adolescents, and adults.


Art Therapy and Bilateral Drawing by Cathy Malchiodi
Bilateral Drawing | ©2015 C. Malchiodi

Option #2 for Level One includes 4 courses:

 

Required: Trauma-Informed Art Therapy®/ Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, an introduction to the basic concepts of trauma-informed work, trauma-informed expressive arts therapy, and how expressive arts, play therapy and related approaches support trauma recovery using neurodevelopment and mind-body best practices. Emphasis is on how creative interventions support the essential areas of trauma-informed care-- safety, empowerment, resilience, and self-efficacy. Provides 12 hours of continuing education.

 

Required: Expressive Arts Therapy Approaches to Resilience and Stress Reduction

This course is designed to increase your understanding of how expressive arts therapy and other arts-based approaches enhance trauma-informed practice with an emphasis on enhancing resilience and reducing stress-related reactions. Provides 12 hours of continuing education.

 

Choose two additional courses from the following (see descriptions in previous section): 

  • Resilience, Posttraumatic Growth and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Practices (Part One)
  • Resilience, Posttraumatic Growth and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Practices (Part Two)
  • Art Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy and Positive Psychology
  • Ethics of Art and Play Therapy with Traumatized Children
  • Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy with Children and Families 
  • Expressive Arts Therapy | Contemporary Approaches to Practice

Option #3: Live Courses:

Because being in a course with other participants is a broader learning experience, three of the following courses are required to complete Level One (for information on offerings or to schedule live courses for your agency or organization, please use the Contact form to get on the mailing list):

 

Required: Trauma-Informed Art Therapy®/Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, an introduction to the basic concepts of trauma-informed work, trauma-informed expressive arts therapy, and how expressive art and play therapy support trauma recovery using neurodevelopment and mind-body best practices. Emphasis is on how creative interventions support the essential areas of trauma-informed care-- safety, empowerment, resilience, and self-efficacy.

 

Two additional courses from the online catalogue, taught in a live format. If you have completed Trauma-Informed Expressive Art Therapy® through a live presentation, please contact us to determine what online courses to take to complete Level One through distance learning.

 

Who is Eligible to Complete Level One?

  • Master's and Doctoral level, licensed or credentialed professionals in mental health, healthcare and creative arts therapies and play therapies.
  • Students enrolled in mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychology, social work and creative arts therapies.
  • Other professionals with permission of instructors.

Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy® Level Two Certificate

 

We do offer Level Two at least once a year as a live course and are working on an online, continuing education version. Level Two expands the principles of Level One, provides more specific interventions and practice strategies, and covers the broader area of expressive arts therapies.