Trauma-Informed Practices & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute Faculty

The Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute is dedicated to teaching trauma-informed intervention that integrates neurodevelopment, somatic approaches, mindfulness, and positive psychology. In particular, it supports the integrative use of expressive arts therapies including art, music/sound and movement, play therapy, integrative methods, and mind-body approaches for recovery and wellness in children, adults and families. These approaches assist individuals in learning how mind and body respond to the sensory aspects of traumatic events and how to enhance personal resilience and posttraumatic growth.


Institute Faculty provide learning experiences based on principles of creative arts therapies, expressive arts therapies and somatic approaches. These principles are informed by contemporary research in trauma intervention, neurodevelopment, mindfulness, mind-body approaches, positive psychology and related fields. Founded by Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, the Institute's mission is to promote understanding of how creative interventions mediate trauma reactions. While using drawing, movement, dramatic enactment or imaginative play can be helpful, understanding how expressive arts therapy actually works is key to practice and successful application to trauma intervention. Our courses and materials are developed and taught by advanced professionals who hold credentials in arts, play and/or expressive arts therapy and have advanced experience and clinical expertise in the application of these approaches to trauma intervention with children, adults, families, groups and communities.


Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT is the Founder, Director and Lead Faculty for the Institute. Cathy is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, a Board-Certified and Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and research psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in expressive arts-based trauma intervention, medical art therapy and integrative approaches to health and wellness. She is the author and/or editor 20 books on art therapy, expressive arts therapy, trauma-informed practice, and health care, including the Handbook of Art Therapy (2nd ed), Understanding Children's Drawings, Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, The Art Therapy Sourcebook, and Art Therapy and Health Care, among others.


A popular speaker and educator, Cathy has given more than 350 invited or refereed presentations, keynotes, workshops and courses throughout the US, Canada, and internationally. She is the originator of Trauma-Informed Art Therapy and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, two frameworks for arts-based practice and intervention that she has been developing for over 20 years with interpersonal violence, child abuse, survivors of disaster and disaster relief, combat military and Veterans, and medical populations. Cathy has served on many organizational boards and NGOs around the world and is a Series Editor for Guilford Publications, Creative Arts Therapy and Play Therapy series. She also writes for Psychology Today on the topic of arts and health, covering expressive arts therapies, creative arts therapies, creativity, the arts, neurobiology, wellness, and mental health. Her current research is on strength-based, social action approaches to arts-based intervention with military and their families and arts in healthcare, with an emphasis on integrative medicine and mind-body practices focusing on art therapy and expressive arts therapies.


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Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., MFT, REAT, ATR-BC is a Professor and Director of the Mind-Body Dept. at Five Branches University and has  over 30 years experience teaching in graduate schools, including Lesley University, Notre Dame de Namur University, Cambridge College. She regularly presents internationally and has extensive clinical experience with individuals. couples. families, groups, and organizations in a variety of settings.  Laury is a Certifying Focusing Coordinator/Trainer and Founder/Director of the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute,  author of Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy: Accessing the Body’s Wisdom and Creative Intelligence and editor of the forthcoming book, Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies. For information of the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute, see



Aimee Loth Rozum, LMHC, ATR-BC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist, Adjunct Faculty at Lesley University Expressive Therapies Graduate Program, and an independent practitioner with children and adolescents. She is the Co-Director of the Waquoit Healing Arts Center in Massachusetts and specializes in trauma and bereavement work and methodologies that combine art psychotherapy with cognitive-behavioral approaches. Aimee is also a frequent contributor to texts and publications on art therapy, trauma intervention, grief and loss.


Elizabeth Warson, PhD, LPC, ATR-BC, is the Director and Founder of American Indian Art Therapy and has numerous years of experience in graduate level art therapy, counseling and interdisciplinary teaching. Her expertise includes research design in art therapy and expressive arts therapies, publication and intergenerational and culturally responsive trauma intervention.

Emily Rae Johnson Welsh, MA, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC. As an art therapist and yoga instructor, Emily finds joy in connecting and sharing her love of creativity, breath, and mindfulness. Emily works with families in the hospital setting and feels fortunate to use both artmaking and yoga to meet their wellness needs during medical experiences. In her art studio you can find an array of textures, from faux fur to resin, and endless jars of mixed media treasures.  On her yoga mat you can find her smiling, breathing, and flowing, preferably in a hot room. Next to her bed you can see her new books and a growing collection of research on trauma, the body, and yoga. When not in the hospital or yoga studio, she prefers to be making a mess in the kitchen (cooking), playing with dirt (gardening) or snuggling with her loves (aka dogs, cat, and a husband).