Expressive Arts Therapy, Trauma-Informed Online Learning Courses

Participants in Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One with Cathy Malchiodi PhD
Participants in Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One with Cathy Malchiodi PhD

Looking for distance coursework that provides learning about expressive arts therapy and trauma-informed practice? Or do you want to just learn more about arts-based approaches, play therapy, creative intervention, and the expressive arts therapies that are applied in counseling, psychotherapy and integrative healthcare? Our courses are designed for master's and doctoral level mental health professionals and graduate students in mental health and related professions.


Most courses are designed to meet continuing education requirements in the US and are 6 hours or 12 hours in length. This means that a 6 hour course should take learners approximately 6 hours to complete the readings, assignments and final exam or short paper. Our participants say that our courses take a little longer to complete than other online offerings because of hands-on assignments and the extensive material that is included in each course offering. You can complete your online courses at your own pace and schedule; you will have one year from the date of registration to complete your courses; if you need an extension to complete your course, please let us know. We try to make your learning interesting by including not only standard quizzes and short answer questions, but also creative arts and play-based activities and podcasts, films and videos so that you can learn first hand about trauma-informed, creative interventions.

To see our current online courses, please go to the Online Course Catalogue for more information. To learn more about our Certificate Programs in Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, go to this link.

Certificates of Completion

At the end of each online course you will receive a Certificate of Completion. You must complete all assignments, quizzes, final exam and/or projects, and the evaluation in order to receive the Certificate. Please use the Contact Form to send us any questions you have about receiving certificates and continuing education if applicable. To read more about continuing education, please visit the Continuing Education page on this website. Also, please read the Frequently Asked Questions page.


Completing Your Courses. Please note that you will have one year from when you register for a course to complete it. Please also let us know if you are having any technical difficulties in using the Learning Center.


Refund Policy. If you are not satisfied with your course within 7 days of registration, we will issue a refund, minus a small administrative fee. After 7 days from registration, we will issue a credit for the course which can be applied to another online course or live event held by the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute. 


Disclaimer. We reserve the right to determine eligibility for registering for online courses, for continuance of participation in enrolled coursework, and removal from course participation when warranted. Upon request, professionals must show evidence of identity and credentials including master's level or higher mental health license [preferred] or professional board certification/registration from a nationally recognized certification/registration agency in one of the creative arts therapies, counseling or play therapy, or equivalent experience. Participants may be asked show evidence of enrollment in a master's level or higher or equivalent course of study before beginning courses. Continuing education credits are available to individuals holding a master's level or higher degree, and a mental health license and/or professional board certification/registration from a nationally recognized credentialing board in the creative arts therapies, counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, psychology, medicine, or play therapy.

Purchasing Courses

Once you purchase your course, you will receive an email with information on how to begin and access the course site. We use buyer-protected, standard encryption PayPal to allow secure electronic payments. You do not need to have a PayPal account in order to register or pay for your courses and will be given that option when you enter the PayPal website after you place your order.