November 2018 | Three-day Visual Journaling Certification [Level One] with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, Elizabeth Warson, PhD, and two-day training with internationally-known Cornelia Elbrecht, AThr, SEP [Australia] at the fabulous Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico
A Unique Week of Learning at Historic Ghost Ranch in New Mexico! We had such a positive experience in 2017 at Ghost Ranch, we have planned an even more exciting and extensive week of learning for 2018. This year you will be able to register for entire week of learning or just attend part of it [it's up to you]. Two courses will present key trauma-informed arts-based and expressive arts therapy strategies and applications to support self-regulation and resilience-based art-based, mind-body strategies. Participants will engage in a variety of hands-on experiences [individual and group] using mind-body, mindfulness, self-regulation, wellness, resilience 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 adults from a culturally-responsive, trauma-informed approach.
Visual Journaling and Expressive Arts: Arts-Based Narrative Approaches to Self-Regulation and Stress Reduction-Level One Certificate.
Institute Faculty: Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT and Elizabeth Warson, PhD, LPC, ATR-BC
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 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 mind-body-- 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.
This course is part of the new Visual Journaling 4 Healing® Certificate to provide expressive arts therapists, mental health professionals and expressive arts facilitators with well-grounded visual journaling practices to apply to their work with individuals of all ages. Content is based on best practices in expressive arts therapy, art therapy and trauma-informed concepts key to health, well-being, reparation and recovery through arts-based methods and frameworks such as EMDR®, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy/DBT, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness-Based approaches.
On November 5th and 6th, we will welcome internationally recognized Australian art therapist and educator Cornelia Elbrecht who will be teaching for two days on a "Sensorimotor Art Therapy Approach to Bilateral Body Mapping." Cornelia's groundbreaking book, Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing [North Atlantic Press} will be published in the fall of 2018; here is some information on this new publication:
In recent years “sensorimotor” has emerged as a term to describe body focused psychotherapies that use a bottom-up approach. Instead of a cognitive top-down strategy, sensorimotor art therapy encourages the awareness of innate motor impulses in the muscles and viscera. The perception of these patterns of flow and relaxation or of contraction, tension and collapse in the body are then made visible through drawing these involuntary motor impulses with both hands and closed eyes on large sheets of paper. The drawing process is not image oriented, but simply focuses on how the muscles, the gut or the breath move on the inside. Such rhythmic scribbled repetition makes felt body-sensations visible. Increasingly the associated emotions emerge as well. This seemingly simple process of sensory perception and rhythmic expression of motor impulses allows a unique way of communicating with the autonomic nervous system. Feeling safe and present individuals are being encouraged to rekindle the flow of life energy that contracted and froze in the past due to trauma. Over time wellbeing palpably improves, and gradually wholeness can be restored.
You can learn more about Sensorimotor Art Therapy at the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy & School of Initiatic Art Therapy at this link. For more information about this course, please also see this page on our website.
Both courses are open to counselors, social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, expressive arts therapists, expressive arts facilitators, creative arts therapists and graduate students. Objectives and Agenda to follow soon! Right now, you can register to secure a space as seating will be limited.
What to Bring to the Course: We will be updating this section over the summer, so please check back. Once we get closer to the dates of the courses, if you are registered you will receive a number of emails to let you know what to bring as well as readings and other information.
To be announced! We will begin each day at 9:00 am and end at 4:30 pm with a 1 1/2 hour lunch break; Ghost Ranch has food available for purchase at the location. Bodhi's is also a popular place for lunch and is about 10 minutes from Ghost Ranch [excellent posole, salads and sandwiches; you can also shop for food items and locally-made gifts at their marketplace].
Be sure to dress comfortably and in layers; temperatures can vary at this time of year, but are on the cool side especially at night. Also, be sure to bring a water bottle; drinking plenty of water is important at this higher elevation.
Note: We are pending CECs for the fields of social work and psychology. Please let us know if you are interested in these options.
Sensorimotor Art Therapy Approach to Bilateral Body Mapping qualifies for a total of 12 continuing education credits [or 6 hours per day; international participants often call these professional development units]. Visual Journaling and Expressive Arts: Arts-Based Narrative Approaches to Self-Regulation and Stress Reduction-Level One Certification qualifies for 18 hours of continuing education credits [6 hours per day]. A $20 fee is charged for a certificate for processing each course [you can pay with cash or check at the workshop].
Counselors/National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6557. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC are clearly identified. Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute is an Approved Continuing Education Provider by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Our Texas Provider Number is 2318.
Art Therapy Credentials Board [ATCB]. The ATCB recognizes a variety of CEC activities, including those in the areas of professional and mental health counseling. These activities are clearly outlined in their recertification standards provided to all ATR-BCs in their recertification year and on their website. A minimum of six CECs must be earned in the area of ethics each cycle. If you are licensed as an art therapist in your state, please check with your state board to verify what types of CEC activities are acceptable for license renewal.
Art Therapists, Music Therapists, Drama Therapists and Dance Therapists. Please check with your credentials board or state license board to ensure that any courses you take can be applied for credential renewal.
California Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Educational Psychologists and Professional Counselors. As of July 1, 2015, the State of California /Board of Behavioral Sciences [BBS] amended its regulations for continuing education providers to include National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as a "board-recognized approval agency." If you are licensed as a marriage and family therapist, social worker, educational psychologist or professional clinical counselor in California, NBCC Approved Continuing Education Providers are recognized by the BBS to fulfill continuing education requirements. As of July 1, 2015, required CE hours can be accumulated entirely through self-study and distance learning.
Other Mental Health and Healthcare Professionals. As we continue to expand our offerings we will be expanding our continuing education credits into other areas. Please use the Contact form to provide recommendations for future continuing education needs.
Ghost Ranch | Education and Retreat Center
280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510
If you plan to stay at Ghost Ranch, there are a variety of options for lodging available on their property as well as meals. If you want to reserve a sleeping room there, please visit their Lodging page or call them at 502-685-1000 or toll free at 877-804-4678. You can request information via email at https://www.ghostranch.org/visit/lodging-meals/request-info/, but we recommend that you call them directly for information.
If you wish to make a reservation for lodging at Ghost Ranch, use the code "Art Therapy Without Borders."
Learn more about Abiquiu New Mexico at this website; AirBnB is another option to rent apartments, homes or rooms in the area. The Abiquiu Inn is about 10 minutes from Ghost Ranch for those who have transportation [since some participants stay at the Inn, there are often course-takers with cars who are willing to provide rides to the Ranch each day]. Santa Fe, Ojo Caliente and Taos are nearby, but is a bit of a drive each day-- but you may prefer to stay there as there are more options for accommodations and restaurants.
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