Current Live Courses and Workshops given by Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Faculty and Open to the Professionals and Students


Please check back often or place your name on our mailing list or follow us on Facebook to keep informed about new live courses and online offerings as they are announced! Here are current events around the US and internationally; we hold many other workshops and courses through a variety of agencies and organizations. If you are an agency or organization who is interested in a course or workshop, please use the Contact page to send your request. You can also visit the Past Courses | Presentations page to view some of the previous offerings or see the listings at the bottom of this page.

2016 Schedule | Courses, Workshops & Keynote Presentations Open to Public 

Here is a partial list of public courses and workshops for 2016; get on our mailing list at our Contact page for updates and additions to this schedule.

  • Feb. 19, 20, & 21 2016, "Expressive Arts Therapy" with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD and Laury Rappaport, PhD, in Santa Rosa, California.
  • May 2, 3, & 4, 2016, "Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One," with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 
  • Late May 2016, "Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level Three," with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, Hong Kong China.
  • Late May 2016, see you at the International Art Therapy Conference in Hong Kong China!
  • June 22, 23, & 24, 2016, "Visual Journaling in Expressive Arts Therapy and Counseling" with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, and Elizabeth Warson, PhD, Lowry Conference Center, Denver Colorado.
  • July 15, 2016, "Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy," invited special workshop session with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, at American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA [Laissez les bon temps rouler – “let the good times roll”]
  • August 2016, three days of Expressive Arts Therapy Learning [to be announced], Prescott College, Prescott AZ, with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD
  • August 22-26, 2016, week-long courses on "Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy" with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, and Elizabeth Warson, PhD, at the beautiful BP Center, Anchorage, Alaska.

Check back for new offerings throughout 2016...

"Expressive Arts Therapy: Historical and Contemporary Approaches" February 19, 20, & 21 2016, Santa Rosa, California; Registration Open!

Faculty: Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT & Laury Rappaport, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, REAT

February 19, 20, & 21, 2016 [9:30 am - 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday; 9:15 pm - 4:15 pm Sunday] in beautiful Santa Rosa, California; one hour north of San Francisco and in the midst of California Wine Country! Register early, seating is limited to first 24 registrants!

This unique three-day course is designed to provide an overview of the historical foundations of the expressive arts therapy (art, music/sound, dance/movement, dramatic enactment, and play) and how these foundations inform contemporary practice— Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy— with individuals, families and groups. Participants will learn multiple arts-based applications of expressive arts therapy through lectures, films, discussion and hands-on experiences. Mindfulness practice will also be integrated with the expressive arts and Focusing.


The course emphasizes how to apply the expressive arts as brain + heart-wise, sensory-based and embodied interventions, integrating contemporary principles of Focusing, somatic psychology, mindfulness, trauma-informed practice, neurobiology and  creative process within psychotherapy and counseling.


This course is open to mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, creative arts therapists, expressive arts facilitators and graduate students. The course is designed to meet part of the required content** for Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) credential with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, but course content is also intended to enrich helping professionals’ practical knowledge and application of expressive arts in their work.


Learning Outcomes

During this three-day course, participants will:

1)    be able to identify major theories and pioneers in the field of expressive arts therapy;

2)    be able to identify why expressive arts therapy is a brain + heart-wise, sensory-based and embodied approach;

3)    be able to identify at least five strategies to integrate expressive arts in work with individuals, families and groups;

4)    be able to define how Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) is an intermodal expressive arts approach and how it is a mindfulness-based approach.

5)    be able to define how Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy® is an integrative, embodied and sensory-based approach with individuals, families and groups.

Artwork by C. Malchiodi
Artwork by C. Malchiodi

Continuing Education Units: This course provides 18 clock hours of continuing education. An additional fee of $25 is charged for issuance of CEC certificates and is payable by cash or check at the first day of the course meeting. 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 this program. 


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. 


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. These activities are clearly outlined in their recertification standards provided to all ATR-BCs in their recertification year and on their website. If you are and ATR-BC or are licensed as an art therapist in your state, please check with ATCB or your state board to verify what types of CEC activities are acceptable for license renewal.


You can also register for an additional 6 hour online course, Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy [Part One] that complements this live course [see below]. The live course and online course partially complete the expressive arts therapy requirements for Registration as an Expressive Arts Therapist with International Expressive Arts Therapy Association [18 hours of live coursework plus 6 hours of online learning]. Please see information below to register for this additional course; you can also simply register for this course for continuing education purposes. As always, please contact the IEATA directly for the latest information on their credentials process [for current requirements and to submit questions] and visit the Institute webpage on the REAT at this link.

Early Registration

Register for Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy by midnight Pacific Time on January 20, 2016 for the lowest rate.


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Regular Registration

Register for Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy after midnight Pacific Time on January 20, 2016. Please contact us for availability!


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Online Course: Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy [Part One]

This 6 continuing education credit [CEC] hour course provides an overview and foundation for understanding the theory and practice of expressive arts therapy in mental health, counseling, psychosocial intervention and overall wellness. It also serves as part of the foundational learning for those accumulating credit hours toward Registered Expressive Arts Therapist credential with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Learners will complete a series of short written assignments, quizzes, and hands-on activities to learn more about expressive arts therapy, history of the field and the essential concepts involved in applying approaches to counseling, psychotherapy and arts-based facilitation with children, adolescents, and adults.

This course provides 6 hours of online education; please see the Continuing Education page for more information. This course requires reading six chapters from the book Expressive Therapies available in print or electronic download from


  • Available

Visual Journaling in Counseling and Expressive Arts, June 22, 23, & 24 2016, Denver Colorado Lowry Conference Center

Please visit this page for registration information! See Visual Journal in Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy...

Do you have questions about Expressive Arts Therapy and expressive arts therapy credentials? Please go to this page for more information!

2015 Events Schedule [Selected Past Offerings]

The 22th Annual Kentucky Association for Play Therapy Conference, March 12th & 13th, 2015: Trauma-Informed Art and Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD


Special One Day Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy and Brain-Wise Approaches, April 17, 2015, Corning NY, USA, with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, for Family Service Society


Brain-Wise Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, Young People and Families-- June 2015 in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney Australia with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD and sponsored by Australian Childhood Foundation International Seminar Series


Creating Community through Expressive Arts, May 8, 2015 for Creating Communities Organization, Annapolis, MD, day-long hands-on course with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD


Brain-Wise Expressive Arts Interventions: Creative Approaches for Counselors and Psychotherapists, Keynote Presentation at the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy 50th Annual Conference, Niagara Falls, Canada, May 2015; Cathy Malchiodi, PhD


3 Days of Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, Anchorage Alaska, August 19-20-21, 2015, BP Center, Anchorage AK; Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, and Elizabeth Warson, PhD


Brain-Wise Creative Interventions with Children and Families-- September 2015, day-long course for SafePath Child Advocacy, Marietta GA, with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD


Three Days of Expressive Arts Therapy for graduate level students and professionals at Prescott College, Prescott AZ Expressive Arts Therapy Summer Institute, August 6, 7, & 8, 2015, Cathy Malchiodi, adjunct faculty.


Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain-Wise Interventions in Long-Term Treatment and Memory Care-- Keynote presentation, Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis Convention Center, October 17, 2015; Cathy Malchiodi, PhD


Download Brochures for Selected Past Events

2015 3-Day Course in Santa Rosa California with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD & Laury Rappaport, PhD
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Brain-Wise Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children and Families Seminar Flyer
Download this seminar flyer to find out the exact dates and locations for the 4-city Australian Childhood Foundation presentations!
Malchiodi Seminar Flyer v6.pdf
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Preliminary Flyer for CCPA 50th Annual Conference
Download this flyer for more information on this conference, the venue and dates for presentations.
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Open to Professionals and Graduate Students...

Complete Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy® Level One Certificate

You can complete Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy® Level One Certificate by attending live courses and combining them with online, distance learning through the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute. Please use the Contact Page to be placed on our mailing for more information; many of the privately contracted training are not listed on this page and are by invitation only to professionals and graduate level students.

Similar presentations are regularly given at a variety of venues including national mental health counseling, play therapy, art therapy, expressive therapy and social work associations and university conferences throughout the US and Canada. Go to the Contact Page to request to be placed on the mailing list or sign-up for the enewsletter on this page.