Advanced Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, Anchorage Alaska, September 6, 7, and 8, 2017, BP Center

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD and Elizabeth Warson, PhD, Institute Faculty

Art therapy trauma-informed education





 Enjoy off-season pricing and the splendor of Alaska while getting 18 hours of continuing education at the beautiful BP center in mid-town Anchorage this September! You can plan a cruise along the coast before or after the workshop, tour the city and the surrounding communities or head north by train or tour bus to Talkeetna, Fairbanks and Denali.


This three-day course provides 18 continuing education hours [see Continuing Education page for more information] including lecture/discussion and plenty of hands-on experiences that you can adapt and apply to your work with children, teens, adults, families and groups. The course is open to mental health professionals, health care professionals, expressive arts facilitators and graduate students.

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Join us at the beautiful BP Center in Anchorage Alaska for this three-day course presenting the advanced foundations of trauma-informed practice and the latest research and approaches to expressive arts and play, stress reduction and resilience. Participants will learn art therapy and expressive arts therapy strategies and applications to increase their understanding of trauma-informed approaches, enhance resilience in various client populations and reduce stress responses to trauma and loss and engage in a variety of hands-on arts-based experiences using mind-body, mindfulness, wellness and strength-based best practices grounded in emerging research. The essential practices presented in this course can be applied to individuals of all ages and families, groups and communities from a culturally-responsive, trauma-informed approach.


For those who have completed Level One Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, this will provide the opportunity for you to complete the Level Two Certificate. If you have not taken Level One, no worries-- you can register for this course and receive a Certificate for Advanced Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy [if you wish you can complete Level One online or at a live presentation at another time and location].


By attending the entire three days, participants will learn:


1)    review the seven components of trauma-informed expressive arts therapy practice;

2)    at least seven arts-based methods used in culturally responsive, trauma-informed intervention; 

3)    at least three reasons why sensory-based, arts interventions key to accessing and integrating the embodied experience of trauma;

4)    at least five approaches to enhance resilience and posttraumatic growth through culturally responsive, trauma informed intervention;

5)    at least seven ways to apply course material to work with families, groups or communities that have experienced acute trauma, chronic trauma or intergenerational trauma.


Course Hours: 9:00 am - 12 noon and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm each day for a total of 18 continuing education hours. Course materials are provided to registrants during the week before the course via email; additional materials are provided during the course meetings. Participants are asked to bring a few basic art materials; additional materials are provided during each day of the training.

Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Participants at BP Conference Center, Anchorage Alaska, August 2015


Regular Registration for 3-Day Advanced Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, September 6, 7, & 8th, 2017 at BP Conference Center Anchorage Alaska

Register by July 15th, 2017 for regular registration rate!


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Last Call [if space available] Registration for 3-Day Advanced Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, September 6, 7, & 8th, 2017 at BP Conference Center Anchorage Alaska

Last call for registration until September 2, 2017!


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Lodging: Many people have used AirBnB for accommodations in Anchorage; we recommend you book several weeks in advance. There is also a Residence Inn on the BP Center property that is only a short walk to the venue. During the week, the BP Center has a restaurant open for lunch, coffee and snacks adjacent to the Conference Center.