Register Here for Online Courses on Expressive Art Therapy and Trauma-Informed Practice

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 all the 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. 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.

 

Your instructor will read your written assignments and grade your final paper or project as soon as possible and within a day or two of submission, but sometimes it can take up to a week.

 

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 credits. 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.

 

Disclaimer. We reserve the right to determine eligibility for registering for online courses. 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. Students 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.

 

Once you purchase your course, you will receive an email with information on how to enroll in the course and access the course site. Please be patient; in most cases you will receive a response within 24 hours, but sometimes it takes several days to complete your order due to weekends and holidays. 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. 

Refund Policy. If you are not satisfied with your online course, we will refund your registration fee minus a small handling charge if we receive your request for a refund within seven (7) days after you receive your enrollment key to access your course. After seven days, you may request a full credit to apply to another online course or to a live workshop or seminar given by Institute Faculty.


Trauma-Informed Art Therapy® and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy©

 

Trauma-Informed Art Therapy/Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy® is the foundation course for the Level One Certificate Program. It covers the basics about trauma-informed practice and the seven concepts involved in trauma-informed expressive arts therapy including neurodevelopment, safety, self-regulation, somatic approaches, cultural sensitivity and resilience-building. This course includes a variety of readings, short films, hands-on activities, short written responses, quizzes, and a final paper and exam. All reading materials are included in this course.

 

This course provides 12 hours of online education; please see the Continuing Education page for more information.

$130.00

  • Available

Resilience, Posttraumatic Growth and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Practice (Part One)

 

An introduction to several positive psychology factors in trauma integration and recovery: resilience, posttraumatic growth, empathy, and connection to others. The emphasis in this course is on using arts therapies and creative interventions in resilience building and posttraumatic growth, establishing and supporting healthy attachment, and developing empathy. Additionally, mindfulness is presented as a key practice in supporting resiliency and trauma-informed art therapy. Learners will also have several hands-on arts-based experiences, explore a variety of resources, and enjoy several films related to the course topics.

 

This course provides 6 hours of online education; please see Continuing Education page for more information.

$95.00

  • Available

Resilience, Posttraumatic Growth and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Practice (Part Two)

 This is the second course in a two-part sequence for understanding the key concepts of resilience and posttraumatic growth in trauma-informed practice how expressive arts therapy and other arts-based approaches complement resiliency and PTG in children, teens, adults and families. This course emphasizes 1) a brief review of the concepts of resiliency and PTG, empathy and mindfulness; 2) practices of gratitude and forgiveness and their relationship to resiliency and PTG; 3) compassion and self-compassion in trauma recovery and resilience and 4) principles of positive psychology that support trauma-informed intervention and resiliency. You will learn a variety of evidence-based activities to apply in resiliency-building work children, adolescents, and adults and engage in creative writing and simple art-based activities.

 
This course provides 6 hours of online education; please see Continuing Education page for more information.

$95.00

  • Available

Art Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy and Positive Psychology

The course covers 1) basic principles of positive psychology; 2) the interface and relationship between positive psychology, art therapy and creativity; 3) neurobiology of positive psychology; 4) the concept of flow and its importance to positivity; 5) compassion, connection, courage and contribution as factors in positivity and wellness; and 6) expressive arts-based activities related to the theme of positive psychology. All readings and resources are available online; you will also engage in several hands-on activities, short feedback exercises, and complete a short final exam.

 

This course provides 6 hours of online education; please see the Continuing Education page for more information.

$95.00

  • Available

Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy with Children and Families

 

This course is an overview of art therapy, play therapy and other expressive arts therapies [music therapy, drama therapy and bibliotherapy] in trauma-informed practice with children and families. Course takers will learn why these approaches are essential to trauma intervention with children and families through short response papers and hands-on experience. Creative interventions allow individuals to actively imagine, experiment with, reframe and rehearse desired changes through self-expression; in this course you will learn a wide variety ways to facilitate trauma-informed, creative interventions and learn more about the foundations of these trauma-informed expressive arts therapy approaches. All course readings are included in this presentation.

 

This course provides 6 hours of online education; please see the Continuing Education page for more information.

$95.00

  • Available

Ethics of Art Therapy and Play Therapy with Traumatized Children

 

This 6 continuing education hours course provides an overview of the essential ethics and legal issues in working with traumatized children, with an emphasis on art therapy and play therapy principles, standards of practice and ethical codes. Students will participate in quizzes including multiple choice and matching, short responses to course material, and drawing activities to learn and explore key principles. This course culminates with a comprehensive quiz and a short response paper related to ethical practice with children. All reading materials are included in this course.

 

$95.00

  • Available

Expressive Arts Therapy Approaches to Resilience and Stress Reduction

This is an online course designed to increase your understanding of how expressive arts therapy and other arts-based approaches enhance trauma-informed practice with an emphasis on enhancing resilience and reducing stress-related reactions. Participants will review trauma-informed practice, trauma-informed art therapy, trauma-informed expressive arts therapy, resilience and posttraumatic growth concepts as related to resilience enhancement and stress reduction. Brief responses to course material, hands-on activities, and quizzes are included; a final exam and brief summary paper are required for completion. All reading materials are included in the course as well as films, narrated powerpoints and a variety of accessible resources and downloadable materials. 

 

This course provides 12 hours of online education; please see the Continuing Education page for more information.

$150.00

Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy | History and Foundational Practices

This 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 is open to mental health and healthcare professions, expressive arts facilitators, and graduate students who want to learn more about expressive arts therapies and creative interventions.

 

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 Amazon.com.

$95.00

  • Available

Expressive Arts Therapy | Contemporary Approaches to Practice

 

This 6 continuing education credit [CEC] hour course is part of the foundational learning in the Expressive Arts Therapies with a focus on major contemporary approaches to practice-- Appalachian Approach, Person-Centered Expressive Arts, Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, Social Action and Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts. Learners will complete a series of short written assignments, quizzes, and hands-on activities to learn more about specific approaches and the essential concepts involved in applying approaches to counseling, psychotherapy and arts-based facilitation with children, adolescents, and adults. This course does not require completion of "Expressive Arts Therapy | History and Foundational Practices" in order to enroll; advanced mental health and healthcare professionals and students will learn a variety of methods and practices that can be applied to creative interventions with children, adults, groups and communities.

All readings are included with this course.

$95.00

  • Available