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Digital Seminar

Expressive Arts Psychotherapy and Trauma: Sensory-Based and Somatic Approaches to Trauma Treatment

Dr. Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT |  Amber Elizabeth Gray, PhD
Approx. 6 hours
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May 11, 2021
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Traditional methods often fall short in addressing traumatic stress.

Watch renowned somatic and expressive arts therapy and traumatic stress experts, Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, and Amber Elizabeth Gray, PhD as they discuss how we can address these impacts with clients, and ourselves, through innovative sensory-based, somatically oriented, expressive arts approaches.

Explore the following fundamental sources of repair and recovery with an emphasis on supporting self-regulation and co-regulation to promote “as safe as can be”:

  • Movement
  • Breath
  • Sound
  • Rhythm
  • Imagery

Repairing and resolving paralyzing fears, shame, loneliness, uncertainty, and disempowerment require methods that go beyond traditional talk therapy. These impacts demand that therapists address the body’s experiences through approaches that touch the senses and encourage individuals to communicate distress in non-verbal, implicit ways.

Expressive arts psychotherapy is an integrative form of trauma treatment that capitalizes on action-oriented, sensory-based and somatic approaches. In this dynamic course, participants will learn why these approaches are not only an alternative to “talk only.”

Take back to your clients the key practices of movement, sound, rhythm, image making, enactment, and play!

You will also gain a deeper understanding about how this form of intervention is essential to repair and restore self in clients suffering from complex trauma as a result of interpersonal violence, disrupted attachment, and other adverse experiences.


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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Dr. Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT's Profile

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Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT, is an expressive arts therapist and art therapist who has spent over 30 years working with individuals with traumatic stress and studying how the arts support reparation, integration and recovery from trauma. She is the founder and executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute that trains mental health and health care practitioners in medical, educational, and community settings and assists in disaster relief and humanitarian efforts throughout the world. Cathy has given more than 500 invited presentations in the US, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia and has published numerous articles, chapters, and more than 20 books, including Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body and Imagination in the Healing Process, Understanding Children’s Drawings, Handbook of Art Therapy, Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems,and Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children. She has received numerous awards for distinguished service, clinical contributions and lifetime achievements, including honors from the Kennedy Center and Very Special Arts in Washington, DC. A passionate advocate for the role of the arts in health, she is a contributing writer for Psychology Today Online with more than 5 million readers and a visual artist and occasional ukulele and Hulusi musician.  



Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Cathy Malchiodi is the founder, director and lead faculty member of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute. She is one of the founders and president of Art Therapy Without Borders. She is an author and receives royalties.
Non-financial: Cathy Malchiodi is a member of the American Art Therapy Association.

Amber Elizabeth Gray, PhD's Profile

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Amber Elizabeth Gray, PhD, is a long-time human rights activist and pioneer in the use of Dance Movement Therapy with survivors of trauma, particularly torture, war and human rights abuses. She is an ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award recipient; a recent nominee for The Barbara Chester Human Rights award, and featured expert on torture treatment through Tulane University’s Institute of Traumatology. Amber’s expertise is represented in many published articles, chapters, keynote addresses, professional collaborations and presentations around the world. Amber has provided clinical training on the integration of refugee mental health and torture treatment with creative arts, mindfulness, and body-based therapies to more than 30 programs worldwide. She is the originator of Polyvagal-informed Dance/Movement and Soma-Movement Therapies, developed over 20+ years of immersion in The Polyvagal Theory, and Restorative Movement Psychotherapy, a resiliency-based framework and clinical approach for somatic, mindfulness and dance/movement therapies with refugees and survivors of torture war trauma.  

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray is the founder and executive director of Kint Institute. She is program consultant and training coordinator at New Mexico Department of Health, Refugee Division.
Non-financial: Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray is a member of the American Dance Therapy Association; Colorado Association for Play Therapy; and Colorado Sandplay Therapy Association.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

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  1. Defend expressive arts therapy as a sensory-based and somatic approach to treatment.
  2. Determine the roles of self-regulation, co-regulation, exploration, and restoration in trauma treatment.
  3. Evaluate for at least three traumatic stress reactions resulting from complex exposures to, and layers of, trauma in your clients.
  4. Investigate the role of the expressive therapies continuum in trauma treatment.
  5. Develop in treatment planning at least three somatically oriented, dance/ movement psychotherapeutic approaches to support clinician selfregulation, client co-regulation in children, adolescents and adults
  6. Determine at least two ways that therapists can apply expressive work in telehealth sessions to address traumatic stress.


Opening Experiential

  • Bodyfulness Practice to land, arrive and begin

Restorative Movement Psychotherapy

  • The Primary Portals
  • Somatic Perspectives on Complex

Trauma & Phasic Approaches Somatic Stabilization Practice

  • Weight and Ground
  • Breath and Sky

MSSS Model of Expressive Practices

  • Movement
  • Sound
  • Storytelling
  • Silence

Four-Part Expressive Framework

  • Self-regulation
  • Co-regulation
  • Exploration
  • Restoration

Sensory Practice Using a Continuum of Expressive Arts

  • Starting with vocalization in a session
  • Starting with image-making as a sensory experience

The Art of Co-Regulation

  • Know your state-shifts
  • Be the Predictability

The Science and Spirit of Dance and Movement Psychotherapies

  • Pathways of Engagement
  • The Inner Wisdom Pool and Path

The Breath-Movement Continuum

  • Regulation breath
  • Spinal Breathing, Spinal Dance

Working with Image-Making-- Supporting Sensory, Affective, and Cognitive Processing

  • Bottom-Up versus Top-Down Processing
  • Somatosensory expression
  • Affective Expression

Cognitive and Symbolic Expression Sound and Rhythm

  • The Breath, Sound and Movement Continuum
  • Restoring Core Rhythmicity

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Other Professionals Who Work within the Mental Health Fields


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