3 Days of Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, Anchorage Alaska, August 19-20-21, 2015! Join us at the BP Center, Anchorage AK [limited to 60 participants]


Faculty: Cathy Malchiodi, PhD & Elizabeth Warson, PhD

Join us at the beautiful BP Center in Anchorage Alaska for this three-day course presenting the 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. Participants will engage in a variety of hands-on 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. By attending the entire three days, participants will learn:

1)    the five components of trauma-informed practice;

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

3)    at least three reasons why sensory-based, arts interventions are essential to reducing the body’s response to stress;

4)    at least five aspects that enhance resilience 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.