Expressive Arts Therapy, Art Therapy, and Positive Psychology
[6 unit CE Course]
This is an online continuing education course designed to help you understand and learn more about positive psychology and how expressive arts therapy approaches and methods complement the development of positivity, resilience, and a sense of well-being in people of all ages. This course emphasizes 1) an overview of positive psychology; 2) current knowledge about positive psychology and expressive arts and art therapy; 3) the neurobiology of positive psychology and relevant aspects of creativity; and 4) compassion, self-compassion, connection, and contribution as factors in positivity and well-being; 5) emphasis on trauma-informed practice and the principles of trauma-informed expressive arts therapy.
Continuing Education Information
Counselors/National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). 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 the programs.
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, including those in the areas of professional and mental health counseling. These activities are clearly outlined in their recertification standards provided to all ATR-BCs in their recertification year and on their website. A minimum of six CECs must be earned in the area of ethics each cycle. If you are licensed as an art therapist in your state, please check with your state board to verify what types of CEC activities are acceptable for license renewal.
California Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers 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 through self-study and distance learning.
Cathy Malchiodi, PhD
About Your Instructor
Welcome to Your Course!
Syllabus, Goals and Objectives of this Course
Walkthrough Your Course and Its Features
Special Note About Art Materials and Arts Assignments!
Guiding Principles of Trauma-Informed Practice
Expressive Arts Therapy | Background
Download: Expressive Arts Therapy | Background
Review: What is Expressive Arts Therapy?
What is Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy?
What is Positive Psychology?
An Introduction to Positive Psychology from the Experts
American Psychological Association: Positive Psychology
PERMA: A Positive Psychology Model for Well-Being
Film Presentation: Nancy Etcoff on Happiness and its surprises
Test Your Knowledge: Brief Review of Positive Psychology Principles
Positive Art Therapy: A Contribution from Two Art Therapists
Envisioning the Connections Between Art Therapy and Positive Psychology
Test Your Knowledge on Art Therapy and Positive Psychology
Resource: Positive Psychology and Related Art Therapy Articles
Depression and Arts Activities: A Research Study
Response: Is There a Connection Between Art Making and Depression?
After Submitting Your Response
The Neurobiology of Positive Feelings
Download PDF on "Happy Chemicals"
Smiling and Stress: Can a Smile Change Our Mood?
Humor: The Human Gift for Coping and Survival
Dopamine May Be a Creativity Wonder Drug?
Drawing on the Effort-Driven Reward System to Chase the Blues Away
Activity: Your Eight Auspicious Symbols
Response: Reflections on Your Auspicious Symbols
What is Flow? Why is it Important to Positive Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy
Film Presentation: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the Secret to Happiness
Flow and Children
Response: What Gets You Into Your Flow State?
Compassion and Self-Compassion
The Physiology of Self-Compassion
Why Self-Compassion may be better than Self-Esteem
Kristen Neff, PhD on Self-Compassion
Creative Writing as a Path to Self-Compassion
Mandala Making and Compassion
Response: Reflect on Mandala Art Experience
Creativity and Compassion
Art Therapy, the Third Hand, and Empathy
Courage and Authentic Happiness
Using Art Making to Make Connections
Share Your Arts-Based "Connection" Images
Reflect on Expressive Arts Experience with Connection
Positive Connection in a Digital World?
Reflect on Connecting in a Digital World
Stephen Porges on How to Counter the Effects of Social Distancing
Courage and Authentic Happiness
Power of Vulnerability: Five Aspects by Brene Brown
The Power of Vulnerability
Activity: Expressive Arts and Courage
Response to Arts-Based Assignment
12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People
Altruism, Happiness and Health Resource
Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy and 26 Acts of Kindness
Response: Reflect on a Contribution
You are almost finished!
Certificate of Completion
Certificate of Completion Qualification