Course Meeting Dates and Course Description

Course Meeting Dates:

October 5 

October 12

October 19

October 26

No Meeting on November 2 Due to Ghost Ranch Retreat in New Mexico 

November 9 

Course meets each date from 12 noon -- 3 pm Eastern Time/New York Time. There will be  recordings of the lectures and slide presentations and posted to the course site for participants. However, we do not post films of participants' discussions or experiential work to respect our learners' privacy.

Each session includes presentations on theory, practice, and research [generally the first hour]. The second hour is usually a hands-on expressive arts experience to help you understand the concepts and also to provide you will one or more practical approaches to using expressive methods. The final hour we encourage and facilitate discussion of what was experienced, have time for questions and answers, and summarize the session's key points and concepts.


Bilateral Stimulation (BLS) is a widely used approach in many current strategies to address trauma. It is found in practices like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and various forms of tapping and sensory integration methods. Sensorimotor Expressive Arts Therapy (SEAT)  complements BLS and incorporates developmental, brain-wise, and body-based concepts from contemporary and innovative trauma treatments. In contrast to protocols like Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® (SP) that focuses on talking about body awareness, SEAT values implicit communication -- the nonverbal expressions that reflect the body's experience of threat as well as safety.

The applications of these methods support the "Four Functions" of expressive arts therapy--- self-regulation, co-regulation, exploration, and restoration when it comes to trauma resolution (Malchiodi, 2020). This course  using expressive arts, bilateral stimulation and EMDR approaches, and sensorimotor expressive arts therapy. The well-researched concepts of Embodied Cognition, the Primary Regulatory Network for regulation, and cultural practices that use bilateral stimulation are central to this course. It is also an option for those of you completing the Nature-Based Expressive Arts Certificate or the Restorative Embodiment Certificate and of course, EXAT or EXA-CE designations.

This course provides an introduction to the concepts of BLS and SEAT. It also provides strategies for combining and complementing methods found in EMDR, sensory integration, and tapping as part of overall trauma-informed intervention. This is not an EMDR course, but we will be making reference to the principles and theories as well as other methods that focus on bilateral movement and stimulation.

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. 

PACFA. Many of our Australian participants indicate that these hours are accepted by PACFA---Psychotherapy and Counseling Federation of Australia. Please check with PACFA to verify this and let us know if you require any additional information for this organization to qualify your professional development hours.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Registration Now Open

    • Walkthrough this Live Webinar Site and Its Features

    • Syllabus, Goals and Objectives of this Course

    • ▶️ ZOOM LIVE Format: Notes and Tips!

    • Special Note About Materials and Expressive Arts Assignments

    • What is Expressive Arts Therapy?

    • Bilateral Stimulation vs. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  2. 2
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link

    • Supplies for Session One

    • Larger Supply List for all 5 Sessions!

    • Bilateral Work and Self-Regulation--An Introduction to a Key Concept

    • Bottom Up or Top Down? An Expressive Arts Therapy Perspective

    • Florence Cane and "Body Liberating" Bilateral Work-- Early Foundations of BLS and Sensorimotor Expressive Arts Therapy

    • Crossing the Midline and Why It Is Important

    • Unilateral and Bilateral Movement

    • Bilateral OT Toolbox

    • Gravitational Insecurity

    • Evidence-Based Research--Vestibular System and Posttraumatic Stress

    • Four Types of Music Used in Bilateral WorK

    • Replay Session One Part One

    • Replay Session One Part Two

    • Need Help Getting Through Course?

    • Please UPLOAD* and POST to Discussion! ---*Required

    • Warson PPT | Session 1 | October 5, 2023

  3. 3
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link and Supplies for Session #2

    • Just What Is Interoception?

    • The Science of Interoception: Film Presentation

    • Evidence-Based Examination of Self-Regulation and Trauma through Music and Rhythm

    • Sensory Integration and Attachment

    • A Review for Psychotherapists: From the EMDR Institute--A Basic Description and Explanation

    • A Review for Psychotherapists: EMDR Theory and Brief History

    • A Little More on EMDR and the Science Behind It

    • Experiences with Bilateral Art

    • Bilateral Art and Self Regulation

    • Butterfly Bilateral Stimulation

    • Bilateral Artmaking

    • Just for Fun: Five Universal Shapes in Movement and Image

    • Interview with Florence Cane 1951

    • Bilateral Movement & Artmaking: Hemispheric Integration Across the Midline

    • A Fifth of Beethoven-- The Distinctive Rhythm of Interoception

    • Drawing Dance Project

    • Back of the head scale

    • Interview with Dr. James Warson | unedited | 2022

    • Replay Session Two Part One

    • Replay Session Two Part Two

    • Revised Warson PPT | Session 2 | Oct. 12, 2023

    • PANAS

    • Please UPLOAD* and POST to Discussion! ---*Required

  4. 4
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link!!!

    • Proprioception: Our Bodies In Space, Our Bodies Within Relationships

    • What is Co-Regulation? A Definition and Review

    • Expressive Arts Therapy Regulatory and Co-Regulatory Strategies: The Basics With Children and Youth

    • Evidence: Qigong and Tai Chi for Mood Regulation-- and Co-Regulation

    • Theraplay® and Bilateral Stimulation for Children and Caregivers | Co-Regulation through Bilateral Playful Approaches

    • Co-Regulation Through Bilateral Movement, Sound, Synchrony, and Rhythm

    • Drumming as Rhythm and Co-Regulation, Drumming as Knowledge

    • The Evidence: Synchrony and Co-Regulation Through Novel Drumming Task

    • Physiological and Behavioral Synchrony Predict Group Cohesion and Performance: Open Access Research Download

    • Packing Tape Drum for Percussion and Bilateral Stimulation

    • EMDR and Drumming

    • Bilateral Music | Biolateral Sound

    • EMDR Music | Soothing Harmonies

    • Bilateral Stimulation Music

    • The Evidence: Bilateral Auditory Stimulation and Fear Reduction

    • The Salmon | A Regulating Drumming Rhythm

    • For an Enlivened Rhythm | Jerusalema

    • Louisville Leopards Percussion Group

    • Key Slides on Drumming and Sensory Integration

    • Warson | PPT 3 | Oct. 19, 2023

    • Replay Session Three Part One

    • Replay Session Three Part Two

    • Replay Session Three Part Two A

    • Replay Session Three Part Three Interview

    • Please UPLOAD* and POST to Discussion! ---*Required

  5. 5
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link!!!

    • Evidence-Based Research: Do We Experience Emotions Bilaterally? It's Complicated

    • What is Sensorimotor Expressive Arts Therapy? An Integrative Approach to Trauma and Restoration of the Self via Psychology Today

    • Exploration Equals Imagination

    • Film Presentation: Foundations of Sensorimotor Expressive Arts Therapy with Dr. Cathy Malchiodi

    • Neuroscience of Sensorimotor Learning

    • Mirror Neurons and Neuroception

    • Literature Review (body-based interventions)

    • Sensorimotor psychotherapy (SP)

    • 4 Elements (original copy)

    • Adapted 4 Elements and 5 Senses

    • Earth/Ground/Touch Practice (script)

    • Warson | PPT 4 | Oct. 26, 2023

    • 5 Senses and 4 Elements Circle Journal: A Nature-Based Practice

    • 53 Senses

    • Replay Session Four Part One

    • Replay Session Four Part Two

    • Please UPLOAD* and POST to Discussion! ---*Required

  6. 6
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link!!!

    • Resensitizing the Body Through Expressive Arts

    • Bilateral Stimulation and Positive Cognition

    • Bilateral Artmaking

    • EMDR and Resourcing

    • Bilateral Art and Integration

    • Bilateral Art and Integrating Therapy and Neuroscience

    • Art Therapy and EMDR

    • Art Therapy and Bilateral Stimulation

    • Expressive Therapies Continuum

    • Warson | Session 5 PPT | Nov. 9, 2023

    • Experiential and "Interview" Process

    • Replay Session Five Part One

    • Replay Session Five Hour Two

    • Please UPLOAD* and POST to Discussion! ---*Required

    • Bilateral Film

  7. 7
    • Sensorimotor Art Therapy

    • Warming up the whole brain

    • Bilateral Drawing from an Artist's Perspective

    • The power of the other hand

    • Drawing on the right side

  8. 8
    • Final Steps to Your Certificate

    • Course Evaluation

    • Regarding the Use of Material in this Course

    • Final Questions

Institute Faculty

Cathy Malchiodi PhD

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT is a research psychologist, a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, and a licensed mental health counselor. She is the executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute and is an investigator with the US Department of Education, integrating trauma-informed expressive arts into classrooms. She has also worked with the Department of Defense since 2008 to bring expressive arts therapy programming and psychotherapy to combat military and their families and Veterans with posttraumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Malchiodi studied with Francine Shapiro and is qualified in EMDR Level I and Level II. Cathy has assisted more than 500 agencies, organizations, and institutions in developing trauma-informed programming including the United Nations, Department of Defense, Kennedy Center, Harvard, MIT, and Johns Hopkins University. An international presenter and workshop leader, she given over 750 invited keynotes and workshops throughout the US, Canada, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. She has authored 21 books, including the bestselling Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process and Handbook of Expressive Arts Therapy. Her books have been translated in over 20 languages. A life-long learner, Dr. Malchiodi's latest research and practice includes sensory processing and neurodiversity affirming models of psychotherapy to address trauma through expressive approaches to intervention.

Institute Faculty

Elizabeth Warson, PhD

Elizabeth Warson, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, NCC, EMDR III, EXAT, EAP II, Certified EMDR Therapist, EMDR Consultant in Training. is the founder of American Indian Art Therapy, based on her faculty research associated with the Graduate Art Therapy Programs at George Washington University and Eastern Virginia Medical School (2004-2013). Elizabeth currently resides in northern Colorado where she maintains an equine-assisted and arts-informed private practice, Healing Pathways LLC. As a faculty member for the Trauma-Informed Practices & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, she teaches in person and online poly-informed, equine-assisted, and bilateral stimulation/sensorimotor-informed expressive arts therapy courses. Since 2003, her research interests comprise stress and pain reduction interventions for American Indian cancer survivors and their family members, culturally responsive stress reduction and visual journaling, and trauma-informed interventions. Elizabeth is a recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts (folk and traditional art) for a community-driven Coharie Heritage Empowerment Project, focusing on cultural preservation. Elizabeth received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1989 and an M.A. in Art Therapy from Vermont College of Norwich University in 1993. She completed her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a specialization in research, from the School of Education at Colorado State University in 2008. Elizabeth has presented at regional and national American Indian and Alaska Native conferences on topics related to medical art therapy, stress and pain reduction interventions, culturally-responsive art therapy, visual journaling interventions, and narrative-based art therapy. Her publications comprise over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in books. As a professional artist, she has exhibited her sculptural work nationally and internationally and is a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council fellowship award.