Join Us at the Midlands Park Hotel, Jessop Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland, R32 KV20

April 10, 11, and 12, 2024, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily

Register Now for Best Booking Fee. Extensive course site is provided with numerous resources, downloadable documents, and films, open for 120 days after the training. Enjoy daily mid-morning and mid-afternoon Coffee, Tea, and Light Snacks and Lunch, all included in your registration fee. Free onsite parking and the venue is convenient to ground transportation [a four minute walk from the train station]. The Midlands Park Hotel is approximately one hour by car from Dublin and accessible from Limerick, Cork, and other major cities.

Accommodations-- Reserve Early for Lowest Booking Fees!

We secured some incredible rates for those who book early!

A block of sleeping rooms and rooms that include both bed and breakfast at the following rates: Single Room Rate 124 EUR a night and 154 EUR for Room and Breakfast included. Those who book after February 28th, 2024, will be offered the best available rates at the time of booking. And remember parking is free-- you will receive a validation each day to secure your free onsite parking.

Three-Day Training Summary

And a Complete Course Site is Provided with Your Registration

Join us for a three-day certification training in creative strategies to address traumatic stress in individuals of all ages. This course focuses on how to integrate Expressive Arts Therapy—movement, sound, image making, enactment, play, and storytelling—with the frameworks of Bilateral Stimulation (BLS), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and other brain-based and somatic approaches. Each session demonstrates several interventions through lecture, short films, discussion, and hands-on experiential practice. The training highlights the importance of using sensory processing and expressive strategies to enhance and increase successful installation of safety, regulation, and co-regulation. Emphasis is on supporting Restorative Embodiment™ -- the experience of the body/mind sense of well-being and increased capacity for joy, enlivenment, self-efficacy, and social engagement. Participants have access to a course site with numerous resources, downloadable documents, lecture summaries, and films. 

Professional Development and Continuing Education. Upon successful completion of this training participants will receive documentation of certification in “Bilateral Stimulation, EMDR, and Expressive Arts Therapy: Creative, Integrative, and Restorative Strategies for Traumatic Stress” from the Trauma-Informed and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, including 16.5 hours of continuing education from the National Board Certifying Counselors (NBCC). IACP CPD has been approved for 16.5 PD points. Canadian participants can file a CPD application for this course at

Please note: This certification program does not qualify participants to become certified EMDR practitioners; the intention is to expand understanding of how to apply expressive arts therapy and sensory processing to work with trauma recovery and enhance participants understanding and application of these concepts in their practice.

Session Summaries

Day One: Foundations of Bilateral Stimulation (BLS) and Expressive Arts Therapy. Because trauma requires a multi-sensory, body-based, and implicit approach, the first session sets the foundation for the core treatment principles. Participants will deepen their understanding of three major areas – restorative embodiment, sensory integration, and expressive arts therapy. Best practices in each area are explained with an emphasis on emerging research on how these frameworks support the connections between implicit recovery [the body’s sense of well-being] and explicit restoration [new narratives that support healing of both the body and mind]. Emphasis is on learning and applying strategies in Bilateral Stimulation (BLS) through various senses (movement, sound, rhythm, synchrony, attunement, reflexive convergence, image making) and demonstrating how these approaches complement the bilateral work of EMD and EMDR.

Day Two: Grounding, Resourcing, and Orienting. These approaches are particularly important to developing successful and effective Phase 2 experiences in Eye Movement Desensitization (EMD) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and they are key strategies for all therapists who work with individuals of all ages when trauma or distress is a focus. Most trauma survivors, particularly those with chronic or complex trauma, struggle with a sense of safety. Trauma specialists frequently hear individuals say, “I feel off balance,” “I feel unstable when I am in a large space,” “I cannot tolerate certain sounds (smells, touch, or tastes),” or “I cannot feel anything in my body,” among other sensory observations. These are key sensory integration experiences that practitioners can address through a variety of movement, sound, image-making, and body awareness approaches to enhance a sense of safety. This session focuses on strategies to help individuals connect external sensations (exteroception) with the internal felt sense (interoception) to address trauma reactions; sensory processing and trauma through proprioception and vestibular function; and the role of proxemics (comfort level in relation to others).

Day Three: Grounding, Resourcing, and Orienting and Applications to EMDR Reprocessing. This final session introduces several “user friendly” ways to creatively and integratively install grounding, resourcing, and orienting when working with traumatic stress. These strategies capitalize on best practices found in Polyvagal Theory (PVT), Deep Brain Orienting (DBO), and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) and underscore how expressive arts are a “value-added” component of intervention. Emphasis is on learning how to develop both “bottom-up” approaches that are body-oriented and grounded in rhythm, movement, and sound and “top-down” approaches that are brain-wise and focus on narrative-based strategies. Participants will learn several strategies that incorporate PVT, DBO, and SP within the framework of the Expressive Arts Therapy Continuum to enhance neuroception of safety, recognition of sympathetic and parasympathetic responses, and develop a solid foundation for reprocessing traumatic stress.


Continuing Education and Professional Development Information

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National Board Certifying 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. 

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. 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. 

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association [IEATA]. Many participants go on to apply for the REAT or REACE credential with IEATA and use our expressive arts therapy coursework to do so. Please check with IEATA to make sure you are meeting their current requirements for registration and let us know if you need additional information to help you qualify.

Psychotherapy and Counseling Fedration of Australia [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.

Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association [CCPA]. Many of our Canadian participants indicate that these hours are accepted by CCPA for certain professional development requirements. Please check with CCPA to verify this and let us know if you require any additional information for this organization to qualify your professional development hours. You can get pre-approval at:

CPD hours [Professional Development] are currently in the application stage. We also welcome teachers to this course; please contact us for additional information.

Institute Faculty

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

Linda McGuire

Linda McGuire MIACP, EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner, Master of Arts, Dip Prof Couns, Dip Creative Sup, P. Grad Child Psych, P. Grad Dip Play Therapy, CBT and EMDR Child & Adolescent Specialist, Multi-Sensory Trauma Processing (MTP) certified trainer Linda has worked extensively with couples, young people and their families coordinating clinical services in these dedicated areas for over twenty-five years. Additionally, Linda has spent many years working with short-term clients offering solution focused brief therapy as part of employee assistance programmes. She has led university level degree programmes in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, addiction counselling and art psychotherapy throughout Ireland and is an experienced lecturer and course developer. Recognising the ever-growing need for researched based therapeutic approaches for complex client cases she travelled to the Beck Institute (USA) and completed several specialised trainings in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for her work with young people and adults. This was followed by her travelling to Pheonix, AZ where she completed an EMDR Child Specialist intensive 46-hour training with Ana Gomez. She is an accredited clinical supervisor for adult and child & adolescent psychotherapists and play therapists. Linda is a founding member of the Global Child EMDR Alliance, a service established in early 2020 in response to the Covid pandemic, she is the Chairperson of EMDR Leinster, Committee Member on the IACP Accreditation and CPD panels and IACP Course Assessor.

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Refund Policy

On or before March 10, 2024: 50% refund plus a small handling fee.

After March 10, 2024: Registration is non-refundable due to securing the space and supplies for the training. However, you may take a full credit of your registration fee for any future Institute-sponsored events, live webinars, or online courses and use this credit any time over the next 24 months.