Course Description

A focus on advanced skills in Expressive Arts Therapy and Somatosensory approaches through the Circle of Capacity Model and the MSSS Model-- Movement, Sound Storytelling, and Silence (Self-Regulation). We will also explore body's sense of trauma, the process of body mapping; facilitating and working with "feeling states;" Cognitive Embodiment and Sensory Embodiment; resilience and supporting wellness in body and mind [in individuals and ourselves] through expressive methods and using the Circle of Capacity to support enlivenment, self-efficacy, mastery, joy, curiosity, and empowerment.

No prerequisite required! If you did not take the Introductory course (Level One), you can begin with this course. All courses are self-contained and you can begin anywhere in the sequence.

Meeting on Tuesdays from 12 noon to 3 pm Eastern Time/New York Time. A replay of each session is up on the course site 24-48 hours after each webinar session. Live Webinar Meetings on:

October 10

October 17

October 24

(no class on week of Oct. 31 for Ghost Ranch Retreat!)

November 7th

November 14th

These meetings are live so that you only need to complete a course evaluation and do not have to take a final examination for your continuing education and professional development hours and certificate.

This course is a "drip format"-- the contents are available each week and we constantly add new resources in the form of films, downloadable documents and protocols, links to articles, and more. Each section has a module where you can share your impressions and images, connect with other participants, and network with colleagues around the world.

The lecture portion of the course is recorded for replay; the participant discussion and experiential portions are not replayed to protect the privacy of the participants.

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. 

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/Supervisor

Emily Johnson Welsh

Emily Johnson Welsh, EXAT, REAT, LPAT-S, ATR-BC, LPCC-S, RYT  has over 15 years’ experience providing expressive arts therapy support and developing resources in trauma-informed approaches and integrative wellness. She is a graduate of Lesley University’s Expressive Arts Therapy and Mental Health Counseling program in 2008 and is a licensed and board-certified art therapist, licensed clinical counselor supervisor, registered expressive arts therapist and a Yoga Alliance Registered teacher. As faculty for the Trauma-informed Expressive Arts Therapy Institute for over 10 years, she brings a current knowledge of expressive arts and body-based approaches that focus on building resilience and community. She provides technology-assisted distance supervision for those working towards the EXAT, EXA-CE, REAT (Registered Expressive Art Therapist), ATR (Registered Art Therapist), and LPAT (Licensed Professional Art Therapist in Kentucky).  Emily’s accomplishments in the field include presentations at conferences for the American Art Therapy Association, Buckeye Art Therapy Association, Kentucky Association for Play Therapy, and International Expressive Art Therapy Association;  authoring and co-authoring chapters in the book Art Therapy and Healthcare (Guildford Press, 2013) ; co-designing and co-facilitating the online artmaking workshop  “Art Therapy + Happiness Project;"  being awarded "Cure Champion" by the American Cancer Society for my accomplishments in bringing expressive art therapy and yoga programming to families fighting cancer. Most recently, Emily enjoys balancing her expressive arts therapies private practice, Art Yoga Love, LLC, serving children, families, and adults, with yoga studio ownership and teaching! She is also enamored with being outside, animals of all sorts, the wonders of parenting, and hopes to never stop finding gratitude in these daily adventures.


Institute Faculty | Supervisor

AriAnna Carroll, LMHC, REAT, EXAT

Ari is a licensed mental health counselor, registered expressive arts therapist, and an EMDR certified provider. She is a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and is working towards completing all levels of training in the Oaklander Model of Gestalt Play Therapy. Since graduating from the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at the University of Louisville in 2004, she has supported groups and individuals of all ages in a variety of settings including schools, residential care settings, in-patient treatment centers, rehabilitation programs, and out-patient mental health therapy settings. Ari is currently in private practice, the first in Iowa to put expressive arts therapy at the heart of client care. She specializes in providing youth and family-based services, in addition to working with adults that have an interest in resourcing expressive arts. Ari offers technology-assisted supervision for those working towards the EXAT, EXAT-CE, and REAT (registered expressive arts therapist), encouraging growth through supportive dialog, inquiry into theory and approaches, and active practice of expressive arts modalities. As a life-long percussionist, she has a special interest in integrating rhythm and sound oriented approaches into therapy. As parent to a neurodivergent child, she is invested in continued learning relating to neurodiversity affirming practices and advocacy. She enjoys exploring the relationship between expressive arts therapy, neuroscience, and sensory-oriented insights, and how this informs practice that encourages wholistic engagement, integration, and healing. Her accomplishments include creating community-oriented therapeutic expressive arts programming for adults and youth, supporting those with interest in private practice development, certification in Rhythm 2 Recovery, a therapeutic method that integrates rhythm and reflection for social emotional health, and partnering with schools in support of neurodivergent children and families, serving as co-creator and facilitator in presentations and support groups for parents/caregivers of twice-exceptional youth within her community. Ari creates harmony between practice and play with her family, pursuing outdoor adventures and shared creative outlets, appreciating the journey ahead of the destination.


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Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Syllabus, Goals and Objectives of this Course

    • Walkthrough this Live Webinar Site and Its Features

    • ▶️ ZOOM LIVE format: notes and tips!

    • Special Note About Art Materials and Expressive Arts Assignments!

    • Disclaimer

    • Introduce Yourself Here!

  2. 2
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link and Supplies!

    • Circle Journal Video Tutorial

    • What Is Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy? The Seven Principles

    • The MSSS Model of Expressive Arts as Healing Practices

    • Film Presentation: Expressive Arts Therapy and Trauma: Movement, Sound, Image, Performance

    • Three Part Harmony of the Expressive Therapies Continuum

    • Handy Brain Model by Dr. Dan Siegel

    • Bruce Perry's 3 Rs

    • More on the Expressive Therapies Continuum!

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

    • A Review: Expressive Arts Therapy as Self-Regulatory and Relational Interventions with Children and Caregivers

    • Art Therapy and Non-First-Person Narratives

    • First Person, Third Person and Trauma Narratives

    • For Fun: A Feelings Chart --- How Do You Feel Today?

    • Telling without Talking: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Violence

    • Replay Session One Part One

    • Replay Session One Part Two

    • Need Help Getting Through Course?

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

  3. 3
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link and Supplies!

    • The Circle of Capacity

    • Trauma and the Circle of Capacity | Psychology Today

    • Resensitizing the Body Through Expressive Arts

    • Trauma, Self-Regulation, and Expressive Arts Therapy | A Basic Overview

    • Models of Wellness: Yukon and Trauma Stewardship Models-- Forms of "Circles of Capacity" and Restorative Practices

    • Download the Wheel Template

    • Words of Inspiration Download

    • IKIGAI: Another Variation of Capacity and Restoration

    • Article referencing Lambert's research and work!

    • Creating a Wellness Wheel | A Circle Process Exploring Health and Wholeness

    • Download: The Body Holds the Healing ARTICLE

    • Replay Session Two Part One

    • Replay Session Two Part Two

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

  4. 4
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link and Supplies!

    • Downloadable Files You Will Need for This Session

    • Curiosity | The Science Behind It

    • Feelings States: Working with Mind and Body through Gesture, Image and Storytelling

    • Art Therapy History: More on Janie Rhyne

    • The 15 "Mind States" Studied by Janie Rhyne: A Graphic Case Example

    • More on the ETC and work of Janie Rhyne

    • Mind States Research Template: A Structured Bottom-Up Protocol

    • Mind/Feeling States Circle

    • Article Download: Bilateral Drawing Self-Regulation for Trauma Reparation

    • A Simple Example of Bilateral Movement with Drawing

    • Combining Bilateral Movement, Drawing, and Music

    • More on INTEROCEPTION!

    • Scientists Create an Interactive Map of the 13 Emotions Evoked by Music: Joy, Sadness, Desire, Annoyance, and More

    • Emotions Evoked by Music: Interactive Map!

    • Bilateral Integration: Crossing the Body's midline

    • Can the Sounds of Nature Help Heal Our Body and Brain?

    • Bilateral Stimulation: Additional resources!

    • Spotify Playlist

    • REPLAY: Part 1--Lecture with Dr. Cathy Malchiodi

    • REPLAY: Part 2--Lecture with AriAnna Carroll

    • REPLAY: Part 3--Short Lecture with Emily Welsh Before Experiential

    • REPLAY: Part 4--Experiential with Emily

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

  5. 5
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link and Supplies!

    • Downloads for easy access

    • A Downloadable Gallery of Body Outlines for Use with Individuals of All Ages

    • Three Part Body-Based Experiential

    • Cautions in Using Body Outlines with Trauma Survivors

    • Maps of Subjective Feelings: The Science Behind Embodiment

    • Video Link: Mapping Emotions in the Body - from powerpoint presentation part one

    • Body Tracing: A Precursor of Body Mapping

    • Body Mapping | History and Foundations

    • Body Mapping as a Tool for Healing

    • Body Mapping with Organ Transplant Patients

    • Body Mapping Project at the University of Kentucky

    • Body mapping: Embodying the Self Living with HIV/AIDS

    • Body Maps: Art and Memory-- Doctors Without Borders

    • A Body-Based Approach to Expressive Arts Therapy: Working with Chronic and Complex Trauma

    • An Art Therapist as "Body Mapper"

    • Manual by University of Cape Town

    • Download Article on Body Mapping Stories of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (Canada, 2008)

    • Download Dr. Cathy Malchiodi's Latest Article from Psychology Today: Just Sigh--It's a restorative outbreath

    • REPLAY Part One (Emily Lecture and Short Experiential)

    • REPLAY Pat Two (Ari Lecture and Experiential: Body Mapping)

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

  6. 6
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link and Supplies!

    • Resilience: It Has to Become a Felt Sense in the Body

    • The Road to Resilience | The Basics

    • Anne Masten on Resilience: The History and Early Landmark Studies

    • Thinking About Resilience through Cultural and Social Justice Lens

    • Fostering Resilience in Children Who Have Survived Terrorism

    • The Tree of Life: Narrative Therapy Approach to Resilience

    • Tree of Life: Narrative Therapy Guidelines

    • A Charter of Storytelling Rights from the Dulwich Centre

    • Tree of Life: Film Presentation from the Narrative Therapy Project

    • Tree of Life "Invitations"

    • Visual Arts Practice for Resilience: Guide to Working with Young People with Complex Needs

    • Optional: An Art-Based Experience with Social Connections

    • Youtube for Learning/Trying Laughter Yoga!

    • Resilience is in Your Immune System! An Infographic

    • Downloads for the Experiential!

    • Replay Session Five Part One

    • Replay Session Five Part Two

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

  7. 7
    • Bonus: 15 Mind States Example as PDF

    • Bonus: Music, Rhythm, and Trauma

    • Bonus: And More About Rhythm and Trauma

  8. 8
    • Final Steps to Your Certificate

    • Course Evaluation

    • Regarding the Use of Material in this Course

    • Final Question


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