Join Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, and Elizabeth Warson, PhD, for this special five-session live webinar series that brings together their collective experience with the practices of EMDR, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Sensory Integration. Dr. Malchiodi studied with the original "goat"-- Francine Shapiro, originator of EMDR. Cathy also updated her EMDR practice in the 21st century to Level One and Level Two practitioner. Dr. Warson is a Level One and Level Two practitioner and is in the process of becoming an EMDR consultant. Between them, they have multiple decades of experience with expressive arts therapy and traumatic stress, bilateral and sensory integration approaches, and body-mind strategies, including work with children, adolescents, adults, families, and communities.

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Course Curriculum

Course Curriculum Available Below and We Are Always Adding Resources!

Cathy Malchiodi PhD, Trauma and Expressive Arts and EMDRA focus on Expressive Arts Therapy strategies and three concepts that are foundational to EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)-- grounding, orienting, and resourcing. These concepts are presented through somatosensory and sensory integration approaches; through bilateral stimulation and sensorimotor expressive arts therapy; and through  the Circle of Capacity Model, emphasizing building and expanding mastery, self-efficacy, and resilience in contrast to a "window of tolerance." The MSSS Model-- Movement, Sound Storytelling, and Silence (Self-Regulation) and an expanded Expressive Therapies Continuum framework will also serve as a basis for practicing hands-on interventions and strategies. 

This course provides expressive and somatosensory concepts that support Phase 2 of EMDR, but are skills that any therapist, facilitator, or coach should be applying to work with individuals of all ages. These include:

Grounding-- a form of self-soothing that reorients us to the present moment.

Resourcing-- an experience that involves identifying and accessing internal strengths, resources, and positive memories.

Orienting-- the attentional adjustment to unexpected stimuli.

We will also explore body's sense of trauma as well as capacity, facilitating and working with embodied cognition. The emphasis is on resilience and supporting wellness in body and mind through expressive methods and using the Circle of Capacity model to support enlivenment, self-efficacy, mastery, joy, curiosity, and empowerment.

No prerequisite required! This is NOT an EMDR training course; in order to learn EMDR you are required to take coursework with an approved EMDRIA instructor. This course applies knowledge derived from EMDR research, combined with trauma-informed sensory integration approaches-- interoception, exteroception, proprioception, vestibular function, and gravitational security. And of course, the integrative practices found in Expressive Arts Therapy! 

Meeting on Thursdays 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:

March 3 2022

March 10 2022

March 17 2022

March 24 2022

March 31 2022

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 webinar series provides 18 hours of continuing education/professional development; upon completion participants receive a Certificate of Completion.

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

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.


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.

Course Curriculum | Check Back for Updates

We Are Always Adding New Resources!

  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

    • Optional: Introduce Yourself Here!

  2. 2
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link and Supplies!

    • What is EMDR? From

    • Bilateral Stimulation, Expressive Arts, and Trauma: An Introduction!

    • Working Bilaterally | An Overview of Bilateral Drawing

    • The Intersection of Play Therapy and EMDR from

    • Bilateral Art Making with Dr. Elizabeth Warson; discussant Dr. Cathy Malchiodi

    • What is Centering? What is Grounding?

    • Grounding and Anchoring -- From Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy

    • The Role of the Felt Sense in Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration

    • Definition of Terms: Bilateral Stimulation, Resourcing and Tapping and More

    • Self-Administered BLS | Butterfly Hug

    • Butterfly Hug with Children

    • The MSSS Model Graphic

    • The MSSS Model of Expressive Arts as Healing Practices -- A Continuum of Grounding, Orienting, and Resourcing Practices

    • The Circle of Capacity

    • Trauma and the Circle of Capacity | Psychology Today

    • Resensitizing the Body Through Expressive Arts

    • Current EMDR Neurobiological Theories : Looking at the Evidence

    • After Session One...Share Just One Thing Here

    • Please UPLOAD an image from Today's session!

    • Embodied Butterfly Script

    • Centering | Interoception | Exteroception (experiential)

    • Grounding | Proprioception

    • Getting Past Your Past (book review)

    • Replay Session One Part One

    • Replay Session One Part Two

    • Replay Session One Part Three

    • Session 1 notes (download)

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

    • What is the EMDR Safe/Calm Place? Here is One Definition

    • What is Safe? Special Considerations in Working with Complex Trauma

    • Original EMDR Safe/Calm Place with Children & Adolescents

    • Safe Place Adaptations

    • Securing a Space Film Presentation

    • Nature-Based Safe Place

    • Art Therapy Safe Place Feasibility Study

    • Art Therapy Safe Place (example)

    • Processing of Sensory Information: Implications for PTSD

    • Dissociative Experiences Scale - II

    • After Session Two...Share Just One Thing Here

    • Please UPLOAD an image from Today's session!

    • PTSD & Atypical Visual Processing

    • Replay Session Two Part One

    • Replay Session Two Part Two

    • Outline of 8-Steps | Calm/Safe/Peaceful | Space/Place

    • Portable Calm/Safe Space/Place

    • Subjective Units of Distress (SUDs) | Example

    • Session 2 Notes (download)

  4. 4
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link and Supplies for Session #3!

    • Quick Body Scan

    • Body Scan

    • Bridge Breathing (follow-up to quick body scan)

    • Alternate Nostril Breathing

    • Original Container Script

    • Adaptations to Container Work | Film Presentation and Summary

    • Let It Go Bowl

    • EMDR and Mindfulness

    • Body Outline and Visual Analogue Scale

    • Body_Scan_Visual_Scale

    • After Session Three..Share Just One Thing Here

    • Please UPLOAD an image from Today's session!

    • Warson PPT (no images)

    • Replay Session Three Part One

    • Replay Session Three Part Two

  5. 5
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link and Supplies for Session #4

    • State-Change Skills

    • Resource-Focused: Art Therapy and EMDR

    • Bilateral Movement and Artmaking

    • EMDR with Traumatized Children

    • Felted Grounding Stone

    • Original 4 Elements Protocol

    • Adapted 4 Elements & 5 Senses

    • EMDR Music Therapy

    • Light Stream (example)

    • After Session Four..Share Just One Thing Here

    • Please UPLOAD an image from Today's session!

    • Article on Aphantasia and Hyperphantasia Article for Your Files

    • Replay Session Four Part One

    • Replay Session Four Part Two

    • Warson PPT (no images)

    • 4 Elements Circle Journal

  6. 6
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link and Supplies for Session #5

    • Positive Resourcing

    • Bilateral Stimulation and Positive Cognitions

    • Attachment and Cognitions

    • Orienting Reflex

    • Slow Wave Sleep Hypothesis

    • Eye Movement

    • After Session Two...Share Just One Thing Here

    • Please UPLOAD an image from Today's session!

    • Pendulation and Titration

    • How to Body Scan (Brother Phap Linh)

    • Warson PPT (no images/video)

    • Replay | Session 5 | Part 1

    • Replay | Session 5 | Part 2

  7. 7
    • EMDR International Association

    • Francine Shapiro Library

    • Francine Shapiro Library--Visit it Here!

    • EMDR and Expressive Arts Therapy Community (EMDRIA SIG)

    • EMDR and Expressive Arts Therapy Community on

    • EquiLateral | Equine-Assisted EMDR

    • Art Therapy and EMDR (example)

    • Art Therapy and EMDR (example)

    • Art Therapy and EMDR (example)

    • Bilateral Art (example)

    • Bilateral Art (example)

    • Bilateral Art (example)

    • EMDR Software Toolkit

    • Resourced-Focused EMDR & Art Therapy

    • EXAT Supervision & EMDR consultation

  8. 8
    • Final Steps to Your Certificate

    • Course Evaluation

    • Regarding the Use of Material in this Course

    • Final Question

    • Thank you!

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