Course Description

This 6 continuing education credit [CEC] hour course provides an overview and foundation for understanding the theory and practice of expressive arts therapy in mental health, counseling, psychosocial intervention and overall wellness. It also serves as part of the foundational learning for those accumulating credit hours toward Registered Expressive Arts Therapist credential with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Learners will complete a series of short written assignments, quizzes, and hands-on activities to learn more about expressive arts therapy, history of the field and the essential concepts involved in applying approaches to counseling, psychotherapy and arts-based facilitation with children, adolescents, and adults.  

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 holds a doctorate in psychology and is a licensed and board-certified art therapist and mental health counselor and has published numerous books, chapters, and articles in the field of art therapy including, Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process, Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, Breaking the Silence: Working With Traumatized Children, and Understanding Children's Drawings, which are standards in the field. She has trained counselors, therapists, and teachers throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. In 2011, Cathy founded the Trauma-Informed Practices Institute to meet the need for professional education in the use of arts therapies, expressive therapies, mind-body approaches and resilience-building in trauma integration and recovery for children, adults and families. You can learn more about Dr. Malchiodi at her website

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • About Your Instructor

    • Syllabus, Goals and Objectives of this Course

    • Walkthrough Your Course and Its Features

    • Special Note About Art Materials and Expressive Arts Assignments!

  2. 2
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter One | Expressive Therapies

    • Expressive Arts Therapy and Creative Arts Therapies

    • Expressive Arts Therapy: A Basic Overview from

    • Creative Art Therapy: Brain-Wise Approaches

    • Creativity in Counseling

    • Creative Arts in Social Work

    • Arts as "Medicine"-- A Film Presentation

    • Share Your Thoughts About the Film and Expressive Arts Therapies

  3. 3
    • Intermodal Language and Expressive Arts Therapy | Dr. Paolo Knill

    • Intermodal Language of the Imagination

    • Feedback: What Do You Think?

    • Film: Dr. Paolo Knill in Action

    • Natalie Rogers | The Creative Connection

    • Natalie Rogers on Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapies

    • What Are Your Thoughts About the Person-Centered Approach

    • Shaun McNiff | Expressive Arts Therapy

  4. 4
    • Expressive Arts Therapy Code of Ethics

    • How Does Your Code of Ethics Compare to the REAT Code?

    • How Arts Therapy Codes Differ From Other Ethical Codes

  5. 5
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter Two | Art Therapy

    • What is Art Therapy? A British Perspective!

    • Assignment | Expressive Arts and Emotions: Part One

    • Assignment | Expressive Arts and Emotions: Part Two

    • Feedback: What Do You Think?

    • Five Quick Facts About Art Therapy

  6. 6
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter Three | Music Therapy

    • What is Music Therapy?

    • Brief History of Music Therapy in the United States

    • Film Presentation on Music Therapy

    • Assignment | Music Therapy Part One

    • Assignment | Music Therapy Part Two

    • Feedback: What Do You Think?

    • After Your Feedback: What is Music Therapy?

  7. 7
    • Reading Assignment Chapter Four | Dance/Movement Therapy

    • What is Dance/Movement Therapy ?

    • A European View of Dance/Movement Therapy

    • Film Presentation on Dance/Movement Therapy with Military Veterans

    • Feedback: What Do You Think About the Dance Movement Therapy Film?

    • Assignment | Dance/Movement Therapy as an Embodied Response

    • Share Your Responses Here

  8. 8
    • Reading Assignment Chapter Five | Drama Therapy and Psychodrama

    • What is Drama Therapy? What is Psychodrama?

    • What is the Difference Between Drama Therapy and Psychodrama?

    • Film Presentation on Drama Therapy with Children

    • Thoughts on Drama Therapy

  9. 9
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter Six | Poetry Therapy

    • Poetry Therapy Examples and Information

    • Thoughts on Poetry Therapy Reading

    • Final Expressive Arts Activity!

  10. 10
    • Final Response to Expressive Arts Therapy Course

    • Final Quiz!

  11. 11
    • You are almost finished!

    • Course Evaluation

    • Certificate of Completion

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