Course Description

Social isolation and physical distancing during the current pandemic has reinforced a sense of immobilization and helplessness as dominant trauma responses to what is essentially an unseen threat. It is a set of dynamics for which practitioners have no existing model for treatment; traditional interventions fall short in addressing the paralyzing impacts of chronic fear, loneliness and disempowerment. This presentation emphasizes frameworks based on the neurobiology of trauma and in particular interoception (the body’s internal experience) and regulatory experiences that can help individuals overcome immobilization through rhythm, movement, and sound.

In this presentation, you will also be able to watch and reflect on the discussion between Bruce Perry MD, PhD, and Cathy Malchiodi, PhD. They discuss the role of rhythm, brain hierarchy, telehealth environment, and proxemics [the study of space between people]. 

Readings and Course Materials for Webinar

All readings are included with this webinar and are available on the course site in the form of full-length articles, short films, and/or links to websites. Participants will complete an evaluation in order to obtain a Certificate of Completion or Professional Development after the webinar. You can access everything on registration and will be able to access this site for 30 days after the webinar. More information will be added to this site as we get closer to the event, so please check back!

We are offering these webinars free of charge to those who are working on either the EXAT or EXA-CE designations-- please email us to safe a spot in the webinar!

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

    Welcome to the course!

    • Welcome to the Webinar!

    • How to Use This Course Site

    • About This Live Webinar | Syllabus, Course Objectives and Goals

    • Continuing Education

  • 2

    Resources and Webinar Materials -- A Review!

    • What is Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy?

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

    • Malchiodi 2020 | Brain-Body Framework for Expressive Arts Therapy

    • Interoception, Exteroception, and Proprioception as Trauma-Informed Principles

    • The Science of Interoception | TEDx Talk

    • Interoception: An Infographic from Occupational Therapy

    • Tapping the Ventral Vagal Network through Rhythm and Movement

  • 3

    Interoception, Proprioception, and Exteroception--An Expressive Arts Therapy Perspective

    • Interoception, Exteroception, and Proprioception as Trauma-Informed Principles

    • Somatic Experiencing, Interoception, and Proprioception

    • Proprioception: What is It and Who Can Benefit-- Infographic

  • 4

    Rhythm, Movement, and Synchrony: The Evidence

    • Physiological and Behavioral Synchrony (A Study on Group Drumming)

    • Expressive Arts Therapy and the Social Brain

    • How Live Music Moves Us

  • 5

    New! Replays of Presentation and Films

    • Part One of the Live Webinar Presentation

    • Film: Cathy Malchiodi and Bruce Perry Discuss the Importance of Rhythms in Trauma Work

    • Film: Cathy Malchiodi and Bruce Perry Discuss Proxemics-- The Space Around Us

    • Part Two of Live Webinar Presentation

    • Proxemics Chart-- Moving in the Spaces Around US

  • 6

    Next Steps...

    • Final Steps to Your Certificate

    • Required Course Evaluation

    • Certificate of Completion Qualification

    • Certificate 1.5 CE July 14/15 2020 Webinar

    • Certificate 1.5 CPD June 14/15 2020 Webinar