Course Description

This is the second course in a two-part sequence for understanding the key concepts of resilience and posttraumatic growth [PTG] in trauma-informed practice how art therapy and other arts-based approaches complement resiliency and PTG in children, teens, adults and families. This course emphasizes 1) a brief review of the concepts of resiliency and PTG, empathy and mindfulness; 2) practices of gratitude and forgiveness and their relationship to resiliency and PTG; 3) compassion and self-compassion in trauma recovery and resilience and 4) principles of positive psychology that support trauma-informed intervention and resiliency. This course is also part of the Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One Certificate Program [distance learning version]. Also see Resilience, Posttraumatic Growth and Trauma-Informed Practice (Part One). You can complete this course before Part One; it is self-contained in terms of content and materials. All readings are included in this course.

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

    • About This Course | Syllabus, Course Objectives and Goals

    • Walkthrough Your Course and Its Features

    • Special Note About Art Materials and Art Assignments!

    • Reference List

    • Guiding Principles

  2. 2
    • Resilience

    • Road to Resilience from the American Psychological Association

    • Posttraumatic Growth: A Review

    • Posttraumatic Growth: Finding Meaning and Creativity in Adversity--A Review

    • Empathy Basics

    • Art Therapy, the Third Hand and Empathy

    • Interpersonal Neurobiology: A Brief Summary

    • Expressive Arts and Mindfulness

    • Test Your Knowledge: Brief Review Quiz

  3. 3
    • Compassion and Self-Compassion

    • Christopher Germer on the Interface of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

    • Kristen Neff, PhD on Self-Compassion

    • Introducing Self-Compassion in Trauma-Informed Practice with Groups

    • Compassion: An Antidote to Bullying?

    • Home: Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education

    • Self-Compassion and Bullying

  4. 4
    • Assess Your Own Self-Compassion

    • Self-Assessment of Self-Compassion!

    • Self-Compassion Assessment

  5. 5
    • Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Resources

    • Compassion Bibliography

    • Mindfulness Training and the Compassionate Brain

    • Test Your Knowledge: Self-Compassion Quiz

  6. 6
    • Creative Writing as a Path to Self-Compassion

    • Exploring Self-Compassion through Creative Writing from Kristen Neff

    • Your Self-Compassion Letter

    • What did think about this experience?

    • Expressive Arts Therapy Experiential: Compassion CD

    • Your Compassion CD

    • Reflections on Your Compassion CD?

  7. 7
    • Gratitude and Trauma-Informed Practice

    • Forgiveness: Does It Play a Role in Trauma Recovery?

    • Reflections on Forgiveness and Atrocities

    • Reflections Gratitude and Forgiveness in Trauma-Informed Practice

    • Commit Random Acts of Art

    • Fetzer Institute Forgivness Resources

  8. 8
    • Gratitude and Positive Psychology Exercises

    • Reflections on Your Gratitude Activity

    • Creative Practices and Gratitude

    • Reflections on Your Second Gratitude Activity

  9. 9
    • Final Paper

    • Upload Your Final Paper Here

    • Final Exam

  10. 10
    • You are almost finished!

    • Course Evaluation

    • Certificate of Completion Qualification

    • Certificate of Completion

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