Restorative Attachment™--Learn the Importance of "Being S.A.G.E. through Expressive and Sensory-Based Approaches

Welcome to this Live Webinar Series!

Part of the Upcoming Restorative Embodiment™ Certificate Program

This training provides theory, research, and action-based practices through Expressive Arts Therapies that can be applied to restoring and building a foundational attachment with caregiver and child. These concepts are presented through models of nervous system science in supporting attunement, regulation/co-regulation, and expanding this through culturally relevant models such as the The MSSS Model-- Movement, Sound Storytelling, and Silence.

This course provides therapeutic practices and approaches but are also presented as skills accessible to any therapist, educator, facilitator, coach, helping professional or caregiver interested in supporting attachment and connection. 

During these five sessions we will explore:
  • Restorative Attachment™-- approaches that capitalize on the senses and sensory processing to help enhance healthy relationships and co-regulation between parents and children.
  • How to work with children's drawings, expressive play and movement, and creative imagination, with an emphasis on restorative practices to build capacity.
  • Mindfulness practices that integrate the senses and expressive approaches through co-regulated relationships between caregivers and young people.
  • An emphasis on body-awareness to help parents and children use sensory integration techniques and expressive arts for attunement, attachment, and co-regulation-- approaches that support caregivers and enhance children's ability to express the "felt sense" of their experiences.
  • Special topics including trauma, loss, disaster relief, developmental trauma, neurodiversity, and social justice and how we can support capacity, resilience, and restoration via expressive arts.
  • Hands-on approaches, demonstrated in each session-- and an opportunity to network and connect with our global participants each week!

No prerequisite required! Although this course integrates intermodal practices of Expressive Arts Therapy, a trauma-informed approach, and focuses on restorative attachment, no previous experience or training is necessary to participate. 

Webinar Dates, Tuesdays from 12 noon-3:00 pm Eastern Time Zone US

May 2

May 9

May 16 [no class, International Trauma Conference in Boston]

May 23

May 30

June 6 

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 15 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. This webinar series can be applied toward the EXAT and EXA-CE programs for 15 hours of learning.

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.

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. 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. 

PACFA. Many of our Australian participants indicate that these hours are accepted by PACFA---Psychotherapy and Counseling Federation of Australia. Please check with PACFA to verify this and let us know if you require any additional information for this organization to qualify your professional development hours.


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.

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Express It to Address It

An Alternative to "Name It to Tame It"

Cathy Malchiodi PhD on Express It to Address It