Course Description

Self-Compassion and Traumatic Stress

Live Webinar on June 11, 2020, 12 noon--1:15 pm Eastern Time USA [New York Time]

Readings and Course Materials for Webinar

All readings are included with this course and are available on the course site in the form of full-length articles, short films, and links to websites. Participants will complete an evaluation in order to obtain a Certificate of Completion after the webinar. There will be updates to the readings as we get closer to the event.

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!

Summary and Goal
This is a 1.25 hour continuing education [CE] live webinar designed for therapist self-compassion through exploring key concepts. To support self-care during the current national and international events, participants will be completing and discussing the Self-Compassion Research Instrument to identify current stresses and challenges. This live webinar is an overview and foundation for understanding the concepts of self-compassion in traumatic stress.

Learner Objectives -- Participants in this webinar will:

1. be able to define concept of compassion; 

2. be able to define concept of self-compassion;

3. be able to identify at least 3 research studies that support the application of self-compassion in trauma recovery;

4. be able to apply at least one trauma-informed expressive arts intervention that includes the concept of self-compassion.

See Curriculum for More Details

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. 

If you are taking this course as part of the curriculum for the EXAT [Expressive Arts Therapist, Trauma-Informed] and EXA-CE [Expressive Arts Coach Educator] designations, please also obtain a copy of Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process. The core concepts presented in this course and in all of our courses are based on this book and if you are working toward the EXAT or EXA-CE, you are required to understand these concepts and approaches. 

You can purchase this book from Guilford Publications or Amazon and other booksellers in print and e-book versions.

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

    Instructions for this course

    • Welcome to the Webinar!

    • Zoom Information for Access to the Webinar

    • About Your Instructors

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

    • Continuing Education

  • 2

    Welcome to the course!

    • How to Use this Site

    • Three Components of Self-Compassion

    • Kristen Neff, PhD on Self-Compassion | Film Presentation

    • Self-Assessment of Self-Compassion | Downloadable Document

    • Self-Compassion Scale for Researchers and Therapists

    • Body Outline Template

    • Is Self-Compassion Universal? New Research

    • Self-Compassion Resources

    • New! Three Experientials in Self-Compassion

    • New! Replay of Slides and Lecture on June 11. 2020

  • 3

    Optional Reading | MAPS Studies of Psychedelics, Compassion, and Posttraumatic Stress

    • MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy | The Basics

    • MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy Studies in Phase Three

    • MDMA and Posttraumatic Stress: Interview with Michael Mithoefer

  • 4

    Next Steps...

    • A Moment of Empathy and Final Activities to Complete the Webinar Learning Experiences

    • Course Evaluation

    • Certificate of Completion Qualification

    • Certificate of Completion | Available on June 11, 2020

    • Download your Certificate here!

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