Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy

Foundation for Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One | taught by Cathy Malchiodi, PhD
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Cathy Malchiodi, PhD
Cathy Malchiodi, PhD
Founder and Executive Director at the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute

About the Instructor

Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT, is a research psychologist, expressive arts therapist, and art therapist specializing in trauma recovery. She is the founder and executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute that trains mental health and health care practitioners in medical, educational, and community settings and assists in disaster relief and humanitarian efforts throughout the world. Cathy has given more than 500 presentations in the US, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. She has numerous published 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 thousands of counselors, psychotherapists, medical personnel, and educators throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. In 2011, Cathy founded the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute to meet the need for professional education in the use of expressive arts therapy, mind-body approaches and resilience-building in trauma integration and recovery for children, adults and families. She has received numerous awards for distinguished service, clinical contributions and lifetime achievements, including honors from the Kennedy Center and Very Special Arts in Washington, DC. A passionate advocate for the role of the arts in health, she is a contributing writer for Psychology Today Online with a following of 5 million readers.

Elizabeth Warson PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, NCC, EMDR (Comanche) is the Executive Director of American Indian Art Therapy, based on her faculty research associated with the Graduate Art Therapy Programs at George Washington University and Eastern Virginia Medical School. As a clinician, she has 20 years of post-graduate experience in a variety of settings, including medical hospitals, dialysis centers, residential treatment centers, correctional facilities, and private practice. Since 2003, her research interests include culturally responsive stress reduction and trauma-informed interventions. Dr. Warson is a recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts (folk and traditional art) for a community-driven Coharie Heritage Empowerment Project, focusing on cultural preservation. Dr. Warson has presented at regional and national American Indian and Alaska Native conferences on topics related to medical art therapy, stress and pain reduction interventions, culturally-responsive art therapy, visual journaling interventions, and narrative-based art therapy. Her publications comprise over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in books. As a professional artist, she has exhibited her sculptural work nationally and internationally and is a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council fellowship award.

For speaking engagements and media interviews, please contact Dr. Malchiodi at You can also visit her websites at and

Welcome to Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy! This is the 12 CE foundation course for understanding how art therapy and other arts-based approaches enhance trauma-informed practice with children, teens, adults and families. This is a more comprehensive version of the live course of the same name. This is the first course in the Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One Certificate Program.

This course provides participants with an understanding trauma-informed practice and in particular, trauma-informed expressive arts therapy as it applies to trauma intervention with children, teens, and adults who have experienced loss, abuse, disaster or other events.

Session Objectives:
Each session is designed to provide an overview of the topics outlined in the syllabus. Participants complete short assignments, quizzes, arts-based activities and written responses to enhance their understanding of the essential components in the application of trauma-informed practice using art and creative approaches to trauma intervention. Participants will also complete a comprehensive final exam at the end of the course.

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.

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. 

This 12 CE course is the foundation for both the EXAT [Expressive Arts Therapist, Trauma-Informed] and EXA-CE [Expressive Arts Coach Educator] designations. For more information on these designations, see the Menu above this course page. 

Course Contents

1 Video
6 Quizzes
11 Surveys
58 Texts
5 PDFs
12.0 hrs

Course Curriculum

Section 12: Back to the Guiding Principles for Trauma-Informed Practice and Expressive Arts
Section 14: Final Assignment and Quiz