Course Description

Pre-Pandemic, we were offering Level One Training as a live event. Because we are all in a "holding pattern" awaiting the end of the COVID-19 crisis, we have all had to rethink how to interact with each other and of course, how to provide learning and coursework. This has included our Level One and Level Two course sequences.

You can still do Level One online at our Learning Center. However, since our webinars have been so successful, we would like to offer Level One as a series of 5 three-hour live sessions and one online final session to complete your Level One experience. The course sequence will begin in August and also provide a course site for you to access materials, films, readings, and resources for several months after the course.

The schedule of Live Sessions via Zoom will take place on five Thursdays from 12 noon-- 3 pm Eastern Time/New York Time. Each session will begin with 1 hour of presentation and discussion, a second hour of experiential work, and more presentation, approaches, discussion, and sharing in the final hour. Here are the dates for live course meetings:

August 13

August 20

August 27

September 3

September 10

The course will feature a "drip" format-- that is, each week you will be able to access a new section of the course site to download readings, watch films, and obtain resources and recommended supplies for the next live session. You will have access to these materials and be able to review the lecture portions of the live webinar after each session-- and for 30 days after the ending of the course.

Registration is Open and Virtual Seating is Limited. The fee for 18 hours of Continuing Education/Professional Development is $249. We are excited about this interactive format that will allow people from all the world to take this course at a reasonable cost and to still be able to communicate with participants, share experiential work, offer you an interactive course site, and learn the principles and practices.

From the website:Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy® Level One Certificate: Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy® Level One can be completed through a series of "live" courses, online or through a combination of online and live courses; please see the Trauma-Informed Practice and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute for more information on registration fees. Principles and interventions in these courses are easily applied to work with children, teens, adults and families.

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 the Level One 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!

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 Level One Live Webinar Series

    • Syllabus, Goals and Objectives of this Course

    • Walkthrough this Live Webinar Site and Its Features

    • Special Note About Art Materials and Expressive Arts Assignments!

    • Guiding Principles

    • What is Expressive Arts Therapy?

    • A Brief Overview of Expressive Arts Therapy and How it Works

    • Bonus: Why Play Therapy with Traumatized Children

    • Bonus: Can Art Be Medicine? Film Presentation

    • Introduce Yourself Here!

  • 2

    Session One: Introduction to Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy August 13 2020

    • ▶️ ZOOM link!!!

    • Suggested Reading for Session One

    • What is Trauma-Informed Practice?

    • Trauma-Informed and Non-Trauma-Informed

    • What is Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy?

    • Healing Engagement Qualities of Expressive Arts Therapy

    • Introduction to the MSSS Model of Expressive Arts

    • Bilateral Drawing and Self-Regulation

    • Can Doodling Be Mindful? Some Research and Approaches

    • Know Your Window of Tolerance: Charts and Graphics

    • Calm Down and Get Your Zentangle On

    • Tangle Doodle Cheat Sheet!

    • Two playlists from session!

    • After Session One...Share Just One Thing Here

  • 3

    Session Two: Working with Traumatic Stress and the Expressive Therapies Continuum August 20, 2020

    • ▶️ ZOOM link!!!

    • Suggested Reading for Session Two

    • Additional Information on Bilateral Drawing | Sensorimotor Art Therapy

    • Expressive Therapies Continuum: Three-Part Healing Harmony

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

    • Weather Exploration experience DOWNLOAD

    • Perry's Learning Brain and the Three Rs-- Regulate, Relate, and Reason

    • Neurodevelopment and Expressive Arts Therapy | A Chart Based on C. Malchiodi, Lusebrink, Gaskill, and Perry

    • Movement + Drawing: A Film Presentation on Embodied Expression

    • Polyvagal Theory and Feeling Safe: Film Presentation

    • Polyvagal Theory Explained by a Movement Therapist

    • After Session Two..Share Just One Thing Here

  • 4

    Session Three: Working Traumatic Stress through Breath and Grounding--Expressive Arts Therapy Approaches

    • ▶️ ZOOM link!!!

    • Suggested Reading for Session Three

    • Expressive Arts Therapy and Self-Regulation

    • Working with Breath as a Form of Grounding

    • STOP Technique: Creating Space to Breathe

    • "Breathing Buddies" with Daniel Goleman

    • Working with a Body Outline for Grounding and Anchoring

    • How We Respond to Stress and Trauma: Three Major Responses

    • The Four Bs-- Brake, Breathe, Brain, and Body

    • Grounding Wheel Protocol and Adaptation

    • Attunement Experience Through Music, Movement, and Drawing Together

    • After Session Three..Share Just One Thing Here

  • 5

    Session Four: Expressive Arts and Body-Based Approaches

    • ▶️ ZOOM link!!!

    • Suggested Reading for Session Four

    • Butterfly Hug Graphic: "Installing" a Positive Grounding Experience

    • Weighted Animals and Blankets Resource!

    • Yoga as an Embodied Practice with Bessel van der Kolk

    • Yoga: Transcending Trauma

    • Studies on Yoga and PTSD!

    • Resensitizing the Body through Expressive Arts

    • More on "Trauma-Sensitive Yoga": principals and practices!

    • Glitter Jar video "Just Breathe"!!

    • Let's make shapes and breathe! A simple yoga practice.

    • After Session Four...Share Just One Thing Here

  • 6

    Session Five: Building a Foundation for Safety through Expressive Arts Therapy

    • ▶️ ZOOM link!!!

    • Suggested Reading for Session Five

    • May Your Rubber Duck Be With You in Session Five

    • Safety is the Essential Foundation in Expressive Arts Therapy

    • Proxemics: The Space Around Us and Between Us-- Film Presentation

    • Proxemics and Non-Verbal Therapy

    • Proxemics Circle | Thinking About the Space Around You

    • The Transformation is in the Expressive Arts Therapy Relationship

    • Art is About Resilience, It Always Has Been

    • Expressive Arts Therapy and Window of Tolerance: A Review

    • Healing Arts After a Crisis

    • Printable duck!

    • Individual Questionnaire | All Fine Place for Your Duck

    • Group Questionnaire | All Fine Duck Community

    • After Session Five..Share Just One Thing Here

    • Upload Your Session Five Experiential!

  • 7

    Session Six: Final Readings and Experiences

    • ▶️ ZOOM link!!!

    • A 2020 Vision for Expressive Arts Therapy

    • Trauma, Play Therapy, and Research Evidence

    • Expressive Arts Therapy as a Culturally Relevant Practice

    • Bonus Reading: Child Art Therapy-- How it Works

    • After Session Six...Share Just One Thing

  • 8

    Congratulations on Completing Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level One!

    • Final Steps to Your Certificate

    • Course Evaluation

    • Certificate of Completion Qualification

  • 9

    Post-Course Items

    • Relaxing Playlist

    • Brain Template

    • Optional: Share Your Email with Colleagues Here!

    • Replay of Session Six on the Social Brain