Course Description

A focus on advanced skills in working with the body's sense of trauma, body mapping; facilitating and working with "feeling states;" embodying resilience; and supporting wellness in body and mind [in individuals and ourselves] through expressive methods.

No prerequisite required! If you did not take Level One, you can begin with this Advanced course. All courses are self-contained and you can begin anywhere in the sequence.

Meeting on Tuesdays from 12 noon to 3 pm Eastern Time/New York Time.

April 6

April 13

April 20

April 27

May 4 

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 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; the participant discussion and experiential portions are not replayed to protect the privacy of the participants.

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 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.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Syllabus, Goals and Objectives of this Course

    • Walkthrough this Live Webinar Site and Its Features

    • ▶️ ZOOM LIVE format: notes and tips!

    • Special Note About Art Materials and Expressive Arts Assignments!

    • Introduce Yourself Here!

  2. 2
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link and Supplies!

    • Expressing Relief, Putting Aside Worry: Structured Process

    • What Is Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy? The Seven Principles

    • The MSSS Model of Expressive Arts as Healing Practices

    • Film Presentation: Expressive Arts Therapy and Trauma: Movement, Sound, Image, Performance

    • Three Part Harmony of the Expressive Therapies Continuum

    • ETC Review Slides

    • Handy Brain Model by Dr. Dan Siegel

    • Bruce Perry's 3 Rs

    • More on the Expressive Therapies Continuum!

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

    • A Review: Expressive Arts Therapy as Self-Regulatory and Relational Interventions with Children and Caregivers

    • Art Therapy and Non-First-Person Narratives

    • First Person, Third Person and Trauma Narratives

    • For Fun: A Feelings Chart --- How Do You Feel Today?

    • Telling without Talking: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Violence

    • Replay of First Hour Lecture for Session One!

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

    • Please UPLOAD an image from Today's session!

  3. 3
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link and Supplies!

    • Three Part Body-Based Experiential

    • A Downloadable Gallery of Body Outlines for Use with Individuals of All Ages

    • Cautions in Using Body Outlines with Trauma Survivors

    • Feelings States: Working with Mind and Body through Gesture, Image and Storytelling

    • Deeper dive into history: more on Janie Rhyne

    • The 15 "Mind States" Studied by Janie Rhyne: A Graphic Case Example

    • More on the ETC and work of Janie Rhyne

    • Mind States Research Template: A Structured Bottom-Up Protocol

    • Maps of Subjective Feelings: The Science Behind Embodiment

    • Mind/Feeling States Circle

    • After Session Two..Share Just One Thing Here

    • Slides from Janie Rhyne Mind States Experiential

    • Please UPLOAD an image from Today's session!

    • Replay of First Hour Lecture

    • Replay of First Hour Part Two on Mind States

  4. 4
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link and Supplies!

    • Downloads for easy access

    • Bonus Chart: Timely Graphic of Thriving to In Crisis

    • Body Tracing: A Precursor of Body Mapping

    • Body Mapping | History and Foundations

    • Body Mapping as a Tool for Healing

    • Body Mapping with Organ Transplant Patients

    • Body Mapping Project at the University of Kentucky

    • Body mapping: Embodying the Self Living with HIV/AIDS

    • Body Maps: Art and Memory-- Doctors Without Borders

    • A Body-Based Approach to Expressive Arts Therapy: Working with Chronic and Complex Trauma

    • An Art Therapist as "Body Mapper"

    • Manual by University of Cape Town

    • After Session Three..Share Just One Thing Here

    • Please UPLOAD an image from Today's session!

    • Replay of First Hour Session Three

  5. 5
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link and Supplies!

    • Bonus: 15 Mind States Example as PDF

    • Bonus from Session Three: Koppitz Drawing Instrument

    • Resilience: It Has to Become a Felt Sense in the Body

    • The Road to Resilience | The Basics

    • Anne Masten on Resilience: The History and Early Landmark Studies

    • Thinking About Resilience through Cultural and Social Justice Lens

    • Fostering Resilience in Children Who Have Survived Terrorism

    • The Tree of Life: Narrative Therapy Approach to Resilience

    • Tree of Life: Narrative Therapy Guidelines

    • A Charter of Storytelling Rights from the Dulwich Centre

    • Tree of Life: Film Presentation from the Narrative Therapy Project

    • Tree of Life "Invitations"

    • Visual Arts Practice for Resilience: Guide to Working with Young People with Complex Needs

    • Optional: An Art-Based Experience with Social Connections

    • Resilience is in Your Immune System! An Infographic

    • Youtube video on 4 steps of Laughter Yoga!

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

    • Please UPLOAD an image from Today's session!

    • Replay of First Lecture for Session Four

    • Bonus: Group Photos from Session Four

  6. 6
    • ▶️ ZOOM Link and Supplies!

    • Models of Wellness: Yukon and Trauma Stewardship Models

    • SAMSHA Wellness Model

    • Try the HERO Wellness Scale

    • Creating a Wellness Wheel

    • Download a Wellness Wheel Template

    • Words of Inspiration

    • IKIGAI: Another Variation of Personal Wellness

    • Article referencing Lambert's research and work!

    • After Session Five..Share Just One Thing Here

    • Please UPLOAD an image from Today's session!

  7. 7
    • Bonus: Music, Rhythm, and Trauma

    • Bonus: And More About Rhythm and Trauma

  8. 8
    • Final Steps to Your Certificate

    • Course Evaluation

    • Regarding the Use of Material in this Course

    • Final Question