Course Description

A focus on advanced skills in Expressive Arts Therapy and Somatosensory approaches through the Circle of Capacity Model and the MSSS Model-- Movement, Sound Storytelling, and Silence (Self-Regulation). We will also explore body's sense of trauma, the process of body mapping; facilitating and working with "feeling states;" Cognitive Embodiment and Sensory Embodiment; resilience and supporting wellness in body and mind [in individuals and ourselves] through expressive methods and using the Circle of Capacity to support enlivenment, self-efficacy, mastery, joy, curiosity, and empowerment.

No prerequisite required! If you did not take the Introductory course (Level One), you can begin with this 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. A replay of each session is up on the course site 24-48 hours after each webinar session. Live Webinar Meetings on:

January 11 2022

January 18 2022

January 25 2022

February 1 2022

February 8 2022

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 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



Emily Johnson Welsh

Emily Johnson Welsh, EXAT, REAT, LPAT, ATR-BC, LPCC-S, RYT  has over 12 years’ experience working with clients and developing mental health resources in expressive arts therapies. 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 5 years, she brings a current knowledge of “brain-wise” approaches and body-based interventions 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) and ATR (Registered Art Therapist).  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 can also be found enamored with the wonders of raising a little one and learning from this adventure every single day.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Let's Get Started! Introduction to the Course Contents and Learning Center

    • 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!

    • Disclaimer

    • Introduce Yourself Here!

  • 2

    Session One: Reviewing the Foundations and the MSSS Model-- Movement, Sound, Storytelling, and Silence

    • 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

    • 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

  • 3

    Session Two: Working with the Circle of Capacity

    • The Circle of Capacity

    • Trauma and the Circle of Capacity | Psychology Today

    • Models of Wellness: Yukon and Trauma Stewardship Models

    • SAMSHA Wellness Model

    • Try the HERO Wellness Scale

    • Words of Inspiration

    • IKIGAI: Another Variation of Personal Wellness

    • Article referencing Lambert's research and work!

  • 4

    Session Three: Working with the Body's Sense of Trauma | Building Resources

    • 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

    • 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

  • 5

    Session Four: Working with the Body's Sense of Trauma | Body Maps and Body Mapping

    • 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"

  • 6

    Session Five: Resilience: Experiencing Mastery and Competence in Body and Mind

    • 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

    • 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!

  • 7

    Bonus info: Additional Topics and Readings

    • Bonus: Music, Rhythm, and Trauma

    • Bonus: And More About Rhythm and Trauma

  • 8

    You Are Almost Done! Complete These Required Sections to Download Your Advanced or Level Two Certificate

    • Final Steps to Your Certificate

    • Course Evaluation

    • Regarding the Use of Material in this Course

    • Final Question

Registration Is Now Open!

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