Course Description

This course is an overview of expressive arts therapy [art therapy, music therapy, drama therapy and bibliotherapy] in trauma-informed practice with children and families. Course takers will learn why these approaches are essential to trauma intervention with children through short response papers and hands-on experience. Creative interventions allow children to actively imagine, experiment with, reframe and rehearse desired changes through self-expression; in this course you will learn a wide variety ways to facilitate trauma-informed, creative interventions and learn more about the foundations of these approaches. All readings are included in this course and are from Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children (Malchiodi, 2008/2014, Guilford Publications). A final exam is required for continuing education purposes.

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. 1
    • About Your Instructor

    • Overview, Syllabus, Goals and Content

    • Walkthrough Your Course and Its Features

    • Readings

    • Expressive Arts Therapy and Creative Arts Therapies

    • What is Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy?

    • Art Therapy and Creative Therapy with Children

  2. 2
    • Reading: Chapter 2: Cultural Diversity

    • Ethics, Evidence and Cultural Sensitivity

    • Assignment 1: Diversity and Creative Interventions

    • After Submitting Your Assignment

    • Resource: Multicultural Counseling Competencies

  3. 3
    • Reading: Chapter 5/Art Therapy

    • Grieving in the Public Eye: Art Therapy with Children Who Lost Parents in the World Trade

    • Assignment 2: What Images Do You Recall About September 11th, 2001 [or another event-- your choice]

    • Assignment 3 - Applying Art Therapy to Treatment

    • Upload Assignment Three

    • After Submitting Your Assignment

    • Video Resource: Art and Play Therapy and Disaster

  4. 4
    • Reading Assignment: Chapter 8/ Bibliotherapy

    • Trauma, Loss, and Bibliotherapy: The Healing Power of Stories

    • Assignment 4: What Stories from Childhood Do You Remember? Give Your Feedback

    • After Submitting Your Assignment

    • Assignment 4 - Applying Bibliotherapy to Practice

    • Upload Assignment 4

    • Resource: Finding Books for Bibliotherapy

  5. 5
    • Reading: Chapter 9/Crisis Intervention

    • Creative Crisis Intervention Techniques with Children and Families

    • Response to Creative Interventions and Family Systems

    • Crisis Intervention and Natural Disasters

  6. 6
    • Reading: Chapter 11/Drama Therapy

    • Drama Therapy for Treating Childhood Trauma in the Group Setting

    • Drama Therapy with Children and Adolescents

    • Applying Drama Therapy to Practice

    • Quick Tips on Dramatic Enactment with Children

  7. 7
    • Reading/ Chapter 4/Music Therapy

    • Music and Grief Work with Children and Adolescents

    • Experiential Activity in Music and Art

    • Upload Assignment 7

    • Assignment: write about your experiential

  8. 8
    • A Vision for Expressive Arts Therapy in the 21st Century

    • Expressive Arts Therapy and Multimodal Approaches

  9. 9
    • Final Exam Instructions

    • Final Exam

    • You're Almost Finished!

    • Course Evaluation (required)

    • Certificate of Completion Qualification (required)

  10. 10
    • Certificate of Completion

Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy with Children and Families

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