Expressive arts therapy is an approach to psychotherapy with roots in indigenous cultures and a rich history of evolution within modalities such as Jungian, person-centered, and Gestalt psychotherapies. Defined by its emphasis on the multi-modal process of healing (exploring many combinations for creativity rather than relying on just one art form), the strategies of expressive arts psychotherapy can prove useful to trauma therapists practicing in a variety of modalities. In this dynamic, self-paced course, participants are oriented to the fundamentals of expressive arts therapy history and approach. Participants are then instructed in how to facilitate an expressive arts process to teach the clinical concepts of grounding and managing emotional affect through widening the window of distress tolerance. Both grounding and widening the affective window of tolerance are vital practices in trauma-focused care. Participants will develop an enhanced respect for how to foster client creativity in working with these concepts and their clinical intricacies. The role of creativity and the practice of making art are also discussed as mechanisms of action in processing traumatic experiences and promoting post-traumatic growth.
After this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Describe the origins of expressive arts therapy (e.g., indigenous traditions, historical threads in Jungian analysis, person-centered psychotherapy, and Gestalt psychotherapy)
- Define expressive arts therapy and explain its nature as a multi-modal, multi-art process
- Explain the concept of grounding and why teaching it to clients is relevant in trauma-focused care
- Implement an expressive arts process to teach grounding in a clinical setting (individual or group), using at least three creative art forms
- Explain the concept of distress tolerance and why teaching it to clients is relevant in trauma-focused care
- Implement an expressive arts process to expand distress tolerance in a clinical setting (individual or group), using at least three creative art forms
- Develop a treatment plan appropriate for the clinical setting in which the participant works, utilizing expressive arts approaches alongside the participant’s primary approach to psychotherapy
- Implement at least three art forms in the expressive arts tradition for the purposes of grounding and widening affective window of tolerance, strengthening skills with dual attention stimulus as appropriate
- Apply no fewer than 4-6 mindfulness strategies to clinical practice, respecting the idea that expressive arts practices can be done mindfully for added creative variation in adapting to client needs
IMPORTANT: This version of the course is NOT for EMDRIA credits. This is for general continuing education only. The 12 hour version of this course is the only version available for EMDRIA credits.
$255.00Expressive Arts, Mindfulness, and EMDR Therapy: A Comprehensive Course for EMDR Therapists (with Dr. Jamie Marich)
This course meets the requirements for 6 Continuing Education credit hour by the CE approval bodies listed below:
The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Institute for Creative Mindfulness, #1735, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/16/2021 – 03/16/2024.
The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (OCSWMFT) for counselors, social workers, and marriage/family therapists. Approval: #RCS091306
This is a hybrid, self-paced distance learning course, comprised of reading material and video content. This is an intermediate level course. Completion of all modules, a course evaluation, and post-test is required to receive CE Certificate. Course evaluations are administered after completing all course modules. The post-test is comprised of true/false and multiple choice questions and requires a passing mark of 75%, and is administered after completion of the course evaluation. Upon passing the post-test, participants are able to download their CE certificates.
This course was first published April 2019.
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