Welcome to the Process Not Perfection Book Course!

Process Not Perfection: Expressive Arts Solutions for Trauma Recovery is the first book of its kind on the market. Written for both the general public and clinical audiences, Process Not Perfection takes readers on a journey through using expressive arts process and practices for healing trauma. The book contains fifteen expressive arts processes (collections of 6-7 practices each) built along various themes necessary to trauma recovery (e.g., grounding, blocks to feeling, daily practice). In Process Not Perfection, the three major sections containing five processes each are called Preparing, Deepening, and Manifesting. They are organized to correspond with the three-phase consensus model of trauma treatment: stabilization, processing, and reintegration. 

Now you can receive 20 CE credits by working through the book yourself at home!

The First Step Towards Completing your Certificate of Expressive Arts Therapy...

If you are just getting started on your Certificate of Expressive Arts Therapy with ICM, this is a great first step! The Process Not Perfection Book Course offers 20 CE credits and hours towards the certificate program's educational requirements, and is a required course. Additionally, included in the cost of the course is one hour of supervision with a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT), which counts towards the certificate program's supervision requirement. You can review the educational and supervision requirements HERE.

Your REAT Supervisor is your guide to completing the certificate. In your supervision sessions, they are able to offer guidance about the best way to complete the program, help you reflect on and implement expressive arts strategies into your clinical work and develop your own expressive arts practices. By signing up for the Process Not Perfection Book Course, you now have the opportunity to connect with a REAT Supervisor who can help you navigate the program and fulfill requirements!

How does it work?

If you have not already done so, you will need to purchase Dr. Jamie Marich's book, Process Not Perfection: Expressive Arts Solutions for Trauma Recovery on your own. You can purchase the book at Amazon.

The book is not included in the cost of this course, you will need to purchase it on your own.

Work through the book and complete all the exercises, submit a portfolio of your work and a 4-5 page clinical reaction paper. After completing these assignments, you'll be able to submit them to your REAT Supervisor through this course portal. Your supervisor will review your materials and contact you to schedule your hour of supervision in which your work will be reviewed.

After your supervisor approves your work, you'll be able to download your CE certificate and will have completed the first step towards your Certificate of Expressive Arts Therapy!

You will have 6 months from the time of purchase to complete the course requirements.

Course Objectives:

  • to describe the fundamentals of expressive arts therapy
  • to directly experience a wide variety of expressive arts practices (approximately 100) delivered in collections of processes (15)  built along themes of wellness and recovery
  • to explain the role that expressive arts therapy can play in enhancing trauma recovery, which can also include trauma-informed addiction treatment
  • to apply 3-5 specific processes from the book into clinical settings
  • to develop a personal plan for self-care/burnout prevention that includes use of the expressive arts

This course meets the requirements for 20 Continuing Education credit hours 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.

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 self-paced distance learning course, comprised of reading material and a final assignment. This is a beginner level course. Completion of all modules, a course evaluation, and submission of a final assigment is required to receive CE Certificate. Course evaluations are administered after completing all course requirements. Upon completing all assignments and having them reviewed by the course instructor or Registered Expressive Arts Therapist participants are able to download their CE certificates.

Course Curriculum

    1. Welcome

    2. Course Description and Objectives

    3. How to Complete this Course

    4. Submit Your Portfolio

    5. Submit Your Clinical Reaction Paper

    1. After Submitting Your Assignments...

    2. Course Evaluation and CE Certificate

About this course

  • $195.00
  • 7 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content

About the instructor

ICM REAT Supervisor Sam Bergstein

Sam received her MSW (Master of Social Work) from Ohio State University and is a LISW-S (Licenced Independent Social Worker-Supervisor.) Sam has experience working with individuals from all walks of life with diverse mental health concerns. She specializes in the treatment of trauma, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues in adults and adolescents and enjoys using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Expressive Arts Therapy, IFS (Internal Family Systems)/parts work, strengths-based, and other holistic methods as well. Please see the Services tab for more information on therapeutic approaches! Sam has a strong belief in justice and acceptance. She is educated in LGBTQIA+ issues and treatment, religious diversity, racial justice, and prides herself in cultural humility. She does not know it all, and she absolutely doesn't know exactly what your experience has been, but she strives to provide a safe and validating space to heal and grow.

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