Trauma-Focused Approaches to Meditation, Breath Work, and Yoga-Based Somatic Movement in Clinical Settings

May 28-30, 2021


The evidence supporting the power of mindfulness meditation, yoga-based strategies, and breath work in clinical settings, specifically as part of embodied strategies for trauma-focused care, continues to mount. This training program enables those with a personal meditation and/or yoga practice the ability to acquire the skills for facilitating these holistic practices within their current scope of clinical work. Although primarily developed for clinical trauma professionals (counselors, social workers, psychologists), we also open the course to corrections workers and anyone working in the field of addiction recovery. In this course participants will enhance their knowledge of how trauma affects the brain and the body and will discover and implement the latest clinical and empirical knowledge from helping professions on how meditation, breath work, and yoga/somatic movement can promote healing and recovery. This training program teaches you to seamlessly fold these interventions into your existing strategies for clinical treatment planning within evidence-based models. Attention is paid to individual, group, and community work. Participants will develop the skills to facilitate sequences for embodied healing to reach those who may otherwise not have the chance to benefit holistically from such practices, while also learning when it is most responsible to refer clients elsewhere for yoga-related interventions. This training counts towards Module B of the Certificate of Expressive Arts Therapy program offered by the Institute for Creative Mindfulness.


After completing this workshop training, Expressive Arts Therapy Module B, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the presence of unresolved trauma and how it shows up as both clinical and sub-clinical symptoms in clients and consumers of services
  2. Explain the concept of “the body keeps the score” in trauma recovery and relay, in client-friendly terms, how practices like meditation, breath work, and yoga can help to promote trauma-focused healing
  3. Instruct at least 3 breathing techniques used to help reduce anxiety, create balance, and/or allow tension to release
  4. Implement these 3 breath strategies across the three stages of the consensus model for trauma care
  5. Create at least 2 types of short trauma-focused meditation practices that can be facilitated during a clinical session, a group, or in a community wellness setting
  6. Describe potential boundary issues with clients and determine appropriate responses
  7. Design and implement simple movement sequences that can be delivered within the scope of one’s clinical practices that can be facilitated across the consensus model for trauma-focused care in individual, group, or community wellness settings
  8. Identify potential “trigger” words in all of the practices covered in the course and optional/invitational language suggestions based on trauma-focused care knowledge
  9. Develop strategies and approaches for redirection in addressing potential behavioral challenges and challenging individual, group, or community environments 
  10. Identify 3-4 other clinical modalities and discuss how trauma-informed yoga can be incorporated into teaching skills and interventions in these modalities (e.g., DBT, EMDR therapy, ACT, etc.)

About the Instructor

ICM Affiliate

Erin Kelly

Erin E. Kelly, MSW, LCSW, RYT-200 lives and practices as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology from Saint Vincent College in 2010 and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016. As a graduate of The Institute for Creative Mindfulness EMDR Therapy Training Program, Erin is an EMDRIA Consultant-in-Training and training assistant working toward Approved Consultant status under the direction of Rachel Weaver, MSW, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, DBTC, REAT, RMT. Certifications and trainings include:– EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist– Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) therapist– Certified Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) therapist– Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh Professional Training—Eta cohort (complete 2021)– Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hour) in hatha yoga– Level II Reiki practitioner– Dancing Mindfulness facilitatorErin is an expressive arts therapist and improviser working towards her Registered Expressive Arts Therapist certification under Dr. Jamie Marich. Clinically, Erin frequently blends evidence-based clinical modalities with the arts and holistic practices to empower clients to discover their own healing paths. A current doctoral student at California Institute for Integral Studies, Erin is also exploring components of healing, vulnerability, and authenticity in the therapist-client relationship.Erin currently owns a private practice in Pittsburgh, specializing in PTSD/complex trauma, dissociation, anxiety, panic, and stress-related disorders. Erin frequently works with survivors of sexual violence and chronic abuse (ritualistic, sexual, physical, and emotional) and is proficient in working with individuals involved in LGBTQIA+, kink, and polyamory communities. At this time, Erin sees clients from ages 12 through adulthood, primarily late adolescence through young adulthood.Past clinical experiences include community mental health, sexual assault crisis center, court-ordered outpatient drug and alcohol treatment, individual and group outpatient therapy for mental health, psychoeducational groups for dual diagnoses (mental health and substance use), and crisis management. Erin has experience working with clients ages 5 through adulthood.

Continuing Education 

This is live interactive webinar based training. This is a beginner level course. Attendance at all live sessions, and course evaluation is required to receive CE Certificate. Course evaluations are made available after all live sessions have been completed within this course portal. Upon completing the evaluation, participants will be able to download their CE certificates. CE certificates will be downloadable until November 15, 2020.

This course is approved for 18.5 CE credits by the following approval agencies:

State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board

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 for counselors, social workers, and marriage/family therapists. Approval: #RCS091306

American Psychological Association

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

National Board of Certified Counselors

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP no. 6998. The ACEP is solely responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC Credits.

Association of Social Work Boards

The 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: 03/16/2020 – 03/16/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 18.5 continuing education credits.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Information & Course Materials

    • Welcome to Your Online Yoga for Clinicians Training

    • Informed Consent & Code of Conduct

    • Informed Consent for Movement Courses (Required)

    • Course Description and Objectives

    • Training Agenda

    • Training Manual

  • 2

    Next Steps...

    • Follow up and Important Information

    • May 28-30, 2021 Course Evaluation: Yoga For Clinicians

    • May 28-30, 2021 Course Evaluation: Day 1 (YFC)

    • May 28-30, 2021 Course Evaluation: Day 2 (YFC)

    • May 28-30, 2021 Course Evaluation: Day 3 (YFC)

Important Information:

Technological Requirements: Attendance at all live sessions on the indicated dates is mandatory for completion of this course. These live lecture and practicum sessions will be hosted by the video conferencing platform Zoom. Links for joining these live sessions via zoom are included in the course portals. These links will prompt you to download the Zoom software if you have not already done so, and will then connect you to the session. Please plan on joining a few minutes early for trouble shooting if you are not already familiar with the platform. For more information on how to join a Zoom meeting, please read through the following article: By registering for these trainings, you acknowledge that you meet the technological requirements needed to participate.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: By registering for these trainings, you acknowledge you have read and agree to ICM's Organizational Policies, which stipulate the terms of refunds and cancellations.

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