In-Person Training

April 29, 2023 9:30AM-4:30PM EST
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Cathy Malchiodi, PhD

Restorative Embodiment through Imagery, Movement, Sound, Enactment, and Storytelling

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Working with traumatic stress and supporting the restoration of the self often requires more than talk therapy. In fact, words to describe feelings and sensations are impossible and do not always provide the restorative experiences necessary to recovery for many individuals. Survivors of complex trauma, interpersonal violence, and multiple adverse events often benefit from non-verbal approaches that include embodied approaches to restore a sense of safety, regulation, and resilience.

Traumatic stress requires practitioners to provide interventions which address all the senses that have been impacted by distress, crises, grief, and loss. This brief course emphasizes and integrates best practices from three major approaches used to treat trauma—somatic therapy, sensory integration, and expressive arts therapy (movement, sound, imagery, enactment, and play). It centralizes curiosity, play, implicit communication, and imagination as core strategies to address activation and dissociation and encourages practitioners to take an active stance to support the individual’s regulation and embodiment of safety.

In this short course, participants will learn effective and innovative approaches to repair and resolve traumatic stress through expressive arts approaches using the following frameworks: The MSSS Model—Movement, Sound, Storytelling, Silence; the Circle of Capacity emphasizing resensitizing the mind and body to joy, playfulness, self-efficacy, empowerment, curiosity, and compassion; Bottom-up and Top-Down models of expressive arts therapy with trauma; Embodied Cognition and Restorative Embodiment through a combination of the arts for emotional and somatic well-being; Reflexive Convergence as a key restorative component in repairing traumatic stress; and the SAGE Model—Synchrony, Attunement, Grounding, and Engagement in “Restorative Attachment” and overall health. The course is presented through slide lectures, discussion, short films, and hands-on, experiential learning.

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  • Study time: 6 hours
  • In-person, in Montreal
  • Certification included
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Concordia University Conference Centre, MB Building. 9th floor,
1450 Rue Guy, Montreal, QC H3H 1J5, Canada
If you come from outside Montreal, please note that Concordia University Conference Centre is situated downtown.
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Course program
9:00-9:30 AM EST   Registration

9:30 AM-12:30 PM   First Part. Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy
12:30-1:30 PM           Lunch Break
1:30 PM-4:30 PM     Second Part. Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy
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Certification included
Participants who complete this training receive:
- a Certificate of Completion from the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute and
- 6 continuing education hours from the National Board Certifying Counselors (NBCC) for ATR and ATR-BC or other mental health professionals registered as counsellors and/or
- 6 continuous education hours approved by OPQ for Quebec/Canadian psychotherapists.
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Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT holds a doctorate in psychology and is an expressive arts therapist specializing in the treatment of traumatic stress. For the last three decades Cathy has worked with traumatized children, adolescents, adults, and families, expanding the range of understanding of non-verbal, sensory-based concepts and methods. She is the executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute [see ] that has provided online and live training in expressive and somatosensory approaches to over 25,000 practitioners around the world [ see ].

Cathy is currently part of a grant with the US Department of Education, integrating expressive arts therapy into classrooms.  A popular presenter and workshop leader, she given over 700 invited keynotes and workshops throughout the US, Canada, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. She has authored 20 books, including the bestselling Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process, Handbook of Expressive Arts Therapy, and Understanding Children’s Drawings. Her publications have been translated in over 20 languages.

Dr. Malchiodi has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, attachment, disaster relief, and adversity. She has assisted more than 500 agencies, organizations, and institutions in developing trauma-informed, expressive, and responsive programming including the World Health Organization, United Nations, Department of Defense, Kennedy Center, Harvard, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and numerous universities, mental health, community, and healthcare agencies in the US and throughout the world. Widely interviewed by a variety of news outlets, she has been featured Time Magazine, CNN, Slate, Cosmopolitan, NAMI, EMDRIA Magazine, Natural Living, Marie Clare, Australia Childhood Foundation, US News and World Report, and VICE, among others. She is a contributing writer for Psychology Today and has a readership of approximately 6 million on topics relevant to trauma recovery and restoration of the self, arts in healthcare and mental health, and self-care.

A word from
the organizer

Carmen Oprea,
art therapist

Since I first heard about Cathy's work, during my master's degree, I wanted to participate in her trainings. Today, my dream came true, and Cathy accepted to offer a training here, in Montreal. Cathy's work is a true inspiration, and I am honored to have her join us for this transformative experience. She has dedicated her life's work to exploring the use of expressive arts therapy in trauma work, and has helped countless professionals to be well-equipped when working with their clients, through her teachings and techniques.

I know how deeply committed you are to providing the best therapy for your clients, and how important it is for you to have access to the best training and resources available. That's why I am so excited that we could have this unique opportunity to learn from one of the most renowned experts in the field of expressive arts therapy.

This training is not just about learning the latest research and techniques, it is also about creating a space where you can connect with others who share your passion and commitment. You will have the opportunity to participate in experiential exercises designed to deepen your understanding and skills, and leave with a renewed sense of inspiration and purpose.
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