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Expressive Arts Therapy and Traumatic Stress: Innovative and Embodied Approaches in the Age of COVID-19

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Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT |  Amber Elizabeth Gray, PhD
1 Hour 32 Minutes
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Jun 09, 2020
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Social isolation and physical distancing during the current pandemic has reinforced a sense of immobilization, helplessness, and uncertainty as dominant trauma responses to what is essentially an unseen threat.

Traditional methods fall short in addressing the paralyzing impacts of chronic fear, loneliness, and disempowerment.

Join renowned expressive arts therapy and traumatic stress experts, Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, and Amber Elizabeth Gray, PhD as they discuss how we can address these impacts with clients through innovative sensory-based and embodied approaches.

Explore the following fundamental sources of repair and recovery with an emphasis on supporting self-regulation and safety:

  • Movement 
  • Breath  
  • Sound  
  • Rhythm  
  • Imagery 



This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.



Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT's Profile

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT Related seminars and products

Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT, is an expressive arts therapist and art therapist who has spent over 30 years working with individuals with traumatic stress and studying how the arts support reparation, integration and recovery from trauma. She is the founder and executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute that trains mental health and health care practitioners in medical, educational, and community settings and assists in disaster relief and humanitarian efforts throughout the world. Cathy has given more than 500 invited presentations in the US, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia and has published numerous articles, chapters, and more than 20 books, including Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body and Imagination in the Healing Process, Understanding Children’s Drawings, Handbook of Art Therapy, Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems, and Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children. She has received numerous awards for distinguished service, clinical contributions and lifetime achievements, including honors from the Kennedy Center and Very Special Arts in Washington, DC. A passionate advocate for the role of the arts in health, she is a contributing writer for Psychology Today Online with more than 5 million readers and a visual artist and occasional ukulele and Hulusi musician.  


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Cathy Malchiodi is the co-founder and president of Art Therapy Without Borders. She has an employment relationship with the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, Prescott College, and Lesley University. Cathy Malchiodi is a syndicated writer for Psychology Today. She receives royalties as a published author. Cathy Malchiodi receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Cathy Malchiodi is a member of the American Art Therapy Association, the American Counseling Association, the Association for Humanistic Counseling, the Association for Creativity in Counseling, and the International Traumatic Stress Society.

Amber Elizabeth Gray, PhD's Profile

Amber Elizabeth Gray, PhD Related seminars and products

Amber Elizabeth Gray, PhD, is a long-time human rights activist and pioneer in the use of Dance Movement Therapy with survivors of trauma, particularly torture, war and human rights abuses. She is an ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award recipient; a recent nominee for The Barbara Chester Human Rights award, and featured expert on torture treatment through Tulane University’s Institute of Traumatology. Amber’s expertise is represented in many published articles, chapters, keynote addresses, professional collaborations and presentations around the world. Amber has provided clinical training on the integration of refugee mental health and torture treatment with creative arts, mindfulness, and body-based therapies to more than 30 programs worldwide. She is the originator of Polyvagal-informed Dance/Movement and Soma-Movement Therapies, developed over 20+ years of immersion in The Polyvagal Theory, and Restorative Movement Psychotherapy, a resiliency-based framework and clinical approach for somatic, mindfulness and dance/movement therapies with refugees and survivors of torture war trauma.  

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Amber Elizabeth Gray is the founder and director of the Kint Institute. She is an advisor/consultant to The Center for Victims of Torture, UNICEF, Foundation House, the State of New Mexico, Las Cumbres Community Services, the Garrison Institute, The Department of Veterans Services, Psychosocial Refugee Teams, and Restorative Resources. She is a published author and receives royalties. Dr. Gray receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Amber Elizabeth Gray is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the American Dance Therapy Association, the Colorado Association for Play Therapy, and the Colorado Sandplay Therapy Association. For a complete list, please contact


  1. Differentiate the terms expressive arts therapy and dance/movement therapy as forms of body-based psychotherapy and trauma treatment; 
  2. Determine at least three traumatic stress reactions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic; 
  3. Demonstrate at least three expressive approaches to support regulation in children, adolescents and adults; 
  4. Determine at least two ways that therapists can apply expressive work in telehealth sessions to address traumatic stress. 


Introductory Body Awareness Experiential

Expressive Arts Therapy as a Body-Based Psychotherapy: A Four-Part Model of Movement, Sound, Storytelling, and Silence

Immobilization, Helplessness and Fear: Multilayered Psycho-Social-Spiritual Responses to the Pandemic

Body as a Resource: Movement, Rhythm, and Sound

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Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Teachers
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • School Administrators
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Other Helping Professionals that work with children



Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 3


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"Thankyou for this webinar"

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"Satisfied with everything, thank you."

Christie R

"Very creative, I will use with my client's starting today! :) Many THANKS!!"

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