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Introduction to Art Interventions in Trauma Treatment

April 20, 2017 Breakfast 8:30am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $159.00, 6 CEUs Presenter: Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 1726 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

This full-day workshop, using demonstrations and experientials, focuses on the basic principles of Trauma-focused Art Therapy. Recent research has shown that a neurobiological and multi-sensory creative expression encourages therapeutic processing of traumatic material and promotes resiliency.


In this exciting introduction to using art skills in trauma treatment, we will define Art Therapy, explain concepts of art process and product and directive/non-directive approaches. Ethical guidelines will be presented on the appropriate use of art as an adjunctive tool in trauma therapy for the non-art therapist.

These basic Art Therapy concepts and techniques will be explored both cognitively and experientially. An overview of developmental art stages and therapeutic use of art media will be offered. We will process the impact of trauma on the art, while incorporating several basic art interventions for treatment within the trauma stages.

We will experientially and visually learn sensory based art directives that address treatment issues including: assessing goals and strengths; explore sensory memories, promote safety and protective containment; identify attachment styles; utilize multi-sensory self-soothing; build compassion towards the body; foster affect regulation; identify window of tolerance; and build post traumatic growth and resiliency.

Art Prompts will include Kaiser’s Bird’s Nest Drawing, Body Mapping, Sensory Self Soothing, Personal Mandala, Mood Paper Dolls, and protective containers using collage. Participants will have opportunity to engage in art experientials which will teach both technical use of basic art media and effective art techniques for trauma treatment. Non-art therapists will increase their comfort level in knowing how to appropriately incorporate art therapy techniques into their ongoing work with traumatized clients.

This foundation workshop will prepare you for the Level II art therapy and trauma training.

Learning Objectives

  • Define art therapy including: the concepts of process and product; and directive and non-directive approaches.
  • Incorporate neurobiological perspective of art therapy’s effectiveness with trauma.
  • Integrate guidelines on the appropriate, ethical use of art therapy skills for the non-art therapist.
  • Learn the basic therapeutic continuum of art media and introductory skills from pencil to paint.
  • Describe the normal developmental stages of art and the impact of trauma on the art.
  • Identify at least eight basic art interventions that are effective interventions with trauma survivors.
“Peggy has deep experience, knowledge of art therapy and the ability to communicate it!”—Penelope K.