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Trauma Certificate Training, Level II – Clay and Collage: Artwork in Parts Work

April 17 Breakfast 8:30am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm 6 CEUs Presenter: Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 1726 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

Please Note: For this semester, this training is ONLY open to Level II Trauma Certificate participants.

In this highly experiential workshop led by a level 2 trained IFS Art Therapist, we will be emphasizing the Creativity in the 8 C’s of Self in the IFS model by bringing 2 more C’s, Clay and Collage! Art Therapy theory overlaps with the IFS model, supporting the effective integration of creative directives into trauma-informed therapy.  A brief cartoon video explaining Firefighters, Managers and Exiles roles will be shown followed by case examples of artwork used in IFS therapy sessions.

A majority of the workshop will focus on art experientials utilizing collage and clay. Following a somatic body scan drawing, participants will create an intuitively-based “I AM” collage, promoting “Unblending” and following several of the  6 ‘Fs” of the IFS process. Identifying parts through “Finding, Focusing, Friending ” will be explored by dialoguing with collage images using Jungian creative “active imagination.”  We will select several parts identified in our collages and recreate them in clay, thus observing polarizations, reflecting the relationship between parts, identifying burdens, fostering compassion and deepening our own Self energy. As therapists, being able to identify our own parts, unblend and stay in Self will support our ability to effectively guide our clients.

Bring your Creativity, Curiosity and Courage as we all Connect and find Clarity in art-making!

NOTE: We will not be intentionally following the IFS process to Retrieval and Unburdening but this may happen spontaneously in art-making.

Learning Objectives

  • Name the 3 roles of our parts and how to identify in collage: Exiles, Firefighters and Managers.
  • Identify the 6 F’s process in dialoguing with parts in collages.
  • Describe 3 ways clay-making deepens the relationships with parts, promoting balance and harmony in the internal system.
  • Identify 4 ways art-making identifies and increases Self- energy in our role as Therapists.


8:45- 9:15  Introductions/Name Tag: Draw Part art experiential

9:15-9:35  PP Art Therapy and IFS

9:35- 9:45 IFS Roles Cartoon Video

9:45-10  Case Presentations of Art in IFS therapy

10-10:15 Body Scan drawing experiential

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 Collage-making experiential/ Identifying Parts using the F’s

11:30-12 Dialoguing with Collage/ Active Imagination

12-1 LUNCH

1-1:30 Discussing Collages

1:30- 2:30 Clay-making experiential

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45 -3:30 Dialoguing with clay; exploring relationships in clay and collage, Group discussion

3:30-4:00 Discussing day, answering questions


Parts Work