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Digital Seminar

Expressive Arts Therapy: Creative Solutions for Trauma Recovery

Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT
3 Hours 45 Minutes
Mar 10, 2022
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Sometimes talk therapy just isn’t enough, especially for trauma clients. Learn to work with your clients in a more total and holistic manner that doesn’t rely on words alone and includes creative solutions to realizing treatment goals. In this session, you’ll be oriented to the fundamentals of the expressive arts therapies, so you can start implementing new, creative skills into your practice. You’ll learn how to facilitate an expressive arts process to teach clients concepts of grounding, mindfulness, and distress tolerance—all vital skills in trauma-focused therapy. You’ll also discover the role of creativity and the practice of making art as mechanisms of action in processing traumatic experiences and promoting post-traumatic growth. Leave with new skills to foster client creativity for traumatic healing and learn how to incorporate these creative skills with other fundamental therapy modalities you already use. You’ll explore how to:

  • Leverage the experiential nature of expressive arts therapy to process traumatic experiences and promote post-traumatic growth
  • Use mindful drawing, breath practices with creative movement, and mindful listening to teach and practice mindfulness skills
  • Use movement, creative writing, and music to engage in trauma-focused care, including distress tolerance
  • Teach clients how to use expressive arts skills for between-session affect management



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 3.75 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, describes herself as a facilitator of transformative experiences. A clinical trauma specialist, expressive artist, writer, yogini, performer, short filmmaker, Reiki master, TEDx speaker, and recovery advocate, she unites all of these elements in her mission to inspire healing in others. She began her career as a humanitarian aid worker in Bosnia-Hercegovina from 2000-2003, primarily teaching English and music. Jamie travels internationally teaching on topics related to trauma, EMDR therapy, expressive arts, mindfulness, and yoga, while maintaining a private practice in her home base of Warren, OH. Marich is the founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness and the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice to expressive arts therapy. She is also the co-creator of the Yoga Unchained approach to trauma-informed yoga, and the developer of Yoga for Clinicians.

Marich is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Recovery Enhancement (2012), Creative Mindfulness (2013), Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors, and Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015). Marich co-authored EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care along with colleague Dr. Stephen Dansiger, which was released with Springer Publishing in 2017. Process Not Perfection: Expressive Arts Solutions for Trauma Recovery, released in April 2019. North Atlantic Books published a revised and expanded edition of Trauma and the 12 Steps, in the Summer of 2020. The New York Times featured Marich’s writing and work on Dancing Mindfulness in 2017. NALGAP: The Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies awarded Jamie with their esteemed President’s Award in 2015 for her work as an LGBT advocate. The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) granted Jamie the 2019 Advocacy in EMDR Award for her using her public platform in media and in the addiction field to advance awareness about EMDR therapy and to reduce stigma around mental health.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Jamie Marich is the founder of Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness and has an employment relationship with Youngstown State University. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Marich receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Jamie Marich is on the Council of Scholars for the EMDR International Association, serves as an advisor to Healing Tree Non-Profit for Trauma Recovery and Abbey of the Arts, and is on the editorial board for the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. She has OSDD-1 disorder and a professional relationship with An Infinite Mind.


  1. Analyze the origins of expressive arts therapy and identify several major sources of knowledge that compose modern-day expressive arts therapy.
  2. Evaluate the impact of expressive arts therapy and its nature as an experiential, body-centred, multi-modal, multi-art process and how the nature of this approach can enhance trauma-focused care.
  3. Determine 3-5 specific practices and forms that can be implemented as part of expressive arts process work in a clinical setting.
  4. Utilize grounding, mindfulness, and distress tolerance techniques and how to teach these skills to clients in trauma-focused care.
  5. Integrate expressive arts processes in trauma work to teach grounding, mindfulness, distress tolerance skills in a clinical setting for individual or group work.
  6. Support clients by using trauma-focused and person-centred principles of expressive arts therapy in a manner that advances treatment goals and provides solutions for in between session affect management.


Expressive Arts Therapy Foundations

  • What makes expressive arts therapy its own unique discipline
  • Historical origins & influences from other therapeutic approaches
    • Indigenous traditions
    • Historical threads in Jungian analysis
    • Person-centred psychotherapy
    • Gestalt psychotherapy
  • Leveraging the experiential nature of expressive arts therapy in trauma
  • General principles for practices & processes
  • Grounding practices
  • How to offer feedback in expressive arts therapy
  • Experiential process 1: Three practices for grounding within stabilization phase trauma work (sensory awareness, structured and creative movement

Expressive Arts to Teach and Practice Mindfulness Skills

  • Trauma-informed fundamentals of mindfulness and expressive arts instruction
  • Expressive arts practices for trauma work:
    • Mindful drawing
    • Breath practices with creative movement
    • Mindful listening
  • Offer feedback in expressive arts therapy to advance treatment goals
  • Experiential process 2: Three practices for grounding within stabilization and transitionary phase trauma work

Expressive Arts to Cultivate Distress Tolerance

  • Define distress tolerance and its relevance to trauma-focused care
  • Expressive arts variations on the container visualization practice using:
    • Movement
    • Art
    • Creative writing
    • Music and working with playlists
  • How to use expressive arts skills for in between session affect management
  • Experiential process 3: Three practices for grounding within transitionary, processing, and reintegration phase trauma work

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

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