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Introducing Expressive Arts and Somatic Approaches: Pathways to Healing Collective Grief and Trauma

The pandemic has resulted in mental health and healthcare practitioners - as well as individuals, families, and communities - being undeniably confronted with collective grief and trauma. For practitioners, it has required us to pause what we once knew as "normal" in how we addressed traumatic loss and stress. It has also required us to become aware that there are communities and groups defined by intergenerational, transgenerational, and historical trauma and grief and to become more culturally-resonant in how we address these challenges. Both expressive methods and somatic approaches are based on clinically effective concepts; they also contain the wisdom of healing rituals and procedures that have been used for thousands of years to address grief and trauma.


  • Describe how expressive arts therapy and expressive methods can be used in the treatment of trauma
  • Define the term “somatic” within the context of psychotherapy and counseling
  • List at least three reasons why movement, sound, storytelling, and silence are culturally-resonant practices in work with collective grief and trauma
  • Describe a four part model of self-regulation, co-regulation, exploration, and restoration for applying expressive methods in psychotherapy and counseling
  • Explain at least three reasons why working with the body’s experience of grief and trauma is a key strategy in addressing collective grief and trauma
  • Identify how expressive arts therapy supports self-regulation and co-regulation with individuals and communities experiencing traumatic stress
  • Specify how somatic approaches support restoration of the self during times of grief and loss

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT holds a doctorate in research psychology and is a clinical mental health counselor, and expressive arts therapist specializing in the treatment of traumatic stress. Dr. Malchiodi is the author of 20 books, including Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process and given over 500 invited keynotes and workshops around the world. She is the founder and director of Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute that provides education and training on expressive approaches to psychotherapists, counselor, coaches, educators, and somatic practitioners. Dr. Malchiodi is a contributing writer for Psychology Today and has a readership of approximately 5.3 million. To learn more about her work and publications, see www.cathymalchiodi.comand

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Linda Thai, MSW, ERYT-200

Linda Thai, MSW, ERYT-200, CLYL is an adjunct faculty member in the Social Work Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and specializes in trauma-informed care and compassion fatigue resilience skills; Mental health clinician at ND Systems, specializing in somatic therapies and trauma therapy. She assists internationally renowned psychiatrist and trauma expert, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, with his private small group psychotherapy workshops aimed at healing attachment trauma. In her work at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, she is responsible for training clinicians in all departments, including psychology, nursing and medicine. She has a Master of Social Work with an emphasis on the neurobiology of attachment and trauma.

Linda has studied Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Brainspotting, Havening, Internal Family Systems, and structural dissociation of the personality. Linda has worked in Fairbanks, AK with those recovering from addiction, trauma, and mental illness. She is passionate about yoga, meditation, and mindfulness and bringing those gifts to her community.

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Shoshana Simons PhD, RDT

Shoshana Simons, PhD, RDT is an expressive arts-centered drama therapist, voice actor, Professor and Interim-Chair of California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) MA Counseling Psychology program, Expressive Arts Therapy Concentration. Dr. Simons’s extensive training and experience in the UK and USA in community-based work with children & families, counseling, education, leadership and systems change informs her passionate commitment to preparing expressive arts therapy students to transform mental health systems into humane, equitable, creative, vibrant & culturally responsive communities of practice. Shoshana has presented nationally & internationally on the “NarrARTive” expressive arts approach she has been developing at CIIS for over a decade. She also offers coaching, workshops and courses through Key of Life Academy.

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Who this course is for

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Case Managers, other Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Anyone with an interest in the subject

This course is offered at the introductory level.

Introducing Expressive Arts and Somatic Approaches: Pathways to Healing Collective Grief and Trauma

$35.00 USD

Program Only

Included features:

  • 90 Minute Lecture


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