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Disrupted Rhythms, Regulation, and Relationships: Restoration of the Self in a Post-Pandemic World

In this presentation, two expressive therapists and a psychiatrist-researcher share their perspectives on how the pandemic has impacted individuals with an emphasis on traumatic stress. The discussion includes recommendations on how practitioners can apply expressive methods to address emotional, psychological, and behavioral impacts, with an emphasis on regulation, social engagement and co-regulation, and restorative practices to address grief and trauma.


  • List at least three stress responses in individuals due to the pandemic
  • Discuss the terms “multisensory integration” and “sensory integration” within the context of psychotherapy and counseling
  • Describe expressive arts therapy as an approach to traumatic stress
  • Define the term “trauma-informed sports” as a counseling strategy
  • 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 expressive methods that can be used to support self-regulation and co-regulation
  • Name at least three functions of the default mode network in relation to traumatic stress

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

Cathy 2021

Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD

Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry and the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario.

She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program, both services that specialize in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders.

Ruth currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests focus on studying the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods.

Ruth has authored more than 100 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally. She has recently published a book Healing the traumatized self: consciousness, neuroscience, treatment with Paul Frewen.

Ruth Lanius

Cornelia Elbrecht, AThR, SEP

Cornelia Elbrecht BA. MA. (Art Ed), AThR, SEP has more than 40 years of experience as an art therapist. She is also a Somatic Experiencing trauma therapist (SEP). She has studied at the School for Initiatic Art Therapy in Germany, also Jungian and Gestalt therapy, Bioenergetics and bodywork. She is founder and director of the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy, School for Initiatic Art Therapy. She has lectured in Art Therapy at RMIT, Melbourne. Cornelia is a registered professional member of ANZACATA, the Australian, New Zealand and Asia Art Therapy Association and IEATA, the International Expressive Arts Therapies Association. She is an accredited art therapy supervisor. She has authored four books, a multitude of online training courses and peer-reviewed essays.

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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.

Disrupted Rhythms, Regulation, and Relationships: Restoration of the Self in a Post-Pandemic World

$35.00 USD

Program Only

Included features:

  • 100 Minute Lecture


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