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Healing Shame in Addiction Recovery Through the Expressive Arts

Shame can be described as the lies we are told about ourselves that we internalize as true statements. These messages can result from trauma, adverse life experiences, the perils of living in the cycle of addiction, or any combination of these factors. The collective trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic and the escalation of social tensions within the U.S. and throughout the world have brought new challenges to individuals struggling with recovery and healing. Intergenerational trauma and long-standing wounds of discrimination are being revealed to people in a new and challenging way in the wake of powerful reminders. Explore how expressive therapy—an all-of-the-above approach to creative expression, designed to meet people exactly where they are—is being used on the front lines of trauma-focused, socially conscious recovery. Discover what makes expressive arts therapy uniquely suited to help people who are suffering embrace their stories and transform them into something beautiful and serving of recovery. A specific experience in theDancing Mindfulness approach to expressive arts therapy is offered as part of this presentation.


  • Analyze what makes expressive arts therapy uniquely suited as a trauma-focused recovery strategy, especially in addressing shame during the challenges of modern times
  • Examine client-centered mindfulness practices through a trauma-focused lens using the expressive arts
  • Discuss the potent links between unhealed trauma, dissociation, and addiction, and explain how expressive arts interventions are ideally suited to augment or to fully facilitate a healing experiences (often working along other established approaches to psychotherapy)

Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-500, RMT

Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-500, RMT travels internationally speaking on topics related to EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, expressive arts and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice and online education operations in her home base of Warren, OH. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness approach to expressive arts therapy, the co-creator of the Yoga Unchained approach to trauma-informed yoga, and the developer of Yoga for Clinicians. Jamie is the author of numerous books, including the popular EMDR Made Simple and EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care) written in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Dansiger. North Atlantic Books published a revised and expanded edition of Trauma and the 12 Steps in the Summer of 2020. For more information on how to connect with her work, go to:

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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.

Healing Shame in Addiction Recovery Through the Expressive Arts

$35.00 USD

Program Only

Included features:

  • 75 Minute Lecture


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