Community Program

Introduction to HHT: Integrating Hip Hop Therapy Strategies into Your Practice

June 8, 15, 22, 29 | Tuesdays at 4:00pm ET

(Recordings available for 45 days)

Providing effective therapy to any given population can depend on the ability to connect with and understand cultural signifiers and examine them in relevant ways collaboratively. In this four part program J.C. Hall, a Hip Hop therapist, and Cathy Malchiodi, an expressive arts therapist, employ strategies for using HHT to transform dysregulation using hands-on practices that leverage movement, rhythm, vocalization, and invitations to explore meaning that can be introduced in therapeutic settings.

Through these approaches, we will explore bottom-up and top-down processes for expression and restoration in the treatment of trauma. By engaging in basic interactions with beats and rhythmic language, participants will have the opportunity to explore the modulating effects of HHT through group exercises and discussions. Each session will contain hands-on practices that will provide participants with tangible skills that are both accessible and transferable across settings.

4 sessions | 90 minutes each

Week 1

  • Discuss the history of Hip Hop culture
  • Identify the fundamental elements of the culture and their artistic counterparts
  • Define Hip Hop therapy
  • Explore HHT as an intermodal approach and how it corresponds with expressive arts therapy
  • Engage in basic rhythmic exercises to encourage regulation
  • Explain call and response as it relates to HHT
HHT Session 1

Week 2

  • Define rhythmic engagement
  • Describe how rhythmic engagement sets the stage for safety as a foundation
  • Discuss the ways EXAT and HHT are Brain-Wise and Body-Based Frameworks
  • Identify HHT top-down regulation strategies
  • Identify HHT bottom-up regulation strategies
  • Analyze the importance of narrative and storytelling
HHT Session 2

Week 3

  • Discuss how the communal aspect of Hip Hop culture is a critical component of HHT
  • Analyze the power of performance and witnessing in addressing trauma.
  • Explore the importance of the cypher in Hip Hop and how that relates to the therapeutic alliance
  • Identify the ways in which HHT supports synchrony
  • Explain rap’s roots as a poetic tradition
  • Define scansion and how it relates to rhythmic regulation
  • Define and employ entrainment and vocalization
HHT Session 3

Week 4

  • Analyze entrainment and vocalization’s capacity to support regulation
  • Explain the ways rhythm and rhyme support self-regulation, co-regulation, brain activation and sensory integration
  • Identify different types of rhyme and how to create multisyllabic rhyme schemes
  • Discuss how nuances of vocal cadence and delivery impact feeling
  • Discuss the bilateral potential of poetry and creative writing
  • Explore how the various artistic mediums in HHT can help develop dual attention and encourage traumatic processing
HHT Session 4
About the Faculty

Cathy Malchiodi

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 and

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J.C. Hall

J.C. is a Hip Hop artist and social worker who runs the Hip Hop Therapy Studio program at Mott Haven Community High School, a “second-chance” transfer school in the South Bronx. In 2013, starting in an old storage room, J.C. built a professional recording studio in the school to provide youth the opportunity to engage in the therapeutic process through writing, recording, producing and performing their own music.

J.C. has also developed a website ( to honor his late mentor Dr. Edgar Tyson, the originator of Hip Hop therapy, with the hopes of it serving as a centralized resource for those interested in learning about the approach. J.C. is the 2020 Jefferson Award Recipient Outstanding Public Service Benefiting the New York Community.

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Early bird registration expires May 31st


$125.00 USD

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Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6557
. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC are clearly identified. Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute is an Approved Continuing Education Provider by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Texas Provider Number is 2318.

Art Therapy Credentials Board [ATCB]
. The ATCB recognizes a variety of CEC activities, including those in the areas of professional and mental health counseling. These activities are clearly outlined in their recertification standards provided to all ATR-BCs in their recertification year and on their website. If you are licensed as an art therapist in your state, please check with your state board to verify what types of CE activities are acceptable for license renewal.

Art Therapists, Music Therapists, Drama Therapists and Dance Therapists
. Please check with your credentials board or state license board to ensure that any courses you take can be applied for credential renewal.

California Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Educational Psychologists and Professional Counselors.
As of July 1, 2015, the State of California /Board of Behavioral Sciences [BBS] amended its regulations for continuing education providers to include National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as a "board-recognized approval agency." If you are licensed as a marriage and family therapist, social worker, educational psychologist or professional clinical counselor in California, NBCC Approved Continuing Education Providers are recognized by the BBS to fulfill continuing education requirements. As of July 1, 2015, required CE hours can be accumulated entirely through self-study and distance learning.

Refund Policy

Cancellation Policy: We can provide refunds minus a $25 cancellation fee if an attendee cancels at least 7 Days in advance. Recordings will be available for 45 days for those who would like to review the lectures, cannot attend all the sessions, or have any technical challenges. Email [email protected] if you have any questions.


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