Community Program

Expressive and Embodied Approaches

Reimagining Resilience and Self-Restoration

A Program Hosted by Cathy Malchiodi
Director, Trauma Informed Practices & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute

Join us to learn expressive and embodied practices that will help you re-energize your mind and body, reconnect with your community and yourself, restore your spirit, and renew your sense of play and imagination.

During this 12 month program, faculty focus is on experiential restorative practices that will introduce you to a variety of integrative, arts-based, expressive, and embodied awareness strategies that can be immediately applied to your practice.

This program brings together a diverse faculty and the wide array of modalities, approaches, and practices they use. Each session includes dynamic learning, interactive activities, and opportunities to network with participants. Engage in movement, rhythm, yoga, storytelling, visual journaling, vocalization, play, improvisation, and more to resensitize and enliven the body and mind through powerful hands on experiences to process trauma, relieve stress, and restore the self.

Each 60 minute session is followed by a 30 minute community discussion & networking opportunity.

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Session 1

June 28th 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET

An experiential workshop exploring the therapeutic power of creative movement.
-- Engaging All Senses--

Dance is a form of expression that transcends the boundaries of verbal language. Whether accompanied by text or on its own, bodily movement contains a visceral poignancy that triggers our kinesthetic, intellectual and emotional selves.

Participants will be introduced to and view excerpts from an original dance production unpacking the embodied nature of trauma. Then participants will engage in similar processes to express and move through their own experience. Learn more about Sarah's work at DanceLink here.

Sarah Carlson is the Founder & Artistic Director of DanceLink, a project-based company which seeks to bridge people, ideas & understanding through the power of movement. Sarah danced professionally for 10 years in NYC with numerous companies including Alexandra Beller/Dances, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Clare Byrne Dance, Paul Mosley Dance and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. As an independent choreographer, her own work has been presented throughout the US at venues such as Gibney Dance in NYC, On the Boards in Seattle, and The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard as well as in Benin, Africa. Sarah is a co-director of the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange & a licensed massage therapist. Sarah is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Cedar Crest College and has been on the dance faculty at Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, DeSales University, and the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2007, she completed a Fulbright Grant studying Vodou ritual dance in Benin, Africa furthering an on-going inquiry into sacred dance forms. In 2008, Sarah founded DanceLink to promote community and to use the wisdom of the body to unpack the big questions, often spiritual in nature. DanceLink’s projects have received funding from the Pennsylvania Partners for the Arts, the Cultural Coalition of Allentown, the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange, the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium and the King County Arts Commission. Sarah received a BA in French and European Studies from Connecticut College and an MFA in Dance from the University of Washington.

12 Month Community Program

  • Bodyscore: Dancing with Trauma & Recovery
  • Freedom from the inside: Dance, Yoga, Rhythm and Movement to process Trauma and Grief inside high security prisons for women
  • Working with the Core Wounding of Existence: A Somatic and Expressive Arts Approach
  • Wound Dwelling: Writing + Breathing with Our Bodies
  • Right to Embody: The Science & Spirit of Restorative Movement Psychotherapies
  • The Long Walk Home: Creating Counter Narratives that Move us Forward
  • Visual Journaling: A promising intervention for stress reduction
  • Polyvagal &Somatic Experiencing®-Informed activities for creating resilience during stressful times
  • Sociometrics and Psychodrama as Expressive Arts Therapies
  • Rhythm Bliss Mindful Hand Drumming & Movement
  • Session Sacred Stance Haka Workshop
  • Expressive Arts: Reexperiencing, Resensitizing, and Restoring the Self

with Cathy Malchiodi, Sarah Carlson, Josefin Wikström, Linda Thai, Jennifer Patterson, Amber Gray, Danita Rountree Green, Elizabeth Warson, Taruno Steffensen,Tian Dayton, Alexandra Jai, and Matiu Te Huki.

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Jun 28 | Jul 26 | Aug 30 | Sept 27 | Oct 25
Nov 29 | Dec 20 | Jan 31 | Feb 28 | Mar 28 | Apr 25 | May 30

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Lecture and Practice
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Community Discussion & Networking

Select 1 Course


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Included features:

  • Access to recorded content up to 30 days
  • 1.5 NBCC CEs
  • Practical takeaways presented by diverse faculty
  • Optional community discussion after each course

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Program Only

Included features:

  • Access to recorded content up to 30 days
  • 3 NBCC CEs
  • Practical takeaways presented by diverse faculty
  • Optional community discussion after each course

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Program Only

Included features:

  • Access to recorded content up to 30 days
  • 4.5 NBCC CEs
  • Practical takeaways presented by diverse faculty
  • Optional community discussion after each course

Full Course


Program Only

Included features:

  • Access to recorded content up to June 30th 2022
  • 18 NBCC CEs
  • Practical takeaways presented by diverse faculty
  • Optional community discussion after each course
  • Enrollment in CR's 2020 Community Membership*

Participants will receive the following as part of their registration fee:

A Certificate of Completion in
Expressive and Embodied Approaches: Reimagining Resilience and Self-Restoration

Up to 18 hours of education
that can be applied to the Institute’s training program designations as an
Expressive Arts Therapist-Trauma Informed (EXAT) or an Expressive Arts Coach Educator-Trauma Informed (EXA-CA).

Continuing Education

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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 21 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.


Collectively Rooted's Community Membership

Students will Receive 20% Membership Discount on CR Courses.


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