Expressive Therapies: Healing Trauma Through Play, Art, Movement & Storytelling - Janet Courtney

Expressive Therapies: Healing Trauma Through Play
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Expressive Therapies: Healing Trauma Through Play, Art, Movement & Storytelling – Janet Courtney

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Expressive Therapies can:

  • Enhance client’s ability to communicate effectively and authentically
  • Overcome client resistance and build upon inner resiliency and strengths
  • Reframe trauma experiences, increase self-regulation, and connect to a mind-body awareness
  • Provide clients hands-on interactive experiences to heal from abuse, neglect, domestic violence and more

Janet Courtney, Ph.D., RPT-S, author and internationally recognized storyteller brings over 30 years of experience working with clients through expressive therapies, and will share a variety of expressive therapy interventions that you will be able to incorporate into clinical practice. Play, art & clay therapy, movement/dance/music, storytelling and nature are just some of the expressive therapies that Dr. Courtney will teach you in this recording, bringing you tools that can transform a client’s attachment related trauma, trauma associated with physical and emotional crises (abuse, neglect, domestic violence, natural disasters, among others). Expressive therapies can also provide clinicians a new and unique way to teach clients self-regulation skills to calm anxiety, focus attention, and overcome depressive states.

In this skill enriching training, you will learn therapeutic techniques that can empower your clients to:

  • Build resiliency
  • Reframe their trauma experiences
  • Increase self-efficacy
  • Self-regulate emotions
  • Build a sense of control
  • Connect to mind-body awareness and nature
  • Enhance interpersonal relationships
  • Take action beyond the therapy session to heal

  1. Determine the neurobiological and clinical implications of using play and art therapies with clients.
  2. Describe how expressive therapies can reframe a client’s trauma experiences, increase self-regulation, and connect to a mind-body awareness.
  3. Articulate a minimum of three ways to assist clients in developing innner resilience, courage, creativiety and tenacity to reduce trauma symptoms.
  4. List the seven steps a clinician would take to create and design multi-sensory theraputice storytelling for a theraputic session.
  5. Appraise the ethical implications of using play and art therapies in clinical practice.
  6. Articualte how to intergrate clay and drawings into clinical practice to promote a positive sense of identity and self-worth in clients.

The Right-Brain—Home of the Expressive Self

  • Advances in neuroscience
  • Integrating rational and emotional brain processes in trauma
  • The Expressive Therapy edge to heal trauma
  • Engage the sensory self: touch, visual, listening, smell
  • The therapeutic alliance—creating a foundation of empathetic compassion, safety, and trust

Assessing & Healing Trauma through Drawing Art Processes

  • Tapping into right brain processes—the drawing speaks louder than words
  • Overcome resistance and build safety and trust
  • Draw upon the resiliency of humor
  • Assessment individual and of family resiliency and strengths toward treatment planning and intervention

Healing Trauma through Song, Movement, & Dance

  • Promote mind-body awareness and overcome resistance
  • Cultivate interpersonal connections and a sense of safety & trust
  • Release trauma, cultivate mind-body awareness through a sense of a “felt-self”
  • Build a sense of self-worth through interpersonal connection with others by being “heard”

Releasing & Healing Traumatic Experience through Clay

  • Promote a sense of identity and self- worth
  • Create a sense of safety, boundaries & containment
  • Cultivate mindful attention and multi-sensory awareness
  • Release unexpressed emotional and somatic trauma (anger, frustration, depression, grief, loss, loneliness, confusion)

Therapeutic Storytelling to Reframe the Trauma Narrative

  • Growing self-confidence through tapping the “Storyteller Within”
  • Release unexpressed trauma through raw writing
  • Create therapeutic stories for children and adolescents through the Child Interview
  • Storytelling Grid ~ (building blocks of creating therapeutic stories):
  • Build skills of self-regulation, resiliency, and reframe the trauma story

Nature as Co-therapist in Overcoming Trauma

  • Create healing metaphors from nature
  • Learn simple ways to bridge nature into the therapy room
  • Overcoming trauma through “stepping stones to resiliency”
  • Build self-regeneration and heal trauma through nature-based rituals of healing
  • Cultivating mindfulness in nature—plan a nature therapy field trip

Ethical and Clinical Considerations

  • Ethics of expressive therapy interventions
  • Informed consent
  • Countertransferences
  • Issues related to touch and boundaries
  • Create client action plans to bridge therapy work into daily-life experiences
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