Cathy Malchiodi PhD

Expressive Arts Therapy & Trauma

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane: November 2016

This workshop was held in 2016 and this information is presented for reference purposes only.

Art Therapy Changes Lives

These two-day hands-on workshops will emphasize the “neurobiology” of expressive arts therapy and how these approaches help “tell without talking”.

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD will bring you up to date with the very latest developments and give you the practical skills and knowledge to integrate expressive arts therapy into your practice.

Training Information


Expressive arts therapy includes the purposeful application of visual arts, music/sound, movement, dramatic enactment, creative writing and storytelling to facilitate individual recovery through all the senses and all parts of the brain— it is truly a whole-brain approach.

These workshops emphasize the “neurobiology” of the expressive arts and play and how these approaches help clients “tell without talking,” supporting executive functioning through non-verbal experiences, and enhance self-regulation and internal resources. Participants will learn how to apply and adapt expressive arts therapy from a “brain-wise” perspective and develop their own creative strategies based on a neurodevelopmental model of treatment.

Adolescents and children can often have a resistance to authority, a lack of trust in the adult world and difficulty establishing a therapeutic relationship — engaging in traditional forms of verbal therapy may not be an option. Gain knowledge and skills and improve your proficiency when working with such cases.

The workshop material covers working with children, parent-child dyads, adolescents, adults and families. Everything covered in the hands-on components and taught as general principles is applicable to working with children, adolescents and adults.

These workshops have the potential to transform lives – research is demonstrating that art improves not only our quality of life but is also effective in reducing pain, fatigue and stress as well as increasing cognitive abilities, emotional well-being and security. It is also a worthy clinical skill when dealing with eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol abuse where the client may not find the words to describe preceding events.

Time Day One Topics
08:00am – 09:00am Day One sign-in
09:00am – 10:30am Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy as Brain-Wise Interventions; Seven Key Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy in Trauma-Informed Work with Children, Adolescents and Families.
10:30am – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:30pm Expressive Arts to Support Self-Regulation; Grounding, Anchoring and Self-Regulation through Creative Interventions; Hands-On Expressive Arts Experience in Grounding, Self-Regulation and Relationship; Q & A.
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Expressive Arts Therapy Continuum as a Brain-Wise Model for Arts-Based Intervention; Importance of the “Windows of Tolerance” in Expressive Arts; Hands-On Group Activity Demonstrating “Intermodal Transfer” and the Expressive Arts.
3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Break
3:30pm—4:30pm Hands-On Group Activity “Performances” and Recap; Using the Expressive Arts Therapy Continuum in Brief Intervention for Acute Trauma; Hands-On Activity Demonstrating “Sensory-Somatic-Storytelling” Expressive Arts Approach; Q & A.
4:30pm Day One Close
Time Day Two Topics
08:00am – 09:00am Day Two sign-in
9:00am – 10:30am Expressive Arts Therapy Strategies to Support Positive Attachment, Attunement and Empathy between Children and Caregivers; Experiencing “Right-Mind-to-Right-Mind” through Expressive Arts and Empathy through a Multi-Sensory Art-and-Play-Based Activity
10:30 – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:30pm Expressive Arts and the “Felt Sense;” Using Arts-Based Interventions to Support the Body as a Resource for Self-Efficacy and Well-Being; Q & A.
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Expressive Arts as Resilience-Enhancing Approaches; Hand-On Activity to Support Self-Efficacy, Personal Strengths and Resilience through Autobiographical Memory
3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Break
3:30pm—4:30pm Expressive Arts, Cultural Sensitivity and Community; Final Hands-On Expressive Arts Activity; Closure and Q & A
4:30pm Day Two Close
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • White glue in small tube or container
  • Set of felt markers, 8 colors and at least one black felt marker
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Set of colored pencils and/or oil pastels [not crayons], 8-12 colours
  • 3-5 old magazines and/or scraps of coloured papers
  • Comfortable warm clothing of course makes the experience more enjoyable, especially if you are sensitive to air conditioning.
Cathy Malchiodi's Biography

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC, REAT is a leading international expert, syndicated writer, and educator in the fields of art therapy, expressive arts and arts in healthcare. She is a research psychologist, a Board Certified and Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and has had over 25 years of experience and education in trauma intervention and disaster relief and integrative approaches to health.

Cathy is the founder, director and lead faculty member of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, dedicated to teaching trauma-informed intervention that integrates expressive arts, neurobiology, somatic approaches, mindfulness, and positive psychology. In particular, it supports the specific use of expressive arts therapies including art therapy, music therapy and movement therapy, play therapy, dramatic enactment, humor and mind-body approaches for recovery and wellness in children, adults and families.

Cathy is also the President of Art Therapy Without Borders and is one of its founders.


SYDNEY: SMC Function Centre, 2 & 3 November 2016

MELBOURNE: Melbourne Convention Centre, 10 & 11 November 2016

BRISBANE: Brisbane Convention Centre, 14 & 15 November 2016

How is the training delivered?

The workshop will be delivered via a combination of lecture with accompanying handouts as well as a number of hands-on expressive arts exercises.

The seating format is in small groups of around 8 people at circular tables.


These workshops are suitable for (but not limited to) mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counsellors and social workers.

There are no prerequisites to attending this workshop. Anyone interested in the workshop content is welcome to attend, however you do so under your own volition.

These workshops are aimed to bring you up to date with the very latest research and clinical implications from the field of trauma-informed arts and expressive arts therapy.

Are morning and afternoon tea included? What about lunch?

Morning/afternoon tea and/or lunch can be ordered separately from the actual workshop registration.

These optional refreshments are provided by the event venue in each city and by allowing participants to order them separately allows Byron Clinic to keep the cost of the workshop as affordable as possible.

Each venue is centrally located within easy walking distance of a number of food outlets and choices.

You can order morning/afternoon teas and/or lunch either simultaneously with your workshop registration or as a separate order at a later point in time.

For those who order them, morning/afternoon teas include tea, freshly-brewed coffee and juices, along with a selection of pastries.

Lunch will include the Chef’s daily selection of sandwiches, wraps and/or rolls, cake and/or biscuits, a selection of fruit, served buffet style along with tea and coffee.

Please note that vegetarian and gluten free options will be available. Other specialty dietary needs can not be catered for.

Tea and coffee will only be available at lunch to those participants at lunch time who have ordered lunch in advance.

Do I get a Certificate of Attendance? What about CPD hours/points?

Byron Clinic Pty Ltd provides a Certificate of Attendance to each workshop attendee. Certificates will be completed using the given name at the point of initial online registration and payment. These will be distributed as a hard copy to participants prior to the conclusion of the workshop. It is the attendee’s responsibility to ensure that they have their Certificate of Attendance at the time of distribution.

This workshop should accrue a maximum of 11 hours of learning. Certificates of attendance at this Professional Development activity will be distributed at the workshop. For CPD points for specific organisations, please see: APS, AASW, RANZCP, ANZCMHN.

Please ensure that you have received your certificate prior to the end of the workshop. Requests for duplicate certificates after this period will incur an administration fee.

What are the training terms & conditions?

Please refer to our event terms and conditions here.

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Praise for Cathy Malchiodi

Truly impressive. The chapters capture the power of different therapeutic techniques that involve the use of the arts and play when working with children with attachment problems. The case examples provide a revealing view of and rationale for the interventions of very talented therapists. The book is enriched by the inclusion of recent brain research to help the reader understand why these techniques are indicated.

While the emphasis is on youngsters with histories of abuse and attachment problems, the therapeutic techniques described are applicable with all child patients. This is an invaluable resource for both beginning and experienced child and adolescent psychotherapists. Malchiodi and Crenshaw are to be commended for editing such a wonderful, informative book.

Robert Brooks PhD

Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

When children are ‘captured’ by living in a traumatic environment, it takes the efforts of a brave and knowledgeable therapist to help release them from their psychological bondage. This book brings that insight to fruition in an approach to attachment-focused play and arts therapy that is grounded in knowledge of developmental neuroscience, and it does so with insight and wisdom. It should be required reading for any professional who steps into the world of children exposed to the dark side of human experience.

James Garbarino, PhD

Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology, Loyola University Chicago

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