Deepening the Therapeutic Experience
Expressive arts not only cultivate the healing powers of imagination, they also mobilize the social engagement system through play, improvisation, musicality, movement, and creativity. When integrated into therapy, they can revitalize and energize clients, helping them to engage more fully in the present while deepening implicit and meaningful sensory-based communications. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll experience how to “get past talk” with creative, action-oriented methods that can be immediately applied to your practice. You’ll discover:
- Arts-based approaches to enhance and deepen empathy, compassion, and interpersonal connection in our clients and ourselves
- A brain-wise, bottom-up model for applying the expressive arts to facilitate the body’s natural resources for transformation and healing
- Improvisation, dramatic enactment, gesture, bilateral movement, art making, and play as foundational practices to facilitate social engagement
Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, is a psychologist, traumatologist, and expressive arts therapist. Her books include Handbook of Art Therapy, Expressive Therapies, and Art Therapy Sourcebook. She writes the Arts and Health column for Psychology Today Online, with a following of 4.6 million readers.