Cathy Malichiodi developed Restorative Embodiment (RE) as a model of intervention for addressing traumatic stress.
Cathy writes: “As a psychologist and expressive arts therapist who works with trauma and grief recovery, my goal is to help individuals, groups, and communities resource implicit forms of communication for repair and healing. Words are not always available when we embody narratives of suffering, shame, guilt, and loss, either on an individual level or a collective one.”
Cathy is dedicated to teaching trauma informed intervention that integrates expressive arts, neurobiology principles, somatic approaches, mindfulness-based strategies, and embodied awareness.
Recent research highlights the limitations of traditional talk therapy in engaging with clients effectively. To truly support repair, recovery, and restoration, therapists and counsellors must incorporate sensory-based experiences and expressive approaches.
In this course, participants will gain practical and evidence-informed strategies to integrate various elements, including:
- Movement, rhythm, sound, image-making, and play
- Sensory awareness (exteroception, interoception, proprioception)
- The concept of the “intermodal shift”
- Embodied cognition
- Creating body maps of subjective feelings
- Bilateral stimulation
These restorative embodiment strategies will equip participants to adapt expressive and sensory-based interventions for working with adults, children, and groups experiencing distress, activation, or withdrawal. The RE model expands the “window of tolerance” to a “circle of capacity,” promoting regulation and resilience. It enables individuals to rediscover their bodies and minds with joy, enlivenment, self-agency, mastery, curiosity, and playfulness.
This course consists of lecture, brief films, discussion, hands-on experiences, and discussion. Several worksheets will be available prior to the course start. Participants are also encouraged to have basic drawing media, paper, and a few simple supplies at hand during the course to fully participate and enhance learning. This will also allow participants to expand their own capacity for including restorative embodiment therapy through expressive and sensory-based methods in their therapeutic work.
- Define expressive arts therapy and sensory integration as strategies to address traumatic stress.
- Define the terms embodiment, restorative embodiment, and disembodiment in psychotherapy and counselling.
- Identify at least two evidence-informed approaches to support somatic and sensory awareness in trauma survivors.
- Define interoception, exteroception, and proprioception as key areas in addressing traumatic stress.
- Define bilateral stimulation as a strategy in psychotherapy and counseling with trauma survivors.
- Identify at least one evidence-informed approach to interoception.
- Identify at least one movement-oriented bilateral stimulation approach.
This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.
**BONUS** Participants will also receive an NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors) continuing education certificate for three (3) clock hours via the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute [ACEP No. 6557).
Attendees of the live broadcast will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation after the course is finished.
Attendees of the on-demand recorded version will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify attendance and then receive their Certificate of Participation. On-demand attendees will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation once they have successfully passed the Post-Webinar Quiz at the completion of the webinar.
The Certificate of Participation includes:
- Name of participant.
- Title of training.
- Name of presenter plus their credentials.
- Number of hours of training.
- Date of training.
- Confirmation that showed 100% attendance at the live broadcast or passed a quiz with at least an 80% grade to verify attendance of the on-demand recording.
Please check with your regulatory body/organization to ensure that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CE credits.