EMDR Therapy, Mindfulness, and Expressive Arts: Advanced Solutions for Healing Complex Trauma (Garner, NC)

This workshop, exclusively for EMDR therapists or those with partial training in EMDR therapy, offers strategies for using both mindfulness and expressive arts therapy within the 8-Phase EMDR protocol to optimize effectiveness with complex trauma cases. Expressive arts therapy is an approach to psychotherapy with roots in indigenous cultures and a rich history of evolution within modalities such as Jungian, person-centered, and Gestalt psychotherapies. Expressive arts therapy is characterized by its emphasis on the multi-modal process of healing (exploring many combinations for creativity rath ...Read more er than relying on just one art form) and the concept of process (similar to how the adaptive information process model conceptualized trauma healing). The strategies of expressive arts therapy, especially when taught within the framework of mindfulness, can prove useful to trauma therapists practicing in a variety of modalities. For EMDR therapists, mindful application of expressive arts strategies bolsters the possibilities for how they can serve clients in Phase 2 (Preparation) and Phase 7 (Closure). Expressive arts practices can also better equip EMDR therapists for a myriad of issues that present themselves in navigating Phases 3-6 with complex trauma clients, specifically in working with dissociation and handling abreaction.

In this workshop, participants are briefly oriented to the fundamentals of expressive arts therapy approach and the definitions of mindfulness. Participants are then instructed in how to facilitate an expressive arts process to teach mindfulness strategies. Mindfulness skills not only assist in the preparation phase, they can allow the client to widen their affect window of tolerance throughout the phases of EMDR therapy. Then, several case studies are presented from clinical practice on how expressive arts practices learned in the opening segment can be used to manage dissociation and abreaction, vital skills in working with complex trauma in the EMDR therapy framework. The literature on using creative/expressive measures with children and complex trauma cases is also reviewed in this section. The course wraps up with a final discussion on using both mindfulness and the expressive arts throughout the course of EMDR therapy to assist both client and clinician. The poem of instruction, a traditional expressive arts practice, is used to conclude the workshop, with connections made to how the practice can be used in Closure and for in between session affect regulation. Less...

Thursday, March 05, 2020

One-Eighty Counseling, PA
69 Shipwash Dr., Garner, 27529

08:30 AM EST - 04:00 PM EST

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American Psychological Association
Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
EMDR International Association/Advanced Topics Course
The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved provider of continuing education in EMDR Therapy by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Approval: #10002. The program "EMDR Therapy, Mindfulness, and Expressive Arts: Advanced Solutions for Healing Complex Trauma" is approved for 6 EMDRIA credits (#10002-48).


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