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This course meets the qualifications for 7 hours of continuing education

This course qualifies for 7 non-contact training hours for the Association for Play Therapy (Provider # 02-711)


Expressive and Creative Arts Methods for Trauma Survivors is designed to demonstrate how the expressive and creative arts can be useful in the recovery of trauma victims, through both non-verbal and metaphoric methods.

Chapters include various types of interventions that have proven effective when working with survivors of trauma. Feelings that are associated with trauma are not easily verbalized; in fact, at times, the feelings have been so repressed that verbalization is impossible. This means that other methods of therapy need to be used in order for healing to be accomplished. The authors in this book are all dedicated professionals, with broad experience in working with issues of trauma. Each one has found his/her particular method of therapy to be effective with this type of client. Each chapter describes the author’s theoretical base that includes substantiating information as to the value of the method under discussion. The techniques can be adapted to working with children, adolescents, adults, families and groups. This book provides an introduction to alternative ways of working that relies on the use of metaphor, symbol and other non-direct techniques. As with any new material, further study may be warranted and each author provides resources towards that end.

Expressive and Creative Arts Methods for Trauma Survivors is a valuable resource for therapists who are interested in the application of these various methods to alleviate the suffering of those persons who have experienced trauma.

Please join us in this 7 unit course.

Learning Objectives

In this 7 unit course clinicians will:

1. List various expressive, play and/or creative arts methods for therapy with the traumatized client(s).
2. Be able to cite empirical support for the effectiveness of these techniques.
3. Demonstrate several practical expressive/creative/play techniques that can be implemented into one’s practice.
4. Describe different methods that can be used with children, adolescents, adults, families and/or groups, including play therapy.
5. Explain the value of these methods of therapy for trauma victims – especially the use of play, metaphor or non-verbal approaches vs. “talk-therapy”.
6. Describe the studies of brain research that have contributed to knowledge of what “works” in cases of trauma.

This course consists of a post-test based upon reading the text. There is no online material to read. After you pass the post-test, you may print out your own certificate.

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APT - Association for Play Therapy (Non-contact hours) APT Approved Provider (#02-117)
CA BBS - California Board of Behavioral Science accepts our CE Provider Approvals through APA, NASW, and NBCC. Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling (BAP 753 )
NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals (#575)
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Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (#1761)
The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners (#6246)

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To receive credit students must

  • Pass the post-test
  • Upon passing the test, you print your own certificate of completion
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Foreword by Judith Rubin
Introduction by Lois Carey
1. Neuroscience and Trauma Treatment: Implications for Creative Arts Therapists - David Crenshaw
2. Crisis Intervention Play Therapy to Help Traumatized Children -
Nancy Boyd Webb
3. Working Toward Aesthetic Distance: Drama Therapy for Adult Victims
of Trauma - Judith Glass
4. An Expressive Arts Therapy Model with Groups for Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder – Susan Hansen
5. Peter: A Study of Cumulative Trauma: From “Robot” to “Regular Guy” –
Eleanor C. Irwin
6. Art Therapy with Traumatized Families – P. Gussie Klorer
7. Songs of the Self: Vocal Psychotherapy for Adults Traumatized as Children – Diane Austin
8. Sandplay Therapy with a Traumatized Boy – Lois Carey
9. Sandplay Therapy and the Body in Trauma Recovery – Dennis McCarthy
10. Puppetry Interventions for Traumatized Clients – Diane Frey
11. Video Play Therapy – Diane Frey
12. The Bowl of Light: A Story-Craft for Healing – Joyce Mills
Conclusion – Lois Carey

Lois J. Carey, M.S., has been a sandplay practitioner since 1980. She is an Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University where she has taught play therapy and sandplay courses. She is the founder of the East Coast Sandplay Association, the past-president of the New York Association for Play Therapy, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor for the Association for Play Therapy, Director of the Center for Sandplay Studies and a Professor of Play Therapy International. She is a frequent workshop presenter to numerous groups and clinics throughout the United States as well as in England, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada and South Africa. The Center for Sandplay Studies is an Approved Provider of the Association for Play Therapy. Her publications include:

1994 – Family Play Therapy, co-edited with Charles Schaefer, published by Jason Aronson. (Translated into Chinese)
1999 – Sandplay Therapy with Children and Families, published by Jason Aronson.
2001 – School-Based Play Therapy, co-edited with Athena Drewes and Charles Schaefer, published by Wiley and Sons. (Translated into Chinese)
2006 – Expressive and Creative Arts Methods for Trauma Survivors – published by Jessica Kingsley.
2004 – Chapter 10 (pp216 – 233) “Sandplay, Art, and Play Therapy to Promote Anxiety Reduction” in Nancy Boyd Webb’s book, Mass Trauma and Violence: Helping Families and Children Cope, published by Guilford
2006 – Chapter 8 (pp202 – 215) “Short-Term Family Sandplay Therapy” in Kaduson & Schaefer’s book, Short-Term Play Therapy for Children, 2nd Edition, published by Guilford.
2001 – “Sandplay: Helping Children and Families” – East Coast Sandplay Journal
2002 – “A Dog Called Sweetheart” – East Coast Sandplay Journal
2003 – “A Commentary: Symbols in Alice in Wonderland” – East Coast Sandplay Journal
2004 – “A Traumatized Child” – East Coast Sandplay Journal
2006 – “Two of My Favorite Symbols” – East Coast Sandplay Journal

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