Expressive Arts Therapy & Trauma workshop - A Gift from Welcome to The Big House to Rhonda
I attended the Expressive Arts Therapy & Trauma workshop with Cathy Malchiodi, this past week. It was amazing and wonderful to hear the success rate of this kind of work, especially taking place within the US military. The Expressive Arts Therapy practice has now found acceptance as a vital and necessary tool to assist military men and women, along with their families. It is also recognised as a legitimate health care component within the military health system in the USA.
The emphasis during the workshop was to understand how expressive art therapies can be applied in working with children, adults and families. Other practices included self-regulation, stress reduction, the body as a resource for regulation and resilience and posttraumatic growth, as well as self-compassion. On point of interest was that self-compassion is considered a more positive stance versus self-esteem. Additionally, self-compassion also provides helps towards being more compassionate towards others. So make sure you “love” yourself today.
Along with Cathy’s vocal input was the hands-on training. This provided some quiet reflective moments, in the form of doodling, to experiencing lots of fun and laughter, where groups put together individual creations to produce a group creation and then presented it through story, song, drama or dance.