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Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy: A 14-Week Training Group – Live Online

The Living Arts Drama Therapy Institute presents

Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy:
A 14-Week Training Group – Live Online

Facilitated by Teresa Trout, MA, AMFT, Expressive Arts Facilitator

  • Learn new embodied and creative tools that can enhance and enliven your healing work
  • Develop the skills to facilitate the expressive arts with individuals, couples, families and groups
  • Put the healing power of creative arts into action 

Expand your counseling skills and add new creative interventions to your healing toolbox! 

This experiential 45-hour training group will offer both a first-hand experience of the healing power of the arts as well as a foundational understanding of the theory and practice of expressive arts therapy. The expressive arts (EXA) are innately healing. Modern research is now able to give scientific explanations of ancient healing practices that humans have used for thousands of years. Anyone who has worked with the creative arts knows that they can be used for  profound transformation and growth. 

But what happens when the art opens unlocked doors? How do you use EXA from a trauma-based lens? How do you adapt these embodied practices to online? These are just some of the many questions we will explore in this course. This training is designed for psychologists, therapists, social workers, counselors, life coaches, healers, activists, teaching artists, group facilitators, and other mental health professionals.

36 Continuing Education Credits available for health professionals by the American Psychological Association (additional $75 CE admin fee required). Coursework fulfills Educational Requirements for both the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) and the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) (additional $50 course credit admin fee required).

14 Weeks | September 11 – December 15, 2021
Immersive Retreat: Saturday, September 11 | 9am – 3pm PST (6 hrs)
Weekly Classes: Wednesdays, 9am-Noon PST (3 hrs) | September 15 – December 15
(No class on Wednesday, November 24 – Week of Thanksgiving)

All classes will be held online via Zoom

Limited sliding scale reduced fee tuition available (Apply here)
BIPOC discount available (Discount Code: BIPOC)
Payment plans available upon request.

Must commit to the entire series.
Space is limited to 10 participants.

Reserve your spot today.
No previous arts experience necessary!

What is Expressive Arts Therapy?

Expressive Arts Therapy is an approach to counseling and group work that utilizes visual art, movement, music, writing, drama, and other forms of creative expression as a way to deepen self-exploration and understanding. This therapeutic approach places emphasis on the creative process rather than the product.

The Expressive Arts can help us reignite our creative spirit, see our lives in new ways, and tap into powerful new resources for confronting life challenges. The training focuses on the innate healing power of the expressive arts process through the intermodal application of:

visual arts ~ storytelling ~ music ~ writing
drama ~ poetry ~ movement ~ craft

In this training, you will:

  • Develop EXA facilitation skills that will allow you to integrate creative interventions into your healing work
  • Learn how to incorporate the expressive arts into your work from a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive lens
  • Rekindle your creativity, spontaneity, and resourcefulness as a facilitator
  • Explore your relationship to your own inner critic & inner muse – using the expressive arts for self-healing
  • Gain a foundational knowledge of the Expressive Arts Therapy field

Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients. In addition to weekly groups, this training includes optional weekly readings and videos to integrate theory with practice.

Alternate Training Program in Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts:

This training group fulfills the educational requirements for the Creative Arts Therapies course requirement (3-credits) for those pursuing registration as a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) in the Alternative Training Program with the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA). 

This training group fulfills 45-hours of required educational instruction for any of the following three required categories for those pursuing registration as a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). 

  • Individual Expressive Arts Therapy Process 
  • Group Expressive Arts Therapy Process 
  • Approaches to, or styles of Expressive Arts Therapy in practice and study

Please note: An additional $50 fee is required to cover RDT/REAT administrative costs.  
For more information or questions, please contact

Continuing Education Credit for Mental Health Professionals
Sponsored by The Spiritual Competency Academy

Continuing Education Credits:

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain this document for 4 years after the course concludes. SCA is an approved CE provider for National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (CEP Number 100196)
  • For questions about enrolling in CE or receiving your Certificate of Attendance, email
  • For other questions about CE contact David Lukoff, PhD at .
  • Please note: An additional $75 fee is required to cover CE administrative costs.

Continuing Education Learning Objectives:

At the end of this 45-hour training group, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a foundational understanding of the expressive arts and the creative process through engagement in individual and group EXA practices
  • Demonstrate a foundational understanding of the following individual approaches: art therapy, music therapy, dance/movement therapy, poetry and literary therapy, drama therapy, play therapy, sandplay therapy, and multimodal therapy
  • Define EXA Therapy and explain the benefits of a multi-modal art process
  • Describe the clinical applications of the expressive arts within diverse populations and settings
  • Demonstrate the ability to research evidence-based EXA interventions best used for a specific client population
  • Describe which expressive arts modalities best fit within your theoretical orientation and individual approach to psychotherapy
  • Define the difference between the art process and product and the therapist’s role in the process
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to adapt the art process when using telehealth platforms
  • Discuss ethical limitations, practical challenges, and contraindications in using creative interventions with specific populations and settings
  • Analyze and think critically and theoretically about EXA approaches
  • Apply expressive arts methods to address self-regulation, relationship, and emotional literacy skills
  • Describe how to use the expressive arts to access unconscious material
  • Discuss and recognize appropriate scope for the ethical use of EXA activities
  • Analyze and assess the expressive arts from a trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, and anti-racist lens
  • Discuss key aspects of providing trauma-informed care in the EXA field
  • Describe the concept of therapist as witness in the expressive arts therapy process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical framework and the basic concepts of an intermodal expressive arts approach
  • Explain how the expressive arts can be used by the therapist for self-care and case conceptualization
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to differences in artistic and cultural experience due to age, ability, religion/spiritual orientation, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, indigenous heritage, nationality, gender, etc.
  • Utilize and engage in a range of expressive arts forms from all five primary EXA modalities: visual art, drama, dance movement, literary, and music
  • Utilize the expressive arts to engage in an on-going individual arts practice to deepen and explore your relationship to your own creative process
  • Compare and critique how to integrate EXA modalities with other clinical approaches
  • Apply the EXA processes to your individual life, work, and communities
  • Develop and clarify your professional style, including an awareness of personal gifts, strengths, biases and limitations

For more information contact:
Teresa Trout
(510) 595-5500, Ext 15

About the Facilitator:

Teresa Trout, MA is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at the Living Arts Counseling Center with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy. She has a B.A. in Visual Arts from UC San Diego and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.  Teresa has a grounded, compassionate, playful, and creative personality as well as an abundant therapeutic toolbox to support others on their healing journey. She believes that healing happens when you can feel truly heard and seen, when you are able to share your stories, explore your struggles, and be met with love, compassion, and unconditional positive regard.

As an Expressive Arts Therapist, she likes to think outside the box and utilize the creative arts for healing. Teresa has worked in the fields of mental health and the arts for over 10 years serving a diverse range of youth and adults. As a psychotherapist and expressive arts therapist, she works with people of all backgrounds and lived experiences. She offers affirmative, knowledgeable, and trauma-informed services for individuals who are part of the LGBTQ+, BDSM/Kink, and Non-Traditional Relationship communities.

Supervised by Nicki Koethner, MFT (MFC#46109)

Contact: (510) 595-5500 | Ext 15 | | Check out Teresa’s complete bio!


September 11 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

| $995


September 11
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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