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Home Events Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy: A 14-Week Training Group (36 CEs)

Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy: A 14-Week Training Group (36 CEs)

Facilitated by
Teresa Trout, AMFT, Expressive Arts Therapist

For psychologists, therapists, social workers, counselors, life coaches, healers, activists, group facilitators, and other mental health professionals.

• Want to learn creative tools that can enhance and enliven your practice?
• Are you interested in developing new skills to facilitate the creative arts with individuals, couples, families and groups?
• Are you ready to put the healing power of creative arts into action?

Experience firsthand the healing power of the arts
while expanding your creative toolbox and facilitation skills!

Want a taster? Check out our 4-Hour Introductory Workshop on 8/13!

14 Weeks | 45 Hours
September 10 – December 12, 2022

Immersive Retreat:
Saturday, September 10, 2022
9am – 3pm PST (6 hrs)
*Attendance required*

Weekly Classes:
Mondays, 9am-Noon PST (3 hrs)
September 12 – December 12, 2022
(No class on Monday, November 21 – Week of Thanksgiving)

Live Online via Zoom

Limited sliding scale tuition available (Apply here)
BIPOC discount available (Discount Code: BIPOC)
Payment plans available upon request ($15 admin fee)

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

This course provides 36 Continuing Education (CE) credits for licensed therapists and 3 units (45 hours) of course credit for students on the path to become either a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) or Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT).

Intermodal Expressive Arts is about “process” over “product”!
No previous arts experience required.


The expressive arts can help you reignite your creative spirit, see your life in new ways, and tap into powerful resources for confronting life’s challenges. Join us for this weekend immersion to gain 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. 

Expressive Arts Therapy is an approach to counseling that utilizes visual art, movement, music, writing, drama, and other forms of creative expression as a way to deepen self-exploration and understanding. Rekindle your own creative process and develop the artist within while learning how to integrate an expressive arts approach into your work! This workshop is appropriate for mental health professionals, life coaches, group facilitators, educators, teaching artists, and social activists. 



This course fulfills 3 units (45 hours) of the educational requirement for Creative Arts Therapies or Advanced Electives in Drama Therapy 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).
1. Individual Expressive Arts Therapy Process
2. Group Expressive Arts Therapy Process
3. Approaches to, or styles of Expressive Arts Therapy in practice and study

Additional coursework required outside of class. A one-time $50 administrative fee will be added to your total course fees due. See below for an outline of course learning objectives. Contact Teresa Trout for more information.


• 36 Continuing Education (CE) Credits are available for an additional $75 fee.
• 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. Spiritual Competency Academy 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 their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the
course concludes.
• For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact email [email protected]
• For other questions about CE contact David Lukoff, PhD at [email protected]


At the end of the program, participants will be better able to…
• Demonstrate a foundational understanding of the expressive arts and the creative process through engagement in individual and group EXA practices
• Describe the origins and history of the Expressive Arts (EXA) Therapy field with a foundational understanding of the following individual approaches: art therapy, music therapy, dance/movement therapy, poetry and literary therapy, drama therapy, play therapy, sand play therapy, and multimodal therapy
• Define EXA Therapy and explain the benefits of a multi-modal art process
• Design a clinical toolbox with at least three evidence-based EXA interventions
• Describe the clinical applications of the expressive arts within diverse populations
• Demonstrate the ability to research evidence-based EXA interventions
• Describe which expressive arts modalities best fit within your theoretical orientation and individual approach to psychotherapy
• Research and facilitate one arts-based intervention
• Define the difference between the art process vs. 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
• Demonstrate the ability to identify EXA interventions used in different stages of the therapeutic process from intake to termination
• 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
• 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

Teresa Trout, AMFT, Expressive Arts Therapist
[email protected]
510.595.5500, ext. 15



Sep 10 2022 - Dec 12 2022


Pacific Standard Time (PST)
9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Living Arts Drama Therapy Institute


Zoom Online Class
Teresa Trout, MA, AMFT


Teresa Trout, MA, AMFT
(510) 394-2965
[email protected]

Teresa Trout has worked in the mental health field for over 13 years, supporting a diverse range of youth and adults. She has experience working in schools, outpatient programs, recovery programs, and private practice. She has taught at schools, communities and at universities. She is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Expressive Arts Therapist at the Living Arts Counseling Center. She has a B.A. in Visual Arts and M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy. As a psychotherapist and expressive arts therapist, she works with people of all backgrounds and lived experiences. She believes in the healing power of the arts and is passionate about teaching others how to integrate the creative arts into their healing work.

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