Sunday, 9 June 2019

Trauma Training

Three Day Training in Body-Focused Expressive Arts Therapy for Traumatized Children and Adolescents

When:  October 3 - 5, 2019
Where: 57 Bearspaw Summit Place, Calgary, AB 
Cost: $550 on or before September 1, 2019 & $595 after
Payment Methods: e-transfer or cheques 

Overview: This three day training will provide participants with a comprehensive framework for treating traumatized children & teens. This four- phase, resource-oriented model is grounded in attachment theory, the psychophysiology of trauma, CBT, and expressive arts therapy. It is based on Carmen’s book, “Expressive Arts Therapy for Traumatized Children and Adolescents: A Four-Phase Model”.

Training Objectives: To provide a practical, structured framework that guides assessment & treatment processes. To learn structured, arts-based, sensory interventions to effectively treat key trauma reactions and promote self-regulation. To increase clinical skills such as working with a resource-oriented lens, tracking client sensory processes, & working with the body, art & relationship.

About the four-phase model: “Although rich with creative activities, the author quickly establishes that these are not to be approached as a ‘recipe’ of activities to pick and choose from, but as strategically placed activities to support the larger picture of helping children develop the resilience needed to experience posttraumatic growth.  The structured framework helps to ensure a process that is safe, but it also provides the flexibility necessary for following the child’s creative processing and use of varied activities at a pace that is safe and tolerable.”

William Steele, PsyD, MSW
Founder, The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children


2020 Level 1 & 2 Dates!

Expressive Arts Training: Level 1 Certificate 
January - June, 2020

This is a 6 month intensive training program in the fundamentals of expressive arts therapy.  The program is designed as an introduction to expressive arts for those who may want to incorporate the arts in their clinical practice, community work, or for personal growth.  You are not required to have a degree, but an openness to experience the intermodal use of expressive arts.  

Dates:  January 10-12, February 8 & 9, March 7 & 8,  April 4 & 5, May 2 & 3 June 6 & 7
Registration Deadline: October 1, 2019

Expressive Arts Training: Level 1 Certificate Immersion
April - September, 2020

This is the same foundational program as describe above, with students attending two intensives in Calgary.

First Immersion:  April  17 - 24, 2020
Second Immersion:  September 13 - 19, 2020
Registration Deadline:  January 15, 2020

Expressive Arts Training: Level 2 Certificate

A true journey of deepening what was learned in prior expressive arts training.  Students dive in upon their arrival on Day 1, beginning the process of creating group safety with an openness to learn from the arts, the trainers, and one another.  Every aspect of the program is intentional as all activities tie into well thought out learning objectives.  The immersion experience is itself both challenging and enriching as it allows for the learning to be layered and deepened by moving from theory to experience as we develop more fully our roles as therapists and facilitators.  

Dates:  July 17 - 30, 2020
Registration Deadline:  May 1, 2020

Friday, 24 May 2019

One Day Workshop in Expressive Arts

Friday, September 27, 2019

-an experiential day of expressive arts for therapy, education, and community building
-excellent introduction for therapists, child care workers, nurses, social workers, psychologists, art therapists and educators
-an opportunity to personally explore how the arts may be used both individually and in group format 

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019
Time: 9:30 - 4:30
Location: 57 Bearspaw Summit Place
Cost: $170 on or before September 1, 2019 and $190 after
To Register:

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Soul Care for Helpers
A closed group for those who are committed to taking space for caring for self, rejuvenating & creating art.  

In whatever capacity you are caring for others, it is critical we create space for our own soul care.  These 4 days are a journey towards connecting with your self and tending to your own needs.  This will be a safe space to land, to "let go, let your burdens drop..." (Nancy Paddock).  A place to breathe a little deeper, be seen, and nurtured through expressive art making and sharing in a small closed group setting.

Dates:  Fridays, September 13, October 18, November 15, December 13, 2019
Times:  9:00 - 11:00
Cost:  $400 for all 4 sessions
Register/Payment due by August 1, 2019

For further information or to register, contact Carmen at


This day combines reflection, group discussion, and art making to provide facilitators with time to take stock of strengths and directions for growth.  A supportive environment to re-connect with and reawaken inspiration and confidence.

Date:  Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time:  9:30 - 3:30
Location:  57 Bearspaw Summit Place
Cost: $180
Register by May 1, 2019

For further details or to register contact Carmen at


A 2 part closed group for therapists interested in consultation regarding the use and integration of the arts in their practice.  Group limited to 4-6 participants.  Must register/pay for both dates.
May 11, 2019 9:00 - 11:00
June 15, 2019, 9:00 - 11:00
Cost:  $200 for both days.
Register/payment due by April 15 
For further information or to register contact Carmen at


This is a closed consultation group for facilitators who have taken Level 1 and/or 2 Certificate and are looking for a place to discuss questions, concerns, EXA processes, in a supportive environment.  
Group limited to 4-6 participants.  Must register/pay for both dates.
May 11, 2019, 11:30 - 1:30
June 15, 2019, 11:30 - 1:30
Cost:  $200 for both days.
Register/payment due by April 15 

For further information or to register contact Carmen at