Wednesday, 8 February 2023

There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. 
Rachel Carson


The Experience of Self-Compassion
through Expressive Parts:  
Blending Internal Family Systems (IFS) with Expressive Arts (EXA)

Dates: March 24 & 25, 2023
Time: 10:00 - 5:00
Location: 57 Bearspaw Summit Place
Cost: $500 on or before March 1, 2023 ($540 after)
Facilitator: Carmen Richardson MSW, RSW, RCAT, REAT


Description: This 2 day workshop brings together two beautiful ways of working.  IFS is a mindful, self-compassionate way of understanding ourselves as humans.  Expressive arts allows us to deepen our way of being and expressing ourselves in the world.  IFS & EXA, when blended, provides a truly powerful somatic approach to personal and professional growth.  This experiential workshop will introduce participants to a blended version of these two ways of working with ourselves through the use of music, mindfulness, movement, creative writing, and art.


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

Carmen Richardson MSW, RSW, RCAT, REAT

 
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.

Training Dates: July 17 - 19, 2023
Time: 9:00 - 5:00
Cost: $750 on or before June 1, 2022  & $800 after
Location: 57 Bearspaw Summit Place 
Payment Methods: e-transfer to carmenr@telusplanet.net

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

 

ADVANCED* TRAINING IN
EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND TRAUMA THERAPY

CHARTING A COURSE:

NAVIGATING AND ACHIEVING SAFE TRAUMA PROCESSING
THROUGH THE EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPIES

**This advanced training is for practitioners who have attended the 3 Day Body-Focused Expressive Arts Therapy for Traumatized Children and Adolescents.

In this 2-day experiential and didactic training, participants will be presented with:
  • Clinical case studies 
  • Current theory related to trauma work, including Polyvagal Theory for trauma therapy
  • The opportunity to develop clinical skills essential to trauma-informed practice
  • A brief overview of Carmen’s Stage Model of Trauma Processing (as outlined in her book)
  • Specific Expressive Arts Therapy interventions designed to support trauma processing with a focus on Phase Three of the model
  • An exploration into the “Therapist’s world view” as it is related to trauma processing
  • A deeper look at developing effective stewardship skills to mitigate against a therapists experience of being exposed to secondary trauma.
  • The experiential learning component will provide an invitation and opportunity to work with personal experiences to illuminate trauma-informed processes and support clinical skill development in the application of the Expressive Arts Therapies.

Training Dates:  July 20 & 21, 2023
Times: 9:00 - 5:00
Cost: $500 on or before June 1, 2023 and $540 after 
Location: 57 Bearspaw Summit Place 

Take all 5 days for $1100
(Early Bird Only on or before June 1, 2023)


For further information or to Register, please contact Carmen at carmenr@telusplanet.net


 




Expressive Arts Training: Level 1 Certificate

April 13 - 16, 2023
May 11 - 14, 2023
June 8 - 11, 2023
Located in Calgary
Cost: $3000

This is a 3 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.   

 
Expressive Arts Training: Level 2 Certificate

September 14 - 17, 2023
October 12 - 15, 2023
November 9 - 12, 2023
Located in Calgary
Cost: $3000

 

Level 2 training is a deepening into your understanding of the expressive arts process.  Whether therapist or consultant/educator, you will have opportunities to engage in and create expressive arts sessions, explore ethical scenarios, learn business essentials, and specialize your practise to stand out from the crowd.  This is the training that will support you in deepening your identity and skills in becoming an expressive arts therapist or consultant/educator.  


To register or for further information, please contact Carmen at carmenr@telusplanet.net





Sunday, 8 January 2023

 WORLD ART THERAPY CONFERENCE

45% OFF TILL JANUARY 20TH

$249.99 CA (Regular price after $450 CA)

https://www.artstherapies.org/sales-world-art-therapy-conference


Watch 36 presentations brought to the comfort of your house by experienced art therapists from around the world with sound contributions to the domain.

Save the dates for each section of this conference:


1. Creative Approaches for Trauma, February 4-5, 2023

2. Art therapy for Well-Being, February 11-12, 2023

3. Public Practice Art Therapy, February 18-19, 2023



Getting together art therapists and expressive arts therapists worldwide 



This project is born from the organizers' dream to discover what art therapists do in their parts of the globe. During the pandemic, we realized how much we were working in clusters without a solid connection to theory and practice in other countries. This conference, the first in a series, is a soul project and wants to allow sound and innovative ideas in art therapy worldwide to be heard by as many art therapists as possible.


The conference has three sections that will treat different aspects of art therapy. The presentations will focus on benefits, approaches, methods, and interventions in trauma work, restoring well-being, and promoting social justice and inclusiveness in community work. We strive to keep this conference accessible to everyone having internet access. Therefore, this will be a free event during the conference dates (and paid for those who want to have the videos available for one year and to watch them at their own pace). We are glad to partner for this free event with Concordia University Art Hives and engAGE Living Lab, Montreal, Canada.

Sunday, 21 August 2022

I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.

Brené Brown







Expressive Arts/Art Therapy Consultation Groups September - December 2022
  • 2 hour consultation groups
  • Cost is $65/hour ($130 per 2 hour session)
  • Must prepay at least one week in advance to attend sessions.  

 

Expressive Arts/Arts Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Counsellors

In-Person, Saturdays 9:30 - 11:30 (MT)

  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 5
  • December 3

On-Line, Saturdays 12:00 - 2:00 (MT)  Expressive Arts Practitioners, Educators, Consultants

  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 5
  • December 3

 

The goals of providing these groups for practitioners and therapists are as follows:

  • to create a safe/brave place to bring practice questions; 
  • explore questions through the use of the arts and clinical consultation;
  • create meaningful connections with colleagues. 


If you are needing these hours for social work, art therapy or expressive arts registration, let me know in advance.  

It is preferable for groups to be closed, meaning that we have a small number of people coming who are committed to the 4 sessions vs. it being a drop in group.  

These consultation groups are arts based, with some experiential elements, and are guided and informed by Polyvagal Theory and Internal Family Systems work.  

Alternately, if you already have a small group of practitioners and would like to create a monthly consult group and are looking for someone to lead the consultation group, do let me know. 


For questions or to register, contact Carmen at carmenr@telusplanet.net



Human Connections are deeply nurtured in the field of shared story.

Jean Houston



 

Saturday, 5 March 2022

 


There is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it--
if only we are brave enough to be it.
Amanda Gorman

PRAIRIE INSTITUTE OF EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY

MARCH 2022
New Dates and New Trainings!!





Three Day Training in Body-Focused Expressive Arts Therapy for Traumatized Children and Adolescents
with
Carmen Richardson MSW, RSW, RCAT, REAT 

 
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.

When: May 26 - 28, 2022
Where: 57 Bearspaw Summit Place 
Cost: $600 on or before May 1, 2022  & $640 after
Payment Methods: e-transfer to carmenr@telusplanet.net

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

For further information or to Register, please contact Carmen at carmenr@telusplanet.net

 
"Please, hold out your hand"
Julie Fehrenbacher


 The Experience of Self-Compassion through Expressive Parts:
Blending Internal Family Systems (IFS) with Expressive Arts (EXA)



Dates: June 24 & 25, 2022
Time: 10:00 - 4:00
Location: 57 Bearspaw Summit Place
Cost: $400 on or before May 24, 2022 ($440 after)
Facilitator: Carmen Richardson MSW, RSW, RCAT, REAT

Description: This 2 day workshop brings together two beautiful ways of working.  IFS is a mindful, self-compassionate way of understanding ourselves as humans.  Expressive arts allows us to deepen our way of being and expressing ourselves in the world.  IFS & EXA, when blended, provides a truly powerful somatic approach to personal and professional growth.  This experiential workshop will introduce participants to a blended version of these two ways of working with ourselves through the use of music, mindfulness, movement, creative writing, voice, and art.


It is indeed a radical act of love just to sit down and be quiet for a time by yourself.
Jon Kabat-Zinn


PAUSE

Date: July 9, 2022
Time: 10:00 - 4:00
Location: 57 Bearspaw Summit Place 
Cost: $200 (on or before June 15, 2022, $235 after)
Facilitator: Carmen Richardson MSW, RSW, RCAT, REAT

Description: This workshop is a great introduction to the work of expressive arts AND for those who are already familiar with the expressive arts process.  PAUSE is an invitation to return to the home within yourself, to take stalk, to create space for inner listening...an experience facilitated with the healing arts.  Carmen uses an Internal Family Systems framework guided by simple intermodal expressive art invitations.  In a small group format, we will create a brave space and container to reconnect with ourselves and our inner journey in the company of others.  May we leave this day feeling renewed and refreshed. 






Expressive Arts Training Summer Immersion

August 17 - 21, 2022
Located in Bearspaw, Calgary
Cost: $1200

This one week immersion is an introduction to the field of expressive arts.  It is designed for professionals and community people who are interested in learning about the field of expressive arts for both personal and professional development.  We will be utilizing intermodal arts including creative writing, movement, drama, music and visual arts.  


To register or for further information, please contact Carmen at
 carmenr@telusplanet.net



ADVANCED* TRAINING IN EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND TRAUMA THERAPY!


CHARTING A COURSE:

NAVIGATING AND ACHIEVING SAFE TRAUMA PROCESSING
THROUGH THE EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPIES


Carmen Richardson MSW, RSW, RCAT, REAT

**This advanced training is for practitioners who have attended the 3 Day Body-Focused Expressive Arts Therapy for Traumatized Children and Adolescents.

In this 2-day experiential and didactic training, participants will be presented with:
  • Clinical case studies
  • Current theory related to trauma work, including Polyvagal Theory for trauma therapy
  • The opportunity to develop clinical skills essential to trauma-informed practice
  • A brief overview of Carmen’s Stage Model of Trauma Processing (as outlined in her book)
  • Specific Expressive Arts Therapy interventions designed to support trauma processing with a focus on Phase Three of the model
  • An exploration into the “Therapist’s world view” as it is related to trauma processing
  • A deeper look at developing effective stewardship skills to mitigate against a therapists experience of being exposed to secondary trauma.
  • The experiential learning component will provide:
  • An invitation and opportunity to work with personal experiences to illuminate trauma-informed processes and support clinical skill development in the application of the Expressive Arts Therapies.
**This training will be offered in small group format (6-12 participants) to ensure optimal experiential learning.

Training Dates:  September 23 & 24, 2022
Times: 9:00 - 4:30
Cost: $500 on or before August 15, 2022 and $540 after 
Location: 57 Bearspaw Summit Place 
For further information or to register: 
 
carmenr@telusplanet.net

 



Friday, 20 August 2021

UPDATE!

The Experience of Self-Compassion through Expressive Parts:

Blending Internal Family Systems (IFS) with Expressive Arts (EXA)

 Dates: October 2 & 3, 2021

Time: 10:00 - 4:00

Location: 57 Bearspaw Summit Place (In-person should local Health Guidelines permit)

Cost: $395 on or before Setpember 10, 2021 ($435 after)

Facilitator: Carmen Richardson MSW, RSW, RCAT, REAT

Description: This 2 day workshop brings together two beautiful ways of working.  IFS is a mindful, self-compassionate way of understanding ourselves as humans.  Expressive arts allows us to deepen our way of being and expressing ourselves in the world.  IFS & EXA, when blended, provides a truly powerful somatic approach to personal and professional growth.  This experiential workshop will introduce participants to a blended version of these two ways of working with ourselves through the use of music, mindfulness, movement, creative writing, voice, and art.  

      

UPDATE!
Workshops at Prairie Institute of Expressive Arts Therapy
www.pieat.ca

Fall 2021



ADVANCED* TRAINING IN EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND TRAUMA THERAPY!


CHARTING A COURSE:

NAVIGATING AND ACHIEVING SAFE TRAUMA PROCESSING
THROUGH THE EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPIES


Carmen Richardson MSW, RSW, RCAT, REAT


**This advanced training is for practitioners who have attended the 3 Day Body-Focused Expressive Arts Therapy for Traumatized Children and Adolescents.

In this 2-day experiential and didactic training, participants will be presented with:
 

  • Clinical case studies 
  • Current theory related to trauma work, including Polyvagal Theory for trauma therapy
  • The opportunity to develop clinical skills essential to trauma-informed practice
  • A brief overview of Carmen’s Stage Model of Trauma Processing (as outlined in her book)
  • Specific Expressive Arts Therapy interventions designed to support trauma processing with a focus on Phase Three of the model
  • An exploration into the “Therapist’s world view” as it is related to trauma processing
  • A deeper look at developing effective stewardship skills to mitigate against a therapists experience of being exposed to secondary trauma.
  • The experiential learning component will provide:
  • An invitation and opportunity to work with personal experiences to illuminate trauma-informed processes and support clinical skill development in the application of the Expressive Arts Therapies.

**This training will be offered in small group format (6-12 participants) to ensure optimal experiential learning.

Training Dates:  October 29 & 30, 2021
Times: 9:00 - 4:30
Cost: $495 on or before October 1, 2021 and $535 after 
Location: 57 Bearspaw Summit Place (In-Person should local Health Guidelines permit)
For further information or to register:  
carmenr@telusplanet.net
 

Monday, 24 May 2021

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May 2021
Summer & Fall Trainings/Workshops

Contact Carmen for further information or to register for trainings:
carmenr@telusplanet.net

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INspiring Connection with HeART

Date: June 25, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 4:00
Location: ON-LINE - Zoom 
Cost: $195 (on or before June 15, 2021, $235 after)
Facilitator: Carmen Richardson MSW, RSW, RCAT, REAT

Description: This workshop is a great one day introduction to the work of expressive arts AND for those who are already familiar with the expressive arts process.  The day is an invitation to turn our attention to that which inspires us.  With simple art invitations, we will explore inspiration through music, poetry and art.  The hope is that we will leave this brief journey together feeling a little more alive, connected, and inspired.




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The Experience of Self-Compassion through Expressive Parts:
Blending Internal Family Systems (IFS) with Expressive Arts (EXA)

 
Dates: October 2 & 3, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 4:00
Location: ON-LINE - Zoom (or in-person should local Health Guidelines permit)
Cost: $395 on or before August 15, 2021 ($435 after)
Facilitator: Carmen Richardson MSW, RSW, RCAT, REAT

Description: This 2 day workshop brings together two beautiful ways of working.  IFS is a mindful, self-compassionate way of understanding ourselves as humans.  Expressive arts allows us to deepen our way of being and expressing ourselves in the world.  IFS & EXA, when blended, provides a truly powerful somatic approach to personal and professional growth.  This experiential workshop will introduce participants to a blended version of these two ways of working with ourselves through the use of music, mindfulness, movement, creative writing, voice, and art.


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ADVANCED* TRAINING IN EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND TRAUMA THERAPY!


CHARTING A COURSE:

NAVIGATING AND ACHIEVING SAFE TRAUMA PROCESSING
THROUGH THE EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPIES


Carmen Richardson MSW, RSW, RCAT, REAT

**This advanced training is for practitioners who have attended the 3 Day Body-Focused Expressive Arts Therapy for Traumatized Children and Adolescents.

In this 2-day experiential and didactic training, participants will be presented with:

 
  • Clinical case studies 
  • Current theory related to trauma work, including Polyvagal Theory for trauma therapy
  • The opportunity to develop clinical skills essential to trauma-informed practice
  • A brief overview of Carmen’s Stage Model of Trauma Processing (as outlined in her book)
  • Specific Expressive Arts Therapy interventions designed to support trauma processing with a focus on Phase Three of the model
  • An exploration into the “Therapist’s world view” as it is related to trauma processing
  • A deeper look at developing effective stewardship skills to mitigate against a therapists experience of being exposed to secondary trauma.
  • The experiential learning component will provide:
  • An invitation and opportunity to work with personal experiences to illuminate trauma-informed processes and support clinical skill development in the application of the Expressive Arts Therapies.
**This training will be offered in small group format (6-12 participants) to ensure optimal experiential learning.

Training Dates:  October 29 & 30, 2021
Times: 9:00 - 4:30
Cost: $495 on or before September 1, 2021 and $535 after 
Location: 57 Bearspaw Summit Place (Zoom or In-Person should local Health Guidelines permit)
For further information or to register:  
carmenr@telusplanet.net
 






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