Monday, 1 August 2016

One Day Workshop in Expressive Arts Therapy

BELIEVE in the power of expressive arts...

-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, October 21, 2016
Time:  9:30 - 4:30
Location:  57 Bearspaw Summit Place
Cost:  $150
Registration Deadline:  September 15, 2016

Fall 2016
Group Supervision/Consultation


For professionals who are wanting support with integrating the expressive arts safely and ethically into their practice as therapists or facilitators.  As well, supervision hours for art therapists, expressive arts therapists, and social workers.

Fall dates:
Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

September 24, 2016 Hourly Group Rates:  2 people/$80 per hour per person
October 22, 2016 3 people/$60 per hour per person
November 19, 2016 4 people or more/$50 hour per person
December 10, 2016

Space is limited.  Please email Carmen at to register.  


Follow Up Consultation from Trauma Training
-For practitioners who have taken the 3 day training in Body-Focused Expressive Arts Therapy
-Individual in person or Skype sessions can be booked
-Group consultation can be arranged with your own group
-The following date is for those who have taken the 3 day training and are wanting group consultation:

Date:  Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time:  1:00 - 3:00

Cost:  See group rates above.

Expressive Arts Training:  Level 2 Certificate
October 28, 2016 - November 10, 2016, 2016
Registration Deadline September 30, 2016

This two week intensive training program is designed to further refine the skills needed for developing an expressive arts practice.  There are two specializations.  The therapy specialization is for social workers, counselors, and psychologists who are interested in the specifics of using expressive arts in their clinical practice.  
The consultant/educator specialization is for individuals who are using expressive arts based groups and wanting further training in the facilitation of expressive arts in their work.

For Information Package, please contact Carmen at

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Three Day Trauma Training...

Three Day Training in Body-Focused Expressive Arts Therapy for Traumatized Children and Adolescents
November 24 - 26, 2016

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 recently published 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:  November 24 - 26, 2016, Thursday - Saturday, 10:00 - 5:00
Where:  57 Bearspaw Summit Place, Calgary, AB
Cost:  $525 before October 15 & $575 after 
Option to purchase book with registration - please add $55
Payment Methods: e-transfer or cheques 
To register: contact Carmen at  Complete and email the Registration Form (Under Trainings - use the form for the Trauma Training) & email transfer payment to the above email address.  Alternately mail the registration form & cheque to address on the Registration Form.

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 (TLC)


 An Embodied Entrance: The Art of Using Movement/Dance as Part of Expressive Arts Therapy 

This workshop summarizes the circular process of planning, targeting student/client needs and expectations, sharing the DMT experience, and using the feedback to develop further contents.

For interested people who have taken expressive arts training, or who use the arts in their work, or who are interested in learning more about this modality. 

Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016
Cost: $80         
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 
Deadline: April 1, 2016 
Location: 1528 12th Ave SW 
To register: email 

Marja has been a valued and highly skilled trainer with Prairie Institute of Expressive Arts Therapy since 2008. Marja currently resides in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Expressive Art Training Level 2 Certificate
Summer 2016
July 15 - 28, 2016
9:00 - 5:00

First Four Days: Grounding and Deepening
The first four days invites a reconnection with the roots of the expressive arts experience.  We will return to the foundations of intermodal expressive arts theory to deepen and expand the meaning within the specialization of choice - therapist or facilitator.  As the roots deepen the branches flourish as our expressive arts identity is explored and cultivated through presenting case studies, facilitating groups, and engaging in a therapy session as therapist.  

Middle Four Days: Embodying the Identity of the Expressive Arts Therapist/Facilitator
These middle four days takes us on a creative journey to embody the identity and clinical skills unique to both the therapist and facilitator of expressive arts.  Through the use of figure making and clowning techniques we come to know ourselves and the craft of the expressive arts in a deeper way.  The expressive arts training group allows students to practice and receive feedback, critical to professional growth and expanding practice wisdom.

Final Four Days: Flourishing and Beyond
The final four days unfold with a focus on pulling all the learnings together, then moving out into the world with your new tools in hand and heart to either begin, expand or continue your unique expression of your expressive arts practice.  This is a very personal process that will mean something different for each student.   You will have the opportunity to work on your own business plan and learn marketing strategies.  Supervision sessions as well as exploring ethical issues in expressive arts is part of the final four days.

For further information email Carmen at 
or call (403)245-5553 ext 15

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Expressive Arts Revival Rescheduled

The Expressive Arts REVIVAL:  Rekindling the Imagination on March 5 & 6, 2015 will be rescheduled for later in 2016.  Please check back for new dates.
Thank you!