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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Sunday, 14 February 2021

One of the main obstacles to self-compassion is that, by itself, the idea is too vague.  It's not enough just to be "nicer" to yourself.  You need to ask the question, "Who's being compassionate to whom?"  Richard Schwartz

Prairie Institute of Expressive Arts Therapy
2 Day Workshop March 13 & 14, 2021

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

Dates: March 13 & 14, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 4:00
Location: ON-LINE - Zoom
Cost for Early Bird Rate: $350 on or before February 28 ($395 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.

Compassion, Curiosity, Calm, Clarity, Courage, Connectedness, Confidence, Creativity


Saturday, 19 December 2020

2021 Trainings/Workshops


Leaning In: Centering Circles
A group for therapists & facilitators to meet to consult about their work in the expressive arts realm.  A place of support, non-judgment, connection and leaning in with one another as we offer ourselves in service of others in creative ways.  

Dates: January 23, February 20, March 20, April 17, 2021
Time: 9:30 - 11:30
Location: On-Line - Zoom
Cost: $100 per 2 hour session




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

When: February 25 - 27, 2021
Where: On-Line - Zoom 
Cost: $600 on or before January 20, 2021 & $630 after
Payment Methods: e-transfer to carmenr@telusplanet.net

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




NEW WORKSHOPS!

INspiring Connection with HeART
Date: January 31, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 4:00
Location: ON-LINE - Zoom 
Cost: $170

Description: In this workshop we are invited 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 feelings a little more alive, connected, and inspired.


The Experience of Self-Compassion through Expressive Parts:
Blending Internal Family Systems (IFS) with Expressive Arts (EXA)
Dates: March 13 & 14, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 4:00
Location: ON-LINE - Zoom
Cost: $350


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.







Sunday, 12 July 2020

Trauma Training - New Dates!

NEW DATES!!  

Small Group Training - Space Limited!

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







When: September 24 - 26, 2020
Where: 57 Bearspaw Summit Place, Calgary, AB 
Cost: $560 on or before August 25, 2020 & $600 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


Saturday, 16 May 2020






***NEW DATES FOR 2021***


We will continue to offer the following programs in-person for 2021:



1.  Expressive Arts Training - Level One Certificate, January - June 2021

January 15-17
February 6 & 7
March 6 & 7
March 27 & 28
May 1 & 2
May 29 & 30



2.  Expressive Arts Training - Level One Certificate Immersion, Calgary, AB

First Immersion Dates:  April 9 - 16, 2021
Second Immersion Week:  July 4 - 10, 2021


3.  Expressive Arts Training - Level Two Certificate (2 classes offered in 2021!!)



June 11 - 24, 2021
June 11 - Friday 
June 12 - Saturday 
June 13 - Sunday
June 14 - Monday 

June 16 - Wednesday
June 17 - Thursday 
June 18 - Friday 
June 19 - Saturday 

June 21 - Monday 
June 22 - Tuesday 
June 23 - Wednesday 
June 24 - Thursday 



August 4 - 17, 2021

August 4 -Wednesday
August 5 - Thursday
August 6 - Friday
August 7 - Saturday

Day Off - August 8

August 9 - Monday 
August 10 - Tuesday
August 11 - Wednesday 
August 12 - Thursday

Day Off - August 13th

August 14 - Saturday 
August15 - Sunday
August 16 - Monday
August 17 - Tuesday



**Please contact Carmen at carmenr@telusplanet.net for further information or registration.

Training Program Changes 2020 - 2021


Please note that there have been many changes to the training programs due to the impact of the pandemic on gatherings of all kinds.  Change.  And so, we have made changes.  The current Level One Certificate will be completed on-line.  The remainder of programs will be postponed until 2021.  Going with the flow of change has not been without grief and challenges.  Change invited me to hold close the following words by Danna Faulds in her poem,



ALLOW


There is no controlling life.
Try corralling a lightning bolt,
containing a tornado. Dam a
stream, and it will create a new
channel. Resist, and the tide
will sweep you off your feet.
Allow, and grace will carry
you to higher ground. The only
safety lies in letting it all in—
the wild with the weak; fear,
fantasies, failures and success.
When loss rips off the doors of
the heart, or sadness veils your
vision with despair, practice
becomes simply bearing the truth.
In the choice to let go of your
known way of being, the whole
world is revealed to your new eyes.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Introductory Workshop in Expressive Arts





One Day Workshop in Expressive Arts

Friday, October 2, 2020


-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 2, 2020
Time: 9:30 - 4:30
Location: 57 Bearspaw Summit Place
Cost: $175 on or before September 7, 2020 and $195 after
To Register:  carmenr@telusplanet.net