Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process

Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process

Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process

Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process

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From pioneering therapist Cathy A. Malchiodi, this book synthesizes the breadth of research on trauma and the brain and presents an innovative framework for treating trauma through the expressive arts. The volume describes powerful ways to tap into deeply felt bodily and sensory experiences as a foundation for safely exploring emotions, memories, and personal narratives. Rich clinical examples illustrate the use of movement, sound, play, art, and drama with children and adults. Malchiodi's approach not only enables survivors to express experiences that defy verbalization, but also helps them to transform and integrate the trauma, regain a sense of aliveness, and imagine a new future. Purchasers get access to a companion website where they can download and print reproducible tools from the book in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size, as well as full-color versions of 26 figures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462543113
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 03/27/2020
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 406
Sales rank: 454,617
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT, is a psychologist and expressive arts therapist specializing in trauma recovery. Since the 1990s, Dr. Malchiodi has worked with traumatized children, adolescents, adults, and families, expanding the range of understanding of nonverbal, sensory-based concepts and methods. Founder and executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, Dr. Malchiodi has given over 700 invited keynotes, lectures, and workshops around the world, and has assisted more than 500 organizations and institutions in developing trauma-informed, expressive arts, and disaster relief programming. Her books include Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy, Understanding Children’s Drawings, and Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, Second Edition. Dr. Malchiodi is a contributing writer for Psychology Today, an active visual artist, and an aspiring musician.

Table of Contents

1. Expressive Arts Therapy: Going Beyond the Limits of Language
2. Frameworks for Expressive Arts Therapy and Trauma-Informed Practice
3. A Brain–Body Framework for Expressive Arts Therapy
4. The Reparation Is in the Relationship
5. Safety: The Essential Foundation
6. Self-Regulation: Fundamentals of Stabilization
7. Working with the Body’s Sense of Trauma
8. Trauma Narratives: Multiple Layers of Storied Expression
9. Resilience: Enhancing and Embodying Mastery and Competence
10. Meaning Making: Imagining New Narratives for Brain and Body
Appendix 1A. Body Outline Template: Adults
Appendix 1B. Body Outline Template: Children
Appendix 2. Brain Template: Profile View
Appendix 3. Brain Template: Two Hemispheres
Appendix 4. Breathing Prompts
Appendix 5. Mock Body-Mapping Activity
Appendix 6. Body-Mapping Template
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