001: Best Practices in Creative Therapies for Trauma Counseling
Kathie Erwin, Ed.D., LMHC
Divine Mercy University
45154 Underwood Ln.
Sterling, VA 20166
Trauma impacts neural pathways and disrupts emotional responses that can lead to behavioral and psychological disorders. Explore ways to bypass defenses and engage neuroplasticity with creative therapy techniques as an entry or adjunct option to talk therapy. This experiential workshop demonstrates innovative therapy techniques for trauma counseling, including sand tray, therapy rocks, therapeutic journaling, and expressive arts. Attendees will participate in these techniques and receive basic handouts and ideas to incorporate creative therapies.
• Recognize creative techniques suited to age, dexterity, and acceptability for psychologists and licensed mental health professionals
• Develop a treatment plan that incorporates creative therapy
• Evaluate the effectiveness of creative therapy within a treatment plan