2020 Conference

Speaker & Session


October 13, 2020

8 AM - 4:30 PM MST


Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT

Dr. Malchiodi is a psychologist, expressive arts therapist, mental health counselor, educator and researcher in the area of traumatic stress and body-based approaches that are grounded in relational, developmental, mind/body and innovative methods of treatment. Cathy has spent the last several decades working with traumatized children, adolescents, adults, families and communities, expanding the range of understanding of non-verbal, sensory-based theories and methods through 20 books, 50 chapters and refereed articles, and over 500 invited presentations around the world. Cathy has been interviewed by a variety of news outlets including CNN, Time Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Natural Living, Marie Clare, Australia Childhood Foundation, US News and World Report, and VICE, among others.


Cathy is the founder and Executive Director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute in Louisville Kentucky and President of Art Therapy Without Borders, a global non-profit organization. She is also a past President of the Association for Humanistic Counseling, a board member of the American Counseling Association, American Art Therapy Association, Association for Creativity in Counseling and First Aid Arts, among others. She has held academic appointments at seven universities throughout the US and is a research fellow with the Emili Sagol Creative Arts Research Center, University of Haifa. Cathy is one of the top bloggers for Psychology Today covering a wide range of topics including trauma, mind-body approaches to wellness, neurobiology and the expressive arts in psychotherapy and has a readership of approximately 5 million.


Her latest book is Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body and Imagination in the Healing Process and recent books include What to Do When Children Clam Up in Psychotherapy, Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children and Creative Arts and Play Therapy for Attachment Problems. She is a well-known authority on children’s drawings, providing expert opinion on what art expressions communicate and the importance of creative expression for children and adolescents. Her bestselling book Understanding Children’s Drawings will be in its second edition in 2020.

Conference Workshop Session: “Expressive Arts Therapy: Therapy foe Children and Families with Traumatic Stress”


There is a continuum of expressive arts therapy (visual art, music, dance and movement, drama, play and imagination approaches that is now being validated through neuroscience (study of the brain) and neurobiology (understanding of the body) when it comes to addressing traumatic stress. These psychotherapeutic practices fall into four basic areas—movement, sound, storytelling and silence. These methods are rapidly becoming part of the current array of practices to help traumatized individuals of all ages repair and recover from adverse events including interpersonal violence and adverse childhood events. This workshop will explain the relationship of these practices and their relevance to our current understanding of principles of healing centered engagement, trauma recovery and “bottom-up,” brain-wise strategies to address traumatic stress in children, adults and families. Emphasis is on examples of how relational and community interventions are key to applications of these creative approaches.


This workshop focuses on the use of trauma-informed, expressive arts-based interventions to help children and adults who have been affected by trauma. Participants will learn several basic concepts to apply to practice, including how to integrate neurodevelopmental principles, a “bottom-up approach” to trauma intervention through arts and play, and the importance of self-regulation, co-regulation and relationship as reparative factors. Although the material presented is helpful for all individuals experiencing traumatic stress, special attention is directed to working with children and families experiencing trauma related to separation and multiple traumatic and adverse events. Come prepared to engage in art-based experiences and to learn not only through didactic information, but also through your capacity for creativity, play, and imagination.

Note: To fully participate and get the most out of this session please come prepared with art drawing supplies such as standard white paper (photo copy or notebook), color markers or pencils or crayons or simple oil pastels..

Terry M. Levy, Ph.D., D.A.P.A., B.C.F.E.


Dr. Levy has been a psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and consultant for over 45 years. He is the director of the Evergreen Psychotherapy Center and the Attachment Treatment and Training Institute in Evergreen, Colorado. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado and Florida, a Board Certified Forensic Examiner and a Diplomate and Master Therapist of the American Psychotherapy Association. He is co-author of the best-seller Attachment, Trauma & Healing (2nd edition, 2014, Jessica Kingsley Publisher, London), editor of Handbook of Attachment Interventions (2000, Elsevier Press) and co-author of Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Trust and Love (2006, Child Welfare League of America).


Dr. Levy was the founder and previous director of the Family Life Center (Florida) and the Miami Psychotherapy Institute, which offered family systems treatment and training. He was co-founder and past-president of the board of directors of the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh), an international organization dedicated to attachment and its critical importance to human development. Dr. Levy is a clinical member of the American, Colorado, and Florida Psychological Associations, American and Colorado Associations of Marriage and Family Therapy, American Family Therapy Academy, and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

Conference Workshop Session: "Trauma and Attachment, Understanding and Helping Children, Adults and Families with Attachment and Trauma Problems"


Experiences with attachment figures early in life wire brain circuits, create core beliefs and self-concept, and form the template for future relationships (e.g., parent-child, marital, work). Early Developmental Trauma (i.e., attachment disorder) often leads to depression, anxiety, shame, antisocial attitudes and behaviors, dysfunctional relationships, and emotional/behavioral problems in children and adults. This 3 hour seminar will focus on how to heal trauma and create secure attachments in children, adults and families, based on the latest research and treatment techniques in the fields of neurobiology, trauma and attachment therapy, and resilience.


Learning formats will include PowerPoint, video case examples, and Q and A dialogue. Clinical videos will illustrate how therapeutic interventions promote positive change in regards to the following challenges and issues:


  • Cognitive rescripting: changing unhealthy beliefs and attitudes.

  • Modify toxic family dynamics.

  • Enhancing attachment safety and security in childhood and adult relationships.

  • Processing and recovering from traumatic emotions and memories.

  • Learning constructive communication and conflict management skills.

  • Facilitating post-traumatic growth and resilience: from victim to overcomer.

  • Rewiring the traumatized brain.

  • Forgiveness: Letting go and moving on.

  • Changing unhealthy attachment patterns in children and adults.

  • Learning constructive parenting concepts and skills to heal wounded children.

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