Janet Courtney – Expressive Therapies – Healing Trauma Through Play, Art, Movement & Storytelling

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Janet Courtney – Expressive Therapies – Healing Trauma Through Play, Art, Movement & Storytelling

Janet Courtney - Expressive Therapies - Healing Trauma Through Play, Art, Movement & Storytelling

The Right-Brain—Home of the Expressive Self

Advances in neuroscience
Integrating rational and emotional brain processes in trauma
The Expressive Therapy edge to heal trauma
Engage the sensory self: touch, visual, listening, smell
The therapeutic alliance—creating a foundation of empathetic compassion, safety, and trust

Assessing & Healing Trauma through Drawing Art Processes

Tapping into right brain processes—the drawing speaks louder than words
Overcome resistance and build safety and trust
Draw upon the resiliency of humor
Assessment individual and of family resiliency and strengths toward treatment planning and intervention

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Healing Trauma through Song, Movement, & Dance

Promote mind-body awareness and overcome resistance
Cultivate interpersonal connections and a sense of safety & trust
Release trauma, cultivate mind-body awareness through a sense of a “felt-self”
Build a sense of self-worth through interpersonal connection with others by being “heard”

Releasing & Healing Traumatic Experience through Clay

Promote a sense of identity and self- worth
Create a sense of safety, boundaries & containment
Cultivate mindful attention and multi-sensory awareness
Release unexpressed emotional and somatic trauma (anger, frustration, depression, grief, loss, loneliness, confusion)

Therapeutic Storytelling to Reframe the Trauma Narrative

Growing self-confidence through tapping the “Storyteller Within”
Release unexpressed trauma through raw writing
Create therapeutic stories for children and adolescents through the Child Interview
Storytelling Grid ~ (building blocks of creating therapeutic stories):
Build skills of self-regulation, resiliency, and reframe the trauma story

Nature as Co-therapist in Overcoming Trauma

Create healing metaphors from nature
Learn simple ways to bridge nature into the therapy room
Overcoming trauma through “stepping stones to resiliency”
Build self-regeneration and heal trauma through nature-based rituals of healing
Cultivating mindfulness in nature—plan a nature therapy field trip

Ethical and Clinical Considerations

Ethics of expressive therapy interventions
Informed consent
Countertransferences
Issues related to touch and boundaries
Create client action plans to bridge therapy work into daily-life experiences

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