Online Expressive Arts Therapy Courses with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD

Online Coursework with the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute. Looking for distance coursework on sensory-based, embodied and brain-wise approaches to expressive arts therapy and trauma-informed practice? Or do you want to just learn more about arts-based approaches, play therapy, creative intervention, and the expressive arts therapies that are applied in counseling, psychotherapy and integrative healthcare? The courses are designed for master's and doctoral level mental health professionals, coaching professionals, arts facilitators, educators and graduate students. 


Most courses are designed to meet continuing education requirements in the US and are 6 hours or 12 hours in length. This means that a 6 hour course should take learners approximately 6 hours to complete the readings, assignments and final exam or short paper. Our participants say that our courses take a little longer to complete than other online offerings because of hands-on assignments and the extensive material that is included in each course offering. We try to make your learning interesting by including not only standard quizzes and short answer questions, but also creative arts and play-based activities and podcasts, films and videos so that you can learn first hand about trauma-informed, creative interventions.


In 2020, Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute began offering online training and supervision opportunities in two tracks-- one for psychotherapy professionals [EXAT or Expressive Arts Therapist- Trauma-Informed] and another in coaching and education [EXA-CE or Expressive Arts Coach-Educator-Trauma-Informed]. Please visit the website at for more information on these opportunities for certificates of completion and online course catalogues.

Expressive Arts as Healing Engagement

This segment is part of a more extensive course on innovative approaches to trauma treatment provided by PESI online. Go to this link for registration information and details.

Please note: This course has been greatly enhanced by the different perspectives and knowledge bases from the following: Ed Tronick, Martin H. Teicher, Cathy Malchiodi, Stephan Wolfert and Tarana J. Burke. Part of the proceeds will support the Trauma Research Foundation.

Intensive Trauma Treatment Course