Carmen Richardson - Expressive Arts Therapy, A Four Phase Model (2015)

Friday February 27, 2015 - 8:30 am
Banff Trail Community Association, Calgary
member price: $100
non-member price: $120
student price: $80


This one day workshop will provide participants with an overview of a creative and comprehensive four-phase model for the treatment of traumatized children and youth using trauma-informed expressive arts. There is a special emphasis placed on sexual abuse.

The Four Phases include:

assessment -  understanding the child’s world;
cultivating safety and resources;
trauma processing; and  
reclaiming, reframing, repairing, and reorienting.

This expressive arts framework addresses both verbal and nonverbal processes and treats the sensory experience of trauma through sensory interventions.  The Four-Phase Model invites children to be actively involved in their own healing by utilizing action-oriented and empowering expressive arts practices, and allows the internal suffering of trauma to be externalized and then witnessed by the people who matter most to the child.


This is an excellent learning opportunity for social workers, therapists, child care workers, nurses, psychologists, educators, and others working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. The workshop will involve multiple learning modalities, including presentation, viewing and discussion of client art, and several hands on experiential exercises.

Carmen Richardson MSW, RSW, RCAT, REAT, is founder and director of Prairie Institute of Expressive Arts Therapy in Calgary, Alberta and offers training, consultation and supervision to professionals and community agencies. She brings over 25 years to her full time private practice and is a registered clinical social worker, registered art therapist and registered expressive arts therapist.


Carmen has developed her clinical background with diverse training in body-oriented therapies, including Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP), Level 1 in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma, and Focusing. Carmen is a Certified Trauma Specialist and trainer with the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children.



Date: February 27th, 2015

Location: Banff Trail Community Association, 2114 20 Ave. N.W. Calgary, AB

Registration: 8:30am

Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm Please bring a lunch and wear comfortable clothes

Early Bird (until January 15): Members $75, Students $60, Non-Members $100

Regular Rates (after January 15): Members $100, Students $80, Non-Members $120