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Trauma Creativity for Clinicians is a 16-hour, 2-day course for counselors, social workers and mental health professionals with an interest in learning about or building their knowledge of creative interventions. Learn new innovative interventions to help even your most resistant clients express themselves.

Packed with non-stop action, demonstrations and ideas that will have you furiously taking notes as your clinical toolbox overflows with creative, effective interventions you can use immediately! What’s more, you’ll leave inspired to create even more!


Trauma Creativity for Clinicians is primarily designed for psychologists, social workers, counselors and mental health professionals who regularly interact with individuals who have experienced trauma or loss. The course introduces common mental health challenges for those who have experienced trauma, reviews typical reactions, and teaches a concrete action plan for how to help individuals in both crisis and non-crisis situations through creative interventions. Topics covered include trauma responses, mind-body connections, types of trauma, self care for clinicians, and symptoms of traumatic stress.


Trauma Creativity for Clinicians is a way to build community level capacity to identify traumatic stress issues early and for mental health professionals to increase their confidence to intervene and support their clients through creative interventions. The mental health community has a long history of being theoretically and medically based. Youth Creativity for Clinicians is a way to increase the level of baseline knowledge about creative interventions for trauma and to increase the skills resulting in effective change and expression of emotions.



  • The creative mindset

  • Self expression

  • Mood regulation

  • Mind Body connections

  • Harnessing creativity within the therapeutic practice

  • Self care for mental health professionals


Trauma Creativity for Clinicians educates our learners on recovery and resiliency - the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.




You will learn how to apply the Trauma Creativity for Clinicians action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:


  • Panic attacks

  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors

  • Non-suicidal self-injury

  • PTSD

  • Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use

  • Reaction to a traumatic event


The opportunity to practice (experiential learning) - through role plays, scenarios, and activities – will make it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation.


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*PLEASE NOTE: This training does NOT certify or license you as a mental health professional, psychologist, counselor, social worker or drama, art, music, art or expressive arts therapist. You will need to earn a masters degree from an accredited school of higher education, fulfill all practicum and internship requirements, and pass a national or state licensing exam (depending on your chosen profession and state licensing laws). 


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Let us inspire and guide you towards healing the world through the arts.


The Center for Creative Arts Therapy's Center for Training offers coursework in the following professional disciplines: Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Therapeutic Performing Arts, Theatre for Change, Sociodrama and Psychodrama. 


Students experience fearlessly progressive education in intimate, experiential programs that are grounded in theory and application, and influenced by historical movements of contemporary practice. Under the guidance of globally influential and award-winning faculty, students prepare themselves as leaders in their career, effecting purposeful and inspiring revolutions in the community.


For more information on the Center for Creative Arts Therapy training programs throughout Chicago and the DuPage County area, call us at (847) 477-8244, email us, or visit us at 4336 Saratoga Ave., 2nd Floor, Downers Grove, IL  60515.

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