Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy: Integrating Expressive Strategies in Clinical Practices

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Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy: Integrating Expressive Strategies in Clinical Practices 

Saturday, November 4th 2023

9:00am to 12:00pm EST


Presenter: Dr. Reji Mathew, PhD, LCSW, REAT

NASW-NYS Members: $30

NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $60

Non-Members: $75

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description
Trauma-informed Expressive Arts Therapy is a form of therapy that uses creative arts such as painting, music, dance, and drama to help individuals who have experienced trauma. It is based on the understanding that trauma can affect the way a person expresses themselves and that creative expression can be a powerful tool for healing. In Trauma Recovery, a person may not be able to access words, and the arts can often be a bridge to words. This course is for non-creative arts therapists who would like to learn more about the world of expressive arts and the potential of integrating this framework as a healing tool. This session will direct practitioners to organizations, resources, and expressive strategies within the scope of practice to utilize as a supplement to integrative mental health care.

*Please Note: Since this session involves expressive exercises, attendees are requested to be on-camera for maximum benefit.

Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Provide an introductory description of Expressive Arts and Intermodal Processing
2. Identify guidelines of a Trauma-Informed Approach to integrating the arts 
3. Describe introductory expressive strategies for the clinical target of activating calm, safety and hope

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Reji Mathew, PhD, LCSW, REAT is a N.Y. Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of direct clinical treatment experience. Reji is a clinical instructor of continuing education courses; she specializes in teaching evidence-based treatment approaches – DBT, CBT, ACT, CFT, Positive Psychology, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness. Reji is a frequent instructor at NYU - SSW, and NASW. They have also taught at Hunter College and Brooklyn OHEL Institute for Training. Reji is an Integrative cognitive behavioral therapist. She incorporates many strategies within a skill-oriented therapeutic approach. Reji is both Neuroscience and Trauma-Informed. Reji also has a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. Supervision sessions will include training & teaching on a wide variety of current evidence-based strategies. She offers affordable supervision & mental health training for individuals, educational, and clinical settings. I am also an ARTS advocate. Reji arts advocacy work includes freelance health journalism and graphic design artistry. Reji is currently completing certification to be a REAT (Registered Expressive Arts Therapist) Please see Reji's website for her visual arts project on “Positivity, Hope & The Art of Pause.” (Website:  


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November 4th, 2023 from  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $30.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $60.00
Non-Member $75.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00
Information for Certificates
Presenter(s) Reji Mathew, PhD, LCSW, REAT
Instruction Method Live Webinar
Total Contact Hours/CEUs Awarded 3.0