Master Classes


Master Class by Dr. Cathy Malchiodi

Expressive Arts Therapy as Embodied Knowledge to Address Trauma

Expressive arts therapy is the only creative form of psychotherapy that uses action-oriented, imaginative, play-based and embodied approaches to reparation and recovery from psychological trauma. It is unique in that it addresses sensory, kinesthetic, affective, perceptual and cognitive components of traumatic stress in ways that help individuals get past language to find meaning through non-verbal communication. This workshop focuses on the sensory, somatic and implicit [non-verbal] nature of the arts and explores the three-part process that forms a foundation for intervention with traumatized individuals. Arts-based approaches are demonstrated to highlight ways that trauma and stress can be addressed with embodied knowledge as the key source of reparation and healing. This course will emphasize hands-on learning through the following:

  • Arts-based activities to enhance and deepen empathy, compassion, and interpersonal connection in our patients and ourselves.
  • Arts-based approaches to facilitate the body’s natural resources for transformation and healing.
  • Experiences in improvisation, dramatic enactment, gesture, bilateral movement, art making, play and imagination to encourage social engagement, stress reduction and imagination as a form of healing.
  • How to use a three-part process as the foundation of arts-based treatment and intervention for stress reduction and trauma recovery.

Master Class details:

Dates: 30th & 31st October 2019 (before the Conference)
Time: 0900-1700
Venue: Beijing, China (exact location TBC)

Course Fee: RMB 4000/ USD 600

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Master Class by Cornelia Elbrecht

Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing

A Sensorimotor, Body-Focused Approach to Bilateral Drawing

In recent years “sensorimotor” has emerged as a term to describe body focused psychotherapies that use a bottom-up approach. Instead of a cognitive top-down strategy, sensorimotor art therapy encourages the awareness of innate motor impulses in the muscles and viscera, also as heart-rate and breath. The expression of these motor impulses followed by their perception through the senses, allows the development of new neurological pathways that can repair traumatic memories; such an approach is capable of restoring wholeness and wellbeing.

Guided Drawing is a sensorimotor, body-focused, trauma-informed art therapy approach. The drawing process is not necessarily concerned with image-making, but supports the awareness of body memories. While these memories are always biographical, the therapy itself is not symptom-oriented. Not the specific problem or crisis becomes the focal point, but the option to new answers and solutions as they are embedded in the body’s felt sense.

Participants will draw on large sheets of paper. with oil pastels and finger-paints. Rather than creating images, they will be encouraged to move with closed eyes and both hands applying massage movements in order to release pain and tension, or martial arts-based exercises to defend their boundaries. They will be introduced to simple archetypal shapes and learn how such shapes relate to implicit body structures such as the belly is round like a circle and the spine erect like a vertical. Repetition, especially rhythmic repetition, is used to come in contact with the sensations inside. Both, the emerging shapes and their rhythmic repetition have the purpose of building trust and inner structure.

Many traumatised individuals are afraid of their body sensations and experience them as a threat. Guided Drawing is an empowering way to release tension and stress, while building resources and downregulating the nervous system. This new form of body language makes increasing sense as related emotions and thought forms become apparent, along with the way they constitute body postures.

Continuing Professional Education Standards:

Participants will:

  1. be able to define at least three ways trauma is a body-based experience
  2. be able to define sensorimotor psychotherapy and why it is a trauma-informed, bottom-up brain-wise approach
  3. be able to define the theory and methodology of Guided Drawing
  4. be able to identify how Guided Drawing offers an archetypal structure that include the Jungian Depth Psychology
  5. be able to identify universal, formal graphic elements [line, circle, square] and why these elements function as body-based, non-verbal intervention tools
  6. be able to identify how rhythmic, sensorimotor action patterns tap the procedural memory system in the brainstem
  7. be able to identify at least three ways that Sensorimotor Art Therapy can transform traumatic experiences across the lifespan and apply this knowledge to counselling and psychotherapeutic goals

Master Class details:

Dates: 4th & 5th November 2019 (after the Conference)
Time: 0900-1700
Venue: Beijing, China (exact location TBC)

Course Fee: RMB 4000/ USD 600

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Price list

Regular Price (Payment on or after 1 September 2019)

Course Price
Master Class (1) – Dr. Cathy Malchiodi RMB4000/
Master Class (2) – Mrs. Cornelia Elbrecht RMB4000/

Early-bird Price

Payment DateMaster Class (1) Master Class (2) Master Class (1) + (2)
*extra 10% off
On or before 15 July 2019RMB3600/
On or before 30 August 2019RMB3800/

‘Bring-a-friend’ Discount!
-Team up with a buddy to receive extra 10% discount
(Remember to insert your friend’s name in the registration form for our record.)

Payment Date Master Class (1) + (2)
*extra 10% off
On or before 15 July 2019 RMB5832/
On or before 30 August 2019 RMB6156/

*Price per person

What does the course fee include?

  • Two full-day master class
  • Course materials: art and course materials
  • CNY50 Lunch voucher for each day of participation
  • Course participation certificate

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