The Arts have been the voice of healing, celebration, grieving, ritual, restoration, and community since long before medicine and psychology. Increasingly, psychotherapists are utilizing the curative properties of the arts to revitalize, support, and strengthen their practices.
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Integration of Creative Arts Therapies and Trauma Treatment
Perhaps in few other areas have creative arts therapies gained as much credence as in the field of trauma treatment. Neuroscience research demonstrates that traumatic memories often become disconnected from the language centers of the brain, making their expression literally “unspeakable.” For this reason, experiential approaches that rely on embodiment and the creation of alternative pathways of expression have been recognized as highly advantageous for those suffering the impact of exposure to traumatic events, as have methods that facilitate the transition between verbal and nonverbal modes of processing.
What We Offer
The Kint Institute offers advanced, post-Masters training in creative arts therapies (CATs) specifically for trauma treatment. This comprehensive training provides an integrative approach to arts-based methods for working therapeutically with survivors of trauma. Our next training will take place on select weekends in Fall 2016 through Summer 2017 in New York City, NY. For more details, visit our application.
Who We Serve
Creative Arts Therapists: Our certificate program provides practicing creative arts therapists with an in-depth understanding of how CATs can be tailored to work with survivors of many types of trauma.
Other mental health professionals: We offer an opportunity to deepen knowledge of the impact traumatic experience has on survivors, as well as skills to integrate creative methods into current clinical practice.
- Acquire a strong foundation of theory, a broad repertoire of skills, and the confidence to utilize sound/music, drama, body/movement/dance, art, and poetry as therapeutic practices and tools.
- Undergo an experiential training process that fosters and inspires an embodied, creative approach to clinical and healing practices.
- Engage in self care as a fundamental ethical obligation of the trauma-informed therapist. Consultation and mentorship, best practices in trauma treatment, are also core components of our program.