Introduction and overview of theory, practice, and treatment related to complex, trauma-related problems; psychobiology of traumatic stress, impact of traumatic stress on individuals, and specific treatment modalities in clinical setting; somatic (body-based) and nonverbal (art and image-based) treatment modalities. Supervised treatment or observation of treatment of clients with trauma histories.
Students will: ● engage in clinical work with insight and self-awareness and a high level of professional, ethical, and multicultural competence with diverse client populations. Students will conceptualize treatment approaches to trauma as related to attachment and transgenerational trauma and identify treatment issues for the trauma client with attention to affect regulation, safety, and neurobiology as it informs responses to traumatic stress. This will be evidenced through preparing assigned readings and class room participation/experiential learning, participation in all areas of the art therapy clinic, writing clinical notes and making case presentations, and maintaining self care practice. Students will: ● gain understanding of the latest theory of the psychobiology of traumatic stress, and develop clinical skills using verbal and non-verbal approaches in the treatment of trauma related disorders. Students will recognize the process by which traumatic stress symptoms are formed in response to traumatic experiences including childhood trauma, sexual abuse, natural disaster, terrorism and war. This will be evidenced through assigned readings and classroom participation/experiential learning, focused assignments such as mapping the brain and the art responses to trauma, on- going work in the art therapy clinic where reviewing sessions, discussion of cases, and presenting material will enhance skills specific to trauma. Students will: ● cultivate their identity as an art therapist , exploring a range of art therapy and somatically based interventions for patients with trauma- related disorders and integrate art therapy into the existing trauma literature. Also inherent in this art therapist identity is self care and students will develop an appreciation for the effects of trauma on the care giver and to develop ways to deal with countertransferrence and vicarious trauma. This will be evidenced by managing a case in the art therapy clinic and functioning as the art therapist for that case, art presentations/ art response to trauma, experiential art making and connecting with other students via a reflection board.