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Expressive Arts Florida Institute

Expressive Arts Florida Institute provides comprehensive training in Expressive Arts, and a wide variety of creative life enrichment workshops and classes, both in our Sarasota, Florida studio and online. We are: Kathleen Horne, MA, LMHC, REACE, REAT Tamara Teeter Knapp, MA, NCC, MHC Intern, K-12 Art Teacher, , REACE Victoria Domenichello-Anderson, MA, REACE

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About this course

2021 Professional Development FULL BUNDLE $525 Until March 14

The Full Bundle includes Professional Development workshops by Expressive Arts Professionals all around the globe! 

You save $175 by purchasing all the workshops together.

You will receive:

  • All 14, 2.5 hour live, interactive training workshops, with both didactic and experiential content presented by a widely diverse and expert practitioners
  • An opportunity for Q&A with the presenters
  • Unlimited access to the recordings, following the live workshops. Please note: To ensure participant confidentiality, the recordings will include the didactic content, but not the participant sharing.
  • Unlimited access to any handouts or resources that the presenter shares as part of the workshop
  • Certificate of completion for each workshop. (We are a Florida CEU provider for LMHC, LCSW, LMFT. You can submit your certificate to your own CEU Board).

The way it works: 

When you invest in the full bundle, you will have access to each of the professional development workshops in the series. After adding each one to your library of courses, you will have full access to links, recordings, and notifications as well as any resources that are shared after the workshop. 

The workshops are held throughout the year, so upon purchase of the bundle, please  go immediately to each one to activate your course. After you have done that, you will receive an email verifying your registration for that training, and  you will receive reminders via email as the event gets closer. If you are not able to attend, the workshops will be recorded and the recordings will be posted in the forum after the workshops, for viewing only by those who have registered for the workshops. To ensure confidentiality of participants, experiential/sharing sections of the workshop may not be recorded.

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Expressive arts training is exciting, offering many opportunities for self - exploration and growth. The next step is figuring out how to adapt your insights, gifts and skills to  make a contribution to your community of choice. This workshop will combine a presentation about how Rabbi Adina Allen adapted the Open Studio Process, the work of Dr. Pat Allen, to the Jewish world and an experiential exercise to help you assess your resources and challenges and to create an image to map where your passion and the world’s need intersect.

Learning Objectives:
To identify a guiding passion
Assess resources and challenges
Create an image for ongoing inspiration

This 2.5-hour session will outline the purpose and guidelines for developing a 6-session Grief and Loss workshop. This workshop was developed for the bereaved, however, it could be adapted it to suit those who are experiencing other types of loss: divorce, loss of identity, home, country, career, job, etc. Come prepared to work with a loss in your life.

Learning Objectives:

  • an introduction to working with those experiencing grief and loss through art expression on Zoom  
  • an experience of some possible activities that facilitate the expression of grief for well-being and healing
  • developing deep listening skills in a state of loving presence

In this expressive arts workshop the facilitators will lead participants through understanding the mind and how it is our biggest strength, but how sometimes it can be our biggest weakness. We use the various modalities to explore a personal life situation and the different ways to look at that situation. Based on the model of the mind proposed by Dr. Dan Siegel, the workshop explores how we can use our minds to help ourselves.

We are a husband-wife team dedicated to making emotional well-being practices universally accessible

"Two spirits giving love, sharing their gifts and changing the world one person at a time." Miriam Z


The Magical Child is the ambassador of your essence This training calls upon several art forms to intimately enrich the relationship between your inner magicalness and your ability to bring that magic into the world.

Learning Objectives:

  • Expanding the play range through artful play.
  • Learning to let go into the more of you and shape that ‘more’ in new ways.

  • Giving your evolving, conscious awareness arts-based vehicles to navigate in.

A workshop for Expressive Arts students and professionals who are interested in facilitating Touch Drawing in your intermodal work. This Touch Drawing experience will be focused on deepening your personal experience of the process, while also learning the essential elements needed to apply Touch Drawing appropriately in the settings within which you work. Prerequisite: participation in at least one introductory Touch Drawing workshop, familiarity with set up and supplies. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will know important points to cover when introducing Touch Drawing to others
  • Participants will have direct experience of a range of approaches to Touch Drawing
  • Participants will understand the unique qualities of Touch Drawing and how they can integrate it with other modalities

Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) is a mindfulness and somatic based approach to the expressive arts developed by Dr. Laury Rappaport.  This workshop provides an overview of the history, foundational principles, and main approaches of FOAT®— and teaches how the felt sense is a doorway to all of the expressive arts modalities and intermodal expression. The workshop includes a theoretical overview along with experiential exercises to teach an introduction to Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) as an intermodal approach. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to name 3 or more foundational principles of Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Participants will be able to describe what the Focusing Attitude is. 
  • Participants will be able to describe  how a felt sense can be symbolized into an arts modality (art, movement, writing, sound).

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Transforming our racial awareness is an inside job.  Using Open Studio Process (OSP) we will identify points in personal history that make up our racial understanding.  We invite you to join us in an exploration of the strengths and vulnerabilities in our personal and collective stories.

Learning Objectives

  • set an intention about exploring racial awareness
  • create art about a point of personal history
  • witness their process 

Community owned and led projects have huge impact with Harambee Arts

This workshop will familiarize you with the Harambee Arts Expressive Arts methodology that focuses on a culturally sensitive, collaborative, and relational approach to working with different societies around the world. Rina Pratik from Nepal and Brandon Okoth from Kenya, both long time staff members of Harambee Arts, will lead exercises and be available to answer questions. Rina facilitates groups for young girls who have been rescued from trafficking, HIV+ women and those who have experienced domestic violence. Brandon works with children who live in poverty in Kenya’s largest slum, Kibera. They will share their innate wisdom, lessons learned and how expressive arts has supported them to become empowered and courageous members of their community.

"To witness the ways that Expressive Arts touch the lives of many people in very difficult situations around the world can be an amazing window to the significance of what we are trained to offer others!"~ A participant in Gloria Simoneaux’s 2020 workshop

Arts-based Couple Group Model 

Learn about the therapeutic facilitation of arts-based couple groups in Hong Kong. This presentation combines the conceptual foundation and person-centered facilitation of the arts-based couple group model. It is a practice-based learning about applying individual-duet-group arts to enhance the therapeutic experiences of the group members at individual, couple and group levels. 

Learning Objectives: 

  •  To share the concepts and practical skills of arts-based couple groups.
  • To demonstrate the application of expressive arts to facilitate individual, couple and group development.
  •   To taste the process of using arts for mutual understanding and relationship enhancement.

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This Professional Development course draws on techniques from a range of practices to explore the transformative power of expressing oneself with an embodied voice. Through the combined use of breath, vocalizing, movement, and improvisation we will engage in a mindful exploration of the body’s numerous songs.

The tongue can paint what the eyes can not see —- Chinese proverb

Learning Objectives: 

  • Gain awareness of how breath integrates with the body to support the voice.
  • Identify and express harmony and discord in the body. 
  • Learn to embody sound.

A whistle stop tour of offerings that have guided people to make the invisible, visible through Expressive Arts in a rural context and beyond. Hear about innovative programs that have been designed for those living with cancer and/or mental health challenges as well as individuals navigating stress and anxiety. An experiential component will round out our time together.

 Participants will:

  • gain specific ideas on how to design effective exa programs through examples
  • build tools that can turn challenges into opportunities   
  • experience intermodal shifts in an expressive arts invitation

The word empathy was originally derived from the German word ‘einfuhlung’, and earlier from the Greek ‘empatheia’, both referring to the physical and emotional connection when viewing a painting or sculpture.  As we view a piece of art or when we witness a dance, listen to a musical expression or spoken word piece, our mind translates this into a sensory embodied response, and we are ‘moved’.  When we engage in the arts, we enter into a deep and intimate relational encounter with the materials, sounds, colors, shapes or the space we are moving within, as well as the interactions between individuals in a dyadic or group situation. Engagement in this way can lead to flow states that help to form an embodied resonance response that is directly linked to the sense of embodied empathy.  This flow state has been called ‘limbic resonance’ or the capacity for sharing deep emotional states including what is called ‘empathic harmony’.

In this workshop we will work with breath, sound, rhythms, movement and imagery to explore embodied empathy, with self, with others, in communities and in a larger metaphysical realm.  

                  The perfect balance of therapeutic information mixed with  a full mind, body, spirit engagement.                                                                                          A participant in Mitchell's 2020 Professional Development Workshop

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the roots and history of how empathy has been applied in aesthetics and psychology to achieve states of health and well-being
  • Participants will understand the neurobiological functions of embodied empathy.
  • Participants will learn how to apply the concepts of embodied empathy to expressive arts practice.

As we weave through the mythology of Parvati, Durga and Kali lets meet these powerful energies within ourselves. As we weave through the myth of one goddess who has many faces, an experiential session where you can engage with art, movement and ritual.

Chandini Harlalka is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist( REAT) from IEATA (International Expressive Art Therapy Association) and a Psychodrama Director (PD) from the Moreno Institute, Germany.  She also holds an MFA in Art history. Chandini’s work is rooted in experiential methodology and Eastern contemplative traditions. 

Belinda Rego is an Expressive Arts Therapist, who passionately believes that every individual has the potential to use their creativity and imagination to tap into inner wisdom and participate in their own healing.  As a therapist she sees herself as one who facilitates and holds the space for this process of partnering with Soul, and working through layers that come in the way of the expression of one’s true Self.

Through a guided movement sequence with elemental energies and free-flowing movement we connect to the wisdom and resources of our innate body wisdom. The movement will lead into deeper exploration and connection with our true essence as well as shadow material through painting, drawing and writing.
The shadow of our egos are manifested through thoughts that are critical and judgmental against ourselves and/or others and life circumstances, i.e. a non-acceptance of what is.

Embracing the pain of our egos is a task that brings us in connection to our souls that opens us up to the larger dimension of universal energies that support our wholeness and belonging within the larger earth body.
In this exploration you will gain a greater connection to yourself and the truth of your soul and also have an outlet to move, shift and be with the pain and grief of disconnection and separation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn to utilize movement for resourcing and accessing inner body wisdom.
  • Participants will be able to discern between ego and soul language to facilitate grief and trauma work.
  • Participants will experience the deepening of expressive arts process work through the use of intermodal transfer.
  • Participants will learn about the impact of each art modality for individualized patient-centered care through their own experience.

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