Art & Social Justice

Art & Social Justice “Artists are here to disturb the peace. They have to disturb the peace. Otherwise, chaos.”  James Baldwin As we have watched unprecedented events unfold throughout our country, we are reminded of the transformative power of art. Art and social justice are deeply connected.  Speaking truth though art has a long and mighty […]

Reflections from a Graduate of Our Training Program

“As we tap into the deep sources of bodily wisdom through creative art expression, we dance the renewal, recreation, and healing of ourselves and our world.” This quote by Anna Halprin illustrates how creative expression not only helps to strengthen the body-mind connection but also aids in the process of our healing as individuals andas […]

Local Artist Spotlight: Rae Akino

Local Artist Spotlight: Rae Akino Our intern, Sophia Maggio, recently interviewed local Seattle Artist, Rae Akino, who tells stories through her art, and has found healing along the way.  SM: What brought you to art? RA: As a child I displayed interest as talent in drawing and crafts but was told that could never be […]

To Make Art is Human, To Create Divine.

I am privileged to work with so many wonderful people who come to the institute for workshops and trainings. They come because they are drawn to the concept and practice of using the expressive arts for healing, but not everyone starts out being comfortable engaging in the arts experiences. Offering a safe space to explore […]

Have Art Supplies, Will Travel: The Making of a Mobile Expressive Arts Kit

An Interview with Courtney Taylor, LMHC Recent NWCEAI Graduate Meet Courtney Taylor, a counselor and recent graduate of the professional certificate program at NWCEAI. Courtney uses a unique traveling art kit to bring creativity to her clients. This week, we asked her about her therapeutic process, creativity, and recommendations for other therapists. What is your […]

4 Expressive Arts Therapy Strategies for the “Non-Artistic” Client

By Sophia Maggio For clients who completely lack an artistic background, the process of rekindling your childlike creativity can be equal parts frustrating and enlightening. Childhood memories of Elmer’s glue, finger paint, and spontaneous collage creations are accessible to most clients, but preconceived notions about our artistic abilities can induce anxiety and self-doubt in the […]

Creative Inspiration from our Mixed-Media Artist!

This year, we are so happy to welcome our first ever Artist-in Residence, Caitlin Dundon! Caitlin Dundon is a mixed-media artist and calligrapher with over 20 years of experience. She teaches at mixed media and calligraphy conferences throughout the United States and Canada and has taught at Art & Soul Mixed Media Retreats (Portland, OR, […]

Creative Journal Writing: A Self-Care Practice

“Writing practice brings us back to the uniqueness of our own minds and an acceptance of it. We all have wild dreams, fantasies, and ordinary thoughts. Let us feel the texture of them and not be afraid of them. Writing is still the wildest thing I know.” ~Natalie Goldberg, Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life […]

Art & Eating Disorders

Art & Eating Disorders: Expressive Arts Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders Eating disorders (ED) and body image issues affect 20 million women and 10 million men in the US alone. No doubt, as a clinician, you have already worked with someone who is affected by eating disorders, or you will. I have focused […]

Drama Therapy: Healing Through Action

We recently sat down with the amazing Bobbi Kidder to ask her a few questions about Drama Therapy.  Bobbi Kidder, MA, RDT/BCT has served on the Executive Committee of the National Association for Drama Therapy and currently serves on the board of the Drama Therapy Fund. She previously taught at Rogue Community College and served […]

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