Certificate in NarrARTive Expressive Arts Coaching

Dr. Shoshana Simons has developed a dynamic approach that integrates Narrative Therapy with Expressive Art and is currently co-editing a book about the approach.

This workshop series, held over a period of seven months, is an incredible opportunity to work with Dr. Simons and obtain a Certificate in NarrARTive Expressive Arts Coaching from Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute.​


Important: Please note you are required to fill out and submit this short application prior to registering for this Workshop Series. You will be notified of your acceptance via email, and at that time, can return to this page to register.


Workshop Series Description

NarrARTive Expressive Arts therapy is a dynamic & multimodal way of working with individuals, couples, families, groups & communities informed by relational-cultural neuroscience. Through this highly collaborative, playful approach, we weave visual arts, poetry, music, guided imagery, puppetry, drama, sand tray, movement & dance into the core principles and practices of narrative therapy & coaching.

These concepts and practices include externalization, inner & outer conversations, NarrARTive re-authoring practices, collective arts practices, and a unique arts-based reflecting team method.

Each class includes an engaging theoretical overview of the topic for the week, a live demonstration of the approach and opportunities to practice in dyads and small groups.

Therapists, coaches, health & human service professionals, educators and consultants are all welcome! A passion for using arts processes for growth, healing and change is more important than “artistic skill”.


Workshop Details

Instructor:  Shoshana Simons, Ph.D., RDT
Dates:​​​​ Please see below “Series Schedule” for specific dates and times of each module.
Cost: $1,485.00 plus $59.00 for 42 CEs (optional)

Minimum Pre-Requisite Qualifications:

  • Degree in counseling, human services, education, counseling psychology or related field; or credentialed creative arts therapists including REATs and REACEs; or, Coaches who have ICF or BCC certification.
  • Experience with and passion for the arts as tools for personal and social healing.
  • Prior experience and knowledge of creative and expressive arts therapy or coaching is highly recommended.

Pre-requisite: Participants must have completed an introductory Narrative Arts Therapy workshop or have completed graduate coursework or training in Narrative Therapy:

The introductory 6-hour workshop offers participants an introduction of the basic theories and practices of NarrARTive Expressive Arts Therapy or Coaching including Collective Arts Practices. If you have not completed the introductory workshop, but have graduate level coursework or training in Narrative Therapy, that will suffice.


Important: Please note you are required to fill out and submit this short application prior to registering for this Workshop Series. You will be notified of your acceptance via email, and at that time, can return to this page to register.


Series Curriculum:

Module One: Foundational Theories & Practices

Building on the introductory “taster” workshop, this 8 week class for a total of 24 class hours class offers participants a deeper exploration of the theories and practices of NarrARTive Expressive Arts Coaching, including a focus on narrARTive assessment practices, externalization, re-authoring, thickening and performing of alternative, preferred narratives through expressive arts & arts-based witnessing practices. Participants will commit to a minimum of one biweekly practice session with a fellow student outside of class, completing a practice assessment for each session. (Completion is a pre-requisite for Level Two)

Module Two: Collective NarrARTive Practices

In this highly experiential 9-hour, 3-part class, participants will be introduced to collective narrARTive expressive arts practices.  We will explore their application in work with groups and communities. (Completion is a pre-requisite for Level Three)

Module Three: Practicum

Training for the NarrARTive Expressive Arts Coaching Certificate Program culminates in co-facilitating with peers a pro bono Collective Arts Practice workshop for staff of a community service organization, either in-person or via Zoom under the supervision of the program trainers. Prior to the pro bono workshop, trainees will participate in a 9-hour, 3-part curriculum development, design & collaborative assessment class.

Certificate

Upon successful completion of Modules 1 & 2, the Practicum, and evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion in NarrARTive Practices from Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute.

CEs

This program offers 42 continuing education units for an additional fee of $59. Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute is a NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider ™, ACEP No. 7014. If you would like to receive continuing education for this program, please choose that option at checkout.

 

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Series Schedule:

Module One: Foundational Theories & Practices

Fridays, 9am – 12 noon PT: February 17 – April 7, 2023. (8 weekly sessions, 24 class hours).

Week One

Introduction to Narrative Expressive Arts Coaching Certificate Program

Week Two

Assessment through A Narrative EXA Lens

Week Three

Externalization & Re-Authoring through an EXA lens Part I

  • Externalizing the Problem, Internalizing Personal Agency
  • Mapping & Tracking the Influence of Problems
  • Landscape of Action, Landscape of Identity

Week Four

Externalization & Re-Authoring through an EXA lens Part II

  • Double listening
  • Unique Outcomes

Week Five

Collapsing Time: The Future Present Tense

Week Six

I see/I hear/I sense/I imagine/I wonder: Aesthetic “with-ness” responding & Narrative Arts Refracting Teams

Week Seven

Learning Consolidation, Peer-Practice & Live Supervision

Week Eight

Transitions, endings, continuities & Narrative EXA

Module 2: Collective Arts NarrARTive Practices

Dates: Weekend Workshop: July 21 – July 23, 2023. Friday 9:00 am-12 noon, Saturday 10:00 am-1:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am-1:00 pm. (9 class hours)

Laundry of Life & Tree of Life with Groups & Communities

Homework: Integrate Laundry of Life or Tree of Life into practice

Practicum: Collective NarrARTive Practice in a Community Setting

August 2023: exact date to be announced.

Training for the NarrARTive Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate Program culminates in co-facilitating with peers a pro bono Laundry of Life or Tree of Life workshop for staff of a community service organization, either in-person or via Zoom under the supervision of the program trainers. Prior to the pro bono workshop, trainees will participate in a 9-hour, 3-part curriculum development, design & collaborative assessment class.

Bibliography:

Denborough D. (2008). Collective narrative practice : responding to individuals groups and communities who have experienced trauma. Dulwich Centre Publications.

Malchiodi C. A. (2020). Trauma and expressive arts therapy : brain body and imagination in the healing process. Guilford Press.

Simons, Shoshana (2022) Narrative Expressive Arts Therapy. In Cathy A. Malchiodi (Editor), Handbook of Expressive Arts Therapy (pp. 170-185). Guilford Publications.


 

Shoshana Simons, Ph.D., RDT is Full Professor and Co-Chair of the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at CIIS. Trained as a drama therapist and voice actor, Shoshana has a rich background in integrating performance and expressive arts structures into multiple contexts of work with children and adults in educational, therapeutic and larger systems. She has a particular interest in the integration of the arts into spiritual practice and socio-emotional development. She is passionate about using the performance and expressive arts as catalysts for healing and social change.

Over the last several years, Shoshana has focused on developing an expressive arts-centered approach to narrative therapy and is currently involved with the development of a blended learning Certificate Program in Narrative Expressive Arts Therapy. Shoshana is highly skilled in the art and science of teaching and curriculum development. She has over 20 years of practice integrating experiential learning methodologies into her classes, both face-to-face and online. In the early 1990’s she pioneered teaching blended learning classes in Narrative Therapy in Goddard College’s MA Counseling and Psychology program. Read Dr. Simons’s full bio here.


 

Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute is a NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider ™,
ACEP No. 7014.

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  • Certificate in NarrARTive Expressive Arts Coaching
    February 17, 2023 - July 23, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Certificate in NarrARTive Expressive Arts Coaching $1,485.00 (USD)  


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