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The Creative and Expressive Arts for Deep Healing and Transformation: Substance Use Disorders and Trauma Treatment


NOTE: Session PPT and handouts will not be available.

The creative and expressive arts are uniquely suited to engage sensory, pre-verbal, nonverbal, metaphorical, symbolic, imagistic, and right and left-brained processes. These bilateral brain processes help elicit words and narratives necessary to reduce symptoms of trauma, abuse, and addiction. When used properly, the arts are an effective tool for self-regulation, insight, and motivation. This dynamic lecture includes slides of client art and poetry, as well as a review of the basic tenants of ethical practice.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1) List one benefit and one limitation specific to the practice of the creative and expressive arts therapies.

2) Describe the importance of delaying interpretation, analysis or ascribing meaning to the symbols or patterns that emerge in the art productions.

3) Explain who is the authority regarding the meaning of the client's art productions.

4) Describe how forensic art therapy is not based upon the content of the drawings, but instead the quality of the drawings, lines, juxtapositions and color. 


  • Dr. Ericha Scott, PhD

    Dr. Ericha Scott is a Fellow for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD is the oldest trauma agency in the world), she is the moderator for ISSTD's special interest group for organized extreme abuse, and she is the Planning Chair for the Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy Track for the West Coast Symposium of Addiction Disorders.

    Dr. Scott is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC917), an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICAADC), a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC) and a Distinguished Specialist in Integrative Health and Addiction (DSIHA). She is a board certified registered art therapist (ATR-BC), and she is a registered expressive arts therapist (REAT).

    Dr. Scott has 36 years of professional experience as a treatment provider for trauma, addiction and mental health. Her research has been published by peer review journals and textbooks in the United States and abroad.

May 7, 2021
Fri 1:00 PM PDT

Duration 1H 30M

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