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Upcoming events

    • 2016-06-24
    • 2016-06-25
    • Centre for Peace, 1825 West 16th Ave., Vancouver, BC

    This summer explore the three stages of Mindful Art practice. 
    A regular meditation practice or contemplative art practice is the basis for MBAT. We will focus on cultivating positive social and emotional health, self-management skills, gratitude and compassion.  More than learning to focus attention and simply be, we look at the transformative power of contemplative art and awakened heart.
    MBAT Level 1 explores the three stages of Mindfulness-based-art through the senses and embodied presence by connecting to Mindfulness of Body and Mindfulness of Life.  Through practices of calligraphic brush work, gentle inquiry, mindful drawing, collage, and painting we explore issues such as conflicted emotions, pain management, addiction recovery, anxiety, stress and work place issues. Practices of personal presence in the counselling, coaching, or teaching dynamics will be offered.

    Pre-requisites:  Mindfulness practice + professional certification in your field as an ArtTherapist, Counsellor, Educator or related field.
    Register:  MBAT Level 1: June 24 and 25, 2016    $445
    For additional information or any questions: please contact

    • 2016-07-08
    • 10:00 AM
    • 2016-07-10
    • 5:00 AM
    • 57 Bearspaw Summit Place, Calgary, AB

    Carmen Richardson is the Founder and Director of Prairie Institute of Expressive Arts Therapy (PIEAT).

    She is an Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner and Certified Agency Trainer with the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children and brings over 28 years of clinical expertise to her private practice.

    Overview:  This three day training will provide participants with a comprehensive framework for treating traumatized children & teens.  This four-phase, resource-oriented model is grounded in attachment theory, the psychophysiology of trauma, CBT, and expressive arts therapy.  It is based on Carmen’s recently published book, “Expressive Arts Therapy for Traumatized Children and Adolescents: A Four-Phase Model”.

    Training Objectives:  To provide a practical, structured framework that guides assessment & treatment processes.  To learn structured, arts-based, sensory interventions to effectively treat key trauma reactions and promote self-regulation.   To increase clinical skills such as working with a resource-oriented lens, tracking client sensory processes, & working with the body, art & relationship.  

    When:  July 8 - 10, 2016, Friday - Sunday, 10:00 - 5:00

    Where:  57 Bearspaw Summit Place, Calgary, AB

    Cost:  $525 before May 1 & $575 after 

    Option to purchase book with registration - please add $55

    Payment Methods: e-transfer or cheques 

    To register: contact Carmen at 

    • 2016-09-30
    • 8:30 AM
    • 2016-10-01
    • 5:00 PM
    • Victoria Inn & Conference Centre, 1808 Wellington Ave., Winnipeg, MB.

    Who Should Attend: 

    • Masters or Doctoral level, licensed or credentialed professionals in mental health, creative arts therapists, play therapists, marriage and family therapists, counsellors and social workers, guidance counsellors, early childhood educators, students enrolled in the field of creative arts therapies, mental health, psychology, counselling, social work and education.
    Early Registration recommended.
    • Training is limited to 60 participants.
    • 8:30am-4:30/5pm daily. Lunch on your own.
    • This experiential workshop is based on the structured, fourphase Expressive Arts Therapy model of trauma treatment (EXA) for children and adolescents created by Carmen Richardson as outlined in her newly published book (2016). See inset below.
    • Through case examples, direct teaching and experiencing of the four phase interventions, participants will gain knowledge about and interventions for working with the art and body together to increase resilience and resources that are required to experience post traumatic growth.
    • Additional learning highlights: working with a resource oriented lens, methods for using art processes safely with clients, using the body as central to treating trauma reactions and promoting self-regulation, skill development for witnessing client sensory processes.

    Carmen Richardson is the Founder and Director of the Prairie Institute of Expressive Arts Therapy (PIEAT) in Calgary. 

    • She is internationally sought to train, consult and supervise in the areas of Art/Expressive Arts Therapy and Trauma. 

    • Carmen is an Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner and Certified Agency Trainer with the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children and brings over 25 years of clinical expertise to her private practice.

    12 CEU credits provided through the CCPA

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