Integrative Approach to Art Therapy and Neuroscience in the Treatment of Trauma (566)


Prerequisite Courses

Course Memo

This course is an overview of the neurobiological systems and mechanisms of the human brain and polyvagal theory. It will include theories of the impact of trauma on the brain and the resulting impairments in functioning, along with the healing potential of art therapy. Students will learn how traumatic experiences impact memory function and recall. Students will be able to demonstrate how trauma-informed art therapy interventions can promote neuroplasticity resulting in long-term neuronal changes. Students will explore the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) as a basis for learning how trauma impacts the brain and how art therapy interventions can be utilized in the multidimensional treatment of trauma.