Through the lens of art therapy this course will
examine: polyvagal theory, brain development and
the impact of trauma on the developing brain; the
stages of treatment when working with clients who
have experienced trauma; methods to protect and
manage self-care to address vicarious
traumatization in clinical practice; various
methods to treat trauma with different client
populations; and showing sensitivity to cultural,
environmental and developmental needs. The course
examines the impact of racial trauma, oppression
and historical and generational trauma to help
students address injustice and support healing.
Teaching methods include but are not limited to
readings, lecture, video, discussions, and
experiential art making directives.