Creative Approaches to Treating Trauma

This engaging training will introduce four creative approaches to treating trauma: yoga, implicit memory, psychodrama and story cloth. Attendees will learn strategies for invigorating their own work with clients in new and exciting ways. The 6-hour workshop will include experiential and didactic approaches, and interactive discussion. There will also be a lunchtime panel about international work with trauma featuring Heidi Bardot, GW Art Therapy Program Director.  This training is appropriate for Master’s level clinicians or above. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if you’d like to participate actively!


Participants will be able to:

  • Learn about four creative approaches to the treatment of trauma incorporating the body, mind and spirit.
  • Articulate principles and theories of trauma that underscore creativity within the treatment framework.
  • Synthesize theory and practical skills that will enhance a trauma-informed and creative approach to treatment.

Target Audience: 

Art Therapists, Counselors, Social Workers and other mental health professionals interested in expanding their knowledge base regarding trauma.  Content will be intermediate to advanced.


8:45 - 9:00 a.m. — Registration and Welcome

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. — Implicit Memory and the Science to Support Expressive Trauma Work, Julie Lopez, PhD., LICSW

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. — BREAK

10:45 - 12:00 p.m. — Yoga & Trauma, Anne Hurley, MA, LCPC, LCPAT, ATR-BC, RYT

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. — Lunch and Panel Discussion: Trauma by Heidi Bardot, LCPAT, ATR-BC

1:15 - 2:30 p.m. — Sociometry in Psychodrama, Mimi Moyer, NCC BC-DMT, LCAT, RDT

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. — BREAK

2:45 - 4:15 p.m. — Narrative Textiles: Stories in Cloth, Tally Tripp, LCSW, ATR-BC, CTT

4:15 - 4:30 p.m. — Evaluations, Closing and Certificate Issuance


Anne utilizes a trauma-informed approach to psychotherapy and specializes in the areas of addiction, trauma, eating disorders, mindfulness, co-occurring disorders and grief.  She has a strong interest in the application of creative therapies, neuroscience and yoga in clinical practice.  Anne’s current work and passion involve integrating psychotherapeutic techniques and healing with yoga asanas and somatic experience.  She has traveled throughout Asia studying meditation, yoga, and mindfulness-based practices.  She is currently the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Gratitude House Foundation.

Yoga and Trauma
This presentation will include a discussion of yoga as a treatment for trauma, which assists in restoring a sense of power and control for the client; how yoga builds a sense of connection to the self, to remaining in the present moment, to noticing and tolerating inner experiences and sensations all while rebuilding a relationship with the whole self. A discussion of yoga as a body-based intervention with a “bottom up” approach, integrating the body into treatment and assisting clients in addressing unprocessed trauma. A discussion of the elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in yoga and applications in both yoga and art therapy.

Julie Lopez, PhD, LICSW
Dr. Julie Lopez is an adoptee who first trained as a systems engineer, but ultimately discovered her passion lay with an infinitely more complicated system—the human system. A former university professor, she founded Viva Partnership, a mental health collaborative specializing in non-verbal treatment approaches, including brain- and body-based therapies. Having experienced her own seemingly nonsensical struggles as an adoptee with the “perfect life,” Dr. Julie loves sharing the science that helped remove her own personal and professional roadblocks and inspires her work. She currently runs a postgraduate training program on Trauma Informed Clinical Practice.  And was the architect of the free online mental health resource center - The Resilient Brain Project.

Implicit Memory & The Science to Support Expressive Trauma Work
What is implicit memory and why is it so critical to understand in its role in integrating and ultimately healing with trauma?  How can Art Therapy uniquely serve to work with implicit memory and remove roadblocks to wellness and emotional prosperity?  All of this and more will be covered in this engaging discussion.  An outline of specific populations to benefit from work with implicit memory will be discussed

Mimi Moyer, MS, NCC, BC-DMT, LCAT, RDT
Mimi is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Nationally Certified Counselor. She holds an MS from Hunter College in Dance/Movement Therapy, and is certified as a Drama Therapist with a focus in Psychodrama.  Mimi has worked with many diverse populations through her creative use of theater, creative arts, and movement.  She has studied with Deepak Chopra and David Simon on Vedic teachings, mind-body techniques for wellness and meditation.  Mimi has presented internationally in the Psychodrama community.

Sociometry in Psychodrama
The focus of Mimi’s presentation will be using sociometric principles in Psychodrama.  Attendees will learn 3 experiential sociometric exercises for use in Drama Therapy/ Psychodrama.  Exercises will include Spectrogram, Sociogram, and Step, which serve to focus the group, foster choice-making, and create a present focus.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to practice exercises tailored to the populations they serve.

Tally Tripp, MA, MSW, LCSW, ATR-BC, CTT
Tally Tripp, MA, MSW, LCSW, ATR-BC, CTT, is a registered and board certified art therapist, licensed clinical social worker and certified trauma therapist. She is an Assistant Professor in the GW Art Therapy Program and Director of the GW Art Therapy Center, a training clinic that provides low fee art therapy to the community and specializes in trauma treatment. Tally has been working extensively with complex trauma for many years, and has developed a range of experiential, neurobiologically- informed approaches for managing and processing traumatic stress. Tally believes the creative arts have a unique role in healing trauma as they provide a means of externalizing pain and finding solutions to problems without relying on words.  In addition to her clinical practice, Tally has facilitated narrative textile workshops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.

Narrative Textiles: Stories in Cloth
There is a long-standing and rich tradition across cultures of creating stories in cloth to express significant life experiences. This workshop will introduce participants to the Story Cloth as a tool for containing, managing and expressing such stories. Through our experiential session, participants will have the opportunity to work mindfully and therapeutically with fabric and simple stitching techniques in the creation of a miniature story cloth.


  • $189 Professionals
  • $160 (GW faculty & supervisors) CODE: faculty
  • $125* (new Professionals seeking licensure) CODE: newprof

Space is limited. Lunch is included.

*New professionals are those who graduated in May 2016 or later and current students.


Please contact 703-299-41418 if you have questions, concerns, or need special accommodations. Space is limited. Registration closes on May 2, 2019. Cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to the event date to be eligible for a refund.