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Re-imagine Recovery Through Expressive Arts Therapy

A trauma-informed exploration of creative expression.

November 12, 2023 | 12:00 – 2:00 PM PT / 3:00 – 5:00 PM ET

Have you been longing to…

Reclaim the right to express yourself creatively?

✅ Reignite the radical self-love, joy, and freedom you experienced before the world told you who to be?

Drop limiting beliefs like, “I’m not an artist,” “I’m not creative,” “I’m too much,” or “I’m not worthy” for good? 

Unlock healing possibilities in your recovery journey through creative expression – regardless of prior artistic experience?

Explore a multi-modal approach to healing through writing, movement/dance, music + visual art-making in a supportive and welcoming container guided by a trauma therapist and artist with lived experience in recovery?

Now is your time to re-imagine recovery through expressive arts therapy.

An approach to delight your inner child and empower the adult within.

This expressive arts, experience-based workshop will invite you to explore practices in the realms of music, movement/dance, visual art making, and writing. Through this explorational approach you will be guided to integrate experiences such as grounding/anchoring and navigating emotions, sensations, and triggers in ways that feel best for you. You will leave with newfound confidence in how to unleash your own creativity and expression in the service of recovery–no matter your definition, pathway, or patchwork of recovery–regardless of any experience with expressive arts.

What is Expressive Arts Therapy?

Expressive arts therapy is an approach to psychotherapy with roots in Indigenous healing and a rich history of evolution within modalities such as Jungian, person-centered, and Gestalt psychotherapy. Defined by its emphasis on the multi-modal process of healing (not relying on just one art form, rather, exploring many combinations of creativity), the strategies of expressive arts psychotherapy can prove useful to both recovery-focused professionals and individuals in recovery. 

Workshop Intentions

  • Discover that working with creativity and expression in recovery is not just limited to one modality—find the combination of modalities that may serve your process the best.
  • Recognize that expression is a right, which can feel inaccessible due to unhealed or unaddressed trauma.
  • Explore a multi-modal process of healing through music, movement/dance, visual art making, and writing. 
  • Tap into the power of process in using expressive arts for healing and recovery, translating these learnings to living “in process” as a person in recovery.

About Your Guide

Artist, Clinician + Author Dr. Jamie Marich

Dr. Jamie Marich (she/they/we) began her career as a humanitarian aid worker in Bosnia-Hercegovina from 2000-2003, primarily teaching English and music. Jamie travels internationally teaching on topics related to trauma, EMDR therapy, expressive arts, mindfulness, and yoga, while maintaining a private practice and online education operations in her home base of Akron, OH.

Marich is the founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness and the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness approach to expressive arts therapy. Marich has authored numerous books including EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Recovery Enhancement (2012), Creative Mindfulness (2013), Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors, Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015), and Process Not Perfection: Expressive Arts Solutions for Trauma Recovery (2019). Marich also co-authored EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care along with colleague Dr. Stephen Dansiger in 2018, and their new book with Springer Publishing Healing Addiction with EMDR Therapy: A Trauma-Focused Guide released in 2021. North Atlantic Books published a revised and expanded edition of Trauma and the 12 Steps in the Summer of 2020, and they released The Healing Power of Jiu-Jitsu: A Guide to Transforming Trauma and Facilitating Recovery in 2022. Her latest release with North Atlantic Book, Dissociation Made Simple: A Stigma-Free Guide to Embracing Your Dissociative Mind and Navigating Life came out in January 2023. She has three more projects in the works with North Atlantic Books, including her personal memoir about surviving spiritual abuse called You Lied to Me About God, due out in Autumn 2024.

The New York Times featured Marich’s writing and work on Dancing Mindfulness in 2017 and 2020. NALGAP: The Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies awarded Jamie with their esteemed President’s Award in 2015 for her work as an LGBT advocate. The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) granted Jamie the 2019 Advocacy in EMDR Award for her using her public platform in media and in the addiction field to advance awareness about EMDR therapy and to reduce stigma around mental health. In May 2023, the Huffington Post published her personal story of being out as a clinical professional with a dissociative disorder, also in long-term recovery from addiction.

SHE RECOVERS® Through Self-Expression Workshop Series

This ‘Re-imagine Recovery Through Expressive Arts Therapy’ session is part of the SHE RECOVERS Through Self-Expression Workshop series. Guided by leaders in women’s wellness & behavioral health, these workshops highlight holistic, creative, and embodied approaches to self-expression that have the potential to redefine recovery, improve recovery capital, inspire hope, end stigma, and empower women to heal themselves and help other women to do the same.

About SHE RECOVERS® Foundation

SHE RECOVERS® Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity and a global grassroots movement serving more than 325,000 women and non-binary individuals in or seeking recovery from life challenges including mental health issues, trauma, and substance use. Its mission is to redefine recovery, inspire hope, end stigma, and empower women to increase their recovery capital, heal themselves, and help other women to do the same.

Get the most out of your experience.

Live attendance is strongly encouraged to get the most out of this experiential workshop.

This event will be hosted online via Zoom and a recording will be provided, however; your likeness will not be captured so you can feel welcomed and supported to fully immerse yourself in the experience. Check your email after registration for your dedicated access link!

A Sliding Scale for Social Justice

We see our recovery as a gift. Social justice, personal agency, inclusivity and accessibility are at the heart of all our offerings.

It’s our goal to keep our programs sustainable while providing sliding scale options to keep the services accessible to participants from all different economic backgrounds, barriers, and abilities.

Please choose a ticket payment option that feels right for you. 

Supporter | $119

The supporter payment option reflects the true cost of this workshop and is for those who don’t traditionally qualify for sliding scale services. 

If paying this rate doesn’t qualify as a sacrificethis price is for you.

Sustainer | $79

The sustainer payment option is for those who are able to meet their basic needs but have little-to-no expendable income. 

If paying this rate qualifies as a sacrifice but would not create hardship – this price is for you.

Community | $39

The community payment option is for those whose economic circumstances would prevent them from being a part of this workshop if there was not a deliberate opportunity made for them to participate.

If paying the full rate would be considered a significant hardship – this price is for you.

Registration / Cancellation Policy

Your registration / ticket for the Coming Home to Ourselves Through Embodied Movement workshop is non-refundable. 

By purchasing the course you are agreeing to this policy.

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