SB CAMFT CE zoom event with Vicky Stevens, PhD - "Expressive Arts in Trauma Treatment". Jan 20, 2021

  • January 20, 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Online - Through Zoom


  • This is the standard rate for non- SB CAMFT members and guests.
  • This special discounted rate is a SB CAMFT member benefit available to current members of the Santa Barbara CAMFT Chapter.
  • This is the SBCAMFT rate for pre-licensed and student/trainee members.

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Register now for the January 20th CE Online Webinar

Vicky Stevens, PhD. presents on

  The Importance of Expressive Arts in the Treatment of Trauma.

11:30 - 1:00 pm via Zoom

When addressing the problem of traumatized people who, in a myriad of ways, continue to react to current experience as a replay of the past, there is a need for therapeutic methods that do not depend exclusively on drugs, talk therapy, cognitive insight or cognitive understanding. We have learned that most experience is automatically processed on a subcortical level of the brain, i.e., by the unconscious – in interpretations that take place outside of conscious awareness. Insight and good intentions have only a limited influence on the operation of subcortical processes, but synchrony, movement, and reparative relational experiences do.” Center for Trauma Research, Bessel Van der Kolk

Often highly trained and skilled therapists do not have training in the modalities of the expressive and visual arts such that they feel comfortable integrating techniques into the work of healing trauma. 

This session will provide an introduction to the importance of reading and expressing through non-verbal communication, why the arts are especially important for working with those who suffer from trauma, how to differentiate between trauma-informed arts interventions from art therapy or being an artist, and how to think about integrating the arts with an eye toward holistic and interdisciplinary treatment of the whole person. This will apply to individual therapy as well as groups in various settings. 

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn 3 findings from current research that support the importance of the arts within the context of all therapeutic modalities as part of healing trauma and in the service of somatic, emotional and cognitive integration. 
  • Participants will learn 5 ways to read nonverbal communication in order to facilitate integration, self-regulation, and increases self-awareness and agency in clients. 
  • Participants will access their own creativity and learn 3 techniques from the expressive arts that can be integrated into their own therapeutic approach.

Victoria Stevens, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, as well as a classically trained cellist, singer, dancer and actor. She is an adjunct faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Clinical Psychology PsyD and PhD, and Depth Integrative Healing PhD Programs, adjunct faculty for the Trauma Specialization Masters in Clinical Psychology Program at Antioch University Los Angeles, and an assistant Professor for the Clinical Psychology Program at Antioch University at Santa Barbara where she created and is founding faculty for the Somatic Psychotherapy Certification Program with a focus on Trauma Treatment. 

Her research specialty is the study of the development and inhibition of creativity in children and adults, with an emphasis on the relationship between creative thinking, interpersonal neurobiology, trauma, and affect regulation. She integrates her artistic experience with her expertise in psychology and pedagogical theory to develop innovative arts education curricula and assessments, teacher training programs and trainings for those who work with veterans, foster children, gifted, twice-exceptional, and “at-risk” youth. 

Additional Notes Pertaining To Our Policy As A CE Provider:

1) This course has been designed for a mental health professional that include LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's. Also, Pre-licensed and Associate members may earn hours of experience for attending the Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT workshops as approved by their supervisor.

2) Refund/Cancellation Policy: Attendees may cancel registration and request a refund one week from the time of the event.

3) To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at

4) To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance please email

5) Course Completion Certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form.

6) As required by the California Board of Behavioral Science, this course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's.

7) SBCAMFT provider number (57942).

8) Santa Barbara Chapter CAMFT is Approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's. Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and content.

9) The America with Disabilities Act (ADA accommodates attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Event is ADA compliant.

Additional Information:

*This webinar will be available by Zoom. If you do not already have a free Zoom account, sign up for it today. The Zoom link will be emailed in advance of the webinar. The webinar will be a mixture of lecture and also Q&A.

For more information and online registration, click on the following link.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Warm regards, Silla Siebert, MA, AMFT 

CE Events Director, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT

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