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Healing Trauma With Storytelling And Art: Using Art In Your Professional Practice And Personal Life

This is a FREE training event. 

CATTA Statewide Virtual Conference

Date: Friday, July 15, 2022

Time: 8:30AM - 4:00PM

Join us for "Healing Trauma with Storytelling and Art,” a one day virtual conference on how creativity helps us to process and heal from trauma. With a full-day of talks and workshops from experts in the fields of mental health and the arts, this is a perfect opportunity to be inspired by the power of creativity. Whether you enjoy drawing or painting, playing a musical instrument or dancing – or perhaps none of the above – this workshop will help you to enable the many benefits of art for your clients and in your own personal life. This training is free to attend and will be hosted by Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW, of the Harvey Institute and the Chadwick Center at Rady Children’s Hospital.

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Please contact Tony Alioto at or at (707) 512-0957 for any questions or concerns or if you require any accommodations to participate in this training. Requests must be received by 7/1/22.


Continuing Education Units: All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) when they fill out the follow-up survey. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

Course meets qualifications for 6 hours of Continuing Education Units (Provider #128510) as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences). The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. CEUs will be available after the webinar for a fee of $45.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to give three specific examples of the physical effects of creative activities on the brain and body and how they can improve an individual’s sense of wellbeing.
  2. Participants will identify one or more exercises to use in their professional practice or personal lives to mitigate the effects of stress and trauma.
  3. Participants will be able to describe how to effectively implement a narrative with a child and caregiver.
  4. Participants will be able to assess and utilize the role of writing in approaching one's own grief.


  • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM | Introduction and Welcome by Al Killen-Harvey
  • 9:00-10:30 | Writing about Trauma: The Refugee Experience and the Letter-Writing Form by Andrew Lam
  • 10:30-10:45 | Break
  • 10:45-12:00p | Healing Trauma through Storytelling: Creating & Utilizing Narrative with Toddlers and Preschoolers by Courtney Clark
  • 12:00-1:00 | Lunch
  • 1:00-1:30p | Mid-Day Recap
  • 1:30-2:30 | Serotonin, Brain Waves and the Nervous System: A Glimpse Into the Brain and Body by Monica Borunda
  • 2:30-2:40 | Break
  • 2:40-3:15 | Energizing the Therapy Experience by Integrating Expressive Therapies by Eliana Gil
  • 3:30-4:00 | Wrapup

Speaker Lineup:

Al Killen-Harvey, conference facilitator, has worked at the Chadwick Center at Rady Children’s Hospital for over 27 year as a practicing clinician and other roles through several projects designed to enhance trauma informed care. Among Al’s many achievements, he is co-founder of The Harvey Institute, a training and consultation company whose mission is improving health care outcomes through the integration of sexual health.

Energizing the Therapy Experience by Integrating Expressive Therapies!

In this presentation, Dr. Eliana Gil will review the ample reasons to utilize expressive therapies (art, sand, symbol work, writing, movement, music, etc.) to engage clients and override the hesitancies of talk therapy. A variety of methods will be illustrated so that participants can envision a smooth integration of enlivened, embodied, and expressive techniques that can be used with child clients, as well as in group and family therapy contexts. 

Serotonin, Brain Waves and the Nervous System: A Glimpse Into the Brain and Body

Studies show that creative expression and exposure to art helps maintain our immune systems and is clinically proven to reduce stress, elevate mood, and lower blood pressure. This session will focus on the chemical reactions of the brain and body to creative activities and interactions, and provide exercises that can be used both with clients and for self-care. Monica Borunda is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, adjunct faculty at California State University Los Angeles, a Child Forensic Interview Specialist and Parent Educator. She is also a trainer and consultant on topics of trauma, child abuse, and child forensic interviewing.

Writing about Trauma: The Refugee Experience and the Letter-Writing Form

Writer Andrew Lam will read from his work and discuss how writing helped him process his childhood experience as a refugee. He will also invite participants to participate in a writing exercise during the training. Andrew is a Vietnamese American author and journalist based in San Francisco. His memoir, "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora," won the Pen Beyond Margins Award in 2005. His book of stories, "Birds of Paradise Lost," won the Josephine Miles Literary award and was a finalist for the California Book Award.

Healing Trauma through Storytelling: Creating & Utilizing Narrative with Toddlers and Preschoolers

In this workshop, Courtney Clark, M.S., LPC will focus on creating and implementing narrative as a component of mental health trauma treatment with children ages 0-6 and their caregivers. Courtney is a mental health therapist who has been working with the early childhood population and their caregivers in the home setting since January of 2015. She works at the Behavior Clinic at Penfield Children’s Center in Milwaukee, WI, a SAMHSA-funded trauma-informed site.