Pre Conference Workshop

The Image Comes First: An Art Therapy Approach for Trauma Processing

Thursday, March 22
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Salon 12

This pre conference workshop will cover the essential elements of neurobiologically- informed trauma therapy and demonstrate a unique treatment approach that uses two art therapy based procedures: the graphic narrative and the externalized dialogue. We will demonstrate an integrated set of art and expressive writing tools that can bring about rapid and lasting change for post-traumatic stress disorders. In this experiential training, participants will learn to create a specific drawing protocol called the "graphic narrative" that facilitates the externalization, processing and integration of the verbal and nonverbal trauma story. The beauty of these graphic narratives is that they can tell the trauma story without triggering the original traumatic experience and response. Participants will have the opportunity to practice creating these  narratives in a safe setting, using their own trauma stories to see the power of this technique. The second part of the workshop will demonstrate a procedure to reverse dissociation using a written, externalized dialogue that engages both sides of the brain. We can say the trauma is "over" when the graphic narrative and externalized dialogue are complete.

This workshop is largely experiential and participants should be prepared to create simple art works and engage in reflective writing. The skills taught can be applied in clinical work by art therapists as well as non- art therapists, and can be conducted individually or in groups. No previous experience with art or art therapy is required. The leaders, both trauma experts and art therapists,  will provide some background about the creative arts and their unique role in the treatment of trauma.


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Tally Tripp

Art Therapist & Psychotherapist
George Washington University
Alexandria, Virginia

Tally Tripp is a registered, board certified Art Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Trauma Therapist with a private practice specializing in experiential approaches for the treatment of psychological trauma. Tally is the Director of the Art Therapy Clinic at the George Washington University where she is also an Assistant Professor for the Art Therapy Program. Tally is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP). She is a fellow in the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D) where she is the founder of the Special Interest Group on Creative Arts Therapies. Tally maintains a private practice in psychotherapy in Alexandria, VA, specializing in experiential approaches, and particularly art therapy, for the treatment of trauma related disorders.


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Linda Gantt

Owner and Senior Trainer; Art Therapist
ITR Training Institute
Bruceton Mills, West Virginia

Linda has been an art therapist for 40 years. She and her late husband (Louis Tinnin) owned and operated two private trauma clinics [Trauma Recovery Institute (1996-2006) and Intensive Trauma Therapy (2006-2017)]. They presented widely on their treatment model, the Instinctual Trauma Response. Linda has been on the faculty of a number of graduate art therapy programs including the George Washington University, Florida State University, Vermont College, and Notre Dame de Namur. Linda is now developing online courses for trauma therapists as well as continuing to provide face-to-face training. She is well known for her art therapy research based on the rating system she developed, the Formal Elements Art Scale (FEATS).


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