Live Webcast: Trauma, Neurobiology, and sensory interventions.

January 29th, 2022. 9:30am – 12:30pm ESt

The paradox of trauma is that it has both the power to destroy and the power to transform and resurrect

Peter A. Levine

This workshop will provide participants 3 CE hours approved by the NBCC. Utilizing both didactic learning and experiential activities, participants will learn to develop sensory informed strategies for use with their own clinical application.
Beginning with an overview of the prevalence of trauma, we will briefly review the seminal ACE’s studies. A brief history of trauma theory, as it applies to normative attachment, will be reviewed, including an overview of Harlow’s monkeys and Bowlby’s theory of attachment. Next, participants will receive an overview of neural development as it applies to trauma, looking specifically at Bruce Perry’s theory of bottom-up and top-down regulation strategies. The impact of sensory activities on the brain will be explored in relationship to areas of brain functioning. Sensory systems will be identified, and participants will review a sensory intervention plan in preparation for application in their practice.

Holiday Stress?

Pro tip: Wrap empty boxes and set them under the tree. If your family engages in irritating behaviors, throw a “present” in the fire!

Just kidding. Many of us experience holiday stress. Along with the joys of giving and seeing friends and family are the stressors of travel, social interactions, and potential triggers and hot spots. Use these tips to help foster emotion regulation so you can have a joyful holiday season.

How to deal with holiday highs and lows

Art at noon: art therapy and catharsis

Invited Lecture: Art at Noon

Delaplaine Arts Center

Art therapists are primed with the knowledge of how the aesthetic experience of both viewing and creating art creates psychological and physiological change that supports emotional integration, catharsis, and resilience. Denise Wolf, credentialed and licensed art therapist, identifies the function of catharsis in both the viewing and creation of artwork, drawing on her more than 20 years of clinical practice and contemporary research. This talk was presented in conjunction with our Catharsis exhibition, on display through October 31, 2021. Find more information about this exhibition at…. (This video was recorded on September 10, 2021.)”

Art at Noon: Art Therapy and Catharsis. 1:01:51 on YouTube

Videos shown in Ms. Wolf’s presentation: – Portions of this video were edited out of the presentation, as they may not be suitable for young children.


Episode 61: Inside the World of Our Adolescents with Lynn Langan and Denise Wolf

On this week’s episode of Light After Trauma, we welcome back our good friend, Denise R. Wolf MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC along with our brand new guest, author Lynn Langan. Alyssa, Denise, and Lynn are passionate about helping adolescents and use this episode to dive into the struggles and unique challenges facing our youth today. In Lynn Langan’s brand new book, Duke & The Lonely Boy, she takes readers inside the world of our adolescents and emphasizes the importance of making kids feel seen and heard. Whether you are an adolescent, a young adult, a teacher, a therapist, or a parent, this discussion as well as Lynn’s book will help you to better understand how to navigate the world of our adolescents.

Purchase Lynn’s book via Bookshop here, any Indie bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or direct from the publisher Black Rose Writing.

Educators, Counselors and Therapists! Download the FREE discussion guide here.

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Free! Art at Noon: Art Therapy and Catharsis.

sponsored by the Delaplaine Arts Center

Friday, Sep 10 • 12–1 pm
Most writings on catharsis – historical and philosophical – speak of catharsis as a process that affects those experiencing or viewing a work of art or a play

In this free, art at noon talk, I will identify the function of catharsis in both the viewing and creating of artwork, drawing on more than 20 years of clinical practice and contemporary research.

Expressive Therapies Conference for 2021 is in Atlantic City and Live via Zoom!


  • MULTIMODAL, featuring all of the creative arts therapies: art, drama, music, psychodrama, writing, dance, and play therapies.
  • INTERMODAL, emphasizing collaborative workshops by two or more specialists
  • MULTIDISCIPLINARY, including professionals and content from other fields.

This extraordinary continuing education opportunity offers creative arts therapists at all levels the chance to come together to learn, collaborate, and network

  • educators and students
  • arts professionals
  • mental health professionals
  • senior and hospice care workers
  • social service professionals

I’ll be presenting November 6th Via Zoom and live in atlantic city on November 14.

See the full schedule for details.


Upcoming Presentation! Tickets are on sale now.🎟

Saturday, August 28th, 9:00 – 12:00

via Zoom

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Art Therapy and the Museum Experience: Sharing Language, Hope and Healing. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Area Art Therapy Association.

In 2020, I was awarded the Ronald E. Hays Presenter’s Award to help fund this presentation to the American Art Therapy Association Conference in Kansas City. In fulfillment of this award, I will be presenting with my colleague Kathryn Snyder about our joint work with the Philadelphia Art Museum in support of creating and sustaining trauma-informed museum experiences. Please register to attend.

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