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Imagery Rehearsal Based Art Therapy: Treatment of Post-traumatic Nightmares in Art Therapy

About the Course

This course focuses on combining Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT) with Art Therapy (AT). A framework for Imagery Rehearsal-based Art Therapy (IR-AT) is presented. Participants will learn about the added value of Art Therapy for gaining access to traumatic experiences and breaking through avoidance. IR-AT may be especially useful for individuals who benefit least from verbal exposure techniques. Key Words: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Nightmares, Art Therapy (AT), Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT).

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Imagery Rehearsal Based Art Therapy: Treatment of Post-traumatic Nightmares in Art Therapy created by Suzanne Haeyen, PhD and Merel Staal, BA in Fine Arts in 2021.

Publication Date:

Front Psychol. 2020; 11: 628717. Jan 2021

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Suzanne Haeyen, PhD

Dr. Suzanne Haeyen (PhD) is professor of the special research centre "Arts and Psychomotor Therapies in Personality Disorders" and coordinator of content of the Master for Arts and Psychomotor Therapies of the University of Applied Science of Arnhem & Nijmegen (HAN).  She has several publications about art therapy with personality disorders and participated in the development of the national multidisciplinary guideline and care standard for the treatment of personality disorders.

Merel Staal, BA in Fine Arts

Merel Staal, BA in Fine Arts, is a working artist in Nijmegen, Netherlands

Course Creator

Casadi "Khaki" Marino, PhD, LCSW
Casadi "Khaki" Marino, PhD, LCSW, is a social worker with experience in many different treatment settings and with a wide range of client populations. She has worked in residential care, secure and forensic settings, and in emergency rooms. She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and holds certificates in EMDR, Trauma Informed Services, and Domestic Violence. She is currently working as a therapist in an outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry clinic.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe Imagery Rehearsal Therapy and Art Therapy.
  2. Identify important elements of Art Therapy that can contribute to recovering from PTSD.
  3. Discuss how traumatic memories are formed and maintained.

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