• Masters in counseling psychology
  • Artist/art therapy training
  • Extensive work with special needs and at-risk youth
  • ​Corporate background in sales, marketing, and project management
  • Commitment to improving families and communities by paying it forward

Susan Beasley,  M.A.C.P.

Creative Exploration and Developmentpand Development

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Course Objectives:

  • Recognize at least seven signs of traumatic stress in children and adolescents

  • Understand the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) pyramid in relation to developmental trauma

  • Learn at least five ways to address anxiety in children and adolescents via art-based approaches

  • Identify the six developmental levels in children's and adolescent's art expressions and their relationship to developmental trauma

  • Identify at least five developmental factors impacting children's experiences of traumatic stress

  • Identify at least five ways the impact of traumatic stress appears in children's art expressions, narratives, behavior and physical reactions

  • Define a "brain-wise and body-based" model (Expressive Therapies Continuum) for designing art-based interventions in classroom settings

  • Apply at least three ways to support safety and self-regulation through art-based experiences in counseling and educational settings.

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Trauma Informed Practices and Expressive Art Experiences Partnering to Offer:

​​​Art for Children Experiencing Traumatic Stress | Two-Day Training in Scottsdale Arizona at Franciscan Renewal Center | April 8 & 9 2019

 Faculty: Cathy Malchiodi, PhD & Susan Beasley, MA

From a recent article in the Harvard School of Education News: 

“Roughly half of American school children have experienced at least some form of trauma — from neglect, to abuse, to violence. In response, educators often find themselves having to take on the role of counselors, supporting the emotional healing of their students, not just their academic growth. With this evolving role comes an increasing need to understand and address the ways in which student trauma affects our education professionals.”

​​​To address this growing need for responsible and effective applications of expressive arts in schools, we are offering a 2-day training for teachers/educators, school and mental health counselors, expressive arts facilitators, expressive arts therapists, psychologists, art therapists and helping professionals working with school-age children and adolescents-- Art for Children Experiencing Traumatic Stress. Because classroom teachers (particularly art educators) often take on the role of counselor with children in distress and school counselors see an overwhelming number of children and teens who are experiencing traumatic stress, this course is designed with educational settings in mind. It provides best practices for applying art-based methods to identify and support children and teens who may be impacted by traumatic events including family violence, abuse, neglect and other adverse experiences.