top of page
Create, Destroy & Transform: Neuroscience of Trauma in AAGT

Create, Destroy & Transform: Neuroscience of Trauma in AAGT

Watch Preview
Buy $99

Earn Credit for 1 Orientation Module toward
Certification in Art-Assisted Grief Therapy,
or  1 Technique Module toward

Certification in Grief Therapy for Suicide Bereavement
Offered by the Portland Institute.

USD$99 for 3-hour module

Presented by

Peggy Kolodny,


Licensed & Board-Certified Art Therapist


Art Therapy Collective of Owings Mills

This “user friendly” didactic and experiential module highlights the neurobiology of trauma as well as neurodevelopmental theories that inform expressive art therapy for complex trauma and prolonged grief disorder (PGD).  Learners interested in art-based modalities are supported in best practices while planning empathetic and ethical treatment goals for clients suffering life-altering loss.

Art therapy modalities are productive in the treatment of traumatic loss as they organically follow a neurosequential process.  Art-making directives informed by neuro-developmental theories demonstrate the effective use of the whole brain from the “bottom-up.”  The low verbal portal of expressive art therapy promotes bracing, pacing and facing, creates safety, and supports affect regulation, sensory-somatic witnessing, restructuring, and the integration of the trauma history needed for meaning reconstruction.  Trauma-informed expressive art therapies play an important part in restorative retelling, and a reparative and transformational role in working with PGD.  The creative process and products serve to organize the internal chaos through art, metaphor, narrative, and symbolic language.  The sensory and motor aspects inherent in creative expression, nested within a secure therapeutic relationship, offer myriad opportunities for repair of neural pathways based on the resiliency factors found in art-making.

Engaging art therapy experientials will include the “Squiggle Story,” to develop a playful understanding of the neurosequential model; and a three-part, “Create—Destroy—Transform” art process serving to enhance transformative, restructuring, and reparative therapeutic possibilities in grief therapy.  Learners will deepen their personal experience and learning through writing and sharing, in both small and large group interactions.


  • Define three ways trauma and loss overlap in contributing to prolonged grief disorder;

  • Identify four neurobiological roles of the triune brain in reacting to trauma;

  • Define six art directives matching specific areas of the triune brain in a neurosequential approach; and

  • Pursue four therapeutic goals of the “Create—Destroy—Transform” experiential in the treatment of prolonged grief.

Note:  Completion of this program and return of the Responsive Journal satisfies 1 Orientation Module required for Certification in Art-Assisted Grief Therapy, or 1 Technique Module required for Certification in Grief Therapy for Suicide Bereavement


This program contains the following video segments:

  1. Embodied Emotion:  The Neurobiology of Trauma (45 mins)
  2. Restorative Retelling in an Artistic Frame:  Healing Broken Hearts (45 mins)

  3. From Squiggles to Stories:  Regulating from the Bottom Up (35 mins)

  4. Create, Destroy, Transform:  The Art of Meaning Reconstruction (45 mins)



Guest Presenter

Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is a Board Certified, Registered and Licensed Art Psychotherapist with level 2 certificates in EMDR and in Internal Family Systems (IFS).  Founder of the private practice, Art Therapy Collective of Owings Mills, she has specialized in trauma treatment across the life span for 40 years.  Peggy is adjunct faculty with George Washington University’s Art Therapy Graduate Program as well as multiple professional training faculties (Chesapeake Beach Play Therapy Seminars; The Ferentz Institute; and The Expressive Therapies Summits).  She presents workshops nationally and internationally on Art Therapy with trauma, neuroscience, grief and loss, IFS, and EMDR.  Current leadership roles include being on the Board of the Maryland Art Therapy Association as their delegate to the American Art Therapy Association and the current chair of the Creative Arts Therapies Special Interest Group, part of the International Society on the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD).  She is an approved Art Therapy Supervisor in Maryland.

Peggy Kolodny,

Photo - Peggy Kolodny.jpg

USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.

bottom of page