Cathy Malchiodi & Amber Elizabeth Gray
Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT is a psychologist and expressive arts therapist specializing in the treatment of traumatic stress. She is the executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute [www.trauma-informedpractice.com] and president of President of Art Therapy Without Borders, a global non-profit organization. Cathy has authored 20 books, 50 chapters and refereed articles, and given over 500 invited keynotes and workshops around the world. Widely interviewed by a variety of news outlets, she has been featured Time Magazine, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Natural Living, Marie Clare, Australia Childhood Foundation, US News and World Report, and VICE, among others. Cathy is a contributing writer for Psychology Today and has a readership of approximately 5.3 million. Her latest book is Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body and Imagination in the Healing Process and her bestselling book Understanding Children’s Drawings will be in its second edition in late 2020. To learn more about her work and publications, see www.cathymalchiodi.com.
Amber Elizabeth Gray, PhD, is a long-time human rights activist and pioneer in the use of Dance Movement Therapy with survivors of trauma, particularly torture, war and human rights abuses. She is an ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award recipient; a recent nominee for The Barbara Chester Human Rights award, and featured expert on torture treatment through Tulane University’s Institute of Traumatology. Amber’s expertise is represented in many published articles, chapters, keynote addresses, professional collaborations and presentations around the world. Amber has provided clinical training on the integration of refugee mental health and torture treatment with creative arts, mindfulness, and body-based therapies to more than 30 programs worldwide. She is the originator of Polyvagal-informed Dance/Movement and Soma-Movement Therapies, developed over 20+ years of immersion in The Polyvagal Theory, and Restorative Movement Psychotherapy, a resiliency-based framework and clinical approach for somatic, mindfulness and dance/movement therapies with refugees and survivors of torture war trauma.