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Mindfulness and Compassionate Art Psychotherapy

April 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am 5:00 pm PDT

Mindfulness and Compassionate
Art Psychotherapy:
Working with Trauma, Grief & Loss

Noah Hass-Cohen, PsyD, ATR-BC, LMFT

April 18, 2020
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Zoom Meeting Only

Access Code will be sent after registration.
The access instructions will be resent on the morning of the workshop

$165 – Full Tuition
30% off for students in clinical training.
Use the coupon “student30”

This workshop combines didactics, demonstrations and experiential exercises as we look deeply at how novel activities can facilitate memory reprocessing to reduce distress and transform the client’s relationship to the original memory. 

The first part of the workshop will present a dynamic model of memory reconsolidation.  This model suggests that because some of the neurochemicals that bind memories are loosened, making the old memories unstable and pliable, memory retrieval can be an opportunity to modify traumatic reactivity.  Neuroscience research on memory reconsolidation offers clinicians new and different intervention approaches.  By pairing distressing memories with novel experiences the relationship to the original memory is updated and is likely to have a permanent reduction in distress and lasting change.  Novel art making can provide a direct avenue to unexpressed loss and to necessary meaning making.  Furthermore, as art making involves imaginative spatial functions it may mitigate any retroactive interference.

In the second part of the workshop participants will be invited to experience at least one memory reconsolidation-based protocols.

In the third part of the day we will explore additional protocols characterized by a specific sequencing of interventions that promote:

  1. safety, comfort and pleasure
  2. positive emotions and cognitions
  3. repetitive opportunities for mastery
  4. relational security and communication
  5. self-acceptance and self-compassion.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain “memory reconsolidation”
  2. Define the three functions of autobiographical memory
  3. Identify cognitive conditions for positive memory reconsolidation
  4. Explain the relevance of at least one art-based experiential activity
  5. Describe at least two memory reconsolidation principles relevant their practice



Noah Hass-Cohen, PsyD, ATR-BC, LMFT

Dr. Noah Hass-Cohen is a psychologist, an LMFT and a board-certified art therapist. She is faculty in the Couple and Family Therapy program at Alliant International University in Los Angeles and she has over three decades of providing neuroscience-based art therapy to people across the lifespan.  In addition to her clinical clients she also provides therapy, consultation, and supervision to other therapists.

Dr. Hass-Cohen is an expert on relational neuroscience art therapy.  She focuses on art therapy theory and trauma treatment.  She served as a program development consultant for Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel and provided earthquake crisis counseling in Mexico City.  She organized a diversity focused conference, mindfulness-based stress reduction and self-compassion community trainings, and in In 2019 she received the prestigious Rawley Silver Research Award for her pain research and she and her colleagues received a grant to provide workshops on obesity and weight management psychosocial factors. Both studies have focused on the application of her empirically support four drawing protocol.  

Dr. Hass-Cohen is the author of two books: Art Therapy & Clinical Neuroscience; and, Art Therapy & the Neuroscience of Relationships, Creativity & Resiliency, the latter of which was published by Norton’s Interpersonal Neuroscience series.

Dr. Hass-Cohen works with individuals and families affected by weight management, pain, grief, trauma and loss. One of her specialties is providing single session therapy. She is certified in several mindfulness approaches and is currently planning a mindfulness self-compassion course in Costa Rica where 50% of the proceeds go to supporting an animal shelter and plant-based eating.  She can be reached at nhasscohen@gmail.com.

Space is limited to 24.

Continuing Education

Purchase CE Certificate

Continuing Education Units are available for this training.  There is a $20 charge for each CE certificate.  Certificates are issued after the evaluation is submitted and must be purchased within 30 days of the event.

Psychologists: The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is provides 6 CE units.

MFTs / LCSWs: MFTs / LCSWs / Professional Counselors: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences now accepts APA CEs. This course provides 6 CE units.


April 18, 2020
10:00 am – 5:00 pm PDT
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