Expressive Therapies Summit

Barry M. Cohen, ATR-BC, Founder and Director

Expressive Therapies Summit
The Expressive Therapies Summit was founded in 2010 to create an experiential continuing education opportunity for professionals in all the arts therapies. Over the years, this annual event held in metropolitan New York City grew to attract professionals from more than a dozen countries. Now including play therapy as well, professionals from many of the helping professions attend and teach at the Summit, including counselors, social workers, and psychologists.  Continuing Ed credits for a wide variety of professions are available for most sessions.

Expressive Therapies Summit: New York City
Founded in 2010, this 4-day multidisciplinary continuing education event expanded to include sessions in various venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and beyond. It attracts over 900 registrants from more than a dozen countries, and is comprised of over 150 sessions led by more than 200 faculty. Summit programming features all the creative arts modalities plus play therapy in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary workshops and classes, and there is something for all: from students to senior practitioners. Most sessions emphasize experiential learning. For more information, visit the site at:

Expressive Therapies Summit: Los Angeles
This 4-day multidisciplinary continuing education event was launched in Los Angeles in 2017 in partnership with UCLArts & Healing. Its theme is Creativity & The Arts in Healing. With approximately 150 half- and full-day experiential workshops led by as many distinguished faculty, there is also a series of self-care sessions open to the public each evening. As in NYC, approaches include all of the arts therapies and play therapy. Specialty tracks on community building and contemplative practices are particularly suitable for participation by community arts professionals, educators, and interested others. For more information, visit the site at:

Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute

Eliana Gil, PhD, LMFT, RPT-S, ATR, Co-founder and Chair
Barry M. Cohen, ATR-BC, Co-founder and Director

The Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute is held minutes from Washington, DC, in northern Virginia. Half-day workshops and day-long master classes with a thematic emphasis on trauma treatment through the lifecycle emphasize the integration of play therapy and the expressive arts therapies. This unique blend of theme, disciplines, and approaches can’t be found anywhere else, and attracts professionals from around the world. For more information, and to see previous programming and faculty, visit the site at