The Psychobiology of Creativity & Trauma in Clinical Practice: Introduction to Cross Modal Therapy (28 credits)

Self Study with 2 hours of 1-1 supervision. Introduction to the Psychobiology of Trauma & Creativity in Clinical Practice. Learn how cross modal creativity can repair the fragmentation to brain, mind, and body caused by trauma… 28 credits

Payment options:

$250.00 / month for 3 month
$128.00 / month for 6 month


Presenter: Nancy Lubow PhD, LPC, MT-BC


Course Description

Level 1- Part 1 
Healing Complex PTSD: The Neurobiology of Trauma and Creativity in Clinical Practice

We will learn how both trauma and creativity change the brain, mind  and body creating the maladaptive behaviors of ‘complex’ PTSD. We will learn how the cross modal creative arts exercises develop new neural circuitry and creative behaviors by linking the non-verbal material of trauma with the integrative functions of the prefrontal cortex.

Level 1- Part 2 
Cross Modal Creative Arts and the Sanctuary Model for Trauma Recovery

Working within the Four Domains of the trauma recovery model SELF,  we learn how cross modal creative arts exercises repair the psycho-biological fragmentation caused by developmental trauma. We will learn and experience how brain-smart exercises give clients the tools to build internal Safety, regulate Emotions, manage Loss, and envision the Future.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Name one reason why traumatic events in childhood derail the neuro-psycho-biology for a lifetime
  • Describe how cross modal creativity can repair the fragmentation to brain, mind, and body caused by developmental trauma.
  • Describe how the cross modal exercises access traumatic material and activate the nine functions of the pre-frontal cortex to integrate traumatic events
  • Describe how the four domains of the evidence based Sanctuary model -Safety, Emotions, Loss and Future organize the trauma recovery process.
  • Describe one way that the Cross modal exercises offer brain-smart solutions to complex issues associated with Safety- Emotions – Loss – Future


Here’s What People are Saying:

“I feel have a good grasp of the psychobiology of trauma. The areas of the brain that have become over active and the areas of the brain that are less active. This understanding has informed me of why the vets that I work with present and behave the way they do.” Joseph B.K. 

“I have learned how important it is to name emotional experiences and to put imagery in place that represents this event. And then to add music and/or art work to solidify the connection! I find this very exciting. I also find that it rings true with all my experiences and readings to date. And it is individualized so each person can find their own story. I have taken the Neurological Music Therapy (NMT) training and loved the concept of “Hero Story”. Cross Modal therapy allows a concrete way to do this. Yet even more, I feel cross modal therapy has a very spiritual component, in the sense of the seeker following his story, in the sense of logos and the search for meaning in one’s life. I am learning how little I know and feel very humble, and very grateful, to have found this course.” Beverly J.G.

I look forward to adding the chart format to allow for integration of the mind, body, and emotions.  I also look forward to incorporating new ways to use art…and much more!  Michele d.S.



There are 13 videos (7 hours) to watch, several assignments to complete, and a supervision phone call with the instructor.

The impulse to make music, art, movement and story is basic to all stages of human development.


CBMT Domain areas:

 I.A.3., III.A.1.I.A.4. a. b. & c., II.A.2. b. & c


cbmtlogo.pngThe Psychobiology of Creativity and Trauma: Introduction to Cross Modal Therapy and SELF is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 28 CMTEs- Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. Nancy Lubow CBMT Approved Provider #P-109 maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.  

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