Exploring Resiliency and Post-Traumatic Growth Using the Expressive Arts

Level Two Partner Workshop With Lindsay Dixon



Tuesday, October 4, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST


Peterborough Lions Community Centre | Swanston Room
347 Burnham Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 1T5

Course Description

Expressive Arts Therapy (EXAT) is the use of various arts such as drawing, painting, writing, sculpture, dance, music, drumming, drama, etc. for personal and collective insight, change, and healing.

“Resilience” can be described as our ability to return to balance after a time of unsteadiness, challenge, or change. Essentially, Resilience is our ability to bounce back. Yet not only can we bounce back after adversity, but we also have the ability to bounce forward, emerging new and improved. This ability is referred to as “Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG).” Further, we know that PTG is facilitated by the expression of experience and constructive self-disclosure in a safe space.

In this workshop, we will create an art-making studio space to explore the concepts of Resiliency and Post-Traumatic Growth individually and together. This workshop is intended for helping professionals who may be feeling tired, uninspired, or isolated in their work as a result of the COVID pandemic. Background or training in the arts is not necessary. Expect an immersive arts experience, “aha” moments, as well as small and large group discussions. All materials will be provided.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore and deepen your understanding of “Resilience” and “Post-Traumatic Growth.”
  • Learn and practice the skills of Expressive Art making.
  • Gain insight into your own resilience and growth experiences.
  • Practice being present and witnessing the experiences of others.
  • Use different art materials and create your own unique pieces to take with you.


  • Early Bird Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $99.00*
  • Regular Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $119.00*
  • Regular Ticket for Participants Outside of Peterborough: $139.00*
    *Plus Eventbrite’s fee.


Who should attend this workshop?
This workshop is designed specifically for helping professionals. We define “helping professional” as anyone in a position of interacting with people in providing a service.

What precautions will be in place regarding COVID-19?
We will be following the recommendations of Peterborough Public Health. Details on COVID precautions will be sent to registrants one week before the workshop begins. While it is our hope to be able to run this session, we may have to cancel it if new restrictions or issues come up.

Will food be provided?
Coffee, tea, and light snacks are included. Lunch will not be provided. There are several restaurants within walking distance of the Lions Centre. Please feel free to contact us for recommendations.

Is the venue accessible?
The Lions Centre is wheelchair accessible (lift and washroom facilities) and climate-controlled.

Is there parking?
There are 40 private parking spots and an overflow area, but come early as spaces can fill up fast! Street parking is also available.

What is a level two partner workshop?
This refers to a workshop that is being put on by another organization or individual with the support of A Question of Care. It is also being offered at a more advanced, 201 level, though it does not require any prerequisite courses.

Will I receive a certificate for attending?
Yes, you will receive a certificate of attendance after participating in the workshop and filling out a post-course evaluation.

What is your refund policy?
We can offer refunds up to seven days before the workshop. Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable. After this period, we can accept substitutions. If we must cancel the workshop, you will receive a full refund. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Who can I contact with further questions?
If you have an accessibility request or any other questions, please contact the QoC Project Lead at or 705-927-3448.

The cost of this workshop series has been subsidized through a partnership with the Peterborough Drug Strategy and its members. Additionally, local participants can contact us to apply for a bursary.

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Peterborough Lions Community Centre | Swanston Room
347 Burnham Street, Peterborough, ON K9H 1T5


  • Lindsay Dixon
    Lindsay Dixon

    Lindsay has held a nearly life-long interest in and passion for “People and Art” (I.e., Psychology and Creativity). She has fed this passion through her own personal artistic journey as well as throughout her professional career in the mental health and addictions field. Lindsay has had the privilege of providing therapeutic arts experiences to people from all walks of life over the past 16 years. She has provided expressive arts experiences for public school students; adults with serious and persistent mental illness; individuals with dual diagnoses (developmental disability and mental health issues); adults in private residential treatment for substance use problems; and professionals working in fields such as teaching, nursing, and counselling.

    The transformative power of art-making has never ceased to amaze Lindsay. She envisions a future where the expressive arts are prescribed for health and healing. As such, Lindsay is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach and discuss Expressive Art Therapy with local service providers.

    Lindsay’s curriculum vitae includes a diploma in Social Services, a bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Psychology, a variety of post-graduate trainings in Expressive Arts Therapy, including a Certificate in Expressive Arts from the Haliburton School of Art and Design, and most recently, a diploma in Graphic Design. She is currently working on building a private practice in EXAT based in Peterborough, Ontario.

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