Episode 03: creating links in California: Interview with the creative arts therapist Dr. Ericha Scott

Podcast about art therapy and ways to work creatively with displacement, trauma and difference

An interview with Dr. Ericha Scott – conducted by Carolyn Krueger

In this interview Dr. Ericha Scott shares her experience and knowledge in using expressive arts and creative interventions in her work with complex trauma. With 34 years of work experience she is considered by peers to be a pioneer in the field of trauma and addiction treatment and the intersection between the two. During her career Dr. Scott has held different clinical and supervisory roles, including being an academic core faculty member and a clinical director before she opened her private practice in Malibu, California. She was awarded the honorary title of FELLOW for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Scott is nationally certified in counselling, addiction, creative arts therapies and as an interfaith spiritual director. During our interview she will also share one of her recent projects, in which she supported community members in working through their experiences of loss and trauma after the destructive wild fires in November 2018.

Articles and publications by Dr. Ericha Scott as mentioned in the podcast:

Scott, E. H. (2018). Creative arts therapies: An integrative modality for addiction and trauma treatment. In S. Modir & G. Munoz (Eds.), Integrative Addiction and Recovery. London: Oxford University Press, pp. 406-414. (NOTE: An Andrew Weil, MD, library series book.)

Scott, E. H. (2018). The creative arts comfort and heal during chaotic times.The Sober World,. Boca Raton: Patricia Rosen. Retrieved from creative-arts-comfort-heal-chaotic-times/.

Scott, E. H. (2017). Gratitude in times of despair. The Sober World. Boca Raton: Patricia Rosen, pp. 20-21. Retrieved from

Scott, E. H. & Ross, C. J. (2006). Integrating the creative arts into trauma and addiction treatment. In B. Carruth (Ed.). Psychological Trauma and Addiction Treatment, New York: Haworth Press, pp. 207-226.

Scott, E. H. & Ross, C. J. (2006b). Integrating the creative arts into trauma and addiction treatment: Eight essential processes. Journal of Chemical Dependency Treatment, 8:2, pp. 207-226. Retrieved from

Scott, E. H. (1999a). The body as testament: A phenomenological study of chronic self-mutilation by women who are dissociative. (Doctoral dissertation, The Union Institute, 1999). Dissertation Abstracts International, 1999, 290. (UMI No: 9921604).

Scott, E. H. (1999b). The body as testament: A phenomenological case study of an adult woman who self- mutilates. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 26 (3), pp. 149-164. Retrieved from https://

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