2017 Expressive Therapies Summit: NYC - Registration Site


2017 SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS


 
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Over 150 Faculty •  Over 100 Sessions • 4 Days

ART • DANCE • MUSIC • DRAMA • WRITING
PSYCHODRAMA • SANDPLAY
• PLAY THERAPY


 



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    Thursday Master Classes

    9:30 am  -  4:30 pm
    Horses & Movement in Nature: Enhanced Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
    HorseAbility Center - Thursday
    SUNY, Old Westbury Campus


    Jackie Ashley, MA, BC-DMT, LPC
    Kristen Brookes, RDT, LCAT


    Start the Summit from an embodied and grounded place. This daylong master class empowers participants to connect with self through movement in nature in the presence of horses. Participants will gain skills in embodied creative arts therapy activities that can be used with or without horses (but are greatly enhanced by interacting with them). Working with horses has become a recognized and valued modality in clinical work with traumatized clients due to the somatic and nonverbal components of being in the presence of these powerful, beautiful, and energetic creatures. Attention will be paid to how to use trauma-informed, nature-based Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) to enhance self-care and to help clients recovering from trauma. Together we will explore the benefits of incorporating nature and animals in treatment. No prior horse and dance/movement experience is required.

    Please Note: Session will be held at the HorseAbility Center for Equine Facilitated Programs on the Old Westbury campus of SUNY. There is an additional $50 facility fee. Bring layers, including boots and gloves, for this active—and potentially wet and muddy— outdoor experience. Registrants will be responsible for their own travel to the site, but roundtrip travel by the Long Island Railroad (the Ronkonkoma line) to the Hicksville, NY, station can be easily reached from Penn Station (34th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues), and we will travel together from there. Roundtrip fare (not included with registration) runs approximately $25.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Altered Books & Origami for Enhancing Clinical Rapport, Mindfulness, and Problem Solving Skills
    Executive Conference Center - Thursday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Mindy Jacobson-Levy, MCAT, ATR-BC, DVATA HLM, LPC
    Laura Bauder, BA


    Origami, originating in Japan in the sixth century and used for religious ceremonies, became a recreational activity in the 17th century. Today we know origami as the art of folding paper sequentially to create functional and/or creative designs. In this process, the artist uses cognitive skills to carry out step-by-step directives that are simultaneously associated with the practice of mindfulness. The creation of an altered book in clinical settings follows a similar process, as the therapist and client build rapport through the teaching and mastery of methods that are likewise mindful and cognition enhancing. In this daylong master class participants will engage in intention-based origami and altered book methods that collectively build therapeutic rapport, promote self-expression, facilitate self-reflection, and foster problem-solving skills. In addition to the hands-on activity, there will also be a didactic component and group discussion related to the clinical application of this dual process. Client artwork will be used to illustrate theory and practice.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Apps in Treatment: Digital Art & Video Therapy Techniques

    Pratt Institute - Thursday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Jon Ehinger, ATR-BC, LCAT

    Participants in this daylong master class will learn standard and alternative uses for tablet applications including: Garage Band (audio), Bitstrips (avatars), Gif Creator (loops) and Green Screening (special effects video). We will discuss the intended uses of these and other apps while discovering additional possibilities that might be valuable for working with patients in clinical settings. Examples will be shown from facilities with limited budgets such as schools, hospitals, and private practice environments. Group experiential projects as well as didactic content will be integrated in this innovative session. Basic experience navigating a touch screen and app downloading is required. Participants who wish to work independently are encouraged to bring their own touch screen devices.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Complicated Grief, Collage & Trauma Theory: An Artful Integration
    SUMMIT FAVORITE!

    Executive Conference Center - Thursday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT
    Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT


    This daylong master class focuses on experiential collage for trauma-focused therapists who are often hesitant to treat grief. Participants will learn how to discuss these issues with their clients through didactic and mindful art experiential approaches. The neurobiological effects of complicated grief as they relate to van der Kolk's and Perry’s trauma theory will be briefly reviewed. Images created by an art therapist in response to the suicide of her seventeen-year-old daughter will be presented as visual representations of complicated grief and complex trauma. This case study is grounded in the grief and bereavement work of Neimeyer's Constructivist Theory of Meaning Making, Shear’s Complicated Grief Theories, Worden’s Task Model of Bereavement, and Stroebe's Dual Process Model. Trauma and grief work supports the effectiveness of nonverbal creative interventions to address the somatic impact on mind/body. The presenters are licensed art therapists bringing shared expertise in dealing with trauma and loss.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Expressive Arts Therapists as Supervisors: Differentiating Roles
    Executive Conference Center - Thursday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Daphna Markman-Zinemanas, PhD, ATR

    The duties of an expressive arts therapist and that of an arts therapies supervisor can be difficult to differentiate at times. This experiential Master Class will use artmaking to explore the differences between these two roles, focusing on themes including: psychotherapeutic intersubjectivity, self-disclosure issues, professional hierarchies, parallel treatment experiences, and more. By contrasting the procedures and goals of therapists and supervisors, participants will learn to enhance their professional experience as supervisors and strengthen their problem solving skills in a variety of scenarios, resulting in enhanced efficacy in clinical practice, as supervisors, and as supervisees. We'll also spend time making art and exploring its use in working through complicated professional issues, so that participants will be able to incorporate creative expression upon their return to clinical and training situations.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
    Not eligible for APT or LCAT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Facilitating Drum Circles for Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Community
    SUMMIT FAVORITE!

    College of New Rochelle - Thursday
    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

    Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

    Suzanne Tribe, MA, MT-BC, LCAT
    Mary E. Knysh

    Recent research shows that drumming—particularly in groups—can reduce stress, elevate mood, and enhance the general quality of life. For these reasons and others, drum circles are increasingly being implemented in general hospitals, psychiatric facilities, schools, and in private practice to address a wide variety of treatment goals. This 6-hour master class will feature brain-based drumming activities that engage and invigorate groups while stimulating key mind-body connections in group members. For instance, drumming has been shown to strengthen communication skills, improve motor coordination, and promote a sense of empowerment and control. By practicing these sequential activities, participants will develop facilitation skills that incorporate "ice breakers," non-verbal communication, intentional movement, self-expression through sound, and creative problem solving. In addition to having an opportunity to experience a drum circle first-hand, participants will learn drum circle facilitation techniques that can be used in counseling and psychotherapy with clients of all ages and abilities to address issues in physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual domains. No prior musical experience or instrument playing skill is necessary.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Gender, Sexuality, Identity and the Presentation of Self: Implications for Creative Treatment

    Executive Conference Center - Thursday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

    Sponsored by Kint Institute

    How Do We Experience and Perform Identity? A Creative & Embodied Exploration
    Brian T. Harris, PhD, MT-BC, LCAT
    Britton Williams, MA, LCAT, RDT

    How we experience and perform our own identities directly impacts the way we perceive and interact with others. In this 3-hour workshop participants will identify and embody ways in which their experience of self impacts interpersonal interactions, including the therapeutic encounter. Using music, movement, and enactment participants will initially engage in embodied explorations around their unique experiences of identity, including: gender, sexual orientation, race, class, religion, nation of origin, etc. Following this, the group will examine how their intersections of identity perform in relation to others. Participants will consider how their experience and performance of identity is influenced by, aligned with, and/or pushes against social and cultural expectations.

    My Voice, My Self: Vocalizing Identity Beyond the Binary
    Susan Hadley, PhD, MT-BC
    Maevon Gumble, MT-BC

    The voice is a performance of gender and sexuality, typically characterized according to dominant notions regarding each. For those who are gender diverse—specifically transgender or non-binary individuals—such assumptions can lead to misgendering. Similarly, men whose voices are ‘feminine’ are often perceived as gay, which is not always correct and can lead to faulty characterizations that can cause psychological and emotional harm. In this 3-hour session, we will explore the need to queer our understandings of gender and sexuality, moving beyond binary genders and challenging assumptions of the gendered voice. "Queering" refers to the process of reflexively considering and challenging the way we listen to voices and look at bodies, thereby affecting the way we perceive gender and sexuality. We'll focus on this process within therapeutic contexts, with an emphasis on voicework, in order to more accurately validate our clients' identities. By doing this, all therapists—generalists and specialists alike—can create more affirming therapeutic holding spaces for their clients with the potential for more effective healing.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits



     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    In the Story Circle: Oral History & Action Methods with Groups
    College of New Rochelle - Thursday
    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

    Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

    Judy Swallow, MA, CRS, TEP, LCAT

    People everywhere feel compelled to tell their stories, and sharing stories in a group adds an important dimension. How can creative arts therapists acquire new skills to contain and shape stories so that everyone benefits? This daylong master class will teach tools and techniques drawn from Playback Theatre, psychodrama, and the oral tradition, allowing clients not only to tell their stories but to feel seen and heard in a group. Participants will experience the “story circle,” learning different ways to use that format to build group cohesion. They will also get to experience action methods—“fluid sculptures,” “pairs,” and “tableaux”—to “play back” the story told. No previous storytelling and psychodrama experience is required.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits



    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Listening Deeply: Inquiry, Attunement & Healing through Integrative Psychotherapy and the Arts
    College of New Rochelle - Thursday
    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

    Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

    Carol Merle-Fishman, MA, FAMI, CMT, LCAT, LMHC

    Listening is the most basic component of successful healing. As therapists and counselors, we teach our clients to listen and attune to their own inner worlds, just as we must listen deeply and attune to our clients. Similarly, the creative arts invite deep looking and listening, resulting in attunement through focused inquiry. This process offers therapists and their clients the potential for healing through creative engagement, leading to increased awareness of thoughts, feelings, memories, body sensations, beauty, as well as connection to self and others. In this daylong master class we will explore the essentials of therapeutic listening in order to facilitate deep moments of healing within the body, mind, and spirit; open new pathways for insight; create resolution, and even cure. Core concepts of Integrative Psychotherapy, case studies, and experiential activities demonstrating the use of verbal and nonverbal techniques will be introduced to create an interactive and inspiring learning experience for expressive arts therapists, counselors, educators, and clinicians of all persuasions.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits



    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Listening to Clay: Janie Rhyne's Gestalt Art Experience
    SUMMIT FAVORITE!

    Pratt Institute - Thursday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT

    Pioneer art therapist Janie Rhyne defined Gestalt art experience as “. . . making art forms, being involved in the forms you are creating as events, observing what you do, and hopefully perceiving . . . yourself.” She taught us to listen, to focus, guiding us—through a process of describing—toward an understanding of the dialogue between art and Self. She knew the gift of staying with the artwork, trusting it. When working with clay, she taught us to listen to, not analyze, the form. Rhyne insisted on using touch to perceive what cannot be experienced with the eyes. In this 6-hour workshop we explore Rhyne's methods for working with clay and, by further investigation through reflective writing, find the dialogue between clay and the hands and expand the metaphors that arise. We'll also refer to the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) for guidance of when and how to use clay with clients. Participants will take methods that can be applied in clinical practice as well as with themselves.
    No prior clay, therapeutic writing, or Gestalt experience is required. Experientials will involve wedging and working with wet clay, so participants should wear appropriate clothing.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Mind/Body Integration & Characterological Change through Movement, Reichian and Laban Approaches

    Pratt Institute - Thursday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Corinna Brown, MA, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT
    Johanna Climenko, LCSW-R, BC-DM, LCAT


    In this full day Master Class, we will explore the ways that dance/movement therapy (DMT), Reichian Character Analytic Therapy (RT), and Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) complement and enhance one another in an integrative embodied treatment approach. By integrative approach, we refer to the process of unifying physical, emotional, creative, and spiritual energies within a clinical treatment context. In DMT, both aesthetic and expressive aspects are explored within a process of physical and psychological unfoldment. LMA brings a conceptual vocabulary that describes movement; it helps to describe any person's movement repertoire and explain how it interacts with those of others. RT incorporates a more linear analytic approach to working with personal character as it manifests in the body, breathing, and psychological attitudes. Participants in this 6-hr session will learn about and experience this synergistic combination of approaches, and how they can be harnessed to enhance the treatment of clients of a variety of ages and populations. No previous dance experience required.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Poetry Therapy & Journal Therapy: Possibilities at the Intersection of Story and Metaphor
    Executive Conference Center - Thursday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC
    Nancy S. Scherlong, MS, PTR, LCSW


    Both poetry therapy and journal therapy use metaphor and story to explore the psyche, revealing the hidden possibilities latent within human potential. Yet they are different: Poetry therapy begins with a poem chosen specifically for an audience or a theme and invites the participant to engage with the literature through facilitated discussion. Journal therapy begins with a writing prompt offered specifically for an individual or group and invites the participant to write one’s own life-based narrative and engage with it through facilitated reflection. This daylong master class is presented by two clinicians and colleagues who are each registered poetry therapists and certified journal therapists. Together, we will explore the essential theory and practice of each modality as well as experiential writing processes that demonstrate poetry therapy, journal therapy, and the intersection between them. Participants will experience both a poetry therapy session that incorporates writing and a journal therapy session that incorporates poetry. The integration of poetry and reflective writing deepens and extends the power of either one alone. Techniques learned in this session can be used in your clinical practice with most any adolescent or adult population.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits



     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Printmaking Techniques with CBT Interventions: Creative Facilitation of Treatment Goals

    Pratt Institute - Thursday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Miki Goerdt, ATR-P, LCSW

    Printmaking is a unique art activity that is both product- and process-oriented. It is a method that easily produces a visually pleasing artwork, engages clients in kinetic motions, increases their confidence, facilitates socialization, helps them to explore control issues, and encourages them to be in the here-and-now. Printmaking is easily adaptable for clients with limited physical abilities, and can work well in combination with concepts from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The presenter will introduce the basics of therapeutic printmaking, review the clinical use of printmaking with case examples, guide participants in how to incorporate CBT with printmaking, and demonstrate printmaking techniques (mono-print, Styrofoam print, collograph, and gelli print). Participants will learn how to make printmaking easily accessible to all clients through experiential art making and group discussion. Participants will experiment with 4 different printmaking techniques individually, in pairs, and in a small group. No prior printmaking experience necessary.

    Please note: There is an additional $15 materials fee for this session.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits





    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Re-Shaping Body Image: Tape Sculpture as Arts-Based Social Justice
    SUMMIT FAVORITE!

    Executive Conference Center - Thursday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Laura L. Wood, PhD, LMHC, RDT/BCT, CCLS
    Laura Teoli, MS, ATR-BC, LPC


    Both in media and personal relationships we are confronted with overt and covert messaging about our bodies, their appearance, and functioning. Advertising promotes the idea that thinness and happiness are linked. Idealized bodies featured in the media can lead to increased body dissatisfaction in both men and women. Furthermore, weight stigma contributes to stereotypes such as overweight people being lazy or lacking self-control. Body image is a multifaceted construct and is intricately linked to our experiences within such constructs as gender, ethnicity, ability, and/or personal relationships. As clinicians, it is important for us to be aware of our own experiences and potential biases. As multiculturally-aware therapists, we have the opportunity to model positive body image for our clients and support them in deconstructing harmful narratives. Participants in this workshop will construct life-sized body sculptures and will process their experiences using drama therapy techniques. Concepts and processes will be relevant to therapists across the expressive modalities. Finished sculptures will be installed at a conference location to engage the wider community in an open discussion related to body image, body ideals, and our own roles in perpetuating or altering the dominant social narrative.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    TF-CBT, EMDR, CPP in Play Therapy & Trauma Treatment: Evidence-Based and Creative Arts Practices
    SUMMIT FAVORITE!

    Executive Conference Center - Thursday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna, PsyD, RPT-S

    Because approximately five million children experience some form of trauma each year, it is essential that child therapists have access to a clinical framework based on neuroscientific research that incorporates trauma theory and play therapy principles. This daylong master class will outline and discuss the core components of Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye-movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), and Attachment, Regulation & Competency (ARC) in the context of play therapy principles and neuroscience in order to facilitate the development of a trauma-informed clinical framework. Through creative and playful techniques, participants will learn how to incorporate nonverbal and sensory-based play therapy techniques into the evidence-based core components of trauma therapy. And with this knowledge, play therapists and other mental health professionals will be able to evaluate which trauma-informed treatment components 'fit' with the specific needs of the children with whom they work and enhance the capacity for healthy play among the youngest of trauma survivors.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    The Healing Power of Mandalas and the MARI

    Pratt Institute - Thursday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Evie Lindemann, ATR-BC, ATCS, LMFT

    This six hour master class will provide both a theoretical and experiential journey into the use of mandalas. The class will cover the theoretical underpinnings of mandala practice in the Western world, its historic origins, and the development of the MARI as developed by Joan Kellogg. Participants will practice a variety of mandala making techniques applicable to groups and individuals. Participants will also have the experience of completing the mini-MARI and its use of symbols and colors. Mandala making will focus on three central themes: 1) the element of mystery 2) applications to grief and loss and 3) the shape of the mandala itself and its inherently healing capacities. Poetry and writing will be incorporated.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Working with Self-Harming & Suicidal Teens: Art, Theater, Play
    Executive Conference Center - Thursday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

    Engaging Suicidal Teens by Leveraging the Survival Function of Art & Play
    Lucy Barbera, PhD, LCAT

    Researchers have theorized that the arts evolved from play and that both developed as basic human behaviors critical to survival. Both processes feature strong metaphorical aspects that facilitate clinical insights not otherwise accessible in traditional verbal therapy. Uniting theory, case study, and experiential exercises, the presenter will explore and illustrate the roots of human arts and play expression and the legacy, utilization, and function—as survival tools—of these dynamic modalities in counseling suicidal teens and catalyzing psychological and emotional healing. The adaptability of these strategies in settings such as private practice, hospitals, partial treatment facilities, and psychiatric centers will be highlighted in this 3-hour workshop.

    Theatre of the Oppressed Techniques in the Treatment of Self-Harming Youth
    Scott Koenigsberg, MS, LPC

    Many people who engage in self-harmful behaviors have a difficult time acknowledging and expressing raw or intense emotions. For them, traditional didactic forms of treatment are less likely to be successful. This 3-hour workshop will apply a variety of Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O.) techniques, as created by its founder Augusto Boal, in an experiential format that is structured to help those who self-harm learn how to manage their difficult emotions more effectively. Techniques demonstrated in the workshop will include: Forum Theatre, Image Theatre, Rainbow of Desire, and the Cops in the Head. No previous experience with T.O. is required.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
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    Thursday & Friday Intensive

    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Diagnostic Drawing Series Training: 30 Years of Assessment through Art - Day 1

    Executive Conference Center - Thursday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Kathryn Johnson, PhD, ATR

    Day 1 of a 2-­Day Training Intensive 
    Participants must register for both days to attend 

    The Diagnostic Drawing Series (DDS) is a standardized three-picture art interview developed in 1982 by art therapist Barry M. Cohen. Not tied to any particular psychological or theoretical model, the DDS was the first art assessment to be systematically correlated with the nomenclature of the DSM. It can be administered individually and in groups with psychiatric and medical populations, where its use has been recommended or required by JCAHO and other authorities. The varied task structure of a DDS elicits valuable content, structural, and process information that, together, can inform clinicians as to the strengths and psychopathology of the subject.

    Each of the pictures in the Series is rated for the presence of a total of 23 attributes that lead the trained rater toward an evidence-­based assessment. DDSs have been collected and grouped according to the DSM diagnoses of subjects. Studies of the pictures in the diagnostic groups have revealed statistically significant graphic profiles. These graphic profiles show specific commonalities within each diagnostic group and specific distinguishing differences between diagnostic groups. After 30 years of international clinical use and empirical research, evidence has accrued that the DDS and the DDS Rating Guide are highly reliable and valid instruments. The DDS also provides a rich source of material for treatment planning.

    The DDS is designed for use with people 13 years and older.

    Please Note: There is an additional $25 notebook fee for this 2­-Day Training Intensive

    REGISTRANTS: Please CLICK HERE to download important DDS collection instructions (Review at least 2 weeks prior to training).

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits



    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
     

    Thursday Evening Self-Care Sessions

    7:00 pm  -  9:00 pm
    Breema: Interoceptive Movement for Self Care & Transformation in the Therapeutic Relationship

    Pratt Institute - Thursday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Angela Porter, MA, LMFT, CATC, CMT
    Carrie Gray, LMFT, MA
    Matthew Tousignant, MA

    Breema, a dynamic and playful interoceptive movement practice will be used to potentiate body-mind connection as a catalyst for self-care and transformation in the therapeutic relationship. Its commonsense wisdom guides the practitioner to support the body’s instinctive healing energy, nurturing vitality instead of focusing on symptoms of illness or imbalance. Breema's exercises use nurturing touch, tension-relieving stretches, and rhythmic movements to foster physical, mental, and emotional balance. Issues including compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, stress, and burnout are mitigated, while empathy, acceptance, non-judgment, and an atmosphere of aliveness are nurtured. In this 2-hour evening workshop, emphasis will be placed on the experience of the practitioner by focusing on individual and partner movements as well as self-care exercises. We will explore the principles underlying this practice: No Judgment, Body Comfortable, Mutual Support, and No Force, to discover how they can foster a relaxed and openhearted relationship with life. No prior experience necessary. Come prepared to relax and enjoy!

     

    PLEASE NOTE: Continuing education credit approval for programs in which the subject matter features yoga and/or meditation varies per state. Please verify with your professional licensing board that your state will accept credits for programs such as this.

    Clock/CE hours TBD

    Fee  Optional 
    7:00 pm  -  9:00 pm
    HeART Yoga of Tibet: Opening Up to Giving & Receiving

    Pratt Institute - Thursday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Iiris Bjornberg, RN

    Tibetan Heart Yoga is an ancient series of holistic practices, both physical and spiritual, that bring together the body, mind, heart, and emotions. In it, the meditative and spiritual aspects of yoga are of equal importance as the postures. There are ten series or levels of practice, each focusing on a different aspect of body and mind. For instance, Series 1 works to develop compassion, Series 2 focuses on wisdom, Series 3 on equanimity (loving all beings equally), and so forth. Each of the standard yoga poses is accompanied by an additional pose that will be new for you that can deepen and strengthen the effect of their sister poses. But the most important difference in this yoga tradition is how you breathe and what you think about as you do your exercises. Come learn a new way to achieve a more enduring calm, clarify your thoughts, and stay in a patient, wise, and non-judgmental state. No previous yoga experience necessary. If possible, please bring a yoga mat with you.

    This session not eligible for CE Credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
    7:00 pm  -  9:00 pm
    Qi-Gong & Inner Smile Meditation for Self-Care & Energy Enhancement

    Pratt Institute - Thursday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host


    Mitchell Rabin, MA

    Cultivating self-care is one of the cornerstones of being a good counselor, therapist, caregiver, or educator. In this 2-hour evening workshop we will focus on the joys and pleasures of using Qi-Gong and several other techniques for letting go of stress in creative ways. Letting go is an art, but also a skill that is learnable and teachable. And using it in conjunction with meditation to get to the distress in work and life can also be taught to our clients. These techniques are effective for re-building life-force as well as connecting to pleasure (you deserve it!), capacity for humor, and Self. To gain a deeper understanding of energy, psyche, and life-force, join us and learn to let go!

    This session not eligible for CE Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
    7:00 pm  -  9:00 pm
    Yoga of the Voice: Authentic Voicework™ for Release

    Pratt Institute - Thursday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Stephanie Heidemann

    Paul Newham, founder of Voice-Movement Therapy, said that in order for a genuine catharsis to be facilitated, there has to be an open channel through which psychic energy can be released, and the voice provides such a channel. Authentic Voicework is a process of melting open the body-mind-spirit to open the flow of emotion, creative thought, and innovation to transcend the fear that keeps us locked in the box of our minds. In working with the Voice there is a sense of empowerment, resilience, and new-found freedom. Playful singing games untangle the complex set of emotions and intimidation people feel about the voice and singing. Singing meditation relaxes the participant, opening them to listen and learn new possibilities and potentials that lay within. We improvise and harmonize with others to share in our newly found creativity. Participants will explore their ideas and respond to the group's collective sounds in group improvisations. No previous musical experience necessary!

    This session
    not eligible for CE Credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
     

    Thursday Evening Workshops

    7:00 pm  -  9:00 pm
    Rhythmic Transformation through Drumming, Sound & Movement
    SUMMIT FAVORITE!

    College of New Rochelle - Thursday
    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

    Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

    Suzanne Tribe, MA, MT-BC, LCAT
    Mary E. Knysh

    This 2-hour experiential workshop will integrate group drumming and rhythmic activities with intentional movement and vocal expression to create a unique community-building experience. Through interactive icebreakers, drum circle games, and self-expression techniques, participants will be guided through the group facilitation process, and learn how to implement these activities into treatment for the clinical populations with whom they work. No drumming experience necessary.

    Eligible for 2.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits



    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
  • Friday, 10/13/17
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    Friday Master Classes

    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Body-Based Techniques for Understanding Emotional Communication in the Therapeutic Relationship

    Pratt Institute - Friday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Deniz Oktay, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT
    Cara Aubrey Gallo-Jermyn, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT
    Joan Wittig, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT
    Laura Raffa, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT


    This 6-hour master class will teach participants to use Authentic Movement, the practice of moving from impulses in the body in the presence of a witness, to increase their ability to make informed interventions during a session with a client or therapy group. This process invites increased awareness of self as well as the self in relation to others. By engaging in these master class activities, participants will gain greater body awareness and understand—particularly in regard to self and client working in proximity—that can favorably enhance the the trajectory of the therapeutic relationship. No dance/movement therapy experience required.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Bookmaking & Visual Storytelling: Making Comics, Books, and Comic Books in Therapy

    Pratt Institute - Friday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Melissa Meyer, ATR, LMHC

    In this 6-hr master class, we will explore narrative and sequential art—comics and pictorial storytelling—then create small handmade books and bind them as vessels for ongoing examination and safekeeping. Participants will engage in several comics-making activities and simple drawing and writing exercises based on personal narratives and histories prior to creating their books. These activities are specifically designed to help foster non-judgmental creativity and to encourage natural storytelling structure to emerge. Creating these stories and making these simple books are very adaptable activities that can be used in virtually any therapeutic setting with a wide range of clients of all ages. Together we will explore the clinical benefits of externalizing narratives in treatment and incorporating them into bound formats that can be reviewed, stored, and shared with others. No art talent or previous bookmaking experience is necessary.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Building & Managing Your Private Practice: Finding a Professional Voice
    Executive Conference Center - Friday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Emery Mikel, ATR-BC, LCAT, LCPAT
    Reina Lombardi, LMHC-QS, ATR-BC, ATCS
    Erika Hamlett, MA


    Developing a private practice can be an exciting exploration to finding (and using) one's voice. From contracting with facilities (or setting up an office) to running workshops and retreats, there is something for everyone interested in leaping into self-employment. Throughout this daylong master class, presenters share their journeys into the world of private practice in New York, Florida, and North Carolina. Using the similarities and differences illustrated in the presenters’ approaches, participants will discover the ways private practice might fit best for them or how to shift their existing practices to increase fulfillment and sustainability. In addition to entertaining participants’ thoughts, concerns, and questions, this master class explores the diversity of private practice and offers hands-on experientials that focus on expressive therapists’ identities, ethical considerations, marketing, and outside the box thinking, culminating in the creation of a fabric mandala to reflect individuality and individual voices within a larger professional community.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits





    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Doll Making: Working with Attachment and Loss

    Pratt Institute - Friday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Kimberly Bush, MFA, ATR-BC, CCLS, LCAT, LP
    Nicole J. Inniss, MPS, CAT-LP


    Doll making with a range of populations and cultures will be explored in which creating a doll can be used to address body integrity and identity issues, embodiment of feelings, reparation of self-image, attachment, and loss. The sewing process required slows down the creation of the object, allows time for connection to an inner sense of nurturing, and offers a soothing, tactile experience that embodies nonverbal emotions. In this daylong master class in which we will explore doll making for use in treatment with a variety of ages and therapeutic environments, participants will engage in creating personal soft sculpture pieces in a safe group format.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Doubling Up: Integrating Music Therapy & Psychodrama Techniques to Shift Awareness & Action
    College of New Rochelle ­- Friday
    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

    Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

    Amy Clarkson, MMT, MT-BC, CP, PAT, LCAT
    Barbara McKechnie, MA, RDT/BCT, CP, PAT, LPC, LCAT

    Curious about the psychodrama techniques of enactment, doubling, and role reversal and how they can be combined with music therapy? In this daylong master class participants will gain a foundational understanding of key constructs within psychodrama theory and music therapy practice and of how psychodrama techniques offer an expanded potential when paired with music therapy. Didactic instruction will be interwoven with experiential learning throughout the day. Attendees will be invited to join in a musical warm-up designed to promote expanded awareness of self and other. The warm-up will lead into a psychodramatic enactment in which musical doubling and role reversal will be demonstrated. Following this participatory demonstration, participants will practice the use of musical doubling and role reversal through small group exercises guided by the facilitators. Participants will be challenged to consider ways in which the explored interventions can be adapted for use in their current work settings to support shifts in awareness and behavior in the clients they serve. No prior experience in psychodrama or music therapy is required.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Engaging Angry & Resistant Clients Through Drama, Psychodrama & Art
    Executive Conference Center - Friday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Art Therapy, Psychoanalysis & Psychodrama Exercises for Working through Resistance

    Bonnie Hirschhorn, NCPsyA, ATR­BC, LCSW, LCAT, LP


    Resistance—blocking memories and feelings from conscious memory and directly or indirectly opposing treatment—offers many opportunities for exploration and resolution through treatment: How do resistances manifest? What functions do they serve? How do we help clients resolve resistance? What is our countertransference to clients who manifest resistance? When do we confront resistance? What are our own resistances and how do they affect our work? Participants will consider these and other aspects of resistance and determine ways that techniques from art therapy and psychodrama can be used to explore and overcome resistance. No art therapy and psychodrama experience is required.


    Working with Angry & Resistant Clients: Techniques for Attunement and Connection
    John Bergman, MA, RDT, MT, BCT


    In this 3-hour workshop, participants will learn simple, effective ways to initiate improvisations, role play and other performance-based work with resistant and reactive clients. They will discover how creativity can be used to modulate strong emotions including anger and fear. These techniques, coupled with neurobiological grounding, can lead to better attunement and connection with challenging groups, thus enhancing the potential for transformation. Clinicians of all persuasions and levels of experience will be able to incorporate these methods in their work with adolescents and adults.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Environmental Art Therapy: Integrating the Internal and External

    Pratt Institute - Friday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Dina Schapiro, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT
    Jean Davis, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT


    This 6-hr master class will introduce environmental art therapy methods to experienced creative arts therapists. Participants will learn the importance of observing the interconnection between the client and environment, and how to assess those observations and integrate them into treatment. They will explore how the environment and the relationship they have with that environment impacts the choices they make that influence their emotional, social and familial life. Clinicians will gain a basic understanding of environmental art therapy practices and the clinical motivations to support them.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Expressive Writing & Journaling for Enhanced Neuroplasticity: Four Keys to Well-Being
    Executive Conference Center - Friday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC
    Deborah Ross, CJT, LPC


    Neuroscience researcher Richard Davidson has identified four keys to well-being that are neuroplasticity-friendly. Each can be cultivated and deepened through mindfulness and other forms of meditative practice. As a form of self-directed neuroplasticity, expressive writing garners demonstrated benefits. Most therapists agree that a journal as treatment adjunct can be highly effective in developing pathways to better emotional regulation, insight orientation, and outcome-focused behavior. In this interactive 6-hour master class we’ll explore the four keys of well-being. We’ll talk about the particular type of “brain food” each key represents. Then we will deepen the exploration through crafted writing processes designed for each key. Into this weave are embedded core theory, best practice, and the open opportunity to share reflections, ideas, and thoughts about the writing processes.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Focusing & Art Therapy: Accessing Body Wisdom through Creative Expression
    SUMMIT FAVORITE!

    Executive Conference Center - Friday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Elizabeth Baring, MS, ATR-BC, NCPsyA, LCAT, LP

    Developed by Eugene Gendlin and colleagues at the University of Chicago in the 1960s, Focusing is the process of accessing the body’s wisdom by turning inward and being present to its inner sensations. According to Gendlin, conscious thoughts emerge from the intangible inner awareness that he called the “felt experience,” which holds the key to psychological resolution. Art therapy is a way of externalizing that experience. In this daylong master class, participants will be guided through the process of Focusing and expressing their felt experience through art making. Using Laury Rappaport’s interdisciplinary approach called Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT®), participants will learn how combining art making with Focusing can be a powerful tool for stress reduction, emotional regulation and attaining general well-being for a variety of populations.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Fostering Resilience & Inclusivity with Diverse Populations: Projects for Personal & Social Change

    Pratt Institute - Friday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Lani A. Gerity, DA, ATR
    Susan Ainlay Anand, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPAT
    Jordan S. Potash, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LPCAT, LCAT


    Drawing from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words and Edith Kramer’s teachings on being “maladapted” to injustice and oppression, the presenters will provide context and inspiration for using daily art and creativity to build social cohesion, resilience, and, ultimately, change. In this daylong master class participants will learn easy-to-follow instructions for creating non-threatening, resilience-building individual and group art projects. Consideration will be given to eliciting personal stories of cultural strengths and group resilience narratives. Examples of case material and arts from various communities experiencing stress will be discussed to illustrate the importance of fostering strengths, resilience, and sublimation in the art room. Through storytelling, deep listening, art exchange, and group creation, participants will learn how to support a culture of resilience, resistance, and inclusivity among the diverse populations they find within their art rooms and other treatment settings.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Art Therapy: An Introduction Using Collage & Clay
    Executive Conference Center - Friday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT
    Salicia Mazero, MA, ATR, LPC


    The goal of Richard Schwartz’s internal family system model of psychotherapy (IFS) is to build internal cooperation and increase “self-leadership” using eight internal resources: compassion, clarity, connectedness, courage, confidence, calmness, curiosity, and creativity. This daylong master class will provide an overview of IFS, including basic concepts, case studies, and theoretical concepts. Participants will deepen understanding and enhance their individual internal processes—a core concept of IFS—by integrating art therapy concepts with the IFS model through two different art interventions, one featuring clay, and the other collage, that facilitate exploration of the self. Participants will be able to practice the IFS techniques of dialoging and “unblending' among their inner parts through their own art, thereby facilitating a somatic understanding of the IFS concepts. The presenters offer a framework for applying these creative interventions with various populations. Bring your curiosity and creativity!

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Money Matters: An Experiential Approach to Assessing & Treating Financial Trauma
    College of New Rochelle - Friday
    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

    Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

    Maria Kratsios, MIA, LCSW
    Peter Lazar, LCSW


    Our learned beliefs, emotions, and behaviors regarding money have their roots in early personal and collective experiences, sometimes originating before we were even born. These inter-generational lessons can be very helpful when they lead to financial health, namely practices that support low financial stress and high financial satisfaction. But when influenced by trauma, these unconscious processes can keep us locked in patterns of financial behavior that interfere with our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing, perpetuating relationship conflicts and robbing us of resources to act upon our highest values. In this daylong master class, participants will learn the definition and theoretical underpinnings of financial trauma and a framework for assessing disordered patterns of financial behavior in our clients. Attendees will then participate in and learn to facilitate three experiential group exercises for treating financial trauma using a variety of expressive techniques, including structured action methods and non-dominant hand journaling. Participants will also learn to trouble-shoot common countertransferential responses that can create a barrier to effective treatment with clients who manifest these issues.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Refugees, Resettlement & Restoration: How Creative Arts Therapies Facilitate Safety & Empowerment
    Executive Conference Center - Friday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Drama Therapy with Refugees & Displaced Persons: Establishing Safety, Envisioning Possibilities
    Heidi Landis, RDT-BCT, CGP, TEP, LCAT
    Nisha L. Sajnani, PhD, RDT-BCT


    This experiential workshop will introduce participants to the ways in which drama therapy can be used to support refugees resettling in the USA. Participants will be guided through a basic understanding of the health benefits of trauma-informed improvisation and theatre and provided with concrete examples of how drama therapy is used in contexts of displacement. Specifically, drama therapy can be used to offer refugees a safe 'place' to identify and express experience, organize life stories, explore dramatic roles, rehearse new life roles, and ultimately imagine new possibilities for the future. Case material will be drawn from the presenters' work with this population.

    Lunchtime Film Screening (open to all Friday Summit attendees)
    DMT in India with Survivors of Human Trafficking: A Documentary (working title) 

    Ashley Fargnoli, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC

    In Kolkata, India, survivors of human trafficking and children living on the streets, railway platforms and red-light districts are forming an army of social change advocates. Once themselves victims of human trafficking and violent crimes, they are now helping other survivors come to terms with their often horrifying experiences through dance/movement therapy. The film showcases acts of courage by ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. It will inspire viewers to look inward at their own dormant potential to right wrongs in real ways—whether in the back alleys of India or in their own backyards, wherever hope has been deterred, if not lost altogether.

    Seeking Refuge, Belonging, Empowerment: Dance/Movement & Art with Survivors of War
    Amber Elizabeth Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC
    Annie King, ATR-BC

    Sponsored by Kint Institute

    The experiences of people arriving in the United States as refugees is, by definition, an experience of displacement. Fleeing increasingly complex humanitarian crises, resettled refugees often arrive full of optimism and hope. Resettlement is often assumed to be a relatively “safe” period; the violent reality of the past has been left behind. Anecdotal research suggests that the resettlement phase can potentially be the most traumatizing. As hopes and dreams are displaced by the reality of unfamiliar languages, new customs and complex social systems, and an increasingly hostile social environment, many refugees begin to experience the depth of their loss. This 3-hour workshop offers an overview of the conceptualization, theoretical framework for, and co-creation of an Afghan women’s group whose primary goal is to restore connection and belonging, which can be adapted for any group that focuses on client empowerment. This session also highlights dance/movement and art therapy activities and processes that can restore a sense of belonging after traumatic loss, and which participants can adapt to any clinical work.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits





     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Ribbon, Cord, Twine, & String: Weaving Thread Arts into Psychotherapy Practice
    College of New Rochelle - Friday
    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

    Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

    Betty Jackson, CST-T, LSW

    Thread, the single elemental strand, appears universally in myth and fairytale as a symbol of individual life and destiny. While the length, quality, and form of the single strand can represent the course of individual life, strands in combination stand as metaphors for relationship in many permutations; thick/thin, knotted/loose, solid/frayed, smooth/tangled, extended/cut. Therapeutic thread arts exercises present opportunities for clients to explore, work with, and create forms expressing the strands of their lives and relationships. This 6-hour master class explores the archetypal meaning of thread, cord, twine, and the associated crafts of spinning, braiding, weaving, and sewing. During the hands-on segment participants will learn and practice a number of Thread Art exercises designed to help clients explore and express life and relationships; individual, familial, friendship, and community. No sewing experience necessary.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits



    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Sandtray for Treating Trauma, Anxiety & Depression: Containment and Healing for Clients
    Executive Conference Center - Friday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Tammi Van Hollander, RPT, LCSW

    Sand tray therapy provides a rich sensory experience in which your client—no matter their age—is given the opportunity to play/create at a more profound level than through traditional talk therapy. In this 6-hour master class, participants will learn how clients communicate through play and how the sand tray provides a safe and effective format for creative self-expression and working-through in treatment. This daylong session will include didactic and experiential learning featuring case studies, role play, and other experiential exercises including working with the sand. We’ll discuss how to use dry and wet sand to work with common clinical issues including anxiety, depression, sexual/physical trauma, grief/loss, and anxiety. Come learn the essentials of working with miniatures in a sand tray and how to incorporate this versatile format into your clinical practice with individuals, couples, and families to foster introspection, connection, resilience, and healing.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT, APT**
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    The Broken Bowl Project: Addiction Treatment and the Philosophy of Wabi Sabi
    SUMMIT FAVORITE!

    College of New Rochelle -­ Friday
    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

    Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

    Christa Brennan, ATR-BC, CASAC, LCAT

    In this daylong master class, participants will review the primary models of addictions treatment and addiction concepts, explore the phenomenon of resiliency, and consider Alcoholics Anonymous and its holistic approach to addiction, which shares a surprising number of philosophical similarities with Zen Buddhism. The Broken Bowl Project is based on the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi and the ancient practice of Kintsukuroi: Wabi Sabi embraces the flawed or imperfect aspects of life, and Kintsukuroi is the practice of repairing broken pottery with gold. Just as these approaches treat the cycle of breakage and repair as part of an object’s history rather than something to be discarded or disguised, addiction treatment using the expressive arts therapies helps those damaged by addiction to repair and revitalize the “vessels” that contain their thoughts, experiences, and feelings. Participants will learn how to use the Broken Bowl process, activating the healing power of creativity, facilitating resilience, and illustrating the phases that span from relapse to recovery. Although developed for working with clients who have addictions, this adaptable, holistic approach can be used by mental health professionals working in a variety of settings.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits



    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Treatment of Eating Disorders Using Experiential Therapy
    College of New Rochelle -­ Friday
    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

    Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

    Rebecca Berman, CEDS, MLSP, LCSW-C
    Lisa Luse, LCSW-C


    As therapists and counselors, we engage in a parallel process with our clients: they might feel trapped in their own narrative while we, as clinicians, can feel stuck within the therapeutic process. Experiential therapies can be key in breaking up these blocks, especially when treating eating disorders. In this daylong master class we will explain various approaches used in the complex treatment of eating disorders and how to incorporate intuitive, creative techniques that support and stimulate—motivating clients to take more active roles to heal in recovery. The presenters will demonstrate how experiential therapies foster reflection, interaction, and communication. Participants will learn first-hand how experiential therapies maximize connection and growth by “moving off the couch” to enable kinesthetic and symbolic expressions of experience. This master class is designed for clinicians seeking to advance their knowledge, understanding, and practice of treating eating disorders. Prior experience treating eating disorders is not required.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Working with Sexual Trauma Across the Life Span: Creating Healing Possibilities
    Executive Conference Center - Friday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

    Sponsored by Kint Institute

    Craig Haen, PhD, RDT, CGP, FAGPA, LCAT
    Einat Metzl, PhD, ATR-BC, RYT, LMFT
    Darcy Lubbers, MFT, ATR-BC, PhD-c


    This 6-hour master class will explore in creative ways—through art therapy and drama therapy approaches—normative vs. coerced/forced sexual experiences and their impact across the life span. Throughout the day, participants will engage in theoretical frames for clinical work, focusing on psycho-education, trauma processing, and relationally-oriented treatment. Participants will identify their own experiences, value-expectations, and how they perceive their identities as they relate to sexuality, and connect these to clinical work with patients who have experienced sexual trauma. Art making and experiential exercises will be threaded throughout the day, and an integrative dialogue will provide attendees with tools that can be used in their clinical work.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits





    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Yoga, Meditation & Art Therapy: Clinical Applications for Groups
    SUMMIT FAVORITE!

    College of New Rochelle - Friday
    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

    Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

    Karen Gibbons, ATR-BC, PYT, LCAT

    This daylong experiential master class will present theory, approach, and a practical system for integrating yoga and creative arts therapy to respond to clinical concerns in a group setting. Participants will learn how to respond to a variety of clinical issues through the combination of yoga, the symbolic hand gestures of mudra, and art directives. Lecture and discussion will center around creating intention and finding a flow state, thereby creating optimal capacity for change to take place with clients. Participants will experience the combination of intention, yoga sequences, mudra meditation, and artmaking. They will then form groups and create their own yoga and art practices to present to the larger group for participation and discussion, learning ways to develop the approach for use in their daily clinical work. No previous yoga and mindful meditation experience is required.

    PLEASE NOTE: Continuing education credit approval for programs in which the subject matter features yoga and/or meditation varies per state. Please verify with your professional licensing board that your state will accept credits for programs such as this.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
     

    Thursday & Friday Intensive

    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Diagnostic Drawing Series Training: 30 Years of Assessment through Art - Day 2

    Executive Conference Center - Friday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Kathryn Johnson, PhD, ATR

    Day 2 of a 2-­Day Training Intensive 
    Participants must register for both days to attend 

    The Diagnostic Drawing Series (DDS) is a standardized three-picture art interview developed in 1982 by art therapist Barry M. Cohen. Not tied to any particular psychological or theoretical model, the DDS was the first art assessment to be systematically correlated with the nomenclature of the DSM. It can be administered individually and in groups with psychiatric and medical populations, where its use has been recommended or required by JCAHO and other authorities. The varied task structure of a DDS elicits valuable content, structural, and process information that, together, can inform clinicians as to the strengths and psychopathology of the subject.

    Each of the pictures in the Series is rated for the presence of a total of 23 attributes that lead the trained rater toward an evidence-­based assessment. DDSs have been collected and grouped according to the DSM diagnoses of subjects. Studies of the pictures in the diagnostic groups have revealed statistically significant graphic profiles. These graphic profiles show specific commonalities within each diagnostic group and specific distinguishing differences between diagnostic groups. After 30 years of international clinical use and empirical research, evidence has accrued that the DDS and the DDS Rating Guide are highly reliable and valid instruments. The DDS also provides a rich source of material for treatment planning.

    The DDS is designed for use with people 13 years and older.

    Please Note: There is an additional $25 notebook fee for this 2­-Day Training Intensive

    REGISTRANTS: Please CLICK HERE to download important DDS collection instructions (Review at least 2 weeks prior to training).

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits



    Faculty Bio(s):
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    Friday Evening Workshops

    7:00 pm  -  9:00 pm
    Integrating Somatic & Sensory Therapies with Play for Treating Complex Trauma Across the Lifespan

    Executive Conference Center - Friday 
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street) 

    Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna, PsyD, RPT-S


    Somatic psychotherapy is a holistic approach that incorporates the client’s mind, body, emotions, and spirit into the healing process. Through the lens of somatic and sensory-based therapies, this 2-hour evening workshop will explore how trauma affects the development of the brain and body, emphasizing the use of body language and non-verbal cues to understand the "somatic narrative" in treatment rather than relying on verbal communication alone.  Participants will learn sensory and embodied play therapy interventions to decrease trauma symptoms and increase resiliency, adaptive meaning-making, and new competencies in children, adolescents, and adults with complex trauma histories.

    Eligible for 2.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT, APT**
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
    7:00 pm  -  9:00 pm
    Sculpting Relationships: A Dynamic Technique for Couples & Family Therapy

    Executive Conference Center - Friday 

    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

    Paula Ochs, LCSW, CP, PAT
    Jude Webster, DSW, MA, LCSW


    In this 2-hour evening workshop, we will demonstrate how to use “sculpting,” a dynamic family therapy technique with roots in psychodrama. Sculpting uses people, not clay, as its medium to clarify relationships in the family, and the therapist's relationship to the family members. The sculpting process helps clients to overcome therapeutic impasses through non-verbal interaction. Workshop participants will be invited to share case vignettes with the group. These will be used to demonstrate through group activity how the sculpting process can augment verbal counseling and psychotherapy through this engaging dramatic approach, thus facilitating discovery, insight, and healing.

    Eligible for 2.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
    7:00 pm  -  9:00 pm
    SpiritSong Circle: Resonant Vocalization for Energy, Healing & Release

    Executive Conference Center - Friday 
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)
     

    Celia Bockhoff, MSW, LCSW, SEP 

    SpiritSong, a natural vocal practice developed by Shawna Carol, viscerally empowers our natural expressions of aliveness and self-determination. In this 2-hour evening workshop, we will consciously engage breath, chant, toning, and vocalization. Entering into deep listening and compassionate witnessing, we will allow our unique healing songs to flow through us, unfiltered and true. A brief overview of how the workshop leader has broadened and integrated this intuitive vocal practice into somatic and contemplative psychotherapies will be provided. No vocal experience needed!

    PLEASE NOTE: Continuing education credit approval for programs in which the subject matter features yoga and/or meditation varies per state. Please verify with your professional licensing board that your state will accept credits for programs such as this.

    Eligible for 2.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing, SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
    7:00 pm  -  9:00 pm
    Stressbusting: Writing Through Troubled Times

    Executive Conference Center - Friday 
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street) 

    Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC

    Have any sort of modern life anxieties? Let's take a pause, take a breath, and bust some stress! In this 2-hour workshop, you'll be given a template for a one-hour journal group on stressbusting through writing. You will be expertly guided through the experience of creating new relationships with stress through short, structured, sequenced writes. We'll talk about ways you can use this ready-made template with clients and client groups in treatment. You'll leave the workshop with a simple yet powerful tool to share with your clients, students, or group members. And you'll have a valuable new method for your own stress busting!

    Eligible for 2.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing, SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits



    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
  • Saturday, 10/14/17
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    Saturday Master Classes

    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    Attachment and Complex Trauma: Attunement & Embodied Techniques in Treatment

    Pratt Institute - Saturday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host


    Odelya Gertel Kraybill, PhD, LCPC
    Tim Reagan, PhD

    During the first two years of childhood, the brain is wired to develop through reciprocity and attuned attachment.  When this fails to happen, the resulting sense of mis-attunement leads to a continuous state of physiological distress. Since early trauma is caused in relation to others, treatment must therefore take place in the context of an attuned relationship. The therapeutic sequence that will be introduced in this 6-hour master class will begin with experiential psychoeducation using expressive therapies modalities. These will be used to review how stress and trauma affect the developing brain and how chronic exposure to stress and trauma in early childhood affect brain functions and how to use this information in therapy with clients and their families. This will be followed by an experience of using movement, drama, and action techniques to facilitate attunement, embodiment, and spontaneity with clients to enhance treatment and healing.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    Authentic Movement and Open Studio Process: Witnessing and Empathic Attunement

    Pratt Institute - Saturday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Julie Miller, LCSW, BC-DMT, LCAT
    Kimberly Bush, MFA, ATR-BC, CCLS, LCAT, LP
    Judith Luongo, MPS, ATR, LCAT, LP


    This daylong master class will use the twin disciplines of Authentic Movement and Open Studio Process to explore how the practice of witnessing can be used as a pathway to deeper understanding of both personal and spiritual development. Authentic Movement, described by Janet Adler as the “compassionate witnessing of movement becoming conscious is a process grounded in the relationship between a mover and a witness.” Through the surrendering to embodied expression in the presence of a witness that simply ‘sees’ without judgment, projection, or analysis, the mover can gain access to deeper levels of awareness of self and collective experience. Open Studio Process combines art making and writing to engage deeply in personal creative process while being witnessed and held by the collective without judgment. Pat Allen describes her Open Studio process as “allowing the image to lead by following it’s energy, and writing and reading a witness to the art” to provide access to the “unlimited potential of the Creative Source” within. Through engagement with Authentic Movement and Open Studio Process, participants will experience witnessing as a way of engaging with the world in a reflective way that enhances the ability to attune empathically to both themselves and their clients.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits





    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    Body Part Casting in Clay Using Plaster Bandages & Making Multiples with Molds

    College of New Rochelle - Saturday

    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805 

    Natalia Arbelaez, MFA

     

    We’ll spend this daylong session in the College of New Rochelle’s ceramics studio learning to cast forms from life. Faces, hands, feet: it’s up to your creativity (and sense of modesty) how you would like to experiment with this relatively inexpensive and easy-to-use technique. We'll also learn how to create molds of your original artwork or found objects so that you can make multiples in clay using slip casting or push casting techniques — be certain to bring some along, if you wish. There are a multitude of ways in which these processes can be employed in treatment, but for this day, we’ll focus solely on the how-to’s and welcome participants to explore and discuss ways to use them in their daily work. No previous clay experience required.

     

    This session not eligible for CE Credits

     

     

     

    Speakers:
    Fee  Optional 
    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    Coping Skills Toolbox for Managing the Symptoms of Trauma
    College of New Rochelle - Saturday
    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

    Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

    Lisa Miller, LMFT
    Erin Edwards, MDiv
    Denise Anima, LMFT

    Research supports the notion that trauma, one’s experiences of feeling emotionally/physically unsafe, affects one’s mental, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual well-being. Making a Trauma Coping Skills Toolbox is a way to develop a collection of skills for calming during periods of emotional distress. In this daylong master class, we will begin with a review of the different types of trauma as well as the trauma-informed approach. Participants will build their own Trauma Coping Skills Toolbox, complete with personalized “tools.” These tools can be used in private practice and taught to those who need our support. They will be created with a focus on establishing grounding skills, identifying and managing difficult emotions, and creating an individualized crisis plan. Participants will be able to experiment with various art media and generate ideas that incorporate all their senses with the goal of self-soothing.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits





    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    From Addiction to Recovery through Collage, Drama & Songwriting

    Pratt Institute - Saturday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Eating Disorders and Addictions: A Drama Therapy Perspective
    TJ Alton, LMFT, RDT

    In this workshop, participants will discover how to facilitate the externalization of thoughts and behaviors of clients with an eating disorder/addiction and learn practical interventions and techniques to aid them in the healing and transformative process of recovery. Through active exploration and participation in drama therapy exercises, participants will learn new tools with which they can draw out the developmental aspects of a client’s eating disorder/addiction so as to examine it from an aesthetic distance. Not only can this approach enable clients to observe the function of their eating disorder/addiction more objectively and dispassionately, but can also help clients identify more effective and self-actualizing functions they can re-integrate into the recovery process.

    Collage Self-Portraits for Self-Integration in Addiction Therapy
    Bethany Perryman
    Megan Torres, MA


    In this workshop, an art therapist and a national recovery advocate explore the productive uses of collage in addiction treatment. For instance, when treating those suffering from substance use disorder (addiction), learn how to encourage an exploration of the fractured self and guide patients toward integration through finding and creating symbols in collage. We will begin by discussing the current state of addiction treatment in the United States, and how increased emphasis on advocacy impacts therapeutic modalities. We will also discuss a therapeutic goal as re-integration of the self, and how to process and achieve that through collage and reflection. Participants will have the chance to make their own small self portrait collages during this session, and will be invited to share their work or stories regarding addiction treatment, as appropriate.

    Songwriting with a Substance Abuse Population
    Melissa Lee Nilles, MA, LMHC-c

    Want to add songwriting to your clinical toolbox and/or improve your existing songwriting techniques? Participants in this workshop will approach songwriting from the perspective of working with a substance abuse population. Through informative experiential exercises, they will learn warm-ups, individual and group songwriting techniques, and structured lyric writing. The presenter will teach a client-created song about recovery and provide case material that details poetry- and music therapy-based group songwriting. Discussion will center around the challenges (and joys!) of working with people in recovery. Participants will walk away with lyrics, deeper songwriting knowledge, resources, and techniques for clinical songwriting; tools for engaging clients who have substance abuse issues; and inspiration for professional/clinical songwriting. Previous musical experience is helpful but not required.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    Guided Imagery and the 6 Viewpoints: Mind/Body Approaches for Dynamic & Contemplative Interventions

    College of New Rochelle - Saturday

    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805 

    Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

    Daniel Doyle, RDT, LMFT, LPCC

    In this daylong master class, we will explore the dynamic and contemplative applications of working with choreographer Mary Overlie's 6 Viewpoints as a basis for clinical work in creative arts therapy. Adapted for stage acting (as simply Viewpoints) by directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau, this model considers: Space, Shape, Time, Emotion, Movement, and Story. Participants will learn about each of the viewpoints and how they can inform and deepen therapeutic processes through active engagement with them. Guided visualizations, including bilateral stimulation (tapping) from EMDR, will be taught in conjunction with the 6 Viewpoints to facilitate integrating internal Nurturing, Protective, and Wise Figure resources, as well as connecting with the inner Safe Place. We will also use art materials to externalize and concretize our visualizations of these internal resources. This 6-hour session will be highly experiential, providing counselors and therapists with an opportunity for self exploration as a way to develop tools for enhancing therapeutic potential in their work with clients of all ages. Please wear comfortable clothing that enables freedom of movement.

     

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners
    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    Multimodal Techniques for Moving Beyond Illness & Stress: From the Work of Lucia Capacchione
    College of New Rochelle - Saturday
    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

    Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

    Vicki L. Muir, MEd, MSW, LCSW
    Iiris Bjornberg, RN
    Marsha Nelson, PhD, CJEA

    During this daylong master class, participants will learn a variety of multimodal expressive arts methods for releasing emotions that include simple scribbles, inner body journeying, mapping, non-dominant hand drawing, written dialogues with body parts, and guided Tibetan yoga. This researched-based approach, which is being used in K-12 schools, hospitals, cancer support groups, veteran’s programs and recovery centers throughout the US, can be applied in a broad range of settings with all ages, stages of life, abilities, and cultural backgrounds. These multimodal techniques are also particularly useful in clinical practice for treatment of stress, chronic or life-threatening illness, and addictions. The role that brain hemispheres play will be addressed. Training, talent, or experience in the arts and yoga is not required.

    PLEASE NOTE: Continuing education credit approval for programs in which the subject matter features yoga and/or meditation varies per state. Please verify with your professional licensing board that your state will accept credits for programs such as this.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    Re/Building & Photographing Miniature Worlds for Empowerment and Healing

    Pratt Institute - Saturday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Karla Reilly, MA, ATR

    In this highly experiential daylong master class, participants will learn how to use found objects, items from nature, small toys and other psychologically-charged materials to create intimate scenes that can be used as a catalyst for healing. Through a building-oriented process that features expressive writing as well as miniatures selection and manipulation—similar to that of the sandplay process—participants will learn to construct highly visual and 3-dimensional personal narratives. By photographing these scenes as they evolve and resolve, we'll gain insight into ways they manifest metaphor and meaning. We'll discuss how to use them to empower clients to reimagine their own stories, situations, and clinical challenges. Over the course of 6 hours in the studio together, we'll work with two different types of creative re/building techniques that can be used with teens and adults. Come write, play, and build!

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    Sensory Gardens for Special Needs Children and Others in Treatment
    College of New Rochelle - Saturday
    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

    Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

    Kelvin A. Ramirez, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT
    Anne Meore, HTR, LMSW
    Rebecca Hervieux, MPS
    Elizabeth Youngs, ATR-BC
    Erika Mayer, ATR-BC, LCAT
    Phyllis D'Amico, HTM

    Research has shown that children learn to socialize, regulate emotions, and develop critical skills through play. Sensory gardens, by engaging participants in gardening and plant-based activities, have proven to increase the development of these skills in children and adults of all abilities and levels of functioning. In creating sensory gardens as restorative environments, aesthetic and multisensory-focused interactive play stations are thoughtfully designed to maximize the benefits of the overall therapeutic experience. In this master class, we will provide a brief history of horticultural therapy, contemporary uses including sensory gardens, and their research-based therapeutic benefits. Common design elements, sensory-specific stations, and special considerations for designing sensory gardens will all be discussed. Participants will gain first-hand experience of the therapeutic benefits of horticultural therapy through interactive activities that will stimulate their senses and demonstrate the concept of attention restoration theory as it relates to mental fatigue, attention issues, learning ability, and critical issues in play therapy and other approaches to working with special needs children and others.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    Shaping Coherent Narratives with Cloth, Collage & Movement: Mending through Metaphor
    Pratt Institute - Saturday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Deborah Armstrong, PhD, LMFT, RPT-S
    Elizabeth Walker, MA


    In this daylong master class, the presenters will explore the importance of personal narratives and how they shape collective narratives within cultures and cultural systems. Expressive art materials and modalities including textile work, chalk and oil pastels, and movement will be incorporated into our examination process. As participants interact with these materials and approaches they will learn to name, integrate, and edit their own personal and collective narratives. Through this multimodal process clinicians will learn how 'effective mending' happens in a non-linear fashion, and how they might apply this metaphor and process to their work with others in their personal, familial, and cultural lives. This daylong master class will begin with a conversation about what neuroscience tells us about how coherent narratives of our lives promote and grow well being—from the inside out; the contrasts between cohesive and coherent narratives; and some potent examples of these differences. In addition, this master class will involve movement, so participants should wear comfortable clothing.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    Victim/Perpetrator Dynamics in Treatment, Relationships, and Daily Life: An IFS Perspective
    College of New Rochelle - Friday
    29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

    Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host



    The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy suggests that natural human impulses to exile painful or destructive energies ironically leads to the hijacking of both interpersonal and intrapersonal systems by those very energies or “parts.” Response to victim/perpetrator dynamics, whether at work, home, or in a Facebook comments section, inevitably  mirrors one's own painful and fraught intrapersonal reaction to this destructive pattern of behavior. This daylong session proposes that interpersonal violence of any sort cannot be properly addressed until we find the courage to address the perpetrating energy in our clients (as well as our own) compassionately.  The simple, often counter-intuitive act of turning toward these parts of our clients with curiosity and compassion can detoxify the shame they carry. This master class will offer an overview of the terminology and main concepts of the IFS model. Participants will be encouraged throughout the session to speak for any of their own parts triggered by any of the material under discussion as a way to familiarize themselves with the process. The experiential portion of the day will feature artmaking to facilitate a deeper understanding of participants' own internal responses to this dynamic when it arises in session, at home, or online.  

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
     

    Saturday Morning Workshops

    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Adventure-Based Experiential Arts Groups for Promoting Creative Problem Solving & Teamwork
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Jane Bishow-Semevolos, ATR-BC, PCL2, LCAT

    Adventure is defined as an undertaking or enterprise of a hazardous nature —an unusual or exciting experience. Therapy should also be an adventure, an opportunity to challenge oneself and engage in a stimulating experience. Sadly for some clients and their therapists, the therapeutic experience can become boring. The Adventure Based Counseling (ABC) model encourages participants to step outside their comfort zones, problem solve, and examine how simple outdoor experiences correspond to daily life issues, relationships, and situations. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will learn ways to incorporate ABC initiatives into a traditional creative arts group that encourages teamwork, promotes energy, as well as self and social learning. Additionally, participants will learn how to frame art directives for clinical sessions that challenge a participant’s way of thinking by setting parameters that require creative problem solving. Come step outside your comfort zone and experience a new way of facilitating art therapy!

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Auto-Regulation and Play Therapy Interventions: Healing the Body
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna, PsyD, RPT-S

    Many of our young clients are referred to treatment due to rapidly shifting states of arousal, affect, thinking, and/or behavior. Affective disorders, ADHD, sensory processing issues, and developmental trauma may all lead to these dysregulated states. Knowing how to accurately read these cues and provide appropriate interventions is key to working with these challenges. Adapting to the environment—and the constantly changing needs and demands on the nervous system—requires very complex processing in the brain, which is not always possible. Depending on the neuro-behavioral state of the brain, a child may need an increased or a decreased amount of sensory input. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will be introduced to movement, sensory, and play therapy interventions to help them learn to strengthen the regulatory capacities of the children with whom they work. They will learn the importance of co-regulation in developing a child’s ability to self-soothe, and how to determine which sensory strategies and play therapy interventions are appropriate for differing levels and types of dysregulation.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Combining Art Therapy with Bibliotherapy in Children's Groups
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Laura Fuller-Cooper, MAAT, ATR-L BC, NCC

    Narratives, like images, can open up dialogues. Whatever a child’s presenting issue—anxiety, trauma, externalizing behaviors, medical illness—the breakthrough might just be found in his or her favorite book. In this 3-hour multimodal workshop we will explore specific ways that children’s literature can be paired with art therapy directives to create thematic expressive or play therapy groups for young children (ages 4–12). Participants will gain insight from popular visual and content themes, motifs through hands-on experiments that blend bibliotherapy and expressive therapies. An overview of bibliotherapy will underscore the power of books, and case material will illustrate how to use this flexible multimodal approach in any setting, whether hospital, residential facility, school, or community group. This workshop is especially of interest to play therapists, counselors, teachers, and others looking to better facilitate rapport with children in a group setting.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Expressive Writing As Activism
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC
    Nancy S. Scherlong, MS, PTR, LCSW
    Deborah Ross, CJT, LPC


    This workshop brings together three of the faculty from the Expressive Writing track to present ways in which expressive writing can be used as a tool for activism. We’ll see how ​poetry and metaphor have the ability to shape and shift consciousness. We’ll explore what it is to write on behalf of the natural world and those who live in it and do not have a voice. We will see how—by taking up our pens on behalf of what we love, and what we believe in—we don’t just learn to help and heal ourselves and our clients, but also ​have an impact on ​the world.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits



     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Intervention, Holding Environment, and Transitional Objects
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Arthur Robbins, EdD, ATR, HLM

    In this 3-hour workshop, participants will explore the differences between empathy and mirroring and their relationship to developmental expression. We will also discover the role of interpretation in facilitating reflection and self awareness. Finally, we will review the many uses of transitional objects and their function in creative arts therapy practice.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Journeying with Death in the Play Therapy Sandtray
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Theresa Fraser, MA, CCW, CYC-P, CPT-S

    One of the most challenging topics for most people to talk about or deal with, especially in therapy, is death. In this 3-hour workshop we will introduce sandtray therapy, its applications across ages and populations, and, specifically, how sandtrays and miniatures can explore the safe and effective use of self as it pertains to beliefs, values, and comfort level with the themes of death and dying. Clinical and personal applications will be demonstrated. Sandtray is the vehicle of experience, and participants are encouraged to bring miniatures (symbols), should they have these at home or in their practice, for use during experientials. Participants need not be play therapists; rather they are motivated to engage in the self discovery that death and dying themes invoke.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Managing Trauma-Based Anger, Aggression & Rage: A Creative Arts Approach
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Lynn M. Hazard, MSW, LICSW-PIP, CAMS-II

    In this 3-hour workshop we'll explore how anger, aggression, and rage are common neurophysiological fight responses to repeatedly-denied personal and interpersonal needs. These protective coping mechanisms once fought off a threat but are now their own threat to relationships, identity, and safety. Participants will role play through phase-oriented experiential methods that illustrate how to bring trauma histories safely into the light; process unrecognized or misunderstood dysregulation signs or symptoms; foster repair of anger-based intra- and interpersonal relationships; and generate meaning and mastery within a new narrative. These workshop methods will reinforce the value of expressive therapies as a means of activating the limbic system and right hemisphere where trauma sensations and emotions (memories) are stored. Re-envision your perspective and help trauma survivors transform their automatic anger-based responses into personal empowerment, compassion, control, and self-efficacy.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Overcoming Performance Anxiety: Cognitive & Creative Tools for Symptom Management
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Adele Paxton, MS, PPRNCM, LPC

    When we are called upon (or volunteer) to "perform," we often feel pressured to present our “best selves” to the world. A performance might appear deceptively simple, such as walking across a room. It might require a confrontation with the boss, the strength to hold an opinion in a small group or committee, or public speaking (a major American fear). Performances come in all shapes and sizes, and they require the cooperation of our minds, bodies, breath, and voice. Yet for many of us, performance can be a real problem—sometimes fear so undermines us that our presentation does not match the level of accomplishment and expertise in our chosen field. How do we work with performance anxiety? How might we fulfill our potential? When “buck up and tough it out” is not working, what other tools can help? This 3-hour workshop emphasizes owning power and being authentic. Participants will explore cognitive techniques that address performance anxiety and learn somatic approaches that lessen performance anxiety, making space for new behaviors. And as therapists and counselors, we all know the value of learning to manage anxiety and learn new behaviors. Come join us—don't be shy!

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Portrait Photography & Selfies: Facing Shame, Imaging Empowerment
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Deborah Cluff, PhD

    In this therapeutic photography workshop, we'll explore how shame is exposed in portraits, related to how it is experienced somatically. Shame (vs. guilt and secondary shame) will be defined and explained relative to its significance in working with clients. A discussion of how shame impedes self-expression, and therefore artistic expression, will be provided. The benefits of using photography in a therapeutic manner will be explained. Examples of self-portraits will be visually projected for group discussion/interpretation. A guided imagination exercise will be offered to show how to interocept the felt shame experience. We will make and discuss some phone camera selfies to explore and combat the felt shame experience and discuss how to harness it in treatment for clients of varied ages and issues. An examination of self-portraits and sharing shame stories will occur in triads or dyads, then the full group will reconvene to process this experience. No technical photography experience required.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Process-Oriented Social Skill-Building: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Autism & Special Needs
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Rachel Cimino, ATR-BC, LCAT
    Faith Condon Thayer, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, LCAT
    Matthew Brady, MS, LCAT, MT-BC


    In this didactic and experiential 3-hour session, we'll examine three case studies featuring students with neurodevelopmental disorders in a therapeutic day school setting where there is a unique opportunity to work with long term stable groups, as well as perform individual treatment. Our creative arts therapists also integrate DIR/Floortime methods into their therapeutic practice. According to Greenspan, 'The DIR/Floortime model is based on the assumption that we can favorably influence the core developmental foundations for relating, thinking, and communicating, even for children with severe problems, by working with their emotions, or affect.” Our site in particular allows for the consideration of individual differences and neurodiversity and treatment is tailored to the students’ individual strengths. Workshop participants will break into groups to create response pieces in a variety of modalities (music, dance, art) and then process those pieces to explore ways that working in a process-oriented group mirrors the experience of our special needs clients.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Quick Collages for Clients of All Ages: Piecing Together Possibilities
    SUMMIT FAVORITE!

    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT

    Art therapists confronted with clients' often-heard claim, “but I can’t draw,” adopted collage making as a psychologically and artistically non-threatening alternative to spontaneous drawing and painting. Quick Collages offer therapists and their clients a unique pathway for discovery through the process of collecting shapes, colors, and images from disparate personal as well as mass media sources, then assembling these fragments together into a new whole. This 3-hour workshop will teach participants ways to explore issues in treatment such as change, loss, and family and relationship dynamics through Quick Collage techniques. Portals to further exploration, visual stories and expressive vocabularies emerge from these easy-to-make artworks, enhancing the possibility for insight, and setting the stage for future work in therapy. This workshop is appropriate for clinicians working with people of all ages and abilities. No formal art training or talent is required.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits



    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Shadow Parts of Self: A Multimodal Exploration of the Gifts They Hold
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Beth Charbonneau, LCSW-C

    We all have a cast of characters within—some we champion, some we tolerate, and some we try to deny or ignore (our shadow selves). When we try to push those shadow selves away through blame, shame, or denial, we'll likely find them returning in the guises of doubt, insecurity, and self-sabotage—working against our own best interests. This highly experiential workshop will allow participants to engage in guided imagery, creative movement, mask-making, and psychodramatic techniques, all aimed at understanding how to welcome and skillfully work with shadow selves in order to discover what gifts they hold. Participants will experience firsthand some of the therapeutic benefits of working with shadow selves, including: a renewed sense of direction, a more unified self, and more opportunities for insight, wisdom, and even joy.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits



    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Understanding Physical & Emotional Cues When Treating Eating Disorders
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Maggie M. Ritnour, LMHC, LCAT, ATR-BC
    Liz Carrara, MS, RDN, CDN
    Courtney Dowdell, RDT, LCAT


    As the physical signals of hunger and fullness reawaken during the recovery process, clients with eating disorders also become better able to sense heightened emotional experiences. Integrating new emotions often follows a similar path of discomfort experienced when incorporating a prescribed meal plan. This overlap in emotional and physical discomfort can become confusing for these clients, increasing their distress, which may influence poor health outcomes (i.e., chronic illness) in the long term. In this 3-hour workshop participants will connect the physical and the emotional through the use of metaphor. Participants will see how the collaboration between art therapy, drama therapy, and dietetics delineates, reframes, and processes sensations commonly experienced by clients who are recovering from eating disorders and adapting to new meal plans. Using visual arts and drama therapy, we'll explore how to tap into and sit with bodily sensations and emotions, and consider the benefits that learning how to do this might have to offer us in our daily clinical work.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




     Optional 
     

    Saturday Morning Didactic

    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    The Enigma of Desire: Sex, Longing and Belonging
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

    Sponsored by Kint Institute

    Galit Atlas, PhD, LCAT, LP

    Based on her new book, the presenter will explore the relationship between sexuality and attachment, both as separate and related phenomena. Two clinical cases will be used to address difficulties in the modulation of sexual excitement, as well as patterns of arousal and regulation that are observed in current infant research. The workshop will focus on the developmental trajectory of sexuality, including classic themes of overstimulation, seduction, and betrayal in the early relationship to the mother. Particular attention will be given to the details of clinical work with overtly sexual material, and to the therapist’s own sexuality

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits



    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
     

    Saturday Lunch & Learns

    12:50 pm  -  1:40 pm
    Introduction to Laughter Yoga

    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Jason Jedrusiak, CYT

    Laughter Yoga is for everyone. If you can laugh, you can do it (regardless of fitness or mobility level). In this method, “fake” laughter soon turns into real, contagious laughter, releasing stress-relieving endorphins and effecting wonderful physiological and psychological benefits–similar to traditional yoga, but with less demand on the body. This lunchtime workshop will blend yoga breathwork with laughter exercises for a process that builds community, inspires playfulness, and that can paired with any kind of creative arts therapies. Join us to experience a joyful form of yoga! No poses, mats, special outfits (or comedy skills) necessary.

    This session not eligible for CE Credits


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    12:50 pm  -  1:40 pm
    Providing Effective Clinical Treatment in a Managed Care World
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Kristy Rapp, LMHC
    Sabrina Askari-Dougherty, LMFT

    In this brief lunchtime presentation, the speakers—previously direct care providers who are currently employees of a managed care company—will provide an overview of the clinical framework used by managed care entities. They will discuss how clinicians can best collaborate and negotiate with managed care, and also outline best practices for working with state agencies, providers, school systems, etc. Participants will be able to ask questions, seek support, and learn how to integrate medical necessity criteria into their work with clients.

    Eligible for 1.0 Clock/Credit Hour: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




     Optional 
    12:50 pm  -  1:40 pm
    Therapeutic Bureaucracy: Playful Paperwork for Fun & Healing
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Ori Alon

    Social practice artist Ori Alon developed the Empowering Clerks Network in 2006. Through this approach, he offers 'services' to diverse populations, using humor and satire to heal, express, and confront powerful existential and daily issues. His charming bureaucratic documents include: Joy Permit, Forgiver's License, Pain Deed, Racism Release Form, Open Carry Permits for Musical Instruments, Refurbished Report Cards, Adult Special Achievement Stickers, and many others. In addition to sharing his work through conferences and workshops, he has taken his crusade to political events including the RNC, DNC, presidential inauguration, and the Women's March. Alon will introduce the 'therapy edition' of his project in this lunchtime talk.

    This session not eligible for CE Credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
     

    Saturday Afternoon Didactic

    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Dissociative Disorders: Assessment, Alliances & Anger Issues

    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Anne Mills, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LCPAT

    To confidently and responsibly plan the treatment of people with dissociative disorders, trauma-informed assessment must be done as part of every intake. Without this, patients may remain misdiagnosed and lose time, hope, and money without getting better, despite the fact that dissociative disorders are as prevalent as other major psychiatric disorders. In the first section of this didactic presentation, we will consider several assessments with which to launch effective treatment. Difficulties with trust and affect regulation tend to lead survivors of severe trauma, such as people with dissociative disorders, to isolation or stormy relationships. Developing adequate therapeutic alliances with all ‘parts’ or aspects of the patient, even the most challenging, is key. Practical advice will be given on how to do so, and how to foster equally good relations with the treatment team. Working with anger directly can be a turning point in therapy for any client. For highly traumatized and dissociative clients, anger and anxiety are experienced so frequently and intensely as to be overwhelming, so they typically avoid negative affect and are unable to self-regulate emotion. This can result in maladaptive behaviors such as aggression and self-injury. In the final part of this 3-hour session, a structured art therapy experience will be introduced that can help these patients safely express their anger. This and much of the material discussed in this session will also apply to treating adults with complex PTSD and personality disorders.

    PLEASE NOTE: Advanced-level clinical content

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits





    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
     

    Saturday Afternoon Workshops

    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Access the Transformational Power of Your Dreams: A Psychodramatic Exploration
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    U. Ingrid Schirrholz, Dipl-Psych, MA, TEP

    Multidimensional by nature, dreams connect us to deeper levels of consciousness, where we find previously unexplored resources and new possibilities. Psychodrama techniques can help to decipher the language of the unconscious by bringing dream characters to life, giving them voices, and allowing them to interact with each other. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will enter right brain "dream space" by enacting dreams—extending them into the here and now—and creating new endings to unfinished dreams and nightmares. Participants will learn unique ways to tune in to the significant elements and meanings of dreams by accessing dreams’ transformational power to reveal new and creative ways of being in life. This session is geared for counselors and therapists who wish to learn ways to incorporate this approach into their clinical work. No previous dream interpretation or psychodrama experience is required.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Along the Buddhist Path: Poetry, Journal & Action Methods for Mindfulness
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Nancy S. Scherlong, MS, PTR, LCSW

    This is an experiential and didactic workshop that covers some of the basic tenets of mindfulness practices and allows for experiential participation through the use of meditative writing and movement. Mindfulness work has much to offer our clients in terms of stress reduction, and ourselves in terms of compassionate self care. We will draw upon some of the teachings of contemplative psychotherapists, Buddhist thought leaders, and meditation experts. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in body-focused and breath meditation, walking meditation or seated meditation, as a means to utilize them with their clients. Participants will also have a chance to write reflectively prior to and after meditations, to experience stress reduction techniques and to respond to writing prompts focused on our practice. A compendium of prompts and poems will be supplied to all participants as well as evidence-based practice information regarding meditation and Buddhist practice. Application to clinical practice will be discussed. Also suitable for educators and others.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Comedy Improv Therapy Group & CBT for Working with Social Anxiety Issues
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Neal King, LCSW

    In this highly experiential 3-hour workshop, participants will be asked to participate in improvisational games, enabling them to experience first-hand an emotional progression from discomfort to acceptance. The speaker will highlight and discuss the points at which therapists are encouraged to bridge a game’s experience into practical application, and ways this dynamic can differ among different types of groups. Lessons on assertiveness training, thought challenging current self-beliefs, and other related CBT methods can be integrated into this group process, but should not feel like its main focus; the comedy improv group dynamic itself is one of the key principles to the treatment process of social anxiety. Participants will learn why it is important for the facilitator to internalize group attunement and spontaneous processing skills. The four elements specific to Comedy Improv Therapy for working with social anxiety (group cohesiveness, play, exposure, and humor) will be discussed and demonstrated as they pertain to working with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. No previous comedy, CBT, or theater improvisation experience required.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits





    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Deepening Approaches to Image & Metaphor for Expressive Arts Therapists
    SUMMIT FAVORITE!

    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT

    In working with images, an imaginal approach that ‘particularizes’ the image differs from a Jungian approach, which focuses on symbolic content. Working imaginally asks for a poetic sensibility, which is not necessarily logical or literal. The tenet central to imaginal work is one of “sticking to the image.” Using ideas and practices developed by various archetypal thinkers and practitioners, the workshop will offer opportunities to deepen the hearing and seeing of images. When listening to a literal event with an ear toward metaphor, the event may take on meaning that might otherwise go unnoticed. Hearing literal occurrences poetically involves slowing down the listening in order to consider what the imagination might offer. Using practices central to the workshop in therapy sessions, it is possible to hear from images, dreams, and stories clients bring to therapy. Hillman developed a set of “gadgets” to assist in hearing and seeing images with precision. We will play with those to access metaphor and listen for poetic insight that can enhance our clinical work.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Exploring Masks: Clinical Applications & Countertransference Potential
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Kara Rothschild, MS, ATR-BC
    Leah R. Floyd, ATR-BC, LCAT


    Masks can provide clients with containment and distance to safely explore different parts of themselves. In this 3-hour workshop, we will briefly review the history of masks and mask making; attendees will become quickly immersed in a learning and self-exploration experience, so that clinicians, students, and educators can learn new ways to approach mask making and ways to further support this process in a variety of settings. Participants will be invited to engage in two separate mask making projects, and will be encouraged to explore a mask they wear, as well as a mask to represent a countertransferential issue they are currently (or in the recent past) struggling with.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Helping LGBTQ Youth Create a Coherent Self-Narrative
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

    Sponsored by Kint Institute

    Mark Beauregard, RDT-BCT, LCAT
    Kristin Long, RDT, BCT, LCAT, LP


    LGBTQ youth have unique life stories and experiences, often in the context of interpersonal and environmental trauma, that can reinforce silence. They need caring adults who can help them to tell their stories, be heard, and craft their narrative in order to live the life they want. This workshop will have participants thinking creatively about the roles of storyteller and listener for both LGBTQ youth and therapists. Presenters will provide a brief introduction to the life experiences of these young people and discuss how caring adults can become creative agents of change in helping youth express their own stories of hurt, strength, and resilience. Participants will leave with specific examples of arts-based activities to use in fostering coherent self-narratives.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits





    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Playing with a Full Deck: Tarot & Note Cards as Creative Clinical Tools
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Andy Matzner, LCSW

    In this 3-hour experiential workshop, participants will discover how a deck of cards and a bunch of markers can offer clients an expressive therapy bonanza. In our case, the deck can either be blank or already full of images (i.e., the tarot). On the one hand, white pocket-sized cards and colorful markers are a potent combination for self-expression. An added benefit is that clients can leave sessions with portable pieces of artwork that serve as inspirational reminders of their therapeutic journeys. On the other hand, each of the seventy-eight cards of the tarot deck already contains provocative imagery and archetypal symbolism. A powerful clinical tool for non-verbal communication and developing self-awareness, working with the tarot deck allows clients to access parts of their subconscious that talk can’t reach. During this session, participants will explore the clinical uses of both types of card decks through discussion, journaling, and hands-on art activities. We'll supply the notebook and pen!

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Positive Psychology in Clinical Settings: Creative Interventions for Counseling & Psychotherapy
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Dan Tomasulo PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP
    Andrea Szucs, RDT, SIFI, LMSW


    The new science of positive psychology seeks to move toward happiness and well-being, not simply away from suffering, by shifting focus from what’s wrong to what’s strong. A positive outlook on life has been shown to help people live longer, with a stronger immune system, fewer symptoms of depression, greater well-being and productivity, and with better resilience and coping skills during difficult times. This evidence-based workshop looks at the theory, research, and applied aspects of positivity with the goal of helping mental health providers and caregivers use strength-based treatment interventions that nurture themselves and those they work with. This is an experiential workshop using psychodrama and drama therapy methods to demonstrate the best of positive psychology research with various methods of psychotherapy. It is aimed at enhancing both a therapist’s well-being and skill set. There will be an emphasis on understanding the use of various interventions to work with emotions from: The past (e.g., serenity, gratitude, satisfaction, pride). The present (e.g., interest, pleasure, savoring, awe, joy, amusement, meditation, kindness, and gratification) and The future (e.g., hope, optimism, inspiration, and faith).

    Participants are strongly encouraged to take the character strength survey http://www.viacharacter.org/www/ prior to coming to the workshop and bring their results, showing their five top character strengths, along with them to the Summit.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Post-Disaster Treatment and PTSD Prevention: Art, Body & Psychosocial Interventions
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Sunhee K. Kim, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT
    Nayung Kim, PhD, BC-DMT, CMA, SEP


    Through didactic and experiential exercises, participants in this 3-hour workshop will learn practical skills for working with people who have survived disasters. Approaches will include using visual art to allow story and emotions to unfold nonverbally, expressive movement to discharge stress through activating the body, and how to lead simple yet powerful grounding exercises. Participants will become familiar with the five components of psychosocial intervention through expressive arts therapies: 1) psychological first aid; 2) stress management; 3) emotional support; 4) psychosocial support; and 5) social networks for strengthening individual and community resilience. Special consideration will be given to recent literature that suggests that expressive arts therapies have specific correlates in the brain that can engage us on cognitive, emotional, biological, psychological, social and/or sensory levels.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Psychodynamic & Creative Techniques for Managing Difficult Client-Therapist Issues
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Allison Reynolds, LCSW, LCAT, MT-BC

    In this 3-hour workshop participants will acquire tools to tackle challenges in the therapist-client relationship, including the unconscious dynamics and relational dilemmas that often occur. Important terms —transference, countertransference and projective identification—will be defined, discussed, and explored in creative formats. Experiential exercises, including techniques such as role play and other action techniques, participants will promote insight into challenging client-therapist dynamics and sharpen our ability to negotiate difficult moments in treatment. Participants will process with the group in order to deepen awareness and encourage new ways of thinking and working clinically.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    The Hero's Journey to a Healthy Body Image: Multimodal Explorations
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Nancy Sondag, MA, LCAT, RDT/BCT, CDP, CADDCT

    The quest for the ideal perfect body is ingrained in our culture by the advertising and entertainment industries. The perfect body presented in the media is a fabricated myth. Unfortunately, buying into this myth can lead those in its quest to misery, disappointment, disordered eating, physical illnesses, and emotional problems while robbing them of the celebration of their true beauty. The goal of this experiential workshop is to provide the clinician with techniques to help the client recognize the myth, explore his/her core beliefs, improve his/her body-image, and establish goals for health and well-being. Participants will learn techniques to provide empathy and safety for the client; exercises to help the client recognize how core beliefs affect body image; methods of enactment to move the client beyond limiting roles and disordered ways of eating; and the use of art, poetry, and song to create a hero’s journey to a healthy body image.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Vocal Psychotherapy: Self-Discovery through Breath & Sound
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Diane Austin, DA, ACMT, LCAT

    Explore the use of breath, tone, and vocal improvisation with verbal processing to access the spontaneous authentic self. Through audiotaped case examples and experiential exercises, learn how ”vocal holding techniques©” and “free associative singing©” can be used in various stages of the therapeutic process to help clients access feelings, images, and memories from the unconscious and integrate them into conscious awareness. This new voice-based model of music therapy has been used successfully with populations around the world in China, Korea, Japan, Greece, Israel and Brazil—proving that singing is indeed a universal language. No music or music therapy skills required.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Working with Children of Divorce Using Play Therapy & Yoga
    Executive Conference Center - Saturday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Michelle M. Pliske, MSW LCSW RPT-S
    Lindsay Balboa, MSSW, LCSW


    Children are unique with differing strengths, weaknesses, temperaments, and varying degrees of social, emotional, and economic resources. Divorce diminishes a child’s future competence in many areas of life, including relationships, education, emotional wellbeing, and even future earning power. In this 3-hour workshop we will demonstrate how to address the disparity children of divorce face by employing a group process that incorporates both play therapy and yoga principles. These modalities in combination support children of divorce because group therapy reduces their feelings of isolation; yoga addresses stress, anxiety, and hyperarousal; and play therapy restores autonomy and control. Current medical research will be reviewed, and play therapy and child yoga techniques will be illustrated. Support group programming and adaptations for individual or family treatment planning will be discussed. Specific attention will be paid to the legal and ethical issues that accompany a family system moving through divorce to equip therapists with information to navigate potentially complicated situations.

    PLEASE NOTE: Continuing education credit approval for programs in which the subject matter features yoga and/or meditation varies per state. Please verify with your professional licensing board that your state will accept credits for programs such as this.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
     

    Saturday Evening Social Event

    6:00 pm  -  9:00 pm
    Saturday Evening Networking Mixer

    PASSION8!
    An Evening of Food
    Drink & Connection

    with those who share
    your professional passions


    Group Mixing


    Location
    SOCIAL BAR
    795 8th Avenue (between 48th/49th streets)
    second floor walkup


    Dance Connection

    Lite Fare • Open Bar • Music & More
    further details forthcoming


    Limited Capacity
    Requires $39 event ticket
    available during registration process
    Guests welcome!

    Fee  Optional 
  • Sunday, 10/15/17
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    Sunday Master Classes

    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    Dreamscaping in Grief Therapy: Imagery and Stories Rescripted & Recontextualized for Healing

    Pratt Institute - Sunday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT
    Nancy Gershman


    The bereaved and bereaved-to-be often live in a liminal state, disconnected from joy. “Dreamscaping” is a strengths-based, collaborative, and future-oriented strategy that harnesses the neuroplasticity of the brain to create resiliency and reconnection.  In this 6-hour master class, participants learn how to build a "prescriptive memory" imaginally and then through photo collage (from personal photos/magazines). Working in pairs, participants will role-play as clinician and client. Emphasis will be placed upon using observational humor and deep play to tease out and rescript positive core memories to optimize their positive charge. Later, participant pairs will each make Dreamscape collages of their own prescriptive memory, re-contextualizing imagery for a fresh perspective, and processing creations for insight and learning. Implications for using this process in a variety of clinical settings and populations will also be addressed. Participants should bring a photocopy of a picture of a person or pet whose loss is still felt that can be used in the collage process.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    Facing, Fighting & Surviving Cancer Through the Expressive Arts

    Pratt Institute - Sunday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    When the Medical Expressive Therapist Becomes the Patient: A Journey with Cancer
    Kandia Bouzioti, MA, AVPT

    This presentation will describe a therapist’s journey which began in New York City providing music therapy with cancer patients at the internationally-known Memorial Sloan Kettering, and ended up with her discovery that she, herself, had cancer. We will explore the different music therapy techniques used with cancer patients but also the role of music in the therapist’s life before and after being diagnosed with cancer. Countertransference and parallel process will be defined and the ways these unconscious phenomena may effect the therapeutic work, after the therapist has been diagnosed with a chronic and life threatening illness. The connection to trauma and the different ways it can be expressed and processed through music psychotherapy will be discussed, enhancing the relevance of this session for therapists of all types.


    LISTENing to Cancer through Movement, Music & Voice
    Allison (Ali) DeCamillis, MS, ATR, LPC
    Suzanne Costello

    Participants in this 3-hour workshop will learn how LISTEN, a project that models a successful collaboration between a cancer support community, an internationally recognized dance/theater company specializing in Arts in Health, and a local PBS affiliate, addressed the needs of people impacted by cancer to share their stories in a broader context for advocacy, a deepened sense of community, and more refined purposes, meanings, and legacies. The project's final performance elevated cancer survivors’ stories, taking them from the support group to the stage. Through case vignettes, survey results, photo/video documentation, and experientials, participants will be able to explore ways in which movement, music, and voice can illuminate stories and improve psychosocial functionality for medically ill people. Participants will consider how they might coordinate a similar project—organizing, planning, executing, and how to secure funding will be discussed. No prior dance/movement therapy or music therapy experience is required.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits

     


     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    Integrating DBT with Expressive Arts Therapies to Enhance Treatment of Trauma & Addiction

    Pratt Institute - Sunday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Bringing DBT to Life with Expressive Therapies to Treat Trauma and Addiction
    Maria Kratsios, MIA, LCSW
    Carolyn Licht, PhD


    Expressive therapy modalities and techniques such as psychodrama, drama therapy, spectrograms, locograms, and empty-chair work treat the effects of trauma and addiction by increasing the capacity to tolerate interpersonal and intrapersonal connection. Such methods also can be useful in early recovery when cognitive capacities to learn didactic information or participate in “process” groups may be impaired by the residual brain effects of drugs and alcohol. In early recovery, clients with trauma, however, may not be able to tolerate the intensity of expressive therapies without resorting to the very habits they are trying to break. Such clients often benefit from new coping strategies provided by Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training. This 3-hour workshop will focus on how to teach DBT skills experientially without re-traumatizing or causing relapse in clients who are at the earliest stages of recovery. Participants will learn specific exercises, as well as the basic principles of how to design their own.

    DBT and Art Therapy: Phenomenological Integration of Trauma
    Xiao Yu, MS, NCC
    Yejin Yoo, MFA, MPS, LCAT-LP

    This 3-hour workshop will focus on combining DBT and art therapy techniques for working with survivors of trauma, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, many of whom have diverse cultural backgrounds. Survivors of trauma often experience intrusive thoughts or sensations that create a barrier to “be” in the present moment; many are challenged to find the language that describes their traumatic experiences. The Sacred Silence structure releases that burden and supports survivors to safely turn inward and reconnect with their inner resources. Utilizing phenomenological Intuiting, a DBT-based art therapy technique, the participants will be guided through multiple phases of creating a phenomenon (art), distancing and perceiving, and phenomenological unfolding. This process is designed to support integration of nonverbal and verbal awareness through present-moment artistic expression and reflection of the expression while connecting with fellow participants. This approach is appropriate for working with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    Self-Care & Stress Management for Counselors, Therapists and Others: Creative Arts, Imagery, Yoga

    Pratt Institute - Sunday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Addressing Compassion Fatigue: A Toolkit for Creating Balance & Sustaining Caregiver Health
    L. Claire Campbell, LPCC-S, ATR, NCC

    This highly experiential workshop focuses on the importance of understanding and addressing compassion fatigue in those working daily in helping roles. This occupational hazard often festers unrecognized and can impact clinicians in a variety of negative ways. Stressed and stressful work environments can be a breeding ground for ethical boundary violations in clinical practice as well as impact our ability to engage in effective self-care and stress management. This workshop will help participants identify triggers and symptoms of compassion fatigue and offer exercises and valuable tools for creating a path to ongoing wellness and energy building in the workplace. Artmaking, yoga, breathing exercises, and journaling will be among the techniques offered as part of this professional toolkit. Come join us, de-stress, and end the Summit with a calming/integrative process!

    Ethics of Self-Care for Creative Arts Therapists: Beyond the Basics
    Angela Guerriero, MA, MM, MT-BC, RYT 200
    Gregory Perkins, MT-BC


    Self-care is essential to the work of a creative arts therapist and barriers to self-care may be detrimental for both the therapist and the clients served. Each therapist has an ethical responsibility to invite personal inquiry into the importance of self-care in order to create strategies and an individualized plan to effectively address these needs. A definition of self-care will be proposed and examined in greater depth, in relation to each association’s Code of Ethics. Participants will engage in experiential learning throughout the workshop incorporating various media to support self-reflection, to increase personal awareness of self-care, and to initiate the creation of a self-care plan.

    Care for Caregivers: Guided Imagery, Art Therapy & Yoga
    Emily Nolan, DAT, LPC, ATRL-BC

    New mental health research has begun to reveal a connection between healing from traumatic events and mind/body experiences. Yoga and yogic practices, in particular, facilitate beneficial effects through embodiment. This workshop offers methods to help counselors and therapists remain present and embodied in their work as well as ways to use yoga with art therapy to practice self-care and guide their clients toward well-being. Participants will begin by setting an intention, then experience guided imagery, make art, and participate in a simple flow-style yoga practice. Yoga can be helpful in preventing and healing secondary trauma, for which art therapists and other mental health practitioners are at risk. Most importantly, participants will explore how this work can be applied to their clinical practices in developing effective proprioceptive and interoceptive awareness and self-care practices.

    PLEASE NOTE: Continuing education credit approval for programs in which the subject matter features yoga and/or meditation varies per state. Please verify with your professional licensing board that your state will accept credits for programs such as this.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: ATCB (including 2.0 Ethics Credits); ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Eligible for 4.0 Clock/Credits Hours: NBCC
    Not eligible for APT Credits




     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
    Strength-Based Art & Play Interventions through Neuropsychological Assessment and the ETC

    Pratt Institute - Sunday
    200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

    Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

    Dawn Burau, ATR, SpEd, LMHC
    Daniel Reinstein, PhD


    The Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) is a multidisciplinary model that provides a framework for selecting types of interventions (e.g., kinesthetic, symbolic, and sensory) and related media qualities (e.g., fluid and resistive) based on a client’s level of functioning and the clinician’s treatment goals. In this daylong master class, a psychologist and art therapist—co-authors of two books on integrating neuropsychological and psychological evaluations—will explore the various neuropsychological functions that are accessed and influenced by play and creative activities and identify ways to integrate their results into creative, strength-based treatment. Using the ETC to bridge assessment and treatment, the speakers will explore ways to develop customized art and play therapy interventions for clients that align with their neuropsychological assessment results. This session will combine case studies, discussion, and hands-on creative activities to illustrate and demonstrate how neuropsychological functioning influences art making and play activity in children, and how individualized art making and play interventions can be used to strengthen vulnerabilities and promote healthy functioning in young people.

    Eligible for 6.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
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    Sunday Morning Workshops

    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Affects as Chakra Energies: Integrating Metaphysical Traditions with the Expressive Arts
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Briana MacWilliam, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT

    The chakra system is a philosophical model of the universe that came to the West by means of the tantric tradition and the practice of yoga. This is achieved through several steps of expanding consciousness; the chakras represent these steps. When we are blocked in any one or more of our chakras, we may fall into habitual patterns that render us stuck, throwing us continually back into survival mode. Or, we may be unable to ground ourselves, lost in a flood of overwhelm and ideas, dissociated from the real world. Bringing our chakras into balance requires not the shedding of the ego in strict favor of the metaphysical, nor the deification of "clinicism" to the detriment of spirit, but an integration of the two. In this 3-hour workshop we will cover theories of affective response, the diagnostic meaning of affect, an overview of the 7 main chakras, 8 mindful tips for working with early chakra imbalances, and an art and imagery experiential to learn how to apply this process in your clinical work.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Beyond Disguise: Masks & Meanings in Clinical Practice
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Jennie Kristel, MA, REAT, RMT, APTT

    The drama and power of masks arise from the calibration of their particular configuration and the wearer behind them. Mask making is a powerful expressive arts therapy tool that can be used to support people in strengthening their identities and exploring hidden parts of the self. Therapeutic work with masks can also help us to examine the role of the spectator. That is, the witness who observes the shifts and changes of the mask ­wearer. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity to make their own masks and explore simple ways to expand their meaning and power through dialoguing, drama, and storytelling. They will learn about the clinical applications of mask making with diverse patient populations, and explore how action methods from psychodrama, movement, and storytelling can be used to enhance the healing potential of masks. When we work with masks, we might ask, “What is it that’s kept inside and hidden?” In this highly experiential (and fun!) workshop, we will examine this question, among many others.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Creating Community: Play & Interplay with Groups Through the Expressive Arts
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Judith A. Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM
    Hannelore Jiménez-Alonso, ATR, LSB


    This 3-hour workshop, co-led by two senior art therapists from different parts of the world, features an exploration of both play and interplay. They will facilitate a series of exercises using a wide variety of materials and methods that will, through sequential engagement, lead participants from individual experimentation into gradually widening interaction, culminating in the creation of a shared community. The workshop will also provide participants with an opportunity to reflect through movement, art, drama, and words on their experiences and how they might incorporate them into their clinical practice. Most of these activities were first developed for work with resistant individuals, such as adolescents with substance abuse problems and people in shelters. They can be used to bridge divides among group members, including populations of different ages or from different cultures, particularly those who have experienced individual and/or collective trauma.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Creative Play Therapy with (Even the Most Resistant) Tweens & Teens
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Lyla Tyler, LMFT, RPT-S

    Adolescents are often the most challenging clients due to their inherent need to push against the status quo. In this 3-hour workshop participants will learn go-to, fun, art and play therapy interventions that foster collaborative, playful relationship building and engage adolescents in the therapeutic process through the power of play. In his Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Daniel Siegel explains how the teenage brain undergoes rapid changes but also refers to adolescence as a “golden age” for innovation and creativity. This brain development will be discussed, and techniques for harnessing the possibilities of this time of innovation and the creativity of even the most resistant teens will be taught. Experiential activities will include play therapy interventions that address assessment and treatment goals, teach coping skills, process traumatic experiences, and promote self-discovery.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT; APT**
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Engaging Persons with Dementia: A Strength-Based Approach
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Andrea Szucs, LMSW, RDT
    Jodie Berman, BFA


    In the world of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and related dementias we are often treating the disease and not the person. In this 3-hour experiential workshop we will explore how to engage a person with dementia through effective communication techniques, how to reframe the deficits as strengths, and how to build on those strengths to enhance meaningful engagement. We will explore ideas that can be used in individual and group settings­ that are unique to your strengths, your clients’ needs and strengths, blending methods of spontaneity, improvisation, tools of positive psychology and mindfulness, as well as drama therapy.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; LCAT
    Not eligible for APT or SWNYS Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Essential Oils As Eco-Art Therapy: Bringing the Outside In
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Alexandrea Newell, MS-AT

    When we practice Eco-Art Therapy, we work in—and with—nature in order to facilitate the healing process. Rooted in the field of ecopsychology, it posits that our increasing disconnection from nature has led to related pathologies: the rapidly growing environmental crisis parallels the psychological epidemic of anxiety and depression sweeping the globe. Bringing clients to nature works to repair this gap, but there are times when disconnection is reinforced by psychological symptoms, restrictive facilities, weather, or other environmental factors. In these cases, essential oils offer a means to bring nature to clients. Neurologically, scent bypasses higher levels of processing and goes straight to the olfactory cortex, embedded in the limbic system and amygdala, the seat of emotion and memory. Of the five senses, it is the most ancient, instinctual, and immediate. This 3-hour workshop will build on the research-based principles and fundamentals of eco-art therapy presented by the speaker at last year’s Summit, enhanced by new techniques proven through daily practice in a psychiatric setting. Participants will have the opportunity to experience scent-based Eco-Art Therapy through individual and collaborative art activities. The theory and practices explored will be applicable to therapeutic work with diverse populations in a variety of settings with therapists of specialties.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits


    Faculty Bio(s):
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    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Grief and the Memory Box: A Creative Approach for Children & Adolescents
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Sarah Vollmann, MPS, ATR-BC, LICSW

    This 3-hour workshop presents an attachment-informed approach to grief therapy with children and adolescents. An overview of the developmental stages of grief for children and teens will be provided, as well as an art therapy case study of a bereaved child. Various art therapy directives that might be used in treatment with grieving children will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own memory boxes, using a variety of collage, drawing, and painting materials. The directive is adaptable as needed for fit and comfort: participants may honor lost love ones or commemorate times, events, or places of significance. As a group we will discuss our box creation processes and identify implications for using this intervention with children, adolescents, and families who grieve.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Introduction to the Therapeutic Uses of Photography
    SUMMIT FAVORITE!

    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Robert Irwin Wolf, MPS, ATR-BC, NCPsya, LP, LCAT

    After a brief introduction to the therapeutic uses of photography and photo processing within a group treatment format, participants will be led through experiential exercises to explore their own photographic images. They will learn how to uncover unconscious material in photographs that can lead to greater self-awareness in daily life as well as in clinical and educational situations. The use of digital photographic technology will also be demonstrated as it pertains to the processing of photographic images with populations of varied ages and abilities. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring along copies of original photographs of themselves, family, friends, and places that can be cut up and used in this process. No special skills or experience with photography are necessary.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits





    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Making Therapeutic Story Cloths: Uses & Benefits in Varied Clinical Settings
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Daniele Kaplan, MPS, ATR-BC, ATCS, CCLS, LCAT
    Renee Folzenlogen, MA, LAC, NCC


    Textiles are an early human invention; they protect us from the elements when used in clothing, bedding, and shelters. Textile arts, a more recent innovation, provide makers with a means of expression, historic documentation, and political discourse. The variety of colors and textures, the deep-seated memories that fabric holds, and the rhythmic motions of sewing make it an ideal medium for use in art therapy—whether in individual or group formats. In this 3-hour workshop participants will learn how story cloths can activate communication and self-expression. Participants will learn potential benefits of creating story cloths, witness examples of how story cloths have been used in different therapeutic settings, and take home techniques and prompts to create, share, and promote their use in treatment. Materials will be provided, and participants are encouraged to bring fabric, trimmings, or small objects that can add special meaning to the story cloths they will be creating. Sewing experience is helpful but not required.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Reflecting on Your Summit Moment: Word & Imagery in Haibun, Basho's 17th C. Writing Form
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Sherry Reiter, PhD, LCSW, PTR-M/S, RDT-BCT

    How can we integrate the powerful experiences and changing emotional landscapes we experienced in our relatively short journey through this year's Summit together? Like clover, we have covered great expanses. So how do we travel without getting lost? How do we remove ourselves after the intense flurry of activity, pack up our treasures and reattach in a new setting, intact and whole? The Haibun is a marvelous written form that offers an answer to these questions. This 3-hour workshop explores a Japanese writing form that was popularized in the 17th century Japan by the poet Matsuo Basho. A haibun is the combination of two written forms: a prose poem and haiku. The prose usually describes a scene or moment in an objective manner. It is juxtaposed by a haiku poem rich in imagery. This form encourages reflection, observation, and testimony. This highly experiential workshop will provide a rich and evocative way to integrate the experiences of the last few days, and introduce clinicians to a technique that can be used with clients of all types in need of reflection and/or closure regarding any manner of experiences or issues. No prior writing experience (or writing talent) is necessary.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Say Yes to Spontaneity: Therapeutic Benefits of Applied Improvisation
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Bess Eiermann, MA, R-DMT, CAGS, PhD-c
    Maude Davis, MA


    Improvisation is the interface between the known and unknown; it challenges us to use both mind and body while we venture beyond reason. When the mind dances and the body thinks, we enter that paradoxical space of knowing/not-knowing. In this potentially very noisy 3-hour workshop, the basic “rules” of Applied Improvisation will be introduced and explored:
    1) Say “yes, and . . .;”
    2) Support and celebrate others;
    3) Suspend judgments; and
    4) Take risks and participate energetically.
    Participants will discover how these tenets can migrate into our everyday lives and make major changes in our perceptions of the world and in our interactions with others. Participants will experience how movement in improv allows us to be in the body and encourages playfulness and presence. They will engage in improv games and practice other art modalities that can be used with their clients in various treatment situations. Participants are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing suitable for movement.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Self Exploration through SoulCollage®
    SUMMIT FAVORITE!

    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Sally Brucker, ATR-BC, CAGS, CLCC, LCSW

    Immerse yourself in the process of SoulCollage®. This 3-hour workshop will introduce attendees to the basic principles of the Jungian-based method of creating and reading handmade collaged cards. SoulCollage can serve as a meaningful process of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and personal empowerment for practitioners and clients in a wide variety of clinical settings. Participants will create their own deck of cards to represent different parts of their personality, gain insight and interpret imagery from their cards, and learn how to integrate the SoulCollage process in therapy sessions with clients.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits





    Faculty Bio(s):
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    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    The Finger Labyrinth: An Ancient Tool for Today’s Healing
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Alix Amar, MED, MSS, CRS, LCSW
    Mindy Jacobson-Levy, MCAT, ATR-BC, DVATA HLM, LPC


    The labyrinth is an ancient and effective tool for mindful meditation, self-reflection, and healing. Various versions of the labyrinth have been documented by diverse cultures around the world, dating back to the early Greeks. In this 3-hour experiential and didactic workshop, participants will create an individual finger labyrinth (12 inches square) that can be used in clinical as well as personal contemplative practice. Together we will explore various therapeutic applications of labyrinths and identify ways in which this powerful tool can be incorporated into clinical work with different populations. In addition, participants will experience firsthand how psychological shifts can occur in response to working with these personal-sized tools, which (unlike walking labyrinths) are eminently portable.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits


    Faculty Bio(s):
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    Sunday Morning Didactic

    9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
    Ethics and the Modern Art Therapy Practice: A Crash Course

    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Rachel Brandoff, ATR-BC, ATCS, BCPC, LCAT
    Ethics Session


    This is a crash course for art therapists who are interested in using technology to facilitate client or supervisee sessions. Participants will develop awareness of how to provide online services, what to look for in an online delivery system, and how to present an online professional identity. Ethical issues in the age of technology such as non-art therapists using art and social media for professionals (when and how is it okay?) will be addressed.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits



    Faculty Bio(s):
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    Sunday Lunch & Learns

    12:50 pm  -  1:40 pm
    Evidence-Based Practices for Expressive Arts Therapists from SAMSHA's Registry of Programs
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Lisa Miller, LMFT
    Denise Anima, LMFT


    Evidence-Based practices or EBP’s are frequently being requested by private and state/federal healthcare insurance companies as a requirement for providing mental health services. These EBP’s refer to mental health practices that are backed by scientific evidence with the goal of encouraging practitioners to use safe and effective practices/treatment as well as empowering the community with information about different treatment options. In this brief lunchtime session, participants will learn how to identify evidence-based practices utilizing SAMSHA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. The knowledge gained in this session can be used for mental health work with a variety of clients in different settings.

    Eligible for 1.0 Clock/Credit Hour: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
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    12:50 pm  -  1:40 pm
    Introduction to Laughter Yoga

    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Jason Jedrusiak, CYT

    Laughter Yoga is for everyone. If you can laugh, you can do it (regardless of fitness or mobility level). In this method, “fake” laughter soon turns into real, contagious laughter, releasing stress-relieving endorphins and effecting wonderful physiological and psychological benefits–similar to traditional yoga, but with less demand on the body. This lunchtime workshop will blend yoga breathwork with laughter exercises for a process that builds community, inspires playfulness, and that can paired with any kind of creative arts therapies. Join us to experience a joyful form of yoga! No poses, mats, special outfits (or comedy skills) necessary.

    This session not eligible for CE Credits


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    12:50 pm  -  1:40 pm
    Psychopharmacology for Counselors, Therapists, and their Colleagues
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Scott Palyo, MD

    Many patients in therapy are also receiving medication management. This lunchtime presentation will offer a brief introduction to psychopharmacology and then explore some commonly prescribed medication families in psychiatry such as anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, and stimulant medications. The talk, given by a psychiatrist who works with creative arts therapists, will also highlight key points in collaborating with psychiatrists and utilizing medications as a adjunct treatment to therapy. For a more in-depth look at this topic, Summit registrants are directed to this speaker's Sunday workshop.

    Eligible for 1.0 Clock/Credit Hour: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




    Faculty Bio(s):
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    Sunday Afternoon Workshops

    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Building Rapport with Children & Their Families Using a Psychoanalytic Approach
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Shirley Disu, MPsa, MA, CCLS, NC-PsyA, LP

    Externalizing behaviors are often cited as the reason children are referred to psychotherapy, however unconscious conflicts and non-disclosed concerns often reveal themselves during treatment. In this 3-hour workshop participants will learn about psychoanalytic theories and treatment concepts that can be applied in clinical and educational settings to understand and address behaviors that are situational responses stemming from trauma, family dysfunction, developmental arrests, and/or poor attachment. Through case studies, demonstrations, and experientials, participants will learn about common childhood mental health disorders/intellectual disabilities and discover effective clinical tools that create a thriving, holistic therapeutic/educational environment. This session is recommended for professionals looking to enhance their clinical rapport with children and families.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




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    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Chronic Pain & Early Attachment: A Movement Process for Awareness and Healing
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Suzi Tortora, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC

    Approximately 1 in 4 American adults have chronic pain. Research has shown that the development of chronic pain is associated with “insecure” adult attachment styles, rooted in infancy and early childhood experiences with primary caregivers. These early experiences–initially registered on a somatic, kinesthetic and sensory level–shape how we make sense of the world, express our emotions and respond to threats throughout our lifetime. This 3-hour workshop will demonstrate nonverbal ways to explore early relationship patterns through moment-to-moment dance/movement explorations that metaphorically reveal old and new ways to engage with self and others. I will demonstrate their movement styles and provide descriptions for the participants to “ try-on.” This workshop will include dyadic, small group, and whole group hands-on learning. Therapist participants will learn how to gain visceral insight into clients when moving with them and witnessing their affective and physical attunement during partnered movement explorations. Designed for participation by healthcare professionals of all disciplines and interested others.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




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    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Connecting to Our Clients Through Song Listening
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Maya Benattar, MA, MT-BC, LCAT

    Songs resonate deeply through our lives and are intimately connected to emotions, thoughts, and ideas. The multi-sensory and emotionally-laden nature of songs provides the opportunity to deepen connections regardless of age, disability, or need. This interactive, creative 3-hour workshop presents an in-depth look at various types of songs and the roles they can serve in our clients’ lives. Experiential components will allow participants to reflect on ways to use songs for mindful self-care and as a tool to deepen therapeutic insight and build rapport with clients in new ways. Each participant is encouraged to bring headphones/earbuds and a meaningful song of potential clinical use—think identity, personal reflection, growth, remembrance.
    (Note that we will access the music through smartphones/iPods.) No prior musical knowledge is required.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




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    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Consultation & Collaboration with Psychiatrists: Managing Your Clients' Varied Needs
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Kristin Long, RDT, BCT, LCAT, LP
    Scott Palyo, MD


    As creative arts therapists, our practices consist predominantly of psychotherapeutic work. However, under certain circumstances, such as when our client feels unable to engage in life or in the therapeutic process, they may benefit from a psychiatric consultation for medication. The role of medication, in most circumstances, is as an adjunct to the therapy. This 3-hour workshop will explore this transition from a dyadic to a triadic intervention through two case presentations. The two cases begin with weekly psychotherapy with a creative arts therapist that eventually lead to psychiatric consultations. Of the two, only one led to a recommendation for medication management while the other focused on parent coaching. The presenting creative arts therapist and psychiatrist will discuss best practices for referrals, the importance of collaboration, indications for medication management, general psychoeducation about specific medication groups, and a group discussion. Information about medications will be taught in creative ways, including through experiential activities.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




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    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Empathic Mirroring for Couples through Imago and Creative Arts Therapy
    SUMMIT FAVORITE!

    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Bonnie Hirschhorn, NCPsyA, ATR­‐BC, LCSW, LCAT, LP

    When we discover a mirror in another’s eyes, we not only feel accepted and acknowledged, we take a step toward building our own inner mirrors in which we can see our true selves. When we feel this connection, our bodies relax; our hearts soften and open; we feel safe to be our vulnerable selves; and we have more capacity for intimacy. Imago relationship therapy involves a mirroring process that creates a safe space for authentic connection. This quiet 3-hour workshop will show how partners can develop, through the Imago mirroring process, empathic attunement for each other even when they are in disagreement. Participants will discover how creative arts therapy can further enhance the mirroring process, allowing partners to connect and be authentically seen and heard in ways that bypass the limitations of solely verbal communication.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits





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    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Establishing and Maintaining Intimacy in Therapeutic Relationships
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

    Sponsored by Kint Institute

    Natalie Carlton, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC
    John Lutz, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC


    Relational intimacy can be challenging due to barriers of trust, disparate backgrounds, and difficulties in disclosing ones ‘truth’. Secrets in therapeutic relationship are fueled by shame, trauma, fear of judgment, societal power differentials, and other intersectional complexities. This 3-hour workshop will utilize the creative process to explore and track some behaviors and belief systems that block human drives for intimacy. The presenters will discuss and conceptualize outliers to trust—who trusts and who mistrusts, and therefore withholds—and how these affect clinical practice. Workshop experientials will integrate multi-part case conceptualizations with imagery that explores barriers to establishing trust in therapeutic relationships, as well as situations in which people intentionally lie.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits





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    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Expressive Kavannah© at Sukkot: A Kabbalah-Inspired Mind/Body Approach to the Arts Therapies
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Sally Brucker, ATR-BC, CAGS, CLCC, LCSW
    Edna Miron-Wapner, MA, CAGS


    Expressive Kavannah integrates expressive arts therapy with the concept of “Kavannah” (Hebrew for "focused intention") from the mystical Kabbalah. This intermodal approach to expressive arts therapy addresses the quest for meaning and spirituality in our lives. It follows the Jewish holiday cycle, which provides the wisdom of a holistic model that stresses interconnectedness. In the Jewish tradition, Sukkot is a festival of great joy; exploring its deeper meaning reveals its potential for transformation. This 3-hour workshop offers participants the tools to enhance self-awareness and gain perspective of their worlds through meditation, in an approach addressing mind, body and soul. In the relaxed state of meditation, the intuitive sense of images, colors, or visions facilitate flow. The transition into art-making, creative writing, and processing are experienced fluidly. As we explore, experiment, and adapt, our vantages on issues change. Processing together as a group can give participants ways to discover insights and understanding that can add meaning to their clients' lives and be taught in the context of treatment. Familiarity with Jewish religious traditions or philosophy is not required.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




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    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Fiber Arts, Feminism & Craftivism in Art Therapy: Clinical and Social Threads
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Bethany Altschwager, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC
    Faith Bowen, MPS, LCAT


    While knitting, weaving, and other fiber and textile arts have been around for centuries, their use for therapeutic, recreational, social, and political purposes has increased in popularity in recent years. From knitting circles to yarn bombing, slow fashion to craftivism, fiber arts can be used to reduce anxiety and depression, improve self-esteem, sustain historical and cultural traditions, and promote political solidarity and activism. Participants in this 3-hour workshop will learn traditional and contemporary applications of fiber arts—including finger knitting, weaving, coiled baskets, and yarn bombing—for use with groups of various clinical populations. In particular, the intersection between feminism, craftivism, and multiculturalism will be explored through the lens of this form of art therapy.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits


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    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Graphopoetic Process and the Yearning for Wholeness & Connection
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Shanee Stepakoff, PhD, MFA, PTR

    Graphopoetic process™ is a method in which preexisting poems are integrated with oral dialogue and expressive writing to enhance awareness of self and others and to build connection in organizations and communities.  Derived from poetry therapy but transcending the limitations of traditional “mental health” models, this approach promotes personal growth and can also be readily adapted for use in clinical settings.  In this experiential workshop, participants will have an opportunity to explore the ways that restrictive familial and societal conditioning interfere with a sense of wholeness.  Through responding to carefully selected poems and listening to one another for commonalities and differences in life experience, we will deepen our compassion for all human beings (including ourselves).  Mutual appreciation, authentic self-expression, and a heightened sense of empowerment are the natural outcomes of this process.  We will consider the implications this process and these outcomes have for individual and group counseling modalities.    

     
    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




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    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Illuminated Mandalas and the Cornell Approach: Healing Imagery Emerges from the Dark
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Rosalie Skakum, ATR-BC, RYT-500

    Creating mandalas is an ancient practice that can quiet the mind and generate a sense of connectedness within ourselves and with others. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will switch their canvas from white to black to learn techniques for using Prismacolor pencils, gel pens, and various other drawing materials to illuminate mandalas from the dark space. Themes of self-care and wellbeing will be explored. Participants will experience for themselves how making mandalas reduce stress and present simple yet profound clinical applications. No previous art or mandala experience is required.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




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    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Integrating Ecopsychology, Art Therapy & Archetypal Psychology through the EAAC© Method
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Alexander Kopytin, PhD

    Ecological Archetypal Art Constructor (EAAC) is an expressive and projective art therapy tool rooted in concepts from archetypal psychology, ecopsychology, and creative/expressive techniques. In it, silhouettes of archetypal figures and a variety of colorful ‘archetypal’ landscapes can be combined to enable clients to create unique artworks that incorporate both focused and ‘environmental’ features. Through this process of phenomenological exploration and artistic activity, participants can learn to become attuned to the environment and harness its energies and messages toward accomplishing their work of transformation and healing. In this 3-hour workshop, possibilities for integrating EAAC into the practice of expressive therapy and psychotherapy as a projective and artistic medium will be introduced and demonstrated. Examples of the clinical applications of EAAC, as well as consideration of this tool in the context of postmodern art and multimedia; creative and expressive activities involving rituals and threshold ceremonies; visualization; and narrative practices will be discussed. Participants will learn how to support clients as they develop their eco-identities and learn to follow healthy sustainable lifestyles.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




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    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Reframing Depression & Anxiety in Women: Understanding and Honoring the Heroine's Journey
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Briana MacWilliam, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT

    The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that approximately 12 million women in the United States experience clinical depression each year (nearly twice the number of men affected). Popular frameworks that examine women’s femininity as a reaction to a male paradigm—as opposed to women’s own inherent trajectories—often do not resonate with women’s lived experiences. This 3-hour workshop introduces a dynamic model for understanding and embracing a feminine identity through the framework of Maureen Murdock’s “The Heroine’s Journey.” While the goal of Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey” is individuation, the aims of The Heroine’s Journey are integration, interdependency, and spiritual liberation. The Heroine’s Journey also reframes anxiety as a natural aspect of (and precursor to) growth—a phase that looks exactly like depression—in order to discover and integrate split-off feminine parts. Participants will learn The Heroine’s Journey stages and understand how this framework recognizes and honors the unique twists and turns women can experience when initiated into empowered womanhood. This workshop compares and contrasts psychodynamic theory to The Heroine’s Journey, includes video footage of applications in practice, a case study, and features mindfulness-based experientials, including art making, movement, and a guided meditation exercise.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




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    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    SoulCollage® for Parts Work: Harnessing the Power of Archetypal Imagery & Collage
    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Katerina Evans, ATR, LCPC

    SoulCollage® involves a process of creating imagery-rich cards that represent different aspects of the maker’s personality. Working with these images facilitates access to deeper self-knowledge, bypassing the commonly used (verbal) defenses clients employ to avoid dealing with otherwise uncomfortable or shameful feelings. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will learn a number of ways to use this collage making process, dialogue with the resulting images, and investigate the world of archetypes as they relate to personality and parts work. SoulCollage® techniques can be used with individual and groups of clients and students, from children to adults. Typically, this process becomes a welcome addition to the practice of wellness and growth—even for the clinician or educator—since the SoulCollage® process is accessible, its materials are inexpensive and readily available, and it's fun! Participants will leave the session with a great start to building their own deck of cards.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits




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    2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
    Yoga & Breath in Mental Health Practice: Cultivating Creativity & Wellness in Your Clients

    Executive Conference Center - Sunday
    1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


    Hanna Chusid, EdD, LCSW

    In yogic philosophy, your true nature is wholeness and joy, in contrast to the anxiety, depression and fragmentation typically seen in mental health practices. In this 3-hour workshop, you will learn accessible yoga-based tools and perspectives for supporting mental health and wellness—pathways to cultivate trustworthy intuition, and transform depression and other symptomatology into creativity, joy, and a sense of well-being. This workshop is designed for therapists from a variety of disciplines and others interested in well-being, self-care, and creative breakthrough approaches. In addition to the experiential exercises, we will provide an overview of various yogic lineages and styles, as well as identify potential contraindications for the mental health practitioner. Please bring a yoga mat if you are able.

    PLEASE NOTE: Continuing education credit approval for programs in which the subject matter features yoga and/or meditation varies per state. Please verify with your professional licensing board that your state will accept credits for programs such as this.

    Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS, LCAT
    Not eligible for APT Credits





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