2017 Expressive Therapies Summit: NYC - Registration Site

200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

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THURSDAY, October 12

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Listening to Clay: Janie Rhyne's Gestalt Art Experience
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 3-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. 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

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Mind/Body Integration & Characterological Change through Movement, Reichian and Laban Approaches
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

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Apps in Treatment: Digital Art & Video Therapy Techniques
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

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

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

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
The Healing Power of Mandalas and the MARI
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, NY-LMHC
Not eligible for APT Credits


FRIDAY, October 13

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Doll Making - Working with Attachment and Loss
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

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Fostering Resilience & Inclusivity with Diverse Populations: Projects for Personal & Social Change
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, NY-LMHC
Not eligible for APT Credits

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Bookmaking & Visual Storytelling: Making Comics, Books, and Comic Books in Therapy
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, NY-LMHC
Not eligible for APT Credits

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Body-Based Techniques for Understanding Emotional Communication in the Therapeutic Relationship
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, NY-LMHC
Not eligible for APT Credits

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Environmental Art Therapy: Integrating the Internal and External
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

SATURDAY, October 14

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Shaping Coherent Narratives with Cloth, Collage & Movement: Mending through Metaphor
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, NY-LMHC
Not eligible for APT Credits

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Authentic Movement and Open Studio Process: Witnessing and Empathic Attunement
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, NY-LMHC
Not eligible for APT Credits

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
From Addiction to Recovery Through Collage, Drama and Songwriting: Three Creative & Practical Interventions

Eating Disorders and Addictions: A Drama Therapy Perspective

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
Not eligible for APT, SWNYS, LCAT, or NY-LMHC Credits


SUNDAY, October 15

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Strength-Based Art & Play Interventions through Neuropsychological Assessment and the ETC
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; NY-LMHC, APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Self-Care & Stress Management for Counselors, Therapists and Others: Creative Arts, Imagery, Yoga

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.

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

:30 am - 5:00 pm
Facing, Fighting & Surviving Cancer Through the Expressive Arts

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
Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: SWNYS, LCAT, NY-LMHC

Not eligible for APT Credits

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

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

Thursday Evening Self-Care Sessions

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

This session not eligible for CE Credits

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Qi-Gong & Inner Smile Meditation for Self-Care & Energy Enhancement
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

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - SESSION CANCELLED
Yoga of the Voice: Authentic Voicework for Release
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

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Breema: Interoceptive Movement for Self Care & Transformation in the Therapeutic Relationship
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

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