2017 Expressive Therapies Summit: NYC - Registration Site


EXPRESSIVE WRITING & JOURNALING
TRACK
 
Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC, Chairperson


SELECT ANY ONE OR MORE DAYS

THURSDAY, October 12

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Poetry Therapy and Journal Therapy: Discovering Possibilities at the Intersection of Story & 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



FRIDAY, October 13

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



SATURDAY, October 14

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




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




SUNDAY, October 15

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




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