2017 Expressive Therapies Summit: NYC - Registration Site


COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE SESSIONS
29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host
 

 



THURSDAY, October 12

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Listening Deeply: Inquiry, Attunement & Healing through Integrative Psychotherapy and the Arts
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, NY-LMHC
Not eligible for APT Credits



10:00 am - 5:15 pm
In the Story Circle: Oral History & Action Methods with Groups
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, NY-LMHC
Not eligible for APT Credits



10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Facilitating Drum Circles for Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Community
Suzanne Tribe, MA, MT-BC, LCAT-P
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



7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rhythmic Transformation through Drumming, Sound & Movement
Suzanne Tribe, MA, MT-BC, LCAT-P
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



FRIDAY, October 13

10:00 am - 5:15 pm

The Broken Bowl Project: Addiction Treatment and the Philosophy of Wabi Sabi
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




10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Doubling Up: Integrating Music Therapy & Psychodrama Techniques to Shift Awareness & Action
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, NY-LMHC
Not eligible for APT Credits




10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Yoga, Meditation & Art Therapy: Clinical Applications for Groups
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.

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
Ribbon, Cord, Twine, & String: Weaving Thread Arts into Psychotherapy Practice
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



10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Money Matters: An Experiential Approach to Assessing & Treating Financial Trauma
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, NY-LMHC
Not eligible for APT Credits


SATURDAY, October 14

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Victim/Perpetrator Dynamics in Treatment, Relationships, and Daily Life: An IFS Perspective
James Andralis, LCAT


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, NY-LMHC
Not eligible for APT Credits


9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Coping Skills Toolbox for Managing the Symptoms of Trauma
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



9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Multimodal Techniques for Moving Beyond Illness & Stress from the Work of Lucia Capacchione
Vicki L. Muir, MEd, MSW, LCSW
Iiris Bjornberg
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.

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
Sensory Gardens for Special Needs Children and Others in Treatment
Kelvin A. Ramirez, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT
Anne Meore, HTR, LMSW
Rebecca Hervieux, MPS
Elizabeth Youngs, ATR-BC

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, NY-LMHC
Not eligible for APT Credits





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