2017 Expressive Therapies Summit: NYC - Registration Site


TREATMENT OF TRAUMA
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THURSDAY, October 12

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
TF-CBT, EMDR, CPP in Play Therapy & Trauma Treatment: Evidence-Based and Creative Arts Practices

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




10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Complicated Grief, Collage & Trauma Theory: An Artful Integration

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





FRIDAY, October 13

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)


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




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



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


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




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


SATURDAY, October 14

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




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



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




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




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

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

Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, 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




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



SUNDAY, October 15

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





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