2017 Expressive Therapies Summit: NYC - Registration Site


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BOOK MAKING, TEXTILE ARTS, PRINTMAKING, CLAY 

 

THURSDAY, October 12

10:00 am - 5:15 pm

Listening to Clay: Janie Rhyne's Gestalt Art Experience

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 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
Re-Shaping Body Image: Tape Sculpture as Arts-Based Social Justice

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


 


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.

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
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




FRIDAY, October 13

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
The Broken Bowl Project: Addiction Treatment and the Philosophy of Wabi Sabi

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



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



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




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




SATURDAY, October 14

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

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




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




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



SUNDAY, October 15

9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Self Exploration through SoulCollage®


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



9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Introduction to the Therapeutic Uses of Photography

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




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




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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