Expressive Therapies Summit 2016: Registration Site


2016 SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS


 
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Over 200 Faculty •  Over 100 Sessions • 4 Days

ART • DANCE • MUSIC • DRAMA • WRITING
PSYCHODRAMA • SANDPLAY
• PLAY THERAPY

 



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    • Thursday, 11/10/16
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      Thursday & Friday Intensives

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Diagnostic Drawing Series Training: 30 Years of Assessment through Art - Day 1

      Executive Conference Center - Thursday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Kathryn Johnson, PhD, ATR

      Day 1 of a 2-­Day Training Intensive 
      Participants must register for both days to attend 


      The Diagnostic Drawing Series (DDS) is a standardized three-picture art interview developed in 1982 by art therapist Barry M. Cohen. Not tied to any particular psychological or theoretical model, the DDS was the first art assessment to be systematically correlated with the nomenclature of the DSM. It can be administered individually and in groups with psychiatric and medical populations, where its use has been recommended or required by JCAHO and other authorities. The varied task structure of a DDS elicits valuable content, structural, and process information that, together, can inform clinicians as to the strengths and psychopathology of the subject.

      Each of the pictures in the Series is rated for the presence of a total of 23 attributes that lead the trained rater toward an evidence-­based assessment. DDSs have been collected and grouped according to the DSM diagnoses of subjects. Studies of the pictures in the diagnostic groups have revealed statistically significant graphic profiles. These graphic profiles show specific commonalities within each diagnostic group and specific distinguishing differences between diagnostic groups. After 30 years of international clinical use and empirical research, evidence has accrued that the DDS and the DDS Rating Guide are highly reliable and valid instruments. The DDS also provides a rich source of material for treatment planning.

      The DDS is designed for use with people 13 years and older.

      Please Note: There is an additional $20 notebook fee for this 2­-Day Training Intensive

      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      DIR/Floor Time: Best Practice Play Therapy Model for Children with ASD and Sensory Issues - Day 1

      College of New Rochelle - Thursday
      29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      Esther B. Hess, PhD, RPT-S

      This 2-day Training Intensive will offer play therapists an introduction to the theory and implementation of DIR/Floor Time in the treatment of children with interactive disorder, regulatory challenges, and developmental delays like ASD. Play therapists will learn to use adaptations of play therapy techniques in order to advance Greenspan’s developmental, individual differences, and relationship based model (DIR) with children and families. The presenter will teach play therapists and colleagues to use a multidisciplinary approach that also includes occupational and physical therapies, education, speech and language therapies among others. Video case examples will be discussed and play therapists will have a chance to engage in interactive hands-on techniques.

      The first day consists of an expansive seminar where the neuro-psychological needs of the special needs child will be thoroughly addressed using the developmental/relationship based model, DIR/Floor Time. The presenter will take attendees through the stages of clinical assessment and into the specifications that determine diagnosis and preliminary intervention strategies.

      Register for either or both days.

      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Faculty Bios:
       

      Thursday Master Classes

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Alchemy and the Expressive Arts Therapies: A Multimodal Experiential Journey
      Wollman Hall - Thursday
      The New School, 65 West 11th Street, 10011

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      Claudia Bader, MPS, ATR-BC, NCPsyA, LCAT, LP

      The alchemical transmutation of lead into gold is a metaphor for the refinement and evolution of the psyche, the process that Jung referred to as individuation. In this 6-hour master class, we will review the history, process, and symbolism of alchemy as it was reintroduced by Jung into modern consciousness, focusing on its relevance to the practice of counseling and psychotherapy. Participants will explore visualization, energy exercises, film, music, art making, and case studies to better understand the individuation process, and how the seven alchemical stages can be applied in clinical treatment with clients of varied ages and circumstances.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Altered Books in Clinical Practice: Reworking, Recording, Retaining
      Executive Conference Center - Thursday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Mindy Jacobson-Levy, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC, DVATA HLM

      According to Merton, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." In clinical settings, art therapists inspire clients to generate art for self-expression, anchoring, expressing intense feelings, and cultivating insight. As we appreciate the value of the arts to promote therapeutic gains for our clients, it’s equally important for therapists to utilize one's craft for professional self-reflection. In this daylong master class, participants will learn about the use of the altered book as a daily canvas for self-development and healing for clients presenting with depression, anxiety, self-harm, and more extensive trauma symptoms. The merits of regular art making for the therapist will be explored in a parallel process. There will be extensive case material and artwork discussed, and various altered book methods will be practiced.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Artful Grief: Bereavement, Collage & Trauma Theory

      Executive Conference Center - Thursday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      SESSION FULL —  Wait List Initiated

      Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT
      Peggy Kolodny, ATR-BC, LCPAT


      This 6-hour 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, 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 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Attachment-Based Play Therapy for Childhood Disruptive Behavioral Disorders
      College of New Rochelle - Thursday
      29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      Clair Mellenthin, RPT-S, LCSW

      In this daylong master class, we will discuss and explore the impact of obsessive-compulsive disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder in children. Often, by the time parents seek out counseling or play therapy services for their child, the family system is discouraged, anxious, and most importantly (and often overlooked) ashamed. The adults feel shame for being unable to “parent” or change the undesirable behaviors of OCD, ADHD, ODD, and CD, and the child is shame-ridden for engaging in their “weird” and uncontrollable quirks and thoughts. This often leads to a family system breakdown, and they enter into a shame cycle that also impacts their emotional security and attachment with one another. In this 6-hour session, play therapists and other mental health professionals will learn about how attachment plays a role in the etiology of childhood disruptive behavior disorders, as well as how to employ attachment-based play therapy techniques to treat these diagnoses in children, strengthen parent-child relationships, and improve overall self-esteem and confidence—leaving the child feeling ready to take on CDBD and the tools to control it!


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Creative Pilgrimages: Imaging the Path from Heart to Wholeness
      College of New Rochelle - Thursday
      29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      Evie Lindemann, LMFT, ATR-BC, ATCS

      A pilgrimage is a journey of some sort, typically in search of spiritual significance. In this 6-hour master class, participants will experience a metaphorical pilgrimage into self facilitated by somatic, visual, and poetic methods for accessing deeper states of flow. By first translating those experiences into imagery-based art work created in three phases of creative pilgrimage, we will then move into the creation of a three-dimensional sacred space. Using archetypal active imagination techniques, this sacred space will be explored and articulated. This technique, which can be used in different variations, and over a period of sessions, can be used with a range of adult populations in both clinical and wellness settings. Participants need not have any prior pilgrimage experiences to benefit.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Dancing Mindfulness: A Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Approach - Day 1

      College of New Rochelle - Thursday
      29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      SESSION FULL — Wait List Initiated 


      Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RMT


      Dancing Mindfulness is a trauma-informed expressive arts practice that utilizes spontaneous creative movement as a way of practicing mindful awareness. Also integrating elements of mindfulness, psychodrama, meditation, and yoga, this accessible technique can be customized to meet the needs and abilities of a wide range of populations. In this two-day Intensive, participants will immerse themselves in this practice, and learn how to incorporate meditative movement into their work in clinical settings. During a typical Dancing Mindfulness class, participants will be able to realize the rhythmic qualities of their breathing and heartbeats, to discover the healing, lyrical properties in even the most simple movements and quite literally to be able to express their own personal story through movement. We will explore the seven basic elements of the practice – breath, sound, body, mind, spirit, story, and integrated experience. We will also emphasize how clinicians can integrate safety, flexibility, and individuality into their sessions. No dance skills or experience is required!

      Please note: Participants may register for the Thursday session on its own. However, participants interested in receiving Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator Certification from the Institute for Creative Mindfulness must register for and attend both the Thursday and Friday sessions, as well as the free Friday Evening “graduation" program.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

       

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Drawing, Drama, Drums: Treating Trauma & Dysregulation with Intermodal Expressive Therapy
      Executive Conference Center - Thursday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Kevin Makarewicz, MA, LPC, LMT

      This 6-hour master class will include a brief overview of neurological-psychophysiological theory as it pertains to emotional dysregulation resulting from the impact of trauma. We will demonstrate a model for treating trauma and affect dysregulation that includes a range of expressive arts modalities including: visual art, music, movement, playback theater and ephemeral art making. We'll focus on intermodal transfers—starting with material in one modality and exploring it further/more deeply by re-expressing it in another modality—to demonstrate the power of this multimodal approach, which can be used with nearly any therapeutic issue, discipline, and population.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Environmental & Eco-Art Therapy: Connecting the Changing Cycles of Nature and Self
      Pratt Institute ­- Thursday
      200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

      Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

      Lanie Smith, MPS, ATR
      Justine Girard, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT


      Eco-art therapy is the therapeutic use of natural materials and locations, as well as nature themes and cycles, in conjunction with the creative process for facilitating self-discovery, insight, and inner healing. In this 6-hour master class, participants will be introduced to the use of environmental/eco-art therapy with a variety of populations across gender, age, race, and ethnicity within a broad range of settings including in-home, at school, as well as inpatient/outpatient facilities. Participants will learn ways to help their clients increase emotional regulation, prevent chronic stress, and experience more conscious awareness of the present moment using the power of art when combined with nature.

      Note: We will spend part of our day outdoors, so please dress for the classroom as well as all of nature's contingencies (which could include cold and rain). 



      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Expressive Arts Approaches for Working with People Living with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

      Executive Conference Center — Thursday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

      Intergenerational Reminiscence Project: Interpreting Life Stories of People with Dementia
      Paola Bresba, MA


      Our personal stories of love, loss, and life are fundamental to our identities. They ground us, connect us, bring us joy, and help us make sense of our lives. As their memories fail, people with dementia struggle to draw on the stories they spent their lifetimes creating. This workshop introduces a narrative-based project by Alzheimer Group that is inspired by StoryCorp. The project preserves, honors, and shares stories from the lives of people who live with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. "Our Community, Our Stories" allows people with dementia to record their stories, which are then interpreted by youth in the community through art, music, and drama. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to let loose their own creative voices in response to some of the many remarkable life stories recorded thus far. Participants will also receive practical information on the details of facilitating such a project.


      Engaging Persons with Dementia through Action Methods: A Strengths-Based Approach 
      Andrea Szucs, LMSW, RDT
      Jodie Berman

      For practitioners working with clients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, it can be all too easy to focus on the pathology of their disease rather than their unique perspective and strengths. In this 3-hour experiential workshop, we will explore creative and effective ways to engage a person with dementia by blending methods of spontaneity, improvisation, positive psychology, and drama therapy. We will highlight approaches intended to enhance clients' cognitive functioning, autonomy, and relatedness. Participants can use these tools in both individual and group settings to utilize the strengths of both client and clinician. All experience levels are welcome.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC


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      Not eligible for APT Credits

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Facilitating Drum Circles for Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Community
      Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall - Thursday
      The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue, 10003

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      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 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Integrating Yoga & Art Therapy for Groups

      Balance Art Center - Thursday
      34 West 28th Street, 3rd floor (between Broadway and 6th Avenue)


      SESSION FULL — Wait List Initiated

      Karen Gibbons, ATR-BC, PYT, LCAT

      Art therapy and yoga are two disciplines that naturally complement each other, not only for their various common attributes, but also in that they share the same ultimate goal: to generate healing and positive change. This daylong master class focuses on how to effectively combine art therapy and yoga in group settings with various populations. The presenter features the approach used in her book Integrating Art Therapy and Yoga Therapy: Yoga, Art, and the Use of Intention. She will describe how to respond to clinical need by creating intentions and will use the therapeutic qualities suggested by intentions in both the yoga and the art directives implemented for groups. Participants will have a chance to experience the combined disciplines and to practice conducting an group integrating the two. Attention will be paid to mudras (yogic hand gestures) and asanas (yoga poses).
      NOTE: Experientials involve art making and movement, so participants should wear comfortable clothing. No previous yoga experience is necessary—beginner yogis are welcome!

      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not;eligible for APT Credits
      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Listening to Music, Art & Movement: Explorations in Co-Created Non-Verbal Communication
      Executive Conference Center - Thursday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Nancy Jackson, PhD, MT-BC
      Claudio Cominardi 
      Tricia Winklosky, MS-ATR
      Andres Montenegro


      The communicative nature of the arts is foundational to the expressive therapies, particularly regarding the client’s ability to meaningfully express themselves to others and to the therapist’s mediation of the client’s therapeutic needs through arts engagement. This process is typically described as though the therapist’s interpretation of the client’s work makes nonverbal communication possible. In reality, both therapist and client are engaged in a process of learning how to listen to and understand the other. This is facilitated by the common processes shared among the arts in therapy. This 6-hour master class will explore the unique opportunities that the arts offer for co-creating nonverbal communication during treatment. To accomplish this, we'll be discussing theory regarding listening, interpreting, and responding; presenting case examples and arts-based research; and engaging in arts experiences that will increase awareness of how one’s chosen art form allows for the negotiation of nonverbal, co-created meaning that contributes to its efficacy in the clinical setting.


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

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Re-Shaping Body Image: Tape Sculpture as Arts-Based Social Justice
      Pratt Institute -­ Thursday
      200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

      Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

      Amanda Bechtel, MS, ATR-BC, LCPC, LCPAT
      Laura Teoli, MS, ATR-BC, LPC
      Laura Wood, PhD, RDT-BCT, LMHC, CCLS


      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 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Sand Therapy Competencies: Principles & Practices for Play Therapists and Colleagues
      Executive Conference Center - Thursday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Dee Preston-Dillon, PhD

      Sand therapy is a three-dimensional projective technique appropriate for clients across the lifespan, often practiced by expressive arts and play therapists. For play therapists and other clinicians, it is especially important to be attuned to the psychic impact of the symbolic aspect in sand therapy work. Understanding theory, contexts, and the construction of meaning that occurs in sandplay is critical for play therapists to grasp a client’s process. Play therapists must remain aware of projections, attitude toward symbols, sense of boundaries, and an understanding of the unique client-play therapist relationship which is essential for ethical practice. In this daylong master class, the speaker will provide attendees with an overview of the core principles and practices for safe, ethical, and empowering sand therapy in their child/play therapy practices. Relevant research and case examples will be offered and complemented by an experiential component during which registrants can work with peers to explore the core principles and practices that will be highlighted.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT

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      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      SAORI: Mindfulness Weaving for Everyone

      College of New Rochelle - Thursday
      29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      Session Full — Wait List Initiated

      Jennifer Murphy, ATR-BC, LMHC
      Ria G. Hawks, MS, CNS, CPNP
      Yukako Satone


      It's easy to express yourself through color, texture, and rhythm with SAORI — a form of mindful meditative weaving from Japan. Dedicated to free expression and self-development, Loop of the Loom is bringing this method to New York City. Their free-form ""happy weaving"" approach employs brightly-hued natural fibers and threads to create colorful, one-of-a-kind tapestries. Their goal is not just to teach a craft, but to encourage self-exploration and promote competency and healing through the artistic process. In this daylong master class, participants will learn about the origins of SAORI and how it is currently being used by art therapists and others to work with people of all ages and abilities in a variety of therapeutic settings that include hospitals and homeless shelters. Join us to celebrate the beauty of imperfection, an aesthetic that is eminently compatible with the creative arts in psychotherapy. No previous weaving experience is necessary.

      Note: Registration is very strictly limited to 15 participants who will be given ample time to spend at the looms.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
      Not eligible for APT Credits

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Weaving New Narratives Using Expressive Arts & Traditional Mexican Techniques
      Pratt Institute -­ Thursday
      200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

      Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

      Wendy Phillips, PhD, REACE, LMFT
      Charity Eugair
      Elizabeth Walker


      In Mexican traditional healing systems, "La Curandera" is a woman who heals the physical and psychological problems of members of the community by restoring balance. One of the specialists among Curanderas is "La Tejedora," a woman whose practices involve the use of cloth and metaphor. Textiles are a component of many ritual practices, including quilting and backstrap weaving. This 6-hour master class will be informed by "La Tejedora's" use of sewing as an expressive medium for healing, integration, and bringing into balance. Participants will be invited to experience the power of integration using the metaphor of metamorphosis, exemplified by the processes of cocooning and emerging. The metaphor of metamorphosis is particularly relevant for clients who have experienced trauma. Multimodal expressive arts processes will be used in this session including voiced reflections, writing in prose and poetry, somatic work, expressive movement, meditation, and the creation of individual and collective textile art pieces.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Writing for Neuroplasticity: Ink It to Link It
      The Glass Box - Thursday
      The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 10011


      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC
      Deborah Ross, CJT, LPC


      Self-directed neuroplasticity is the capacity of the brain to change through the intention, attention, and action of the individual. Mindfulness meditation has been associated with positive brain change. Writing in a purposeful and intentional way can also have profound impact on an individual’s capacity to ink themselves to greater vitality, resilience, problem-solving, and wellness. In this daylong master class, two experts in the therapeutic writing movement – one in the use of writing in therapy and the other in self-directed neuroplasticity through writing – offer techniques and strategies that can immediately be practiced and used with clients to produce positive neurological change. The focus will be on installation, the process by which a positive state can become a positive trait, and the ways that writing increases the efficiency of this state-to-trait process. The workshop concludes with an activity designed specifically to strengthen each of the four qualities of well-being: resilience, outlook, attention, and generosity.

      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Writing Life Narratives with Children in Play Therapy: Storytelling for Secure Attachment
      Executive Conference Center - Thursday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Felicia Carroll, MEd, MA, RPT-S, LMFT

      The benefits of writing life narratives can be lifelong. What if we could write life narratives with children about their trauma, adoption, illness, or other disturbing experiences, to prepare them for a more secure adulthood?  In this daylong master class, play therapists and other clinicians will learn how to create and incorporate children's life narratives into play therapy and other treatment approaches in order to enhance secure attachment. When a play therapist writes a child's life narrative, he or she works closely with a child, and the creativity of both child and therapist result in an emotionally rich and coherent story. Participants will learn the fundamentals of storytelling and biography, and will have the opportunity to practice engaging cooperation in the process of authoring a child's narrative.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

       

      Thursday Evening Workshop

      6:00 pm  -  9:00 pm
      Play Therapy Supervision Group with Dr. Eliana Gil
      The Glass Box - Thursday
      The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 10011

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      Eliana Gil, PhD, ATR, RPT-S, LMFT
      This 3-hour session is open to all those seeking play therapy hours for certification, available on a first-come/first-serve basis. Participants will be asked to submit case presentation and collateral information such as photos of art work, sand trays, etc., a few weeks prior to the Summit. The format of this session will include clinical case discussions as well as discussion regarding the management of countertransference in play therapy. Registrants who wish to present cases for review are asked to notify Eliana Gil (eliana@elianagil.com) directly of their interest.

      Available for 3.0 Hours of APT (or other disciplines) Supervision Only. Not eligible for APT CE credits. Other professionals may wish to consult their certification board regarding credentialing requirements.

       

      Special Networking Event

      6:00 pm  -  8:00 pm
      Summit Networking Meetup
      Wollman Hall - Thursday
      The New School, 65 West 11th Street, 10011
      Creative Arts and Health Program at The New School, Co-Host


      CONNECT  •  CHILL  •  CREATE

        Arkansas Guys 2010 (sm)    3 girls  

      Featuring
      • Wine and light fare
      • Live acoustic music
      • Coloring Bar 


      Join us for the close of our first day whether you've been in a class, at work, or are just arriving from out of town. Bring your energy and enthusiasm for launching a great weekend of learning, networking, and fun. 


      Wondering how arts therapists figure-in with the current craze for coloring? Our Coloring Bar, sponsored by The Real Art Therapists of New York will be stocked with the best art supplies and tended by an art therapist who can illuminate the difference between therapeutic coloring and art therapy as you relax and reboot.


      $15 ticket required • Guests Welcome • $20 for guests and at door
       

      Thursday Evening Workshop

      6:30 pm  -  8:30 pm
      Rhythmic Transformation through Drumming, Sound & Movement
      Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall - Thursday
      The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue, 10003

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      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 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 2.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

       

      Thursday Evening Community Event

      6:30 pm  -  8:30 pm
      Self-Care Strategies for Parents with Children Impacted by ASD
      College of New Rochelle - Thursday
      29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      FREE TO REGISTRANTS, OPEN TO PUBLIC!

      Esther B. Hess, PhD, RPT-S

      Join Dr. Esther Hess for a casual and informative evening focused on helping parents develop practical techniques for creating a healthy self-care regimen in daily life. Families will be encouraged to problem solve together with an emphasis on how moms, dads, and others cope differently in caring for children who have autism.

      Please Note: This session is not eligible for CE credits.
      Faculty Bios:
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      Friday Master Class

      9:30 am  -  4:00 pm
      Painterly Printmaking through Monotypes & Monoprints: A Studio Skills Session
      College of New Rochelle - Friday
      29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      Bruce Waldman, MFA

      This daylong master class is designed for those who love to draw and paint, since monoprints/monotypes incorporate draftsmanship and direct painting. We’ll approach the process in a unique way: first drawing and painting in color with rollers, brushes, and palette knives, then exploring how to use found materials to create textures that enhance the atmosphere and mood of the image. We will focus on pulling light out of a dark background as well as working dark on light. People of all ages and abilities who love to draw find freedom using these techniques; their color sense is expanded, and their drawing abilities can evolve. Expressive arts therapists, in particular, will understand how this studio skill can be incorporated into their clinical work. No prior experience with printmaking is required.

      This session is not eligible for continuing eduation credits.
      Faculty Bios:
       

      Thursday & Friday Intensives

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Diagnostic Drawing Series Training: 30 Years of Assessment through Art - Day 2
      Executive Conference Center — Friday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

      Day 2 of a 2-­Day Training Intensive

      Kathryn Johnson, PhD, ATR

      Participants must register for both days to attend

      For session description, please refer to Thursday listing.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      DIR/Floor Time: Best Practice Play Therapy Model for Children with ASD and Sensory Issues - Day 2
      College of New Rochelle - Friday
      29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      Esther B. Hess, PhD, RPT-S

      This 2-day Training Intensive will offer play therapists and others an introduction to the theory and implementation of DIR/Floor Time in the treatment of children with interactive disorder, regulatory challenges, and developmental delays like ASD. Play therapists will learn to use adaptations of play therapy techniques in order to advance Greenspan’s developmental, individual differences, and relationship based model (DIR) with children and families. The presenter will teach play therapists and colleagues to use a multidisciplinary approach. Video case examples will be discussed and play therapists will have a chance to engage in interactive hands-on techniques.


      Day 2 of this training will elaborate on the application of a comprehensive developmental approach with in-depth clinical demonstrations where, in addition to video case examples, attendees will be encouraged to discuss their own specific populations as they pertain to specific lecture points. Advanced play therapy interventions for specific regulatory challenges including anger and mood dysregulation, sensory integration disorder, and addressing the impact of ASD on the entire family constellation, will be discussed in the context of individual, family, and group therapy support.

      Register for one day or both.

      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Faculty Bio:
       

      Friday Symposium

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Jungian & Archetypal Approaches to Creativity and the Arts in Healing: A Symposium
      Executive Conference Center - Friday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Jordan S. Potash, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LCAT, Co-Chair
      Nora Swan-Foster, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, NCPsyA, Co-Chair
      Fanny Brewster, PhD, MFA, LP
      Mark Dean, MA, ATR-BC, LPC
      Sondra Geller, MA, ATR, LPC, LCPAT
      Maria Taveras, LCSW


      Jungian psychology and aesthetics offer a fertile ground for creative arts therapist, for therapists interested in the arts, as well as artists fascinated by the healing power of creativity and imagination. In this daylong symposium, Jungian analysts and art therapists will discuss their work as it relates to Jungian psychology, with an emphasis on making it relevant to clinical work with clients in the expressive therapies. These speakers and topics have been selected to appeal to those new to Jungian ideas as well as those with more advanced training. Although primarily didactic, the day will include some hands-on exercises and small group discussions during which participants will be encouraged to identify how they can incorporate the concepts presented into their daily work in clinical, educational, and community settings.

      A Jungian Aesthetic: Art, Active Imagination, and the Creative Process
      Maria Taveras, LCSW

      In contrast to the Freudian aesthetic based on free association, the Jungian aesthetic is grounded in active imagination. This enables artists to activate archetypal images and — through a dialogue between the ego and the unconscious — to elaborate and shape that content into a form and create great art.

      The Archetypal Impetus: A Clinical Case Example
      Mark Dean, MA, ATR-BC, LPC

      Our notion of the archetype is often presumed to be an aspect contained within a specific image that we are working with. While this is partly true, an expanded understanding of the archetype extends its role to one of mediating and guiding the analytic process. This aspect will be illustrated with a clinical case.

      Compensation and Integration: Ingredients for Jungian Creativity
      Jordan Potash, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LCPAT

      The Jungian processes of creativity entails interrelated dual processes that promote psychic balance. Compensation allows the unconscious to produce images for what is lacking and integration allows this understanding to come to consciousness. The results of an arts-based research project will demonstrate practical understanding and approaches for engaging these processes.

      Sparking the Creative in Older Adults: My Work as a Jungian Analyst and Art Therapist
      Sondra Geller, ATR-BC, LPC, LCPAT

      Combining art therapy with a Jungian approach offers an imaginative approach to working with older adults. Case study descriptions involving art therapy, sandtray, and writing will demonstrate techniques for inviting older adult clients to make the descent to the dreamtime to return with lost parts of Self and facilitate individuation. This presentation will include a guided imagination exercise.

      Creativity in The Red Book: Poetics and Soul
      Fanny Brewster, PhD, MFA, LP

      The Red Book shows Jung’s creativity as a writer and contains descriptions of Soul that are comparable to Rumi and Hafiz. From these personal writings, Jung provided the professional process of active imagination as a creative technique for dreamwork and creative expression for increasing clinical understanding.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

       

      Friday Master Classes

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Art Therapy Along The Daring Way™ — An Expressive Approach to Brené Brown's Methodology
      College of New Rochelle - Friday
      29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      Caren Sacks, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, ATCS
      Mary Bermingham, CDWF, LMSW


      The Daring Way™ is a highly acclaimed methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. Her research acknowledges that we all desire and struggle with our connections to others, being vulnerable and authentic, and experiencing shame. This method was developed to help us learn how to "show up," be seen, and live braver lives. In the first half of this 6-hour master class, we will explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness through the lens of mindfulness and self-compassion. We will focus on building a safe space in which to explore key elements of Brene’s work, such as trust, core values, and vulnerability. In the afternoon, we will explore: The Armor we carry and wear in our lives, Perfectionism, Foreboding Joy, Numbing, and Shame Shields. We will define and explore the importance of developing a Self-Compassion practice. The ultimate goal is to challenge oneself to “show up” more courageously in work and everyday life. These key elements of Brown’s book Daring Greatly will be explored didactically and experientially, incorporating art making throughout.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Books by Hand: Holding Secrets
      Executive Conference Center - Friday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Session Full - Wait List Initiated

      Linney Wix, PhD, ATR-BC

      The studio practice of making books has boundless potential for use in art education and art therapy settings. Bookmaking, besides being enjoyable, can support students and clients as they explore personal material and can result in an artifact both meaningful and beautiful. Participants will focus on secrets with an exploration into the ways books can hold secrets without telling them. Working in response to a poem about secrets, participants will use text and image in making books including maze, accordion fold, and a combination structure to delve creatively into metaphor, meaning, and content surrounding secrets. This daylong Master Class is suitable for therapists, educators, and artists seeking a creative process that offers potential for intimate reflection on our psychological relationships with secrets.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
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      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Co-Creating Safety in Arts-Based Trauma Treatment: Managing Challenges

      Balance Art Center - Friday
      34 West 28th Street, 3rd floor (between Broadway and 6th Avenue)
       

      SESSION FULL — Wait List Initiated 


      Brian Harris, PhD, MT-BC, LCAT
      Craig Haen, PhD, RDT, CGP, FAGPA, LCAT


      It is widely believed that safety is a core component of effective trauma treatment. However, safety can be elusive both in its definition and creation. Using didactic and experiential components, this 6-hour master class will examine the complexities of establishing and maintaining relative safety, particularly with patients who have histories of developmental trauma, have been exposed to massive psychic trauma in adulthood, or haven’t internalized safety in their own lives. Participants will learn how to address numerous factors related to safety in clinical settings including identifying and establishing internal resources, fostering aesthetic distance, understanding trauma-informed enactment, and embracing an integrative and flexible arts-based approach. Relevant theory and research will be discussed.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:00 am  -  6:30 pm
      Dancing Mindfulness: A Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Approach - Day 2

      College of New Rochelle - Friday
      29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      SESSION FULL — Wait List Initiated 


      Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RMT

      Dancing Mindfulness is a trauma-informed expressive arts practice that utilizes spontaneous creative movement as a way of practicing mindful awareness. Also integrating elements of mindfulness, psychodrama, meditation, and yoga, this accessible technique can be customized to meet the needs and abilities of a wide range of populations. In this two-day Intensive, participants will immerse themselves in this practice, and learn how to incorporate meditative movement into their work in clinical settings. During a typical Dancing Mindfulness class, participants will be able to realize the rhythmic qualities of their breathing and heartbeats, to discover the healing, lyrical properties in even the most simple movements and quite literally to be able to express their own personal story through movement.

      On Day 2, culminating in an evening "graduation celebration event," you will learn the basic skills for facilitating a dancing mindfulness practice in your community. We'll also explore how to construct a dancing mindfulness experience tailored to the setting where you work based on time-honored principles drawn from the expressive arts and a multimodal and multicultural approach to healing.

      Please note: Participants interested in receiving Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator Certification must register for and attend both the Thursday and Friday sessions, as well as the free Friday Evening “graduation" program.
        
      Friday session runs an hour later than Thursday session.

      Eligible for 7.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 7.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

       

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Deep Clay: Getting the Inside Out

      College of New Rochelle - Friday
      29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host
       

      Session Full - Wait List Initiated (also pending: adding a Saturday session)

      Michelle Rhodes, ATR-BC, NCPsyA, LCSW-R

      The beauty of clay is that it can take any form, and the tactile experience of working with it in therapy can enhance and enrich the process of self-­exploration and transformation. This daylong master class will explore this shape-­shifting medium through an in-depth, hands­-on approach. Coupled with journaling and peer discussion, participants will have the opportunity to experience the use of clay as a way to relieve stress, stimulate the imagination, and discover deep connections within. We will also explore the interrelationships of developmental levels of expression, play, resistance, diagnosis, psychotherapeutic interaction, and the limits and advantages of ceramic materials and techniques in the therapeutic context. The information and experiences presented will be applicable to clinical treatment with diverse populations and settings.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Doll Making in Therapy & Counseling: Collaborators in Healing
      Pratt Institute ­- Friday
      200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

      Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

      Session Full - Additional Session Added Saturday at College of New Rochelle

      Frances A. Smokowski, MFA, MAAT, ATR-BC, LCAT

      Most creative arts therapists are familiar with the usefulness of transitional objects for facilitating positive attachments, bridging low levels of trust and binding high levels of anxiety. Amplified personal meaning and other process-enhancing qualities can be facilitated through doll making, particularly if the doll is made from materials already infused with memories, such as outgrown clothes and garments from significant others. Self-creating comfort toys seems to invite healing interaction and investment on a deeper level, and can aid in self-soothing and building inner security. This 6-hour master class will direct participants through the step-by-step creation of a doll from repurposed and/or remaindered fabric. Basic construction approaches will be presented as well as options for embellishment. Participants will leave with a working knowledge and first-hand experience in a variety of crafting skills; hand stitching skills will be emphasized throughout the session. Participants with machine sewing experience can easily adapt the presented approaches on their own. No prior sewing experience is required.


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

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Exploring Our Parts through Internal Family Systems & Art Therapy: Curiosity, Courage and Creativity

      Executive Conference Center - Friday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      SESSION FULL — Wait List Initiated


      Peggy Kolodny, ATR-BC, LCPAT
      Amanda Bechtel, MS, ATR-BC, LCPC, LCPAT
      Salicia Mazero, MA, ATR, LPC


      In this 6-hour master class, the presenters will explore the integration of art therapy principles with Schwartz’s internal family systems (IFS) therapy model in clinical treatment. The goal of IFS is to build internal cooperation and increase “self-leadership” using eight internal resources: calmness, curiosity, clarity, compassion, confidence, courage, connectedness, and creativity. The day will feature an introductory video on the concepts of IFS as well as case presentations to illustrate how the presenters have effectively applied expressive arts to the IFS process. Participants will practice several art interventions exploring IFS concepts. The presenters, both board certified, licensed art psychotherapists with Level 2 Certification in IFS, are experienced in treating trauma, eating disorders, and mood disorders across the lifespan. Participants do not need prior knowledge of IFS. Bring your curiosity and creativity!


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Focusing & Art Therapy: Accessing Body Wisdom through Creative Expression
      Starr Foundation Hall, University Center - Friday
      The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue, 10003

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      Elizabeth Baring, MS, ATR-BC, NCPsyA, LCAT, LP

      Developed by Eugene Gendlin and colleagues at the University of Chicago in the 1960s, Focusing is the process of accessing the body’s wisdom by turning inward and being present to its inner sensations. According to Gendlin, conscious thoughts emerge from the intangible inner awareness that he called the “felt experience,” which holds the key to psychological resolution. Art therapy is a way of externalizing that experience. In this daylong master class, participants will be guided through the process of Focusing and expressing their felt experience through art making. Using Laury Rappaport’s interdisciplinary approach called Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT®), participants will learn how combining art making with Focusing can be a powerful tool for stress reduction, emotional regulation and attaining general well-being for a variety of populations.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Innovative Puppetry Approaches for Therapy, Counseling and Social Change
      Executive Conference Center - Friday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Therapeutic Puppetry: An Expressive Arts Approach
      Matthew Bernier, MCAT, ATR-BC

      Puppetry is an integrated expressive art form. It provides an intermodal experience which stimulates storytelling, language development, movement and behavior studies, and the opportunity to explore and express a range of emotions, experiences, and relationships with limited anxiety, fear, shame or guilt. Puppetry can stimulate memory and provide a safe opportunity for creative and imaginative expression of past experiences, including trauma. Expressive Arts Therapeutic Puppetry combines techniques and principles from expressive arts, art therapy, play therapy, psychodrama, and puppet theatre. The creation of puppets through the engagement with materials and the creative process encourages self­-exploration. Collaborative and interactive expressive techniques with puppets encourages interpersonal observation and awareness. Puppets and objects can serve as animated symbols and intermediary objects allowing for emotional projection, dramatic release, resolution of conflict, and growth. During this hands-­on and didactic workshop, participants will learn the rationale, goals, and techniques of Expressive Arts Therapeutic Puppetry; and how several types of puppets recommended for therapeutic work are created. They will make at least one puppet or figure and be introduced to several therapeutic puppetry techniques including client­directed puppet play and small group devised theatre.

      Creative Puppetry for Clinical & Social Change
      Jennie Kristel, MA, REAT, APTT, RMT
      Michael Watson, MA, PhD, LCMHC


      Narrative therapy questions the assumption that clinical problems are traits inherent to the individual, family, or community. Puppetry has long been a vehicle for critiquing the status quo and suggesting positive routes for personal and social change. Object/puppet theatre is particularly suited to therapeutic work in clinical and community settings. In this 3-hour workshop, we will present a method for combining object/puppet theatre with expressive and narrative therapeutic ideas. This unified approach addresses the tendency of helping professionals to pathologize the experiences of their clients and facilitates the healing of individuals, families, and communities. We will explore alternative readings of life stories, play with mapping problems and their influence, and utilize object-based storymaking to suggest more life-affirming responses to difficult life challenges. Participants will work in small groups to imagine, construct, and perform improvised object/puppet theatre pieces that explore alternative understandings of "problems," challenge their authority, and playfully suggest more preferred visions for life. Please bring 3 to 5 small toys or objects.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Montello's Wellness Method: Research-Based Multimodal Transformation of Symptomatic Behavior
      The Glass Box - Friday
      The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 10011

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      Allegra Themmen-Pigott, LPC, MT-BC, DBPC
      Michael Anthony Lahue, MT-BC
      Elizabeth Taub, LCSW-R

      In this daylong master class, participants are introduced to The Montello Method for Performance Wellness (PW), an innovative and comprehensive approach to managing and transforming symptomatology that combines the expressive arts therapies, neuropsychology, cognitive behavioral techniques, and yoga science. Research-based and multimodal, the holistic PW approach has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, to increase creativity, and to support overall positive functionality. Participants will experience a number of the PW techniques that can be applied in a variety of clinical settings and therapeutic situations. Case examples will demonstrate how the Montello approach is customized for working with a diverse range of clientele and symptomatologies with effective results. No music skills are required.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Play Therapy Assessment & Treatment Approaches Featuring Sand, Play, and Art Therapies
      Executive Conference Center - Friday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      SESSION FULL — Wait List Initiated

      Eliana Gil, PhD, ATR, RPT-S, LMFT

      Children can be hesitant to verbalize concerns because traumatic events elicit difficult emotions such as shame, guilt, or sadness. Consequently, one of the most difficult tasks for child therapists working with trauma is helping children and youth to express their painful thoughts and feelings, and helping them show what might be weighing on their minds. In addition, very young children have linguistic limitations that make their communication unclear. Expressive therapies can allow children to show— and later manage—traumatic memories. This day­long master class will feature a range of assessment and treatment strategies that utilize expressive arts such as art, play, and sand therapy. Clinical case examples will be highlighted and discussed. Emphasis will be placed on metaphor language and how to expand metaphors so children can amplify them and engage in reflection.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Processing Dreams Using Photography, Sculpture & Expressive Techniques
      College of New Rochelle - Friday
      29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      Robert Irwin Wolf, MPS, ATR-BC, NCPsya, LP, LCAT

      This 6-hour master class will provide participants with experiences in a variety of creative modalities that can then be used to process patients’ dreams within most any clinical setting. Photography, sculpture and expressive arts techniques will be illustrated, demonstrated, and/or engaged in to process participants’ own dreams in order to teach them how these techniques and processes can be used to facilitate the goals of their clients in a number of treatment settings.

      Strictly limited to 12 participants


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Regenerative Supervision for Vicarious Trauma: Creative Strategies
      Executive Conference Center - Friday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Ethics Session

      Rhonda Neswald-Potter, PhD, ACS, LPCC
      Robyn Trippany Simmons, EdD, LPC, RPT
      Tiffany Rush-Wilson, PhD, PCC-S, CCC, LP


      Vicarious trauma manifests as a host of symptoms, including feelings of vulnerability, depersonalization, loss of meaning, and hopelessness. Clinical supervision can minimize these effects by normalizing the counselor’s experiences, facilitating deeper awareness and meaning making, encouraging collaborative problem-solving. This daylong master class introduces attendees to an arts-based model of clinical supervision, well-suited to counselors who might be experiencing the effects of vicarious trauma. This session provides foundational content regarding vicarious trauma and its effects on the brain. An explanation of Regenerative Supervision follows, including dynamics of the supervision environment that elicit cultural awareness and expression—as well as spiritual awareness and expression—of the supervisee’s experiences. The experiential part of the day will illustrate the unique dynamics, key concepts, and potential merits of this supervision model. Small group processing will occur following each activity, with large group processing at designated intervals.

      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Re-Storying the Many Dimensions of Psyche: An Ecology of Being
      Kellen Auditorium - Friday
      The New School, 66 5th Avenue, 10011

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      Kate Thompson, MA, CJT
      Mary Reynolds Thompson, CPCC, CAPF, CJF


      What happens when two distinct models of self and psyche—the existential and the ecological—converge? How does this confluence affect our understanding and clinical application of the psychology of self? Using expressive writing techniques, participants will link these separate approaches and create a powerful spiral model to re-­story and restore lost aspects of the self. The confluence of these approaches offers an extraordinary look into the human-­nature relationship as well as offering a profound opportunity to explore the deeper meaning of these stories. During this 6-hour master class, participants will write their way through the spiral model and learn ways to immediately apply their newfound knowledge and tools with their clients in the clinical setting.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Special Approaches to Sand Therapy: Mind & Psyche
      Executive Conference Center - Friday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Sandplay and the Transcendent Function: Exploring Jung's Work in Active Imagination
      Luanne Harris Lee, MA, ATR, CST, LPCC, LPAT


      Although Jung does not mention sandplay specifically as a way to access the imagination, he certainly would have appreciated the concept in relation to his own lakeside activities, creating small scenes with mud and water, sticks and stones. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will practice accessing their non-verbal selves as counterpoint to the rational, verbal world of the conscious mind. Holding this dichotomy, or tension of the opposites, they may find images arising that connect these two worlds. The union arising from integrating these worlds is known as the transcendent function, and can often lead a client in treatment to a new attitude or solution. In this highly experiential session, we will draw upon Jung's writings, as well as those by Hannah, Chodorow, Miller, Bradway, Weinrib, Amman, and others who have explored this phenomenon, as we emphasize process over product in the creative process. The role of the witness will be highlighted, emphasizing the way to observe not only with the eyes, but through the entire person. Through art making, movement, poetry/lyrics, and sandplay, attendees will dialogue with their inner images, and for those willing, add to the group experience by sharing their insights. A case presentation illustrating how bridges symbolize the transcendent function will be shown to further elucidate theory. Participants are invited to bring figures that might represent some choice or dilemma they wish to explore.


      Brain-Informed Strategies in the Sandtray Integrated with Play Therapy: Powerful Solutions 
      Amy Flaherty, MS, RPT, LPE-I

      This 3-hour workshop within a 6-hour master class will demonstrate the benefits of sandtray therapy integrated with play therapy for clients across the lifespan. Play therapists and others will use sandtray miniatures and take part in experiential activities that illustrate how sandtray therapy aids in developing neuroplasticity. The neuroscience of play and sandtray therapies will be highlighted, as well as specific applications across ages and populations. An introductory knowledge of sandtray therapy is preferred but not necessary.

      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: APT (Flaherty session only)


      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Transformational Chairwork: Using Psychotherapeutic Dialogues in Clinical Practice
      CLASSROOM MOVED
      Balance Art Center - Friday
      34 West 28th Street, 3rd floor (between Broadway and 6th Avenue) 

      Scott Kellogg, PhD

      Chairwork, or the use of chairs in therapeutic dialogue, is based on the belief that there is a healing and transformative power in: (1) giving voice to one’s inner parts, modes, and selves and, (2) enacting or re-enacting scenes from the past, the present, or the future. Drawing on the clinical wisdom and practices of a wide range of Gestalt and integrative psychotherapists, this 6-hour master class is designed to introduce therapists to the art and science of chairwork, or psychotherapeutic dialogues, in an active, creative, and clinically useful manner. Using clinical storytelling, role plays, and live demonstrations, participants will learn how to use this technique to address such issues as inner conflict, grief and loss, difficult relationships, trauma, addictions, self-hatred, and the development of self-compassion.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
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      10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
      Visual Art Journaling: Remembering Who We Are with a Daily Art Practice

      Executive Conference Center - Friday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

      SESSION FULL (again) — Wait List Initiated 


      Lani A. Gerity, DA, ATR
      Susan Ainlay Anand, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPAT


      As art therapists interested in social justice, the concept of decolonization in art therapy is at the heart of what we do. We work towards co-creating art room experiences that promote freedom rather than oppression, and self-acceptance rather than colonization. This 6-hour master class will focus on one such practice, visual art journaling. Participants will learn how visual art journaling can encourage therapists and clients to record personal experiences, thoughts, and feelings; expand the therapeutic space; allow the artist to document life outside of sessions; and provide her with positive mirroring, a way of remembering her true self. We will begin with an overview of the benefits of the art journal, the populations that can best use this technique, and explore examples. During the hands-on portion of the day, we will use simple office supplies and found materials to create an easy book structure, and employ engaging “directives” to fill our journals. We will discuss adapting art journaling for the populations with whom we all work. Participants will also be given a link to a downloadable 'zine' for the art room with directions and prompts. No prior experience required.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
       

      Friday Evening Events

      6:45 pm  -  8:30 pm
      A Medical Musician's Journey: Healing Body, Mind & Soul
      The Glass Box - Thursday
      The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue, 10003

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      Schulman 2016
      Andrew Schulman
      with
      Marvin McMillen, MD, FACS, MACP

      In 2009, musician Andrew Schulman lay in a medically induced coma for two days following complications from major surgery. With vital signs destabilized and in free-fall, his critical care physician declared him to be "toast." The next day, with perhaps hours left to live, Schulman's wife Wendy had an epiphany and sought permission from the medical staff to connect Andrew to his iPod, playing his favorite work by J. S. Bach. What happened next was declared a "medical miracle."

      Join us for an evening with Andrew Schulman, a guitarist who has appeared in Carnegie Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall, and the White House, along with Dr. Marvin McMillen, the trauma surgeon and critical care intensivist of 35 years who saved Schulman's life. The two will discuss how they worked together to develop a new specialty in the field of Music & Medicine called Medical Musician. During the course of the evening, Schulman will also perform on the 8-string guitar as he discusses the distinctions between his hospital work and the clinical discipline of music therapy, as described in his recent book, Waking the Spirit: A Musician's Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul. To close the evening, the 30-minute documentary film, “Andrew & Wendy,” which has been aired on PBS TV, will be screened and followed by a Q&A.

      $25 Fee includes lite fare • Guest Tickets Available • $35 at Door

      This session not eligible for CEs

       

      Friday Evening Community Event

      7:30 pm  -  9:00 pm
      Dancing Mindfulness Together — Free Class & Community Celebration!
      College of New Rochelle - Friday
      29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      FREE TO REGISTRANTS, OPEN TO PUBLIC!

      Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RMT

      Like to dance when no one is watching? Dancing Mindfulness is an “as you are” contemplative practice that features spontaneous creative movement as a vehicle for accessing and practicing mindful awareness. Guided by trained facilitators, no previous experience with yoga or dance is required. This free community event at the College of New Rochelle celebrates the completion of our facilitator training Intensive at the Summit, and our newest trained facilitators will lead everyone in this wellness-promoting process. So, come join us Friday evening, and give our facilitators a chance to practice their new skills as they welcome you to share this practice of expressive meditation. Feel free to bring your friends and family along to participate in this celebration of movement and mindfulness!

      This session is not eligible for CE credits
    • Saturday, 11/12/16
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      Saturday Workshops

      9:00 am  -  10:30 am
      Dreamtime & Drama: Healing Stories of Indigenous Australia
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Leonie M. Hurry, BS Sc, Dip. Ed, MVPA, RDT

      Narradrama combines narrative therapy, drama therapy, and the creative arts. In this 90-minute workshop, participants will learn how to use role play, ritual, mask, storytelling, and imagery to personalize healing rituals, to transform conflict, to engender growth, and to facilitate sacred connection. The presenter will show how to allow The Dreamtime—Australian aboriginal healing rituals, stories, and creation myths—to inspire powerful ‘re-storying’ of life experiences in both individual and group educational and therapeutic contexts. Mention will be made as to how to adapt Narradrama principles when working with children with special needs.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB Only
      Not eligible for APT Credits

      9:00 am  -  10:30 am
      Experiential Psychoeducation with Trauma Survivors
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      SESSION FULL — Wait List Inititated

      Odelya Gertel Kraybill, PhD, LCPC

      A grasp of key information about common post-trauma responses, including how the brain responds to trauma, helps trauma survivors make sense of emotional responses that otherwise seem overwhelming, and better read their own emotional warning signs. Though the need for psychoeducation is widely recognized, and efforts to provide it are widespread, most use lecture and reading, didactic methods notorious for low retention in learning.  In doctoral research with trauma survivors and human service providers, the presenter found participatory experiential approaches to be superior to the typical lecture-style approach in regard to retention of content. In this 90-minute introductory workshop, participants will experience how expressive arts-inspired methods of psychoeducation for presenting information about trauma and the brain to trauma survivors and caregivers can enhance clinical effectiveness.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      9:00 am  -  10:30 am
      Getting Unstuck: Fearless Writing, Action & Collage
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Nancy S. Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, MS

      Buddhist philosophies, such as those in Pema Chödrön’s book Taking the Leap, provide opportunities to increase mindfulness and presence while learning to create space to improve and to maintain nervous system health. Somatic and positive psychologies assist in identifying old patterns and “change targets,” pointing to new pathways for change. Through selected quotations, poems, journal prompts, and images, as well as action warm-up methods, participants will identify how and where we “get hooked” by self-blame, negativity, and/or fear and how to cultivate open-heartedness, acceptance, and the courage to “stay” with our experiences. No prior knowledge of Buddhism, therapeutic writing, the Journal Ladder, somatics, or psychodrama are required.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      9:00 am  -  10:30 am
      Narrative Group Songwriting for Cooperation & Collaboration
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Janna M. Frelich, MFA, MA, MT-BC

      Singing encourages a sense of flow and a positive emotional experience for individuals as well as groups. Mindful expressive songwriting utilizes positive multisensory memories and narrative to promote psychological healing and groundedness. It can be used to re-create joyful positive moments and to re-experience sensations and emotions inherent in those multi-sensory memories. Participants will learn how re-creating multisensory moments fosters ‘being-in-the-moment’ mindfulness; how singing holds emotion; how mindfulness creates a sense of wellbeing; and how witnessing acknowledges common human experience. Each participant is invited to recall a memory of a joyful experience and to create lyrical imagery incorporating not only the five senses, but the sense of movement, the internal emotional state, and the internal physical sensation as well. Participants will learn how improvisational singing, varied in structure and content, fosters neuroplastic healing. Participants will experience firsthand how group singing can engender group cohesion and togetherness. Experientials will involve movement and singing, and attendees are advised to dress accordingly.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      9:00 am  -  10:30 am
      Psychoanalytic Thought, Creative Process, and the Personal: Clinical Intersections
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Mari Grande, MFA, MSW, NCPsyA, LCSW-R, LCAT

      This 90-minute workshop combines case material, discussion, and art making in response to Freud’s classic 1908 article, “Creative Writers and Day-Dreamers.” In it, Freud presents the creative person as one whose abilities and dreaminess harken from the past, functions in the present, and affects our sense of future. From this vantage, participants will explore the intersections among psychoanalysis, the creative process, and the personal, especially as they pertain to Freud’s oft-cited article. Artwork will be made in response to the content of the article, which addresses the unconscious aspects of our daily “dream” life, thus making the connection between creativity and the unconscious more available to therapist and client for their work together. Participants are encouraged to bring pertinent personal and professional experiences for group discussion.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      9:00 am  -  10:30 am
      Therapeutic Weaving Projects Using Everyday Materials

      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)
       

      SESSION FULL - Wait List Initiated
      Xenia M. Rybak, MS, MPS, CCLS


      Weaving has evolved from serving a purely practical purpose into an artistic medium. The first woven pieces involved only the natural materials that were available to an individual in a particular area or region of the world. The art of weaving has now emerged to include yarn, fabric, and paper, among other materieals. The benefits of weaving are, however, not limited to artistic and practical uses. During this 90-minute workshop, we will focus on the therapeutic benefits of weaving. Participants will learn ways to create a variety of weaving projects with everyday art supplies. These projects can be adapted for use with a variety of client populations. Therapeutic benefits of weaving for individuals and groups will also be discussed.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB Only

      Not eligible for APT Credits
       

      Saturday Papers

      9:00 am  -  10:30 am
      Mind-Body Connections in Visual Artmaking
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA

      Recent research in art therapy has begun to empirically explore the application of biological indicators and brain imaging data as they relate to art making. For instance, art therapists have explored the use of qEEG as a marker of changes in brainwave activity for different types of media and the differences in brain activity among artists versus non-artists. Expressive arts therapists will be happy to know that healthy adults experienced lowered cortisol levels after forty-five minutes of creative self-expression in an art therapy open studio format. This didactic presentation goes behind the scenes of art therapy research to understand the mind and body outcomes in art therapy research, and explores the biological indicators measured, as well as the brain imaging technologies used, in recent studies. Specifically, attention will be paid to biomarkers—including cortisol, norepinephrine, dopamine, epinephrine, alpha-amylase, and oxytocin—and to functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), a minimally intrusive and flexible tool that measures and identifies aspects of cortical functioning. Of course, these tests, terminologies, and their implications will be suitably explained for those of us unfamiliar with them.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      Faculty Bio:
      9:00 am  -  10:30 am
      Consultation Session with Judith Rubin: Child & Family Art Therapy
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Judith A. Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM 

      Therapy with children of any age requires an alliance with the entire family. In this 90-minute consultation session, we'll explore the factors that make art therapy with children and families successful, including the influence of cultural, socioeconomic, and other variables related to those being served as well as those offering help. The session will begin with a presentation by an art therapist with over 50 years of experience working with young children and their parents in a variety of settings, including inpatient units, outpatient clinics, special schools, and community centers. Following a brief discussion and demonstration of basic principles in child and family art therapy, participants are welcome to bring questions for discussion from their own practices, including case examples. Individual presentations will be limited to 5 minutes and can be illustrated with images of client artwork on thumb drives, if desired. 


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
       

      Saturday Master Classes

      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      Building & Managing Your Private Practice: Finding a Professional Voice
      Lang Auditorium - Saturday
      The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 10011

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      Ethics Session

      Emery Mikel, ATR-BC, LCAT, LCPAT
      Reina Lombardi, MA, ATR-BC, LMHC
      Erika Hamlett, MA


      Developing a private practice can be an exciting exploration of finding (and using) one's voice. From contracting with facilities (or setting up a permanent office) to running workshops and retreats, there is something for everyone interested in making the leap into working for themselves. Throughout this daylong master class, presenters share their journeys into the world of private practice in New York, Florida, and North Carolina. Using the similarities and differences illustrated throughout the presenters’ approaches and successes, participants will discover the ways private practice might fit them best or how they might shift their existing practices to increase fulfillment and sustainability. In addition to entertaining participants’ thoughts, concerns, and questions, this daylong master class explores the diversity of private practice and offers hands-on experientials that focus on expressive therapists’ identities in private practice, ethical considerations, marketing, and outside the box thinking, culminating in the creation of a fabric mandala to reflect each participant’s individuality and voice within a larger professional community.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      Creating Books with Traumatized & Dissociative Clients to Explore Safety & Identity
      Pratt Institute -­ Saturday
      200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

      Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

      Wise Mind Books for Traumatized & Dissociative Clients
      Jessica Masino Drass, MA, ATR-BC

      In Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), clients are taught to work toward an integrative form of wisdom in their lives called "Wise Mind.” It brings together interpersonal, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance skills with core mindfulness. In this workshop, participants will learn how to build their “mindfulness muscle” by creating an image-based Wise Mind Book through a prescribed collage process. Working on a Wise Mind Books actively facilitates the practice of DBT skills on an ongoing basis. This art therapy/DBT project addresses treatment goals such as the enhancement of self-awareness, identity, containment, and control. Working on a long-term project like this can give clients the opportunity to work through feelings of dissatisfaction, form personal opinions, and make aesthetic choices. The Wise Mind Book also acts as a transitional object, particularly for severely traumatized and dissociative clients, throughout the course of treatment. It helps to create an experience that can lead to an integration of skills, thoughts, and emotions. Case material will be presented to support theory and practice, in addition to the hands-on process of beginning to build a Wise Mind Book.

      FatBooks for Cultivating Safe Connections with Traumatized Clients
      Lisa Miller, LMFT
      Denise Anima, LMFT
      Erin Edwards


      Trauma impacts our cognitive, affective, social, physical, and spiritual ways of being. Whether as a result of abuse, neglect, accident, violence, or war, severely traumatized people often struggle to develop safety and connection with those around them, and even with themselves. In this 3-hour workshop, we will review SAMSHA’s six key principles of the trauma-informed approach, and participants will engage in grounding exercises to create a personal concept of safety and connection. Using various art media, we’ll focus on creating FatBooks of Safe Connection, with an emphasis on addressing secure client attachment. Clinicians will be able to return to their offices on Monday and immediately implement the practices and techniques learned in this fun and informative experiential workshop. Although developed for use with traumatized clients, FatBooks can be used in various ways with clients of almost any age and treatment goal.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      Expressive Origami Therapy: Holding, Folding, Healing
      Pratt Institute -­ Saturday
      200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

      Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

      Toshiko Kobayashi, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT

      Expressive Origami Therapy is a creative clinical technique that has been practiced internationally with survivors of severe trauma, in community post-disaster care, and with individuals and families in counseling and psychotherapy. It has also been used for the promotion of well-being in non-clinical populations. This 6-hour master class will provide a quick overview of the history of paper making and folding, particularly as they pertain to the development and practice of origami in Japan. We’ll explore the therapeutic qualities of working with origami and how they relate to the theory of Expressive Origami Therapy. Case study examples will illustrate Expressive Origami techniques in clinical use, highlighting the distinction between origami as a traditional craft and Expressive Origami’s practice in the creative arts therapies. Hands-on origami experiences will include both individual and group work. No previous knowledge of origami is necessary, though it is certainly welcome. More importantly, having a basic understanding of the practice of creative arts in counseling and psychotherapy is recommended.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      Kellogg's Great Round of Mandala: Pathways to Wholeness
      CLASSROOM MOVED
      Room U204, University Center - Saturday
      The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue, 10003

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      Jordan S. Potash, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LCAT

      Jungian psychology maintains a core belief that human beings are in a continuous process of development. This ongoing creative cycle is greatly aided by the discovery of archetypes that speak to common human experiences. In his essay “The Stages of Life,” Carl Jung wrote, “It is only possible to live the fullest life when we are in harmony with these symbols; wisdom is a return to them.” Creative and expressive arts processes when viewed through an archetypal framework invite us to identify patterns that connect our personal experience to the universal human condition. The archetype of the mandala (Sanskrit for “circle”) will be introduced and viewed through 13 states of consciousness articulated in Joan Kellogg’s theory “The Archetypal Stages of the Great Round of Mandala."


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      Transformative Moments & Techniques in Play Therapy: Sacred and Profane
      College of New Rochelle - Saturday
      29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S
      Sarah Caprioli, LMHC


      Transformative moments in child and play therapy can be quite profound, invoking the spiritual in the experience of client and therapist alike. But not all transformative moments in treatment are sacred. Children often play out opposite poles, moving between themes that highlight the innocence of childhood and those “profane” moments that reflect back the impact of a toxic culture that tacitly promotes early sexualization, harassment, and gender-based violence. Play therapists can honor—or make note of—these moments as they silently witness them. But they also need to identify and process them to optimize their therapeutic value. In adult psychoanalysis, Daniel Stern refers to such experiences as "moments of meeting.” In this daylong master class, play therapists will learn how to recognize and deepen these interactions, with particular attention to preventing them from being diminished by the platitudes of "therapeutic language."  Attendees will be asked to engage in experiential exercises (including writing and drawing) that focus on their own sacred and profane moments, and how the therapeutic relationship is altered by such experiences. 

      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      Treating ASD Using Art Therapy & Movement: Establishing Engagement, Connection & Community

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

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      Dana Whiddon, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT
      Diane Metviner, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT


      Working with ASD, a population that struggles to engage, can evoke difficult and even painful reactions in even the most seasoned clinician. This highly experiential master class will combine ritual, art making, and movement as an invitation to reconnect with your most authentic and capable professional self. We will use the images, affect, and anecdotes that arise to explore transference and shadow elements, primarily as they relate to working with people with ASD. Participants will be encouraged to acknowledge, rework, and release these phenomena that — while they inform the clinical work — if left unseen, can also interfere. As a group, we will also experiment with sensory and process-oriented materials. There will be ample time for discussing personal experiences, application of specialized techniques, and for sharing inspiration regarding treatment approaches. Working authentically and creatively in community in this way will greatly enhance our insight as well as solidify new learning in order to better help our clients meet their goals in treatment.

      Participants should wear comfortable (yoga type) clothing to move in and bring a yoga mat.

      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      Valuing Process & Product: The Benefits of Printmaking in Art Therapy

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

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      Session Full — Friday Printmaking Session Added (no CEs)


      Patricia Quinn, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT
      Bruce Waldman, MFA


      Printmaking offers art therapy clients an array of processes that can help them to understand cause and effect and even commit to an image that will become part of their personal iconography. The mastery of tools and mediums, as well as the mindful exertion of physical pressure, can facilitate the sublimation of psychic tensions through creative activity. Manipulating images through printmaking techniques allows issues to be worked out symbolically; creation of iconography can strengthen personal identity. In this daylong master class we will discuss the benefits of printmaking in the clinical setting, including etching, lithography, screen and block printing. We will discover how printmaking's reversals and indirectness can offer clients in art therapy a level of freedom and psychic distancing that facilitates insight by allowing unconscious content to surface. Then, to demonstrate, we will create monotypes and monoprints, printmaking techniques that don’t require special equipment or extensive technical training, and can be created in a single treatment session. No previous printmaking experience is required.

      Strictly limited to 10 participants


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      Zen & Bion: Clinical Practice, Personal Integration
      Dorothy Hirshon Suite - Saturday
      The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 10011

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      Seiso Paul C. Cooper, Sensei, LP

      This 6-hour master class integrates experiential and didactic learning exercises to emphasize the clinical relevance of two highly experiential disciplines – Zazen and psychoanalysis. Zazen, or Zen meditation, functions as both the core practice and foundational teaching of the Zen Buddhist tradition. Shared group practice in a supportive setting provides the opportunity to fine-tune and deepen personal insights, and may lead to further discourse in the integration of both traditions. We will use readings from the Soto Zen scriptural and koan literature; psychoanalytic readings drawn from the Bionic development; and integrative literature on Zen and psychoanalysis to inform our explorations. Participants will learn new ways of incorporating these traditions into their therapy practice, and experience a variety of approaches to Zen meditation.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      Faculty Bio:
      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      Addressing Sexuality & Desire Across the Lifespan: A Multimodal Expressive Arts Approach
      Pratt Institute -­ Saturday
      200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn

      Graduate Department of Creative Arts Therapy, Co-Host

      SEATS JUST ADDED!

      Ginna Clark, MA, LPCC, ATR-BC
      Val Jones, MA
       

      Of all the topics that clients and therapists find uncomfortable to talk about in the confines of the treatment room, sexuality is probably one of the most challenging. This 6-hour master class will feature ways in which expressive arts therapies can be used to help therapists and their clients address this. Together, we will engage in art making, reflective writing, experiential exercises, and dialogue for facilitating effective work with these issues in counseling and psychotherapy. Participants will learn a variety of prompts and directives that can be used to help adolescents and adults explore facets of their sexuality in a variety of clinical treatment situations, and promote participants’ awareness of their own attitudes and values regarding sexuality and its impact on treatment.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      Deep Clay: Getting the Inside Out

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

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host
       

      Michelle Rhodes, ATR-BC, NCPsyA, LCSW-R 

      *THIS SESSION IS A REPEAT OF FRIDAY'S  SOLD OUT SESSION*

      The beauty of clay is that it can take any form, and the tactile experience of working with it in therapy can enhance and enrich the process of self-­exploration and transformation. This daylong master class will explore this shape-­shifting medium through an in-depth, hands­-on approach. Coupled with journaling and peer discussion, participants will have the opportunity to experience the use of clay as a way to relieve stress, stimulate the imagination, and discover deep connections within. We will also explore the interrelationships of developmental levels of expression, play, resistance, diagnosis, psychotherapeutic interaction, and the limits and advantages of ceramic materials and techniques in the therapeutic context. The information and experiences presented will be applicable to clinical treatment with diverse populations and settings.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      Doll Making in Therapy & Counseling: Collaborators in Healing

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

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      Frances A. Smokowski, MFA, MAAT, ATR-BC, LCAT

      *THIS SESSION IS A REPEAT OF FRIDAY'S DOLLMAKING SESSION

      Most creative arts therapists are familiar with the usefulness of transitional objects for facilitating positive attachments, bridging low levels of trust and binding high levels of anxiety. Amplified personal meaning and other process-enhancing qualities can be facilitated through doll making, particularly if the doll is made from materials already infused with memories, such as outgrown clothes and garments from significant others. Self-creating comfort toys seems to invite healing interaction and investment on a deeper level, and can aid in self-soothing and building inner security. This 6-hour master class will direct participants through the step-by-step creation of a doll from repurposed and/or remaindered fabric. Basic construction approaches will be presented as well as options for embellishment. Participants will leave with a working knowledge and first-hand experience in a variety of crafting skills; hand stitching skills will be emphasized throughout the session. Participants with machine sewing experience can easily adapt the presented approaches on their own. No prior sewing experience is required.

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

      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      The Broken Bowl Project: Addiction Treatment and the Philosophy of Wabi Sabi
      College of New Rochelle - Saturday
      29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, NY 10805

      Graduate Program in Art Therapy/Counseling, Co-Host

      Christa Brennan LCAT, ATR-BC, CASAC
      Christine Randolph, ATR-BC, LCAT


      In this daylong master class, we will review the primary models of addictions treatment, addiction concepts, and explore the phenomenon of resiliency. We’ll 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. 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. Through the Broken Bowl process, the healing power of creativity and its role in facilitating resilience is externalized, illustrating the phases that span from relapse to recovery. Although developed for working with addicted populations, this technique can be used by mental health professionals working in a variety of settings.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

       

      Saturday Workshops

      9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
      Authentic Movement for Exploring Mindfulness & Self-Compassion

      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)
       

      SESSION FULL — Wait List Initiated 


      Jennifer Tantia, PhD, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT

      Authentic movement is a subtle yet powerful dance/movement therapy practice that allows one to attend to embodied self-awareness in relation to an expanded self/world concept. Although all thoughts and movements are authentic ones, the way in which one attends to those thoughts and movements can limit or expand one’s experience. This 3-hour workshop will explore specific practices of mindfulness and self-compassion that can be practiced by clinicians and taught to clients, culminating in a more satisfying experience of authentic movement that deepens clients’ accessibility to their own depth of experience. These techniques can help encourage clients to indulge the deeper and more fulfilling layers of the work when they feel uncertain, self-conscious, or stuck during the process. Attendees of all experience levels are welcome!


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
      Bilateral Art Therapy Techniques for Brain Change: Scribbling, Wiggling & More

      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

      SESSION FULL — Wait List Initiated 


      Peggy Kolodny, ATR-BC, LCPAT
      Tally Tripp, MA, MSW, ATR-BC, CTT


      In this 3-hour workshop, participants will be introduced to a variety of simple art and movement techniques that produce bilateral stimulation, which is posited to “change the brain” by creating new neural connections between the rational (cognitive) and emotional (limbic) areas. The presenters will provide a brief overview of the neurobiology of trauma, describe the neurodevelopment of artmaking, and illustrate, through case presentation, the application of bilateral art therapy. In the experiential component, participants will practice self-tapping, gentle movement, and several new bilateral “scribbling” techniques, integrating basic aspects of the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) protocol. Although EMDR will not be taught in this workshop, participants will gain familiarity with some of its basic principles, and will be guided towards future training in this evidence-based trauma treatment. The presenters of this workshop, board certified art therapists who specialize in trauma treatment, are also trained in sensorimotor psychotherapy, informally trained in yoga, and have certificates in EMDR.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
      Fusible Quilting in Therapy: Ironing Out Issues, Piecing Together Communication
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Sharona Bookbinder, BSc, MBA, DTATI, OATR, RCAT, RP

      This 3-hour workshop focuses on how to use fusible quilting in long-term care, community arts, and various clinical settings. Fusible quilting is a versatile medium that combines cotton fabrics and fusible web to create multi-layered textile images—without sewing. Examples of work by multidisciplinary staff and clients (geriatric, palliative, and cancer care) demonstrate the adaptability of this technique and how it is an effective tool for communicating feelings, best-practice concepts, and educational material for achieving therapeutic goals. The application of fabric layers, the phases of construction, and the evolution of the image are akin to a narrative therapy modality. The value-added hands-on component integrates nicely with the multidimensional history that unfolds within a patient-focused model. A presentation of fusible quilting projects highlight this medium’s diversity, therapeutic value, and teaching potential. In this workshop, participants will engage in an experiential using irons to fuse prepared fabrics, creating their own textile images. No previous quilting experience is required.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
      Not eligible for APT Credits

      9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
      Image and Imagination in Expressive Arts Therapies
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

      SESSION FULL - Wait List Initiated

      Linney Wix, PhD, ATR-BC

      In working with images, an imaginal approach that ‘particularizes’ the image differs from a Jungian approach, which focuses on symbolic content. Working imaginally asks for a poetic sensibility, which is not necessarily logical or literal. The tenet central to imaginal work is one of “sticking to the image.” Using ideas and practices developed by various archetypal thinkers and practitioners, the workshop will offer opportunities to deepen the hearing and seeing of images. When listening to a literal event with an ear toward metaphor, the event may take on meaning that might otherwise go unnoticed. Hearing literal occurrences poetically involves slowing down the listening in order to consider what the imagination might offer. Using practices central to the workshop in therapy sessions, it is possible to hear from images, dreams, and stories clients bring to therapy. Hillman (1978) developed a set of “gadgets” to assist in hearing and seeing images with precision. We will play with those to access metaphor and listen for poetic insight.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

       

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      9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
      Positive Psychology in Action: Encountering Strengths, Befriending Resources
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Stephen F. Kopp, MS, TEP

      Negative internal scripts can block us from fully exploring our strengths and resources with spontaneity. Positive psychology teaches us to be resource-based. Whether you use signature strengths or other methods for honoring resources, moving beyond an initial understanding of our assets can add depth, playfulness, and wonder to a client’s self-discovery. In this experiential workshop, participants will have an opportunity to engage their resources through action, as well as learning ways to use simple techniques for anchoring strengths in their clinical practices.

      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
      Hours for this workshop eligible for ABE credits

      Not eligible for APT Credits
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      9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
      Processing Grief Together: Essential Issues & Multimodal Approaches
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

      SESSION FULL - Wait List Initiated

      Liisa Murray, MS, MT-BC
      Ali Schechter, MS, LCAT, R-DMT
      Suzanne Deisher, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT
      Tiffany del Fierro, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT
      Mary Farkas, MA, RDT, LCAT
      Kaitlyn Kelly, MS, MT-BC, LCAT
      Kate Kavitski, MA, RDT, LCAT


      When therapists work with seniors, both parties often encounter loss. This panel presentation and discussion — comprised of art, drama, music, and dance therapists — explores grief reactions in the workplace, parallel processes in end-of-life care, and the importance of clinical supervision as a venue to process how grief affects not only our clients, but also ourselves. Participants will be invited to create and to practice multimodal creative arts therapy directives that can be used as tools for processing anticipatory or current grief in both clients and clinicians.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
      Sacred Creations: Ex-Votos & Devotional Art in Psychotherapy
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Michelle L. Dean, MA, ATR-BC, CGP, LPC

      There are many sacred moments in a psychotherapy experience in which ritual can be employed as a token of acknowledgment. Devotional paintings and objects, such as ex-votos, are made for a public site or shrine to serve a ritual purpose or express gratitude. They can be seen across many cultures and are universal to human art making. Ex-votos are typically used for vows, thanks, or wishes. They are visual prayers, and represent the moment of greatest need, not the cure. With their structured schemas, ex-votos and other devotional art forms may be helpful in reflecting on traumatic situations. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will learn about the history and structuring devices of various devotional art forms, and have an opportunity to create devotional art. Workshop participants will gain an understanding as to how these art forms can be respectfully incorporated into a psychotherapy practice that grounds the process in historically and culturally sensitive ways.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
      The Trickster in Treatment: Managing Unexpected & Unusual Clients and Situations
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Kim Anderson, MSW, ATR-BC, LCSW

      This 3-hour workshop provides counselors and therapists creative and practical techniques for dealing with circumstances rarely addressed in classrooms, textbooks, or practicum supervision: Clients who manifest characteristics of the archetypal Trickster. Through the use of case examples, writing, art making, and story, participants will learn ways to deal effectively with unconventional and unusual situations that manifest in their clinical work. Additionally, we will explore how to make the most of the countertransference phenomena that often accompanies such encounters with ‘the unexpected.'


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      10:50 am  -  12:20 pm
      Art Therapy Adaptations for People with Disabilities
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Tami Herzog-Rodriguez, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT 

      A blend of lecture and experientials, this workshop introduces the practice of art therapy for individuals who have a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities. Adaptations based on disability and art therapy approaches vary by setting—whether hospital, residential facility, school, or community group. Participants will explore how to use adaptive strategies (including how to establish therapeutic alliances with children who are pre-verbal) and how to apply art therapy techniques for use with both individuals and groups. The lecture will also touch on how art therapists can facilitate the extension of art beyond the therapeutic space, effectively connecting individuals with disabilities to their communities. Hands-on explorations of adaptations of sensory pre-art materials, traditional/basic art materials, and tools to promote engagement for individuals and groups will be emphasized.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:50 am  -  12:20 pm
      Constructing Balinese Baskets for Communication, Community & Harmony
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      SESSION FULL  — Wait List Initiated

      Denise Malis, PhD, MFA, ATR-BC, LMHC
      Kelly Reedy, BFA, MA


      Canang sari, or small basket-making, is a Balinese ritual tradition stemming from the deep-seated belief that human beings and their environment are inextricably related. The basket as a concretized symbolic reflection of universal ‘holding space’ represents both the maker and the community, as well as how the maker and community are interwoven/interrelated. This hands-on tradition of cutting/folding/looping/stitching a container from palm leaves allows for the individual to maintain harmony between the self, the community, and the natural environment. Art therapists typically work in urban settings with populations that have limited access to nature. Despite living in close proximity to others, urban dwellers often experience feelings of isolation as well as a lack of community. This workshop will explore the relationship that exits between natural materials, ‘making special,’ and interpersonal connections. Balinese basket techniques will be used to construct unique containers and other small objects that form expressions of harmony between the maker and the community and that symbolize a therapeutic holding space.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:50 am  -  12:20 pm
      Interactive Digital Media for Stimulating Discussion in Group Therapy
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Jonas Hart Ginsburg, LCPC
      Sze-Chin Lee, MAAT, LPC


      Aijo, which means “love” in Japanese, is the name of a short, mostly documentary, film created as part of a series that explores basic human needs and the impact on those who are denied them. Consisting primarily of street interviews with addicts, the elderly, and homeless people, asking them about love, it has proven effective as a stimulus/discussion tool for group psychotherapy. What at first seems just a pastiche of rambling comments ultimately challenges the viewing audience with a provocative starting point for introspection and group interchange on topics such as loneliness, depression, trauma, suicide, and abuse. Additionally, the sub-theme of spirituality and its connection to love is examined through the interviews, highlighting the dichotomy of the varied forms in which love can manifest in our lives. An electronic questionnaire will allow session registrants to participate by interacting with the film, the presenters, and each other by posting their thoughts in real time. Finally, we’ll consider the potential for making and using brief group discussion stimulus films such as this one with, for, and by clients in treatment.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:50 am  -  12:20 pm
      Play Therapy & Yoga to Heal the Impact of Trauma

      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      SESSION FULL — Wait List Initiated


      Michelle M. Pliske, MSW, RPT, LCSW

      Yoga has become a popular practice for decreasing trauma symptomatology, since it addresses physical and psychosocial issues including stress, anxiety, and hyperarousal. Combining yoga and play therapy creates opportunities for children to process and heal traumatic experiences by helping them increase regulatory skills mastery, improve communication, reestablishing personal power and control. In this 90-minute session, current neuroscience and trauma research will be reviewed, and play therapy and child yoga techniques will be illustrated and demonstrated, that will enable play therapists and other clinicians to learn to help children integrate trauma narratives through an effective mind-body connection.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      10:50 am  -  12:20 pm
      Sculpting Couples: A Family Therapy Technique
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Paula Ochs, CP, PAT, LCSW
      Jude Webster, DSW, MA, LCSW


      Designed for therapists and counselors currently engaged in clinical work with couples, this 90-minute workshop demonstrates how to use 'sculpting' in couples counseling and therapy. Sculpting is a family therapy technique with roots in psychodrama and, as such, involves couples moving from verbal to nonverbal interactions to help them overcome therapeutic impasses. Participants will present cases verbally, and the facilitators will coach and will demonstrate how to translate verbal interactions into nonverbal interactions. Through the experience of sculpting, participants will discover new ideas and uncover new interventions to assist couples. Participants must be currently working with couples to participate in this session.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:50 am  -  12:20 pm
      Stressbusting: Writing Through Troubled Times
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC

      Have post-election anxiety disorder? Let's take a pause, take a breath, and bust some stress! In this 90-minute workshop, you'll be given a template for a one-hour journal group on stressbusting through writing. You will be expertly guided through the experience of creating new relationships with stress through short, structured, sequenced writes. We'll talk about ways you can use this ready-made template with clients and client groups in treatment. You'll leave the workshop with a simple yet powerful tool to share with your clients, students, or group members. And you'll have a valuable new method for your own stress busting.

      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

       

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      Saturday Papers

      10:50 am  -  12:20 pm
      Clinician-Created Works in Session: Ethical & Other Considerations

      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Ethics Session


      Haley Fox, MA, PhD, ATR-BC, MT-BC, REAT, LMHC/LPCC

      This 90-minute workshop will explore the potential therapeutic benefits and pitfalls of practitioners sharing original creations with clients. The session will feature a selection of original songs and art, inviting participants to consider how we are impacted by 'live' performance and in-person viewing in contrast to experiencing work in digital, audio, and video formats. Participants will have opportunities to experiment with sharing their own artwork and artistic feedback. Ethical implications of practitioners sharing their own creative productions will also be explored.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:50 am  -  12:20 pm
      International Research — Brief Reports
      SESSION CANCELLED
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Art as Intervention with Young Malay Unwed Mothers
      Mohd Makzan Musa

      This paper highlights the use of art by young and unwed Malay women who face unexpected and unwanted pregnancies. Because Malaysian cultural and religious norms expect pregnancy only within the context of marriage, many young and unwed Malay women experience psychological distress when they face unexpected and unwanted pregnancies. This distress and the cultural and religious conflicts potentially lead them to abort, abandon, or kill their newly born infants. The research study consisted of a total of 10 sessions of art activities conducted at three shelter homes for young and unwed Malay mothers in the northern region of Malaysia. At the end of each session, study facilitators conducted in-depth semi-structured interviews that were recorded, transcribed, and logged as phenomenological and qualitative data. The study results not only show the psychosocial issues faced by young and unwed Malay mothers such as stigmatization and prejudice, but also demonstrate how art serves the role of creative psychological intervention for young Malay women who cope with the stress of unexpected and unwanted pregnancies.



      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      Faculty Bios:
       

      Saturday Lunch & Learns

      12:50 pm  -  1:40 pm
      Art Therapist as Client Muse: Lessons from the Life of Louise Nevelson
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Laurie Wilson, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM

      Art therapists encourage their clients to produce art, which they receive and view without judgment and in the interest of furthering the clients’ emotional and psychological growth. As such, arts therapists are muses for their clients, who probably would not be willing to try to produce artwork when they are untrained in a given art medium. In the art world, art dealers often serve as the primary audience and muse for the artists they represent. That audience might be both internal and/or external but will invariably have a crucial effect on the art produced. The study of how Louise Nevelson’s life and art were subtly transformed by the six different dealers with whom she worked in the art world might be translated to the art therapy world. In one revealing instance it could be said that Nevelson’s dealer, Colette Roberts, served as a transformational object allowing Nevelson to reconnect with her maternal imago—resulting in the creation of her signature style of wall-sized wood assemblages.


      Eligible for 0.5 Credit Hours: ATCB
      Not eligible for APT Credits

      12:50 pm  -  1:40 pm
      Art, Therapy & Astrology: Drawing Down the Moon

      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)
       

      SESSION FULL — Wait List Initiated


      Jessica Whitesel, LPC, ATR-BC

      The archetypes, mythology, and imagery of astrology offer a rich metaphoric guide to the personal psyche. In this 50-minute lunchtime talk, we will briefly explore the typology of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, as they relate to human identity and experience. The practical use of astrology in clinical practice will be illustrated using examples of art therapy and sandtray productions.


      This session is not eligible for continuing education credits

      12:50 pm  -  1:40 pm
      Bereavement & Transformation: Art Therapy and The Other Side
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      SESSION FULL - Wait List Initiated
      Terri L. Segal, LMFT, ATR

      Most people are not comfortable talking about grief and loss, but all experience them at one time or another. In this 50-minute lunchtime session, attendees will learn to integrate mindfulness, art and writing exercises, plus active imagination, to learn creative ways of working with grief and loss in therapy with increased compassion and courage. Counselors and therapists can learn to set a positive frame when encountering grieving clients, to have a healthier relationship with their own grief, as well as how to deal with unusual experiences of grief — including experiencing afterlife communications from loved ones. Understanding how to facilitate such dialogues can enable clients to resolve guilt, shame, unanswered questions and fears, and promote forward growth. Not a workshop for learning how to be ‘medium,’ therapists will be introduced to ways of holding empathic presence with their grieving clients and make meaning of their clients' experiences in ways that benefit mind, body and spirit.


      Eligible for 0.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 0.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
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      12:50 pm  -  1:40 pm
      Introduction to Laughter Yoga
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Jason Jedrusiak, CYT

      Laughter Yoga is for everyone. If you can laugh, you can do it (regardless of fitness or mobility level). In this method, “fake” laughter soon turns into real, contagious laughter, releasing stress-relieving endorphins and affecting wonderful physiological and psychological benefits–similar to traditional yoga, but with less demand on the body. This lunchtime workshop will blend yoga breath-work with laughter exercises for a process that builds community, inspires playfulness, and that can be paired with any kind of creative arts therapies. Join us to experience a joyful form of yoga! No poses, mats, special outfits (or comedy skills) necessary.


      This session is not eligible for continuing education credits

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      Saturday Workshops

      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      A Collective Hero's Journey: Building a Storytelling Performance Using Expressive Arts Processes
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Boaz Zur, MA, CAGS
      Vered Zur, MA, CAGS
      Keshet Zur, MA


      In this 3-hour highly experiential workshop, we will explore, demonstrate, and illustrate the use of an intermodal arts approach to storytelling in therapy. Starting with a brief therapeutic storytelling demonstration by the facilitators—a family of three expressive arts therapists from Ireland—we’ll learn how to use storyboards according to the Hero’s Journey model set forth in Campbell’s book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Drama, movement, voice & play, prop use, and music will be used to create individual and group story-performance, followed by a discussion on the therapeutic power of storytelling and its primary tenets. In so doing, participants will learn how to use collective storytelling performance techniques with their clients in treatment, and how to identify treatment goals that lend themselves to this powerful approach.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  3:30 pm
      Ageism & Art-Based Communication in Elder Care (with an Artful Look at Research Results)
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR

      Elders' “voices” are important for a variety of reasons, and should be heard by their contemporaries and caretakers. But these important communications are often lost or ignored due to the effects and limitations resulting from age-related health issues and ageist stereotyping. An investigation into the communication needs and experiences of older adults, particularly communication within the elder care environment, reintroduces elder voices into public dialogue. It also supports the need for expansion of patient-directed care in the future. This dissertation research used art therapy to explore a range of senior adults’ communication in the elder care environment. Participants in the study created digital artwork representing their communication experiences; they also participated in verbal interviews regarding communication. One group of older adults later worked with the researcher to examine the data, then created a mural as part of the research. Art was a way for the researcher to bracket her experiences and visually enhance her understanding of the research data. In this 90-minute workshop, the speaker will provide an overview of her study, then guide participants in the art-based exploration of age-related stereotyping and the effects of ageism.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

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      2:00 pm  -  3:30 pm
      Art Therapy in Cancer Care: Stage-Specific Interventions
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Jill McNutt, PhD, ATR-BC, ATRL, LPC

      In this 90-minute workshop, participants will learn about the use of art therapy interventions and mediums with people receiving treatment for cancer. The session will explore results of a study that used action and arts-based research methodologies to explore four stages of oncology care — diagnosis, treatment, transition from treatment, and dealing with life or death beyond cancer — and art therapy treatment objectives that correspond with each stage. The benefits of collage as an arts-based research methodology will also be discussed. Attendees will be able to use these step-specific interventions with clients in clinical settings, avoid using techniques that are contra-indicated at various stages, and readily integrate art into their research projects.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Beyond Rorschach: The Interplay of Psycho-Aesthetic Assessment & Therapeutic Processing
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Arthur Robbins, EdD, ATR, HLM

      Inextricably linked, diagnostic assessment and therapeutic processing ebb and flow during the course of treatment. This 3-hour workshop expands on the principles behind the classic Rorschach ink blot test, seeking to create a new, unique assessment that helps creative arts therapists and their clients push through the ebbs in treatment by accessing the nonverbal. Combining lecture, case histories, and experientials, the speaker will lead participants through the process of making ink blots in response to different interpersonal situations in order to capture fleeting moments in time. Participants will then analyze these handmade "snapshots," looking at structural and expressive determinants (e.g., space, form, volume, color, and rhythm) individually and together in their unique combinations, their unique compositions. The end results of this process of analysis include drawing inferences regarding internal conflicts, approaches to particular situations, and personal communication styles. This process might not be medical model-oriented, but it honors—and goes to the core of—the creative arts therapies, accessing the unspoken and using the sensory-motor to create nonverbal compositions, "snapshots," and "portraits" that access and express the ineffable and inexpressible.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      2:00 pm  -  3:30 pm
      Dissociation, Self States & Art Therapy: Working with Multiplicity of Self

      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

      SESSION FULL — Wait List Initiated 


      Jessica Whitesel, LPC, ATR-BC

      Working with images in an art therapy setting has the potential to provide children and adolescents who are traumatized and/or dissociative with a powerful, healing shift in consciousness at the intrapersonal and interpersonal level. Creative arts practices that promote right hemisphere ways of being allow for both the client and therapist to shift their focus to an intersubjective, here-and-now orientation, accessing nonverbal memory and implicit ways of knowing, thus increasing the capacity to hold multiplicity. In this 90-minute workshop, participants explore self state approaches to art therapy with children and adolescents, using both case material and experiential art processes. Experiential exercises offer methods to incorporate a self state approach with clients, as well as strategies for bringing awareness to interpersonal processes between therapist and client.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Drawing (from) Nature: Environmental Art Therapy
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Jean Davis, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT

      As Environmental Art Therapists, our work is equally directed inwardly and outward bound. By drawing, forming, making, and/or building outdoors, we allow for a deeper and often transformational relationship within and beyond self. In this experiential workshop, we will explore, through art-making (which could include drawing) outdoors, the profound relationship between the environment and our emotional and psychological states. This experience, which will be supported with theory, will enable participants to understand how this approach can facilitate multidimensional therapeutic outcomes for a wide variety of patient populations and situations in urban, suburban, and rural locations.

      NOTE: We will meet in the 8th floor lounge at the Executive Conference Center, then walk to Central Park, where we will spend the entire workshop, so please be prepared and dress for all of nature's contingencies (which could include cold and rain).


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      2:00 pm  -  3:30 pm
      Exploring Couples' Sexual & Relational Dynamics through Art
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Einat Metzl, PhD, ATR-BC, LMFT, RYT

      Drawing from two relatively distinct disciplines, art therapy and sex therapy, this 90-minute workshop will review theoretical models for using art therapy to explore sexual and relational issues, and then illustrate the usefulness of creative explorations with couples to explore relational dynamic, gender roles, and sexual issues. An experiential activity will offer expressive therapists concrete directive suggestions on how to apply these techniques in clinical settings. Information regarding sex therapy certification and educational resources regarding sexuality for couples therapy, sexual trauma, and sex addiction will also be presented.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Guided Visualization and Multimodal Techniques for Regulation, Resiliency & Resolution
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Daniel Doyle, RDT, EMDR-Certified, LPCC, LMFT

      This 3-hour workshop will focus on integrating techniques from drama therapy and guided visualization that can enhance access to internal resources and resiliency for traumatized clients and others in treatment. Participants will learn exercises that can be used to address emotional regulation, affect tolerance, and beliefs about self worth. We will engage in a variety of techniques including bilateral stimulation from EMDR, sculpting, scene work, storytelling, and improvisation. Art making will be used to enhance visualization of a “safe place” for combatting anxiety. Internal resources such as Nurturing, Protective, and Wise figures will be engaged through scene work, storytelling, and improvisation. The workshop will conclude with guidelines for safely closing treatment sessions that have stirred up strong emotions. All experience levels welcome.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Integrating Masculine & Feminine Archetypes for Self Awareness and Balance
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Mimi Moyer, MS, BC-DMT, RDT, NCC, LCAT
      Sandra Bennett-Pagan, LCSW


      In the unconscious of a man, archetypes find expression as a feminine inner personality, or anima; in the unconscious of a woman, archetypes express as a masculine inner personality, or animus. To achieve individuation and wholeness in psychological development, the first task is to differentiate the masculine and feminine energies in the first half of life, and the second task is to integrate the opposite energy, the anima or the animus, in later life. How do masculine and feminine energies manifest in our clients? How might balance/integration/wholeness be achieved so that clinical goals can also be more effectively met? In this experiential workshop, participants will explore these questions through lecture, group discussion, sociometric warm-ups, yogic breath work, mask making, movement exercises, guided imagery, and role play. Accordingly, attendees should consider wearing comfortable clothing.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      2:00 pm  -  3:30 pm
      Management of Chronic Pain through Art Making & Mindfulness Meditation
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Ziva Argevani-Zaff, ATR

      Chronic pain can be debilitating and misunderstood. Its management in the medical world can be often confusing to the patient and physician. In this 90-minute session, attendees will learn about the mind-body connection as it affects the experience of chronic pain and the patient's circumstances. Learn how to use art therapy tools and mindfulness meditation in managing symptoms and derivatives of chronic pain. Experiential might include sharing in a group setting.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      Faculty Bio:
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Movable Books & Pop-Ups: Mechanisms of Meaning
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Kara Rothschild, MS, ATR-BC
      Beth Sheehan, BFA


      Bookmaking has virtually unlimited possibilities and can easily be applied in both art education and art therapy settings. Making books can also be applied to working with a wide range of students and clients to help them tell their stories in a creative, fun, and non-intrusive way. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will learn quick and easy ways to create interactive paper art using pop-up techniques as well as basic movable book "tricks." Participants will have opportunities to practice the techniques introduced in this workshop so that they can apply bookmaking to their work in virtually any setting. This workshop is suitable for therapists, educators, students, and others seeking a creative process that offers the potential for both intimate reflection as well as psychological distance. Also, it promises to be a lot of fun!


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB
      Not eligible for APT Credits

      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Narrative Sand Therapy©: Into the Heart of Healing
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Dee Preston-Dillon, PhD

      Along life’s journey there are many stories, big and small, nested deep in the heart. Narrative Sand Therapy, developed by the the presenter, encourages clients to use symbols to represent their experiences and reclaim parts of self previously left behind in trauma and shame, re-shaping their stories through a heart-healing process. Narrative Sand Therapy is a collaborative process between play therapist and client wherein developmental stories, personal myths, and histories can unfold by using therapeutic metaphors, symbol amplification, and respectful exploration. Play therapists and other clinicians will learn to use poetry, personal letters, dialogues, and mini-dramas can animate a Narrative Sand scene, while silence and subtle engagement to deepen the client’s work.  Play therapists will also learn four primary tenets—permission, protection, empowerment, and presence—which guide the play therapist and support the client's explorations of stories in the sand. It is this approach to exploratory process that distinguishes Narrative Sand therapy from Sandtray and Sandplay. In this 3-hour workshop, attendees will learn how to incorporate play therapists will learn the basics for helping clients create a safe space for their stories to emerge in the sand, empower once-hidden wounded parts, and pave the way for transformation and healing in their child/play therapy practice.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Faculty Bio:
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      The Embodied Therapist: Integrative Approaches for Enhancing Clinical Acumen
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Tally Tripp, MA, MSW, ATR-BC, CTT
      Jody Wager, MS, BC-DMT


      The embodied therapist mindfully connects to present moment experiences by focusing into the wisdom of the body and attuning to the somatic sense of self and other. In this 3-hour workshop, a dance movement therapist and sensorimotor-trained art therapist lead participants through an exploration of embodiment—-through a range of expressive movement and integrative art activities. Our belief is that the embodied therapist uses the connection with her body to gain information about herself and her relationship with her client, which can facilitate greater attunement with the client. Participants will have the opportunity to discover, develop, and experiment with physical movement and art expression and translate that non-verbal experience into cognitive awareness and insight. Principles of dance/ movement therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy and art therapy will be interwoven in this interactive, experiential workshop. Participants should dress for movement.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      What's A Meta-For? Group Journaling, Poetry & Collage in Action
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Nancy S. Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, MS

      Metaphors are as old as language itself and can go deep to the heart of our personhood.  Discover your personal metaphors and learn new ways to use multimodal metaphor in your clinical practice. Through use of poetry, journal and art making techniques, integrated with the warm-up action methods of psychodrama, we will explore creative ways to express our likes and fears, questions and curiosities. You need not be a writer (or even like writing) to benefit from the approaches featured in this 3-hour workshop. Together, we will establish a safe environment in which it's not necessary to read aloud what you have created; you will have many options about how and whether to share.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      2:00 pm  -  3:30 pm
      Understanding Ethics and Boundary Entrapments
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

      Ethics Session

      Eleanor C. Irwin, PhD, RDT, TEP
       

      At the core of psychotherapy is the importance of the therapist's ability to understand and help another person. A key concept in this undertaking is empathy, which is often referred to as a temporary identification with another's emotional state. Either too much or too little empathy can lead to a blurring of boundaries, transference/counter-transference issues, and possible ethical lapses. The most difficult part of this process (indeed, the heart of it), is the ability to maintain a sense of self while trying to understand the other's attempt to articulate poorly understood, often repressed inchoate feeling states. Success in this on-going interplay is needed to lead the way to a fruitful working alliance. This 90-minute session will begin with a didactic presentation, then participants will engage in a role play exercise to illustrate how boundary issues and ethical entrapments can occur in daily work for expressive arts therapists, counselors, and others.

      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

       

       

      Saturday Panels

      2:00 pm  -  3:30 pm
      Effects of Art Materials on Stress Reduction in Adults: Four Pilot Studies

      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      SESSION FULL - Wait List Initiated
      Patricia St John, EdD, ATR-BC, LCAT
      Elizabeth Whalen, MS
      Patricia Maged, MS
      Ashley Boudreau, MS
      Patricia Hebron, MS


      This 90-minute panel discussion will feature four researchers investigating the use of different art materials and processes for the purpose of stress reduction. While research establishes the positive effects of coloring mandalas and other art-based interventions on stress reduction, few studies have investigated the influence of the type of art materials and processes in the effectiveness of these methods with adults and children. These studies provide a foundation for clinically-based studies testing strength of selection of art materials and processes for intervention. The pilot studies featured in this panel are:

      • Boudreau (2016), examining watercolor and acrylic mediums with adults
      • Hebron (2016), comparing the use of markers and acrylic paint with adults diagnosed with schizophrenia
      • Maged (2016), investigating two- and three-dimensional art-making
      • Whalen (2016), studying participants with and without previous experience with art-making


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  3:30 pm
      The Supervision Tree: Generational Transmission of Knowledge & Skills
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Yasmine J. Awais, MAAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, LPC
      Daniel Blausey, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT
      Emily A. Reim Ifrach, MAAT, ATR


      This unique panel allows participants to better understand how supervision is given and received through three different generations of art therapists. With more than 30 years of collective supervision experience, the panel members will share how supervision has influenced them as clinicians, supervisors, professors, and researchers. Specifically, the panel members will discuss how to be a supervisor and a supervisee through their life experiences. Daniel Blausey is an art therapist with more than 20 years of clinical experience, primarily working with adolescents and adults with trauma histories in community settings and in private practice. He supervised Yasmine Awais when she was a young therapist transitioning to supervisor; she eventually managed a diverse counseling department at a leading nonprofit youth development agency in NYC. Awais in turn supervised Emily Reim Ifrach, who was an art therapy intern at a camp for families affected by HIV. From that support and supervision Reim Ifrach has begun to supervise art therapy interns.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

       

      Saturday Workshops

      3:50 pm  -  5:20 pm
      Art Therapy with Transgender & Gender-Expansive Youth
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Kelly Darke, MEd, BFA, ATR
      Shannon Scott-Miller, MA, ATR-BC


      Working with transgender and gender-variant youth requires specific knowledge and sensitivities. This workshop provides therapists with current terminology, current research, and resources to better serve children and adolescents whose gender identity moves beyond binary gender expectations. Participants will participate in art experientials to explore their own idea of gender and learn about art experiences for gender-variant youth focused on identity, community, and advocacy that address transgender sensitivities. Participants will learn how to modify art experientials to make them accessible for transgender youth as well as understand current research findings about people who are transgender and gender expansive.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      3:50 pm  -  5:20 pm
      Hospice Work: Creative Art Therapies at the End of Life
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Mary B. Safrai, ATR-BC, LCAT, Reiki Master

      Art therapy can be an effective tool for patients dealing with chronic illness and end-of-life concerns. It can support patients in their processes of life review and wisdom development. Further, the creative arts can facilitate communication between patients, loved ones, and staff. Over the course of this 90-minute workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the growing acceptance of hospice and palliative care in our communities. Application of creative art therapies with hospice patients is fluid and spontaneous. Vignettes and art work will illustrate what the work looks like and how it can help. An experiential is designed to enable participants to explore how engagement with loss and grief can be empowering in one's own life.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      3:50 pm  -  5:20 pm
      Mindful Doodling: Creative & Clinical Exercises for Living in the Moment
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Patricia D. Isis, PhD, ATR-BC, LMHC, ATCS

      Mindfulness and doodling together serve to calm, to soothe, and to empower memory and concentration while safely revealing thought patterns, expressing feelings, and setting intentions. This workshop offers case studies and experiential opportunities to choose specific mindful doodle exercises to accommodate a variety of populations and settings. Referencing her The Mindful Doodle Book: 75 Exercises to Help You Live in the Moment, the presenter provides expressive/creative arts therapists, other mental health professionals, and clients with simple, flexible, and fun ways to promote nonjudgmental present-moment sensory awareness in selected ordinary and extraordinary life experiences. Ethical considerations for use of art in therapy by non-creative arts therapists will be discussed. Participation is open to all mental health professionals. No previous art experience is required.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      3:50 pm  -  5:20 pm
      Participatory Photography: Helping Clients of All Ages Focus on Change
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Maureen Sheehan, MSW, MA Ed

      In this 90-minute workshop, participants will be introduced to basic techniques and skills for creating participatory group photography sessions. Participants will learn how to help clients make and select photographs that most closely reflect their personal challenges and strengths. Exploration of the issues and themes that emerge from these images provides a safe container to discuss and effect positive change not only for the client, but for other members in the group as well. Focal Point's signature three-stage process with adolescents and seniors at risk will be illustrated and discussed. Adaptable for clients in a variety of age groups and settings, this approach is well-suited to the clinical needs of creative arts specialists, therapists, counselors, and other helping professionals. No prior photography experience is necessary.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      3:50 pm  -  5:20 pm
      Quick & Creative Art Projects for (Very) Limited Budgets
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Rachel Brandoff, ATR-BC, ATCS, BCPC, LCAT
      Angel Thompson


      Expressive and play therapists are often called upon to do creative work with very limited resources — meaning no supplies and little or no funds to obtain them. This 90-minute workshop is designed to restock the shelves of your "idea store," reengaging budget-minded clinicians (as well as spendthrifts in need of intervention) with the essentials of how to facilitate maximum creativity and engagement using inexpensive and easily-obtained resources. Where can you find free materials (other than in dumpsters)? Are you limited to popsicle sticks and paper clips? We'll review it all, sharing our favorite sources and most effective strategies for making extraordinary things out of pretty much nothing, including making some fun stuff while we exchange ideas in this creative activities swap meet.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB Only

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      3:50 pm  -  5:20 pm
      Re-Sources: Transforming Early Forms of Connection into Treatment Techniques
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Ellen Luborsky, PhD

      Long before the advent of spoken language, infants communicate without words: The language of looking, the music of voice, and the rhythm of dialogue each bring natural sources of calm and growth. These early forms of connection can be transformed into treatment techniques.  They bring fresh re-sources to therapies of all kinds, because their potential to create change remains long after language emerges. They are ideal for work with young children, since they do not require verbal understanding, but they are also beneficial at all ages, particularly for those who are stuck in problematic emotional states. They can prompt a process of “trans-form-ation,” where stuck forms for feelings shift into flow. In this 90-minute workshop, we will learn about the origins of these techniques. Clinical vignettes will illustrate their uses. For each technique, we will engage in simple exercises that help us shift into these forms of connection.  In this way, participants will learn techniques to bring to their counseling and psychotherapy practices with clients of varied ages and abilities.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      Faculty Bio:
       

      Saturday Papers

      3:50 pm  -  5:20 pm
      What Holocaust Artists’ Work Can Teach Us about Clinical Practice
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Elizabeth Hlavek, ATR-BC, LCPAT

      Thousands of works of art were created by Holocaust victims while in hiding or incarcerated in ghettos and camps. Most of it was made clandestinely, under the threat of death or torture, if caught. Despite that risk, people continued to create, suggesting that art making was central to their sense of well-being. The fact that victims created artwork in the midst of genocide also indicates that art making is, in itself, a therapeutic process. For these reasons, familiarity with Holocaust artwork can inform the clinical practice of art therapy. This 90-minute paper presentation will explore themes found in Holocaust artwork, such as identity formation and containment, and connect them to treatment goals common to any clinical setting. Issues of empathy, clinician burnout, and the importance of individualized treatment will be considered through the lens of these historically, emotionally, and aesthetically powerful creations.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
       

      Saturday Panels

      3:50 pm  -  5:20 pm
      Developing Leadership Skills in Creative Arts Therapists: What, How & Why
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA
      Einat Metzl, PhD, ATR-BC, LMFT, RYT
      Eri Millrod, MA, NCC, BC-DMT, LPC


      Creative arts therapists might consider how to adequately articulate and consider aspects of leadership in their roles as clinicians, researchers, educators, administrators, and community leaders. This presentation provides an overview of how leadership theories can be applied in creative arts therapies education and practice. The presenters propose a framework firmly rooted in the arts and embodying the three key aspects of effective leadership—developing self, developing others, and working toward a vision. In each of the three key aspects of leadership, the panel members identify the role of arts engagement and practice and propose that this become central in creative arts therapies’ leadership practice. Using examples from the literature on arts and leadership (Johnson, 2009; Kaimal et al., 2014, 2016) and our own experiences in leadership roles (as scholars and practitioners), we present the unique ways in which creative arts therapists can use both therapeutic and artistic skills to be effective leaders in their communities.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
       

      Saturday Evening Excursions

      5:45 pm 
      Museum of Modern Art

      Join a Summit Staffer along with a small group of attendees to share a quintessential NYC experience together. 

      Museum of Modern Art (1-Hour VIP Tour)
      http://www.moma.org
      Meet: 5:45 pm for 6pm tour (11 West 53 Street near 6th Avenue, Lauder Lobby)
      $20 ticket fee, no extra charges (very limited availability)

      To Add Tickets to Your Registration, contact info@expressivemedia.org

      6:15 pm 
      Comedy Cellar

      Join a Summit Staffer along with a small group of attendees to share a quintessential NYC experience together. 

      Comedy Cellar
      www.comedycellar.com
      Meet: 6:15pm, show is at 7 (Corner of West 4th/Washington Square South & MacDougal/Washington Square West)
      $10 Summit admin fee plus $20 cover and 2 drink minimum

      To Add Tickets to Your Registration, contact info@expressivemedia.org

      6:30 pm 
      Guantanamera (Cuban dinner club with live music)

      Join a Summit Staffer along with a small group of attendees to share a quintessential NYC experience together. 

      Guantanamera (Cuban dinner club with live music)
      guantanamerany.com
      Meet: 6:30 at Columbus Circle (by the monument at the intersection of Eighth Avenue, Broadway, and West 59th St.)
      $10 Summit admin fee plus actual dinner club costs

      To Add Tickets to Your Registration, contact info@expressivemedia.org

      6:30 pm 
      Metropolitan Museum of Art

      Join a Summit Staffer along with a small group of attendees to share a quintessential NYC experience together. 

      Metropolitan Museum of Art
      www.metmuseum.org/
      Meet 6:30pm on the steps of the Met (1000 5th Avenue at 82nd St.)
      $10 Summit admin fee plus pay-what-you-want museum admission


      To Add Tickets to Your Registration, contact info@expressivemedia.org
    • Sunday, 11/13/16
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      Sunday Workshops

      9:00 am  -  10:30 am
      Action-Based Motivational Interviewing for Working through the Stages of Change
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Jennifer Salimbene, LCSW-R, CASAC, CDAC, CP, PAT
      Regina Sewell, PhD/MEd PCC, LMHC


      Motivational interviewing is a client centered, evidenced based model that helps clients find the motivation they need to move along the stages of change. This 90-minute workshop will show participants how to use action methods to determine where their clients are at in the change process and fit action-based interventions to help their clients make positive, sustainable changes. Used widely in the addictions field, Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stages of Change model shows that change is often a gradual process in which people move from precontemplation, to contemplation, to preparation, to action, to maintenance and relapse prevention. Determining each client’s position in the change process can help clinicians select appropriate interventions.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      9:00 am  -  10:30 am
      Body and Movement Therapy with Traumatized & Dissociative Youth
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Joyanna Silberg, PhD
      Dahlia Silberg, LPC, DMT
      Gila Assulin

      In this 90-minute workshop, we will focus on how traumatized and dissociative youth feel disconnections from their body, and describe interventions that promote integrated mind and body. Participants will learn ways they can use body and movement therapy techniques to help clients enhance sensation and integrated emotion, and that help solidify a sense of personal initiative. We will begin with a theoretical analysis of why movement interventions are helpful and specific populations for whom the interventions are suitable. We will demonstrate interventions with participants and present three case studies. Clinical examples will be presented from the psychotherapy practice, the dance therapy practice, and the occupation therapy practice of the three speakers.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      9:00 am  -  10:30 am
      Using Play Therapy to Help Children Manage Anxiety

      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

      SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

      Stefani Misiph, RPT-S, LMHC

      Anxiety disorders are one of the most common kinds of mental health concerns in children and adolescents. Anxiety can best be described as "worrying" or being "scared." Through a brief description of anxiety and experiential techniques used in play therapy, participants will gain a clear understanding of childhood anxiety and learn 3 practical play therapy interventions to treat it that can also be used by counselors and psychotherapists. Participants will leave this fun and informative 90-minute workshop with practical tools that can be immediately transferred to their daily clinical practices with young people of varied ages.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

       

      Sunday Papers

      9:00 am  -  10:30 am
      Endless Longing, Chronic Shame: Treating Intractable Issues of Complex Trauma
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Barbara Sobol, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, CTT

      This 90-minute paper examines the art therapy-based treatment of a woman with intractable and persistent dissociation, the depth and chronicity of which led to a particularly complex course of treatment. Starting with the work of neurobiologist Stephen Porges, the speaker drew from a variety of resources ranging from classic attachment theory to the work of energy and spiritual healers. Three overlapping approaches seen as necessary for deep healing are explored, illustrated by the client’s words and artwork. These include: Tinnin and Gantt's Graphic Narrative protocol to reduce dissociation, which directly references the original childhood trauma narratives that are the source of current destructive beliefs and behaviors. Engagement in the "creative unknown,” through which an intuitive and unconscious transformation of her fear of relationship can be seen. Also, neurobiologically-based therapy required the client's willingness to experience and tolerate immediate sensations and affects. To this end, mindfulness practice and energy/bodywork were blended with more traditional art therapy. The paper concludes with guidelines for integrating disparate approaches in the treatment of complex trauma. Knowledge of the basic principles of art therapy and trauma treatment will be helpful to those who attend this session.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      9:00 am  -  10:30 am
      Improving Family Attunement at Home and in Treatment through Expressive Therapy
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Kristin Long, RDT, BCT, LCAT, LP
      Scott Palyo, MD


      This 90-minute paper session focuses on attunement within a family structure, following one child and his parents through several years of treatment. This case study lecture and discussion encompasses both individual and family work, highlighting the viewpoints of each family member as well as the dynamics of the family structure from the perspectives of the therapist and psychiatrist. The presenters will describe and show how expressive therapy in the individual work benefited both the child and his parents. As for the family work, the presenters will share the interventions used to increase attunement between mother and child and between mother and her partner and will detail how the family structure and the relationships between the clients and the therapist and psychiatrist changed as a result.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      9:00 am  -  10:30 am
      Memory Reconsolidation & Fear Reduction in Trauma Treatment through Art Psychotherapy & Neuroscience

      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street) 


      Noah Hass-Cohen, PsyD, ATR-BC 

      Personal vivid memories, which are encoded into long-term memory, can disrupt or enhance the autobiographical sense of self and consequently a person’s daily life, relationships, and outlook for the future. A dynamic model of memory consolidation suggests that when retrieving memories there is an opportunity to change them under specific conditions. In fact, as people recall memories, some of the neurochemicals that bind them are loosened, making the old memories unstable and pliable. Studies suggest that within a brief period, updating fear-based memories with non-fearful information leads to a permanent reduction in learned fear-responding, and a lasting change in the original fear memory. Such memory reconsolidation has significant implications for arts-based treatment of trauma. In this 90-minute paper presentation, we will review the neuroscience of memory-based systems, highlighting the potential of expressive arts practices for positive memory change and fear reduction.  

      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
       

      Sunday Symposium

      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      Expressive Approaches to Working with Autism & Related Disorders

      NEW LOCATION!

      J L Tishman Auditorium - Sunday
      The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      Joanne Lara, MA, CCTC
      Stephen M. Shore, EdD
      Alison Golding, MSc, SEN, FRSA  (England)
      Leonie M. Hurry, BS Sc, Dip Ed, MVPA, ATh RDT (Australia)


      This daylong master class, led by a team of senior specialists in the field of autism treatment and services, will offer insight into how to create and sustain programming in dance, drama, and music for people with autism and special needs. A number of the presenters leading this multimodal experientials have worked collaboratively over the course of a decade in Los Angeles, New York, London, Edinburgh, and Kuwait. Featured in this day will be techniques from Autism Movement Therapy® (a structured movement & music method); Movement Works (an early years Pre-K and kinder movement practice); music in theory & practice; as well as a narrative therapy-based drama approach from Australia, Dream Time. Together, this skilled group of colleagues will provide the experience, expertise, and safety for multidisciplinary group exploration and collaboration—a vibrant, creative model for the treatment of individuals with ASD and related challenges. Professionals from all disciplines are welcome!

      This session is not eligible for continuing education credits

       

      Sunday Master Classes

      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      Ethics in Private Practice for the Seasoned Practitioner
      The Glass Box - Sunday
      The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 10011

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      Ethics Session


      Anne Mills, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LCPAT

      In this daylong seminar, the speaker will review issues and skills not typically taught in graduate training programs, yet are essential knowledge for the private practitioner. She will outline a practical, ethics-based approach to treatment activities, including daily administrative, legal, and business decisions that have significant implications for risk management, personal safety, and the well-being of both client and therapist. Assessment, billing, contracts, outcome measures, and the imperatives of clinician self-care will also be discussed. Since it is important to be prepared for private practice audits, we will review the current standards for maintaining progress notes and clinical documentation. If you are a private practitioner, and in need of a “business brush up" — whether or not you are seeking ethics credits — this is a session to seriously consider.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      Expressive Writing: Essential Tools & Techniques
      Dorothy Hirshon Suite - Sunday
      The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 10011

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      Journals Quick & Easy
      Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC

      This 3-hour workshop is designed to give therapists and facilitators consistent and standards-based ways to use journal writing as a therapeutic tool. You’ll learn tips, tools, theories, and techniques from a pioneer in the therapeutic writing movement, along with insights drawn from the current research in the field. Participants will be guided through a set of writing processes that represent each level of the Journal Ladder (a method for assessing which journal intervention might be most useful for a particular audience or individual), allowing comparison and contrast of the differing intentions and outcomes (concrete/informational, insightful, intuitive/abstract) of each level. The “reflection write,” another signature piece of the presenter’s body of theory, will be practiced after each one. Particular attention will be paid to writing techniques that fit well as part of a therapeutic hour.


      Play-Based Journal Therapy for All Ages: The WOWSA Method
      Cherie Spehar

      This 3-hour workshop will introduce participants to the healing power of journal therapy when integrated with play therapy. Excite the brain and accelerate movement toward therapeutic goals with the presenter's signature WOWSA method—an acronym for an innovative approach crafted from the principles of expressive writing and play therapy. This new approach to therapeutic writing is bound to leave you saying WOWSA—and features a variety of techniques for use with clients and groups of all ages and abilities.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      The Hero's Journey in Expressive Writing & Art
      Starr Foundation Hall, University Center - Sunday
      The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue, 10003

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      Michelle L. Dean, MA, ATR-BC, CGP, LPC

      The Hero’s Journey describes the typical adventure of the archetype of the Hero, which appears in drama, storytelling, myth, religious ritual, and psychological development. This narrative offers us a unique means of cultivating the ability to understand the interplay of symbolic elements within a given context. As such it is an ideal framework for contemplating the process of developing awareness necessary to be truly engaged in psychological work. The didactic portion of the program explores the progression of the Hero through his or her quest, initiation, obstacles, and the outcome and includes examples from film and literature. The experiential component features image making through expressive writing and art with the option of sharing. All levels of art and writing experience are welcome. Bring a pen, paper, and your unique presence.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      9:30 am  -  5:00 pm
      Theraplay: Increasing Felt Safety with Children & Families
      Theresa Lang Student Center - Sunday
      The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 10011

      Creative Arts and Health Program, Co-Host

      Gloria M. Cockerill, LCSW, RPT-S
      Cindy Taylor Grapenthin, RPT-S, NCSP
       

      Theraplay is an attachment-based form of family play therapy that focuses on the relationship between the child and caregiver. In this 6-hour master class, play therapists and their colleagues will discover how engaging in this way helps the parent or caregiver regulate the child’s behavior and communicate love, joy, and safety. By learning Theraplay theory and techniques through hands-on, experiential play therapy activities, attendees will gain knowledge of how to guide families in rebuilding relationships “from the inside out.” These simple yet powerful play therapy activities are based on contemporary research in neuroscience and will help play therapists and other clinicians enrich their clinical practices. The session will cover the four essential qualities found in securely attached relationships — structure, engagement, nurturance, and challenge. Current research involving therapeutic presence, mindfulness, and attachment theory will also be discussed.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

       

      Sunday Workshops

      9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
      Eco-Art Therapy in Clinical Practice: Nature as Studio
      Executive Conference Center - Saturday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Alexandrea Newell, MS-AT 


      When we practice eco-art therapy, we work in—and with—nature in order to facilitate the healing process. Rooted in the field of ecopsychology, it posits that our increasing disconnection from nature has led to a number of related pathologies. For instance, the rapidly growing environmental crisis parallels the psychological epidemic of anxiety and depression as they sweep around the globe. This 3-hour outdoor workshop will present the research-based principles and fundamentals of eco-art therapy as applied in daily practice within a psychiatric hospital setting. Using the urban oasis of Central Park as our studio, participants will have the opportunity to experience eco-art therapy first-hand through individual and collaborative art activities. The theory and practices explored will be applicable to therapeutic work with diverse populations in a variety of settings.

      NOTE: We will meet in the 8th floor lounge at the Executive Conference Center, then walk to Central Park, where we will spend the entire workshop, so please be prepared and dress for all of nature's contingencies. We're aiming for warm and "shine," but be prepared for cold and rain.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
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      9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
      Engaging Older Adults in Expressive Arts Therapies: Lessons from Solution-Focused Therapy
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Susan Reuling Furness, MEd, LCPC, LMFT, PTR

      All adults experience difficult emotions of one sort or another over the decades. But those in their sixties and older may feel fearful or uncomfortable due to an increased sense of vulnerability or disconnection that can come with advanced age. Because therapy was likely someone else’s idea for a senior, a senior new to therapy might approach the therapist with skepticism, suspicion, and fears of manipulation or exploitation. Disclosure might be unfamiliar, embarrassing, or even taboo. Engaging in expressive modalities might be particularly intimidating. When seniors sink into these feelings and are stressed by therapy, life's color becomes gray. In this half-day workshop, learn to navigate the obstacles and roadblocks to working with seniors in treatment and why therapists’ own roadblocks, biases, and fears need to be addressed first. Participate in role play and art and literature (narrative) experientials that can be used to engage reticent seniors effectively during treatment. Applying principles of solution-focused therapy, learn to slow the process of therapy, engage in a meaningful narrative, and build the necessary trust to help seniors in need restore life to a meaningful, optimal color.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
      Hearing & Healing: Working with a Story's Hidden Levels to Facilitate Transformation

      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Laura Simms

      Storytelling functions on many levels at once. Whether we are caught in the liminal focus of listening or supported to develop a transformative memoir, the restorative and revelatory nature of storytelling offers an uncanny roadmap into a meaningful journey of transformation. This 3-hour workshop offers practical tools—story structures/components, mythic listening, mapping, mindfulness/awareness activities, and conceptual discussions—that help to uncover meaning (and the unconditional spaces of peace) beneath the stories our clients tell. Learn about the inner workings of stories and how we can access our own and others’ natural creativity and perception through stories that can increase attunement, compassionate listening, and engagement. Understand how to listen authentically in order to access the invisible, intangible, and the unsaid in stories to find their wellsprings of healing. When counselors and therapists can learn to do this with their clients, they can reveal the regenerative creative energy hidden by self-defeating and unproductive behaviors in their clients’ narratives and daily lives.

      Please Note: This session is not eligible for continuing education credits.

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      9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
      International Social Action: Art Therapy in Bosnia, Jamaica, Lebanon and South Korea

      NEW FORMAT, TIME & LOCATION! 

      Executive Conference Center - Sunday 
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)
       


      Kendra Carlson, MAAT, ATR
      Jana Nadolski, ATR, LMHC
      SeungYeon Lee, EdD, ATR-BC, LCAT
      Valeria Koutmina, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT


      A way for expressive therapists to use their skills for managing the impact of trauma, resolving conflict, and bringing community together through the power of creativity is working in the international arena of social action. In this daylong master class, a faculty who have worked in countries around the world will discuss and demonstrate—through art experientials—the need for, and benefits of, using expressive art therapies toward these goals. Topics will include: working with at-risk and marginalized populations; the importance of self-care while working in a crisis region; tools for creating safety and resiliency; and ways of providing a strength-based model to empower victims of trauma. Participants will learn about the importance of daily directives, debriefing sessions, managing limits and expectations, and setting strategies for building self-esteem and community cohesion. Discussion will also address the challenges, ethics, and values necessary to do this type of work in addition to the skill set necessary for success. We’ll also explore issues of intercultural learning and cross-cultural competence as we consider sustainability of therapeutic work with populations in crisis and transition.


      Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
      Jungian Art Therapy: Tissue Paper Collage
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      SESSION FULL — Wait List Initiated

      Sondra Geller, MA, ATR, LPC, LCPAT

      Sondra Geller, a senior Jungian Analyst and an art therapist of 40 years, leads participants through a 3-hour experiential workshop that honors the late Dr. Edith Wallace, Jungian Analyst, award winning artist, poet, and mystic. Prompts will follow Wallace’s lead and advice to let go of the known to make room for engagement with the intuitive. Playfully and creatively using brilliantly colored tissue paper to make collages, Geller and participants will engage with the psyche. Participants will learn how to look deeply into the expressive collages assembled with their own hands. Under the watchful eyes of the facilitator, participants will discover how to see images hidden within the random shapes and colors and will learn how to use Jung’s process of active imagination to enter into dialogue with psyche. "What do you see?", "What have you come to tell me?", and other questions will be asked of the images. As Jung must be experienced to be understood, this method makes "believers" and "converts" as well as establishes a platform for innovative and highly effective counseling and psychotherapy with diverse clientele. Counselors and psychotherapists at all levels of training are welcome.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
      Self Exploration through SoulCollage®

      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)

      SESSION FULL — Wait List Initiated


      Sally Brucker, ATR-BC, LCSW, CAGS, CLCC

      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 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      9:30 am  -  12:30 pm
      Shore Thing! Using Journals in Play Therapy and More for Grounding, Connection & Resilience
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT
      Cherie Spehar, LCSW, CTC-S, RPT-S


      We’ll be wiggling our feet in the warm sand and listening to the pounding waves (well, metaphorically, at least) as we explore ways for play therapists to engage with the ancient images of sea and shore in this half-day workshop. Play therapists and other clinicians are invited to join us for an experiential and exploratory time, to learn some of our favorite activities designed to bring these archetypal metaphors to life through thoughtful, mindful, and soulful play therapy activities. These play therapy techniques will not only strengthen and soothe your spirit, but provide you with new tools to help your clients meet their therapeutic goals. In this 3-hour workshop, you'll learn ways to integrate the use of journal therapy with play therapy and mindfulness techniques to activate healing, cultivate resilience, and deepen connection with the natural elements — all through metaphor in image, writing, and play. Learn four or more creative interventions that play therapists, counselors, and psychotherapists can use in daily clinical practice. No beach towels required!


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      10:50 am  -  12:20 pm
      Avoiding Trauma Reenactments in the Clinical Setting: The Importance of Teamwork
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Mindy Jacobson-Levy, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC, DVATA HLM
      Jessica Masino Drass, MA, ATR-BC


      The challenges of coordinating clinical treatment for clients with complex trauma histories are significant and may unknowingly result in parallel trauma reenactments for the therapist. Using art methods and discussion, this 3-hour workshop will help participants explore the roles of victim, perpetrator, and rescuer, and examine how these roles might surface as clients navigate multiple treatment settings. The importance of teamwork for effective and sustainable practice will be discussed, including working from a shared foundational theoretical framework, maintaining open communication, allowing for “fluidity” in team roles, ensuring consistent goal-setting, and prioritizing supervision and self-care. The maintenance of a therapeutically inclusive alliance with the client will be stressed as paramount in effectuating treatment outcomes that support self-care and ethical standards.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:50 am  -  12:20 pm
      Body Up Co-Regulation: Rewiring the Brain for Making Safe Connections
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Beth Dennison, MEd, MA in MFT, LMT, SEP
      Deliah Rosel, DMin, MPH, LMT, IA


      What is more therapeutic and creative than being able to show up, listen well, and respond—in our bodies, in relational space, and in present time? We are wired to connect, to play, and to regulate our autonomic nervous systems together. Co-regulation is more efficient than solo-regulation. However, our wiring for co-regulation is not genetic. We develop it via healthy early attachment experiences, which sometimes might be missing. Body Up Co-Regulation work is designed to rewire our brains for embodiment and regulation in relational space. This work draws from Somatic Experiencing®, Tatkin’s Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT), interpersonal neurobiology (Porges, Schore, Siegel), and Contact Improvisation. In this 90-minute workshop, we'll practice postures and activities to build skills for boundaries, deep connection, and play. Participants will become familiar with using boundary muscles in relational space, giving the body a voice, and building attunement to self and other at the same time. Co-regulation includes ways to "rev-up" (e.g. mirroring faster rhythms) and calm down (e.g. interactive rest). These exercises are sequenced and titrated for safety and deep, nonverbal learning. They build our capacity for embodiment, co-regulation, and sturdy attuned relationships. Participants should wear loose comfortable clothing and should expect both touch and no touch options.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:50 am  -  12:20 pm
      Mindful Music Listening with Teens: Bohemian Rhapsody as a Therapeutic Tool
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Maya Benattar, MA, MT-BC, LCAT

      Music is often an essential aspect of identity formation for adolescents and closely related to both emotional and social connection. Many adults cherish and deeply remember music that was important to them during their adolescence, because it was so influential in shaping their experiences in these formative years. This presentation discusses the multifaceted roles that music can play in the social and emotional development of teenagers. Additionally, intentional, shared music listening will be explored as a mindfulness-based technique, both for therapeutic use with adolescents and as a tool for professional and personal reflection and growth. A case study, which incorporates the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" as a prominent part of the client’s therapeutic process, will be shared via discussion and audio examples.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Not eligible for APT Credits

      10:50 am  -  12:20 pm
      Patanjali's Sutras in Psychotherapy, Counseling & Psychoanalysis
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Lynn Anjali Somerstein, PhD, NCPsyA, LP, RYT


      Patanjali's yoga sutras offer down-to-earth approaches to the problems of daily life. They are pertinent today in clinical diagnosis and treatment, as meditation has been shown to increase the efficacy of psychotherapy through mindfulness and focus. This 90-minute session offers a review of Patanjali’s sutras and demonstrates how clearing the mind, meditating, and redirecting the thoughts can alleviate anxiety, decrease depression, and lessen post traumatic stress. Case study presentations will illustrate how to combine sutras and psychotherapy, how to integrate ideas from East and West. Specifically, participants will learn how to incorporate Patanjali’s sutras into a responsible psychotherapy treatment plan, what techniques to use, and when the sutras are contraindicated.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
      Not eligible for APT Credits

      10:50 am  -  12:20 pm
      Promoting a Growth Mindset in Children & Adolescents

      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Steven Baron, PsyD

      What drives success? What qualities allow forging on—despite setbacks— or, in contrast, withering when faced with failure? Counselors and psychotherapists confront these questions on a regular basis in working with clients and in navigating parent-child and/or teacher-student relationships. While success, failure, and mindsets have been studied, Dr. Carol Dweck's Mindset: The New Psychology of Success considers fixed and growth mindsets through a new lens. In this 90-minute workshop, both didactic presentations and experientials will elucidate Dr. Dweck’s groundbreaking research, demonstrating specific strategies to use with children, adolescents, and adults to alter self perceptions. In addition, the speaker will review the critical concept of how to praise others appropriately to help foster positive mindsets. Whether counselors, teachers, and/or parents, participants will learn the impacts of self beliefs and, more importantly, how to enhance the development of growth mindsets to increase success.


      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      Faculty Bio:
      10:50 am  -  12:20 pm
      Use Your Technology to Embody — Rather than Allowing it to Unconsciously Disembody
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Dee Wagner, MS, BC-DMT, LPC

      The impact of contemporary digital life on our minds and behavior is frequently discussed. In this 90-minute workshop, we'll review the deleterious effects that technology can have on our bodies, then explore methods for harnessing technology in beneficial ways that can actually facilitate nervous system regulation. Integrating basic tenets from Stephen Porges’ polyvagal theory with dance/movement therapy and other approaches, attendees will learn ways to help clients of all ages become increasingly connected to their physical selves—rather than unconsciously disconnected—as they engage with technology in their daily lives.

      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      10:50 am  -  12:20 pm
      Medical Art Therapy and Parkinson's Disease from a Neurological Perspective
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Deborah Elkis-Abuhoff, PhD, LCAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, BCPC 
      Morgan Gaydos, ATR, LCAT


      Emotional and behavioral responses to a neurodegenerative diagnosis can affect sensory information, memory/cognition, and motor impulses within an individual’s brain. Advancements in the field of neuroscience, specifically in treatment of Parkinson’s disease, have led to the recognition that active engagement in art therapy—specifically through clay manipulation—can aid in a reduction of both physical and psychological symptomatology. Specific areas of the brain that contribute to the fluidity of physical functioning and cognition within Parkinson’s disease are compromised by progressive symptomatology, resulting in both motor and psychological deficits. Complementary treatment, such as kinesthetic art therapy through clay manipulation, has been found to not only provide emotional support to those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but holds the potential for brain activation and stimulation through direct sensory and tactile experiences. This session will orient registrants to the brain functioning targeted when working with those experiencing a neurodegenerative disease. The application of art therapy clay manipulation to activate the brain will be explored and demonstrated, supported by results from research conducted with those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

      Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
       

      Sunday Lunch & Learns

      12:50 pm  -  1:40 pm
      Adding Play Therapy to Your Expressive Arts Practice...and Vice Versa
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Stefani Misiph, RPT-S, LMHC

      SESSION FULL - Wait List Activated

      Play therapists and creative arts therapists often do clinical work that might seem similar, but for those trained in both disciplines there are distinct differences. In this 50-minute Lunch & Learn session, attendees will be introduced to some of the basic tenets that distinguish play therapy and expressive arts therapy from each other. They will also learn about several techniques from each that can inform the other in clinical practice, especially when working with children and adolescents.


      Eligible for 0.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
      Eligible for 0.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

      12:50 pm  -  1:40 pm
      Professional Art Therapy Credentialing: An Open Dialogue
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Christine Kerr, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT

      Professional credentialing is a hallmark of competence of practitioners of expressive therapies such as art therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, and dance/movement therapy. Licensing gives the expressive/creative arts therapist the legal right to practice a profession, use a specific title, and moreover, protects the public by ensuring minimum standards of competency and by holding licensees accountable for their professional practice. Board certification indicates that the therapist has passed a scientifically-produced examination within a nationally accredited certification program. Importantly, licensing is subject to laws specific to each state, so the requirements vary from state to state. This Lunch & Learn session will focus on the licensing standards in the state of New York and is geared towards art therapy students and recent graduates. It will provide an opportunity to participate in an exchange about the credentialing process for expressive/creative arts therapists in training and will also explain the difference between professional credentialing and governmental licensure.


      Eligible for 0.5 Credit Hours: ATCB Only
      Not eligible for APT Credits

      12:50 pm  -  1:40 pm
      SAORI Arts NYC: Zen Weaving with People of All Abilities
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Ria G. Hawks, MS, CNS, CPNP

      SAORI is a Japanese weaving method that artfully accommodates the needs of people living with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, chronic illnesses and life-threatening illnesses. In this 50-minute lunchtime talk, the speaker will share her experiences as a weaver working with disabled populations as a founding member of SAORI Arts NYC, a nonprofit organization that nurtures individual creativity through mindful zen weaving and emphasizes self worth, dignity, accomplishment and joy. While this session will not provide attendees with opportunities for hands-on, experiential work, a loom will be available for demonstrations.

      This session is not eligible for continuing education credits

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      Sunday Workshops

      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Adventure-Based Counseling & Art Therapy
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Jane Bishow-Semevolos, ATR-BC, PCL2, LCAT

      Adventure Based Counseling (ABC) focuses on learning and growth through various activities that include cooperative games, building trust, problem solving initiatives, and high and low ropes course elements. ABC activities can be used as a direct example to understand roles within a group and how one approaches challenges, drawing correlations to their daily lives. Art therapy has numerous capabilities, two of its strongest being able to help people organize their ideas and examine feelings. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will engage in ABC activities and then process their experience using art therapy. In addition, participants will learn to incorporate aspects of ABC into art therapy, specifically by focusing on facing challenges, solving problems, having fun, as well as understanding group dynamics. Finally, participants will examine how to utilize this exciting multidisciplinary approach with various populations including psychiatric adolescents and adults, children with special needs, and families of medically-ill children. Experientials will involve movement, so participants should dress accordingly.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      An Introduction to Mentalization-Based Art Therapy
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Kula Moore, MA, ATR-BC, CPRP, LPC

      Mentalizing, the practice of attending to states of mind in oneself and others, is the basis for all psychotherapeutic approaches. This half-day workshop introduces mentalizing and describes a mentalization-based approach to art therapy, including individual and group interventions that engage with images. Attendees will participate in mentalization-based art therapy interventions and practice engaging with images and clients from a mentalizing stance. Intentional focus on mentalizing could radically enhance the practice of expressive therapies. All who wish to learn about mentalizing are welcome!


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Assessing & Developing Emotional Competencies through Art
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Alexander Kopytin, PhD

      This 3-hour workshop is a presentation of diagnostic and expressive capacities of two art therapy tools, Test of Artistic and Emotional Perception (TAEP) and Art Constructor (AC). Test of Artistic and Emotional Perception (TAEP) explores respondents’ ability to identify emotions expressed through a series of abstract paintings in their combination with silhouettes of human figures. Diagnostic procedure and TAEP validity based on research of different clinical groups will be presented. Various possibilities to integrate the same process based on combining abstract standardized paintings and silhouettes of human figures to express different emotions as projective and artistic activity will then be presented. Participants will learn how to apply Art Constructor (AC) as a means to develop emotional competences and artistic and emotional sensitivity of their clients and therapeutically work with their feelings. Examples of clinical applications of TAEP and AC, as well as consideration of these tools in the context of postmodern art and multimedia creative and expressive activities involving dance and movement, dramatic enactments, and visual-narrative practices will be discussed.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      Faculty Bio:
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Commedia Masks in Therapy & Counseling: Embodying, Revealing, Transforming
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Alan E. Pottinger, BFA, MA, RDT, LCAT

      Participants will use traditional masks of La Commedia dell’Arte (literally “the comedy of art” and popularly called “Italian Comedy”) and work to embody each mask and its role function—as opposed to taking an interpretive stance. When we embody the masks and allow the masks to ‘do the work,’ we will explore the social history of comedy and create new ways of being that are informed by the 500-year tradition of the core characters of La Commedia dell’Arte. The presenter will focus on an introduction to and beginners’ work with masks on a small and specific scale, including both rules and open-ended improvisation, how to adapt Commedia masks for use with individuals and with groups, and how to lessen performance anxiety. Regardless of discipline, artists, movers, drama therapists, and others will discover the numerous possibilities for themselves and virtually every client population, as masks free us to reveal what we conceal with our presentation of self/ego in everyday life.

      Participants are requested to bring a hat, scarf, or shawl for this session. Preferably one that is not theirs, or that they are ambivalent about wearing for any reason.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Integrating Multiple Arts Modalities in Your Client's Best Interest: How, When, Why?
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Bonnie Hirschhorn, LCSW, LCAT, LP, NCPsyA, ATR-BC

      How and why do we choose among creative modalities to use at any given time? What is the key to combining different therapeutic arts, so that when we do so, it is in the best interest of our clients? IN this three hour workshop, we will fine tune the artistry in making these choices in using and integrating multiple therapeutic modalities in various treatment situations and settings. This multimodal workshop integrates concepts and tools from a number of expressive arts therapies disciplines. Participants will be guided through the process of combining different creative arts and therapeutic approaches as they learn to integrate them for use in individual and group therapy. Creative movement, psychodrama, art making, and musical improvisation will be utilized.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Making & Using Children's Books in Counseling and Therapy
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Daniele Kaplan, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, CCLS

      Across generations, cultures, religions, and continents, adults have used stories with children to teach lessons, contextualize experiences, explore feelings, and engage the imagination. We share these narratives through many mediums, including books, pictures, and oral traditions. Therapists can use children's books to open up new dialogues and encourage their young clients to engage in deeper work. In this workshop, participants will learn about different types of children's books - both classic children's books with morals as well as books that are available to help children and families address specific issues like domestic violence or the death of a loved one - and how practitioners can use these books to move the therapy forward. Participants will have the chance to listen to different types of stories and remember what it feels like to be read to before writing and sharing their own.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Movement vs Freeze in Fairytales & Therapy: Facilitating Freedom Along the Body-Mind Axis
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Dalia Zylbertal, MA
      Yifat Shalem-Zafari, MA


      Body-mind movement exists on a continuum of “movement” and “freeze.” As dance-movement therapists, we often meet clients who are “stuck” at one end; they are either in a state of constant movement or unable to move at all. But movement and writing exercises can explore movement and freeze. And themes from famous folklore and fairytales can serve as case studies to help us analyze, understand, and remove barriers that create “movement block” and “movement poles.” In this 3-hour workshop, experientials and discussion will illuminate how to engender the motivation to move freely on the body-mind axis. Attention will be paid to dance-movement therapy diagnostic tools and appropriate, effective intervention strategies. Open to all mental health professionals — No movement therapy experience required!


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Prescriptive Photomontage: A Creative Approach for Making New Meaning Pre- & Post-Loss
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Annette Vaccaro, SCP, ATR-BC, ATCS, ACS, NCPsyA, LCSW

      Nancy Gershman 


      Families with a dying loved one often lead double lives, concealing intense grief, regrets, and other difficult feelings. Prescriptive Photomontage addresses these needs, building on developments regarding the neuroplasticity of the brain. This 3-hour workshop introduces counselors and arts therapists to a process in which they can integrate personal photos and memories with their clinical interviewing skills, making meaning that can fill end-of-life families with healing and hope for the future. Via role play, participants will either observe interactions or participate as the family member, patient, or memory artist. In live “Dreamscape" sessions, they will learn how the process can overwrite distressing memories and consciously construct/reconstruct preferred alternative scenarios. Emphasis will be placed upon learning: how to tease-out positive core memories; how to re-contextualize photos to create meaningful narratives; and how to explore roles to effectively give the bereaved a constructive call to action. Implications for using this process with other populations in treatment will also be considered. Participants who wish to role play are encouraged to bring along a photo of a person or pet whose loss is still felt.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Sacred & Therapeutic Arts of India: Ritual, Tradition, Intention
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Krupa Jhaveri, MPS

      The ancient and traditional art forms of India are rich with metaphor, awareness, and integral healing experiences. Explore the connection between self, symbolism, intention, and ritual through the tactile experience of the art forms of kolam and henna. Kolam (pigment ground drawings), a daily traditional drawing activity done each morning by women in south India, serves as an offering to nature with kinesthetic value in the body, for protection of the home, and in a completely impermanent form. Henna (natural paste drawings on skin), generally decorative adornment for significant life events, becomes powerful when adapted as a therapeutic tool for termination and in relation to the body. Witness and experience firsthand how these art forms evoke mindfulness and intention (Sankalpa in Sanskrit). This 3-hour workshop includes applications within art therapy in south India and in other contexts. Participants are encouraged to consider the following themes and concepts and how they are embodied by and activated by kolam and henna: mindfulness and concentration, mind-body coordination, body awareness, identity vs. anonymity, personal symbolism, original self-expression, traditional art forms, ritual as coping skill, anxiety relief, emotional balance, concentration, fine motor skills, frustration tolerance, self-esteem, sense of mastery, sense of legacy, and community. No previous experience is necessary. The only prerequisite is an openness to try new media and to learn about another culture with ethical sensitivity and awareness.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits

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      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      SoulCollage® Plus: Adding Poetry, Play, Movement & Sound with Any Population
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      JoAnn Flynn, MEd, MA, CAGS, CPT

      This 3-hour workshop will teach participants how SoulCollage® can be effectively combined with poetry therapy and other expressive therapies in clinical work with various client populations such as children, adolescents, clients with mental health issues, women in prison, and elders with dementia. The presenter will demonstrate ways to combine SoulCollage® with a range of expressive mediums including poetry, play, sandtrays, storyboards, mandalas, movement, and sound. Participants will experience some of these approaches for themselves through experiential exercises with a variety of art materials. SoulCollage® will be used as a jumping off point for participants to move deeply into inner work. All experience levels are welcome!


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      TF-CBT, EMDR, CPP in Play Therapy & Trauma Treatment
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna, PsyD, RPT-S

      Contemporary clinicians know it is important to use evidence-based, trauma-informed therapy, but knowing which method to utilize can be daunting. Add to that the challenge of attempting to make these treatments more child-centered, playful, and developmentally appropriate! Given that approximately five million children experience some form of trauma each year, it is vital that therapists have a clinical framework that incorporates trauma principles and is based upon neuroscientific research. Many existing trauma-focused interventions overlap in their content and approaches. This 3-hour workshop 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 order to facilitate the development of a trauma-informed clinical framework. Through creative and playful ways, participants will learn how to incorporate non-verbal and sensory-based play therapy techniques into these 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.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS; APT
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Using Coloring Pages in Art Therapy Sessions
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Larissa Hall, LCAT, ATR-BC
      Christi Meyer, LCAT, ATR-BC
       

      Many adults now enjoy using coloring books for stress reduction. When creative arts therapists can use coloring books in the context of their clinical practice, the presence of the therapist in this process allows for the coloring page to do more than just help with relaxation, self-soothing, or stress reduction. This 3-hour workshop will show participants several ways they can use coloring with their clients. Case examples from individual work with adults will be presented. Participants will have an opportunity to see these techniques in action by choosing their own coloring page and materials and then processing the experience with the group.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Weaving, Moving, Healing: The Kobbe Project
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Mia de Bethune, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT
      Nelly Edmondson, MA, MS
      Jennifer Wiles, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT

      Kobbe is an old Flemish word for ‘spider web,’ nature's original weaving technique. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will learn about the relationship between weaving and healing practice from members of the Kobbe Project, a group of artists and creative arts therapists. Individual and collaborative forms of weaving and therapeutic weaving techniques that participants will be able to implement with clients as well as groups will be introduced. These may include weaving as a metaphor for life narrative through journaling; creating inexpensive looms for personal weaves; weaving with non-traditional and recycled materials; collaborating on a group weave, and integrating weaving with expressive movement. A short film about the Kobbe Project’s recent installations and collaborative weaving projects at the Catwalk Art Residence in Catskill, NY will also be screened. Previous experience with weaving and textiles is not required.


       

      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      What is Inner Voice Dialogue?
      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, LCSW

      Voice Dialogue is a powerfully effective technique that embraces your inner and outer diversity. Developed by the Drs. Stone, the premise is that our personality consists of an assortment of Inner Selves which is a natural result of growing up. Over time, caretakers reinforce some parts of ourselves (which become primary) and reject other parts (which become disowned). The core of Voice Dialogue is the experience of meeting parts of ourselves in a structured way. This immersive, experiential workshop includes a facilitation demonstration, lecture, and hands-on individual and group exercises leading you to identify your inner family — as well as your clients’. You will facilitate and be facilitated. We dance with some Inner Selves and draw with others! At the end of the day, you'll leave with take-home worksheets for yourself (and your clients) as well as the ability to incorporate tenets of Voice Dialogue into your practice immediately. This engaging half-day workshop will heighten your creativity and introduce you to new ways to help clients who continually struggle with competing aspects of themselves.


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
      2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm
      Zen, Sand & Symbols: Therapist/Client Journeys of Discovery

      Executive Conference Center - Sunday
      1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)


      Judith Kneen, LICSW

      "Do you make regular visits to yourself?" — Rumi

      Therapeutic wisdom and spiritual wisdom are intertwined. Both help bring us into intimacy with inner experience and self-discovery. This 3-hour workshop will use sand, symbols, and archetypal metaphors as tools for mindful play to enhance intra- and interpersonal connection and an awareness of the authentic self. Witnessing from the “inside out," participants will examine therapeutic journeys in Jungian sand and symbolic world play where clients of all ages unfold their unlived lives as the therapist offers the “zen of unconditional regard.” Together, we will explore how these client stories mirror our own inner experiences using sand, symbols and clay Sculpey creations. We will end with a homecoming meditation. No prerequisites; all are welcome. Bring your favorite miniatures from home!


      Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
      Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

      Not eligible for APT Credits
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