Expressive Therapies Summit 2016: Registration Site





THURSDAY, November 10

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 workshop, 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 be immediately 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



FRIDAY, November 11

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Re-Storying the Many Dimensions of Psyche: An Ecology of Being

Kellen Auditorium
The New School, 66 5th Avenue/2 West 13th Street, 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 re­story and restore lost aspects of the self. The confluence of these approaches offers an extraordinary look into the human­nature relationship as well as offering a profound opportunity to explore the deeper meaning of these stories. During the day participants will write their way through the spiral model and learn ways to immediately apply their newfound knowledge and tools with their clients.

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

SATURDAY, November 12

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, MS, PTR, LCSW

Buddhist philosophies, such as those in Pema Chodron’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 Credits: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: NBCC

10:50 am - 12:20 pm
Stressbusting: Writing Through Troubled Times

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


Kathleen 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

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
What's A Meta-For? Group Journaling, Poetry & Collage in Action


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

Nancy S. Scherlong, MS, PTR, LCSW

Metaphors are as old as language itself and can go deep to the heart 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

SUNDAY, November 13

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 interactive workshop is designed to give therapists and facilitators consistent and standards-based ways to use journal writing as a therapeuetic 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, CTC-S, RPT-S, LCSW

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