Expressive Therapies Summit: Los Angeles 2017


2017 COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS


 
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150 Faculty •  Over 100 Sessions • 4 Days

art • dance • music • drama • writing • play

 



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  • Thursday, 03/30/17
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    Thursday Morning Plenary

    8:30 am  -  9:30 am
    Trends in Creativity: From 30,000 Feet to the Ground
    Plaza A

    Jan Phillips
    Ruth Westreich

    Jan Phillips and Ruth Westreich will explore our role as cultural creators and storytellers of consequence given advances in understanding of consciousness and brain plasticity.  They will share, from their new book Creativity Unzipped, the outcomes of their survey of 1,500 individuals regarding their experience of creativity, which can inform opportunities for educators and practitioners.  In addition, they will explain the ways in which the field of integrative medicine serves as home to the expressive therapies.

    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits

    Welcome & Warm-up
    Barry M. Cohen, ATR-BC
    Ping Ho, MA, MPH
    Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA

     

     Optional 
     

    Thursday Master Classes

    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Drumming as Medicine: Facilitating Healing Rhythms
    Plaza A

    Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED  

    Would you like to learn healing rhythms to use in therapy and wellness groups, or for self-care? You will have the opportunity in this 6-hour master class to learn how to lead a full session from opening icebreaker to powerful closure. Participants will experience the four components of music medicine: rhythm for the body, melody for the heart, harmony for the soul, and silence for the mind.  They will learn how to facilitate nonverbal expression of feeling states and create their own healing rhythm for self-care.  In addition, each participant will receive a free play-along rhythm track with world rhythms and learn how to use it to jumpstart a groove. You will leave this workshop with specific protocols for using drumming as a tool in diverse contexts from wellness to treatment settings.

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Re-Shaping Body Image: Tape Sculpture as Arts-Based Social Justice
    Plaza BC

    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
    Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    Not eligible for APT Credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    The Open Studio Process of Art and Writing
    Century AB

    Pat Allen, PhD, ATR, HLM

    Session Full — Wait List Initiated

    The Open Studio Process allows deep yet safe access into the imaginal realm. Its structure of intention and witnessing creates a safe space for the emergence of image and content. It can be taught and practiced for self exploration, supervision, community organizing and spiritual practice, without requiring clinical or artistic expertise or talent. The Process is an autonomous art reflective practice that anyone can use in daily life. When followed carefully, risk is non-existent as each person defines and adheres to his or her own felt sense of limits. This master class is appropriate for therapists and non-therapists from a variety of clinical disciplines and professional backgrounds.

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

    Not
     eligible for APT Credits
    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
     

    Thursday Morning Workshops

    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Breath & Yoga for Mental Health and Wellness
    Los Angeles B

    Hanna Chusid, EdD, LCSW

    In yogic philosophy, your true nature is wholeness and joy, in contrast to the anxiety, depression and fragmentation typically seen in mental health practices. In this workshop, you will learn accessible, yoga-based tools and perspectives for supporting mental health and wellness—pathways to cultivate trustworthy intuition, and transform depression and other symptomatology into creativity, joy, and a sense of well-being. This workshop is designed for therapists from a variety of disciplines and others interested in well-being, self-care, and creative breakthrough approaches. In addition to the experiential exercises, we will provide an overview of various yogic lineages and styles, as well as identify potential contraindications for the mental health practitioner.

    Please bring a yoga mat or large towel if you wish to lie down. Chairs will also be available.

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Building Healthy Relationships through Art Therapy: A Creative Approach to Communicating
    Carmel

    Pamela M. Hayes, MFT, ATR-BC

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    We’ve all heard about Emotional Intelligence — the ability to recognize one’s own and other people's emotions. The presenter has coined a new term, “Communication Intelligence,” which she defines as the capacity to communicate needs, thoughts, and feelings to achieve a desired goal while minimizing hurt feelings. This highly experiential workshop will focus on increasing positive interaction and interpersonal connections between couples, parents and children, extended family members and among coworkers through the use of art therapy exercises. Treatment interventions will be featured that can also be used by educators, non-specialists, and others, with opportunities to practice with hands-on art-based techniques. Case studies will illustrate the effectiveness of these interventions designed to increase “Communication Intelligence.” A novel approach to enhancing communication skills and maximizing positive relationship building, the art process takes communication to a deeper level of self understanding, whether or not the relationship is new or decades old.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Clay & Imaginal Mindfulness in Self-Observation and Self-Supervision
    Marina

    Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    From earth to artistic collaboration, to fire, to stone, to independent object, clay is a material that easily teaches about narrative change. As we will discover in this half-day hands-on workshop, when clay is mindfully formed it transforms into patiently-waiting imaginal narratives composed of contexts, emotions, and unique scenes. These externalized thoughts become perfect contemplative partners for witnessing self-observation. An appropriate activity for the client and therapist alike, no previous experience with clay is necessary.

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Creative Rituals for Processing Grief and Celebrating Life
    Los Angeles C

    Jennie Linthorst, MA, CAPF
    Karen Howard, RMT, CEAP
    Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    Issues of loss and grief, particularly those connected to death of a loved one, are among the most difficult to experience, discuss, and process in treatment. In this 3-hour workshop, participants, will learn how to build resilience, facilitate healing, and strengthen community through creative expression related to such transitional life moments. Experience how music, movement, and writing can create sacred moments of reflection to honor grief, engender hope, find meaning in loss, elevate spirit, and facilitate closure. We'll begin by taking an embodied musical journey to "express the loss, feel the love, and see the light." Next we'll identify how to facilitate deep writing through inspirational literature. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to summon memories of a lost loved one through symbolic movement. We'll demonstrate how to facilitate group support and sharing as we work our way through these activities. Not intended as a therapy session, this educational workshop is likely to evoke poignant feelings. 


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

     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Floortime and Healthy Development: Interactive Treatment for Special Needs Children
    Newport B

    Esther B. Hess, PhD, RPT-S

    DIR/Floortime, a developmental, individual-differences, relationship-based technique was developed by pioneering pediatrician-psychiatrist Stanley Greenspan. Both an intervention for children with special needs and a general support for healthy child development, the Floortime program facilitates engagement, interaction, symbolic thinking, and logical thinking by following the lead of children, challenging them to be creative and spontaneous. The Floortime process engages as many senses, motor skills, and emotions as possible. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of this relationship-based intervention to guide their child/play therapy practice in the clinic or other treatment setting, in school, or at home. Excerpts from video case studies will illustrate practical solutions to complex developmental problems, and time will be set aside for group discussion.

    Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
    Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Guided Imagery & Enactment for Emotional Balance
    Century CD

    Daniel Doyle, RDT, LMFT, LPCC

    Integrating approaches from trauma treatment, EMDR, and mindfulness with deep and playful interactivity, this workshop will feature a variety of transformative techniques for improving emotional regulation, affect tolerance, and self esteem. Guided imagery techniques will be interspersed with movement and role play; internal resources featuring nurturing, protective, and wisdom figures will be explored in scene work, storytelling, and improvisation. Participants will also learn how to provide clients with basic tools to prepare them for moving into more in-depth work. Not intended as a therapy session, this 3-hour educational workshop is appropriate for clinical professionals as well as those working toward personal growth. It will conclude with guidelines for achieving containment and closure in sessions that have stirred up strong emotions.

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Intersecting Identities: Addressing their Impact at Work & Home
    Newport C

    Danielle Levanas, RDT, LCAT
    Alexis Powell, RDT, LCAT

    Have you ever thought about your identity system—including the various roles you play in your daily personal and professional life—intentionally and unintentionally? What roles within your identity system feel hidden, left behind, or in the way? In this embodied workshop, community arts professionals, artists, educators, mental health professionals and others will be asked to consider their intersecting identities (starting with the basics of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation) in order to explore the complexities of their role system and how, on the whole, it impacts others, particularly in the context of clinical and other professional situations. Using Pamela Hays' ADDRESSING framework and Robert Landy's role theory, participants will play with, write about, and give voice to the varied identities that make up their personhood in an effort to best understand and cultivate compassion and culturally responsive practice.

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Introduction to Himalayan Sacred Sound Healing
    Catalina B

    Richard Rudis 

    Himalayan sacred sound instruments have been used for millennia to alter consciousness and stimulate physical healing. In this workshop, we will begin with an introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Dharma teachings in order to provide a context for their therapeutic usage. Each of these instruments will be introduced with a focus on their cultural and historical foundations, creation, and usage. Registrants will have the opportunity for hands-on exploration of these instruments throughout this 3-hour workshop, and there will be demonstrations of ways to use them, including: Tingsha cymbal diagnostics; Ganta/Vajra bell techniques for motivating and advancing the healing process; and Himalayan Singing Bowl patterns, for altering consciousness, balancing brain functions, promoting internal harmony, and initializing physical healing at the cellular level. We'll also take time for discussing practical ways helping professionals can introduce them into their daily work.


    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Journals Quick & Easy
    Catalina C

    Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC 

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    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.

     
    Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
    Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    Not eligible for APT Credits
    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Me Cards: Accessing Inner Wisdom through Collage & Writing
    San Lorenzo F

    Nancy Weiss, LCSW, BCD 

    Don’t let the name fool you. MeCards4Kids® guides children, adolescents, and adults in the exploration and expression of their inner wisdom through collage-making and expressive writing. An adaptation of SoulCollage® created by a psychotherapist/Soul Collage® facilitator and a 30-year veteran teacher, this process unfolds through I AM poems, written from the voice of images within the collage. When working with youngsters, for instance, it allows them to safely work through archetypal issues including: getting lost and being found, going hungry and being fed, being helpless and feeling powerful. In this way, MeCards4Kids® helps children to “solve” life biggest problems through imagery and play, finding resilience in their unique strengths. Workshop participants will experience the MeCards4Kids® process and be oriented to its use through directive strategies, case material, and discussion. The integration of guided visualization and “the hero’s journey” will also be explored. This 3-hour workshop will prepare psychotherapists, educators, and others to utilize MeCards4Kids™ with people of all ages, including families and groups who have experienced trauma. Open to all.

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

    Not eligible for APT Credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
     

    Thursday & Friday Intensives

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

    Kathryn Johnson, PhD, ATR
    Barry M. Cohen, ATR-BC, guest speaker

    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.

    SESSION OPEN ONLY TO MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

    REGISTRANTS: Please CLICK HERE to download important DDS collection instructions (Review at least 2 weeks prior to training).

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

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
     

    Thursday Roundtable Conversations

    1:30 pm  -  2:15 pm
    Roundtable Conversations: Becoming a Creative Arts Therapist
    Plaza A

    THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIST?

    An informal Q&A with members of our faculty. Find out about education, training, registration, and other issues related to being a trained creative arts therapist in one or more disciplines. No advance reservation required.

    • Art Therapy: Suzanne Silverstein
    • Dance/Movement Therapy: Ilene Serlin
    • Drama Therapy: Laura Wood and Jennifer Stuckert-Knapp
    • Music Therapy: Kate Geller
    • Play Therapy: TBA
    • Poetry Therapy: Jennie Linthorst
     Optional  Closed 
     

    Thursday Afternoon Workshops

    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Conscious Creativity for Spirituality & Social Change
    Los Angeles C

    Jan Phillips

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    Who am I and what am I here for?  In this 3-hour workshop, inspirational writings, video, music and story will be used to align mind and heart in deepening spirituality and agency in life.  Participants will have the opportunity to unfold their own personal myths, identify and own their creed, practice speaking from the heart, and prepare to be the help that they wish to see.  During this session, we will learn how to distinguish original thoughts from inherited thoughts and harvest wisdom from life experiences to birth new realities.  Participants will receive a pdf copy of Circling: A Guidebook for a Group Experience in Conscious Creativity by Jan Phillips, a facilitator's guide full of exercises and master tools to spark the fire in others in clinical and creative work. All are welcome!

    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Disrupting Disruptive Student Behaviors with Compassion & Art Therapy
    San Lorenzo F

    Suzanne Silverstein, MA, ATR
    Genia Young, LMFT, ATR, BC

    SESSION FULL —WAIT LIST INITIATED

    This workshop will introduce techniques utilized by Cedars-Sinai’s school-based Share and Care program, for elementary and secondary school students who have demonstrated challenging behaviors in the classroom. Singing bowls and talking sticks will be incorporated into a process that includes art therapy directives, mindfulness practices, and community building exercises. These creative and mindful strategies can be used in the classroom or in the a group setting as a way of gaining control with the students, while helping them learn to focus, listen, and speak spontaneously from the heart without judgment. 


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Haptic Perception at the Clay Field: A Sensorimotor Approach to Art Therapy (Thursday)
    Marina

    Cornelia Elbrecht, BA, MA (Art Ed), AThR

    The majority of psychotherapies work with Explicit Memory—the cognitive, declarative part of the brain—or the episodic memory that reaches through our autobiography into the unconscious. Explicit Memory, however, is the tip of an iceberg. Implicit Memory, on the other hand, encompasses the vast hidden landscape of the limbic system and the brain stem. The limbic system rules our core emotions, whereas the brain stem is instinctual. Run by the autonomic nervous system, it influences all learned action patterns and emergency responses.  When we work with adverse events in early childhood, or with trauma, most cognitive approaches do not reach the depth of Implicit Memory, where painful experiences have left their imprint. Haptic Perception—perception through touch—can do this in a structured and safe way at the Clay Field. This workshop will take participants through a number of haptic exercises with clay exploring the potential of “Work at the Clay Field”®. Clay Field Therapy itself requires extensive training, however participants will get some insights into facilitating active body-focused trauma responses, and how Skin Sense, Balance and Depth Sensibility act as universal developmental markers in this context. Knowledge of these early childhood action patterns may positively influence other therapeutic approaches. The aim of the workshop is to increase awareness regarding sensorimotor and haptic approaches in psychotherapy, but is open to all interested participants.
     

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

     
    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Healing Community through Socially Relevant Performance Using All the Arts
    Newport C

    Azizi Marshall, MA, RDT/BCT, REAT, LCPC 

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    Looking for a multidisciplinary arts-based structure to help facilitate community healing? The Therapeutic Performance Initiative model (TPI) incorporates dance/movement, theatre/drama, art, and music therapies, in ways that connect effectively with communities or all types, sizes, and needs. In this half-day workshop, participants will explore this format that has ignited change among artists, psychotherapists, counselors, and creative arts therapists. Learn how you can use this model in your own work, or create a revolution in your own community! Participants will create their own performance piece based on the TPI model using approaches drawn from creative movement, improv, creative writing, modern dance, and psychodrama. Participants should be dressed to move comfortably, be open to others’ backgrounds and life experiences, and be ready to learn more about themselves and the world around them. The TPI model can be used in working with people of all ages in a group format.

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

    Not eligible for APT Credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Healing Trauma in International Populations through Movement
    Newport B

    Ilene A. Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT
    Marcia B. Leventhal, PhD, CMA, BC-DMT, NCC
    Larry Graber, MA, C-BT 

    Trauma that shatters identities, fractures belief systems, and brings existential terror is experienced not only in mind but also in body. This workshop builds on current approaches to treating trauma by adding tools that bring the body, symbolic movement, and creative expression into the healing process. Participants will learn how these approaches are applied to working with trauma in vastly different cultures around the world. You will learn specific techniques as well as contraindications for reducing anxiety, building resilience, increasing bodily awareness and expressiveness, and strengthening supportive relationships within a group. This approach also offers clinicians a means to reducing compassion fatigue, and is appropriate for therapists and others working with traumatized populations. 

     

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

     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Journaling to Clear Life’s Clutter: A Compassionate, Creative Approach
    Catalina C

    Carolyn Koehnline, LMHC, CJT

    SESSION FULL - WAIT LIST INITIATED

    Clutter is the excess baggage that drains life force. It gets in the way of living and distracts from meaningful action. Clearing clutter refers to the process of weeding out that which no longer serves us—in our homes, heads, hearts, and schedules. It releases and increases our vitality, clarity, and sense of well-being. Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up offers a prescriptive process that has inspired and helped many. But some of us yearn for a more creative, personalized approach that recognizes the realities of a cluttered lifestyle. This 3-hour workshop uses simple and powerful writing processes to support the clearing of clutter, inside and out. Together, we’ll clear a path using creative exercises designed to help transform a personal journal into a wise, encouraging, practical, and playful clutter-clearing companion. We’ll focus on techniques that can be used in an overall plan to move through a clutter project in your own way, at your own pace. This gentle approach incorporates the power of journal writing for healing, growth, and change. It can be used at home with adolescents and adults and in a variety of clinical and educational settings. No prior journal experience is needed.

     

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Making Meaning of Mandala-Making: How Archetypes Support Art's Healing Function
    Carmel

    Carol Thayer Cox, MA, ATR-BC, REAT

    Discover the ecological, psychological, sociological, and cosmological quests that correlate with creative endeavors. By making mandalas in this 3-hour workshop, you will be able to map which states of consciousness are most relevant to your own creative process. Learn how to think about creativity in relation to archetypes and the Holistic Round of Formation. Then begin to identify how, where, and why creativity can become blocked (during trauma, grief, or illness), and how that understanding might help guide us to to more effectively support our clients in their desires for artistic expression and their longing for transformation and healing. Appropriate for clinicians of all disciplines, and interested others are welcome as well. 


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Narradrama for Neural Re-wiring and Positive Change
    Los Angeles B

    Pam Dunne, PhD, RDT/BCT

    Repetition, emotional arousal, novelty, and careful focus of attention can strengthen neural wiring for establishing new and healthy behaviors, according to Dan Siegel, MD. This workshop explores each of these conditions through narradrama techniques designed to optimize effective cognitive and behavioral benefits in treatment. Narradrama taps inner wisdom through the exploration of personal stories reflecting our best selves. These positive stories can help us move forward to claim our dreams, and help others claim theirs. Additionally, we will explore the use of witnessing and memory consolidation techniques to ensure durability of these new neural connections as they pertain to clinical practice and daily life.

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Ragdolls & Writing: Transforming Trauma, Facilitating Growth
    Catalina B

    Ebony Williams, MFA, MA

    SESSION FULL - WAIT LIST INITIATED

    In the Ragdoll Project process, doll making and writing merge to address a range of adverse life experiences. Workshop participants will be introduced to the use of doll making as a tool to process trauma and facilitate the development of social, emotional, and cognition skills. In addition, participants will learn about the theoretical orientations utilized in this model, and the application of crafting/making as a culturally relevant approach to addressing trauma across identities, experience, and family structure. Participants are asked to bring a notebook, a piece of clothing from someone who has been important/supportive, an inspirational quote or music lyrics, and any other materials that you would like to add to your doll. All other materials will be provided. No previous experience required; this session may elicit strong emotions.

    Note: To facilitate the full Ragdoll Project protocol, one must obtain certification, which this workshop does not provide.


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


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Sing for Yourself: A Daily Practice for Freedom of Expression
    Catalina D

    Kate Richards Geller, MA, MT-BC, LCAT

    The voice is our primary instrument for communication and expression in all spheres of life, yet finding one’s voice–both figuratively and literally–is a central struggle for many. As Western music has shifted the focus of singing from community to entertainment, most of us have become distanced from this natural and essential inner resource. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity to break through self-consciousness and tap into their inherent musicality and creativity, as they build a soundscape in community. Simple warm-up exercises, such as humming and stretching, will release tension and lead us into deep listening and playfulness. As we follow the awareness of vocal vibration in our bodies, we will experience an “in sync and in tune” connection with others which, in turn, will deepen group sensitivity and creative possibilities. This process can reduce stress to combat burnout, regulate mood swings, boost the immune system, ignite happiness, build resilience, calm the body, and clear the mind. Participants will learn simple steps that can be implemented immediately in daily personal practice, the classroom, or a clinical setting with a variety of populations.

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Understanding Sensory Challenges: Effective Strategies for All Ages
    Century CD

    Lori Baudino, BC-DMT, PsyD

    When is avoidance—or a tantrum—the result of sensory-based aversion rather than an indication of a behavioral/emotional problem . . . or just random "acting out” by a child? How do adults manifest sensory preferences and how can they use them to ease transitions and support connection? Learn what it feels like for people of all ages to have sensory preferences and challenges, and find out about the kinds of impact they have on our lives. Participants will learn to manage these issues through creative activities that involve mirroring, exaggerating, and minimizing movement. By understanding how we use the body to interact with self, others, and the environment, we can learn new and effective ways to regulate the nervous system and alleviate discomfort and how we can incorporate this in our child/play therapy practice and education. For instance, “joining" a sensory challenge can lead parents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to forge a connection instead of creating a power struggle with those for whom they care. Discover your own sensory preferences in order to support your needs as an an educator, counselor, or child/play therapist in any discipline.


    Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
    Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
     

    Thursday Evening Self-Care Sessions

    6:45 pm  -  7:30 pm
    Comic Relief
    Los Angeles B

    Zachary Steel

    Session Full - Repeat Session Available at 7:45

    Whether you are actively participating or observing, find humor in the creative and unexpected, without even having to say a word. Play along with the expert who brings relief to those suffering from medical trauma. Laughter is the best medicine.

    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    6:45 pm  -  7:30 pm
    Mindful Movement
    Century CD

    Amber Elizabeth Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC

    Session Full — Repeat Session Available at 7:45

    This 45 minute “warm-in" integrates Dance/Movement Therapy, Continuum Movement, and Mindfulness Practice. We will explore being moved by our own rhythms while moving to the slow, fluid cues of mindfulness practices. We have so many opportunities to move according to the demands of the world; in this practice, we move according to our own innate body wisdom.  ALL bodies are welcome.  No experience in dance or movement necessary.


    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    7:00 pm  -  8:30 pm
    Stressbusting: Writing Through Troubled Times - CE Credit Option
    Carmel

    Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC

    Have any sort of modern life anxieties? 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!

    Please Note: This session is free of charge for Summit registrants, and you can add CE credits for an additional $39. If you don't require CE credits, please select the No CE Credit option during the registration process.

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
    7:45 pm  -  8:30 pm
    Comic Relief - Second Session
    Los Angeles B

    Zachary Steel

    JUST ADDED! REPEAT OF EARLIER SESSION

    Whether you are actively participating or observing, find humor in the creative and unexpected, without even having to say a word. Play along with the expert who brings relief to those suffering from medical trauma. Laughter is the best medicine.

    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    7:45 pm  -  9:00 pm
    Gong Bath™
    Plaza BC

    Session Full - Wait List Activated 

    Richard Rudis

    A Gong Bath™ is a dynamic meditative experience of carefully tuned resonances and vibrations that penetrate the body, dissolving energy blocks and bringing mental clarity, emotional calm, and somatic balance. A unique 38" Gong, toned to the natural frequency of the Earth’s rotational orbit, entrains the brain into Alpha/Theta/Delta wave-scapes to facilitate creativity and relaxation. This experience is designed to soothe, inspire, heal and awaken spirit.

    Early "arrivers" are welcome to bring a mat, cushion, or blanket to lie upon. 

    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    7:45 pm  -  8:30 pm
    Mindful Movement - Second Session
    Century CD

    Amber Elizabeth Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC

    JUST ADDED! REPEAT OF EARLIER SESSION

    This 45 minute “warm-in" integrates Dance/Movement Therapy, Continuum Movement, and Mindfulness Practice. We will explore being moved by our own rhythms while moving to the slow, fluid cues of mindfulness practices. We have so many opportunities to move according to the demands of the world; in this practice, we move according to our own innate body wisdom.  ALL bodies are welcome.  No experience in dance or movement necessary.

    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
  • Friday, 03/31/17
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    Morning Meditation

    8:10 am  -  8:30 am
    Himalayan Singing Bowl Meditation
    Carmel
    Jahna and Michael Perricone
     Optional 
     

    Friday Morning Plenary

    8:30 am  -  9:30 am
    Liquid Flow
    Plaza A

    Aleta Hayes, MFA

    Get out of your brain. Experience the joy of fluid, juicy movement and playful dancing with freedom and ease through Liquid Flow, a combination of dance improvisation, yoga and Tai Chi. This method is for beginners, athletes, dancers from diverse dance styles, advanced dancers who want to have more grace, and the student mover who desires more beauty and fluidity in everyday life.  Be prepared for an experience that is “surprisingly fun” and “beyond wonderful.”

    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits


    Welcome & Warm-up

    Helen Lavretsky, MD, Honorary Co-Chair
    Susan Kaiser-Greenland, JD

     Optional 
     

    Friday Master Classes

    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Books by Hand: Holding Secrets
    Los Angeles A

    Linney Wix, PhD, ATR-BC

    Session Full — Wait List Initiated

    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
    Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    Not eligible for APT Credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Expressive Arts & Play Therapy for Autism and Special Needs: A Whole Brain Approach
    Los Angeles B

    Jane Ferris Richardson, EdD, LMHC, ATR-BC, RPT-S
    Karen Howard, RMT, CEAP
    Joanne Lara, MA, CCTC

    This full day master class will introduce a number of fun and practical expressive arts and play therapy interventions for working with people diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Led by an expert team of presenters who have worked collaboratively over the course of a decade, this mostly experiential day will also include evidence-based information regarding the use of these approaches in the treatment of people with autism. Activities will include vibrant ways to engage children more deeply through art making and play therapy; easy-to-implement movement skills that can be used in a variety of settings; and opportunities for enhancing motor skills, social connections, as well as awareness of feelings, through music. This class is designed for everyone interested in exploring movement, music, and art as vehicles for growth and healthy expression for individuals on the autism spectrum or with related challenges, including: expressive arts and play therapists, counselors and psychotherapists, educators and administrators, parents and paraprofessionals, and artists of every discipline.


    Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
    Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Performance as a Therapeutic Act: Transforming Self-Defeating Life Scripts through Drama Therapy
    Newport C

    Jennifer Stuckert-Knapp, RDT, LMFT
    Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT

    Autobiographical therapeutic performance is an innovative and vibrant short-term therapy approach that supports participants in identifying and transforming dysfunctional “life scripts” through drama therapy processes. Life scripts are unconscious life plans that organize and shape personal narratives and identities in both positive and negative ways. In this 6-hour master class, participants will learn experiential methods to explore formative experiences and identify self-limiting beliefs transmitted by family, society, and personal traumas. Through a guided creative journey, participants will begin to embody new life-affirming narratives. This process will incorporate acting, improvisation, drama therapy, psychodrama, and Playback Theatre techniques. The theoretical underpinnings will be informed by Transactional Analysis, attachment theory, and role theory. The session will culminate in brief individual enactments or rituals that participants will develop over the course of the day in a safe environment. These drama therapy approaches can be utilized with high-functioning adults and a variety of special populations, such as at-risk youth and alcoholics in recovery. Open to counselors, coaches, and psychotherapists, as well as interested others. Shy people are welcome, and no previous theatre experience is necessary!


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

     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Transforming Loss through Creating Poem Houses: An Art, Movement & Writing Process
    Newport B

    Myriam Savage, PhD, RDT-BCT
    Brigid Collins, PG Dip
    Mary Kay Wolfe, OTD, OTR/L
     

    Loss can occur in many domains: love, work, energy, interests, relationship, youth, health, family, confidence, integrity, spirit and more.  In this daylong master class, participants will learn how to facilitate transformation of mind, body and spirit following loss, through a unique multidisciplinary process. Creating “poem houses”  enables the safe revisiting of a loss event or experience in order to make sense of it, learn from it, and re-story it in new expressive forms via supportive group witnessing. Participants will begin by exploring their somatosensory experience of loss through haiku and "imaginal dialogue," a fluid and organic movement response that deepens engagement, reflection, and understanding of poetic words and themes. Afterward, each person will craft personal 3-D houses with found objects that reflect their experience of pain and loss — enabling its transformation toward healing and insight through supportive witnessing. Participants will be invited to work with autobiographical narrative in this workshop, which may elicit an emotional response.  This session is useful for therapists and others working with people of all ages and needs in a variety of clinical, educational, and community settings. 

    Please note: Participants will be invited to work with autobiographical narrative in this workshop as well as to do minimal body movement. This process may elicit an emotional response.


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

    Not eligible for APT Credits


     Optional 
     

    Thursday & Friday Intensives

    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Diagnostic Drawing Series Training: 30 Years of Assessment through Art - Day 2
    Plaza D
    Day 2 of a 2-­Day Training Intensive

    Kathryn Johnson, PhD, ATR
    Anne Mills, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LCPAT


    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
    Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

    Not eligible for APT Credits
    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
     

    Friday Morning Workshops

    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Cultivating Resilience in Children & Adolescents through Play Therapy and Creative Arts
    Plaza A

    David Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S 

    This half-day workshop is an introduction to the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), developed by Bruce Perry, MD, through play, art, music, and somatosensory activities. By examining modern attachment theory and neuroscience, the presenter will discuss how play therapy and the expressive arts can be valuable tools in cultivating resilience for children and adolescents. NMT allows our clients to explore their inner worlds at their own pace, and with spontaneity and freedom. After an informational overview and presentation of case studies in sand, art, somatosensory activities, and play therapy, participants will be introduced experientially to directive and non-directive forms of play and arts interventions to deepen their understanding how they can be integrated with the NMT approach in the clinical setting.


    Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours:
    ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing, APT**
    Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Cultural Fabrics of Self, Family and Community
    Catalina D

    Einat Metzl, PhD, ATR-BC, RYT, LMFT
    Anthony Bodlovic, PhD, ATR-BC, LMFT
    Louvenia Jackson, PhD, ATR-BC, LMFT

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    In this art-based workshop, the faculty of the Loyola Marymount University Art Therapy/Marriage and Family Therapy program will facilitate a novel multi-layered, mixed media exploration of our cultural identity, how it shapes who we are, and how it informs our relationship to family and community. Participants will also learn how to facilitate dialogue and build bridges among community members. All are welcome to learn about and experience this approach—including psychotherapists, students, and other community members—which can be used in a variety of clinical and other settings with a wide variety of populations.


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

     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Culture, Ritual & Movement in Group Therapy for Trauma
    Catalina B

    Amber Elizabeth Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    Many immigrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking survivors of trauma have experienced significant loss: of trust, home, belongings, relationships, plus a sense of what is safe, familiar, and known. They often describe feeling as if they “have lost everything.” This workshop will provide an enquiry into the impacts of trauma on the body, polyvagal-informed dance movement therapy as a best practice for trauma treatment, and the powerful role of culture as a resource for re-connecting to self and others. Often perceived as a barrier, culture—and the many ways survivors embody, re-member, and practice aspects of their cultures—can be powerful resources for the restorative process. Approaches to working with refugees and other members of underserved (and often misperceived) immigrant communities in the current socio-political climate will be highlighted, drawn from body-based and movement approaches and practices, tradition and ritual, for effective use in therapeutic and community settings.

     

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Discovering & Strengthening Parts of Self through Mask Work and Enactment
    Plaza BC

    Laura L. Wood, PhD, LMHC, RDT/BCT, CCLS

    According to Schwartz's Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, we each have a Self that is confident, compassionate, and clear — as well other parts of ourselves whose protective roles may have fallen out of balance in response to life events. To protect from the threat of vulnerability or emotional pain, a particular part might dominate by: 1) retreating or isolating, 2) engaging in controlling, care taking or terrorizing behavior, or 3) indulging in self-injurious or addictive behavior. In this highly experiential workshop featuring enactment and mask work, participants will take their own journeys to work with a part of Self that they wish to understand better, then work toward strengthening Self in response. We will discuss using this process with various traumatized populations, including those with eating disorders, addictions, attachment issues, serious illness, or suffering from grief. Designed for therapists from a variety of disciplines, interested others are also welcome.

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

    Not eligible for APT Credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Facilitating Sensation, Emotion & Transformation through Art Therapy Techniques: A Crash Course
    Marina

    Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC

    Not everyone has the time to formally study art therapy to learn all the theory and develop the skills required to use it safely with people in need. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will get the opportunity to learn two or more art therapy-based techniques that focus on the tactile, affective, and transformational power of the arts when used knowledgeably. Come learn some key concepts and a few activities use with clients and students of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings. No previous experience with art therapy is required, but time spent as a helping professional is beneficial.

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    From Addiction to Recovery through Music
    Century D

    Tim Ringgold, MT-BC

    Falling prey to the lure of a destructive habit or addiction is not uncommon. Learn how music can be used to help us recover the freedom that we had before the added stress and/or trauma of this compensatory behavior stole it away.  Experience first hand, in this playfully interactive 3-hour workshop, how music therapy can pleasurably and instantly engage mindfulness, social and spiritual connection, and the ability to release present and past emotions without the need for words.  These goals are central to anyone trying to shed a habit that has become more of a problem than a solution.  We'll explore five different ways to interact with music in order to experience these benefits. Additional resources will be shared for further learning. This workshop is appropriate for clinicians, educators and others interested in learning about music-based approaches to working with addiction.

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Mindful Games for Enhancing Attention, Balance and Compassion
    Century AB

    Susan Kaiser-Greenland, JD 

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED 

    Mindfulness and meditation enable children and their caregivers to develop focusing skills while learning to regulate emotions and respond to any situation calmly, with kindness and compassion. In this workshop, you will learn the why and how of sharing mindfulness with youth, using creative methods developed and tested over many years with children, parents, teachers, and caregivers. You will explore how mindfulness and meditation impart six essential life skills — Quieting, Focusing, Seeing, Reframing, Caring and Connecting — and you will learn simple games to integrate mindfulness into your daily routine. While these games are designed for kids, they can be just as fun and transformative for adults. Mindful games help children and caregivers alike develop greater mind-body awareness and reduce stress. They can easily be adapted for home, school or clinic. This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as long-time meditation practitioners.

    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Moving through Cancer
    San Lorenzo F

    Ilene A. Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT
    Marcia B. Leventhal, PhD, CMA, BC-DMT, NCC

    Having cancer is a total mind/body experience. A cancer diagnosis can be a traumatic confrontation with mortality, while treatment can be an invasive experience accompanied by loss of control over one’s body. The symbolic loss of body parts, such as the breast, can also harm body image and what it means to be a woman or man.  Movement can help those living with cancer regain self-esteem, aliveness, and a sense of efficacy over their bodies and lives. Studies show the benefits of movement for managing pain, easing depression, increasing vitality, developing a healthier body image, improving immune function, and even increasing longevity. Using movement as metaphor, cancer survivors can learn how to listen to the wisdom of the body, make more confident health-related choices, and take better care of themselves.  In this 3-hour workshop, participants will view a brief excerpt from an actual movement session conducted at a medical center.  They will experience KinAesthetic Imagining, a movement process to facilitate group support and address themes arising from the body to create new paths to resiliency. Finally, they will be introduced to the SKIP method of assessing outcomes of a movement support group.  This session is appropriate for counselors, therapists, and interested others.

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Neurobiological Interventions for Processing Trauma through Art: Lessons from Kara Walker
    Carmel

    Noah Hass-Cohen, MA, PsyD, ATR-BC

    In this workshop, we will discuss how expressive therapists can help their clients transform and cope with personal, interpersonal, and collective/cultural traumatic memories using trauma-informed memory processing skills. We will apply lessons from prominent African American artist, Kara Walker, and discover how contextual art-making can enable people to safely place their felt experiences of trauma into the past, where they belong. To do so, the presenter will first illustrate the use of black and white materials in creating effective art therapy relational neurobiological interventions (ATR-N) that can help clients capture and convey a range of lived experiences. In addition to reviewing the neuroscience of human memory, we will explore how the manipulation of cutout silhouettes can help traumatized clients access a sense of well-being and vitality.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Paper Puppet People, Fairytales, and Neuroscience
    Los Angeles C

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

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    In this 3-hour workshop, we will provide permissive, easy-to-follow instructions for creating paper puppet people and simple book structures for eliciting pro-social responses. Based on Bruce Perry’s neurosequential model of treatment and educator Peter O'Connor’s work with survivors of traumatic events, participants will learn to weave story, drama, and art into fairy tales and personal narratives of cultural strength and group resilience. Examples of case material from various cultures will be used to illustrate these therapeutic activities that engage the brain from the “bottom,” where experiences are stored, to the cortex at the “top,” where we make sense of our experiences. Using this integrative model, we begin each session with positive tactile experiences and memories, then slowly add "higher” processes, such as humor and insight, that foster possibility and hope for our students, clients, and ourselves.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Writing the Landscapes of Our Lives: The Steppingstones
    Catalina C

    Kate Thompson, MA, CJT 

    Session Full — Wait List Initiated

    The Steppingstones writing exercises are perhaps Jungian psychologist Ira Progoff’s greatest contribution to the use of journal writing as a psychological tool for understanding and growth.  Steppingstones offer a way of entering and understanding the past from the vantage point of the present, allowing people to think differently about the future; this is a profound experience achieved through expressive writing and reflection.  In this experiential half-day workshop, participants will be led through a complete Steppingstones exercise focused on exploring significant places in their lives and how these have shaped relationships with self and others. No specialized skills are required for this session. Participants will learn to use this exercise with a variety of clients in clinical practice, or in other settings where these goals are valued.

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
     

    Friday Roundtable Conversations

    1:30 pm  -  2:15 pm
    Roundtable Conversations: Becoming a Creative Arts Therapist
    Plaza A

    THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIST?

    An informal Q&A with members of our faculty. Find out about education, training, registration, and other issues related to being a trained creative arts therapist in one or more disciplines. No advance reservation required.

    • Art Therapy: Peggy Kolodny and Jen Navarro
    • Dance/Movement Therapy: Ilene Serlin and Amber Gray
    • Drama Therapy: Pam Dunne, Azizi Marshall, and Stephen Snow
    • Music Therapy: Diane Austin
    • Play Therapy: Jodi Smith
    • ​Poetry Therapy:​ Kay Adams and Ingrid Tegnér


     Optional  Closed 
    1:30 pm  -  2:15 pm
    Roundtable Conversations: Research Group
    Plaza A

    RESEARCH NETWORKING INTEREST GROUP

    Please join us at this special interest group focusing on the "R" word (research), where we hope to encourage multidisciplinary collaboration among professionals and interested others.

    ​Faculty: ​Robyn Cruz, Ping Ho, and Barry Cohen


    Faculty Bio(s):
    Speakers:
     Optional  Closed 
     

    Friday Afternoon Workshops

    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Chronic Pain & Early Attachment: A Movement Process for Awareness and Healing
    Century AB

    Suzi Tortora, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC 

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    Approximately 1 in 4 American adults have chronic pain. Research has shown that the development of chronic pain is associated with “insecure” adult attachment styles, rooted in infancy and early childhood experiences with primary caregivers. These early experiences – initially registered on a somatic, kinesthetic and sensory level – shape how we make sense of the world, express our emotions and respond to threats throughout our lifetime. This 3-hour workshop will demonstrate nonverbal ways to explore early relationship patterns through moment-to-moment dance/movement explorations that metaphorically reveal old and new ways to engage with self and others. These movement styles will be demonstrated and described for the participants to “ try-on.” This workshop will include dyadic, small group, and whole group hands-on learning. Therapist participants will learn how to gain visceral insight into clients when moving with them and witnessing their affective and physical attunement during partnered movement explorations. Designed for participation by healthcare professionals of all disciplines and interested others. 


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Clay Worlds & Stories for Creating Resilient, Inclusive Communities
    Marina

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

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    In this 3-hour workshop, we’ll focus on the importance of fostering strengths and inclusivity through multidisciplinary expressive arts activities within a clinical or educational plan. We will review some of our work within social environments in need of resilience, particularly those that have struggled with depression, loss, and trauma. Building on the work of well-being and positive psychology experts Peterson and Seligman, and positive art therapy specialists Chilton and Wilkinson, we have developed easy-to-implement, fun processes that foster strengths and resilience through creative activity featuring clay and story. In our observations, which will be illustrated by case materials, working in small groups through storytelling, deep listening, and group creation helps to support a culture of resilience and inclusivity that clinicians, educators, and helping professionals of all types can use in their daily work with people of all ages and circumstances.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Diversity Awareness in Groups through Role Play & Imaginal Enactment
    Century D

    Gary Raucher, MA, RDT/BCT, LMFT
    Denise Boston, BFA, MA, PhD
    F. Antonio Ramirez Hernandez, PsyD


    Action techniques offer creative and non-threatening tools for exploring the often highly-charged terrain of diversity awareness and cross-cultural encounters with groups of co-workers, students, or therapy clients. This workshop for therapists, educators, and others will engage participants in role play, mask making, and enactment to explore multiple intersecting identities and build relational skills to work through dialogical impasses.  Based on the prescriptive ideas of Dr. Kenneth Hardy, celebrated African American scholar and Professor of Family Therapy, the experiential processes in this workshop will concretize participants' understanding of three central Hardy tenets: 1) the pursuit of meaningful discussions on identity and difference entitles us to safety, but not comfort, 2) we need to recognize and constructively own the privileged and subjugated roles in our intersectional identities, and 3) commitment to productive relationships across difference demands engagement, not merely tolerance.


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

     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Exploring Earth’s Archetypes through Poetry & Image: Reclaiming the Wild Soul
    Catalina C

    Mary Reynolds Thompson, CAPF, CPCC 

    Session Full — Wait List Initated

    Jungian psychologist Marion Woodman writes that while a metaphor carries 1,000 volts of energy, its core, the archetype, carries 100,000 volts. In this experiential workshop, the presenter will lead participants on an archetypal journey through the five landscapes of planet Earth, suitable for working with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. The deserts, forests, oceans and rivers, mountains, and grasslands are all aspects of our own psyche and soul. They can be used to form a foundation for poetry and journal writing to reveal hidden aspects of the self. After exploring each of these archetypal landscapes by walking the Wild Soul Mandala, participants will choose one landscape to symbolize their current personal or professional life challenge; the chosen landscape will be used as a template for self-exploration through expressive writing.


    This session not
     eligible for continuing education hours or credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Greening the Lifecycle: Art, Ecopsychology and Aging
    Catalina B

    Madeline Rugh, PhD, ATR

    What is the relationship between our youth-based attitudes and lack of compassion toward older adults? How do we understand our own aging in relation to nature and the natural cycles of life? In this half-day workshop, we will explore our attitudes regarding the experience and meaning of aging through art and ecopsychology. While we embrace youth, physical beauty, and vigor in daily life—and turn away from the natural signs of aging—we do not turn away from images of age in nature. To address these questions, participants will examine ecological principles and issues as they relate to aging; we'll review a brief case example of an older adults' imagery in connection with nature; and, together, we'll participate in an experiential exercise featuring visual art, movement, and writing to examine the concepts of aging self and ecological self.


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

    Faculty Bios:
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Healing Their Fury: Research-Informed Play Therapy with Aggressive Children
    Plaza A

    David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S

    Aggression in children is multi-determined and not fully understood. This half-day workshop will provide a summary of current knowledge about contributing factors and how this research foundation informs the interventions to be described and/or demonstrated. There will be hands-on opportunities to try out some of the play therapy strategies and experiential learning activities to help ground the concepts. An integrative approach (inspired by Helen Benedict and Eliana Gil), consisting of both Child-Center Play Therapy (non-directive) and directive strategies, will be explored, based on clinical experience in both private practice and residential treatment settings working with “fawns in gorilla suits.”  

     

    Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing, APT**
    Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Neurorehabilitation: A Music-Informed Approach
    Catalina D

    Anita Louise Steele, MA, BC-MT
    Dale B. Taylor, PhD, MT-BC
    Robert McAllister
    Christine Blue

    Traumatic brain injury, stroke, cancer treatment, and dementia are debilitating conditions that affect motor skills. Research has shown that active music-making through a Music Re-Instruction protocol can stimulate neuronal activity stored in long-term memory following head trauma. In this 3-hour workshop, therapists and other professionals from a variety of disciplines will learn how to apply these principles to neurorehabilitation through lecture and hands-on activities. Participants will learn: 1) the neurobiology of learning musical and non-musical skills, 2) how to assess basic functioning ability in a specific area, 3) how to identify appropriate teaching materials, 4) instructional strategies with attention to client emotional states, 5) how to communicate effectively with family and medical support teams, and 6) the underlying neurobiology of active music-making and its relation to learning through other art forms. Case studies will also be presented to describe the path of re-learning motor skills.

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

    Not eligible for APT Credits

     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Poetry & Expressive Writing for Transformation and Change
    San Lorenzo F

    Robert Carroll, MD

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    After 9/11 poetry sprang up everywhere as New Yorkers tried to find the words to express the inexpressible. In this workshop, you will explore the uses of expressive writing and poetry to facilitate healing, growth, and transformation. This will be done in three subsections: 1) expressive writing as a personal healing practice, 2) expressive writing in clinical practice to facilitate healing in individuals, relationships, and community, and 3) expressive writing in the realm of the senses, to express internal states through poetry.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Self Exploration through SoulCollage®
    Carmel

    Session Full — Wait List Initiated

    Jen Navarro, ATR-BC, LMHC

    Immerse yourself for 3 hours in this workshop that features the soul-satisfying process of SoulCollage®, in which you create your personal deck of collaged cards. Step inside the images that call to you, and realize how simple—yet profound—this process can be in helping provide guidance, self-exploration, and understanding for your clients and you. You will begin to learn how you can consult your cards by doing readings alone or in small groups. We will also explore the power of SoulCollage® to foster trans-formative creative community. Suitable for work with a wide variety of clients and students of all ages in a variety of settings and situations. 


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Teaching Wisdom Skills to Children & Adolescents
    Plaza BC

    Shani Robins, PhD

    Therapists who work with youngsters know that they are in dire need of skills such as empathy, compassion, mindfulness, gratitude, humility, realism, emotional intelligence, and forgiveness in order to meet the monumental challenges of life. Dozens of recent school-based and clinical studies have demonstrated that children can effectively learn these skills. This workshop will provide clinicians with a road map to utilizing and integrating wisdom skills into their child and play therapy practices. It will feature experiential exercises that include the use of multimedia materials such as visual illusions, video clips, and humor, to enhance the clinical practice of those working with children and teens. Moreover, participants will be able to practice applying these skills to situational challenges encountered in their practices in child psychotherapy, play therapy, and counseling to advance their goals with their clients. Educators and creative professionals will also be able to use these skills with the young people with whom they work.

     

    Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
    Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
     

    Friday Evening Event

    5:45 pm  -  7:15 pm
    West Coast Film Premiere
    Plaza A

    INCLUDED FREE WITH EVERY REGISTRATION
    Requires RSVP during online registration process



    LESSONS FROM MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD
    A Film by Judith A. Rubin

    Judith A. Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC
    Jodi Smith, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT, Discussant

    Immediate Past President, California Association for Play Therapy

    A new film directed by art therapy pioneer Judy Rubin — the Art Lady during the early Neighborhood years — in collaboration with the Fred Rogers Company, brings Fred McFeely Rogers (1928-2003) and his work alive for us once again. Fred Rogers, American cultural icon, was a composer, author, puppeteer, ordained minister, and student of child development. He created the scripts and music for every episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," which ran for decades on public television. His "lessons" were timeless teachings developed through his study and consultation with mental health experts. Fred's talents and authentic personality enabled him to convey psychological concepts in ways that were both appealing and accessible to people of all ages and experiences. His creative approach to communicating with children in particular remains relevant to counselors, play therapists, and healing professionals in every discipline 50 years since the Neighborhood's modest beginnings in Pittsburgh, PA. 
     
    Dialogue following the screening will explore and expand on the parallels between the Neighborhood "land of make believe” and the play, art, and treatment rooms, and how the lessons Rogers taught continues to inform our thinking and approaches in the fields of creative arts, play therapy, and child psychotherapy.  

    Eligible for 1.5 Credit/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
     

    Friday Evening Self-Care Sessions

    6:45 pm  -  7:30 pm
    Wing It! Joy in Spontaneous Creativity
    Carmel

    Gary Raucher, MA, RDT/BCT, LMFT
    Denise Boston, BFA, MA, PhD
    F. Antonio Ramirez Hernandez, PsyD

    Spaces Just Added! 

    “Improvisation is ongoing creative problem solving where one stays in the present moment to shape the next,” according to Dr. Sherry Goodill.  Learn to trust the generativity of your impulse-life through interactive games that liberate the joy of your innate creativity.  Surprise yourself! There’s more to you than you can pre-plan. Experience the freedom and fun of winging it with the "un-guidance" of this dynamic trio.

    Those not registering for the Summit can purchase tickets by directly contacting UCLArts & Healing

    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.

     Optional  Closed 
    6:45 pm  -  7:30 pm
    Zumba á la Dance/Movement Therapy
    Plaza BC

    Lora Wilson Mau, MA, BC-DMT

    Spaces Just Added!

    Experience the popular Zumba Fitness® – dance/movement therapy-style.  Dance to rhythms from around the world within a group structure that encourages self-expression and is attuned to your needs. Take charge of your own Zumba experience!

    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    7:45 pm  -  9:15 pm
    Brain Cleanse Massage
    Los Angeles B

    Marci Javril, BCTMB, CST, CMT

    Seats Just Added! 

    Experience the Melting Touch Method© of gentle, repetitive massage to “wash” the brain of toxic debris and excess proteins.  We will work in pairs on the head only, no oil needed.  Be ready for a fun experience, let your hair down, relax your mind, learn how to ease congestion in the sinuses, ears, and head, and fortify your immune system.  In 2015, the Journal of Experimental Medicine published the discovery of lymphatic vessels in the meningeal linings of the brain that link directly to the bodily lymphatic system, drain fluid, and flush out waste from the brain.

    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.


    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    7:45 pm  -  9:00 pm
    Mindful Tones: A Meditation and Music Immersion Experience
    Century AB

    Session Full  — Wait List Initiated

    Jahna Perricone, CMF
    Michael Perricone, CAS

    Mindful Tones is an immersive experiential journey of guided mindful meditation, vocal toning, ancient Himalayan singing bowls, musical accompaniment, and original song, woven into a seamless fabric that carries the participant from a calm seated meditation through music and internal toning returning to the centering sound of Himalayan singing bowls that are 200-500 years old. Settle in, relax, and let go of your stress as you engage in mindful listening. No prior music or vocal experience required — just bring your beginner's mind!

    Feel free to bring your own cushion, yoga mat, or meditation chair to this session for a more comfortable and immersive experience.

    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    7:45 pm  -  9:15 pm
    Yoga Nidra - CE Credit Option
    Plaza D

    Hanna Chusid, EdD, LCSW

    Yoga Nidra is most accurately translated from Sanskrit as Mystic Sleep or Divine Sleep. This guided form or meditation is considered more accessible than 'traditional' meditation and can provide more immediate relaxation. Yoga tradition teaches that an hour of Yoga Nidra is equal to 4 hours of sleep.  In recent years, this ancient practice has been widely researched and is being used to treat PTSD in VA hospitals, as well as cancer, MS, and chronic pain.  Come learn this beneficial practice that you can teach clients and others, since it can even be done while sitting or walking around. You need not have anxiety or sleep deprivation to enjoy and benefit from this delicious form of lucid dreaming.

    Bring:  yoga mat or large towel on which to lie down (option to sit in chair), yoga blanket or other cozy blanket for warmth, sweater, socks or any other warm layers, eye pillow or other cloth for eye covering.

    Please Note: This session is free of charge for Summit registrants, and you can add CE credits for an additional $39. If you don't require CE credits, please select the No CE Credit option during the registration process.

    Those not registering for the Summit can purchase tickets by directly contacting UCLArts & Healing

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
  • Saturday, 04/01/17
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    Saturday Morning Plenary

    8:30 am  -  9:30 am
    The Science of Forgiveness
    Plaza A

    Frederic Luskin, PhD

    Fred Luskin, PhD will talk about the Stanford Forgiveness Projects, which investigate the effectiveness of his forgiveness methods on the physical and emotional well being of a variety of populations.  If forgiveness is so good for us, why do so few of us choose to forgive when people hurt us?  Dr. Luskin has developed simple tools for letting go of grudges and grievances and explains what forgiveness is and is not.

    Eligible for 1.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
    Eligible for 1.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    Not eligible for APT Credits


    Welcome & Warmup 

    Lora Wilson Mau, MA, BC-DMT
    Arthur Hull

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
     

    Saturday Master Classes

    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Drum Circle Facilitation Playshop
    Plaza A

    Arthur Hull, Drum Circle Facilitation Pioneer

    Discover the power of rhythm while exploring the foundational elements of drum circle facilitation. Learn facilitation techniques and develop skills and confidence to successfully lead a rhythm event for a variety of populations. In this "playshop," both beginning and experienced facilitators will have plenty of opportunities to practice new skills in a safe, supportive environment. Experience nonverbal communication and community building techniques through rhythm. Discover how drumming can energize, lift the spirit and keep you in the present moment to reduce stress.

    Can't attend this workshop? Arthur Hull will be co-leading our Saturday Evening Ecstatic Drum Circle event.


    This session not
     eligible for continuing education hours or credits.

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Integrating Yoga & Art Therapy for Groups
    Newport C

    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 of all types. Participants will have a chance to experience the combined disciplines and to practice conducting an group integrating the two. Attention will be paid to how art therapy approaches can deepen the personal meaning of 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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Neurobiology of Group Process: Theater & Brain Techniques for Attunement and Connection
    San Lorenzo F

    John Bergman, MA, RDT, MT, BCT 
    Myriam Savage, PhD, RDT-BCT
    Chris Bisbano

    In this day-long master class, participants will learn to create an original 30-minute performance together while several experts narrate in real time what is going on “inside and out” from psychological, neurobiological, and social justice perspectives—the latter offered by an ex-offender whose life was changed by a prison theater arts program. Biofeedback monitors will enable participants to see how their own neurophysiological experience evolves throughout the creative process. Participants not only will learn to lead a theater-based process for working with difficult populations, but also will experience how creativity can be used to modulate strong emotions including anger and fear. These creative techniques, coupled with technology, can lead to better attunement and connection with challenging groups, thus enhancing the potential for transformation. Ways that clinicians, as well as educators of difficult students, can incorporate these methods will be discussed during the course of this day of dramatic discovery.


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

     Optional 
     

    Saturday Morning Workshops

    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Engaging Resistant Adolescents: Practical Strategies for Clinicians and Others
    Century D

    Deb Brass, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT

    Adolescent and teenage populations are among the most avoided client populations in clinical and human service agencies, due to the population's perceived resistance to treatment. The physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growing pains of this stage of development famously heighten insecurities, self-conscious frustrations, and feelings of vulnerability that can cause adolescents to resist engagement in honest self-expression and self-examination. However, clinicians who are trained to attune to their own experiences and processes during this age can gain tremendous insight into how to reach and engage teenagers and adolescents in clinical and educational settings. Through the examination of literature, case studies, and their own collective personal experiences, participants in this session will learn practical directives and techniques that can help them circumvent unnecessary struggles and discover ways to engage teenage clients.


    NOTE: Participant self-examination will be encouraged during interactive components of this workshop and participants are urged to be mindful of their own comfort and capacity for this type of exploration within a professional conference setting.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Healing Grief and Loss: Recovery through Art, Drama & Music
    Los Angeles A

    Trisha Jauchler, MS, MA, RDT/BCT 

    Learn how the therapeutic use of drama, music, and art can facilitate recovery from grief and loss. Special focus will include an in-depth look at the grief work of Worden and Kubler-Ross, the grief cycle, adapting Byock's 5 tasks of dying for grief and loss, and the power of ritual and its healing benefits for the grieving. We will also briefly explore the changing attitudes of death care in Western society, and how the creative arts can provide a more positive and meaningful experience before, during, and after death. Please be aware that the experiential activities in this workshop may elicit strong emotions and personal associations. Great care will be taken to create a safe, supportive, and confidential space.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Integrative Art Therapy: Bilateral Scribble, Neurosequential Squiggle, IFS Collaging
    Century AB

    Peggy Kolodny, ATR-BC, LCPAT 

    This 3-hour experiential workshop will explore how to integrate the basic concepts of Internal Family Systems work (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), and art therapy techniques into a trauma-focused practice. After a brief overview of IFS, EMDR, and trauma-impacted neurobiology, we will follow a neuro-sequential model of art-making, beginning with mindful breathing and bilateral hand mudras, leading to bilateral scribbling and the Squiggle Story, and ending with finding our parts through IFS-informed collaging. Participants trained in EMDR/IFS will leave with relevant art directives; non-specialists will get a basic introduction to these models and the ability to integrate these interventions into their current work. Not recommended for non-therapists. Understanding of trauma-focused treatment beneficial.

    NOTE: Art-making may evoke memories; focused breathing skills are offered.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Intimacy & Attachment: Understanding the Pas de Deux
    Newport B

    Dee Wagner, MS, BC-DMT, LPC

    We develop our attachment style during infancy, through our relationship with our primary caregiver. That first dance of intimacy influences how we conduct all of our future intimate relationships. To help clients develop healthier attachment styles, this workshop will examine the basics of attachment theory, the mechanics of the social engagement system according to Stephen Porges Polyvagal Theory, and the concept of the relational dance. We will examine how nuanced interactions in a relational dance can set us off in both wonderful and terrifying ways. In this workshop, you will be guided through the ideal journey from womb to individuation through yoga poses and dance moves. These movements have been synthesized into a series of exercises for individuals and couples to facilitate more secure relationship functioning.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Listening to Clay: Janie Rhyne's Gestalt Art Experience
    Marina

    Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    Pioneer art therapist Janie Rhyne defined Gestalt art experience as ". . . making art forms, being involved in the forms you are creating as events, observing what you do, and hopefully perceiving . . . yourself." She taught us to listen, to focus, guiding us, through a process of describing, toward an understanding of the dialogue between art and Self. She knew the gift of staying with the artwork, trusting it. When working with clay, she taught us to listen to, not analyze, the form. Rhyne insisted, ". . . we must stop looking from only one viewpoint; we can see all of the facets of a form only by moving around to see from all sides." Eyes closed, she would guide us toward an understanding of the dialogue between clay and hands. In this workshop, we explore Rhyne's methods in working with clay and, by further exploring it through writing, expand the metaphor that arises. Participants will practice methods that can be applied in clinical practice as well as with their own creative work.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Multimodal Techniques for Moving Beyond Illness & Stress
    Plaza BC

    Lucia Capacchione, ATR, REAT, PhD 

    Session Full — Wait List Initiated

    In this 3-hour workshop, you will learn a variety of methods for releasing emotions through simple scribbles, inner body journeying, mapping, non-dominant hand drawing, written dialogues with body parts, and guided spontaneous movement to music. This research-based approach, which is being used in K-12 schools, hospitals, cancer support groups, veteran's programs and recovery centers throughout the U.S., can be applied in a broad range of settings with all ages, stages of life, abilities, and cultural backgrounds. These techniques are also particularly useful in clinical practice for treatment of stress, chronic or life-threatening illness, and addictions. Training, talent, or experience in the arts is not required.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Music and Play: Channeling Childhood for Therapeutic Gain
    Catalina D

    Becky Wellman, PhD, LPMT, MT-BC

    Music is the language of childhood, and play is its job. Both help kids build therapeutic relationships, increase communication, and help them reach their goals. In this 3-hour workshop, we will engage in music and play activities that can: 1) help set children at ease in new or challenging environments, 2) build trust between therapist or professional and child, 3) enable alternative types of communication, and 4) create a safe space for discussing life issues. Moreover, these activities generate opportunities for increasing self-esteem, building social skills, gaining confidence, and identifying (and even expressing) complex emotions. Special considerations will be presented for working with children who have special needs, including those diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Participants should be prepared to sing, move, play—and be a little silly—as we each harness our inner child to find developmentally appropriate ways to help our youngest clients meet their full potential. This workshop is directed towards professionals with child and play therapy practices, as well as educators, and anyone who works with children.

    Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Play Therapy through a Jungian Lens: Exploring the Inner Lives of Children & Adolescents
    Plaza D

    Maxine McCleery Bowden, LMFT, RPT-S

    This 3-hour workshop will introduce Jungian concepts such as the Self and the unconscious, archetypes, libido, symbols, the shadow, persona, and individuation, making them relevant for play therapists and other professionals working with children and adolescents ages 5-18.  We will emphasize experiential activities designed to clarify and amplify different ways for working with youngsters in counseling and psychotherapy using a Jungian approach.  They will include spontaneous drawing, dream work, sandplay, and mask making, as time allows.


    Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours:
    ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
    Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    The Five Qualities of Mindfulness: A Multidisciplinary Experience
    Century C

    Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED 

    Mindfulness is so important that it has been called the third wave in psychotherapy. In this workshop, we will divide mindfulness into five separate qualities of attention: still mind/inner refuge; focused mind/laser beam attention; open mind/receptivity; associative mind/creativity and play; and compassionate mind/care of self and others. Each mode has its signature experience, situational utility, and relational value. Participants will experience a variety of approaches, one by one, including: guided meditations; coloring book pages; written reflections; and the embodied perspective of yoga, including breath work, to explore each mode of mindfulness. We will discuss the value of pivoting between all five modes in order to achieve integrated functioning. Finally, we will apply what is experienced and learned to clinical cases by addressing their therapeutic application to emotional symptoms and syndromes, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive thinking, and PTSD. This workshop is particularly geared toward counselors and therapists in a variety of disciplines, though interested others are also welcome.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    The Spirituality - Wellness Connection: Techniques for Promoting Health & Happiness
    Catalina C

    Tobi Fishel, PhD 

    When we speak about spirituality, we are referring to ways we are connected to something beyond ourselves, how we find purpose and meaning, and how we connect to a sense of wonder and awe in our lives. In this 3-hour session, participants will learn about the science connecting spirituality to physical and mental health. They will have an opportunity to practice accessing a sense of the spiritual through breath work, guided imagery, journaling, and narrative exercises. Discussion and exploration of these practices will be geared toward working with teens and adults suffering from trauma, depression, anxiety, emotional eating, chronic illness, and pain. Some background in trauma work is helpful, but not required. Beginner to intermediate learners 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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Touch Drawing for Self-care & Creative Renewal
    Carmel

    Shemaya Blauer, LCSW
    Deborah Koff-Chapin
     

    SESSION FULL —WAIT LIST INITIATED

    Touch Drawing, developed by artist Deborah Koff-Chapin, is a simple yet profound way of creating images. Paper is placed over a smooth layer of paint. The pressure of fingertips on the page forms impressions on the underside. The speed and directness of this process allows for many drawings be to created in a single session. Each drawing is expressing the sensations of the moment. The full series of conveys a record of a transformational process. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will be guided into a deep interior space in which they will create a full series of touch drawings. Movement, vocalization, and writing will be interwoven to enhance the creative process, and allow for reflection on the images. Group discussion will focus on using Touch Drawing as a method for self-care and creative renewal. One example is as way to effectively transition between clients. No artistic skill is needed to experience the transformational power of this Touch Drawing.

     

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Witnessing Lives through Ethnodramatherapy for Empowerment & Social Change
    Los Angeles C

    Stephen Snow, PhD, RDT-BCT

    Ethnodramatherapy is a process by which people who share deep common bonds as a marginalized group record as well as perform their lived experience to educate the public and impact healthcare policy. Techniques from drama therapy, psychodrama, Playback Theatre and other expressive arts therapies are used to gather information on the lived experience of group members and prepare them to perform a qualitative research-based script. This process, developed over the past decade, and presented internationally from Boston to Israel and Sri Lanka, deepens social-emotional empowerment for performers while providing health care professionals with meaningful information. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will be guided through a sociodrama process of identifying a group about whom they will create a short ethnodrama. Video clips from previous ethnodramas with three different populations will show how this method builds empathy and de-stigmatizes marginalized groups. Participants will be introduced to the ethnodramatherapy process, experience its benefits, and learn ho it has shaped public perception. This workshop is appropriate for mental health professionals, educators, as well as artists in healthcare settings.  

    Note: A full understanding of ethnodramatherapy requires additional training.

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

    Not eligible for APT Credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
     

    Saturday Roundtable Conversations

    1:30 pm  -  2:15 pm
    Roundtable Conversations: Becoming a Creative Arts Therapist
    Plaza A

    THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIST?

    An informal Q&A with members of our faculty. Find out about education, training, registration, and other issues related to being a trained creative arts therapist in one or more disciplines. No advance reservation required.

    • Art Therapy: ​Lani Gerity, Susan Anand, and Robert Wolf
    • Dance/Movement Therapy: ​Suzi Tortora
    • Drama Therapy: ​Mimi Savage
    • Music Therapy: ​Becky Wellman and Helen Dolas
    • Play Therapy: Jodi Smith
    • Poetry Therapy: ​Perie Longo

     Optional  Closed 
     

    Saturday Afternoon Workshops

    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Art Therapy as a Brain-Based Profession
    Century D

    Juliet L. King, ATR-BC, LPC

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    Art therapy and neuroscience are inextricably linked, much like the processes of consciousness and unconsciousness, the mind and body, and the limbic system and cerebral cortex. Thus, understanding art therapy from a scientific approach—one that combines metaphor with evidence—can invigorate clinical practice and enhance efficacy. This presentation will help to explain, through scientific concepts, the tenets of art therapy: 1) That the bi-lateral and multi-directional processes of creativity are healing and life-enhancing; 2) That the materials and methods utilized effect self expression, assist in self-regulation, and are applied in specialized ways; and 3) That the artmaking process, and the artwork itself, are integral components of treatment that help to elicit and decode verbal and nonverbal communication within an attuned therapeutic relationship. In this 3-hour workshop, art making exercises will illustrate these tenets and demonstrate related interventions. Scientific concepts will be presented in an accessible way that is appropriate for an audience of students, educators, clinicians, and researchers.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Haptic Perception at the Clay Field: A Sensorimotor Approach to Art Therapy (Saturday)
    Marina
    Cornelia Elbrecht, BA, MA (Art Ed), AThR

    The majority of psychotherapies work with Explicit Memory—the cognitive, declarative part of the brain—or the episodic memory that reaches through our autobiography into the unconscious. Explicit Memory, however, is the tip of an iceberg. Implicit Memory, on the other hand, encompasses the vast hidden landscape of the limbic system and the brain stem. The limbic system rules our core emotions, whereas the brain stem is instinctual. Run by the autonomic nervous system, it influences all learned action patterns and emergency responses.  When we work with adverse events in early childhood, or with trauma, most cognitive approaches do not reach the depth of Implicit Memory, where painful experiences have left their imprint. Haptic Perception—perception through touch—can do this in a structured and safe way at the Clay Field. This workshop will take participants through a number of haptic exercises with clay exploring the potential of “Work at the Clay Field”®. Clay Field Therapy itself requires extensive training, however participants will get some insights into facilitating active body-focused trauma responses, and how Skin Sense, Balance and Depth Sensibility act as universal developmental markers in this context. Knowledge of these early childhood action patterns may positively influence other therapeutic approaches. The aim of the workshop is to increase awareness regarding sensorimotor and haptic approaches in psychotherapy, but is open to all interested participants.


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

    Not eligible for APT Credits
    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Introduction to the Therapeutic Uses of Photography
    Los Angeles C

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

    Session Full - Wait List Initiated

    After a brief introduction to the therapeutic uses of photography and photo processing within a group treatment format, participants will be led through experiential exercises to explore their own photographic images. They will learn how to uncover unconscious material in photographs that can lead to greater self-awareness in daily life as well as in clinical and educational situations. The use of digital photographic technology will also be demonstrated as it pertains to the processing of photographic images with populations of varied ages and abilities. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring along copies of original photographs of themselves, family, friends, and places that can be cut up and used in this process. No special skills or experience with photography are necessary.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Living with Intention & Authenticity: End-of-Life Lessons from Dignity Therapy
    Century AB

    Desiree Aspiras, MA
    Lori Montross-Thomas, PhD 


    When time is limited, it is more precious. Thus, acknowledging the end of life can help us live more clearly and fully in the moment.  In this workshop, you will learn how the evidence-based Dignity Therapy program is used in clinical practice with clients in a variety of populations to gather and document poignant stories at the end of life. The same reflection principles can be used when you are well to build a platform for living with even greater authenticity and intentionality. In this 3-hour session participants will be guided through a self-reflection process and create a keepsake book of important life events and lessons learned. Doing this can help us to discern how our core values can shape targeted goals for the future.  All therapists and interested others are welcome to attend.

    Note: This session might elicit personal memories and associated emotions. 

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


     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Managing Conflict, Embodying New Narratives
    Plaza BC

    Bobbi Kidder, MA, RDT, BCT
    Colin Ward, PhD
     

    In the heat of conflict, we don’t always draw from the internal resources available to us to de-escalate feelings.  From traffic dust-ups to the impact of brutality—as victim, participant, or witness—every violent narrative in our lives shapes the next.  In this 3-hour workshop, we will literally put these narratives on their feet through interactive “sculptures” that enable us to experience feelings associated with power dynamics and shifts in relationships. Through this interactive process, which is informed by narrative therapy, we can glean insight, empathy, and perspective for relief from our burdens—gaining empowerment for moving forward. Participants will be invited to share stories of their own experiences involving conflict, and actively explore them through this supportive process to release old, damaging narratives and replace them with new, healthier ones. In so doing, we will open pathways for dialogue, acceptance, forgiveness, and healing. This workshop is for therapists and interested others.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Mind-Body Approaches to Managing Stress
    Los Angeles B

    Carolyn Braddock, MA 
    Helen Dolas, MS, MT-BC

    Know anyone who wouldn't benefit from learning creative ways to manage their stress? In the first half of this workshop, you will learn to apply simple and specific strategies involving breath, sound, and movement to calm the nervous system within a minute or two. These strategies are useful in clinical practice, in school or other community settings, as well as daily life. In the second half of the session, you will experience an integrated, restorative process of music-inspired guided meditation, mandala making, and poetry. In addition, participants will learn how to create celestial sounds with instruments used in meditative work that can be used in clinical and other settings for relaxation and stress management.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Poetry, Writing & Weaving to Foster Strength, Resilience and Community
    Los Angeles A

    Ingrid Tegnér, MSW, CAPF, M/S 

    A weaving is always stronger than any of the individual components that comprise it. In this interactive 3-hour workshop, we will weave together poetry, writing, and tactile materials toward an exploration of the meaning, nature, and benefits of community in relation to healing and wellness. Starting with centering and grounding activities, we will create a safe space to explore our feelings and define the kinds of communities that are most meaningful and valuable to us. Next, we will harness that energy to share our discoveries with the group. Then, by combining poetry reading, journal writing, and weaving practice, we will access inner resources to establish a sense of embodied resilience, and open ourselves to inclusivity and community-building. We will also look at how to create an action plan based on this process that can be used in our clinical practices, as well as in our daily lives. Everyone will be invited to share their writing, but how and what gets shared will be a personal choice. No prior writing or weaving experience necessary, and all are invited to attend.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Social, Emotional and Cognitive Growth through the Arts: The Key to Kids
    Catalina D

    Erica Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC

    Delve into research-grounded strategies for maximizing connection, emotional health, and academic success in children through visual art, music, and movement. Whether you work with children in professional settings or at home, this workshop will not only teach you innovative arts-based strategies for surviving day-to-day challenges, but also will inspire you to tap into your own creative resources to thrive in your work with children. This training is appropriate for professionals working in a variety of clinical, community arts, and educational settings, as well as interested others.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Tech Gone Wild: Sexting, Porn & Cyberbullying in Play Therapy and Counseling
    Century C

    Leslie Baker, MA, MFT, NCC
    Mary Ruth Cross, MS, MFT, NCC, RPT-S

    As possibilities in social media and mobile technology continue to expand, the 21st-century family must confront a whole new set of challenges that include online pornography, excessive texting, gaming and computer use, sexting, bullying, and other inappropriate and harmful uses of technology. Moreover, therapists are increasingly sought out to assist families in managing these issues. This workshop will provide an overview of the various technology-related behaviors that can lead to a higher risk of victimization and conflict. Participants will learn about assessment tools, play therapy & art-based family & individual therapy techniques to help families address these issues safely and effectively. Participants will create one assessment tool and two family or individual play therapy interventions during the workshop. The workshop will also review current research, laws and ethics, diversity issues, and prevention skills to assist family members toward healthier use of technology.


    Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours:
    ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
    Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    The Story of Forgiveness: Creating Peace of Mind
    Plaza D

    Fred Luskin, PhD

    In this 3-hour workshop, we will explore the concept of forgiveness through storytelling. Decades of research from the Stanford Forgiveness Projects shows that achieving the capacity for forgiveness essentially requires transforming the story's focus from being a victim to being a hero. Forgiveness does not mean one forgets the past; rather, it means one remembers the past differently. The speaker's research has shown that learning to forgive helps people hurt less, experience less anger, feel less stress, and suffer less from depression. It leads to improvements in appetite, sleep patterns, energy, and general well-being. People who learn to forgive also become more hopeful, optimistic, and compassionate. Creating forgiveness is essentially creating peace of mind. Come learn to create healing in your life and the lives of your clients, returning to a state where the potential for love and trust are once again possible!


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Touch Drawing in Clinical Practice
    Carmel

    Shemaya Blauer, MSW, LCSW
    Deborah Koff-Chapin

    Touch Drawing, developed by artist Deborah Koff-Chapin, is a simple yet profound way of creating images. Paper is placed over wet paint, and the pressure of fingertips on the page forms images on the underside. The speed and directness of this process allows for many drawings to be made in a single session. In this 3-hour experiential workshop, participants will be introduced to this creative and transformational process. Group discussion will focus on the  clinical applications of this non-threatening creative process. Diverse populations and issues that can benefit from this technique include: veterans, special needs children, at-risk youth, grief and trauma work, hospice, Parkinson’s, cancer, and stroke. The presenters will also discuss how Touch Drawing can be facilitated in a 60-minute therapy session. No artistic skill is needed to experience the transformational power of this process.

    Please Note: This workshop is offered as a complement to the morning Touch Drawing workshop. Register for either one or both.
     

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Transformation of Failure & Self-Blame: Techniques from Theater of the Oppressed
    Newport B

    Brent Blair, PhD
    Mady Schutzman, PhD

    Courageous and judicious efforts that do not live up to our expectations are often experienced and internalized as 'failures.' In this 3-hour workshop, participants will play creatively with words, images, memories, and stories to discover and embody the opportunities and wisdom in experiences that were previously cause for despair or self-blame. Using techniques from Augusto Boal's Theater of the Oppressed, tableaux and texts will be developed based on participants' lived experiences. The session will culminate in brief collaborative scenes that illustrate how arts-based modalities can transform perceived failure, stimulating flow, resilience, active learning, and potential change.

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Vocal Psychotherapy: Self-Discovery through Breath & Sound
    Catalina C

    Diane Austin, DA, ACMT, LCAT

    Explore the use of breath, tone, and vocal improvisation with verbal processing to access the spontaneous authentic self. Through audiotaped case examples and experiential exercises, learn how ”vocal holding techniques©” and “free associative singing©” can be used in various stages of the therapeutic process to help clients access feelings, images, and memories from the unconscious and integrate them into conscious awareness. This new voice-based model of music therapy has been used successfully with populations around the world in China, Korea, Japan, Greece, Israel and Brazil—proving that singing is indeed a universal language. No music or music therapy skills required.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
     

    Saturday Evening Special Celebration

    7:00 pm  -  9:00 pm
    Ecstatic Drum Circle
    Plaza BC

    Arthur Hull
    Aleta Hayes, MFA
    Deborah Koff-Chapin

    Celebrating the life of Remo Belli, percussion innovator and pioneer in drumming for health. Led by the father of drum circle facilitation, Arthur Hull and Liquid Flow master, Aleta Hayes. Simultaneous live Touch Drawing by artist, Deborah Koff-Chapin.

    $35 Fee includes lite fare • Guest Tickets Available • $40 at Door

    Those not registering for the Summit can purchase tickets for this event directly through UCLArts & Healing.

    This session not
     eligible for continuing education hours or credits.

    Fee  Optional 
  • Sunday, 04/02/17
  •  

    Sunday Morning Plenary

    8:30 am  -  9:30 am
    Can Pursuit of Meaning Keep Us Healthy?
    Plaza A
    Steve Cole, PhD

    With:
    John Bergman, MA, RDT, MT, BCT
    Myriam Savage, PhD, RDT-BCT, moderator


    Steve Cole, PhD will briefly describe his research on the potential health benefits of a sense of purpose by looking at gene expression indicators of health.  He will then dialogue with John Bergman, MA, RDT/BCT, MT, whose drama therapy work helps incarcerated persons and victims of violence or sexual abuse find meaning in their lives.  
     

    Eligible for 1.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
    Eligible for 1.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

    Not eligible for APT Credits



    Welcome & Warm-up
    Barbara H. Clark, MLS, master storyteller, Honorary Co-Chair
     Optional 
     

    Sunday Master Classes

    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Kellogg's Great Round of Mandala: Pathways to Wholeness
    Plaza D

    Jordan 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
    Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    Not eligible for APT Credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
    Taming the Bully Within through Inner Family Healing
    Plaza BC

    Lucia Capacchione, ATR, REAT, PhD

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    Through such expressive arts techniques as the Creative Journal method of writing and drawing with both hands, movement, and inner family voice dialogue, participants will be guided to access their Inner Child (sensory awareness, emotions, playfulness and creativity), Nurturing Parent (self-care) and Protective Parent (boundary setter) within. This self-repair process includes identifying and managing the Critical Parent Within (Inner Bully), activating the Witness Self (mindfulness) and contacting the Higher Power (unconditional love).This daylong master class is open to all who are interested, but designed for clinicians and others working with adolescents as well as adults at all stages of life. It is especially useful for working with family issues, abuse and trauma, addictions, and chronic or life-threatening illness. 


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
     

    Sunday Morning Workshops

    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Art-Based Therapy for Children Incorporating Mindfulness & Self-Compassion
    Marina

    Rebecca Bokoch, MA
    Noah Hass-Cohen, MA, PsyD, ATR-BC
     

    This workshop will introduce a group structure and rationale that child and play therapists and educators can incorporate into their daily work that includes self-compassion, mindfulness, and art-based therapy. Designed for use with children ages 5 to 12, it will enable mental health and other professionals to understand how to integrate mindfulness, self-compassion, and art activity into their work in creative and playful ways. Experiential processes will enable participants to understand how to implement a structured group experience for their child and play therapy clients. No previous art or meditation experience is required.

    Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
    Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC 
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Deepening Approaches to Image & Metaphor for Expressive Arts Therapists
    Century AB

    Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT
    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
    Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    Not eligible for APT Credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Digital Media Arts: Therapeutic Interventions for Adolescents and Others
    Newport C

    Jeffrey L. Jamerson, MA, PhD

    Digital media technology is an evolving force that permeates many aspects of our lives. For today's youth, navigating this world is second nature, but traditional therapy is not keeping pace with it. This highly experiential workshop is designed to give participants hands-on experience in using digital media art with students and clients. Learn about apps, software, and new media resources for creative expression, and explore how to use these resources as a therapeutic intervention when working with clients. Learn how narrative and story creation can be augmented through the medium of digital media art.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Eating Disorders: Moving from Fear to Self-Mastery
    San Lorenzo F

    Marybeth Weinstock, PhD, BC-DMT 

    People with eating disorders are typically disconnected from their bodily sensations and emotions. They may feel out of control, afraid of their own bodies and being in the world.  Since connecting to one's body is an integral step in accessing sensations and associated emotions, dance/movement can be effective. Engaging the body helps restore playfulness and social connection that are otherwise lost to the secrecy and isolation of the illness. In this 3-hour workshop, we will explore creative ways to invite people who are struggling with eating disorders to consciously engage with and re-experience their bodies, to increase self-awareness, self-control, and self-esteem. Participants will experience and explore how dance and movement activities can help clients with eating disorders be present in—and more comfortable with—their own bodies. They will also benefit from learning how their own movement patterns reflect their sense of self, while having fun in the process. This session is appropriate for any professional who works with people struggling with these issues, and anyone who is interested in learning about movement as a healing process.

     

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Establish Rapport with At-Risk Youth Using the enACT Method
    Century C

    Bradford Bancroft, RDT, LMFT
    Diana Feldman, RDT/BCT
    Miles Grose 

    SESSION FULL - WAIT LIST INITIATED

    Learn fun and creative ways to establish trust and dialogue empathically with vulnerable youth based on the evidence-based and trauma-informed enACT program.  Through theater games and role-play on relevant themes, learn how to provide safe emotional boundaries for supporting self-awareness, self-expression, and empathic understanding.  In the enACT Method, youth rehearse alternative ways to respond to challenging situations, with dialogue on choices and outcomes, in order to develop new perspectives and skills for managing those situations. The enACT Method has been successfully implemented with young people in New York City for over 25 years, serving over 2,000 students from 50+ public schools and alternative learning centers annually. Assessments have shown that this program reduces bullying and improves school attendance, class participation, communication with school staff and family, and classroom/campus learning climate.  Participants in this three-hour workshop will acquire tools from this program to implement in their daily work and daily lives, whether teacher, therapist, caregiver, or parent.

     

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


     Optional  Closed 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts: A Mindfulness and Somatic-based Approach
    Carmel

    Laury Rappaport, PhD, MFT, REAT, ATR-BC
    Zoe Rappaport
     

    Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts (FOAT®) integrates mindful awareness, the wisdom of the body’s felt sense, and creative arts expression for healing and change. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will learn the history, core principles, and practices of FOAT® including: 1) The Focusing Attitude of being “friendly” toward the inner felt sense; 2) How to access a felt sense and express it through various expressive art modalities; and 3) How to integrate Focusing questions to further the arts process and access the body’s wisdom. An overview of the three primary FOAT® approaches: Theme-Directed FOAT®, Clearing a Space with the Arts, and FOAT® Psychotherapy Process will be presented. The workshop includes an intermodal experience of the Theme-Directed FOAT® approach, integrating Focusing using two modalities. Examples and application to psychotherapy and counseling, expressive arts therapies, and arts work in community settings will be presented.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Integrating Empathic Listening & Creative Expression: The Art of Council
    Los Angeles A

    Camille Ameen
    Jared Seide 

    Council is a mindfulness practice based on various ancient traditions that features coming together in a circle to communicate, tell, and witness our stories. Through attentive, empathic listening and heartfelt dialogue, Council fosters social emotional learning, deepens self-awareness, and nurtures self-expression, respectful relationships, team-building, and community engagement. In this 3-hour introduction to Council, in the tradition of The Ojai Foundation, participants will learn about the origins and fundamental elements of this dynamic, transformative practice, as well as several Council forms.  We will engage in Council-related community building games, explore the process of creating a container for "seeing and being seen," participate in Council around the stories we all carry, integrating that process with various art forms. Already being used in schools, service organizations, businesses, prisons, and institutions of all types, Council’s compassion-based model can be effectively integrated into group clinical situations with populations of all ages, abilities, and needs. No previous experience required.

    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Launching Your Private Practice in Expressive Therapy: Business, Legal & Ethical Essentials
    Newport B

    Reina Lombardi, MA, ATR-BC, LMHC

    In this half-day workshop, the speaker will share her successful method for making a low-risk, carefully-paced transition from salaried employee to owner of a thriving full-time private practice as an expressive arts therapist. She will outline essential preparations for embarking on this significant professional and life transition, which should be initiated months — perhaps years — in advance. Business models that offer different ways to create a balanced and consistent revenue stream will be identified and discussed. Legally sound approaches to managing clinical paperwork, ethically-based and financially viable fee-structures, and simplified administrative bookkeeping methods will be covered. Low-cost, high-return methods for marketing your practice will also be identified. Participants will engage in an art experiential aimed at identifying entrepreneurial strengths and limitations to be aware of in relation to establishing a private practice. Whether or not you are an art therapist — and whether or not you are considering launching your business next week or a few years from now — this "crash course" workshop will help you jump start your process.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Military Service Members and the Creative Arts: Interdisciplinary Care
    Catalina D

    Rebecca Vaudreuil, EdM, MT-BC
    Melissa Walker, MA, ATR
    Megan Wong, MM, MT-BC

    Best practices of care for working with military personnel, veterans, and families using creative arts therapies will be the focus of this 3-hour workshop. We will identify critical components of this approach, including: 1) competencies and considerations for clinicians; 2) effective creative arts therapies interventions; 3) appropriate use of evaluation tools in clinical practice; and 4) trending research in the field of art and music therapy. Hands-on experientials featuring music and art therapy interventions developed through Resounding Joy's Semper Sound Military Music Therapy program in San Diego, CA, and at The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), a directorate of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, MD, will illustrate and demonstrate our approach for participants. Time permitting, topics regarding experiences of US military service members will be shared via case examples, and national treatment program models will be reviewed.

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

     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Poetry/Bibliotherapy for Mental Illness: Fostering Recovery, Instilling Hope
    Catalina C

    Perie J. Longo, PhD, PTR, LMFT
    India Radfar, BA, CAPF

    Poet Octavio Paz has said that the voice of the poem reminds us of certain buried realities, restoring them to life, presenting them. This primarily experiential workshop will explain and demonstrate the four-step process of poetry/bibliotherapy methodology as an ancillary method useful for therapists and interns in a variety of disciplines. Criteria for poetry/bibliotherapy selection and examples will be offered and explored as well as client examples for those with various diagnoses. Participants will experience the process of bibliotherapy and discuss its benefits for clients in managing symptoms, facilitating recovery, evoking insight, and instilling hope. Designed for mental health professionals, but open to all who are interested in learning more about this discipline.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Sandtray Basics: Creating Miniature Worlds in Play Therapy & for Personal Growth
    Century D

    Leslie Baker, MA, MFT, NCC
    Mary Ruth Cross, MS, MFT, NCC, RPT-S

    JUST ADDED! 

    Are you interested in improving your therapeutic skills for working with children, teens, and families? Have you ever wondered about becoming a play therapist? This 3-hour play therapy workshop virtually explodes with techniques drawn from a variety of theoretical perspectives, including: psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, storytelling/bibliotherapy, family play therapy, and the expressive arts. Come sharpen your skills in working with children, teens, and adults in clinical and other settings through case examples,videos, and experiential exercises that can be implemented immediately. No previous play therapy experience required, just the desire to play and learn!

    Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
    Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

     

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Tokens of Esteem and Affirmation: Artist Challenge Coins
    Los Angeles B

    Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP

    In the military, a Challenge Coin is a medallion symbolizing achievement or esteem. They are also given out to enhance morale and membership for members of the community. In the spirit of Challenge Coins, participants will learn how to make and use Artist Challenge Coins (ACCs) as tokens of affirmation, strength, and recovery. They can be used with a wide variety of clinical and educational populations. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will experience the full range of this process first-hand by making their own ACCs using mixed media materials, then engage in a community art exchange with other workshop participants.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
    Yoga, Ayurveda and the Creative Arts Therapies: Fostering Healing & Balance
    Los Angeles C

    Kathy Cass, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CYT, E-RYT 

    Are you practicing yoga, breath, meditation, or mindfulness in your personal life and interested in integrating one or more practices with expressive arts in your professional practice? Do you wonder which practices are "best" for working on particular issues or goals? This workshop is an introduction to the theories and practices of the sister sciences of yoga and Ayurveda. From the practice of Ayurvedic medicine, which originated in India over 3,000 years ago, learn to identify doshas (body/mind constitutions) and their elements (space, air, fire, water, earth) in order to pair creative arts tools with yoga-based practices so that they can be used with clients and at home for creating healing and balance.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
     

    Sunday Roundtable Conversations

    1:30 pm  -  2:15 pm
    Roundtable Conversations: Becoming a Creative Arts Therapist
    Plaza A

    THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIST?

    An informal Q&A with members of our faculty. Find out about education, training, registration, and other issues related to being a trained creative arts therapist in one or more disciplines. No advance reservation required.

    • Art Therapy: ​​TBA
    • Dance/Movement Therapy: ​Marybeth Weinstock
    • Drama Therapy: ​Mimi Savage and Bradford Bancroft
    • Music Therapy: ​​Rebecca Vaudreuil
    • Play Therapy: TBA
    • ​Poetry Therapy: ​Mary Reynolds Thompson and Ingrid Tegnér

     Optional  Closed 
     

    Sunday Afternoon Workshops

    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Building Resiliency in Kids through Mindfulness, Meditation, and Imagination
    Los Angeles B

    Charlotte Reznick, PhD 

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    Would you be able to calm a five-year-old's nightmares, a six-year-old's fright of the first day of school, a nine-year-old's terrible temper, or a thirteen-year-old's chronic headaches? While our abilities to manage children's symptoms and behaviors are certainly be helpful for them, children need to be equipped with their own skills for survival and growth. And they are. In this 3-hour workshop, we will explore the creative capacity and healing power of childhood imagination through nine mindful meditation tools. These easy-to-use, whimsical—and remarkably effective—techniques facilitate a child's inward journey to a deep and wise place. Coupled with art and journal writing, children can learn to harness inner wisdom to understand, heal, and thrive. Whether you are a therapist, health professional, educator, or parent, come learn how to use these creative techniques in a variety of settings to help kids: love, accept, and appreciate themselves; reduce headaches, stomachaches, and tics; overcome fears; manage anxiety; deal with sleep issues; cope with loss; handle anger and frustration; achieve success at school and in sports; live peacefully with siblings and parents; develop their intuition.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Creative Risk-Taking for Creating a Lasting Legacy
    Catalina B

    Dan Fauci
    Willie Garson

    What kind of legacy do you want to leave?  This 3-hour workshop is an adventure in creative risk-taking to raise the bar on your comfort zone and strengthen your agency in achieving your goals. In it, you will act.  You will draw a self-portrait and talk about it. You will also write. In the spirit of “no risk no gain,” this experience with multiple art forms is structured to re-program beliefs from “can’t” to “can” and break the cycle of inadequacy and dissatisfaction. These activities are designed to get you out of your head and consciously present to the reality of your experience. In this session, you will also have the opportunity to formulate your short and long term goals in service of the legacy that you wish to leave. This workshop is for those who are willing but unable to get beyond their comfort zones in achieving their dreams. 

    This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.

    Faculty Bio(s):
    Speakers:
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Creative Techniques for Working with and Caring for Older Adults
    Century C

    Stephanie Wichmann, LICSW, RDT
    Nora O'Connor, MSW, LCSW 

    Working with older adults can be an uplifting and enriching—albeit challenging—experience, leading to compassion fatigue or burnout.  How can we engage older adults in activities that are socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically stimulating while simultaneously keeping ourselves "fresh"? In this 3-hour workshop, participants will learn how older adults and care providers can both benefit from fun and creative techniques involving humor, storytelling, improv, and poetry. Together we will develop a "starter kit" for incorporating creative approaches into our work or personal life that we can draw upon when we are providing care for older adults. This workshop is designed for mental health professionals, educators, community artists, and caregivers in a variety of settings, as well as interested others.

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Digital Storytelling as a Therapeutic Intervention
    Newport C

    Jeffrey Jamerson, MA, PhD

    For adolescents, navigating the digital world is second nature, but traditional counseling and psychotherapy have not kept pace with even the outmoded—let alone rapid—changes in the ever-changing world of digital media and devices. Participants in this 3-hour workshop will learn about apps, software, and new media resources for creative expression through writing and producing digital stories, and explore how to use these resources therapeutically with clients. Learn how narrative and story creation can be augmented through the medium of digital media art using a laptop, smart phone, or digital tablet. Registrants are encouraged to bring along a mobile device.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Eco-Art Therapy: Expanding Your Practice through Connection with Nature
    Century AB

    Ellen Speert, ATR-BC, REAT 

    By making art in relation to the earth, we set the context for psychological health as it resides not just within the individual, the family, the community or even the human species, but in relation to the entire planet. Eco-art therapy also expands our awareness and creative response to the deep emotional and spiritual truths of our clients: Imagine an expressive arts practice where forests are our churches, holy water is provided by rivers, and songs of prayer are sung by the breeze. This 3-hour workshop will provide a context to expand your therapeutic practice to include all aspects of the natural world. Discover how to reduce the cost of art supplies by learning to gather what nature provides (even in cities) and use the metaphors of the earth to enhance your therapeutic sensitivity and effectiveness. In this workshop, we will engage with art making, poetry, and meditative movement to explore our interconnection with the world of nature.


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

    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Ethics & Risk Management for Private Practitioners: Knowledge You Can’t Afford to Ignore
    Newport B

    Reina Lombardi, MA, ATR-BC, LMHC
    Ethics Session

    In this 3-hour workshop, 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 3.0 Credit Hours:
    ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
    Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    Not eligible for APT Credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Expressive Writing As Activism
    Catalina C

    Kathleen Adams, MA, LPC
    Mary Reynolds Thompson, CPCC, CAPF, CJF
    Kate Thompson, MA, CJT
    Perie J. Longo, PhD, PTR, LMFT
    India Radfar, BA, CAPF
    Ingrid Tegnér, MSW, M/S, CAPF

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    This workshop brings together many of the faculty from the Expressive Writing track to present ways in which expressive writing can be used as a tool for activism. We’ll see how ​poetry and metaphor have the ability to shape and shift consciousness. We’ll explore what it is to write on behalf of the natural world and those who live in it and do not have a voice. We will see how—by taking up our pens on behalf of what we love, and what we believe in—we don’t just learn to help and heal ourselves and our clients, but also ​have an impact on ​the world.

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

    Not eligible for APT Credits

     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Finding Our Way through Creativity, Aging and Illness
    Carmel

    Wendy Miller, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LPC-BCPC, LCPAT

    This workshop draws deeply on the lessons learned as Miller and her late husband, psychiatrist Gene Cohen, author of The Creative Age, struggled though aging, illness, and loss within their own family, including Cohen’s untimely death. Their newly released book Sky Above Clouds: Finding Our Way through Creativity, Aging and Illness asks: What happens at the intersection of adversity and possibility, crisis and creativity, health and illness? DISCOVER new clues about how the aging mind can build resilience and continue growth, even during times of grave illness, thus setting aside the traditional paradigm of aging as a time of decline. EXPLORE what happens to the brain as it ages and the potential that is often overlooked. LEARN new tools to navigate the uncharted territory of creative aging and illness. CREATE with art materials as the shared readings interact with your own sensations, memories and explorations. Participants should be prepared to explore the creative and personal exploration of existential topics of life's meaning: hope, death, dying, loss, freedom and purpose.


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

    Not eligible for APT Credits

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Holding our Clients in our Bodies: Managing Somatic Countertransference
    Marina

    Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC 

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED

    Working with clients, we become holders of their experiences. That often means that our bodies are carriers of the pain of the people with whom we work. In this workshop, we will learn how mirror neurons and professional empathy can be an ally in our work and, at the same time, learn how we can find ways to manage our own need to release the emotional stressors that our clients ask us to carry, intentionally or not. Using movement therapy, journaling, and music, we will work toward healing the healers among us, and bring ourselves to wholeness. Please be aware that this experiential workshop is likely to trigger some sensitive emotional experiences.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Let's All Play! Techniques for Counselors, Therapists, Educators & Others
    Century D

    Leslie Baker, MA, MFT, NCC
    Mary Ruth Cross, MS, MFT, NCC, RPT-S

    JUST ADDED! 

    Sandtray therapy is a powerful therapeutic technique through which clients of any age can create an imaginal world using sand and miniatures—and sometimes water— within the “protected space” of a shallow wooden tray. In this primarily experiential workshop, participants will learn basic sandtray theory in addition to how to create, explore, and witness sandtrays as they are used in healing and personal growth. Differences in using sandtray in play therapy and other work with children, teens, and families will be discussed, as well as how to integrate sandtray into various theoretical approaches. This 3-hour workshop is designed for clinicians and others who wish to explore Sandtray Therapy as it is used in play therapy and the expressive arts in treatment. No prior sandtray or play therapy experience is necessary.

    Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
    Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
    **APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

     

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Mask Making: A Multicultural Process
    Los Angeles C

    Judy Leventhal, LCSW 

    Masks have long played an essential role in rituals for spiritual renewal and ecological survival in cultures around the world. They have been used to reenact myths of creation, to define social order, and to honor life transitions. As a contemporary art form, masks can serve as powerful vehicles for civic engagement and social commentary. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will create a mask from precast paper mache and collage media, including items found in nature, to investigate the many facets of their cultures. Together, we will explore how masks, as art objects, may evoke a multicultural perspective, through which people from diverse backgrounds can come together to address contemporary issues of identity and community. Throughout the session, we will examine and record our discoveries through journaling, and conclude with short reflections on our communal experience. For use in clinical and educational groups, educators will receive a handout to connect this activity with academic standards.

     

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

    Faculty Bio(s):
    Fee  Optional 
    2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
    Sound, Music & Healing: Science and Clinical Practice In Harmony
    Catalina D

    Tobi Fishel, PhD 

    SESSION FULL — WAIT LIST INITIATED 

    This workshop will introduce information from recent scientific reports on the healing properties of sound and music, followed by experiential exercises. Among the instruments we'll explore together are: shakers, drums, koshi wind chimes, half-wing xylophone, Tibetan singing bowls, recorded music, Native American flute, and voice.  Special focus will be given to applications of sound and music in the treatment of trauma, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and Alzheimer's disease.  This workshop is appropriate for professionals in clinical practice as well as those interested in the personal benefits of using sound and music for wellbeing.


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

    Faculty Bio(s):
     Optional  Closed 
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