SESSIONS OF SPECIAL INTEREST FOR
EDUCATORS & ARTS PROFESSIONALS
Here you'll find a convenient selection of sessions of particular interest to those in non-clinical settings
Feel free to mix and match these sessions with any of the more clinically-oriented workshopsthat can be found in the full Summit schedule
SELECT ANY ONE OR COMBINATION OF DAYS
10:00 am - 5:15 pmThe Open Studio Process of Art & WritingPat Allen, PhD, ATR, HLMThe 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.10:00 am - 5:15 pmRe-Shaping Body Image: Tape Sculpture as Arts-Based Social JusticeAmanda Bechtel, MS, ATR-BC, LCPC, LCPAT Laura Teoli, MS, ATR-BC, LPC Laura Wood, PhD, RDT-BCT, LMHC, CCLSBoth 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.10:00 am - 5:15 pmDrumming as Medicine: Facilitating Healing RhythmsChristine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MAWould 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.
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.
10:00 am - 5:15 pmRe-Shaping Body Image: Tape Sculpture as Arts-Based Social JusticeAmanda 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.
10:00 am - 5:15 pmDrumming as Medicine: Facilitating Healing RhythmsChristine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA
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.
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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmChallenging Oppression with Expression: RAPtivism, Movement & MindfulnessMeg Chang, EdD, BC-DMT, LCATAisha Fukushima
RAPtivism (Rap Activism) is a global hip hop project spanning 10 countries and four continents that highlights the ways that culture can contribute to universal efforts for freedom and justice by challenging oppression with expression. In this particular workshop, we will explore the interface of mindfulness and social justice specifically through creative movement and dance. We'll begin by awakening the body using three forms of movement (Kinetic Awareness, Creative Dance, Dance/Movement Therapy) from a perspective of mindfulness. Once the body is awake, alive, and fully present, we will find inspiration from the work of Rap Activists to energize our movement and give voice to social justice concerns.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmBreath & Yoga for Mental Health and WellnessHanna 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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmBuilding Healthy Relationships through Art Therapy: A Creative Approach to CommunicatingPamela M. Hayes, MFT, ATR-BC
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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmFloortime and Healthy Development: Interactive Treatment for Special Needs ChildrenEsther 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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmIntersecting Identities: Addressing their Impact at Work & HomeDanielle Levanas, RDT, LCATAlexis 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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmCreative Rituals for Processing Grief and Celebrating LifeJennie Linthorst, MA, CAPFKaren Howard, RMT, CEAPGabrielle Kaufman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC
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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmIntroduction to Himalayan Sacred Sound HealingRichard 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.
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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmMaking Meaning of Mandala-Making: How Archetypes Support Art's Healing FunctionCarol 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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmNarradrama for Neural Re-wiring and Positive ChangePam 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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmSing for Yourself: A Daily Practice for Freedom of ExpressionKate Richards Geller, MA, MT-BC, LCAT
The voice is our primary instrument for communication and expression in all spheres of our lives, personal and professional. Because Western music has shifted the focus of singing from community to entertainment, most of us have become distanced from this very natural and necessary inner resource. In this 3-hour workshop, participants will get a chance to break through self-consciousness and tap into their inherent musicality and creativity. Simple warm-up exercises, such as humming and stretching, release tension and lead us into deep listening and playfulness. We'll pay attention to the vibration of the voice in the body, follow that awareness into an “in sync and in tune” connection with others, and then open up to the group with deeper sensitivity and awareness of greater possibilities. We will identify simple steps that you can implement immediately. Achievable goals include: stress management to combat burnout, regulate mood swings, boost the immune system, ignite happiness, build resilience, calm the body, and clear the mind. A daily practice of ‘freeing the voice’ is designed to support personal growth in service of professional development, and can also be effectively implemented with students and clients of all ages and abilities in a wide variety of settings. It’s liberating, fun, and the sense of well-being is tangible!
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmJournaling to Clear Life’s Clutter: A Compassionate, Creative ApproachCarolyn Koehnline, LMHC, CJT
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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmHealing Community through Socially Relevant Performance Using All the ArtsAzizi Marshall, MA, RDT/BCT, REAT, LCPC
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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmCreativity, Spirituality & Social Change: Connecting the DotsJan Phillips
Spirituality and creativity are like fraternal twins. They are not identical in expression, but they come from the same source. This workshop reveals the connections between our everyday lives and deeper selves. By engaging with a variety of art forms, you will feel your creativity come to life, hear the voice of your inner spirit, and see how your work can change the world. We will use poetry, video, music and story to stir our imagination and see where it guides us. You will experience working with tools that evoke spirit, provoke thought, and inspire action. Registrants will be given a pdf file of Jan's manual, Circling, a facilitator's guide full of exercises that can be used in your clinical and creative work. During this session, you will discover how to distinguish original thoughts from inherited thoughts, feel the joy of connecting with your muse, experience the power of harvesting your wisdom, and learn how to transform information into inspiration.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmDisrupting Disruptive Student Behaviors with Compassion & Art TherapySuzanne Silverstein, MA, ATRGenia Young, LMFT, ATR, BC
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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmRagdolls & Writing: Transforming Trauma, Facilitating GrowthEbony Williams, MFA, MA
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.
6:45 pm - 7:30 pmMindful MovementAmber Elizabeth Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC
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.
6:45 pm - 7:30 pmComic ReliefZachary Steel
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.
7:00 pm - 8:30 pmStressbusting: Writing through Troubled TimesKathleen (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: There is an additional $39 fee for this session.
7:45 pm - 9:00 pmGong Bath™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.
10:00 am - 5:15 pmExpressive Arts and Play for Autism and Special Needs: A Whole Brain ApproachJane Ferris Richardson, EdD, LMHC, ATR-BC, RPT-SKaren Howard, RMT, CEAPJoanne 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.10:00 am - 5:15 pmTransforming Loss through Art, Movement & Writing: Creating Poem HousesMyriam Savage, PhD, RDT-BCTBrigid Collins, PG DipMary Kay Wolfe, OTD, OTR/L
Experience how to facilitate a creative, multidisciplinary approach to connecting mind, body and spirit after loss of any kind (love, job, energy, interests, relationship, youth, health, family, confidence, integrity, and more). The approach invites deep engagement, reflection, and understanding through the creation of "poem houses" that involves a process of creative writing in haiku form, 3-D art making, and body-centered exploration in dyads and small groups. This process 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. The workshop is useful for therapists and others working with people of all ages 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.
10:00 am - 5:15 pmPerformance as a Therapeutic Act: Transforming Self-Defeating Life Scripts through Drama TherapyJennifer Stuckert-Knapp, RDT, LMFTArmand 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!
10:00 am - 5:15 pmBooks by Hand: Holding SecretsLinney Wix, PhD, ATR-BC
The studio practice of making books has boundless potential for use in art education and art therapy settings. Bookmaking, besides being enjoyable, can support students and clients as they explore personal material and can result in an artifact both meaningful and beautiful. Participants will focus on secrets with an exploration into the ways books can hold secrets without telling them. Working in response to a poem about secrets, participants will use text and image in making books including maze, accordion fold, and a combination structure to delve creatively into metaphor, meaning, and content surrounding secrets. This daylong Master Class is suitable for therapists, educators, and artists seeking a creative process that offers potential for intimate reflection on our psychological relationships with secrets.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmMindful Games for Enhancing Attention, Balance and CompassionSusan Kaiser-Greenland, JD
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.10:00 am - 1:00 pmMoving through CancerIlene A. Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT
The treatment of cancer can be an invasive experience accompanied by the loss of control over one’s body in addition to being faced with many difficult health-related decisions. Movement can help those living with cancer regain self-esteem and a sense of control over their bodies and lives. Studies show the benefits of movement for managing pain, easing depression, increasing vitality, and developing a healthier body image. Studies also show that support from expressive arts groups can reduce stress and health complaints, improve immune function, provide both physical and psychological benefits, and even help people live longer. Through movement as metaphor, medical patients 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 video of a dance/movement therapy session for women with breast cancer and learn tools of KinAesthetic Imagining, an existentially-based method to access imagery felt in the body. In addition, participants will be introduced to a scale used for measuring kinesthetic ability. This session is designed to be appropriate for counselors, therapists, and interested others.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmWriting the Landscapes of Our Lives: The SteppingstonesKate Thompson, MA, CJT
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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmDiscovering & Strengthening Parts of Self through Mask Work and EnactmentLaura 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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmClay Worlds & Stories for Creating Resilient, Inclusive CommunitiesSusan Ainlay Anand, ATR-BC, ATCSLani A. Gerity, DA, ATR
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.2:30 pm - 5:30 pmPoetry & Expressive Writing for Transformation and ChangeRobert Carroll, MD
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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmResetting Boundaries: De-Roling Following Performances and Clinical SessionsPaige Dickinson, PhD, RDT/BCT
All of us play roles at home and at work, but we rarely think about how to leave them behind for a period, or divest of them altogether. Masterful actors embody their roles, emotions and all, at times to their own detriment. To deal with this, they can learn to 'de-role' following improvisations, role-plays, and rehearsals. Similarly, therapists have a need for closure at the end of an emotionally intense session or therapeutic role play. Without de-roling, there can be confusion about where a role ends and personal boundaries begin. In this workshop, participants will practice common de-roling techniques and learn how to adapt these techniques for use in therapy and performance contexts. We will also explore how clinicians use these techniques to help themselves safely and effectively enter and exit the therapeutic space.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmSelf Exploration through SoulCollage®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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmDiversity Awareness in Groups through Role Play & Imaginal EnactmentGary Raucher, MA, RDT/BCT, LMFTDenise Boston, BFA, MA, PhDF. 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.2:30 pm - 5:30 pmTeaching Wisdom Skills to Children & AdolescentsShani Robins, PhD
In order to meet the monumental challenges of life, children and adolescents are in dire need of skills typically associated with wisdom in later life, such as empathy, compassion, mindfulness, gratitude, humility, realism, emotional intelligence, and forgiveness. Dozens of recent school-based and clinical studies have demonstrated that these skills can indeed be taught to children and adolescents. This workshop will provide a conceptual overview of each of the wisdom skills and their clinical and classroom applications. In addition, you will experience the use of multimedia materials, such as visual illusions, video clips, and humor, to facilitate effective teaching. Moreover, participants will practice applying these skills to everyday situational challenges in their child and play therapy practice, counseling, and education. Appropriate for creative and helping professionals who work with or children or adolescents.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmGreening the Lifecycle: Art, Ecopsychology and AgingMadeline 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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmExploring Earth’s Archetypes through Poetry & Image: Reclaiming the Wild SoulMary Reynolds Thompson, CAPF, CPCC
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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmChronic Pain & Early Attachment: A Movement Process for Awareness and HealingSuzi Tortora, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC
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.
5:45 pm - 7:15 pmLESSONS FROM MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOODA Film by Judith A. RubinJudith A. Rubin, PhD, ATR-BCJodi Smith, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT, DiscussantImmediate 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.
6:45 pm - 7:30 pmWing It! Joy in Spontaneous CreativityGary Raucher, MA, RDT/BCT, LMFTDenise Boston, BFA, MA, PhDF. Antonio Ramirez Hernandez, PsyD
“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.6:45 pm - 7:30 pmZumba á la Dance/Movement TherapyLora Wilson Mau, MA, BC-DMT
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!
7:45 pm - 9:00 pmMindful Tones: A Meditation and Music Immersion ExperienceJahna Perricone, CMFMichael 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!
7:45 pm - 9:15 pmBrain Cleanse MassageMarci Javril, BCTMB, CST, CMT
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.
7:45 pm - 9:15 pmYoga NidraHanna 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 requires an additional $39 session registration fee.
10:00 am - 5:15 pmDrum Circle Facilitation PlayshopArthur 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.
10:00 am - 5:15 pmNeurobiology of Group Process: Theater & Brain Techniques for Attunement and ConnectionJohn Bergman, MA, RDT, MT, BCT Myriam Savage, PhD, RDT-BCTChris 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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmTouch Drawing for Self-care & Creative RenewalShemaya Blauer, LCSWDeborah Koff-Chapin
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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmMultimodal Techniques for Moving Beyond Illness & StressLucia Capacchione, ATR, REAT, PhD
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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmThe Spirituality - Wellness Connection: Techniques for Promoting Health & HappinessTobi 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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmHealing Grief and Loss: Recovery through Art, Drama & MusicTrisha Jauchler, MS, MA, RDT/BCTLearn 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.10:00 am - 1:00 pmThe Five Qualities of Mindfulness: A Multidisciplinary ExperienceTerry Marks-Tarlow, PhDMindfulness 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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmIntimacy & Attachment: Understanding the Pas de DeuxDee 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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmMusic and Play: Channeling Childhood for Therapeutic GainBecky 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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmTransformation of Failure & Self-Blame: Techniques from Theater of the OppressedBrent Blair, PhDMady 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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmMind-Body Approaches to Managing StressCarolyn 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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmSocial, Emotional and Cognitive Growth through the Arts: The Key to KidsErica 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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmManaging Conflict, Embodying New NarrativesBobbi Kidder, MA, RDT, BCTColin 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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmThe Story of Forgiveness: Creating Peace of MindFred Luskin, PhDIn 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!2:30 pm - 5:30 pmLiving with Intention & Authenticity: End-of-Life Lessons from Dignity TherapyDesiree Aspiras, MALori Montross-Thomas, PhDWhen 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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmPoetry, Writing & Weaving to Foster Strength, Resilience and CommunityIngrid 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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmIntroduction to the Therapeutic Uses of PhotographyRobert Irwin Wolf, MPS, ATR-BC, NCPsya, LP, LCAT
After a brief introduction to the therapeutic uses of photography and photo processing within a group treatment format, participants will be led through experiential exercises to explore their own photographic images. They will learn how to uncover unconscious material in photographs that can lead to greater self-awareness in daily life as well as in clinical and educational situations. The use of digital photographic technology will also be demonstrated as it pertains to the processing of photographic images with populations of varied ages and abilities. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring along copies of original photographs of themselves, family, friends, and places that can be cut up and used in this process. No special skills or experience with photography are necessary.
7:00 pm - 9:00 pmEcstatic Drum CircleArthur HullAleta Hayes, MFADeborah 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
10:00 am - 5:15 pmTaming the Bully Within through Inner Family HealingLucia Capacchione, ATR, REAT, PhD
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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmIntegrating Empathic Listening & Creative Expression: The Art of CouncilCamille AmeenJared 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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmEstablish Rapport with At-Risk Youth Using the enACT MethodBradford Bancroft, RDT, LMFTDiana FeldmanMiles Grose
Learn fun and creative ways to establish trust and dialogue empathically with vulnerable youth. Through theater games and role play, learn how to provide support with safe emotional boundaries for helping them understand their emotions and perform the change that they wish to become. The enACT Method has been successfully implemented with young people in New York City for over 25 years. Whether caregiver, teacher, therapist, or parent, participants will acquire tools to implement in their daily work and daily lives.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmTokens of Esteem and Affirmation: Artist Challenge CoinsGretchen 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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmMilitary Service Members and the Creative Arts: Interdisciplinary CareRebecca Vaudreuil, EdM, MT-BCMelissa Walker, MA, ATRMegan 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.
10:00 am - 1:00 pmEating Disorders: From Fear to Conscious EmbodimentMarybeth Weinstock, PhD, BC-DMT
Clients struggling with the symptoms and co-existing conditions of eating disorders are typically at odds with their bodies. In order to recover and function in the world, they need to be in that very body that can be so frightening to them. In this workshop, we will explore ways of inviting people who are struggling with eating disorders to participate in embodied work and tolerate conscious movement. Accompanied by narration on how to facilitate this process, we will engage in a variety of movement methods, including the Chace Method, Anna Halprin's Movement Ritual, creative play through props and games, and various forms of relaxation. The core principles and objectives of these methods are: Acknowledgement and validation of Self; creative self-expression; access to joy and peace; and access to the gamut of human emotion.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmExpressive Writing As ActivismKathleen Adams, MA, LPCMary Reynolds Thompson, CPCC, CAPF, CJFKate Thompson, MA, CJTPerie J. Longo, PhD, PTR, LMFTIndia Radfar, BA, CAPFIngrid Tegnér, MSW, M/S, CAPF
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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmHow to Make a Lasting Difference: Creating Your Purposeful JourneyDan FauciWillie Garson
This workshop is intended to inspire those who want to make a lasting positive impact on the lives of others, and will provide them with an opportunity to begin to formulate their own legacies. Founder of the International Actors Institute, Dan Fauci went on to produce television series including Frasier, and then created a personal development program called Mastery of Self-Expression, among others. An exhibiting photographer, many of his protégés are now making significant contributions toward improving the world. For instance, Fisher Stevens won an academy award for the documentary The Cove, which halted the accepted practice of killing dolphins in Japan. Willie Garson (White Collar, and Sex and the City) champions the cause of impoverished, abused, and neglected youth through the Alliance for Children's Rights. Actor Ted Danson (Cheers) created the American Oceans Committee, focusing on cleaning up coastal waters, and advocate Ellen Snortland wrote the book, Beauty Bites Beast, empowering women and girls to speak up against abuse and harassment.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmSound, Music & Healing: Science and Clinical Practice In HarmonyTobi Fishel, PhD
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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmDigital Storytelling as a Therapeutic InterventionJeffrey 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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmMask Making: A Multicultural ProcessJudy 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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmFinding Our Way through Creativity, Aging and IllnessWendy 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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmBuilding Resiliency in Kids through Mindfulness, Meditation, and ImaginationCharlotte Reznick, PhD
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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmEco-Art Therapy: Expanding Your Practice through Connection with NatureEllen 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.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmCreative Techniques for Working with and Caring for Older AdultsStephanie Wichmann, LICSW, RDTNora O'Connor, MSW, LCSW
Working with older adults can certainly be an uplifting and enriching experience. But it can also be quite challenging at times, leading both professionals and caregivers to compassion fatigue or burnout. How can we help older adults (in therapeutic as well as other contexts) to get through difficult life transitions with dignity and respect while still keeping ourselves cognitively and emotionally "fresh"? This workshop will explore how we can keep ourselves present and engaged by focusing on creative techniques involving poetry, improv, humor, and storytelling that can be effective when working with older adults, as well as in our own self-care process. Participants will develop a "starter kit" for incorporating creative approaches into their work and personal life while caring for older adults. We will encourage the sharing of personal and professional experiences, which may elicit emotional responses, and will facilitate the safe processing of these experiences within the group context. This workshop is designed for therapists, counselors, educators, social workers, community artists, and caregivers in a variety of settings, as well as interested others.
THURSDAY, MARCH 30
10:00 am - 5:15 pmRe-Shaping Body Image: Tape Sculpture as Arts-Based Social JusticeAmanda Bechtel, MS, ATR-BC, LCPC, LCPAT Laura Teoli, MS, ATR-BC, LPC Laura Wood, PhD, RDT-BCT, LMHC, CCLS10:00 am - 1:00 pmChallenging Oppression with Expression: RAPtivism, Movement, and MindfulnessMeg Chang, EdD, BC-DMT, LCATAisha Fukushima2:30 pm - 5:30 pmNarradrama for Neural Re-wiring and Positive ChangePam Dunne, PhD, RDT/BCT2:30 pm - 5:30 pmRagdolls & Writing: Transforming Trauma, Facilitating GrowthEbony Williams, MFA, MA2:30 pm - 5:30 pmSing for Yourself: A Daily Practice for Freedom of ExpressionKate Richards Geller, MA, MT-BC, LCAT2:30 pm - 5:30 pmJournaling to Clear Life’s Clutter: A Compassionate, Creative ApproachCarolyn Koehnline, LMHC, CJT7:00 pm - 8:30 pmStressbusting: Writing Through Troubled TimesKathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC
FRIDAY, MARCH 31
10:00 am - 5:15 pmPerformance as a Therapeutic Act: Transforming Self-Defeating Life Scripts through Drama TherapyJennifer Stuckert-Knapp, RDT, LMFTArmand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT10:00 am - 1:00 pmDiscovering & Strengthening Parts of Self through Mask Work and EnactmentLaura L. Wood, PhD, LMHC, RDT/BCT, CCLS10:00 am - 1:00 pmMindful Games for Enhancing Attention, Balance and CompassionSusan Kaiser-Greenland, JD10:00 am - 1:00 pmPaper Puppet People, Fairytales, and NeuroscienceLani A. Gerity, DA, ATR Susan Ainlay Anand, ATR-BC, ATCS10:00 am - 1:00 pmTreating Chemical & Behavioral Addiction through Music TherapyTim Ringgold, MT-BC2:30 pm - 5:30 pmClay Worlds & Stories for Creating Resilient, Inclusive CommunitiesSusan Ainlay Anand, ATR-BC, ATCSLani A. Gerity, DA, ATR2:30 pm - 5:30 pmDiversity Awareness in Groups through Role Play & Imaginal EnactmentGary Raucher, MA, RDT/BCT, LMFTDenise Boston, BFA, MA, PhDF. Antonio Ramirez Hernandez, PsyD2:30 pm - 5:30 pmExploring Earth’s Archetypes through Poetry & Image: Reclaiming the Wild SoulMary Reynolds Thompson, CAPF, CPCC
10:00 am - 5:15 pmDrum Circle Facilitation PlayshopArthur Hull, Drum Circle Facilitation Pioneer10:00 am - 1:00 pmAnimal Power in Clinical Work, Education & Spiritual DevelopmentLinda Barnes, MS
10:00 am - 1:00 pmListening to Clay: Janie Rhyne's Gestalt Art ExperienceJosie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT10:00 am - 1:00 pmMusic and Play: Channeling Childhood for Therapeutic GainBecky Wellman, PhD, LPMT, MT-BC
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmIntroduction to the Therapeutic Uses of PhotographyRobert Irwin Wolf, MPS, ATR-BC, NCPsya, LP, LCAT2:30 pm - 5:30 pmTransformation of Failure & Self-Blame: Techniques from Theater of the OppressedBrent Blair, PhDMady Schutzman, PhD2:30 pm - 5:30 pmManaging Conflict, Embodying New NarrativesBobbi Kidder, MA, RDT, BCTColin Ward, PhD
SUNDAY, APRIL 2
10:00 am - 5:15 pm Taming the Bully Within through Inner Family HealingLucia Capacchione, ATR, REAT, PhD 10:00 am - 1:00 pmDigital Media Arts: Therapeutic Interventions for Adolescents and OthersJeffrey L. Jamerson, MA, PhD
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