Expressive Therapies Summit: Los Angeles 2017


SPECIAL POPULATIONS TRACK

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THURSDAY, March 30

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Floortime and Healthy Development: An Interactive Treatment for Special Needs Children
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/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

 

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Creative Rituals for Processing Grief and Celebrating Life
Jennie Linthorst, MA, CAPF
Karen Howard, RMT, CEAP
Gabrielle 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.

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



2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Understanding Sensory Challenges: Effective Strategies for All Ages
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/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners

 

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Healing Trauma in International Populations through Movement
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/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Not eligible for APT Credits

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Ragdolls & Writing: Transforming Trauma, Facilitating Growth
Ebony 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.

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

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

FRIDAY, March 31

10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
Transforming Loss through Art, Movement & Writing: Creating Poem Houses
Myriam Savage, PhD, RDT-BCT
Brigid Collins, PG Dip
Mary 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.

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

10:00 am  -  5:15 pm
Expressive Arts & Play Therapy for Autism and Special Needs: A Whole Brain Approach
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/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; APT**
**APT CE only available to mental health practitioners



 

 

10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
Culture, Ritual & Movement in Group Therapy for Trauma
Amber Elizabeth Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC

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. Techniques for 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/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Not eligible for APT Credits

10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
Moving through Cancer
Ilene 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.

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

10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
Neurobiological Interventions for Processing Trauma through Art: Lessons from Kara Walker
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/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Not eligible for APT Credits

10:00 am  -  1:00 pm
From Addiction to Recovery through Music
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 program is appropriate for clinicians as well as educators and others interested in learning about music approaches to addiction.

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





2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
Neurorehabilitation: A Music-Informed Approach
Anita Louise Steele, MA, BC-MT
Robert McAllister
Dale B. Taylor, PhD, MT-BC

 

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


2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
Clay Worlds & Stories for Creating Resilient, Inclusive Communities
Susan Ainlay Anand, ATR-BC, ATCS
Lani 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.

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


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

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


2:30 pm  -  5:30 pm
Greening the Lifecycle: Art, Ecopsychology and Aging
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/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Not eligible for APT Credits

SATURDAY, April 1

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Humor in the Hospital: Empowering Hospitalized Patients
Zachary Steel

Writer and medical humanitarian Norman Cousins once described laughter as “a metaphor for the full range of positive emotions.” Research has shown that through their impact on the immune system, positive emotions can boost the body’s capacity to heal. We will provide a comprehensive look at medical clowns—trained professionals who serve to provide children and adults with a sense of authority and control in a hospital environment that, by its nature, disempowers the patient. We will discuss how medical clowns increase communication between medical staff, children, and caregivers, as well as decrease tension and anxiety often resulting from physically intrusive procedures. Through active listening, environmental awareness, and improvisation, the clown meets patients "where they are" and forms a bond. From there, the clown assists patients to escape from the isolation of post-trauma or pre-operative anxiety, and back into the social world of play and hope. This interactive workshop will include active participation to demonstrate some of the medical clowning techniques discussed.

This session is not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Multimodal Techniques for Moving Beyond Illness & Stress
Lucia 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.

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

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Healing Grief and Loss: Recovery through Art, Drama & Music
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/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Not eligible for APT Credits



2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Living with Intention & Authenticity: End-of-Life Lessons from Dignity Therapy
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/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Not eligible for APT Credits


SUNDAY, April 2

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Military Service Members and the Creative Arts: Interdisciplinary Care
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/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Not eligible for APT Credits

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Poetry/Bibliotherapy for Mental Illness: Fostering Recovery, Instilling Hope
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/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Not eligible for APT Credits

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Eating Disorders: Moving from Fear to Self-Mastery
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.

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



2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Finding Our Way through Creativity, Aging and Illness
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/Clock Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Not eligible for APT Credits

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Creative Techniques for Working with and Caring for Older Adults
Stephanie Wichmann, LICSW, RDT
Nora 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.

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


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