Expressive Therapies Summit: Los Angeles 2017


EXPRESSIVE WRITING & JOURNALING TRACK
 

SELECT ANY ONE OR COMBINATION OF DAYS


 

THURSDAY, March 30

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Journals Quick & Easy
Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC

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

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


 
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Journaling to Clear Life’s Clutter: A Compassionate, Creative Approach
Carolyn Koehnline, CJT, LMHC

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

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



7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Stressbusting: Writing Through Troubled Times
Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC

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

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

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
The Open Studio Process of Art and Writing
Pat B. Allen, PhD, ATR, HLM

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

 

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

FRIDAY, March 31

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Writing the Landscapes of Our Lives: The Steppingstones
Kate 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 experience is required for this session, which can be used with a variety of clients in clinical practice.

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



2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Exploring Earth’s Archetypes through Poetry & Image: Reclaiming the Wild Soul
Mary 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.

This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits


SATURDAY, April 1

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Poetry, Writing & Weaving to Foster Strength, Resilience and Community
Ingrid Tegnér, MSW, CAPF, M/S

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

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



SUNDAY, April 2

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

Not eligible for APT Credits



2:30 pm -5:30 pm
Expressive Writing As Activism
Kathleen Adams, MA, LPC
Mary Reynolds Thompson, CPCC, CAPF, CJF
Kate Thompson, MA, CJT
Perie J. Longo, PhD, PTR, LMFT
India Radfar, BA, CAPF
Ingrid Tegnér, MSW, M/S, CAPF

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

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

Not eligible for APT Credits


Other Sessions of Interest

THURSDAY, MARCH 30
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
The Open Studio Process of Art and Writing
Pat B. Allen, PhD, ATR, HLM


2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Ragdolls & Writing: Transforming Trauma, Facilitating Growth
Ebony Williams, MFA, MA



FRIDAY, MARCH 31
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Transforming Loss through Art, Movement & Writing: Creating Poem Houses
Miriam Savage, PhD, RDT-BCT
Brigid Collins, PG Dip
Mary Kay Wolfe, OTD, OTR/L


2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Poetry & Expressive Writing for Transformation and Change
Robert Carroll, MD



SUNDAY, APRIL 2
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Digital Storytelling as a Therapeutic Intervention
Jeffrey Jamerson, MA, PhD


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