Expressive Therapies Summit: Los Angeles 2017


MINDFULNESS & WELLBEING TRACK
 

SELECT ANY ONE OR COMBINATION OF DAYS

 

THURSDAY, March 30

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Drumming as Medicine: Facilitating Healing Rhythms
Christine 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 workshop to learn and practice musical leadership skills based on four components of music medicine: rhythm for the body, melody for the heart, harmony for the soul, and silence for the mind. In addition, you will create your own healing rhythm for self-growth and spiritual practice. Participants will also learn how to use play-along tracks to jump start a groove and will receive a free play-along rhythm track. They will leave this workshop with specific protocols for using drumming as a tool for contemplative practice and affect management with mental health clients, students, or members of community groups. 

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




10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Introduction to Himalayan Sacred Sound Healing
Richard Rudis
 

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

This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.


10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Me Cards: Accessing Inner Wisdom through Collage & Writing
Nancy Weiss, LCSW, BCD 

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

Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
Not eligible for APT credits
Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

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

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Clay & Imaginal Mindfulness in Self-Observation and Self-Supervision
Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC 

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

 

Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
Not eligible for APT credits
 
 
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Breath & Yoga for Mental Health and Wellness
Hanna Chusid, EdD, LCSW 

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

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



Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Sing for Your Self: A Daily Practice for Freedom of Expression
Kate Richards Geller, MA, MT-BC, LCAT 

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

Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
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
Conscious Creativity for Spirituality & Social Change
Jan 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.


This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.




6:45 pm - 7:15 pm
Mindful Movement
Amber 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.

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

This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.


7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Gong 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.

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

This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.


FRIDAY, March 31

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Facilitating Sensation, Emotion & Transformation through Art Therapy Techniques: A Crash Course
Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC

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

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


10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mindful Games for Enhancing Attention, Balance and Compassion
Susan 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. 

This session not eligible for continuing education hours or 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. I will demonstrate their movement styles and provide descriptions for the participants to “ try-on.” This workshop will include dyadic, small group, and whole group hands-on learning. Therapist participants will learn how to gain visceral insight into clients when moving with them and witnessing their affective and physical attunement during partnered movement explorations. Designed for participation by healthcare professionals of all disciplines and interested others. 

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



7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Mindful Tones: A Meditation and Music Immersion Experience
Jahna Perricone, CMF
Michael Perricone, CAS

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

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

This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.


7:45 pm - 9:15 pm

Yoga Nidra
Hanna Chusid, EdD, LCSW

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

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

Please Note: This session requires an additional $39 session registration fee.

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

Eligible for 1.5 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Eligible for 1.5 Clock Hours: NBCC

Not eligible for APT Credits



SATURDAY, April 1

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Integrating Yoga & Art Therapy for Groups
Karen Gibbons, ATR-BC, PYT, LCAT

Art therapy and yoga are two disciplines that naturally complement each other, not only for their various common attributes, but also in that they share the same ultimate goal: to generate healing and positive change. This daylong master class focuses on how to effectively combine art therapy and yoga in group settings with various populations. The presenter features the approach used in her book Integrating Art Therapy and Yoga Therapy: Yoga, Art, and the Use of Intention. She will describe how to respond to clinical need by creating intentions and will use the therapeutic qualities suggested by intentions in both the yoga and the art directives implemented for groups. Participants will have a chance to experience the combined disciplines and to practice conducting an group integrating the two. Attention will be paid to mudras (yogic hand gestures) and asanas (yoga poses).

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



10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Spirituality - Wellness Connection: Techniques for Promoting Health & Happiness
Tobi Fishel, PhD

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

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



10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Five Qualities of Mindfulness: A Multidisciplinary Experience
Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD

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

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


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

 




2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
The Story of Forgiveness: Creating Peace of Mind
Frederic Luskin, PhD

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

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


2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Mind-Body Approaches to Managing Stress
Carolyn Braddock, MA 
Helen Dolas, MS, MT-BC

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


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


SUNDAY, April 2

10:00 am - 5:15 pm  
Taming the Bully Within through Inner Family Healing
Lucia 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. 


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



10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Deepening Approaches to Image & Metaphor for Expressive Arts Therapists
Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT
Linney Wix, PhD, ATR-BC

In working with images, an imaginal approach that ‘particularizes’ the image differs from a Jungian approach, which focuses on symbolic content. Working imaginally asks for a poetic sensibility, which is not necessarily logical or literal. The tenet central to imaginal work is one of “sticking to the image.” Using ideas and practices developed by various archetypal thinkers and practitioners, the workshop will offer opportunities to deepen the hearing and seeing of images. When listening to a literal event with an ear toward metaphor, the event may take on meaning that might otherwise go unnoticed. Hearing literal occurrences poetically involves slowing down the listening in order to consider what the imagination might offer. Using practices central to the workshop in therapy sessions, it is possible to hear from images, dreams, and stories clients bring to therapy. Hillman (1978) developed a set of “gadgets” to assist in hearing and seeing images with precision. We will play with those to access metaphor and listen for poetic insight.


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


10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Art-Based Therapy for Children Incorporating Mindfulness & Self-Compassion
Rebecca Bokoch, MA
Noah Hass-Cohen, MA, PsyD, ATR-BC

Experience a group curriculum on self-compassion, mindfulness, and art-based therapy for children ages 5 to 12. The workshop will begin with a brief review of the literature in this subject area and an explanation of the rationale for this approach, followed by the experience of three sessions of the six-week curriculum and a reflective discussion process. The curriculum is appropriate for parents, educators, mental health professionals  and others working with children. No previous art or meditation experience is required.

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

Not eligible for APT credits


10:00 am -1:00 pm
Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts: A Mindfulness and Somatic-based Approach
Laury Rappaport, PhD, MFT, REAT, ATR-BC
Zoe Rappaport

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

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

Not eligible for APT credits


10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Yoga, Ayurveda and the Creative Arts Therapies: Fostering Healing & Balance
Kathy Cass, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CYT, E-RYT

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

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

Not eligible for APT credits


 

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Building Resiliency in Kids through Mindfulness, Meditation, and Imagination
Charlotte 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.

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
Holding our Clients in our Bodies: Managing Somatic Countertransference
Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC

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

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

 

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Eco-Art Therapy: Expanding Your Practice through Connection with Nature
Ellen Speert, ATR-BC, REAT
 

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

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


Other Sessions of Interest

THURSDAY, MARCH 30
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Guided Imagery & Enactment for Emotional Balance
Daniel Doyle, RDT, LMFT, LPCC

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Journaling to Clear Life’s Clutter: A Compassionate, Creative Approach
Carolyn Koehnline, LMHC, CJT

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Disrupting Disruptive Student Behaviors with Compassion & Art Therapy
Suzanne Silverstein, MA, ATR
Genia Young, LMFT, ATR, BC



FRIDAY, MARCH 31

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Performance as a Therapeutic Act: Transforming Self-Defeating Life Scripts through Drama Therapy
Jennifer Stuckert-Knapp, RDT, LMFT
Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Teaching Wisdom Skills to Children & Adolescents
Shani Robins, PhD



SATURDAY, APRIL 1

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Animal Power in Clinical Work, Education & Spiritual Development
Linda Barnes, MS

 

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Living with Intention & Authenticity: End-of-Life Lessons from Dignity Therapy
Desiree Aspiras, MA
Lori Montross-Thomas, PhD 
 

 

 



SUNDAY, APRIL 2

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Eating Disorders: Moving from Fear to Self-Mastery
Marybeth Weinstock, PhD, BC-DMT


2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Creative Risk-Taking for Creating a Lasting Legacy
Dan Fauci
Willie Garson

 

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