Expressive Therapies Summit: Los Angeles 2017


COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
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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
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
This session not eligible for APT credits



10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Re-Shaping Body Image: Tape Sculpture as Arts-Based Social Justice
Amanda Bechtel, MS, ATR-BC, LCPC, LCPAT 
Laura Teoli, MS, ATR-BC, LPC 
Laura Wood, PhD, RDT-BCT, LMHC, CCLS

Both in media and personal relationships we are confronted with overt and covert messaging about our bodies, their appearance, and functioning. Advertising promotes the idea that thinness and happiness are linked. Idealized bodies featured in the media can lead to increased body dissatisfaction in both men and women. Furthermore, weight stigma contributes to stereotypes such as overweight people being lazy or lacking self-control. Body image is a multifaceted construct and is intricately linked to our experiences within such constructs as gender, ethnicity, ability, and/or personal relationships. As clinicians, it is important for us to be aware of our own experiences and potential biases. As multiculturally-aware therapists, we have the opportunity to model positive body image for our clients and support them in deconstructing harmful narratives. Participants in this workshop will construct life-sized body sculptures and will process their experiences using drama therapy techniques. Concepts and processes will be relevant to therapists across the expressive modalities. Finished sculptures will be installed at a conference location to engage the wider community in an open discussion related to body image, body ideals, and our own roles in perpetuating or altering the dominant social narrative.

Eligible for 6.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Eligible for 6.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
This session not eligible for APT credits


 

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Healing Community through Socially Relevant Performance Using All the Arts
Azizi 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.

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


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, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC

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

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

 
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Challenging Oppression with Expression: RAPtivism, Movement & Mindfulness
Meg Chang, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT
Aisha 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.

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


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

 

FRIDAY, March 31


10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cultural Fabrics of Self, Family and Community
Einat Metzl, PhD, ATR-BC, RYT, LMFT
Anthony Bodlovic, PhD, ATR-BC, LMFT
Louvenia Jackson, PhD, ATR-BC, LMFT

In this art-based workshop, the faculty of the Loyola Marymount University Art Therapy/Marriage and Family Therapy program will facilitate a novel multi-layered, mixed media exploration of our cultural identity, how it shapes who we are, and how it informs our relationship to family and community. Participants will also learn how to facilitate dialogue and build bridges among community members. All are welcome, including psychotherapists, students, and other community members.

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

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




2:30 am - 5:30 pm
Diversity Awareness in Groups through Role Play & Imaginal Enactment
Gary Raucher, MA, RDT/BCT, LMFT
Denise Boston, BFA, MA, PhD
F. Antonio Ramirez Hernandez, PsyD

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

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


2:30 am - 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 Hours: 
ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC
Not eligible for APT Credits

SATURDAY, April 1

8:30 am - 9:30 am 
The Science of Forgiveness
Frederic Luskin, PhD

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

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


10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Witnessing Lives through Ethnodramatherapy for Empowerment & Social Change
Stephen Snow, PhD, RDT-BCT

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

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



10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Drum Circle Facilitation Playshop
Arthur Hull, Drum Circle Facilitation Pioneer

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

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

This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.

 


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

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

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

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


SUNDAY, April 2

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Establish Rapport with At-Risk Youth Using the enACT Method
Bradford Bancroft, RDT, LMFT
Diana Feldman
Miles 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. 

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
Integrating Empathic Listening & Creative Expression: The Art of Council
Camille Ameen
Jared Seide

Council is a listening and speaking practice based on traditions of sitting in a circle to tell stories that live in our hearts forever. Council cultivates attentive, empathetic listening and heartfelt dialogue. It deepens self-awareness and understanding of the other, as well as creative expression. Council exists in the California prison system, schools (K-Advanced degrees), and service / social justice organizations worldwide. In this 3-hour taste of Council, you will learn the fundamental elements of the practice and experience several Council forms.

This session not eligible for continuing education hours or credits.




2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Mask Making: A Multicultural Process
Judy Leventhal, LCSW

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

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

This session not eligible for APT credits


Other Sessions of Interest


THURSDAY, MARCH 30
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Intersecting Identities: Addressing their Impact at Work & Home
Danielle Levanas, RDT, LCAT
Alexis Powell, RDT, LCAT

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Sing for Your Self: A Daily Practice for Freedom of Expression 
Kate Richards Geller, MA, MT-BC, LCAT

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Healing Trauma in International Populations through Movement
Ilene Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT
Marcia Leventhal, PhD, CMA, BC-DMT, NCC
Larry Graber, MA, C-BT

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 - 1:00 pm
Paper Puppet People, Fairytales, and Neuroscience
Lani A. Gerity, DA, ATR 
Susan Ainlay Anand, ATR-BC, ATCS




SATURDAY, APRIL 1

10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Neurobiology of Group Process: Theater & Brain Techniques for Attunement and Connection
John Bergman, MA, RDT, MT, BCT
Myriam Savage, PhD, RDT-BCT
Chris Bisbano

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Managing Conflict, Embodying New Narratives
Bobbi Kidder, MA, RDT, BCT
Colin Ward, PhD

 

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Transformation of Failure & Self-Blame: Techniques from Theater of the Oppressed
Brent Blair, PhD
Mady Schutzman, PhD

SUNDAY, APRIL 2
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tokens of Esteem and Affirmation: Artist Challenge Coins
Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP

 




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