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My Darling Subscriber,

I am so excited to share, this month I will be providing two, 3-hour workshops for the Expressive Therapies Summit!

The workshops will be held Sunday, October 15th, at 1601 Broadway, New York, NY (enter on 48th st.)

Here’s my schedule and the workshop titles:

9:30-12:30

Affects as Chakra Energies: Integrating Metaphysical Traditions with the Expressive Arts

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The chakra system is a philosophical model of the universe that came to the West by means of the tantric tradition and the practice of yoga. This is achieved through several steps of expanding consciousness; the chakras represent these steps. When we are blocked in any one or more of our chakras, we may fall into habitual patterns that render us stuck, throwing us continually back into survival mode. Or, we may be unable to ground ourselves, lost in a flood of overwhelm and ideas, dissociated from the real world.

As clinicians, the ability to offer a more holistic and integrated approach to bio-psycho-social-spiritual healing improves treatment outcomes. The chakra system is a framework in which practitioners might re-conceptualize and apply traditional psychodynamic approaches within a broader scope.

In this 3-hour workshop we will cover traditional psychological theories of affective response, the diagnostic meaning of affect and implications in psychotherapeutic treatment, an overview of the 7 main chakras and correlated phases of human development, 8 mindfulness-based tips for applying clinical interventions with early attachment issues, and an art and imagery experiential to learn how to integrate this framework in your clinical work.

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


2:00-5:00pm
Reframing Depression & Anxiety in Women: Understanding and Honoring the Heroine’s Journey

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The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that approximately 12 million women in the United States experience clinical depression each year (nearly twice the number of men affected). Popular frameworks that examine women’s femininity as a reaction to a male paradigm—as opposed to women’s own inherent trajectories—often do not resonate with women’s lived experiences.

This 3-hour workshop introduces a dynamic model for understanding and embracing a feminine identity through the framework of Maureen Murdock’s “The Heroine’s Journey.” While the goal of Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey” is individuation, the aims of The Heroine’s Journey are integration, interdependency, and spiritual liberation. The Heroine’s Journey also reframes anxiety as a natural aspect of (and precursor to) growth—a phase that looks exactly like depression—in order to discover and integrate split-off feminine parts.

Participants will learn The Heroine’s Journey stages and understand how this framework recognizes and honors the unique twists and turns women can experience when initiated into empowered womanhood. This workshop compares and contrasts psychodynamic theory to The Heroine’s Journey, includes video footage of applications in practice, a case study, and features mindfulness-based experientials, including art making, movement, and a guided meditation exercise.

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

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