Susan Anand and I are heading to LA for the Expressive Therapies Summit.
MARCH 30 - APRIL 2, 2017
HILTON LOS ANGELES AIRPORT
|"Create Magic and Beauty" collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.|
In the afternoon we will be working with clay to create worlds and stories of possibility. So important in today's uncertain environment. Hope to see you there.
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Paper Puppet People, Fairytales, and NeuroscienceLani A. Gerity, DA, ATR
Susan Ainlay Anand, ATR-BC, ATCS
In this 3-hour workshop, we will provide permissive, easy-to-follow instructions for creating paper puppet people and simple book structures for eliciting pro-social responses. Based on Bruce Perry’s neurosequential model of treatment and educator Peter O'Connor’s work with survivors of traumatic events, participants will learn to weave story, drama, and art into fairy tales and personal narratives of cultural strength and group resilience. Examples of case material from various cultures will be used to illustrate these therapeutic activities that engage the brain from the “bottom,” where experiences are stored, to the cortex at the “top,” where we make sense of our experiences. Using this integrative model, we begin each session with positive tactile experiences and memories, then slowly add "higher” processes, such as humor and insight, that foster possibility and hope for our students, clients, and ourselves.
2:30 pm - 5:30 pmClay Worlds & Stories for Creating Resilient, Inclusive CommunitiesSusan 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.