2013 International Conference Schedule
and Session Descriptions

Expressive Arts in the Winds of Change

Keynote with Natalie Rogers!

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available.

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Pre-Conference Sessions

Body and Imagination in Motion and in Metaphor:
A Movement Centered Approach in Expressive Arts Therapy

In this workshop with Daria Halprin,  participants will explore the bridge between the artistic and therapeutic potency of  the expressive body .  An approach linking movement/dance with visual arts and narrative will be discussed and engaged with as a way to catalyze creative encounters and  inspire embodied change. Personal and collective themes relevant in our lives will emerge though Life/Art  encounters, questions and dialogues.

Participants may expect to move, draw, write, witness, be witnessed, and engage in improvisational performance.

Daria Halprin, MA, REAT, RSMT - dancer, poet, teacher,  author, co-founded the Tamalpa Institute  She directs training programs in movement/dance and expressive arts education and therapy and has taught internationally including at CIIS, JFK, European Graduate School. Published writings include The Expressive Body in Life, Art and Therapy; Body Ensouled, Enacted and Entranced.  www.dariahalprin.org

Thriving in the Winds of Change: Attending to Emergent Processes

The Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective and allied community offer an experiential workshop to explore ways in which participants and the expressive arts can flourish as training and practices change and evolve.  We will present an artistic introduction and invite creative, transformational experiences to happen within a collaborative format.  Our process will be to engage with unanticipated outcomes as emergent ideas and applications unfold.  Participants will share in a selection of practices, including visual art, music, dreams, movement, story, poetry, improvisation, and performance to discover personal and professional ways of responding to change.

Sally Atkins - Professor, psychotherapist, poet, ritualist, Founding Coordinator of the Expressive Arts
Therapy Program and the Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective, member of Gypsy Harvest Annex Improvisational Performing Ensemble, author of numerous professional works in the field of expressive arts. Core faculty member of the European Graduate School.

Harold McKinney - Music professor at Appalachian State University for over 30 years, teaching music
improvisation, philosophy of music, and expressive arts. Trombonist and founding member of "King Street Brass" and post-modern improvisation ensemble, "Gypsy Harvest Annex,” he has performed nationally and internationally and was Visiting Artist at the European Graduate School.

Joan Woodworth - Professor Emerita of Psychology and member of the Expressive Arts Collective at Appalachian State University. Her professional work and interests are in the areas of expressive arts in creativity, dreamwork, and ecopsychology (the study of the relationship between humans and the "other than human" world).

Jay Wentworth - Interdisciplinary Studies professor at Appalachian State with degrees in philosophy, theology, English and dramatic literature and a post-doctoral certificate in Gestalt Therapy. Recipient of numerous teaching awards and staff psychotherapist at The Country Place (Jungian treatment center); a published poet, interested in poetry and therapy, mythology, and issues of integration.

Liz Rose - Music professor at Appalachian State University, teaching music therapy and music education courses. She has a special interest in exploring sustainable art through performance. She is a member of Gypsy Harvest Annex Improvisational Performing Ensemble.

Marianne Adams - Appalachian State University Chair of Theatre and Dance; MFA in Choreography and
Dance Performance and MA in Clinical Psychology. A therapeutic movement specialist in mental health settings, certified instructor in Pilates, GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC®, and Visiting Artist at the European Graduate School. She teaches dance, bodywork, and expressive arts.

Rob Falvo - Professor of percussion and Expressive Arts Collective member at Appalachian State
University with a D.M.A. from Manhattan School of Music. As a percussionist and teaching member of Alexander Technique International, he has performed and given workshops in percussion and clinics Alexander Technique nationally and internationally.

Cathy McKinney - Professor and coordinator of music therapy at Appalachian State University. Teaching
responsibilities include music therapy in mental health, clinical improvisation, and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). Research interests in psychological and physiological effects of GIM.

Karen Caldwell - Professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling at
Appalachian State University where she enjoys teaching mind-body skills to graduate students. Her recent research efforts have focused on the development of mindfulness in college students participating in tai chi classes.

Thomas McLaughin - Teaches writing-based courses in literary theory, cultural studies, and creative practice at Appalachian State University. He has also been a visiting faculty member at the European Graduate School. He is currently working on a book on reading as an embodied practice.

Jena Leake - Assistant professor and Program Coordinator for Expressive Arts Therapy at Appalachian State University. She specializes in expressive arts work with women and was formerly the founder/director of The Art Life Studio in Charlottesville, VA. She is forever re-imagining her life
through art.

Temenos in the Tenderloin: Sustaining Communities through Expressive Arts Therapy

CIIS’s Expressive Arts Therapy faculty and students are engaged in a highly innovative long-term, whole-systems based reciprocal partnership with Glide Memorial Church’s Family, Youth and Childcare Center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, designed to support the needs of Glide’s service users and staff for desperately needed resources while providing opportunities for students to develop their expressive arts therapy skills with underserved populations. Participants will be introduced to the foundational theories and principles informing the partnership; hear from both students and Glide staff about the work; see videos from our work and experientially learn a range of arts activities that we have successfully used in our work with staff, children and families.

Shoshana Simons PhD, RDT chairs the MA Program in Expressive Arts Therapy at CIIS. She has over 25 years of experience integrating creative arts into the fields of psychotherapy, education, community & systems change work in the UK and USA.  Her writing about the Glide/EXA partnership is to be published in the forthcoming book ‘The Soul of Dramatherapy.’

Honoring Global Diversity: Person-Centered Expressive Arts for a Changing World 

Since the Person-Centered Expressive Therapy training first began in 1984, the values and methods have spread worldwide. Programs now exist in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Argentina. We are developing deep connections and understanding of other cultures and how they contribute to our values and methods. Together we create the winds of change that help us shift from confrontational thinking to collaborative work for  human rights and peace. In this workshop we will use movement, music, art, journal writing and drama to journey and explore our diverse world and how person-centered expressive arts is creating positive change

Nina “Anin” Utigaard,MFT, REAT is one of the four founding IEATA ECCs and was faculty with the Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute for over 10 years. She combines creativity and person-centered therapy in her private practice, and works with clients of all ages. Anin has shared her approach in workshops nationally and internationally.

Natalie Rogers, Ph.D., REAT, received the first Lifetime Achievement award from IEATA. Author of three books:  Emerging Woman , The Creative Connection: Expressive Arts as Healing, and The Creative Connection for Groups: Person-Centered Expressive Arts for Healing and Social Change.. She brings the person-centered values to her work nationally and internationally.

Maria Gonzalez-Blue, MA, REAT, REACE is an Expressive Arts Therapist and Educator facilitating personal and spiritual growth. She teaches Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy at California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco and taught in Mexico, Argentina and Guatemala. The strength of her work is supported by a 25-year relationship with Huichol Shamans from Mexico.

Graciela Bottini Ph.D., REAT is the co-founder of PCETI-Argentina with Maria Gonzalez-Blue. She is a pioneer in Expressive Arts Therapy from PCA in Argentina and co-founder of IPA Argentina (Children's Rights to Play). She is currently Co-Chair of IEATA's International Committee and has been an active member of IEATA since it began.

Fiona Man-yan Chang, M Soc Sc, REAT, RSW is Founder of Person-centered Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). She received Outstanding Staff Award of Hospital Authority and Distinguished Social Work Alumni Award of HKU. She wrote chapters on PCEA for internationally and locally published books.

Kyoko Ono, Ph.D., REAT is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and licensed clinical psychologist. She is the founder of the Expressive Arts Therapy Institute and the Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy training program in Japan. She has taught Person-Centered Expressive Therapy for over 20 years in Japan and is author of two books.

A Touch Drawing Centered Approach to Expressive Arts Therapy

Touch Drawing is a simple but profound way of creating images. Touch paper that is placed over paint and see the impressions on the underside of the page. Drawings emerge with surprising speed, allowing a full series to be created during a session. Each drawing is an imprint of the body and psyche, and acts as a stepping-stone on an inner journey. The direct transmission of somatic  sensation and fluidity of movement from one drawing to the next, amplifies the transformational process. In this all-day workshop, Touch Drawing is integrated with dance/movement, vocalizing, and writing/journaling. It is presented as a unique approach to multi-modal Expressive Arts Therapy.

Deborah Koff-Chapin BFA has been developing Touch Drawing since 1974, teaching at universities, conferences and retreat centers internationally. She is author of Drawing Out Your Soul, The Touch Drawing Facilitator Workbook, educational media and SoulCards 1&2. Founding director of The Center for Touch Drawing and served on the board of IEATA. 

Jack S. Weller is one of IEATA’s four founding Executive Co-chairs. Received Shining Star award in 2007, was founding director of both Arts & Consciousness M.A. program at John F. Kennedy University and Expressive Arts Therapy program at California Institute of Integral Studies, and has practiced Touch Drawing for 25 years.

Healing the Wounds of History Through the Arts

The presenter will demonstrate his approach to working with intercultural conflict transformation, collective trauma and peacebuilding. Through experiential exercises integrated with didactic explanations of his model, he will guide participants through an embodied exploration of the following questions: How do cultures emotionally integrate a legacy of perpetration or victimization? How do we prevent the rage, guilt and shame of one generation from haunting a people for generations to come? The expressive arts can provide a bridge between personal and collective experience and help people master complex feelings, heal deep wounds and put ghosts of history to rest.

Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT, Clinical Director, Living Arts Counseling Center, Associate Professor, CIIS, Artistic Director, Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, Founder and Director, Healing the Wounds of History Institute. He has developed innovative programs using drama therapy and the expressive arts in peacebuilding, intercultural conflict transformation and in healing collective trauma.

Conference Sessions

Friday, March 15
AM Sessions

1.5 hours

THIS SESSION IS FULL
Presenter: Fiona Chang, M Soc Sc, REAT, RSW (Hong Kong) and Soojin Lee, PhD, Art Therapist (South Korea)
Presentation: Lost in the Mask, Found in the Mirror
Room: Amador
Presentation Description:
In a metropolitan city like Hong Kong and Seoul, people are juggling balls of work, family, health, personal growth and social changes. To cope with these challenges, we are holding different masks to protect our physical, psychological, social and spiritual parts of self. As time goes by, our true self has been forgotten and ignored. In this mask-making and mirror exploration workshop, we infuse the Chinese concept of "Change" and "Whole-Person Listening" in the Person-centered Expressive Arts process. We are exploring our inhibitions and potentials for change through a collage of authentic expression, mindful witnessing and compassionate listening.

Presenter: Angela Congdon, LaDonna Silva, Jennifer Crane                
Presentation: Riding the winds of therapy: Going beyond technique
Room: Mariposa
Presentation Description:
The energy generated in the therapeutic relationship is transformative.  It shapes, the therapist’s edges in a similarly to the way wind erodes, and molds the landscape. This workshop will explore therapist response to “client wind”, a metaphor for the verbal and non-verbal affect clients brings to session.  This variety of emotions can range from strong gale force winds to the soothing touch of a soft summer breeze.  How to track the client’s process in a variety of windy conditions and the edges it creates for the therapist will be the focus of the workshop.  Drawn from process model concepts of “tracking” and “the edge,” this workshop will integrate didactic material with expressive art exercises.

Presenter: Edna Miron-Wapner
Presentation: Expressive Kavannah- Adaptation to Change: Our Inner Voice
Room: El Dorado
Presentation Description:
Culture and spirituality express themselves in music, art, dance, and poetry. The Expressive Kavannah workshop combines Expressive Arts Therapy with sensitivity for the spiritual quest. It sets a contemplative framework for participants to explore themselves resulting in a profound intermodal educational experience. Using meditation and self-expression combining the arts, the Expressive Kavannah experience provides a supportive atmosphere for developing growth and awareness. Participants need not be “artist”, just be open to the artistic process.

Presenter: Annette Wagner
Presentation: Transformation and Possibility from the Intentional Creativity Movement
Room: Berkeley
Presentation Description:
The Intentional Creativity movement, founded by Shiloh Sophia McCloud, uses intention to connect us to our creativity. The work combines many disciplines, and the spaces between the worlds of those disciplines. The modalities painting, poetry and healing span the circumference of the work, which becomes a holistic approach because when we in earnest take this work into our lives, our entire life is indeed transformed, never to return to its original shape again. In this experiential workshop we dive into the realm of intention and possibility while exploring the context of intentional creativity. 

Presenter: Irene Renzenbrink
Presentation: Answers Blowing in the Wind: Explorations of Loss and Change
Room: California
Presentation Description:
Loss and change pervade our lives and we all need opportunities to make sense of challenging and fragmenting experiences. In this workshop participants will be invited to explore some of their own experiences of loss and change using various expressive arts methods.  The healing power of metaphor and imagery, poetry, stories and art making will be demonstrated and a unique film and dance sequence inspired by Bob Dylan’s music and photographs of   shredded plastic fluttering on barbed wire fences will be performed by doctoral students of the European Graduate School.

Presenter: Emily Miller
Presentation: A Transdiciplinary Theory of Arts Practice and Wellbeing
Room: Treasure
Presentation Description:
This lecture will present a transdisciplinary theory of art/craft practice and wellbeing.  I will review Art/Craft practice from the perspectives of behavioral biology and effort driven rewards in an exploration of the physiological benefits of art practice.  I will explore the benefits of art practice from the perspective of positive psychology in an exploration of psychological capital via flow and gratification.  Finally, I will explore the behavioral economics of art practice in an economic metanarrative which disincentivizes making things.  This theory posits that art/craft practice has an evolutionary biological survival value, the absence of which results in crippling psychological impoverishment.  

Presenter: Haley Fox, Elizabeth David, Eileen Feldman, Kit Jenkins, Hari Kirin, Sara Tsutsumi
Presentation: "Squirming Ladies of the Floor": 6 Expressive Therapists Tell All
Room: Belvedere
Presentation Description:
Twenty-five years ago six women, upon concluding their core training with Paolo Knill at Lesley University, initiated a peer supervision group that met monthly for eight years.  Their respective careers evolved in diverse directions; however, the expressive arts left thumbprints on all their lives and the lives they touched.  At their 25-Year Reunion in 2012, the group they had fondly dubbed “squirming ladies on the floor” (SLOF) shared the twists and turns of their respective lives and careers and reflected upon how the expressive arts had shaped their unfolding.  Haley Fox shares observations and art that emerged from the gathering.   [100 words]

Presenter: Sue Wallingford, Meg Hamilton, Tracy Kirshner, Katie Hanczaryk, Ariana Tosatto
Presentation: Seeds Sown in the Killing Field: Tending to the Lotus Flower
Room: Angel
Presentation Description:
This panel will discuss art therapy work in Cambodia and their partnership with Transitions, an organization that rehabilitates girls rescued from the sex trafficking industry, and other social justice NGOs.  Discussion will focus on various aspects that include, 1.) Cultural Learning, 2.)  Art Therapy Learning, 3.) Personal Growth, and 4.) Project Development.

THIS SESSION IS FULL
Presenter: Maria Luisa, Diaz de Leon
Presentation: Aesthetics of sacrifice: Empowering the Feminine through the Body - La estética del sacrificio: empoderamiento feminino a través del cuerpo
Room: La Jolla
Presentation Description:
A feminine consciousness, with its leitmotif of sacrifice, arises from the aesthetic experience and awakens us to the co-responsibility of shaping the emergent mythos. This experiential lecture highlights the reclamation of the voice of the body as vital in the process of empowering the feminine. The archetypal figure of Inanna models a mytho-somatic initiation into a feminine consciousness: the coexistence of the processes of life and death and the ongoing demand for sacrifice. This presentation integrates insights from somatic and mythological studies, archetypal psychology, and movement-based expressive arts, and most importantly, from Latin American immigrant women’s bodies.
Bilingual English/Spanish

Descripción de la Presentación:
Una conciencia femenina, con su leitmoviv de sacrificio, surge de la experience estética y nos despierta a la co-responsabilidad de dar forma al mito emergente. Esta presentación vivencial destaca la recuperación de la voz del cuerpo en el proceso de empoderamiento femenino. La figura arquetípica de Inanna sirve como modelo del una iniciación mito-somática hacia una conciencia femenina: la coexistencia de los procesos de vida y muerte así como la constante demanda de sacrificio. Esta presentación integra ideas provenientes de estudios somáticos y mitológicos, la psicología arquetípica, y artes expressivas a través del movimiento; y sobre todo de los cuerpos de las mujeres inmigrantes latinoamericanas.
Bilingüe Inglés/Español

THIS SESSION IS FULL
Presenter: Suzanne Wilkins, Saphira Linden
Presentation: Finding my Way: Transpersonal Drama Therapy and Midlife Transformation
Room: Santa Barbara
Presentation Description:
Finding My Way is a 30-minute, one-woman performance on the joys and challenges of being a woman in midlife.  This performance was created through a Transformational Theater process.  With poignancy and a healthy dose of humor, this one-act play speaks to the universal themes of identity, aging, disappointments of adulthood and the reclamation of formerly lost parts of self.   The actor/playwright will engage in dialogue with the audience after the performance on the process of creating the performance and its impact on her and those around her.


Friday, March 15, 2013
PM Sessions

3-Hour Workshops

Presenter: Nicki Koethner, OwlSnake, Lacey Marie Morris
Presentation: Earth Consciousness: Cultivating Inner Guidance with Ancestral Wisdom in times of change
Room: Amador
Presentation Description:
In times of change, we need inner resources and creativity if we want to avoid habitual patterns, trauma, addictions, violence and other imbalances. Through ritual, movement, music, writing, drawing, sharing and altar building, we will access our inner guidance and connect to the wisdom of our ancestry to enrich our resources, manage our stress and touch those we encounter.  Working with breath, meditation, energetic exercises, silence, sound and the four elements, we will mourn, play, connect with and locate ourselves in the larger context of the universe. A discussion about the application of these exercises in therapeutic contexts will follow.

Presenter: Shellee Davis, Mukti Khanna
Presentation: Person Centered Expressive Arts: Creating Community Medicine
Room: Mariposa
Presentation Description:
The future of medicine and healthcare will be based on prevention and education. A fusion of Western and Eastern systems of healing is occurring in healthcare. Person Centered expressive arts explorations can provide a portal to bring the core conditions of empathy, congruence and positive regard to the cellular and body system level, in addition to promoting interpersonal and cultural understanding and resiliency. This experiential workshop will highlight practices from the integration of qigong, energy medicine, image theatre and person centered expressive arts to explore the power of integrative health practices in creating community medicine and celebrating health.

Presenter: Denise Boston, Francisca Lizana, Shih-Chen Hsu,  John Hanig
Presentation:
In the Presence of Empathetic Voices: Improvising Across Cultures
En la presencia de voces empáticas: Honrando comunidades olvidadas

Room: El Dorado
Presentation Description:
This session defines improvisational theatre as a creative and critical activity, and challenges participants to risk living their art, to expose social narratives to the light of day, and to make deep and personal contact with social justice creators. Improvisation will form the underpinning of all the intuitive or informed choices, thoughts, ideas, and nurtures the passionate search for artistic truth on stages. Together, we will leap into the unknown and create an experience which cries out for peace, justice and community well-being. Our work will also bring to the forefront and understanding of the artist’s role as change agents.
Bilingual English/Spanish

Descripción de la Presentación:
En esta sesión se define la improvisación teatral como una actividad creativa y crítica, y reta a los participantes a arriesgarse a vivir por medio de su arte, para exponer las narrativas sociales a la luz, y entrar en contacto profundo y personal con los creadores de la justicia social. La improvisación forma el fundamento de todas las opciones; pensamientos intuitivos o de información, debates y nutrición de la búsqueda apasionada de la verdad artística en las distintas etapas. Juntos vamos a dar un salto hacia lo desconocido y crear una experiencia que clama por la paz, la justicia y el bienestar de la comunidad. Nuestro trabajo también traerá al primer plano la comprensión del papel del artista como agente de cambio.
Bilingüe Inglés/Español

Presenter: Linda Hammond
Presentation: Wind Said to me: Stories a Place and Inhabiting Earth
Room: Yerba Buena
Presentation Description:
Through the ancient earth-based practice of the oral tradition, we will awaken our sensory awareness and our consciousness of the natural world to help us heal trauma, develop community and connection. We will come to understand how our being severed from an interdependent relationship with the natural world and our sensory experiencing affects our emotional health, our sense of diversity and community. We will explore the environs of the San Francisco Bay.  From our experience of interacting with the wind, plants, water, animals and land, we will create our own place-based stories.

Presenter: Suraya Susana Keating
Presentation: Theater as Transformation: The Power of Playmaking to Change Lives
Room: Treasure
Presentation Description:
This workshop will introduce participants to the power of playmaking to transform the lives of men in prison. Through video excepts, discussion and an experiential journey in which participants will create short theatre pieces, we will explore three fundamental ways in which the process of creating theatre performances supports positive changes among prison inmates. These three fundamental agents of change, include self-reflection, community building and being witnessed, will also be incorporated into an experiential component of the workshop in which participants create and share short group and individual theatre pieces. Creative movement, creative writing and visual art will be woven into the tapestry of activities. Finally, the larger role of theatre and multi-media “performances” as change agents in society will be discussed.

Presenter: Carrie Herbert
Presentation: Prayer Song  - an intimate spiritual sound journey to navigate turbulent times
Room: Belvedere
Presentation Description:
Come and experience an intimate journey of soul songs and sounds to navigate through our rapidly changing chaotic world. Songs that stretch a lifespan of experiences from birth to death will be woven together drawn from encounters with traumatized and suffering communities from around the world. In a devotional aesthetic response we will together explore the ancient and contemporary art of spiritual transformational singing. Together we will create new prayer songs as seed symbols to help us navigate our lives, those we care about and our world.  Be prepared to be touched, inspired and more supported to face the complex reality of change.

Presenter: Maria Gonzalez-Blue
Presentation: Express Arts- Seeking the Transpersonal/Spiritual moment that broadens Perspectives
Room: Angel
Presentation Description:
In times of change our realities shift from concrete to abstract, old forms fall away and we are left in chaos. The arts can be a homeopathic remedy where like can “heal” like. Through exploratory creative processes, we can seek resolutions, discover resources, and experiment with new forms. Using person-centered approach and stress reduction techniques, this workshop offers an opportunity for spiritual vision and expanded perception through guided movement, self-reflection, writing, visual art and group ritual. In tapping the transpersonal and our oneness, we assist the collective in its evolution. Herein lies an opportunity to open to your greater potential.

THIS SESSION IS FULL
Presenter: Delfina Piretti, Jo Sopko
Presentation: Art and Impermanence
Room: La Jolla
Presentation Description:
What is so scary about change? We experience fear with welcomed change like the arrival of a new baby and we experience fear with unwelcomed change like a sudden loss. Both experiences involve impermanence and an encounter with the unknown.  Accepting impermanence is one of the most powerful things you can do as a creator.
Exercising our creative energy empowers us toward co-creating what is to come and to greater trust being with the unknown.
In this workshop we will explore and play with the experience of change and impermanence in various art mediums: visual art, movement, music, storytelling, enactment, and ritual.

Short Workshops A (1.5 hours)

Presenter: Kevin Nute, Jeffrey Stattler
Presentation: The Movements of the Weather as an Interactive Indoor Therapy
Presentation Description:
The primary presentation is an illustrated talk based around video clips of the natural animation of indoor spaces using the live movements of the sun, wind and rain. While these animations are expressions of nature rather than culture, an accompanying interactive exhibit based on wind-animated digital foliage shadows demonstrates how building occupants can individually control how the wind affects a digital tree shadow projected on an indoor surface to create movement patterns that effectively integrate the natural and the personal, and which seem to have an even greater therapeutic effect than natural movement alone.

Presenter: Rachel Jordana Horodezky
Presentation: Creative Dance Psychology: Using Movement as Therapy to Navigate Change
Room: Berkeley
Presentation Description:
Creative Dance Psychology is a modality of expressive movement therapy that cultivates joy, connection and healing by teaching people to embody traditional psychological interventions through movement, verbal processing and the 7 layers of Creative Depth Psychology. In this practice, the main premise is for participants to experience a safe space so that over time, they can learn to become their own healers. In this experiential workshop, participants will be offered the in vivo experience of Creative Dance Psychology as it relates to the theories of change in order to learn techniques to use in both their personal and professional capacities.

Presenter: Maria Regina A. Alfonso
Presentation: The Inner Compass: Creatively Navigating the Winds of Change
Room: California
Presentation Description:
In this presentation, the author presents a framework that has greatly influenced the trajectory of her own work as an educator and therapist, wanting to respond responsibly to the changing needs of the times. The Inner Compass, developed by Margaret Silf, an internationally known speaker/retreat director for the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, is a faith-based framework that offers a creative pathway towards the interior freedom necessary to make good life decisions. But while its value and relevance to clients in therapeutic work presupposes a belief in God, the author explores and presents how its universality may cut across most belief systems, how its fundamental principles tie in with the foundations of expressive art therapy, and how it can be relevant to work with most individuals, groups and communities, especially those who have experienced trauma.

THIS SESSION IS FULL
Presenter: Lisa Herman, Mitchell Kossak
Presentation: Arts-Based Research: Exploring the Edges of the Unknown
Room: Sacramento
Presentation Description:
Art-based research (ABR) is at the heart of what we all do as artists, arts educators and arts-based therapists. Arts-based research (ABR) can be defined as the use of artistic process, and the actual making of artistic expressions in all of the different forms of the arts, as a primary mode of understanding and examining experience by both researchers and research participants..

In this workshop, we will present examples from our own research and engage participants experientially to help plant seeds for future ABR in order to enhance and validate what we do. We will introduce basic ABR methods and consider challenges, common misperceptions and opportunities.  

Presenter: Laury Rappaport
Presentation: Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts: A Mindfulness-Based Somatic Approach
Room: Santa Barbara
Presentation Description:
Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy (FOAT) is a mindfulness-based somatic approach based on Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing that was developed out of research with Carl Rogers on what leads to change in psychotherapy.  FOAT begins with bringing mindful awareness into the body’s felt sense and being “friendly to what it there.” In time, a symbol emerges as a word, phrase, image, gesture, or sound. It is natural to transfer this inner symbolization of the felt sense into expressive arts. You will learn the Focusing Attitude and FOAT basic steps. Gendlin’s concept of “felt shift” or change will be demonstrated through client examples.

Short Workshops B (1.5 hours)

Presenter: Kate Donohue, Brenda Choi, Eve Wong, Pearl Tse
Presentation: Weaving the  Wisdom of East and West
Room: Berkeley
Presentation Description:
Weaving the wisdom of the east and the west in expressive arts therapy supervision has created an exciting and dynamic paradigm of supervision that could be a model for cross-cultural supervision in our field. Three of the six supervisees from Hong Kong and their supervisor from the United States will share their stories and this model through didactic and experiential processes in this three hour workshop Integrating spiritual, psychological and social justice ideas, this pan cultural experience has proven enriching. All participants are learning immensely from each other. The use of technology will also be explored with its’ benefits and drawbacks.

Presenter: Mary Kohut
Presentation: Art Centered Healing Approach to the Pediatric Medical Hospital Setting
Room: California
Presentation Description:
This presentation will identify the benefits of using the expressive arts within a pediatric medical setting which offers the region’s only center dedicated to holistic healing through the arts.  Goals, interventions, and outcomes of art therapy with children coping will illness will be addressed through diverse case studies. Bedside interventions, family therapy sessions, group sessions, and bereavement support will be included. Presentation participants will learn about benefits and challenges of incorporating an expressive arts program into a large pediatric provider.  Artist-in-residences and community events as supplemental programming will be covered.

Presenter: Shoshana Simons, Danielle Burnette
Presentation: Navigating the Winds of Change through Narrative Expressive Arts Therapy
Room: Sacramento
Presentation Description:
Narrative therapy is deeply rooted in understanding our personal narratives within larger sociocultural contexts. As such, it is a particularly useful approach to draw from as we navigate our lives through these powerful winds of change. We will introduce participants to the foundations of narrative therapy through expressive arts lenses. We will explore ways to work collaboratively with clients to deconstruct “problem-saturated” self-narratives, co-producing empowering, multidimensional strengths-based alternative stories through multimodal expressive arts, integrating playful ways to make meaning out of serious life challenges. We will introduce participants to simple yet powerful arts-based witnessing and joining practices that can easily be incorporated into your work in therapeutic, educational or organizational settings.

Presenter: Barbara Fish
Presentation: Harm's Touch: The Gift and Cost of What We Witness
Room: Santa Barbara
Presentation Description:
Harm’s touch describes how we are affected by what we witness. As therapists we are intentional witnesses.  We are also exposed to the experiences of others outside of therapy, with or without our consent. Harm’s touch is an original term that recognizes the potential value as well as the cost of these experiences. Unlike vicarious trauma and burn out, harm’s touch does not look at the experience through a clinical lens. This workshop offers the opportunity to use response art to manage and learn from harm’s touch.


Friday, March 15
Evening Performances

India Cooke and Cloud Shepherd: Classical Quartet

Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers: Forgiveness Project: Part One

Sylvia Israel: Who has seen the wind? Playback Theatre: Stories for Transformation


Saturday, March 16, 2013
AM Sessions

3-Hour Workshops

Presenter: Kyoko Ono, Midori Mizuma
Presentation: Person Centered Expressive Arts Therapy through Japanese Culture
Room: Amador
Presentation Description:
In safe and free environment of person centered approach we will introduce you into Japanese cultural art like sumie drawing, paper cutting etc. We will explore our most quiet place as well as deep passion in ourselves in the workshop.

Presenter: Bonnie Bernstein
Presentation: Arts-Empowerment-Activism: Healing Psychosocial Trauma in Kolkata, India
Room: Mariposa
Presentation Description:
The expressive arts provide unique resources for social activism and healing trauma in the global community. Creative expression can become songs of empowerment, dances of courage, paintings of inner strengths, dramatic transformation of memories and rehearsals for generating change in life circumstances. This experiential and didactic workshop will introduce an empowerment-focused expressive arts approach I have developed since 2008 through yearly month-long workshops designed for sex trafficking survivors in Kolkata, India. Through experiential exercises and discussion participants will discover clinical interventions that are applicable to working with psychosocial trauma while strengthening their personal creative process for working with vulnerable populations.

Presenter: Karen Arthur, Loretta Pickford, Erin Rice, Callie Whitney
Presentation: Re-Imaging the World Through Breaths of Change
Room: El Dorado
Presentation Description:
Experience the power of healing breath, the emotionally stimulating and artful nature of the media, and the hidden potency of our own ability to influence the world. Be introduced to the Six Healing Breaths from Chinese medical tradition, a practice used to encourage harmony in the body.  Play with your own breath, sounds, and movement to unearth new ways to bring healing breath into images found in the media. Transform images from the media through collage. 

Presenter: Gloria Mahin
Presentation: Dance Orientations for RE-Wilding the Self and the World
Room: Yerba Buena
Presentation Description:
Human beings’ estrangement from the natural world underlies the parallel crises of rampant degradation of the environment and the prevalence of social inequality and mental illness in our society.  Focused intentions in movement practices can restore and renew our conscious participation in the ‘dream of the Earth.’  We will discuss and move through nine dance orientations that celebrate the broad range of qualities that characterize the wild and noble human animal.  Embodied listening and creative witnessing will be incorporated to awaken our capacity to move, think, and feel ecocentrically.  Please come prepared to be outside in cold or rainy weather.

Presenter: Melusina-Gina Gomez
Presentation: Serendipity: The Clown's Relationship to Change and Role in Healing
Room: Treasure
Presentation Description:
Motivated by appetites, unable to learn from experience, taking emotions to ridiculous extremes, who better than the clown to show us our most unseemly, unreasonable, and unyielding qualities!  Clowns don’t change, learn, or grow.  Yet by acting out the impulses and attitudes we most disapprove of in ourselves, they provide a shamanic service.  Clowning brings our inner poison to the surface as caricature, allowing us to laugh at hardship, and creating the possibility for new imagination.  This is the precursor to change.  This performance, lecture, and workshop will examine theatrical clowning, its historic relationship to healing, and its therapeutic applications.

THIS SESSION IS FULL
Presenter: Jacob Kaminker
Presentation: Filling the sails of creativity: Internal Imagery and Art
Room: Angel
Presentation Description:
Where does art come from? How does the muse shape inspiration into form? All creativity begins with internal imagery, even if this imagery is unconscious and occurring only an instant before expression. Mystical traditions that use mental imagery to deepen the connection with the divine have honed their practices for millennia. These practices can be rich starting points for engagement with the arts. This workshop aims at developing awareness of the creation of mental imagery, harnessing these powers for the arts, and developing the use of guided imagery in group process.

Presenter: Stella Bay
Presentation: Clarifying Goals and Moving Through Obstacles
Room: La Jolla
Presentation Description:
When you know where you are going you can navigate a course and use the winds of change power your sails!  In this workshop we will use expressive arts to explore aesthetically and write about our life goals.  Speak your vision and share the steps you are taking to manifest your dreams with a supportive group.  Experience a somatic and imaginative exercise of overcoming anything that could prevent you from successfully achieving your goals.

Presenter: Jeffrey Jamerson
Presentation: Expressive Remix Workshop: Using Digital Media Art and Therapy
Room: Santa Barbara
Presentation Description:
Digital media technology permeates a vast range of today’s American life. This is probably greatest with our current generation of children that have been born and reared in a true digital age. In this workshop you will explore how to use digital media art as a therapeutic intervention with children and adolescents. This workshop also provides you with a variety of online digital resources that can be used with children and adolescents in individual and group counseling sessions.

Short Workshops A (1.5 hours)

Presenter: Irina Darun, Andrea Puchi-Kaimas
Presentation: Habitat Primal and Social Inclusion - Habitat Primal e Inclusión Social
Room: Berkeley
Presentation Description:
One of the composers will welcome the attendants and invite them to walk into the room of the rhythm of the drum plaid by the other composer, both being symbolically characterized by natures beings. The room will be featuring the four elements and there will be masks of animals associated to these. The participants will choose one of the masks to characterize. Once in the room the participants will be guided to explore the place by means of movements, accompanied by the sounds of instruments. They must meet and join as a family to create their habitat using plastic materials. The four habitats will generate the ecosystem which we all take part of. At the end we all will be sitting around the ecosystem to meditate about the metaphor worked upon.
Bilingual English/Spanish

Descripción de la Presentación:
Una de las ponentes recibir á a los participantes y les indicará que ingresen al salón caminando al ritmo del tambor que estará tocando la otra ponente, ambas estarán simbólicamente caracterizadas con seres de las naturaleza. El salón estará ambientado representando los cuatro elementos y habrá máscaras de animales asociados a éstos. Los pariticpantes elegirán una para caracterizarse. Una vez dentro del salón, los participantes serán guiados a explorar el espacio por medio del movimiento, acompañados de sonidos de instrumentos etnicos. Deberán reconocerse y juntarse por familia para crear su habitat. Luego los 4 habitats conformarán el eco-sistema del que todos formamos parte. Todo esto con materiales plásticos. Para finalizar nos sentaremos en torno al eco-sistema a reflexionar sobre la metáfora trabajada.
Bilingüe Inglés/Español

Presenter: Rosario Sammartino
Presentation: Isolation: A Life/Art Study
Room: Belvedere
Presentation Description:
A multi-modal lecture will introduce participants to an Expressive Art-based research project based on the condition of Isolation in the Jail system. One primary question will be explored –If isolation had a voice, a shape, a movement, and an image, what would it be? The presentation will culminate with a live performance followed by aesthetic responses in movement, drawing and poetry from the audience, inviting them to become active participants and co-researchers of this life/art study.
Bilingual English/Spanish

Presenter: Miwa Yuko
Presentation: On the Winds of Creativity
Room: California
Presentation Description:
This work would be applied to children, young students, adults and old people. Use few newspaper, cray pas, and scotch tape. It’s very simple, as easy as pie, use your finger and body, touch, tear, and feel one’s own. We don’t need artistic skills. Please try to enjoy creating something and feeling these processes. If you want to take physical action, you can move your body as you like. When you’ll move, you may feel winds on your mind, and share them each other. These are no judgment and assessment. We’ll be able to connect with creativity.

Presenter: Jena Leake
Presentation: Re-Imagining Life Through Art: Studio Practice in Research and Therapy
Room: Sacramento
Presentation Description:
How can we bring the arts to the center of research and practice? This presentation introduces a studio-based approach to expressive arts therapy and arts-based research, which emphasizes art-making in community. Paintings, poetry and storytelling from women involved in an arts-based doctoral research project will provide insight into how the expressive arts support healing and transformation.  The presenter will also share how she investigated her practice of studio expressive arts therapy while integrating her contiguous roles as artist/researcher/teacher/therapist. Artistic inquiry becomes the medium for re-imagining one’s life, research and expressive arts practice.

Short Workshops B (1.5 hours)

Presenter: Rose Marie Prins, Dayna Wood
Presentation: "Reaching" on the Winds of Change - The Arts in Healthcare Settings
Room: Berkeley
Presentation Description:
Reaching, the fastest way to travel on a sailboat, takes advantage of the direction of the wind.  How do we, as healthcare practitioners, learn to “reach” on the gusty winds of change?  The arts, transformative by nature, can assist in addressing this question.  In this experimental expressive arts session participants will explore, using color theory, how they interact with change.  Discussion, modeled on appreciative inquiry, will follow focussing on how these lessons apply in the workplace.  Findings from an arts in healthcare program, Creative Care, will provide an example of how the arts are altering the hospital culture.

THIS SESSION IS FULL
Presenter: Karen Palamos
Presentation: Ecopsychology and EXA, A Nondual Approach to Nature Within
Room: Sacramento
Presentation Description:
This workshop will focus on Ecopsychology and EXA in an experiential session exploring our fundamental oneness with nature as non-separateness.  Using a multi-modal approach including guided meditation, collage, writing, singing and movement, participants will clarify aspects of their personal responses to natural and urban environments.  You will be asked to take a mindful approach to your body throughout the workshop, paying attention to breath, bodily sensations and intuitive sensing, and will leave with an accountability buddy to help actualize your ideas. For psychotherapists who are interested in integrating Ecopsychology into their work, this can be a springboard for client work.

Presenter: Kathleen Horne, Victoria Domenichello-Anderson
Presentation: Imagination … Reshaping the World
Room: Belvedere
Presentation Description:
At this time in history, we are being called upon to navigate our inner and outer worlds with skills that require imagination, deep self-inquiry and authentic social action. The scope of Expressive Arts provides a framework for building these skills. This experiential workshop guides participants through a brief yet powerful process of exploration on the continuum of intra-personal -- interpersonal -- community building -- social change. An ongoing collaborative art project will provide the structure for the experience and a demonstration of a "real-life" application which consciously invokes the imagination as an agent of change.


Saturday March 16, 2013
PM Sessions

3-Hour Workshops

Presenter: Gong Shu, Wang ErDong
Presentation: Yi Shu: Chinese Medicine and the Expressive Arts Therapy
Room: Amador
Presentation Description:
This workshop bridges the therapeutic procedures of Eastern and Western cultures. It integrates art therapy, psychodrama, traditional Chinese medicine, meditation, and dance/movements.  It fuses these diverse healing processes into a unified experience that releases energy blockages, assisting participants to reach their highest creative potential.

Presenter: Adriana Marchione
Presentation: The Body as Ever-Changing Landscape: A Life/Art Approach to Resiliency
Room: Mariposa
Presentation Description:
How do we move through change?  How can our bodies support us to make smooth transitions?  When our lives change or splinter, our bodies can offer balance and stability and help shape our next stage of growth.  Using the Tamalpa Life/Art Process with a specific focus on the body part mythology method, we will use dance, visual art and poetry to uncover resources in the face of challenges.  Drawing on the presenter’s work with eating disorders, addiction, and loss, this workshop will offer testimony to the body’s resilience.

Presenter Camille Smith
Presentation: The Changer and the Changed: Group process, Individual change
Room: El Dorado
Presentation Description:
Just as a flowing river carves its own path and is thereby changed by its own action, the creative process asks us to be change agents and from those actions we are thus changed. Using group process, mural making and haiku, participants will explore how each of us individually impacts the collective experience in relationship with creativity as the agent of change.

Presenter: Maude Davis, Lisa Parkins
Presentation: Inanna's Descent: Changing the Myth
Room: Yerba Buena
Presentation Description:
Myths can viewed as maps of the psyche. In this workshop we will use performance modalities -- movement, voice, and character to explore the ancient Sumerian myth, Inanna’s Descent.  Experientially we enter the mythological world of the goddess Inanna.  Here, we develop a felt sense of the story’s motifs: the descent into the underworld; a fatal encounter with dark yet fertile forces; the importance of empathy; and the miraculous effects of water, wisdom and creativity.  By becoming aware of corresponding psychological dynamics at work in our own lives, when the Winds of Change blow, we intuitively rise to meet the challenge.
                       
Presenter: Phil Weglarz
Presentation: Harnessing the Winds of Change
Room: Treasure
Presentation Description:
As wind turbines capture valuable energy from the environment, “Harnessing the Winds of Change” uses community art-making to capture multi-generational perspectives on change from three distinct groups (1) the elderly who practice expressive arts in day treatment and residential settings; (2) current expressive arts professionals, students, and other IEATA conference attendees; & (3) children who are involved in expressive arts programs. The resulting installation, inspired by wind farms, provides us all an opportunity to harvest memories of past changes, reflections on current trends, and dreams of the future.

Presenter: Dorit Netzer, Ryan Rominger, Nancy Rowe
Presentation: Transforming Through Creative Expression: Mindfulness, Discernment, Compassion, Appreciation of Differences
Room: Belvedere
Presentation Description:
In this workshop, we seek to engage in creative expression as a vehicle for the cultivation of four core transpersonal qualities. Participants will activate their imagination, creativity, embodied awareness, and relational receptivity to gain experiential understanding of how mindfulness, discernment, compassion, and appreciation of differences facilitate transformation on personal and social levels. In guiding this creative process, the presenters will draw on their experiences as educators and facilitators, inspiring and supporting students’ transpersonal development and social action. Together we will discover ways to weave creative exploration of transpersonal values into individual and group activities as instrumental for social change.

Presenter: Doreen Maller, Leane Gentsler
Presentation: Walking New Roads: Facilitating Change with Art, Mindfulness, Neuroplasticity
Room: Angel
Presentation Description:
Current research indicates that, contrary to earlier scientific thought, the adult brain retains much of the plasticity of the developing brain.  Modern Neuroscience teaches that the brain is constantly adapting, and that the actions we take can expand or contract different regions of the brain.  Buddhism teaches that there is no intrinsic nature to the mind.  Intention sparks experience and experience activates neurons.  This didactic and experiential workshop introduces concepts of neuroplasticity, mindfulness and arts-based visualization to conceptualize the design of new neural-pathways to “make new roads” in thought and behavior. 

THIS SESSION IS FULL
Presenter: Mateusz Wiszniewski
Presentation: Dancing with Change
Room: La Jolla
Presentation Description:
Dancing with Change-intermodal expressive art workshop will focus on showing how we can use different form of dance as well as sound and drawing together with visualization to learn how to cope better and open for change. The exercises presented in the workshop include
different ways of moving as a way learn different strategies to meet the change; sound practice and healing dance theater as an approach to work with resistance to change; and drawing practice as an invitation to invite change and make best use of it for our growth.

THIS SESSION IS FULL
Presenter: Gary Raucher
Presentation: Steady in the Wind: Mindful Boundaries in Working with Trauma
Room: Santa Barbara
Presentation Description:
Increasingly, Expressive Arts Therapists find themselves working in crisis settings or with clients grappling with complex trauma. How do therapists balance emotional availability to their clients with safeguarding their own wellness and balance? How do they avoid vicarious trauma? Clients and therapists can leave profound energetic imprints upon each other during their work, for good or for ill. How do we promote the good and helpful in this equation? Drawing on mindfulness, somatic practices, the arts, Core Energetics, and studies of the interpersonal energy field, this session offers both didactic and experiential means to address this dilemma.

Short Workshops A (1.5 hours)

Presenter: Bonnie Nish, Bess Eirman
Presentation: Playing with Shadow: The Poetics of Movement in the Learning to Uncover Self
Room: Berkeley
Presentation Description:
When you change the shapes within, there is a ripple effect which suddenly changes the world around us in profound ways. When we move we are able to clear our thoughts and gain clarity. This workshop will take us on a journey to shape life’s experiences into clear and meaningful works of art through poetry and movement. As we play with words and movement we will learn to shape our thoughts, color our imagination, and splash our way through the puddles of our shadows. Gain the inner resources to let your creative shadow take shape through poetry and movement.

Presenter: Mukti Khanna, Yuko Igarashi, Septhanie Jamieson, Aleilah Lawson, MoLee Omeh, Kailan Tyler-Babkirk
Presentation: Transdiciplinary Expressive Arts Education: Creating Community Harmoney for Seven Generations
Room: California
Presentation Description:
This symposium and workshop will highlight expressive arts work from Evergreen College students and recent alumni who have integrated expressive arts in interdisciplinary inquiries on Mind- Body Medicine, Multicultural Counseling and Self Directed Learning projects in Japan, South America and community settings in the United States. Our educational systems have the opportunity to become societal portals for navigating systemic change and crafting creative solutions to our major social issues that are grounded in environmental sustainability, social justice and spirituality. Come and dialogue with the next generation of expressive arts practitioners about their work and to celebrate intermodal expressive arts learning!
Bilingual English/Spanish

THIS SESSION IS FULL
Presenter: Lori Krein
Presentation: Embracing Change Together: Expressive Arts Case Study and Experiential Workshop
Room: Sacramento
Presentation Description:
Through story-telling and video, presenter will share observations from her Expressive Arts Workshops, where participants embraced the winds of change in their lives by creating in a group environment. Since presenter is an artist, not a therapist, this spiritual and personal growth took place outside of a traditional therapy environment. In addition to collage materials, presenter provided guided meditation, encouragement, support, and a safe space for personal exploration. Participants worked through various issues including grief, life transition, job loss, relocation, creative blocks, and social issues. Being creative in a group setting enhanced the healing and growth process. During the second half of this presentation, participants will experience the process first hand. 

Short Workshops B (1.5 hours)

Presenter: Brook Lin, Anin Utigaard
Presentation: A Time for Change: Person-Centered Expressive Arts with Adolescents
Room: Berkeley
Presentation Description:
Through stories, examples, artwork and experiential process the two presenters will share their combined 30 years’ experience working with adolescents using the person-centered expressive arts approach. Participants will gain an understanding of why the PC approach with EXA works so well with adolescents and how it can be a powerful tool for connection and change for them and those involved in their lives. A free workbook with a sampling of suggested EXA processes to use with this age group will be provided to attendees; a small preview and sharing of their future book collaboration.

Presenter: Alexandra Joy Sideroff
Presentation: Integrating Plant Spirit Healing with Creative Arts for Holistic Transformation
Room: California
Presentation Description:
Participants will be introduced to the modality of Plant Spirit Healing, a vehicle where personal and professional transformation is constellated through connection with natural realms.
Participants will be led through a shamanic drum journey to deepen states of consciousness and increase access to the wisdom within. Participants will be guided in a process of developing relationships with an inner wise person and a plant spirit ally. These resources will become embodied and available for ongoing support.
Participants will take their experience into the visual realm through engagement with creative arts. Personal sharing, practice implications and environmental impact will be discussed.

Presenter: Wendy Miller
Presentation: Sky Above Clouds: Creativity, Aging and Illness
Room: Sacramento
Presentation Description:
This reading shares a personal joint narrative of well-known husband and wife team. He: physician, gerontologist and researcher, international spokesman on creativity and aging. She: artist, expressive arts therapist, and national spokeswoman on creativity and healing. The story details work, family and love in the crucible of illness, cancer and death, putting their years of theory and clinical practice to the ultimate test, shaped their family’s life in profound ways. The story of that struggle, the challenges met and insights gained, is not just their story, but the story of creativity as catalyst for growth, hope,
love, and healing at every age.


Sunday March 17, 2013
AM Sessions

1.5 hour Sessions

THIS SESSION IS FULL
Presenter: Juztino M. Panella
Presentation: EXA Buddhist Psychology: Exploring Creative Power of the Observing Self - Artes Expresivas y Psicología Budista: Explorando el poder creativo del “Ser Observador”
Room: Amador
Presentation Description:
Buddhist psychology empowers us to become compassionate observers of our thoughts, emotions and sensations. With loving-kindness we can see the content of what pains us as leaves floating in a stream of consciousness so that we may transform our suffering into awareness and creative expression. This workshop invites participants to use guided imagery, drawing and movement to engage with the practice of mindfulness. Using Buddhist techniques we will come into contact with our felt-sense of the complex world within and explore what arises through metaphor and imagery.
Bilingual English/Spanish

Descripción de la Presentación:
La psicología Budista nos enseña a ser testigos compasivos de nuestros propios pensamientos, emociones y sensaciones. Con actitud amorosa, observamos aquello que nos lastima como si fueran “hojas que flotan en la corriente” de la conciencia, para poder entonces, acceder a nuestro sufrimiento y transformarlo en expresión creativa. Este taller invita a los participantes a utilizar visualizaciones, dibujos y movimientos, tomando conciencia y aceptando el momento presente. A través de técnicas Budistas, entraremos en contacto con nuestro sentir mas profundo en la complejidad del mundo que nos rodea, explorando aquello que surja de la mano de imágenes y metáforas.
Bilingüe Inglés/Español

THIS SESSION IS FULL
Presenter: Rosa Granadillo-Schwendtker
Presentation: Arts/Rituals to Process Change/Integration of Cultural Identity in Latino Communities
Room: Mariposa
Presentation Description:
Participants explore how rituals in the expressive arts are used to process change or integration in the journey to access and express their unique diverse voice and identity as in the Latino community. Movement, visual arts, music, and props along with art materials like feathers, stones, pieces of fabric and crayons are used. The goal is to create a safe, sacred container that promotes change where participants can delve into and voice their cultural identity resulting in the building of community and validation of the self. Final discussion includes substantiation of the use of rituals expressive arts with Latino/a populations.

Presenter: Claudia Hartke
Presentation: Shards of Glass - Germans Engage the Holocaust Through Expressive Arts
Room: Yerba Buena
Presentation Description:
Feelings such as guilt and shame as a reaction to the Holocaust and Nazi era are common among Germans. In a case study, third generation Germans engaged in a process of collective shadow work using expressive arts to explore their feelings. The presentation reflects on the journey through this group process through Shards of Glass, an assemblage of participants’ artwork and words, created by the presenter through an arts-based inquiry approach. The arts were essential in engaging difficult feelings, and thus taking responsibility for collective shadow - a step pivotal to change our world to a more peaceful, habitable place.

Presenter: Cherith Pedersen
Presentation: Inviting Teen Discourse on HIV and Sex Using Playback Theater
Room: Berkeley
Presentation Description:
This project was funded by the National HIV commission of Barbados and set out to explore the sexual norms, behaviours and attitudes of our teenagers (10-19 y/o). The use of Playback theatre was seen as the best approach, based on emerging support for entertainment-education, participatory education and response driven- participation to reduce HIV mis-information. Arts based programs are generally found to significantly improve HIV related knowledge, attitudes and behaviour among an at-risk population( Boneh & Jaganath,2011). The main objective of this intervention was to facilitate a forum for understanding risky behaviour, as well as encourage healthier romantic and sexual life choices.

Presenter: Vivian Chavez
Presentation: The Politics and Poetics of Cultural Humility in Training Health Professionals
Room: California
Presentation Description:
Our hearts must grow bigger as the world grows smaller and the dynamic winds of change gust.  At this time it is important to revitalizing public health training and professional development to address personal and community transformation with cultural humility.  A set of principles to guide the thinking, behavior and actions of individuals and institutions influencing interpersonal relationships as well as systems change will be exchanged.  Cultivating self-care while raising our awareness of health disparities requires examining the politics and poetics of cultural humility. Excerpts from a documentary film will show stories of successes and challenges, and the road in between, when it comes to developing mutual respect, self-reflection & partnership.

Presenter: Doreen Maller, Jacob Kaminker, Denise Boston
Presentation: Envisioning Change - IEATA, Expressive Arts and the Future
Room: Yerba Buena
Presentation Description:
We need your help to shape the future of IEATA! Come join this arts-based exploration of our community, its mission, and its future.

Presenter: Varvara V. Sidorova
Presentation: Development of EXA in Russia: Growing Changes
Room: Angel
Presentation Description:
In this presentation I am going to tell to EXA-specialists from different country  how the professional field of EXA is growing up in Russia. I will show video- and photographic materials concerning the educational EXAT program housed by Moscow State University, the 1 Exa Festival in Russia (Moscow, July2012) and the works of Russian EXA- specialist in various settings. Also I will explain which is the EXA situation in the contemporary Russian social and cultural context.

THIS SESSION IS FULL
Presenter: Maria Mattioli, Mira Michelle, Ronda Wiley, Leyla Eraslan
Presentation: Cultivating the Seeds of Resilience Through Expressive Arts
Room: Sacramento
Presentation Description:
This workshop will explore a strength-based approach for withstanding the winds of change. How do we, as individuals and as a community, continue to stand tall, dig deep and remain spirited in times of change? This workshop will use a multi-modal expressive arts approach to support participants in examining their own strengths and shared resources. We will use the metaphor of the garden as the basis for this exploration. What seeds do you plant for growth and what chocking weeds inhibit that growth? Together we will create a metaphorical community garden of wellness and resilience.

Presenter: Izabella Klein
Presentation: Expressive Arts Therapy in Hungary- Preliminary Study on Medical Student Groups
Room: La Jolla
Presentation Description:
I went back to my old University, the Semmelweis Medical School in Budapest, Hungary to do expressive arts therapy (a relatively new method in Hungary) with medical students with the aim of teaching self care early in their career. I also set up a study employing a battery of quantitative and qualitative tools to validate my work and to increase acceptance and respect of expressive arts therapy in Hungary. The results show that a 3 months long expressive arts therapy group can effectively change self-satisfaction, psychological well-being, uncertainty enduring and burnout to provide medical students a more pleasant life.

Presenter: Jessica Byerly
Presentation: "Reel Therapy": Use of Digital Filmmaking for Pediatric Oncology Patients
Room: Santa Barbara
Presentation Description:
This lecture will explore previous literature and  past uses of digital filmmaking as a medium for art therapy interventions, as well as current beliefs as to why digital filmmaking is a viable medium for art therapists, especially when working with a pediatric oncology population.  Pros and cons of digital filmmaking in relation to counseling will be discussed as well as the benefits of digital filmmaking in a hospital environment.  Various digital filmmaking tools will be discussed including cameras and computer editing software.   

Post-Conference Sessions

Social Action Post Conference Event

Join CHAA (Community Health for Asian Americans) staff and clients on a journey through the arts to transform hegemonic bodies into critical bodies through conscientization, a term used by Freire to describe the process of raising awareness of the body and the larger forces that surround it, revealing structures that impact it and reinterpreting it by grounding it in personal and communal experience. Through an expressive arts experience, contemplate your body and the things in the world around you. After sharing your personal process and witnessing others experiences engage in conversation and in the creation of a group poster.

CHAA is a non-profit based in the San Francisco Bay Area, established in 1996, that serves historically underserved Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander communities. CHAA offers a continuum of services that include behavioral health, wellness and prevention programs, youth development and family support. As a community-based organization, CHAA believes health and wellness are vital to community development and social justice. CHAA employs community- based participatory research and popular education to honor and nurture authentic leadership, promoting community, family and consumer wellness, voice and choice.

CHAA staff members are from the communities they serve, and bring their cultural and language skills, knowledge and commitment to this important work. CHAA's multidisciplinary team of over 50 includes psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, therapists, support counselors, wraparound teams, prevention specialists, youth development specialists, public health professionals, outreach specialists and a cultural anthropologist. CHAA staff speaks 21 Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander languages and dialects, including: Bangla, Burmese, Cantonese, Hindi, Hokkien, Japanese, Kapampangan, Khmer (Cambodian), Khmu, Lao, Malay, Mandarin, Mien, Mongolian, Nepali, Rakhaing, Tagalog, Thai, Tibetan, Tongan, and Vietnamese, as well as Spanish.

Legacy of Images: A Supervisory Workshop

The legacy of expressive arts therapy is passed on to the next generation through the supervisory process. In multi-arts based supervision, we explore the power and potentials of images and the arts and how they reveal and unfold a client’s process. Expressive arts therapy supervision is a unique weaving of clinical, arts and archetypal perspectives that help to deepen a therapist’s practice. Participants in this workshop will take in an expressive arts therapy group supervisory process, using art-making and images to help understand one’s clients, their issues, the co-transference and deeper levels of existence and relationship and the arts themselves.

Kate T. Donohue, Ph.D., REAT is a licensed psychologist and a registered expressive arts therapist who has maintained a private practice for 35 years. She has also been supervising and teaching for 32 years nationally and internationally.  Kate co-founded the EXA program at CIIS as well as co-founder of IEATA.

Law and Ethics in Action: An Experiential Workshop

This class meets BBS requirements
What does ethical behavior mean to you?  How do you make decisions when the law is unclear? What are the subtleties of ethical behavior and the personal values we bring to the ethical decision-making process? In this workshop we will explore these questions and others, as we bring ethical and legal dilemmas to life through action methods drawn from psychodrama and sociodrama. Using ritual, we will honor the moral/ ethical complexities of our work.

Sylvia Israel, LMFT, RDT/BCT, TEP (MFC31245), Certified Psychodrama Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP) Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Trainer (RDT/BCT), is the Founder /Director of IMAGINE! Center for Creativity and Healing, Founder/Past-Director of Bay Area Playback Theatre and Founding Member of Bay Area Moreno Institute. She teaches at the CA Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and maintains a private practice in San Francisco and Marin.

An Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Sampler - Muestra de la psicoterapia asisitida con caballos

This workshop will provide an introductory experience into the field of equine facilitated psychotherapy and blend these practices with expressive arts.  Participants will work with horses on the ground (unmounted), addressing various themes such as: dealing with change, self-knowledge, finding your passion, healthy relationships, non-verbal communication, emotional congruence, individual and group safety, personal and professional goal-setting, self-confidence and leadership styles. Art practices will be engaged with the equine experience. The workshop will take place at DreamPower Horsemanship in Gilroy, CA. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for an outdoor barn setting.  No prior horse experience is necessary.

Este taller proporcionara una experiencia introductoria en el campo de la psicoterapia equina y combinara estas practicas con las artes expresivas. Los participantes trabajaran con los caballos en el campo (sin montura), tratando varios temas, tales como: manejo del cambio, autoconocimiento, encuentro de tu pasion, relaciones sanas, comunicacion no-verbal, congruencia emocional, seguridad individual y grupal, establecimiento de metas personales y profesionales, auto-confianza y estilos de liderazgo. Las practicas de arte estaran relacionadas a la experiencia con los caballos. El taller se llevara a cabo en DreamPower Horsemanship en Gilroy, CA. Los participantes deberan vestirse con ropa comoda y zapatos adecuados para andar en un establo al aire libre. No es necesario tener experiencia previa con caballos.

Martha McNiel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, PATH International Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor and the 2011 PATH Intl. Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning Professional of the Year. 

Lisa Renae Nelson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor In Training and a professional photographer. 

Aleksandra Szymanska is a psychologist (licensed in Poland), PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor and working on her Master’s in Fine Arts in Painting.  All three presenters work at DreamPower Horsemanship in Gilroy, CA.

Body Tales: Rafting the Wilds - From Personal Shadow to Community Treasure

Body Tales® is a creative and healing practice that integrates movement, voice, imagery and
personal storytelling. This somatic journey offers clear structures and ground rules; inviting empathetic,
whole body intelligence and learning, and strengthening kinship and belonging with the larger earth. In this
experiential session we will focus with specific body places, sensations and systems (such as jaw, neck and
throat; belly; lungs and breathing; back of the heart) - communing with our embodied stories, challenges
and resources. In small groups, participants explore and share their own Body Tales – creating warmly
shared Movement Theater from, and for, our real lives.

Olivia Corson, MA
Culture & Spirituality, BFA Dance, is the founder of Body Tales®. A pioneering SF
Movement Theater artist, teacher and somatic educator, she has taught and performed extensively for
over 30 years. Olivia powerfully infuses the work with her passion for the Earth, and for the movement and
stories that renew and sustain us.

 


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