Seminar Detail

Expressive Therapies: Healing Trauma through Play, Art, Movement & Storytelling

Where:
WORCESTER, MA
When:
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

In this hands-on, experiential seminar, you will learn a variety of expressive therapy interventions through play, art & clay therapy, movement/dance/music, storytelling and nature. You will be able to immediately incorporate these methods into practice with the clients you work with, to transform attachment related trauma, trauma associated with physical and emotional crisis (abuse, neglect, domestic violence, natural disasters, among others), as well as learning self-regulation skills to calm anxiety, focus attention, and overcome depressive states.

In this skill enriching training you will empower your clients to:
  • Build resiliency
  • Reframe their trauma experiences
  • Increase self-efficacy
  • Self-regulate emotions
  • Build a sense of control
  • Connect to mind-body awareness and nature
  • Enhance interpersonal relationships
  • Take action beyond the therapy session to heal
Join Janet Courtney, Ph.D., RPT-S, author and internationally recognized storyteller, as she shares with you a variety of expressive therapy interventions and supportive case examples and over 30 years of experience working with clients through expressive therapies.
Objectives:

  1. Identify the neurobiological implications of using expressing therapies.
  2. Describe how expressive therapies can reframe trauma experiences, increase self-regulation, and connect to a mind-body awareness.
  3. Learn how to overcome client resistance and build upon inner resiliency and strengths.
  4. List the steps of creating and implementing multi-sensory therapeutic storytelling to heal trauma.
  5. Discuss the ethical implications of using expressive therapies in practice.
  6. Demonstrate how to implement a variety of expressive therapies in practice through hands-on interactive experiences.
OUTLINE

The Right-Brain – Home of the Expressive Self
  • Advances in neuroscience
  • Integrating rational and emotional brain processes in trauma
  • The Expressive Therapy edge to heal trauma
  • Engage the sensory self: touch, visual, listening, smell
  • The therapeutic alliance – creating a foundation of empathetic compassion, safety, and trust
Assessing & Healing Trauma Through Drawing Art Processes
  • Tap into right brain processes – the drawing speaks louder than words
  • Overcome resistance and build safety and trust
  • Draw upon the resiliency of humor
  • Assessment individual and of family resiliency and strengths toward treatment planning and intervention
Healing Trauma through Song, Movement, & Dance
  • Promote mind-body awareness and overcome resistance
  • Cultivate interpersonal connections and a sense of safety & trust
  • Release trauma, cultivate mind-body awareness through a sense of a “felt-self”
  • Build a sense of self-worth through interpersonal connection with others by being “heard”
Releasing & Healing Traumatic Experience through Clay
  • Promote a sense of identity and self-worth
  • Create a sense of safety, boundaries & containment
  • Cultivate mindful attention and multi-sensory awareness
  • Release unexpressed emotional and somatic trauma (anger, frustration, depression, grief, loss, loneliness, confusion)
Therapeutic Storytelling to Reframe the Trauma Narrative
  • Growing self-confidence through tapping the “Storyteller Within”
  • Release unexpressed trauma through raw writing
  • Create therapeutic stories for children and adolescents through the Child Interview Storytelling Grid ~ (building blocks of creating therapeutic stories)
  • Build skills of self-regulation, resiliency, and reframe the trauma story
Nature as Co-therapist in Overcoming Trauma
  • Create healing metaphors from nature
  • Learn simple ways to bridge nature into the therapy room
  • Overcoming trauma through “stepping stones to resiliency”
  • Build self-regeneration and heal trauma through nature-based rituals of healing
  • Cultivating mindfulness in nature – plan a nature therapy field trip
Ethical and Clinical Considerations
  • Ethics of expressive therapy interventions
  • Informed consent
  • Countertransferences
  • Issues related to touch and boundaries
  • Create client action plans to bridge therapy work into daily-life experiences

JANET COURTNEY, PHD, LCSW, RPT-S

Janet A. Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S, is founder of FirstPlay Therapy® and an adjunct professor at Barry University School of Social Work, Miami Shores, FL. She is a Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor, TEDx speaker, chair of the Ethics and Practice committee through the Association for Play Therapy, and past president of the Florida Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Courtney is author and co-editor of the groundbreaking 2017 book, Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide. Her research into touch is published in the International Journal of Play Therapy, and the American Journal of Art Therapy. She is also published in the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, and is a contributing author for the chapter, "Touching Autism through Developmental Play Therapy" in the book, Play-based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She offers a certification in FirstPlay Therapy® (including FirstPlay® Infant Massage Storytelling). She has been invited to speak nationally and internationally including the Cayman Islands, England, Ireland, Morocco, Russia and the Ukraine. She specializes in infant play therapy/infant mental health, attachment, and trauma related issues. Dr. Courtney’s new form of Kinesthetic Storytelling® can be found in her children’s book, The Magic Rainbow. Visit her website at www.FirstPlayTherapy.com



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Janet Courtney is founder of FirstPlay™ Therapy. She is in private practice and an adjunct professor at Barry University. Dr. Courtney receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Janet Courtney is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
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Rhode Island Counselors: CE credit is available. This activity has been approved by the Rhode Island Mental Health Counselor's Association. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 6.25 CEUs.


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This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

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6.0 CEUs. PESI, Inc. is an approved provider of Continuing Education by the Connecticut State Department of Education (Provider #930; Activity ID #930-17-059-010 for seminar on 02/13/17, #930-17-059-011 for seminar on 02/14/17 and #930-17-059-012 for seminar on 02/15/17).

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