TRAUMA-FOCUSED PLAY & ARTS

THERAPIES FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

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THE NEW SCHOOL — Lang Community & Student Center

55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor (between 5th & 6th Avenues)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014

APT Continuing Education Credits Available

Symposium Faculty and Sessions

10:00 am
WELCOME AND OVERVIEW

Chairperson
ELIANA GIL, PhD, ATR, RPT-S, LMFT

Psychologist, Registered Art Therapist, Registered Play Therapist

Eliana Gil is recipient of the Association for Play Therapy's 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a registered play therapy supervisor, a registered art therapist, and a licensed marriage, family, child counselor. Eliana is also former president of the Association for Play Therapy and has worked in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment for over 40 years. She is Founder and Partner at Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education, a group private practice in Fairfax, VA. Eliana has taught as adjunct faculty at Virginia Tech University for over 15 years. Bilingual and bicultural, originally from Ecuador, she has authored numerous books.



THE ART OF TREATING TRAUMA THROUGH PLAY AND ARTS THERAPIES

There appears to be consensus on the issues that most affect children who experience interpersonal complex trauma. What remains less clear is how to best address these challenging treatment issues in very young children, ambivalent teens, or adults suffering from the aftereffects of untreated trauma. These skilled symposium faculty recognize that there are various treatment approaches, each of which offers unique benefits, depending on the client's particular needs. By bringing together these expert specialists in dialogue, we pursue a deeper understanding of how the various expressive approaches can facilitate trauma treatment on their own, and as part of a treatment team's comprehensive plan.



11:00 am

BARBARA SOBOL, ATR-BC, LPC
Board Certified Art Therapist, Counselor

Barbara Sobol has practiced as a clinician and teacher for more than 30 years. She has taught in the graduate art therapy programs of The George Washington University, New York University, and Vermont College. Barbara developed the Child Diagnostic Drawing Series in collaboration with Carol T. Cox. She has published and presented both nationally and internationally on these subjects and particularly on the emotional power of children’s imagery. In 2012, Barbara was awarded both the AATA’s “Clinician of the Year” honor and The Albany Academy Distinguished Alumna award for her work in family art therapy. She is also a certified practitioner of Intensive Trauma Therapy.


AN UNBEARABLE LONGING FOR LOVE: ATTACHMENT, TRAUMA, AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION

Even in infancy, the essential wound of developmental/attachment trauma disrupts all domains of experience. Those clients who generate a "survival self" to cope often find it difficult to reunite with their "core selves," even after significant progress in treatment. In my 30 years as a trauma therapist, I have worked with many clients who have struggled with this, reluctant to confront the almost unbearable longing for love they'd missed so early in their lives. In this presentation, I will review the treatment of a 9 year-old girl and a 52 year-old woman. In both cases, it was essential to address all four domains of experience: the sensory system, affect, behavior, and cognition (Braun's 1988 BASK Model of Dissociation) while following the client's lead, per Gil's method. By working in this way, each client was ultimately able to respond by putting her deepest issues "on the table" using art materials. Despite overwhelming feelings, constrictions, shame, and distortions, her unbearable longing for love became available for treatment. Specific techniques for evaluating and treating traumatized clients will be discussed.


12:30 pm
LUNCH BREAK


1:30 pm

HEIDI LANDIS, RDT, CGP, LCAT, PAT
Registered Drama Therapist

Heidi Landis is program director at Creative Alternatives of New York. She is the drama therapy liaison at the Psychodrama and Creative Arts Therapy Institute in NYC and also has a private practice. Heidi is an adjunct professor at the College of New Rochelle, runs psychodrama training groups in NYC and at the Cleveland Psychodrama Institute, and has presented workshops and classes at many national conferences and organizations. She is the education chair of the National Association of Drama Therapy and serves on the executive council of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama.


PLAYING THE UNSPEAKABLE: STORY & DRAMA IN GROUP PROCESS

In order to address the use of drama therapy with children and youth chronically exposed to early trauma and adversity, participants will be guided through an experiential learning process. Using the core principles of the CANY model of trauma-informed drama therapy, we'll explore the ways in which this expressive arts discipline can address the wounds of early abuse and neglect. Case examples will illustrate how the transformational power of metaphor helps clients access their spontaneity and creativity, find their voices, and tell their stories. In doing this, we help them to decrease anxiety, imagine new possibilities, and expand their role repertoires. Theoretical material will be supported by current CANY research with children and adolescents affected by complex trauma.



3:00 pm

BETTY JACKSON, LSW, CST-T

Certified Sandplay Therapist and Trainer

Betty Jackson is a certified teaching member of Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy with over 35 years of experience working in school, mental health, and private practice settings. She has presented on sandplay therapy nationally and internationally and has authored articles for The Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Betty is currently in private practice in southeastern Pennsylvania, where she provides training and consultation to professionals interested in sandplay therapy. She also works for Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services, where she provides therapy for disadvantaged children and families, and specialized therapeutic intervention for the early childhood population.


LANDSCAPES OF CATASTROPHE — WORKING WITH TRAUMA IMAGERY IN SANDPLAY

Children typically express traumatic experience symbolically via natural disasters or catastrophes of one sort or another. In Sandplay, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes, fires, floods, and the carnage of war capture the essence of traumatic experience; in these scenarios, the safety and security of the world has been damaged or destroyed. In this presentation, the speaker, a licensed social worker and senior teaching member of the Sandplay Therapists of America will present an overview of the use of Sandplay therapy in treating children who have experienced significant physical or emotional wounding, highlighting the efficacy of sandplay as a non-directive, nonverbal modality. We'll review the imagery commonly used by children who have experienced trauma and explore a series of case vignettes depicting common themes: chaos/order; destruction/construction/restoration; and wounding/rescue/healing. Also featured will be a case overview illustrating the integration of Sandplay with play therapy in which the young subject recovers and works through feelings associated with a traumatic memory.


4:30 pm

PANEL

INTEGRATING PLAY & ARTS THERAPIES INTO TRAUMA-FOCUSED TREATMENT OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

SYMPOSIUM FACULTY

To close the Symposium, our four featured speakers will participate in conversation about their creative approaches to working with traumatized clients and engage with the audience. Symposium participants will be invited to submit 'micro' clinical scenarios when they arrive. In response, our faculty will suggest potential strategies, highlighting their respective approaches to the clinical challenges posed. Participants are also encouraged to ask questions of the speakers based on their presentations made during the day.

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THURSDAY

10:00 am - 5:15 pm

Healing the Fury of Children & Adolescents: Creative Play Therapy Interventions

David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S


SATURDAY

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Navigating Attachment, Strengthening Connection Using Play & Drama Therapies

Eliana Gil, PhD, ATR, RPT-S, LMFT

Teresa Dias, MA


11:40 am - 1:00 pm

Non-directive Play Therapy for Expressive Arts Therapists

Christian Bellissimo, MSW, LCSW, RPT


2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Cultivating Resilience in Children & Adolescents through Play Therapy, Creative Arts, and NMT

David A. Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S

Jillian E. Kelly, LCSW



SUNDAY

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Using Play Therapy to Help Children Who Have Sexual Behavior Problems

Jennifer Shaw, PsyD


2:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Play Therapy Principles & Techniques with Teens and Adults

Cathy Canfield, MSW, LCSW


4:10 pm - 5:30 pm

Expressive Art Therapies & Play Therapy for "Boomers”

Julia Byers, EdD, LMHC, ATR-BC

NOTE: This session not eligible for APT credits

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