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Using Expressive Therapies in Clinical Practice: 2023 Best Practices for Working with Kids & Families

February 27 – March 3, 2023   |   9:00 am – 12:30 pm daily   |   USD$849 / CAD$1,104

Presented by Eliana Gil

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Eliana Gil - Expressive Therapies
Roy Kiessling - Interpersonal EMDR
Roy Kiessling - Interpersonal EMDR

About this workshop

Explore your own creativity as you learn how to integrate expressive therapies into clinical practice.

In this experiential workshop, participants will explore their own creativity and imagination as we look at the benefits of integrating expressive therapies into clinical practice. Participants will have ample opportunity to experience expressive therapy models and activities with a focus on successful integration and implementation.

Substantive evidence shows that play, art, and other expressive methods allow clients to sidestep well-established defensive mechanisms, activate the body-mind connection, and enliven and reshape relational interactions and connections. Clinicians in this training will gain a new repertoire of expressive interventions and feel prepared to tap into their own creativity to design novel invitations for their clients.

Each day during this course, participants will have a chance to engage in an expressive activity and discuss the clinical application of that activity. This workshop is designed to allow each clinician to work from his/her theoretical model and integrate accordingly. An emphasis will be placed on providing expressive therapies in an economic way, without expensive toys, and learning about adapting materials already available in any clinical setting.

Come to this workshop with your therapeutic curiosity and willingness to play, laugh, and add joy to the serious work of therapy.

Learning Objectives

  • Select and utilize an expressive therapy technique for assessment purposes with children.
  • Select and utilize an expressive therapy technique to promote treatment goals.
  • List two potential outcomes of utilizing expressive therapies at the assessment stage.
  • List two potential outcomes of utilizing expressive therapies to promote treatment goals.
  • Describe two ways to promote treatment goals by using expressive therapies.
  • Describe two ways to invite clients to co-create treatment plans.
  • List the four dimensions of Theraplay that bring focus to family dynamics.
  • Identify two clinical interventions that utilize an expressive therapy component.
  • Define two basic principles of drama therapy.
  • Define two activities designed to help clients feel seen and heard.
  • List two potential outcomes of inviting people to participate in dramatic play.
  • List two possible ways of inviting client participation with movement and drama.
  • Describe the rationale for inviting full families to engage in play therapy.
  • List two play therapy techniques that can help clinicians identify positive and negative family dynamics.
  • List two expressive therapy activities that can be employed during the assessment phase.
  • List two expressive therapy activities that clinicians can design based on/and in response to their work with families.
  • List two criteria for selecting appropriate, integrated expressive therapies with a broad clinical population.
  • Name two theoretical foundations which become foundational to your clinical approach.
  • Name two ways to make clinical decisions about formats, modalities, and integrative approaches.
  • List two approaches that you will learn more about, or integrate, into your clinical practice at the end of this training.

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US CE credits pending.

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Target Audience:
Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and Counseling Psychologists, Psychiatric Social Workers, Pastoral Counselors, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Counselors, Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in these fields

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Daily Workshop Agenda

Time Frame Content (Topics)
9:00 am – 10:15 am The use of metaphor and symbol to communicate, express, and connect
Experiential exercise with play genogram and Relationship Question
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Strengthening therapy alliances through the use of expressive therapies
Clinical Discussion of Case and crafting expressive invitations that promote goals
9:00 am – 10:15 am Designing and implementing expressive therapies to promote therapy goals
Solution Circles exercise
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Clinical Case Discussion to Family video of recent family crisis
Participants will design a clinical response to the family’s puppet story
9:00 am – 10:15 am Basic principles of drama therapy, embodied work, and movement
Experiential exercises including milling, mirroring, affective charades, and other activities designed to allow clients to express nonverbally
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Continuation of morning’s session, focused on creating drama therapy responses for children, teens and families
Integrating drama and play therapy
9:00 am – 10:15 am Family Play Therapy: A rationale for blending two approaches, systems theory and play therapy
Experiential exercise: Aquarium project
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm More ways of integrating expressive therapies in our clinical practices
Experiential exercise: Scribble drawings
9:00 am – 10:15 am The art of therapeutic integration. How to conceptualize treatment direction, how to select treatment formats, how to invite families to participate
Clinical case discussion
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning break
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Clinical case presentation: Participants will discuss how to formulate a treatment plan and select approaches that promote goals
Summary and Ending Art Exercise for Participants

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