February 2023

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


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

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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.

What You Will Learn In This Workshop

  • 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.

US CE credits pending. Click here for details about CE credits..

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