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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Saturday, November 8 • 10:00am - 1:00pm
Protecting Ourselves from Vicarious Traumatization

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ROOM 710

Treating trauma survivors—particularly when exposed both to their art and verbal narratives—can easily provoke profound somatic and affective reactions in the arts therapist. In this primarily experiential workshop, participants will be guided through a series of creative processes designed to identify and explore how we react to our clients' trauma histories. Clients' trauma-specific artwork will be shown to illustrate and investigate potential affective reactions including self-doubt, anger, frustration, and "rescue" responses. By working with clay and drawing materials, countertransference, somatic experiences, and vicarious traumatization phenomena will be explored. This will be followed by observing our responses to our vicarious reactions vis-a-vis compassionate artmaking. We will close with a collaborative process by inviting participants to share cases and client artwork for discussion, further demonstrating the importance of peer support as a form of empathetic and ethical case management within a trauma-focused arts therapies practice.


Mindy Jacobson-Levy, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC, DVATA HLM

Mindy Jacobson-Levy, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC, DVATA HLM, DVATA HLM, is a board certified, registered art psychotherapist, and licensed professional counselor specializing in eating disorders, body image, and trauma. She has maintained a private practice in PA and NJ since 1980, and has numerous publications including Finding Your Voice through Creativity: The Art and Journaling Workbook for Disordered Eating, and Guidelines for Treating Dissociative... Read More →

Peggy Kolodny, ATR-BC, LCPAT

Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, earned her master's in art therapy from GWU in 1982. Specializing in trauma-focused art therapy in private practice, she is adjunct faculty for University of Maryland School of Social Work; the workshop faculties of the Institute of Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, a trauma certificate program and Chesapeake Professional Seminars. Peggy provides services for Shofar Coalition, a nonprofit agency... Read More →

Saturday November 8, 2014 10:00am - 1:00pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway, New York, NY