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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Saturday, November 8 • 11:40am - 1:00pm
Disaster Relief Care in Japan: Using Creative Arts & Traditional Techniques in Trauma Care

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In Japan, shame and stigma still surround the topic of mental illness. When the Great Northeast Earthquake hit Japan in March 2011, followed by the tsunami and radiation catastrophes, the damage was not only physical but psychological. This workshop will discuss how creative arts therapies have been effectively applied to treat survivors of non-Western populations largely unfamiliar with Western theories of trauma care. For the survivors of the disaster areas in Japan, the nonverbal aspects of creative arts therapies made the process much more approachable and acceptable. The panel will discuss how they adapted Western therapeutic theories and methods to cater to these specific populations, and the issues that surround implementation of Western practices in Japan. The experiential component of this session will include origami and/or other traditional techniques employed.


Reiko Fujisawa, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT

Reiko Fujisawa, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, is a board-certified art therapist and licensed creative arts therapist. A native of Japan, she graduated from New York University with a master’s in art therapy and has been in the field for 15 years. Reiko has received trainings from British Object Relations Institute, Beck Institute, and Ackerman Institute for the Family. She is currently working at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center to... Read More →

Toshiko Kobayashi, ATR-BC, LCAT

Toshiko Kobayashi, ATR-BC, LCAT, originally from Tokyo, Japan, studied art therapy at NYU, now works as a senior art therapist at Bronx Psychiatric Center, where she specializes in trauma treatment and clinical origami art therapy (Enrichment Origami Art Therapy, created by her). She supervises art therapists/students, private practice for seniors and Japanese clients. Toshiko has been presenting internationally and locally, writing articles... Read More →
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Manami Yamamoto, MA, MFTI

Manami Yamamoto, MA, is a MFTI/clinical counselor in Japan, expressive arts therapist, and cross-cultural counselor. She combines various therapeutic modalities to provide a holistic and integrative approach to trauma. Manami has worked with culturally diverse populations and worked as a psychotherapist in a range of settings including a counseling center, school, and a hospital, and currently works at private practice and Rams,inc. Since 2011... Read More →

Saturday November 8, 2014 11:40am - 1:00pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway, New York, NY