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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Thursday, November 6 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
Spirit and Soul in the Practice of Creative Arts Therapy

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ROOM 711

In this daylong master class, we will entertain ideas of both soul and spirit in the practice of art therapy. James Hillman, and others in the field of post-Jungian Archetypal Psychology defined image as central to the nature of Soul.  Hillman wrote: “…by ‘soul’ I mean the imaginative possibility in our natures, the experiencing through reflective speculation, dream, image, and fantasy – that mode which recognizes all realities as primarily symbolic or metaphorical” (1975).  What does it mean to practice from a spiritual perspective?  What is it to bring soul into our work as expressive arts therapists?  The presenters will address these questions, exploring the depth and breadth of practice based in image, metaphor, contemplation, dream, body, and story.  Artmaking activity will expand the conceptual information, allowing participants to find their way in this exploration of the differences and similarities of soul and spirit in clinical arts therapy practice.

This Master Class is part of the multiple-session, 4-day Immersive Training: Archetypal Approaches in the Expressive Arts Therapies. Registration is available separately for each day.


Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT

Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT, has taught and practiced art therapy for over 30 years. She added the practice of sandplay to her work 16 years ago. Josie directed art therapy programs at the University of New Mexico and Seton Hill College. She has taught at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Naropa University, Vermont College, and Mount Mary College. In recent years, she was the coordinator and taught in the summer graduate creative arts... Read More →

Madeline Rugh, PhD, ATR-BC

Madeline Rugh, PhD, ATR-BC, holds a doctorate in adult education, a master’s in art education, and a bachelor’s in painting and drawing. She is currently an assistant professor at St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, teaching across disciplines in psychology and visual art. Madeline has facilitated numerous workshops both internationally and in the U.S. on the topic of art therapy with disabled older adults, art therapy... Read More →

Thursday November 6, 2014 10:00am - 5:15pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway, New York, NY