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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Thursday, November 6 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
Destruction & Transformation in Art & Therapy: Re-Framing, Re-Forming, Re-Claiming

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ROOM 705

Artmaking incorporates the interrelationship between the artist and media, the fabrication and deconstruction of images, and a “reveal” that stimulates a descriptive narrative. Whether client or therapist, the construction of personal art forms is inherently mobilizing psychologically: the bisociative process of artmaking prompts a temporary state of disequilibrium between thought and emotion that is self-consistent yet incompatible. Further, the “resolution” of the creative act generates personal growth. Participants in this Master Class will explore key concepts surrounding the therapeutic role of creative destruction and the reparation of images that fosters fertile ground for self-repair. Participants will discover how this phenomenon affects one's transformative journey, which will be amplified through artmaking and group discussion. Case material from various client populations will illustrate ways to incorporate this approach into clinical practice. 

NOTE: Please bring a meaningful personal object to deconstruct and a book to alter for this workshop, as well as trinkets and ephemera that you would like to use throughout the artmaking day. An email with further details will be sent prior to the Summit.


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 →

Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, CTC

Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, CTC, is a registered board-certified art therapist and certified trauma consultant, and has a private practice in Cleveland. She specializes in using art in trauma intervention related to domestic violence, homelessness, grief, and loss with youth and women. Gretchen is also an adjunct professor for Ursuline College's art therapy and counseling program and is a past president of Ohio's Buckeye Art Therapy Association... Read More →

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