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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Saturday, November 8 • 10:00am - 1:00pm
Multimodal Stop Motion Filmmaking: Mindfulness, Collaboration, Connection & Empowerment

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ROOM 810

Stop motion animation combines a series of photographs to create a continuous sequence of moving images. This process is perfect for exploring the themes of impermanence, transformation, and the power of incremental shifts. Stop motion animation can be used with individuals and groups as a mindfulness art therapy technique, and to gain perspective of an overall narrative. The creation of the animated film uniquely kick-starts a work of art into motion while simultaneously slowing down the process moment-to-moment. This three-hour workshop will use a multimodal approach that includes guided imagery meditation, individual and group artmaking, music, and movement. Participants will engage in hands-on cooperative filmmaking, while gaining both technical skills and creative inspiration for future applications. It will conclude with a discussion regarding the benefits, limitations, and ethical considerations of using this approach with clients. Participants will leave with a completed, collaborative digital film that embodies healing, empowerment, and connection.


Julia Cizeski, MA, LMHC

Julia Cizeski, MA, LMHC, is a therapist and artist living in New Mexico, where she earned her master’s in counseling and art therapy from Southwestern College. She is known for her upcycled cigarette paper birds, which she exhibits in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Julia’s art reflects her therapeutic work and explores themes of trauma, addiction, consumerism, and our struggle to stay connected with the natural world. She has worked with... Read More →

Katie Hall, MA, LMHC

Katie Hall, MA, LMHC, is an artist and art therapist with a master's in art therapy and counseling from Southwestern College. She explores issues of impermanence, separation, and interconnectivity in her drawings, paintings, sculptures, and films. As an art therapist, Katie works with individuals struggling with addictions, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and developmental disabilities. She focuses on improving quality of life... Read More →

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