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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Sunday, November 9 • 11:40am - 1:00pm
The Arts Therapies and Social Action

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In the past, therapy has focused almost exclusively on the individual. If it has looked beyond that, it has reached no further than the family system. It has not taken into account the larger environment in which individuals reside and need to cope with to function at their optimum level. This can lead to clients feeling somewhat helpless and hopeless, as well as experiencing guilt for having "brought their problems on themselves." Such feelings are countertherapeutic and can be the reason for therapeutic failure. This 80-minute workshop will show how this situation can be altered. It will examine the relationship between the arts therapies and social action. It will address both the concept of this relationship as well as its practical applications. There will be didactic material, including the philosophy of the concept, examples of various techniques relevant to the different arts therapies, in-session activities to explore new approaches, and participant discussion.


Frances F. Kaplan, MPS, DA, ATR-BC

Frances F. Kaplan, MPS, DA, ATR-BC, has been practicing and teaching art therapy for nearly 40 years. Her work has included serving as Supervisor of Creative Arts Therapies at Carrier Foundation in New Jersey and as director of the graduate art therapy program at Hofstra University in New York. She also spent a sabbatical year at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia and was editor of Art Therapy from 2002 to 2005. Currently, she is an... Read More →

Sunday November 9, 2014 11:40am - 1:00pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway, New York, NY