The Expressive Therapies Continuum: Integration and Application for helping professionals and artists
Featuring Megan Van Meter, MA, LPC-AT/S, ATR-BC from Austin, TX
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18 8:30-4:00 $95 payable at the door-
Email Joan Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve a spot; held at Norman Regional Hospital Education Center on N. Porter in Norman
6 ceu's approved for LPC/LMFT
This experiential workshop will introduce you to the Expressive Therapies Continuum as a brain-based framework for understanding the relationship between creativity and integration. Conceptualized in the 1970s by ahead-of-their-time art therapy pioneers (and my graduate professors!) Sandra Kagin and Vija Lusebrink, the ETC is a developmentally integrative assessment and treatment model that identifies an optimally functioning individual as someone who is able to process and organize information simultaneously at Kinesthetic/Sensory, Perceptual/Affective, and Cognitive/Symbolic levels.
In her own words:
I provide clinical art therapy services to students in an area school district, but I also offer experiential professional development opportunities to my fellow therapists who are also working in the trenches to improve cognitive/emotional/behavioral functioning one person at a time.
Many therapists engage in personal artmaking on the side-and for a variety of reasons, but they seldom cite "integration" as one of them. The topics of creativity and integration have become increasingly popular in mental health practice, and therapists of all kinds are being encouraged to cultivate both in order to support the cultivation of these qualities in their clients. Although they're not new clinical concepts, creativity and integration are rarely seen paired together outside of art therapy literature. Regardless, the ability to concurrently process and organize information at physical, emotional, and intellectual levels is at the heart of integrative work, and the act of creating can enhance that ability-if the therapist-artist understands how to approach personal artmaking in a way that balances her or his information processing biases, which may unintentionally impact work with others.