Please note the Preconference sessions take place on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Preconference registration is separate from Conference registration and requires an additional fee. **Seating is limited.** Please take note of early-bird rates and deadline on our Registration page.

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The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and Ottawa University proudly welcome 2020 Preconference speaker Dr. Steven Durost.


Steven Durost, PhD, LCMHC, REAT is the Executive Director & Owner of C.R.E.A.T.E! Center for Expressive Arts, Therapy and Education in Manchester, NH, which employs 25+ counselors and arts-based therapists. C.R.E.A.T.E! is the recipient of the 2010 New Hampshire National Alliance for Mental Illness Award for Systems Change.

Steven has been awarded the Heroes of Justice Award by the YWCA Crisis Services for his work with the Male Sexual Abuse Survivor’s Group and for being a first responder for human trafficking. Steven is one of the first dozen people in the world to earn a Doctorate in Expressive Art Therapy through Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Steven teaches or has taught as adjunct faculty for Springfield College, Lesley University (in America and in Israel), New Hampshire Institute of Arts and New England College. His counseling work centers on trauma recovery and his research focuses on the meaning of aging for people over 65. In learning about both of these topics, Steven conducted research, taught courses and created groups in South Africa, Israel, New Zealand, Australia as well as here in America.

Steven is a Registered Art Therapist with the International Expressive Art Therapy Association. Steven developed and taught the psychodrama and sociometry course for Lesley University’s Undergraduate Expressive Therapies Major. Steven has presented at the ASGPP, IAGP and IEATA conferences and is a guess speaker on the topic of psychodrama at Lesley University helping to ignite young interest in the field. Steven is the recipient of the 2014 ASGPP’s Zerka T. Moreno Award for outstanding achievement in psychodrama.

Steven is one of the leading trainers in the Therapeutic Spiral Model as a clinically-based, trauma-informed body-engaged method to move people to their strength, through their trauma and to transformation. Steven has co-presented and presented TSM Psychodrama workshops around the world in China, Singapore, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Croatia, United States and India. Steven is also an invited kite-flyer to international kite festivals.

Bio courtesy of C.R.E.A.T.E!

Therapeutic Spiral Model: A Fusion of Trauma-Informed Psychodrama and Art Therapy

The Therapeutic Spiral Model is a trauma-informed fusion of psychodrama and art therapy that has been taught in over 40 countries around the world. This model promotes a three stage clinical map, six action safety structures and the trauma-survivor’s internal role atom to create safety, promote skills and increase support in order for the survivor to work effectively with resolving trauma. When strength are brought to the trauma, transformation occurs bringing a new narrative and the potential for post-traumatic growth.

The Therapeutic Spiral Model Psychodrama is a research supported protocol for the treatment of PTSD using an integrated theory and practice of experiential psychotherapy in the global community. Most importantly, TSM is a guide to what can happen after traumatic experiences to promote a more resilient self, family and community in today’s turbulent world.

Scout Track
Thursday, March 26, 2020
9AM – 6PM
6 CEs
Room 201
Presentation #101

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