THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020
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.
The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and Ottawa University proudly welcome 2020 Preconference speaker, Dr. Christine Evans & Chris Zydel.
Christine Evans, PhD, REAT is a psychologist and expressive arts therapist in Capitola, CA and has taught person-centered expressive arts at various graduate schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and Hong Kong. As a cis-gendered, able-bodied, heterosexual, white woman she is committed to facilitating and joining in circles with others who are waking up to their own unearned white privilege, its roots, its impact, its complexity for the purpose of making changes to benefit all. As a community arts facilitator she encourages expression during stressful and divided times in our cultural landscape. She draws courage, resilience and insight from mindfulness meditation, art making, authentic movement, and a commitment to life-long learning with others.
Photo courtesy Psychology Today!
Chris Zydel, MA is founder of Creative Juices Arts and The Wild Heart Expressive Arts Intuitive Painting Process offering classes, workshops, retreats, and training programs that utilize a multi-modal expressive arts process to support people living a vital and authentic creative life. As a creativity coach Chris also mentors writers, painters, photographers and business owners. She holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling from John F. Kennedy University and a certification in hypnotherapy. She has worked with the Enneagram for 30 years and is a former practitioner of Reichian and bio-energetic bodywork. She has a certification in Evolutionary Astrology and is a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association having studied extensively with Natalie Rogers, founder of The Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute.
Photo courtesy Creative Juices Arts!
From Fragility to Resilience: Exploring the Shadow of Privilege
We’re living at a time in history when the reality of continuing racial injustice has become undeniably visible. Many of us are awakening to our own unearned privilege and no longer seek to benefit from systems that oppress others. We want to unite with people of color to make changes to create true justice and equality for all. Like in the 1860’s and 1960’s white people are standing up, recognizing their status, resources, and voices – their power – and taking concrete steps to dismantle systems that keep many of these very privileges in place.
In this workshop we’re inviting people of privilege who want to explore their own next steps to contribute to making these changes. And we’ll start with the greatest resources we have, ourselves. Together we’ll explore impediments that stand in our way: personal experiences, denial, misunderstanding, emotional triggers, guilt, real or imagined fears and more.
Whether you live in a primarily white community with few friends of color, or are thriving in a racially diverse community, you are welcome. Honoring the power of joining together through intersectionality, all who identify as privileged are welcome.
Join us as we co-create an environment where we can meet ourselves and one another with encouragement, truth-telling, and support. Free of judgments that so often keep us paralyzed, we will identify stumbling blocks we each face as we attempt to live with integrity and deepen our commitment to creating justice for all.
A person-centered philosophy of empathy, positive regard and genuineness can cultivate an environment of emotional safety. With this support it becomes possible to meet the unknowns of change and to have awareness of our impact on others. Please join us in exploring the change you want to see in the world, and as Gandhi advises, by taking steps to BEE that change.