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* Please note: the conference schedule is subject to change. Check back for updates. We cannot guarantee presenters and/or time slots will remain the same. If you have any questions regarding the schedule, please email

Friday, March 1, 2018

7:00am – Registration Opens

8:00am to 9:00am– Breakfast/Networking


10:40am to 12:00pm

Kwong Man-Kit, Aleck; Huang Yu-Te, Ph.D.

Empowering LGB Community through Arts at Individual, Group and Community Levels
This workshop will focus on the integration of LGB-related theories, a social change model, and various expressive arts therapy approaches in working with clients across individual, group, and community levels. Case sharing, experiential activities, and discussion about the cultural adaption of theories and practice will be organized to foster knowledge exchange. 

Karen Estrella

Mestiza Consciousness Informing Expressive Arts Therapy: Practicing in the “Wild Zone”

This workshop will explore a theory of expressive arts therapy rooted in mestiza consciousness. Using Gloria Anzaldúa’s manifesto of mestiza consciousness we will explore her method of entering the imaginal realm; giving voice to multiple, hybridized, and politicized identities; communicating with images, and giving these images form through writing and other art forms. Anzaldua’s writing represents an embodiment of the “wild zone” – a paraphrase for the paradoxes and multiple perspectives inherent in the self-definition of the marginalized. This workshop will invite participants to examine their own borderlands/“wild zone,” and explore the connections between that multiplicity and expressive arts therapy theory.

Arianna Wheat

Fat Girls Wanted!

Fat Girls Wanted was the theatrical culmination of a 4-month therapy group. Participants explored themes of self-love, disordered eating, family connection and romantic love, which were turned into a self-revelatory/auto-biographical group performance. In this group, Drama Therapy served as both the vehicle and rite of passage for self-acceptance. This was a space for “Fat-identified, women identified” people to gather in a space without shame. The autobiographical performance was not only a source of emotional healing for the participants, but also became a platform for social justice through the spreading of humanizing stories witnessed by friends, family, and other clinicians.

Karen Stevenson

An Intermodal Life: Creativity in Addiction Recovery

Addiction is complex. Trauma, shame, issues of gender, identity and aging are woven throughout stories of addiction. Weaving lecture with performance, this workshop will discuss the unique challenges facing women and how creativity can root a life in recovery. She reflects on how creative exploration and expression was a key piece in her 36-year journey of recovery. Bringing in current research on women, aging and the LGBTQ+ community, Karen examines how EXA can be a foundational means to recovery.

Angelica Pinna-Perez

Centering Testimonios and Decolonizing the Imagination

In a transnational context, while our stories may not be the same, our stories are connected. We must acknowledge the pain of our collective colonial legacy and take responsibility for healing and transforming cultural constructs within the colonial diaspora throughout the world. We have internalized these narratives in our collective psyche/imagination. By centering our stories, specifically through the use of testimonials/storytelling we practice de-colonizing our imagination together and can co-construct a psycho-social critique which leads to psycho-social transformation in ourselves, our communities and our world.

Joan Stanford, Marilyn Hagar

Embracing the Wise, Willful, Wolfish Crone: Completing the Circle (1.2)

Our experiential workshop plays with the wildish, toothsome energy of the Crone. We are enamored with the youthful beauty of The Virgin and pay homage to the All-giving Mother but we haven’t come to terms with the Death Bringing Crone. The damage done by our denial of her power and wisdom lies at the root of sexism, racism, ageism, environmental destruction and war. This leaves us outside the comforting circle of inclusion where endings are as important as beginnings and dissolution, aging and death are held as part of the whole. At any age, we benefit from embracing her wisdom. 

Ellen Yang

Languages of Autism (BBS CEUs offered)

Develop practical strategies working with various groups of children and adults including those with autism, learning disabilities, and emotional & physical challenges. This presentation is about how to communicate and connect, through the arts, with people who are affected by autism. The presenter, Ellen Yang (RETA, RTC, MTC) specializes in autism, disabilities, and diagnoses will share case studies and her ten years of experiences working with this population. All case studies involve more than four years of art- based research through expressive arts therapy. 

Laura Pinney

Thresholds of Connection: Creating a Culture of Belonging

We are immersed in a society that tells us who we should be instead of asking who we are. Symptoms of anxiety, apathy, loneliness, addiction, and depression have become common life experiences. By honoring the natural cycles and rhythms of our lives we begin to reclaim the core human need of belonging, to ourselves, a community, and the natural world. This presentation focuses on the universal components of rites of passage. Examining the benefits of revisiting missed transitions for adults and exploring ways to bring these ancient maps into a modern context to heal individuals, grow community, and repair culture.

Gloria A. Chance, Daniel Castillo

A Walk in My Shoes: From Marginalization to Hope: Reimagining Race and Gender Oppression

This workshop will provide a digital timeline (with interaction) of race and gender oppression and depression from 1795 to the present, allowing participants to choose one of the historical events that speak to them. Through a reflective practice, the participant will be guided to write a poem or poem letter from the point of view of the individual or group who experienced the gender or race oppression chosen. This exercise will allow the participant to experience emotional awareness, sensitivity, and empathy to their own and other’s feelings about the event. Sharing in small groups, we will walk in the shoes of someone who experienced that event to reimagine how we may become more open, understanding and inclusive to those who may be considered other.

Carla Bittencourt

Brazilian multi-cultural Expressive Art Experience: Understanding Social Labels, Through Movement and Mask-Making

Through the use of Brazilian cultural, music, drumming, movement, mask making, and writing, participants will be brought through a multi-modal Expressive Arts experience to develop awareness of the labels and masks we wear across cultures in blended societies. Special attention being given to identifying the labels given to us and how we can incorporate them into the whole of who we are. This will facilitate and new awareness of how we relate to others and how we become more authentic within ourselves as well as more sensitive and accepting to multi-cultural differences.

Friday, 2:00pm to 4:45pm

*Please note: the following sessions are 2.45 hours

Craig Garfinkel

I Love/Hate You!—Unpacking our Ambivalence towards America (BBS CEUs offered)

America is a complex, controversial nation that wields enormous power in the world geopolitically and culturally. America stands as a symbol for greatness and destruction, freedom and oppression. Whether we were born here or have come here from abroad, our experiences and perceptions of America frequently engender strong emotional responses. In this experiential workshop, participants will explore their ambivalence towards America through personal storytelling, polarity work and embodied free play. We will introduce a dramatic approach to working with emotional ambivalence and invite insights into how our complex feelings about America may impact our personal identity and our clinical work.

Expressive Arts Florida- Conference Diversity Sponsor

Kathleen Horne, Tamara Teeter Knapp, Victoria Domenichello-Anderson, Susan Johnson, Meredith Malkin, Betsy Funk, Theresa Benson, Topaz Weis, Narkiss Sternberg, Brandy Schafer, Patricia Manning

What Can I Do? Cultivating Intentional Inclusivity (BBS CEUs offered)

Discover and activate your personal commitment to intentional inclusivity.
Join our inclusive and diverse group of facilitators to discover and polish your unique gift for social action and change, specifically related to inclusivity. Allow the group to assist you in activating that jewel in your life. A process of guided meditation, art, movement, rhythm, sound and writing, will culminate in collaborative, ceremonial, living “multi-modal sculptures”.
Get revitalized, empowered, and ready to do your part in making intentional change. A photograph of your living group sculpture will help keep your commitment alive.

Bonnie Bernstein

Dance Activism: Empowerment-Focused Expression for Trauma Recovery

Dance toward confidence, determination, and agency. Empowerment-Focused Dance/Movement Therapy is a strengths-based approach to trauma recovery utilizing creative dance, voice improvisation, music, and visual arts for healing the psycho-physical impacts of trauma. Dancing imagery, discovering the power of voice and expressing symbolic stories builds expressive freedom and expands emotional resources. In this experiential and didactic workshop, participants will explore the theoretical foundations and experience effective interventions as examples of this process. First developed for working with sex trafficking survivors in India, this method is highly effective in the US and global community.

Christine Isherwood

Voice Movement Therapy: Voices of Strength and Resistance

Song has always mediated the struggles and expressions of humanity. Voice Movement Therapy is an Expressive Arts Therapy which uses the voice as its main modality. In current times, the use of voice to declare ourselves is ever more important and this workshop places the voice and song as tools of resistance which allow us to demand change and join with others to raise our voices in strength and unity. This workshop will be an experiential, multimodal process working with breath, movement, voice, imagery, improvisation and art materials, and will culminate in song based on the art produced. No experience necessary; if you have a voice, you can sing.

Harriet Tubman Wright

Healing Depression through Story-Telling: A Black Woman’s Journey to Freedom

Healing Depression through Story-Telling: A Black Woman’s Journey to FreedomThis Multimodal Story Telling Performance will be followed by an expressive arts play-shop for participants to move to music without words, paint with watercolors or pastels, and write prose or poetry in response to their own mental, emotional, spiritual or physical challenge, one of their own choosing. Participants will share their process, outcomes, and lessons learned within triads and if desired with entire group. The play-shop culminates with participants commitment to take next steps in terms of lessons learned or further inquiry, work with an accountability partner and complete feedback form.

Dr. Maryam Mermey

Transforming the Bullying Cycle Through the Expressive Arts (BBS CEUs offered)

This is an experiential, multimodal workshop, which focuses on transforming the bullying cycle through the inclusive power of the arts. By artistically realizing the destructive power of rejection, the constructive power of inclusion and the transformative power of the arts, the longings of the archetypes of the bully, the target and the witness-hero come to light and are no longer hidden. Integrating the visual, movement, music, theatre and film arts gives participants an opportunity to evolve and revolutionize their understanding of these roles and the interconnections on an individual level and as a social action.

Suzanne Rancourt

Honoring Voice from the Din of Trauma

No skills required to participate in this inspiring, multi-modal experience. To raise one’s voice requires courage. Ms. Rancourt welcomes the resonance of individual voice and draws from her own trauma-informed life. Employing the art of vocal resonance is a manual reset of the vagal system.  Resonance is an act of self-soothing. Areas of discovery include: prejudice is nondiscriminatory, culturally unique perspectives, client/clinician resistance, and how these areas can support individual voice or the marginalization of voice. Throughout this experiential presentation tools and methods of application to one’s own person, then, to one’s professional practice are explored.

Friday, 2:00pm to 3:20pm

*Please note: the following sessions are approximately 1.5 hours

Alan Seigel, Suraya Susana Keating, Adrian Orozco Blair

Cultivating a House of Healing: Expressive Arts Therapy in Hospitals and Clinics

Expressive arts therapy is offered by trainees to clients in medical and psychiatric units as well as outpatient support groups and medical group visits through Bay Area’s Contra Costa Health Services, a county system focused on those most vulnerable and oppressed. Within western medicine, expressive arts return to improve the holistic healing capacity in hospitals and clinics, supporting patients’ life force and creativity. This interactive workshop provides an overview of our innovative program while including movement, poetry, music, and drawing to foster reflection and inspire conversation about the challenges and rewards of integrating expressive arts into current medical models.

Pamela Jimenez

Self-care and Empowerment Through the Arts and Movement (Presented Live Online)

The purpose of this experiential workshop is to share part of our methodology and contributions from the body and artistic disciplines, in health and community settings. This workshop is based on Dance, Theater, and DMT dynamics, in which the attendees could have the experience of the following themes: body awareness, nonverbal communication, body listening, kinesthetic empathy, expression, empowerment, creativity. And in the end, the participants will also have a chance to know the project we are developing in Costa Rica.

Darlene Masse Wurster, Dale Costanzo

The Emergence of Hope—Expressive Arts and Women in Addiction

This workshop invites participants to explore how expressive arts therapy can be used to connect with and support women who are impacted by substance abuse and trauma.  Darlene and Dale will be sharing their understanding of expressive arts therapy and how they have utilized it to best benefit and support this population—women who face multiple challenges that may include, and may not be limited to, the effects of oppression, marginalization, poverty, racism, addiction, stigma, addiction, and trauma. The second half of the workshop will be experiential and will be facilitated in the same way as with women who have experienced trauma and addiction. There will be time for questions and answers.

Ellen Speert

Rise Up for the Earth: Eco-Art Therapy and Activism (BBS CEUs offered)

As we and our clients rise up against the injustices perpetrated against the earth through the mindless, human-centric exploitation of her natural resources, we can empower a deeper, more vibrant connection to all life. This workshop will look at our deep connections to nature, identify what is at risk, and find a path into ecological activism through the creative processes of movement, art, and poetry.

Bess Eiermann and Maude Davis

Using Improvisational Tools to Enhance Inclusivity

Theatrical improvisation is by its nature inclusive. The main rule of improv – saying “yes, and” – is accepting whatever your partner has to offer and building upon it. Taking care of your partner, finding the relationship and committing to it, developing listening skills and having fun through play is the true nature of improv. These tenets sneak up on you. They change your worldview and how you interact with one another while working your inclusivity muscle. In this workshop participants will engage in improv games and other art modalities (singing, writing), with the focus being on community building, inclusivity and play.

Krystal Demaine, Amy Morrison, Patricia Rojas-Zambrano

Listening to What Rises: Assemblage, Narrative, and Process

This multimodal workshop invites participants to work with environmentally friendly assemblage and response writing and provides opportunities for both individual and group work. We will focus on peeling back the layers through artistic engagement and authentic listening to welcome a rising message. As a means of finding organization and clarity through assemblage and creative writing, participants will experience a collaborative narrative. Facilitators will offer their own experiences as well as present history relevant to creative arts practice. Participants will leave with knowledge of assemblage, organization, and creative practice as well as personal and collective meaning from workshop experiential.

Friday, 3:40pm – 5:00pm

*Please note: the following sessions are approximately 1.5 hou

Gloria Mahin

Culture Therapy: Creative Collaboration for Envisioning Diagnosis and Change

What would it be like to be a therapist for an entire culture? How do we perceive of and respond to the sea of culture in which we swim? What creative processes support root-level cultural re-patterning? You are invited to journey through three inquiries: diagnosis, change models, and the self-culture interface. Each segment includes a brief introduction, individual art-making, small group sharing, and multimodal group collage. Our goal is to energize our roles as active players in a vast social network in a validating and inclusive environment. Come play with metaphors in this hivemind exploration of cultural change!

Ali Guida Smith

Trauma-informed Expressive Arts with Migrant Communities: Stories from Greece & Thailand

This presentation is based on our work internationally bringing expressive arts therapy-based interventions to vulnerable communities in the refugee and migrant crises in Europe and Asia. Ali will explore trauma and manifesting symptoms in these communities and how they connect to the collective and personal realms for these populations. She will also facilitate a dynamic discussion on ways and processes to engage in social justice projects utilizing the expressive arts in communities here and abroad and guide participants in an experiential arts process together to deepen the learning.

Gayoung Lee, Rebecca Bloom

International Multicultural and Social Justice Art Therapy for LGBTQ+ Clients (BBS CEUs offered)

The presenters will provide the theoretical background of multicultural and social justice approach in their practices, and trauma-informed art therapy techniques with case examples from their work with Korean and American LGBTQ clients. The presentation also includes an art therapy experiential for the attendees. The experiential will help attendees understand the importance of art therapists’ efforts to actively adopt multicultural and social justice for their practices by experiencing self-exploration on internalized social construction, shadowed bias and prejudice.

Jennie Kristel, Michael Watson

Exploring Multiple Selves: Finding Resiliency in the Face of Adversity

Like most beings with whom we share our beautiful world we are complex, ecosystems rather than singularities. Yet in the face of growing intolerance, holding on to a richly nuanced sense of self is difficult. Participants will utilize dramatic play, art, and Indigenous and narrative concepts of identity, to make space for expansive understandings of Self. Participants will be invited to share experiences of living with complex identities, moments of resistance to others’ attempts to diminish them, and strategies for joining with others to foster rich lives. Special attention will be given to acts of witnessing as opportunities for healing.


7:00am Early Morning Self-Care Sessions

8:00am Breakfast/Networking

9:00am to 11:45am

*Please note the following sessions are approximately 2.45 hours

Christina Hampton

Transcending Burdens: Holding Compassion for the Pain of Our Ancestors/Intergenerational Trauma (BBS CEUs offered)

This workshop will present information on intergenerational trauma and its impact on individual and community mental health, culture, and society. The presenter will briefly share her experiences of working in countries that have varied experiences of genocide, natural and man-made disasters, war, slavery, and/or political oppression. Participants will then be invited to participate in experiential activities to reflect on and dialogue with their own intergenerational burdens through the use of the expressive arts.

Alison Wren

Under the Skin: Art and Dance/Movement therapies with LGBTQIA+ clients

An experiential visual art and movement workshop using the metaphor of skin as a means of expression and exploration of sexuality and gender. Participants will be invited to use a range of materials and movements to explore expressions of sexuality and gender. The workshops aim to also offer those present an invitation to see and feel creative expressions of self from others in a respectful facilitated space. The presenter will also share some relevant examples of her clinical art therapy practice specializing in working with gender and sexually diverse clients.

Maude Davis

Enacting Subversion: Using Carnival to Overthrow the Cultural Shadow

The journey to self-discovery begins when we turn to face our personal and cultural shadows — those disowned aspects of ourselves and society projected onto other people or nations, ethnicities and identities. This lecture/workshop will examine the relationship between Jung’s concept of shadow and Bakhtin’s theory of carnival. Through the body, participants will explore their personal shadow and begin to develop a felt sense of its potentials. Then, utilizing carnival’s festive characteristics of revelry and subversive humor together with expressive arts modalities, we’ll upend the cultural shadow to rise up and renew our world.

Nicki Koethner, Ellie Lota, Kiona Medina

Hand me Downs: Gifts of Transformation

Using the metaphor of clothing, we will explore the hand-me-downs from our personal and cultural narratives – the treasures and shadows that have been passed on – what we do with our pain and how we live now with the stories of our ancestors. Participants will transform used clothing using mix media into something new they want to wear as a symbol of who and what they choose to be in the current world. Themes of oppression, displacement, injustices, and rise into liberation are explored. The offering includes a workshop with performance elements, a healing ritual, and video excerpts of representatives of different lineages.

Sally Brucker

The Listening Room-Refugee Art Project (BBS CEUs offered)

The Listening Room-Refugee Art Project is a collaborative installation project, which seeks to expand our definition of identity, attachment, and belonging as it relates to asylum seekers refugees. It also explores aspects of resiliency and how the expressive arts can contribute to a more integrated lived experience, despite tremendous upheaval and change. The workshop portion offers an opportunity to create an artistic response to the project, which will become part of the ongoing dialogue and work.

Amy Swart, Amber Field

Grief Medicine: Yoga, Creative Expression, and Sound for Transformation

Come join Amber Field and Amy Hyun Swart for an afternoon of energizing and nourishing yoga and movement, sound healing, and expressive arts to support you in acknowledging, accepting, and attending to whatever has brought your heart to the place of being broken. Whether your grief is surviving the loss of a loved one, a relationship breakup, or something else that brings you to a state of bereavement, this workshop was created just for you. We will incorporate drawing, movement, sounding, writing, sharing, and witnessing in this community healing space along with yoga and music.

Phil Weglarz, Shoshana Simons, Danielle Drake, Christine Brooks, CIIS Expressive Arts Program

Performing ourselves: Rooting Expressive Arts Education in Personal-Cultural Narratives

Creative, anti-oppressive approaches to expressive arts education are essential for meeting the needs of increasingly diverse student-artist-practitioners and the people and communities with whom they work. For several years, we have been developing teaching practices, grounded in a liberatory, critical race feminist paradigm. For example, we begin each year sharing personal-cultural performance narratives which demonstrates meaning-making through the arts, transparency, presence, and self-awareness.  In this workshop, we will demonstrate our teaching practice of performance narratives, share essential frameworks, and engage participants in a personally and socially reflective creative inquiry resulting in brief performances and discussion.

Saturday, 9:00am to 10:20am 

*Please note the following sessions are approximately 1.5 hours.

Terri Halperin-Eaton

Mentoring the Expressive Arts Therapist: Role, Responsibility and Professional Identity

This workshop will support exploring the container of supervision as a sacred relationship that holds trust, vulnerability, curiosity, authenticity, and discovery. It will foster an exploration of the qualities that a supervisor and supervisee can bring forward in order to enhance and best support a culturally competent and inclusive approach.  It will cover collaborative problem solving, challenging difficult cases and exploring client caseloads through the use of the arts. An arts experiential will be used to support supervisory work in progress as well as developing a vision for future supervisory relationships. Additionally, a developmental approach will be applied towards understanding the qualities necessary for clinical awareness, insight, and transformation of the EXTH supervisee and supervisor mutually.  The potential for learning and growing together as well as collaborating in the work make for a successful mentoring experience.

Lorrie Gallant

The Power of the Indigenous Woman in Truth and Reconciliation

This presentation will focus on the viewpoint of creation thru the perspective of an Indigenous woman. The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) story of creation is rich with metaphors helping us to navigator through the complexities of life and teaches us the significance of all women. Women are the life givers, nurturers and medicine makers; the healers who enter the spirit world to collect guidance from the ancient ones. She returns with joy, peace, and life for her community. Ceremonies of indigenous people are centered around Thanksgiving for the fertility of the earth….who is referred to as our Mother. This presentation will lead us all back to the Great Mother. Together we will discover her beauty and strength that has always been waiting to be unfurled within ourselves.

Kristin Slye, Emma Burrows

It’s Human Nature: The Natural World, Social Justice, and EXA

Its Human Nature is a multimodal exploration of the intersection between the natural world, social justice, and expressive arts. Weaving together movement, visual art, nature-sculpting, and the craft of face-to-face conversation, our goal is to help you understand and deepen your personal relationship to nature, expand your knowledge of how our earth and marginalized populations are exploited for corporate and private gain (toxic injustice and environmental racism), and how expressive arts can be a pathway to not only personal healing, but a catalyst for action and resistance.

Robin Rita Miller

Art + Asana: Healing from the Inside Out

Art + Asana is a multimodal practice that includes Yin Yoga, art-making and mindful meditation. The purpose is to provide an integrative framework for people to improve their physical, mental and emotional well-being. Art is an essential part of being human, a way to express, create and explore. Yin Yoga is a contemplative practice that allows for a deep release in the body. This presentation will describe how Art + Asana has been utilized in multiple settings, including a New York City homeless shelter for women, community groups and private practice. The presentation will also include an experiential for participants.

Michelle Napoli

Ma Tallepo ‘Opu Ma ‘Akkala Kennetto: Arts-Based Indigenous Methodology

This presentation focuses on what I have learned about culturally responsive practice with American Indian communities. This includes decolonizing historical mental health systems, research, theory, and practices from an American Indian perspective and designing research such that American Indian sovereignty and culture are at the center of and determine the process. This presentation explores how to create a space and ethical process for knowledge construction with Indigenous worldviews, experiences, beliefs, values, and practices at the center. For me, arts-based Indigenous methodology involves engaging in a personal journey to continue story and imagery with the collective knowledge of my Tribal community.

Janet Rasmussen

As Within, So Without: Exploring Inner Inclusion and It’s Effects on World Inclusion

“To shift the global consciousness and have inclusion everywhere, we first need to look within. This workshop offers an invitation to go inward and identify areas we have excluded both consciously and unconsciously. In doing so, we arrive at how that affects our view and understanding of others. The healing process begins with acknowledging our own inner wounds. Participants will be invited to use intermodal expressive arts as a process to explore wounds that have been oppressed or unconsciously suppressed. Meditation, art-making, writing, and person-centered listening will be offered to facilitate inner healing. Through these processes, self and global compassion are expanded.”

Saturday, 10:20am to 12:00pm

*Please note the following sessions are approximately 1.5 hours.

Deborah Sharpe, Jennifer Clay

Creating “Peace Houses” to Imagine and Build Community

Community art-making contributes to autonomy and reinforces a sense of place or belonging. This workshop will focus on the impact of art as a transformative experience for the individual and the community by creating “Peace Houses.” Participants will construct small communities that reflect their character and values, and their unique perceptions of the collective. The workshop structure will follow the Allen (2005) OSP model of Intention, Art Making, and Witnessing and focus on identity as reflected in the physical and social forms of community, to demonstrate how collaborative art-making can create shared space and experience.

Yael Kievsky

Embodied Knowledge, Collective Wisdom: SWAPA Curriculum as Healing Praxis

The SWAPA curriculum, developed by Chela Sandoval, is a radical approach to arts integration in higher education, engaging somatics, literary arts, performance, altar making, and deep witnessing, threaded within academic study. SWAPA shares terrain with EXA, in centering aesthetic ways of knowing where such knowledge have been foreclosed and affirming our personal and social struggles. In direct response to traumas sustained by colonialist systems of education, SWAPA sets out to restore an ecology of plural, embodied wisdom. Through a case study of SWAPA and various experientials, we will inquire into the responsive nature of EXA practices deployed in critical spaces.

Sofia Casas

A Seat at the Table: Expressive Arts Therapy & Global Mental Health 

Currently, over 1 billion children globally have directly experienced violence, displacement, and trauma. Though historically neglected, mental health support is being increasingly acknowledged and integrated into the community, national and global health responses to such crises. As the field of mental health continues to grow internationally, expressive arts therapy needs to have a seat at the table of this movement. This presentation seeks to explore the recent trends of global mental health and the unique and powerful role that expressive arts therapies can play in providing a more representative, effective and sustainable response to violence and trauma across the world.

Grace Brillantes-Evangelista

Arts for Psychosocial-Transformation Among Children In-Conflict with the Law in the Philippines

This lecture-experiential workshop focuses on an arts-based psychosocial-transformation program for minors detained in correctional facilities, known as children in conflict with the law. The program was designed to provide an avenue for the children for self-expression, finding and building on their strengths, acknowledging their potentials, and working harmoniously with others. Each session was designed to address the reported needs and concerns of the participants. Guided by the narrative-constructivist framework, the creative processes of the arts helped them see that they can create a more positive life narrative, which can allow them to look forward to a life ahead.

Noreen Edwards

Rising up from compassion fatigue to engage inner muse through PCEA

This experiential workshop offers Person-Centered Expressive Arts as a process to rise up from burnout to get in touch with your inner muse. Meditation, movement, art-making, sound, and writing will be offered as a process for the participants to access their feelings of burnout and learn to trust and play with their inner muse. This workshop will allow participants to understand and explore the use of Person-centered expressive arts to access feelings of burnout and utilize these processes with potential clients in clinical settings.

Jacob Kaminker, Jessica Louie, Lauren Hammond

Engaging the Introjected “Other” Through Imagination and Multimodal Expressive Arts (BBS CEUs offered)

This workshop will utilize a blend of guided visualization and multimodal expressive arts therapy to allow participants to explore their introjected “other.” Active imagination is a form of meditation that engages in an “inner dialogue” that seeks insight into the unconscious. Expressive Arts Therapy has been effectively used as a powerful tool to address issues of difference in clinical practice, including gender and race. In this workshop, these approaches will be used as doorways to the unconscious, especially to encounter the unconscious introjections of oppressive systems such as patriarchy, racism, heteronormativity, ableism, ageism, etc.

Saturday, 2pm to 4:45pm

*Please note the following sessions are approximately 2.45 hours.

Suzan Lemont, Sarah Hinrichs

Heal Her Storytelling Circles: Breaking the Silence on Gender-Based Violence

Heal Her Storytelling Circles for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence create safe witnessing spaces using intermodal arts practices such as singing, movement, visual art, creative writing, and storytelling. This workshop introduces the concept, development, and practice of Heal Her, provides examples of appropriate and effective arts practices which can be utilized by facilitators of circles, and demonstrates how it works with a mini-HH storytelling circle followed by feedback and Q&A session with suggestions and guidance for particular populations and settings. Resources/ideas for starting your own HH Circle will also be provided. All gender-identifications welcome. Bring a small personal object which holds some meaning and a photograph from a significant time in your life.

Mireya A. Marcet

“Caminando” – Immigrant stories through Altar Creation

“Caminando” – Immigrant stories and altar creation In this workshop we will explore our stories as immigrants. We will do this through the “Altar-Creation – A canvas in movement” practice. This process has been designed to guide individuals (or groups) to create an intimate space of connection to our inner/Soul life, our earth and the sacred. Core to this practice is “beauty” as a gift of the creative process to restore our soul. We will move as a spiral from the individual canvas to the collective. Starting first with the uniqueness of our personal/ancestral story, pain, and gifts, to then reintegrate as part of the collective web that can hold the diversity, complexity, and richness that we are as a migrant humanity.

Butterfly Williams

Survival Kit: An Expressive Arts Process for Personal and Social Alchemy

“Survival Kit: An Expressive Arts Process for Personal and Social Alchemy” is a creativity workshop based on indigenous wisdom that empowers you with the ideas, tools, and experience to transform your life and your world. After a guided visualization, participants will be asked to select a problem or goal on which to perform “the work,” create art of their own choosing (poetry, drawing, dance, etc.) in response to the seven stages of alchemy, and share the results with the community through dialogue. In doing so, each participant generates their own “philosopher’s stone” of insights, resources, and plans for personal and social change.

Anin Utigaard

Building Bridges: Embracing Differences using the Person-Centered Expressive Arts Approach (BBS CEUs offered)

We live in a world divided by differences and instead of marveling at and honoring these differences, as the colors on a palette, we have created a world of barriers, imprisoning ourselves by the “us” and “them” we have subscribed to. What if we could find bridges to begin embracing and respecting the uniqueness of others? Participants will explore this issue using multi-modal expressive arts, offered from a Person-Centered approach. Using creativity with the collaborative energy of the group, we will build bridges to begin the healing process and to reach a place of celebration with our differences.

Ezgi Icoz Ozgur

Prayer for Peace Beyond Borders: Sema, Sacred Dance of Sufism

Sufism is a path of reaching Oneness, opening our hearts, and knowing/actualizing our own essence beyond religion. The word “sema” means ‘listening’, as well as sky. As a term, it means whirling around one’s self in ecstasy with the rhythm. In this workshop, we will focus on the universal and social change aspects of Sufism. We will explore the meaning of ‘peace’ through Sema and experience the healing aspect of whirling. We will share a short documentary from a Sufi gathering in Anatolia, including interviews with Sema teachers and whirlers from around the world about the uprising interest in Sema.

Wendy Phillips

Connecting to Our Roots: The Power of Personal Rituals

Many of us experience a disconnection from our cultural traditions and roots related to migration (voluntary or forced), and the experience of the devaluing of our culture. creative expression, and spiritual traditions by the dominant culture. Sometimes the stories of who we are and where we come from have been lost. Rituals that support healing and resilience are no longer known. We will participate in processes that will help us identify the aspects of our identities we wish to know better. We will create a plan for the investigations that will inform the creation of new personal rituals. The instructor’s process of photo-based inquiry and ritual making will serve as an example.

Catherine Marrion

Giving Voice: Finding the Visceral Power of Embodied Words

This experiential workshop will explore the speaking voice using breath, sound, movement, and spoken words. What is your relationship with words? Can you remember a time you wanted to speak, but didn’t or a time you spoke and wished you hadn’t? Did you ever speak truth to power, or imagine it? Have you ever tasted words in your mouth and found them delicious, bitter, sour or sweet? “To find one’s voice” is to reject silence, “to find one’s own voice” is a journey towards authenticity, and “to give voice” is to speak from your heart, mind, and spirit — often in the face of oppression. The power of the human voice is so apparent in these idioms! How can we give voice to what is important in our lives, in our communities, in our world?

Gloria Simoneaux, Lillian Obonyo

Restoring Dignity and Healing Trauma with Children and Women in Kenya

For over ten years, Harambee Arts Kenya has provided expressive arts therapy to many diverse, vulnerable and marginalized communities, from children living in the largest slum in east Africa, to HIV+ women in prison, and children with special needs. In the Kenyan context, art provides a powerful vehicle for psychological healing, offering a non-threatening way for people to tell their stories and begin emotional recovery. This presentation will walk the participants through the different programs run by Harambee Arts in Kenya, sharing lessons learned, as well as experientially learning the tools and techniques we use with children and women. 


Marilyn Sagna

Expressive arts and social action, Berkeley Shoreline outdoor walking adventure  (2:00pm-3:20pm if inclement weather)

Join Marilyn Sagna for fun adventure! She will be our field trip guide, leading this traveling workshop, into the adjacent parks. She will facilitate a movement based, integrative arts experience, engaging us with the natural and cultural landscape of this place. This field trip features the Tamalpa Life/Art Process, and is guided to provide a creative engagement with nature’s resourcing beauty and each other. Highlights of this landscape dance include our experience at the Cesar Chavez Solar Calendar, and our respectful considerations of the ancient Chochenyo-Ohlone village, their descendants, and 5,700 years of expressive arts legacy on these shores.

Saturday, 2pm to 3:20pm

*Please note the following sessions are approximately 1.5 hours.

Anahat Singh

Creating Safety and Healing Through the Arts

The session will explore the concepts of home, safety, belonging and healing using movement and art therapy. Emphasis will be paid to the exploration of the different identities of the self, their purpose and the strengths that each of those identities has brought to us. Issues of social justice will also be highlighted. We hope to be able to leave you with a sense of cathartic release, self-expression and community.

Lissa Masters

Expressive Arts with Special Needs Adults/Self-Expression and Independent Living Skills

This lecture will provide powerful insight into the creative potential, often overlooked, of people with developmental disabilities. Attendees will learn about the presenter’s experience working at an arts-based day program for special needs adults that encourages and supports its students to be recognized artists in their community. This presentation will also include how the students are learning about themselves holistically: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, through expressive arts activities that assist in independent living and community integration. Samples of artwork created by the disabled population, slideshow, and short video will be included in this lecture.

Karen Caldwell and Appalachian Arts

Standing to: The R/Evolution of Rest/Oration (BBS CEUs offered)

This experiential workshop will utilize silence, stillness and rest to center and guide participants toward the r/evolutionary work of rest/oration. Using concepts from the critical pedagogy of place, we will explore how our sense of place is deeply embedded within our sense of being affecting who we are on personal, social and geopolitical levels. Using rituals, stories and traditions indigenous to the Southern Appalachian Mountains and culture, we will explore our connections with a sense of place. Connecting with self and others invites the radical root changes changes necessary during these challenging times.

Saturday, 3:40pm to 5:00pm

*Please note the following sessions are approximately 1.5 hours.

Mukti Khanna, Aisha Harrison and Students from Evergreen State College

Developing Cultural Competence: Interdisciplinary Innovations

This session will describe an interdisciplinary educational model to teach about cultural competency though the integration of studio art and person – centered expressive arts. What happens when a studio artist and expressive arts therapist collaborate in facilitating a transformational, learning community for diverse students from first generation, multicultural, LGBT, military and diverse socioeconomic class backgrounds? Students and faculty from the Evergreen State College will share art works in progress, insights and ideas to integrate theory and practice for cultural health. Come and listen to the vision, agency, dreams and voice of the emerging generation of expressive artists, therapists and educators!

Laura Sánchez Garcia

Expressive Flamenco ©: Connect with your inner “duende”, your authentic self

This auto-ethnographic arts based research workshop explores the healing possibilities of a new expressive arts based practice, Expressive Flamenco (c). Born from the expression of profound emotions which facilitates the process of self-knowledge, Expressive Flamenco allows individuals to connect with their inner self to find their authentic identity, their DUENDE. Learn about the roots of flamenco, get detailed information about the expressive arts based method utilized and participate in a collective experiential of the healing power of Expressive Flamenco (c).

Helena Ma

An Art-based Culturally Responsive Research: A Participatory Art Installation

Who does research benefit? This presentation explores culturally responsive, rational, and reflective, anti-oppressed, and art-based research. It furthers understanding on participatory art for educating and healing, ecological cultural understanding, arts in collective manner, and power and privilege dynamic. We all say that researchers have the responsibility to recognize their own privilege, dismantling the power imbalance, and to challenge the status quo, instead of further reinforcing it. But are we actually doing it? Considering that understanding culture and power dynamic is a continued process, this presentation is to add to the existing conversations and to stimulate reflections in today’s culture, research and community-based project. 

Dominic T. Paguio

Going beyond the personal: The expressive arts and Autism

The presentation will present findings from a qualitative study involving three nonverbal persons with autism who has been undergoing expressive arts facilitation. The presentation will also involve a experiential activity, similar to what the the PWA has gone through.

Sunday, 9:00am to 10:20am

*Please note the following sessions are approximately 1.5 hours.


Sibel Golden

True Self Portraiture: An Exploration of Body, Culture, and Art

This workshop will explore:

  • How expressive arts can help to heal existing body shame and empower the art-maker and the art-viewer to explore a different way of seeing the body and appearance. 
  • The inspiring work of artist, Jennifer Levine with breast cancer survivors who choose not to reconstruct. 
  • Great works of art and readings that inspire body acceptance and diversity, setting the stage for a drawing and writing experiential. 
  • True Self Portraiture, a drawing and writing experiential that offers the opportunity to explore held beliefs and messages, in relation to body, appearance, and culture, and find a path through shame, stigma, and perfectionism, to acceptance, compassion, and empowerment.

Vivian Chavez

Artfully Teaching & Learning Cultural Humility

Cultural humility is an approach used in the fields of medicine, health, education, psychology and social work to develop awareness of our own biases, engage in redressing power imbalances in relationships, and hold institutions accountable.  Somatic experience and movement-based expressive arts are ways into understanding and working with cultural humility, internally and relationally. This workshop will build cultural humility as an antidote to the polarized violent negativity within us and around us. Participants will learn about and practice the “Tamalpa Life/Art Process” and “Theater of the Oppressed” to examine inner/outer oppression, recognize the role of bystanders and build solidarity.

Cherith Pedersen

Screaming from the womb:  embodied approach to Intimate partner violence (BBS CEUs offered)

Delving deeper into family counseling, I found myself unearthing  violence – Intimate partner violence. It hit me. I felt the ache and grief. I cried my heart out in supervision. Barely enough, I turned to art journaling and dialoguing with my womb, I asked her what she felt. She was first mute,  but co-operative. Later we birthed the idea to give other wombs tools  to encounter their grief and rage in therapy. This presentation aims to provide therapists with ways to experience powerful emotions through a womb-full, embodied, multi-modal approach that ensures better self- care.

April Duncan

Using Play Therapy to Disrupt the Preschool to Prison Pipeline

Black children with unmet mental health needs are more likely to be suspended, expelled or involved in the penal system. “Using Play Therapy to Disrupt the Preschool to Prison Pipeline” explores ways play therapy can be used to address mental health issues among Black students and its role in the preschool-to-prison pipeline. This workshop will address the racial disparities in educational settings and ways to engage Black children and their families in play therapy. Participants will gain an understanding of how play therapy can help reduce disciplinary action among Black children in preschool and beyond.

Clancy Williams

Applying African Centered ritual-practices of the visual and dramatic Art forms for Practitioners of Colour

As recent discoveries of Human Creative Expression (The Arts) continue to be excavated from the continent of Africa; more recently dating back some 90,000 years (Blombos Cave, South Africa) and the ongoing developments in neurosciences which is shifting the perspectives of western societies and Arts clinical practitioners, of colour to collectively turn the gaze of self and clients to the vast, complex and rich heritage, also originally from the continent of Africa; to become conscious  of the rich cultural legacies to include African rituals and practices. Which have been largely absent from the Western understanding of psychology taught, delivered and practiced. This workshop will introduce attendees to the theories and concepts that inform clinical approach via experiential ritual practices using the dramatic and visual creative expression focusing on the theme ‘Who Am I’.

Tayyibah Chase, Yvonne Hendricks, Lynesha Monet Kately 

Sister Circles: Cultivating Creative Spaces for Women of Color

This presentation reveals how creative expression and sisterhood can be used in groups for African American women in order to support one another in an academic setting. Through a combination of presentation style and experiential learning, we will share tools and experiences gathered while navigating graduate and postgraduate school experiences as three clinicians of color. 

Melissa Michaels

Creative Liberation: Birthing Embodied Global Leaders (BBS CEUs offered)

Rooted in decades of initiating emerging leaders from around the world, this workshop will offer participants a time-tested and liberating body-centered experience that catalyzes inner freedom and awakens radical activism in the world. With a team of diverse emerging leaders, Melissa Michaels will create a moving experience that aims to inspire practitioners of all walks and ways to return home to their bodies and the original medicine longing to be expressed through them. Meeting on the unique frontier where the fields of youth development, rites of passage, and somatics coalesce, a powerful transformation process that traverses borders will be described and experienced.

Karen Rice

Engaging Youth in Social Activism Utilizing Expressive Arts

This experiential workshop will include small and large group discussions to engage participants in dialogue and activities to better understand ways to engage youth in advocacy through the use of expressive arts in order to foster youths’ leadership skills and promote positive social change.

Rebecca Young

Program Development for Severely Ill in Inpatient and Residential Care 

This workshop is designed for effective therapeutic interventions and implementation in inpatient care and/or residential care settings for severely ill populations who have co-morbid conditions, for example mental health disorders co-existing with medical illnesses and physical limitations. The 1 hour and 20 minutes workshop covers the basic of expressive arts practice and applications when working with diverse severely ill populations in interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary settings. The attendees will understand the adaptive approaches, functions, as well as limitations of expressive arts in meeting clients’ needs related to psychological, behavioral, and social concomitants of physical symptoms, chronic and life-threatening illness, and mental/physical health rehabilitation recovery. The attendees will also learn about the organizational structures and the operational side of healthcare business that are not usually taught in classroom settings. Practical tips will be shared about dos and don’ts when working with professionals and paraprofessionals from other disciplinary. 

Megan Armstrong and Andrea Cortes-Juarbe

My Story: An Expressive Arts Program for Girls

Join us for an experiential workshop about My Story, a Tamalpa Life/Art Process-inspired program for young girls that uses expressive arts to explore and share our voices, our stories and our goals. My Story offers a collaborative brave space to create art that reflects our strengths, and asks us how we can use them to bring about change in the world. This workshop will include an overview of the program, examples of the girls’ work, and an experiential taste of the curriculum and how to approach expressive arts with youth.