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Self-Care, Growth & Community through Expressive Arts Therapies

  • YouthWorx 117 West Main Street Carrboro, NC, 27510 United States (map)

A multi-disciplinary expressive arts workshop designed to expose the participant to the major expressive arts therapies, with a creative focus on self-care and the development of community. 

Who should attend?

Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Counselors, Expressive Arts Therapists, Play Therapists, Pastoral Counselors

What can I expect to learn?

  • Learn 2-3 new ways to combat compassion fatigue through expressive arts experientials as it relates to the mental health profession.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of 1-2 counseling expressive arts methods.
  • Learn 1-3 new ways to add creativity to the psychological theories you use in your daily counseling work.
  • Identify 2-3 similarities and 2-3 differences between the major counseling expressive arts therapies presented, to assist with the cross-counseling referral process.

Workshop Schedule: Format will combine discussion and experientials 

9:00-9:20 Registration & arrival (coffee, water, snacks)
9:20-10:50 Dance/Movement Therapy - Angela Wiley, MA, LPC, LCAS, CCS, NCC, BC-DMT, RDT/BCT, CTTS
10:50-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Drama Therapy - Amy Elliot, PhD, LPC, RDT
12:30-1:30 Lunch (provided)
1:30-3:00 Expressive Arts Therapy - Hillary Rubesin, PhD, LPC-S, REAT
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15 -5:30 Collaborative Experiential

$150 for 7 Hrs of NBCC Contact Hours. Must pre-pay for workshop. Refunds given up to June 15, 2018. Additional $10 off to any current member of the ADTA, NADTA, AMTA, AATA, ASGPP or other National Expressive Art Therapy Association. 

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Presentation Descriptions

 9:20-10:50 AM Dance/Movement Therapy, Angela Wiley, MA, LPC, LCAS, CCS, NCC, BC-DMT, RDT/BCT, CTTS: Angela will give an introduction to the field of dance/movement therapy and lead participants in Dance/Movement Therapy warms ups with a focus on body awareness and self care. She will discuss the techniques she applies in her own work and compare and contrast her current uses to that of other Dance/Movement Therapy work with individuals, families and groups.

 11:00-12:30 PM Drama Therapy, Amy Elliott, PhD, LPC, RDT: Drama Therapists utilize theater processes to promote healing, awareness, change, growth and self-expression and facilitate the expansion, healing, adaptability and flexibility of roles or parts of the self. Participants will explore work with roles using Chair Work. Chair Work is a method for separating out internal and external roles. During Chair Work the therapist can listen/observe, interview and interact with roles. Participants will engage in a demonstration of Chair Work to access creative self-expression and strengths (with a focus on work-related and artistic-creation) and explore ways that Chair Work can aid in the development of Self-Revelatory performances, defined as “a form in which a performer originates a theatre piece drawn from current life issues in need of healing” (Emunah). One client-auteur will share her experience with chair work and other drama therapy practices she engaged in to develop a Self-Revelatory performance over a four month period.

 1:30-3:00 PM Expressive Arts Therapy, Hillary Rubesin, PhD, LPC-S, REAT: This presentation will give a brief introduction into the profession of Expressive Arts Therapy and the specific programming at the Art Therapy Institute. It will review self-care practices and theories, especially as related to the arts. It will include a brief case-example revolving around self-care and growth, through community-based art making with refugee women from Burma, the focus of the presenter's dissertation. Hillary will also share various ways that clinicians can incorporate arts-based practices into their own clinical work and self-care. The presentation will end with an arts-based experiential reflecting the presentation topics. 

 3:15-5:30 PM Collaborative Experiential: The workshop will conclude with a collaborative self care experiential for personal and professional health. It will be co-led by the 3 presenters, starting with Angela Wiley, followed by Amy Elliott, and ending with Hillary Rubesin, showing how the various arts therapies can be interwoven to work on growth & community concepts and the self-care theme of "letting go."

NBCC contact hours awarded to those with 100% active and full participation.
Angela Wiley-Greensboro Dance and Drama Therapy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider; ACEP no. 6714. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Angela Wiley-Greensboro Dance and Drama Therapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs and services advertised. You can contact Angela Wiley at 5603 B West Friendly Ave #103 Greensboro, NC 27410, (336) 698-6723,,