Reasons Experiential Therapies Training: Connecting to the Body through Movement, Words & Music

Reasons Presents

An Experiential Therapies Training: Connecting to the Body through “Each morning is started by connecting to the body through deep breathing”Movement, Words & Music

Please join us for this one day training on using Experiential Therapies in the treatment of Eating Disorders. This will be an informative and interactive day exploring the use of for following therapies: Drama, Yoga, Dance Movement, Creative Writing and Music.

November 6, 2015

Registration Begins at 8:30 AM; Event will be held from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

The Holding Co. ~ 104 Robinson St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Continental breakfast & lunch included. Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

This event will include attendee participation and practicing experiential techniques. Please dress comfortably to allow for movement. 

6 Continuing Education Credits provided by BHC Alhambra Hospital for MFT, LCSW, RN, RD, PhD, and PsyD.*


$40 for Professionals, $30 for Students & Groups (4 and more)

$50 at the door

(Please contact Aly for discount code for students & groups at [email protected]

Please click here to Register Today!

Goals & Objectives. After this training providers should be able to to the following:
    • Understand how drama therapy assists with emotional regulation, attunement, and increased role expansion for clients with eating disorders.
    • Understand the two main components of the Autonomic Nervous System; the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems’ effect on the brain and body.
    • Gain understanding of the mind/body connection and how this relates to utilizing dance/movement therapy techniques in treating patients with eating disorders.
    • Understand how creative writing can facilitate increased emotional fluency and connection with self and others
    • Identify and understand therapeutic musical interventions and their application in sessions.

A core philosophy at Reasons is that healing from an eating disorder is possible. Our work with patients is about integration, rather than cutting off or getting rid of a part of oneself. Healing is viewed by our team as a restoration of the original wholeness that is innate in all of us, including our connection to our bodies and the creative process.

At Reasons we believe it is essential to include the body in the work that is being done. Experiential Therapies is one of the ways through which we help our patients begin the process of healing not only from an eating disorder, but also from co-occurring issues such as trauma symptoms experienced in the body, emotion dysregulation, anxiety, and depression. We have a strong belief in the importance of integrating program elements that include the body in the creative process to facilitate healing and build skills our patients can access in their daily lives.  

Featuring the following Speakers:

Norman-Bio Nikki-Rollo Introduction ~ Presented by Norman Kim PhD & Nikki Rollo LMFT, PhD, National Program Directors

Stephanie The Utilization of Drama Therapy for Those Affected by Eating Disorders ~ Presented by Stephanie Wichmann, MSW, LICSW, RDT- Inpatient Program Manager & Registered Drama Therapist

Participants will learn about the origins of drama therapy and how DT can be part of best practice for clients with eating disorders.  Drama therapy can help clients with eating disorders step into flexibility; promote role identification (other than the eating disorder identity) and role expansion. DT utilizes tools such as improvisation, aesthetic distancing, embodiment, sculpting, and action-based methods to inform the clinical picture. Through the use of drama therapy, clients are often empowered to conceptualize their own goals in creative, meaningful ways.  Clients can rehearse “life scenarios” and step into various emotions. They can also explore relationship patterns and re-imagine, or rehearse, ways of relating to others. Participants will also learn about trauma informed drama therapy and the significance of processing trauma, in safe, and embodied ways.

Jillian 2  The Healing Art of Yoga: How to Stay Open and Anchored ~ Presented by Jillian Szafranski, RYT – Yoga Therapist

There is absolutely a negative bias built into our brains. This is because the negative experiences, not the positive ones, usually have had the most effect on our survival. Knowing this negative truth about our design, how can we move through the world, wounds and all, in a way that is not superficially happy and optimistic, or shut down by the toxic cycle of fear that our past might reoccur?  How can we train our bodies to safely support us to be authentically open, curious and armored by the strength of our chosen vulnerability? Understanding the brain and nervous system’s role on how memories are formed and stored in the body can clue us in on how to effectively use breath, body scanning, inner dialoguing, poetry, scent, sound and movement as instrumental tools to inspire and guide the brain’s neural firings which create new pathways that can shape lasting memories–Ones that foster safety, confidence, triumph, gratitude, compassion and the undeniable patience it will take to continuously heal over a lifetime in this very human body. Today we will explore how to use physicality to safely sense and acknowledge the negative bias without clinging to it as our only truth. We will do this by simultaneously engaging with and labeling the neutral, good, supportive, and powerful parts of ourselves so that we can begin constructing new muscle memory.

Deva 2 Treating Eating Disorders through Dance/Movement Therapy: Connecting, Adapting, Expressing, and Moving ~ Presented by Deva Connett, MA, BC-DMT, GL-CMA – Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Certified Laban Movement Analyst

This presentation will discuss history and the use of dance/movement therapy as an effective intervention in treating eating disorders.  Dance/movement therapy evolved from the modern dance movement, and pioneers in dance/movement therapy, such as Marian Chace and Blanche Evans, found links between movement and psychology. Dance/movement therapy can inform treatment with patients who have eating disorders as it provides opportunities to connect the mind and body, build body awareness, and unlock repressed expression.  Through the use of Rudolf Laban’s movement taxonomy, patients with eating disorders can expand their movement repertoire and ability for expression. Utilizing the work of Irmgard Bartenieff, dance/movement therapists can develop interventions for exploring patterns of connectivity in the body and integration of these connections.  Interventions such as mirroring, using cognitive markers, and choreography assist patients in safely exploring connections with oneself and others.

Melimusic 2 The unique connection between music, emotions, memories and healing – An overview of the therapeutic application of music therapy ~ Presented by Melissa St John, MM, MT-BC -Neurologic Music Therapist

Presentation will be multi-dimensional, including lecture on background and history of music therapy, in specific with mental health and eating disorder population, hands-on participant activities will demonstrate therapeutic musical interventions successful with the eating disorder population and research will be cited and referenced supporting clinical application.  This hour will be fun and educational while exposing participants to the rich world of music therapy.

AllisonWriting Towards the “I”: The Use of Creative Writing in the Treatment of Eating Disorders ~ Presented by Allison Carter, MFA, MSW – Creative Writing Therapist and Program Therapist

Eating Disorders are marked by isolation, avoidance of internal stimuli, and difficulty with emotional regulation, including alexithymia. Additionally, many individuals with eating disorders have survived trauma and subsequently struggle with the integration of thoughts and feelings associated with this trauma. Creative writing is a phenomenal venue for multiple therapeutic pursuits, including as a narrative intervention to promote safety and mastery over traumas, as a cognitive strategy for imagining alternative coping (e.g. “coping ahead”), as a practice for challenging perfectionism and rigidity, and as a tool to explore internal dilemmas and confusing emotional experiences. This talk will focus on writing practices that support connection, integration and emotional fluency, with a special focus on the role of the group. Participants will be led in a creative writing practice and taught specific tools for supporting group process around this practice.

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For any questions or for more information, please contact Aly at [email protected] or 626.592.6903.

*BHC Alhambra Hospital is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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