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Thursday, November 5 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
Deepening Approaches to Image & Metaphor for Expressive Arts Therapists

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North Hall Room 211

“There’s always a poem at the heart of things”
— Wallace Stevens

An imaginal approach to working with images contrasts with a Jungian approach to working with images. Imaginal work focuses on the phenomenal rather than the noumenal. Working with images imaginally asks for a poetic sensibility. Knowing through the senses is not necessarily logical, literal, or rational. The presenters will begin the Master Class with a poem to invite participants into the heart of the workshop. Then engaging artmaking and writing, participants, guided by presenters, will explore poetic response in an approach to making and working with images in the context of expressive arts therapy. The tenet central to the work is one of “sticking to the image.” Using ideas and practices developed by Rafael López-Pedraza, James Hillman, Patricia Berry, Mary Watkins, and other archetypal thinkers and practitioners, the workshop will offer opportunities to deepen work with images, whether from art-making, dream, sandplay, dance, music, or clients describing their story. When listening to a literal event with an ear toward metaphor, the literal event takes on meaning that might otherwise go unnoticed. When we hear literal occurrences in life through the richness of metaphor we slow down to listen, to consider what the imagination might be offering. In this same vein, it is possible to hear from the artwork, the movement, the dreams, and the stories that clients bring in to therapy. Hillman (1978) developed a set of “gadgets” that assist in listening to the images. We will play with those and access metaphorical understanding through poetic process.

Eligible for 6.0 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS


Linney Wix, PhD, ATR-BC

Linney Wix, PhD, ATR-BC, is an associate professor of art education at the University of New Mexico, where she teaches courses in bookmaking and image and imagination, among other subjects. She has taught and lectured in Russia, the Czech Republic, and Cyprus. Linney presents... Read More →

Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT

Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, LPAT, has taught and practiced art therapy for over 30 years. She added the practice of sandplay to her work 16 years ago. Josie directed art therapy programs at the University of New Mexico and Seton Hill College. She has taught at Eastern Virginia Medical... Read More →

Thursday November 5, 2015 10:00am - 5:15pm
Pratt - Brooklyn 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn