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Friday, November 6 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
Honoring Our Needs as Creative, Caring & Connected Professionals

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ROOM 712

Whether working in large institutions or private practice settings, demands exist in the workplace that can leave therapists feeling exhausted and depleted, making it an ongoing challenge to stay connected with the inspired, authentic voice within. This 3-hour self-care workshop will provide opportunities to turn a compassionate ear inward through the engagements in art, music, and drama experiences. Participants will have the time and space to consider what brought them into this work, how their professional identity is evolving over time, and what they need presently in order to thrive. Come have a dialogue with your inner muse, and discover ways to maintain a vibrant connection with that internal creative voice in the midst of workplace pressures and expectations.

Origin Stories & Professional Identity: Arts Therapists Around the Campfire
Dana Trottier, MA, RDT, LCAT
Suzanne Garrison, MS, R-DMT, LCAT
Cristina Maria Fort, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT


As creative arts therapists, it is essential to remember where we came from in order to maintain motivation to move forward. In this 3-hour workshop, participants are invited to tell their own origin story as a way to reconnect with curiosity, creativity, and spontaneity. Participants will step into a world of creation guided by the metaphor of campfire stories as a way to create a sacred space worthy of our collective stories. The fire, created by paper mâché logs, lights and a fan, will be a source of inspiration and act as a centerpiece for therapists from varied backgrounds (dance, music, art, poetry and drama) to delve into their stories. This workshop is designed to assist therapists in rediscovering their inner origin story as a way to promote self-care and identity support as fellow clinicians and artists. All are welcome to join the circle!

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

Faculty
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Erica Bogart, MA, ATR-BC

Erica Bogart, MA, ATR-BC, is a board-certified art therapist and owner of Creative Journeys LLC, an art therapy private practice. She also works for a preschool in Passaic, helping children and families. Erica graduated from Caldwell College; she has had seven years of experience in the creative arts therapy field, through internships and professional occupations. Her work has focused on working with children and families of trauma.
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Amy Clarkson, MMT, MT-BC, CP, LCAT

Amy Clarkson, MMT, MT-BC, CP, LCAT, is a board-certified music therapist and certified practitioner of psychodrama, with 20 years of clinical experience. She is currently the owner and therapist for Creative Flow Therapy Services, LLC, a private practice in central New Jersey, where she serves children and adults with a range of needs, specializing in working with children and families who have experienced trauma. At Montclair State... Read More →
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Cristina Marie Fort, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT

Cristina Marie Fort, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, is a creative arts therapist who practices with a gestalt therapy focus. Cristina works at Kings County Hospital Center as a Level II Creative Arts Therapist running art therapy groups with adults on a psychiatric inpatient unit. Cristina is currently in her third year of post graduate training with the Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy.
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Suzanne Garrison, MS, R-DMT, LCAT

Suzanne Garrison, MS, R-DMT, LCAT, is a dance/movement therapist currently working on an adult inpatient psychiatric unit at Kings County Hospital. She is a 2012 graduate of Pratt Institute, with a master's in dance/movement therapy. While at Pratt, Suzanne completed thesis research on survivors of sex trafficking. Prior to becoming a dance/movement therapist, she performed and choreographed extensively in the U.S. and Japan. Suzanne's research... Read More →
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Allyn Sitjar, MA, RDT, LCAT

Allyn Sitjar, MA, RDT, LCAT, specializes in drama therapy. She is the director of a new private practice in NJ called Action Arts Center. Allyn also works with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum and has extensive experience working with children, teens, and adult survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She works with all age ranges using drama and play techniques for therapeutic change, growth, and healing... Read More →
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Dana Trottier, MA, RDT, LCAT

Dana Trottier, MA, RDT, LCAT, is a registered drama therapist with the North American Drama Therapy Association and a creative art therapist-level II at Kings County Hospital Center, working with adults on a psychiatric inpatient unit. He provides clinical training and supervision for burgeoning drama therapists through NY University. Dana's current research interests include creative supervision, embodied analysis, and the formation and... Read More →
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Macheis Wind

Macheis Wind is a professional musician, child advocate, and the founder and director of Guitar Tree, a nonprofit that provides enriching programs for schools, teen and homeless shelters, hospitals, domestic violence safe houses, and a maximum security prison for women. He has worked with and empowered thousands of women and children who are survivors of violence. Macheis has performed his music throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa... Read More →


Friday November 6, 2015 10:00am - 5:15pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)