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Sunday, November 8 • 3:50pm - 5:20pm
Artful Grief: Complicated Bereavement, Collage & Trauma Theory

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ROOM 702

Complicated grief arises from experiences like the aftermath of suicide, loss of a child, war, tragic accident, and crime-related death. Trauma-focused therapists are often hesitant (even fearful) about treating it, as the countertransference challenges alone are substantial: how to effectively keep an objective stance in the face of intense emotional pain while simultaneously maintaining compassion? A review of the neurobiological effects of complicated grief, drawn from current trauma theory and bereavement models, will ground this 90-minute workshop. Collage-making offers the boundaried emotional safety that “found” magazine imagery can provide, as opposed to spontaneous image-making drawn from within. We will explore our personal and professional experiences of loss through collage-making as a vehicle to piece together our countertransference responses to our clients’ tragic experiences while learning a creative, yet structured, activity to include in work with bereaved clients in trauma-focused psychotherapy.

Eligible for 1.5 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS


Peggy Kolodny, ATR-BC, LCPAT

Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, earned her master's in art therapy from GWU in 1982. Specializing in trauma-focused art therapy in private practice, she is adjunct faculty for University of Maryland School of Social Work; the workshop faculties of the Institute of Advanced Psychotherapy... Read More →

Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT

Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, is an author, teacher, facilitator, speaker, and survivor. Her world dramatically changed on October 11, 2001, when her 17-year-old daughter Kristin ended her own life. Collage-making in response to the trauma of loss became a template for her... Read More →

Sunday November 8, 2015 3:50pm - 5:20pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)