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Saturday, November 7 • 9:30am - 5:00pm
Using Masks in Treatment: Multimodal Approaches to Disguising & Disclosing Self

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The drama and power of masks arise from the calibration of the mask and the wearer behind it. Mask making is a powerful expressive arts therapy tool that can be used to support individuals in strengthening their identity and exploring hidden parts of the self. Therapeutic work with masks can also be utilized to examine the role of the “spectator”: the witness who observes the shifts and changes of the mask-wearer. In this workshop, participants will learn about the clinical applications of mask making with diverse patient populations, and explore how action methods from psychodrama, movement, and storytelling can be employed to enhance its healing potential. When we work with masks, we may ask, “What is it that’s kept inside and hidden?” This 3-hour workshop will examine the meaning of this question, among many others.

Mask-making in Clinical Practice and Arts-based Research: Hidden & Revealed
Yehudit Silverman, R-DMT, RDT (Canada)
Carlos J. Rodriguez Perez, MA, RDT-BCT, LCAT (Canada)

In this 3-hour workshop, we will explore the use of mask-making in clinical practice, arts-based research, and as a creative reflective process. The presentation and discussion will focus on how the process of mask-making can illuminate hidden aspects of the self, how masks can function as both subject (when worn) and object (when taken off), and how they can be used as a means of both covering and uncovering personal and collective material. There will be a slide show presentation of the various masks created by the presenters, patients, and clients in therapeutic and community settings. Come learn how to incorporate mask-making more meaningfully into your practice!

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


Jennie Kristel, MA, REAT, APTT, RMT

 Jennie Kristel, MA, REAT, APTT, RMT, is an expressive therapist in private practice (www.journeyworks.com). She is an adjunct professor, registered Reiki master, and an accredited Playback Theatre trainer. Jennie has worked as an instructor for VSAVT in their CanDo program since 2007, teaching Playback Theatre and art to adults with disabilities. She is also an international trainer having worked in Southeast Asia since 2003 teaching... Read More →

Carlos J. Rodriguez Perez

| Carlos J. Rodriguez Perez is currently the Director of the Rehabilitation Service Department at Bronx Psychiatric Center in New York. He is also President elect for the National Association for Drama Therapy. After finishing his undergraduate program in physical theater at the University of Puerto Rico, he proceeded to a Masters Program at NYU to acquire a degree in Drama Therapy. He has worked as a Drama Therapist at the Bronx... Read More →

Sangeeta Prasad, ATR-BC

Sangeeta Prasad, ATR-BC, has a BFA from Stella Maris College (Chennai, India), and a MA in art therapy from The George Washington University. She has over 25 years of experience working with children/adults with serious mental illnesses and other disabilities. Sangeeta works with nonprofits in the U.S. and India, while continuing private practice and supervision. Sangeeta has presented at the American Art Therapy Association and at... Read More →
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Yehudit Silverman

Yehudit Silverman, M.A. R-DMT, RDT is the Chair of the Creative Arts Therapies Department of Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec. She is a registered Dance/Movement Therapist, Drama Therapist, and documentary filmmaker. Her film, The Story Within: myth and fairytale in therapy, based on her original therapeutic approach, screened internationally at conferences, Universities, and television. Her award winning film, The Hidden Face of Suicide... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 9:30am - 5:00pm
Lang Center - The New School Arnhold Hall, 55 W. 13th Street, NY, NY 10011