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Saturday, November 7 • 3:50pm - 5:20pm
Transforming the Chronic Illness Health Narrative with Theater, Puppetry, Metaphor & Story

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ROOM 715

Theater is a community-based, low-risk modeling of human experience that is uniquely suited to address the core emotional and existential questions that may arise in the life of a person suffering from chronic illness. Puppetry, as a specific subset of theater, enables a further distancing and observation of inner experience that can breathe new life and meaning into situations and perspectives. This 90-minute workshop will introduce a developing theatrical and narrative-autobiographical approach to therapeutic patient education for populations suffering from chronic illness. The presenters will discuss the educational and therapeutic aspects of this work, and demonstrate how theater and puppetry can heal individuals through metaphor-creation and narrative transformation. There will be a 15-minute puppetry performance by an actor with Type 1 diabetes, followed by various exercises that will help illuminate the theatrical/puppetry process.

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


Deborah Kaufmann

Deborah Kaufmann, artist, has worked in arts in healthcare for almost 30 years. She is a founding member of Big Apple Circus Clown Care, the world’s first professional hospital clowning program, where she continues to perform for hospitalized children and their caregivers as... Read More →

Kenneth Gorfinkle, PhD

Kenneth Gorfinkle, PhD, enjoys a rich and varied career in behavioral medicine and clinical psychology. After many years in pediatric psycho-oncology, he has turned his attention to the care of children and adults with diabetes at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at NY Presbyterian... Read More →
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Maria Tsaplina

Founder, Executive and Artistic Director, The Betes Organization
Maria Tsaplina, artist, is a kinesthetic performing artist, puppeteer, clown, and educator. She is the founder and Executive and Artistic Director of The Betes Organization. The Betes is developing a meaning-centered practice of therapeutic patient education for people with chronic... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 3:50pm - 5:20pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)