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Thursday, November 5 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
Altered Books in the Treatment of Complex Trauma: Metaphor & Transformation

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ROOM 701

Altered bookmaking is an art form in which the artist recycles or transforms a preexisting book into a new piece of art. As chronically traumatized clients often suffer from persistent negative core beliefs, the healing process of therapy involves altering that story in some way. As the client becomes conscious of ineffectual beliefs and perceptions, the story shifts to accommodate new ways of being and understanding the world. When used in art therapy, the altered book becomes a container and record of the therapeutic process, and also the means by which the client is able to literally rewrite or rework her or his personal narrative. In this workshop, case examples will be used to demonstrate the application of altered books in individual and group psychotherapy for clients with complex trauma. Participants will engage in a variety of experiential book altering methods in order to understand the applicability to this client population.

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


Mindy Jacobson-Levy, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC, DVATA HLM

Mindy Jacobson-Levy, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC, DVATA HLM, DVATA HLM, is a board certified, registered art psychotherapist, and licensed professional counselor specializing in eating disorders, body image, and trauma. She has maintained a private practice in PA and NJ since 1980, and has... Read More →

Amanda Bechtel, MS, ATR-BC, LCPC, LCPAT

Amanda Bechtel, MS, ATR-BC, LCPC, LCPAT, is in private practice in Silver Spring, MD. Her practice focuses primarily on the use of art therapy/sandplay for treating trauma, eating disorders, and body image issues. In the past, Amanda has worked at the Eating Disorder Center at... Read More →

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