(CT) Playing the Unspeakable: An Introduction to Drama and Creative Arts Therapy

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Playing the Unspeakable: An Introduction to Drama and Creative Arts Therapy

Friday, September 9, 2022

9:00 am to 12:00 pm EST


Presenter: Heidi Landis, LCAT, RDT-BCT, TEP

NASW-CT Members: $31

NASW Other Chapter Member: $61

Non-Members: $76

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description

We are all born with the ability to imagine, play, explore and create. But more often than not, trauma and difficult life events keep us from moving forward. The role of creative arts therapy is to help us imagine new life possibilities again. When words are not enough, creative and dramatic tools can help us access the often deeply hidden parts of our lives.

This didactic and highly experiential workshop will provide participants with a greater understanding of how trauma-informed action techniques, embodiment and play used in a therapeutic setting can support the growth, development and therapeutic goals of those they work with.

Participants will be introduced to the theoretical principles behind a unique model of trauma-informed drama therapy based on the work of Creative Alternatives of New York, experience drama therapy process in action and learn ways in which the material explored can be applied to own clinical and personal work. Participants will learn and experience creative strategies to address challenges, promote resilience, and heal from the effects of trauma. Participants will learn ways in which the material explored can be applied to own clinical and personal work.  


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of how the use of metaphor and role can support in providing safety in trauma informed work
  • Identify at least three action techniques to use in their work
  • Explain why and how play and embodiment can support individuals in trauma informed work

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Heidi Landis, LCAT, RDT-BCT, TEP, is a Licensed Creative Arts therapist (LCAT) Registered Drama Therapist and Board- Certified Trainer (RDT/BCT) and a Trainer, Education and Practitioner of Psychodrama (TEP). Specializing in trauma- informed work and the use of creative arts therapy techniques, she has a private practice and consulting business in New York City where she sees clients and facilitates trainings nationally and internationally. Previously Heidi worked at Creative Alternatives of New York, as Associate Executive Director of clinical and training programs where she ran Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy groups with many different populations as well as trained staff and site partners in using creative techniques in psychotherapy and in the classroom. Most recently Heidi was the Community Coordinator of Mental Health at a high-school in the South Bronx for immigrant and refugee youth.

Heidi is an adjunct professor at New York University and Yeshiva University in NYC, Lesley University in MA, Concordia University in Montreal and on faculty of the KINT institute. She has published about her work in the books Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy: Transforming Clinics, Classrooms and Communities, Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy: A Practitioner’s Reference and in Creative Arts-Based Group Therapy with Adolescents: Theory and Practice as well as in multiple academic journals.  



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September 9th, 2022 from  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $31.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $61.00
Non-Member $76.00