Using Progressive Practices to Promote Wellness & Recovery for Veterans

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Using Progressive Practices to Promote Wellness & Recovery for Veterans

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

12:00pm to 2:00pm EST


Presenter: Aynisa Leonardo, LCAT, ART-BC


NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): FREE

Non-Members: FREE

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 2.0 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

This presentation will discuss the use of cutting-edge practices, including traditional, holistic, and expressive therapies, as effective methods for treating a series of mental health challenges among veterans, such as Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD. Participants will learn about progressive treatment options that are effective in treating a variety of symptoms, such as panic, worry, intrusive thinking, apathy, and negative thinking. Participants will be provided with an overview of evidence based data in support of down regulating practices such as yoga, breathwork, and mindfulness. Presenter will discuss the dimensions of stress, how it affects our mind and body, and why these mind-body techniques are effective in regulating stress. Presentation will discuss the benefits of Expressive Therapies, including specific techniques per practice. Practices to be discussed will include: Music, The Arts, Storyboarding, Cinematherapy, Art Therapy, Nutrition, Yoga, Sound Healing, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Aromatherapy, Drama Therapy, Energy Practices, Breathwork, TRE (Trauma Release Exercise), Equine Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness Practices. Workshop will be educational and experiential for attendees, and will include an interactive panel of experts who are both veterans and service providers. This topic is helpful for practitioners, as they will learn direct, hands on techniques that can be used in practice. 


Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the benefits of utilizing progressive practices for promoting down regulation, specifically with veterans.
  • Identify five specific ways to improve symptoms of anxiety and intrusive thinking using progressive practices.
  • Describe why Art and Narrative Therapy, specifically cognitive rescripting, is effective in working with trauma survivors.
  • Define two Expressive Therapy methods, and how each uses metaphor and validation to build insight for clients.
  • Describe the therapeutic benefits of mind-body practices, like Yoga, Breathwork, Equine, or others for treating clients with mental health issues, or heightened stress.

This workshop is approved for 2.0 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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Aynisa Leonardo is a Licensed Clinical Art Therapist (LCAT, ATR-BC), who has been in the field of mental health services for 12 years. She is the Director of Military Services at Long Island Center for Recovery. Her prior experience includes working in inpatient, outpatient, and non-profit settings with clients experiencing posttraumatic stress, addiction, family conflict, and other mental health challenges. She has concentrated on advanced program development and clinical education, locally and nationally. She continues to provide evidence-based and interactive style presentations to hospitals, non-profits, and corporate agencies, in an effort to raise awareness of current trends and improve competency within the healthcare community.  



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September 26th, 2023 from 12:00 PM to  2:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $0.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $0.00
Non-Member $0.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00
Information for Certificates
Presenter(s) Aynisa Leonardo, LCAT, ART-BC
Instruction Method Live Webinar
Total Contact Hours/CEUs Awarded 2.0