Prescriptive Memory-Making for Loss through Dyadic Creativity – 4 CE Credits
Led by Nancy Gershman, LMSW is a memory artist and the developer of Dreamscaping, an imaginal and photo-based therapy supported by the way memories get encoded in the brain. An international presenter, Nancy is also a full-time therapist with Bhava Therapy Group in New York City.
When working with a client’s memory, how do we locate the fleeting, joyful bits so often overshadowed by loss that no new insights can emerge? In this two-part 4-hour workshop, the memory artist and clinical social worker who developed Dreamscaping will introduce her novel technique for arriving at the memory our client needs in order to move from isolation to re-integration in the world. This playful approach begins with excavating a client’s most precious memories—then joining the client there to figure out ways to enhance or build a new (prescriptive) memory from lived experience so that it becomes the place where healing can happen.
Given that the focus of this workshop is on being able to fluidly interview and brainstorm a prescriptive memory with your client, participants will be invited to sketch out their prescriptive memory, which can be executed as a photo collage or some other photo-based art form at a future date. Participants in this part didactic and experiential class will learn how to:
- List identifiers for suitability and contraindications for Dreamscaping.
- Describe two or more ways Dreamscaping’s brain-based approach launches memory reconsolidation and updates a distressing long-term memory.
- State one or more reasons why it is beneficial for the prescriptive memory to “violate the expected” so it can open the bereaved individual to a therapeutic, corrective experience.
- Name three arts intervention skills to help a client transform the prescriptive memory into an image-based tangible object
*This class is suitable for all levels of practitioners and providers of mental health including Psych, LMSW, LCSW, LMFT, LCAT, LMHC, LP and related fields.
*This is a TWO-Part Live Online Class meeting on:
Sunday, February 21, 10am-12pm
Sunday, February 28, 10am-12pm
(attendance at both sessions is required)