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Healing Loss Through Prescriptive Memory-Making And Dyadic Creativity

2.5 CE Interactive Live Webinar
Sunday October 16, 2022  10:00am – 12:30pm

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 master class, the memory artist and psychotherapist who developed Dreamscaping will introduce a cinematic technique for arriving at the memory our client needs to move from isolation to re-integration in the world. This playful approach begins with curating novelty from positive felt-sense memories —then co-creating an even more novel “prescriptive” memory from these lived experiences so that it becomes the placewhere healing can happen. Case studies will demonstrate how prescriptive memories are compounded in a client’s imagination, their magic realism launching memory reconsolidation capable of updating long term distressing memories. Live demos will give you an excellent sense of how to listen or prompt for incongruity so you can lead your client to new sources of courage and humor, based on their personally-developed imaginal or photo-based artwork. Implications for using this method in-person or via telehealth, with adult populations (grief and non-death related loss) and in clinical settings (hospice) will be addressed.

Class Objectives Include

  1. List (3) identifiers for suitability and (3) contraindications for Dreamscaping.
  2. Identify the (3) critical types of narrative “material” which work best as retrieval cues for positive memory during interviewing.
  3. State (1) 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.

Target Audience: Social workers and mental health professionals

Content Level: All Levels of Clinicians: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced

Fee and Registration:
The Fee for this course is $75 and includes 2.5 CE credit. Be sure to register by October 15, 2022. Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the live webinar to receive a refund. 

About the Instructor: Nancy Gershman, LMSW
Nancy Gershman is a New York State Licensed Social Worker and a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work. She has additional training in the treatment of eating disorders from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy/ Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia. Earlier, as a creative arts practitioner in end of life care and bereavement, Nancy developed a technique called Dreamscaping for survivors prone to rumination and isolation.  By guiding individuals to build a new, “prescriptive” memory in their imagination and then tangibly as a share-able picture, the technique re-trains the brain to embrace the future. At Bhava, Nancy applies that same blend of companioning, playful inquisitiveness and strengths-based orientation towards body-positive work, trauma-informed psychotherapy, and addiction recovery.

Her deep compassion and respect for her clients’ emotional truth is what makes the relationship work. With compassion, warmth, and deep observation, Nancy begins by building a shared understanding. With grace, she discerns how a highly sensitive nature, long held emotional states and communication styles (one’s own and others) could be maintaining unhappiness in the current environment. Equally important, she explores, What ultimately brings you joy?  Always, Nancy is creating calm and awakening insight in the way that best suits her clients— be that with role playing and resourcing, CBT, DBT, meditation or tapping, genograms, musical playlists, or one powerful metaphor.

System Requirements:
Windows XP or higher, MacOS9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higherBroadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

Course Completion Requirements:
To earn CE credit, social workers and mental health clinicians must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course and complete both the online posttest and course evaluation. Upon completion of the live course, you will be immediately prompted to complete the posttest and then the course evaluation. Once you receive a passing score of 80% or above (you will have an unlimited number of attempts to take the posttest), you will be prompted to complete the course evaluation. Participants will have a 24-hour time window from the end of the live course, within which both the posttest and the course evaluation must be completed in order to receive credit. A certificate of completion will appear within your account and you will receive an email congratulations message and link to your Certificate of Completion as well.

CE Information:
Bhava Therapy Group, #1782, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Bhava Therapy Group maintains responsibility for this course.  ACE provider approval period: 12/09/2021 – 12/09/2022.

Bhava Therapy Group has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7242. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Bhava Therapy Group is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

For questions, concerns, or to request accommodations, please email or call 646-389-5801

Refund Policy:
Refunds for live in-person courses are offered up to 1 week in advance of the course start date. Refunds for live online courses are offered up to 24 hours prior to the start of the course. Refunds are issued in the original form of payment used.  Any cancellations or requests for refunds after the 1 week or 24 hour window respectively are reviewed on a case by case basis. Requests for refunds or cancellation after the 1 week or 24 hour window, if granted, may qualify only as a credit for future courses not as a refund of the original payment used.

If you are unable to attend the class you registered for, please to request your credit

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the live webinar to receive a refund.

Grievance Policy:
The Bhava Therapy Group Continuing Education Program (BTGCEP) aims to provide an educational experience that meets and exceeds the highest standards for professional continuing education. The BTGCEP strives to address and meet each participants’ learning needs in an easy to use, transparent, supportive and openly communicative manner with substantive and quality content and instruction.

If at any time, a participant experiences a difficulty or grievance of any kind such as access to CE course, delivery of courses, attendance to courses, quality of or level of instruction of the courses, receipt of certificates of completion and the like, the BTGCEP team commits to respond promptly and in a timely manner with as much clarity, respect for the request or expressed grievance and work to resolve the grievance in a satisfactory and integrous manner.