Program Description: (This is from before but just to give you an idea)
This workshop will focus on supporting the practitioner to find more comfort with Expressive Therapy modalities through educating them in theory, technique, and through examples. We will start with a thirty minute exploratory expressive therapy activity and then have an hour and half of didactic dialogue that ends in facilitated open process where we use case examples of the attendees current clients. Orion’s style tends to be very relaxed while invigorating the attendees to engage in the learning process through participating.
Through my own supervision with an acclaimed Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor of over 25 years, Annie Kelahan, I have collected and developed an accessible understanding of Expressive Therapies. I use the language of Expressive Therapy over Art Therapy, because I believe that art can be restricting, as wanting to be an artist is held with so much stigma.
Expressive Therapy includes forms of expression that are not found in the art store. Often when we catch our clients sitting at the edge of the couch, talking with an inspired passion, it is here we can ask what is the device the client is finding expression in. Sometimes this might be a mom’s morning coffee making, grandma’s gardening, or a teen that is creating an outfit for Dragon Con. If expression is a goal of therapy, then it makes sense that the therapist would want to facilitate expressive therapy experiences with the client.
We will explore four theoretical approaches to administer Expressive Therapies, when activities help and hinder, and review them in relation to ethics. We will end by exploring current client cases and and ways to reach them with expressive activities to benefit the client and therapist-client relationship.
Your Vision of Private Practice: How to get there
Friday : May 26th (*date and time changed*)
4 Core Continuing Education credits with LPCA
(which means “related credits” for LCSW and MFTs)
Registration: $65 before March 21st, $100 after
Registration @ 10pm, Begins 10:30pm – Ends: 3:45pm
Notes: There will be coffee, tea, and snacks provided and Please bring your own lunch for the break and /or snacks to share.
1. Supports the practitioner to locate their own desires as a therapist and understand how this can inform style, theoretical approach, and development of their office.
2. Equips the therapist to engage with clients more authentically starting from the first point of contact (often which is in advertising such as website or Psychology Today), while reviewing common social media platforms, website success, and in-person encounters.
3. Educates the practitioner on networking and marketing in terms of ethics and the professional field of therapeutic support, while reviewing some key elements to networking and marketing your own way.
This workshop will begin by asking the therapist to imagine their dream office. Orion will guide the participants to unravel what is in the subconscious of the mind taking our imagery to mythic proportions.
Starting from this expressive-drawing activity, then through guided dialogue ending in open process, we will explore narratives the therapist and client bring into their relationship and the effects these can have in therapy. We will explore how this activity illuminates the therapist theoretical approach and I will support the participants to articulate their theoretical approach to therapy. I will educate the participant in what a person-center approach looks like and give examples.
I will then talk about how to take their approach and embrace it through their advertising, forms, and initial contacts with the client. This is critical as from the first introduction we are already setting the pace and approach we are taking with our clients that will play out in therapy. This is also important when a therapist is networking to agencies and other therapist as we need to have an elevator speech prepared and know what one’s “specialties” are. I will review helpful hints and provide resources to support the therapist who desires to be in private practice. We will review the topics of flyer making, passion projects, insurance, budgeting, and have time to explore your questions. Throughout this workshop I will unravel my own personal journey between agency work, associate phase of licensing, insurance paneling and benefits/issues, and working full time for myself in an attempt to make the workshop have a personal and yet practical grounding in a real story.
Crook, O., (2017, February 18th). A Vision of Self-Care. Georgia Safe Schools Coalition Summit. Agnes Scott College. Atlanta, Ga.
Morgan, D., Crook, O., & Ellis, E. (2017, April 7th). Healing Creatively Through the Arts. Care and Counseling Center of Georgia. Atlanta, Ga.
Crook, O., (2017, February 24th). The Intersectionality of Queer and Transgender in Adolescent Clients. Pending continuing education credit approval with LPCA. Atlanta, Ga.
Crook, O., (2017, March 31st). Expressive Therapies: A Current Exploration. Pending continuing education credit approval with LPCA. Atlanta, Ga.
Crook, O., (2017, April, 21st). Your Private Practice Vision: Helping you get there. Atlanta, Ga.
Baxter, A. & Crook, O., (2016, November). The Ethics of Social Media Marketing for Therapists. NASW continuing education ethics course. Atlanta, Ga.
Crook, O., (2014, June). Emerging Adults in the Woods: Wilderness Therapy, Horticultural Therapy, and How the Expressive Therapy Modalities Inform Our Practice as Mental Health Practitioners. LPCA continuing education course. Atlanta, Ga.
Crook, O., (2011, April). Horticultural Approaches to the Therapeutic. SPARC: Student Psychology Annual Research Conference. University of West Georgia, Ga.
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