Facing the Big Bad Wolf: Using the Wisdom of Fairy Tales in Therapy

Facing the Big Bad Wolf: Using the Wisdom of Fairy Tales in Therapy

Sunday, November 12, 2017
10:00am - 1:00pm
Location:  2 St. Nicholas Avenue, Studio #45, Bushwick, Brooklyn
Taught by: Isabel Shanahan, MA, LCAT, RDT

How have the tales of Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Cinderella persisted across cultures and generations?

What about these stories still engage children and adults alike?

What are the enduring lessons we can take from these stories and characters?

Description of course activity content:
This workshop will introduce clinicians to the power of fairy tale stories, roles, and themes for use in therapy. Learn how the fairy tale can act as a therapeutic container and how to incorporate elements of these tales into the therapeutic space to use as a framework for exploring and working through family dynamics, trauma and undesirable behaviors. This workshop will use 3 examples of fairytales and how they can be incorporated across ages and presenting problems, and will give clinicians the tools to seek therapeutic meaning and interventions from other timeless tales. Rewrite, rehearse, and role play your new story.

Please bring a few case examples to offer the group and brush up on the three fairy tales listed above as we will be using these in the workshop.

A description of the teaching methods to be used:

  • Lecture and discussion to review behavioral therapy and trauma informed practice from a creative arts therapy theory lens and how using story and role is applicable to working with these.
  • Full-group demonstration of case-study informed creative arts therapy interventions using fairytales as guide.
  • Group brainstorming of interventions using identified client case studies to practice activities and practice the application of therapeutic methods using fairytales.
  • Discussion of interventions and impressions of activities to enhance learning and to gain perspective on the varied subjective experiences of clients and to identify resistance clinician and client may experience when asked to complete tasks using creative framework, including embodiment or role play.
  • Case examples

The learning objectives of the course. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify themes and roles within stories that can enhance therapeutic goals.
  2. Understand the ways that story and role can provide a container to move safely through traumatic material and/or increase desired behaviors.
  3. Become comfortable in story re-telling, embodied role/feeling sculpts, inner monologues, and dialogical role play.
  4. Identify story themes and interventions appropriate to both behavior training and trauma processing
  5. Describe the impact that non-verbal interventions can have on the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses of participants

Cancellation policy: If class is cancelled prior to two weeks before a scheduled training receive a refund minus a $15 processing fee. Participants who cancel their enrollment less than 10 days before the first continuing education session will not be refunded but can receive credit towards a future training. A full refund or credit is given to participants with unexpected medical or personal emergencies.

Price: $110.00
Sunday, November 12 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The tales of Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Cinderella persisted across cultures and generations. The stories offer us a rich assortment of characters that we can play with in therapy in service of our treatment goals.