A Walk in the Woods: Using Nature, Movement, and Art in Therapy

A Walk in the Woods: Working with Nature, Movement, and Art in Therapy

Saturday, October 12, 2019
12:00- 4:00pm

Location:  11 Peekskill Road, Cold Spring, NY 10516
Fee: $100
What to bring: Water bottle, snack, walking or hiking shoes, hat or sunscreen. We will provide bug spray to share.

Visit Cold Spring in the Hudson Valley for an afternoon of artmaking and movement in nature.
After a short walk in the woods near our Cold Spring studio, we will use natural found objects and materials to make our mark and playfully move with the surrounding elements to enhance group connection. This workshop will include a didactic component on how to integrate movement and art in clinical practice, and will draw on concepts from Land Art and Eco/Nature Therapy to engage mindfulness, creativity and awareness of oneself in the world. 

Your instructors:
Nadia Jenefsky, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC - Art Therapist
Deniz Oktay, MA, LCAT, BC-DMT - Dance-Movement Therapist

Description of course activity content:
This course will explore the clinical integration of art and movement into the therapeutic space. The course will primarily be experiential in nature and will incorporate the use of objects found in nature to create a piece of art work which reflects connection to self and environment. Movement will be incorporated to develop an embodied response to the art making process. The discussion will include explanations of how to incorporate art and movement into clinical practice effectively and ethically.

Workshop Teaching Modalities:
1. Presentation on the definitions and use of Movemement/Dance Therapy,  Art Therapy, and Eco-Nature Therapy.
2. Hands-on experience of searching for objects in nature to create an art piece and use movement to deepen the therapeutic experience.
3. Discussion of best practices for incorporating art and movement into clinical practice.

Learning Objectives:
1.    Explain what Creative Arts Therapy is and describe at least three ways that art and movement can be incorporated into the clinical space
2.    Identify the benefits of using nature, art, and movement as tools to decrease stress, encourage play and increase connections between self and environment.
3.    Describe personal experiences of using art making and movement to deepen awareness of self. 
4.    Understand ways in which non-verbal, creative activities can be used to safely support and increase interpersonal connectedness.
5.    Describe the possibilities  and limitations of the use of the arts in therapy for mental health professionals of other disciplines.

Traveling from NYC to Cold Spring
Our office is located at 11 Peekskill Road, Cold Spring, NY and is accessible via Metro North commuter trains. Trains run hourly on the weekends out of Grand Central Terminal. It is a beautiful 20-25 minute walk through the village or a 5-minute cab to the studio from the Cold Spring train station. There is ample parking if you choose to drive.

New York Creative Arts Therapists PLLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0275, and 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 creative arts therapists #CAT-0026 and licensed mental health counselors (pending #MHC-0065). New York Creative Arts Therapists PLLC may offer NYSED approved clock hours for events or educational programs that have been approved by the department. Sessions for which NYSED-approved clock hours will be awarded are identified on our website

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: $100.00
Saturday, October 12 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM