SESSION TITLE: “Liberating Joy from Loss Through Prescriptive Memory-Making and Dyadic Creativity”
FACULTY: Nancy Gershman, LMSW
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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 clinical social worker who developed Dreamscaping will introduce a cinematic 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 curating a client’s most reliably positive felt-sense memories—then joining the client to figure out ways to enhance or build a novel (prescriptive) memory from these lived experiences so that it becomes the place where healing can happen. Through case studies and recordings, learners will discover how prescriptive memories are compounded in a client’s imagination, their magic realism launching memory reconsolidation and updating long term memory. In ensemble Dreamscaping, learners will get 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 prescriptive memory or photo-based dreamscape. Implications for using this method in-person or telehealth, with adult populations (grief and non-death related loss) and in clinical settings (hospice) will be addressed.
Nancy Gershman is a memory artist and the developer of Dreamscaping, an imaginal and photo-based practice for working with people contending with the loss of self, a person, place, or thing. Nancy is a full time psychotherapist at BHAVA Therapy Group in New York City. She presents and provides training internationally on the practice. Since 2013, Gershman has been the host of Death Café New York City.