New York City
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 psychotherapist 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 novelty from positive felt-sense memories —then co-creating an even more novel “prescriptive” memory from these lived experiences where 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.
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 also a full time psychotherapist at BHAVA Therapy Group in New York City. Since 2013, Gershman has been the host of Death Café New York City.