March 25, 2021
Los Angeles, CA
SESSION TITLE: “Liberating Joy from Loss Through Prescriptive Memory-Making and Dyadic Creativity”
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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 her novel 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 excavating a client’s most precious memories—then joining the client there to figure out ways to enhance or build a new (prescriptive) memory from lived experience so that it becomes the place where healing can happen. Through case studies, learners will discover how prescriptive memories are compounded in a client’s imagination, resourcing only the most reliably positive, felt-sense memories and images as unmet (and unrealized) needs are uncovered. In ensemble Dreamscaping, counselors and therapists will get an excellent sense of what it takes to be a confident memory artist in mental health care, capable of leading your client to new sources of courage and humor based on their personally-developed imagery. Implications for using this method with adult populations (e.g., eating disorders, LGBTQ+) 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.