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EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOP | Peninsula HomeHospice (Melbourne, Australia)
"Prescriptive Memories & Dreamscaping": CE Offering 12 PD Points to Clinicians in EOL and Bereavement Care

Date/Time
Date(s) - 05/08/2019 - 06/08/2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location
Abbotsford Convent

Categories


Prescriptive Memories & Dreamscaping Workshop, Australia 2019August 5th  and 6th, 2019 (Melbourne)

Guide Your Clients To Compound the Memory They Need in Their Own Imagination to Manage Feelings of Guilt, Regret and Loss of Hope and Spur Them to Actualization

Presenter:  Nancy Gershman, developer of Dreamscaping

 

“For clients who understand intellectually but not emotionally what it is they need to do, dreamscaping is a breakthrough.  Imagine one organizing principle—bring me your favorite or good-enough memory— being able to help an individual fulfill an intention, wish, dream or longing.”   -Nancy Gershman, developer of Dreamscaping

     Dreamscaping is an exciting new approach in grief and loss therapy that uses resourcing and re-scripting, mental simulations, memory reconsolidation and photo art to shift the focus from “what do you miss?” to “what gives you joy?”  Call it visual reframing or visualized narrative therapy, Dreamscaping begins with the therapist collecting a client’s favorite felt memories about one’s self, a person, place, or thing they would like to return to. Together, therapist and client then reimagine these good or good-enough memories (or memory fragments) until a “prescriptive memory” with a new narrative infused with novelty and emotional meaning takes shape.  Once assessed and refined, the prescriptive memory can then be given form as an image-based art object that serves as a resource or impetus for re-engagement with the world.
Learning Outcomes:

– Understanding where on the axis Dreamscaping sits with regards to therapies of the imagination for end of life patients, the bereaved and the bereaved-to-be; and how this modality continues traditions of capacity and hope building as well as behavioral testing of innovative models in the safety of a creatively permissive environment

– Comprehension of Dreamscaping’s brain-based approach that launches memory reconsolidation: namely how a prescriptive memory can update a distressing memory with a brief reminder, positive interfering material, a reward response, novel learning, a grounding focus and disconfirming or unexpected information

-Acquisition of the participatory arts intervention skills helpful in guiding the prescriptive memory into a transitional object that one’s client can practice with to become the new people they want to become

Time: Begins 9.30am. Attendees are advised to arrive early in order to sign in.  Morning tea: 11.00am to 11.15am.   Lunch: 12.30pm to 1.30pm.     Afternoon tea: 2:45pm to 3.00pm.  Workshop concludes at 4:30pm.

OPD Points:  12

Workshop Content:

How can we reach individuals who are shut down emotionally and less easily engaged in psychodynamic work; who don’t have the ability or energy to engage with art therapy materials, or who are fixed in their painful or negative foci?

In this 12-hour master class, you will be introduced to Dreamscaping, a strengths-based, collaborative, and future-oriented approach that harnesses the neuroplasticity of the brain to create resiliency and reconnection as one anticipates loss or suffers in the wake of it.  Through lively discussion, deconstructing audio recordings of dreamscaping sessions, live demonstrations of dreamscaping by its developer, Nancy Gershman, concluding  with skill-building as you dreamscape in pairs, you will personally experience how profound shifts can occur so that a new learning deposits itself in one’s explicit memory.

As a perfect companion to the book which manualizes the modality, this 2-day workshop provides you with a certificate of 12-hours of ongoing professional development training on the topic of dreamscaping.

Learning Outcomes:

– Understanding where on the axis Dreamscaping sits with regards to therapies of the imagination for end of life patients, the bereaved and the bereaved-to-be; and how this modality continues traditions of capacity and hope building as well as behavioral testing of innovative models in the safety of a creatively permissive environment

– Comprehension of Dreamscaping’s brain-based approach that launches memory reconsolidation: namely how a prescriptive memory can update a distressing memory with a brief reminder, positive interfering material, a reward response, novel learning, a grounding focus and disconfirming or unexpected information

-Acquisition of the participatory arts intervention skills helpful in guiding the prescriptive memory into a transitional object that one’s client can practice with to become the new people they want to become

RSVP:  Mary Wright at Peninsula Home Hospice.  Call 03 5973 2400 or email mary.w@peninsulahospice.com.au.

Nancy Gershman bio: 

Nancy Gershman is a creative arts practitioner and the developer of Dreamscaping, an imaginal and arts-based approach to grief and loss, supported by the way memories get encoded in the brain.  Presenting her work internationally to art therapists, social workers, psychologists, pastoral care counselors, bereavement counselors and others interested in innovative approaches for working with people at the end of life and in the aftermath of significant loss, she also works in a supervisory role, training therapists in the use of Dreamscaping for grief and loss.  Most recently, she is the co-author of “Prescriptive Memories in Grief and Loss: The Art of Dreamscaping” (Routledge, 2019).  She has authored chapters in Robert A. Neimeyer’s Techniques of Grief Therapy (Routledge, 2012, 2016), and the Annals of American Psychotherapy (2010) with Jenna Baddeley, PhD.  For her work as a memory artist at Visiting Nurse Service of NY/Haven Hospice, she was featured as NY1’s “New Yorker of the Week” (2016).  Dreamscaping with the eating-disordered clients of art psychotherapist Lauren Lazar Stern led to a traveling exhibition (2013) at New York University, University of Rochester and the University of Chicago.  Since 2013, she hosts Death Café NYC. She is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work in Advanced Clinical Practice at Columbia University, New York City.  Website: www.artforyoursake.com

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