BOOK LAUNCH | Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group

November 14, 2019

New York, NYPrescriptive Memories in Grief and Loss: The Art of Dreamscaping

Book launch: November 14th // 6.30 – 8.30pm
Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens
Hampstead NW3 5SX

Prescriptive Memories in Grief and Loss: The Art of Dreamscaping introduces a wide range of therapists to a novel, strengths-based and imaginal practice for helping clients at various points on the grief and loss continuum. Grounded in recent empirical research on how the emotional brain encodes new memories, this book describes how to create a resource-rich “prescriptive memory.” Chapters by internationally recognized authors explore the theory and application of dreamscaping from a transdisciplinary perspective, including protocols for use with individuals and groups and guidelines for collaboration with other therapists and professionals. Illustrated with full-color dreamscape images co-created by clients and therapists, this is an exciting and innovative guidebook to a new method for cultivating hope and promoting restoration and growth.

This book will be ideal for therapists and anyone working with loss and emotional struggles, and for those interested in using expressive therapies to explore attachment and emotional growth.

“Dreamscaping is an incredible new tool that destigmatizes magical thinking and infuses new energy into restorative retelling and continuing bonds theories. Each riveting case study beautifully illustrates—in color dreamscapes, especially—how co-creating ‘a picture of a memory your client wished they’d had’ complements and expands approaches used in talk and expressive therapies. If you plumb the depths of loss with clients, this approach gets results.”
—Sandra L. Bertman, PhD, FT, author of Grief and the Healing Arts: Creativity as Therapy

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. She presents and provides training internationally on the practice.
Since 2013, Gershman has been the host of Death Café New York City.

Barbara E. Thompson, OTD, LCSW, is a professor of occupational therapy at The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York, where she also maintains a private psychotherapy practice. She previously edited Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning with Robert Neimeyer.


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