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The Parts of Self: Using Music and Drama Therapies to Explore Roles through Free Association in the Psychoanalytic Encounter

Saturday January 18, 2020 1:00-3:00
Greenwich House *27 Barrow Street, 4th Floor* New York, NY 10014
Accessible Facility

This workshop will explore the intersections of music and drama therapy theories and contemporary psychoanalysis. Using Role Theory as a basis for embodied work in sessions with patients, this presentation will use contemporary, relational psychoanalytic material to show how clinical work can deepen when using these theoretical approaches together. In his 1914 work on the subject of progressing from action to words Freud states, “the patient does not remember anything of what he has forgotten or repressed, but acts it out”. From what we, psychoanalysts and creative arts therapists alike, now know, there can be great strength in action as well as words in psychotherapies. Likewise, music and sound can be a means for clarifying and furthering the nature and intention of roles. The clinician can actively play music with the patient; make use of recorded music as a means for clarifying, use musical associations for internal reverie and filling out the transference-countertransference picture, or use sounds as a way to develop self-state exploration and role-based ways of relating. This is a workshop for all therapists to enhance their clinical development and understanding of analytic material and the overlaps in creative arts therapy. Clinical examples will be used and participants will be given the opportunity to try out some of these approaches experientially.

Meredith Glidden, LCAT, is a creative arts therapist and psychoanalyst with a private practice in New York City. She works with adolescents and adults with a specialty in substance use. Meredith did her post-graduate training at the Institute for Expressive Analysis and is now a board member and is IEA’s Director of Admissions.

Carter Thornton, LP, LCAT, MT-BC, is a psychoanalyst, music therapist, and clinical supervisor with a private practice in Westchester County, NY. He is visiting supervisor within NYU’s Music Therapy Master’s program and former Program Chair of Institute for Expressive Analysis, where he is also an instructor. He is also a performing musician and composer who has toured internationally and composted music for theater, video games, installation, and many other arts related projects.

Participants will be able to:

Learning Objectives

  1. State two ways drama and/or music therapy and contemporary psychoanalysis overlap in their theories of embodied work with patients.
  2. Describe one or more ways free association/improvisation in a session with patients has theoretical ties to both creative arts therapy and psychoanalysis.
  3. Identify two or more client populations that could benefit from using an embodied, relational model of working in session.

There will be 2 CE’s offered for LP’s, and LCAT’s; proof of attendance for all others.  It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with requirements. Upon completion, a certificate of attendance will be emailed to all participants.

$40 for non-IEA members.

Cancellation Policy: Please be advised that no refunds are offered after registration is complete.

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Listening to Trauma Relationally, Artistically and Clinically

The Institute for Expressive Analysis and Kint Institue
Jointly Present a Creative Seminar Series Event and Open House

Saturday April 4, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location TBD

Mari Grande, LCSW, LCAT, PsyA, EMDR, SEP
Craig Haen, Ph.D., RDT, CGP, LCAT, FAGPA
Kristin Long, NCPysA, LCAT, LP

There will be 4 CE’s offered for LP’s, LCAT’s, LMSW’s, LCSW’s. Proof of attendance provided for all others. It is the responsibility of the participant seeking CE credits to comply with requirements. Upon completion, a certificate of attendance will be emailed to all participants.

This event is free for students and members of IEA and Kint. $125 for all others.

Cancellation Policy: Please be advised that no refunds are offered after registration is complete.

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IEA Ongoing Enrollment

For more information:

IEA offers a personal, intimate training atmosphere based on the belief that every analyst must find her/his own therapeutic metaphor, style, and way of integrating the many dimensions of training.

IEA’s consultation center is also available for low-fee psychotherapy referrals.

The curriculum provides diverse theoretical approaches, including:

  • Object Relations
  • Self-Psychology
  • Relational Psychoanalysis
  • Jungian
  • Contemporary Freudian theory

Training focuses on both verbal and nonverbal aspects of treatment and is applicable for both private practice and institutional settings.

Why is IEA Unique?

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE – IEA provides students with a flexible schedule, not disrupting one’s day job.Our classes meet on Monday evenings after work hours. Child and Adolescent classes meet Wednesday mornings.

TIME EFFECTIVE & COST EFFECTIVE – IEA meets New York State’s requirements for licensure and we work to offer a cost-effective and time-effective path to licensure in psychoanalysis (LP).

ECLECTIC – IEA is the only psychoanalytic institute offering an eclectic program incorporating various creative and expressive modalities.

GROWTH – IEA’s community provides an environment geared towards developing every candidate’s own particular voice.

SMALL GROUP EXPERIENCE – IEA’s classes take place in an intimate setting – the private offices of the instructor.

REFERRALS – IEA’s Consultation Center offers sliding scale therapy services, aimed to provide a constant flow of referrals for our candidates.

ACADEMICS – IEA offers regular scientific presentations that may satisfy continuing education credits, supports a collegial community, and offers opportunity for sharing clinical and theoretical ideas.


For info about admission to IEA, please contact: Meredith Glidden, Director of Admissions:


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