Past IEA Events

Putting Verbal & Nonverbal Dialogue Together: The Missing Link in Clinical Practice

The Institute for Expressive Analysis presents
A Creative Seminar Series Event

Sunday, March 8th * 1:00-3:00 PM
Mountainside Treatment Center, 243 W. 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

Presented by: Dr. Arthur Robbins Ed.D., ATR
Discussant: Dr. Robert Irwin Wolf, LP, LCAT, ATR-BC

Infant child studies and brain research indicate that treatment can be viewed as a ‘body to body’ engagement. Working through a dual level of consciousness transforms sensory motor/cognitive contact into a deep and multi-level therapeutic experience. Through dramatic role play we will demonstrate this process.

Neurological research and infant child studies stress the importance of non-verbal parent -child communication. From this experience, therapists develop an integrated form of interaction with patients that has both verbal and nonverbal characteristics. In therapy, the vehicles for communications are sensory motor vibrations that profoundly modify these developmental issues. In treatment, we learn to integrate verbal and non-verbal contact that becomes a transformative art in working with such issues as trauma, contact anxiety and the process of separation. Role playing will take place to illustrate the above issues.

Dr. Robbins has 66 years of clinical experience. He is Professor Emeritus of Creative Art Therapy at Pratt Institute and teaches at NPAP and IEA. He has been awarded for his accomplishments in teaching and vision in the broad area of psychoanalysis and the arts. He currently conducts counter-transference groups that have influenced the work of countless therapists. He is also a sculptor as well as a husband and father of three children and six grandchildren.

Participants will be able to:
Learning Objectives 1 – Identify principles about non-verbal communication. 2 – Describe one or more ways of how neurological research stresses the importance of non-verbal parent-child communication. 3 – Identify methods to utilize therapist’s emotional resources to meet this new demand of non-verbal dialogue.

There will be 2 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. Light refreshments will be served. Advanced reservation is required.



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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