Past IEA Events

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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