Trauma, Loss and Doll Making
Earn Credit for 1 Technique Module toward
Offered by the Portland Institute.
DECEMBER 9, 2020
9-11:30 am, PDT
DECEMBER 11, 2020
8-10:30 am, SGT
MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT
Portland Institute for Loss and Transition
MPS, ATR-BC, LICSW
Board-Certified Art Therapist
Buckingham Browne and Nichols School
Dolls have a universal and timeless appeal. Ancient civilizations created them to ward off illness, promote fertility, and ensure abundant crops. Dolls have been infused with the wishes, fears, and hopes of their makers, and have served as powerful talismans of transformation. Learners will discover the clinical benefits of doll making through case studies that illustrate its effectiveness in the treatment of grief and traumatic loss. This creative, imaginative and transformative art therapy technique explores the relationship to the self and to the deceased, either of which can be represented by dolls, through the lens of meaning reconstruction and attachment informed grief therapy.
We will present handmade art therapy dolls as a valuable vehicle for the telling and reworking of one’s loss narrative, which includes event and back story, bracing, pacing and facing, and for exploring an identity impacted by grief and rooted in the existential question, “Who am I?” Alternatively, the doll making process and product can serve as a concrete, transitional object to support the exploration of the continuing bond with the deceased. It provides opportunities for reconnection, care giving and memorializing.
Our time together will include the sharing of a survivor’s intimate doll making experience. Small breakout rooms and a larger group discussion will serve as a witnessing experience to the process of non-verbal expression, using a pliable human form to gain a sense of control and well-being. Actual doll making will not be part of this module, but the Practicum Studio that follows.
Discuss three reasons why creative and expressive interventions, such as doll making, are desirable with those suffering traumatic loss;
Examine aspects of Meaning Reconstruction, defined by sense making, benefit finding, identity reformation and bracing, pacing and facing as important components of doll making, an imaginative process that addresses the shattered “self;”
Understand three tenets of Attachment-Informed Grief Therapy, where the doll making process and tangible product are in service to the continuing bond with the deceased; and
Examine doll making and its ability to address the event story and back story which are key components in Meaning Reconstruction.
This Techniques Module is intended for professionals who are seeking creative and imaginative skill development in their bereavement interventions with clients. This course will be helpful for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, nurses and expressive arts therapists.
COURSE PACK PROVIDED
A PDF of presentation slides;
List of Doll Making materials and detailed instructions for the Doll Making procedures;
Guidelines for orienting clients to Doll Making and question prompts for processing the process and product after the creative experience; and
Rubrics for brief reflective writing which, upon completion, confers credit of 1 Technique Module leading to Certification in Art-Assisted Grief Therapy (3 hours total activity, including 2.5-hour webinar and approximately 30-minute reflection).
9-11:30 am PDT: Portland, OR, which corresponds to 12-2:30 pm in New York, 5-7:30 pm in London, and 6-8:30 pm in Amsterdam.
8-10:30 am SGT: Singapore, which corresponds to 9-11:30 am in Tokyo, and 11 am-1:30 pm in Sydney and Melbourne.
The Zoom meeting link and the module materials will be emailed to all registrants in due course.
SAVE THE DATE
for the Doll Making Practicum scheduled on
January 15, 2021, 9-11:30am (PDT) OR January 18, 2021, 8-10:30am (SGT)
GRIEF TRAINING FACULTY
Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is a board-certified and licensed clinical professional art therapist and Associate Director for the Portland Institute. Her art therapy private practice, national presentations, trainings and practitioner supervision / mentoring focus on traumatic loss, specifically with parents who have lost a child, suicide bereavement, and military loss/ Gold Star Families. The theoretical foundations of her group and individual art therapy work are grounded in meaning reconstruction, attachment informed grief therapy, continuing bonds with the deceased and restorative retelling. She is author of Artful Grief: A Diary of Healing, (www.artfulgrief.com) written twelve years after the suicide of her seventeen-year-old daughter. She is co-founder of The Kristin Rita Strouse Foundation (www.krsf.com) a non-profit dedicated to supporting programs that increase awareness of mental health through education and the arts.
MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT
Sarah Vollmann, MPS, ATR-BC, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker and a board-certified art therapist. She earned her master's in art therapy from Pratt Institute and her master's in social work from Columbia University. Sarah currently works with adolescents at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge Massachusetts, and with bereaved patients in her private practice. Her 20 years of experience have spanned a variety of settings, including a pediatric medical hospital, a residential treatment facility, and a mental health clinic. Sarah worked with 9/11 families and she is certified in traumatic stress studies. Her publications on grief and loss include a recent chapter in Briana MacWilliam's Complicated Grief, Attachment and Art Therapy: Theory, Treatment and 14 Ready-To-Use Protocols, and an article in Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, entitled "A Legacy of Loss: Stories of Replacement Dynamics and the Subsequent Child." She has presented nationally and internationally on art therapy, grief, and bereavement.