Thursday, May 8, 2014. 7:30 - 9:30 pm. University Hall, Lesley University.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Sponsored by the Institute for Arts and Health at Lesley, this monthly salon series is a chance to network, share, discuss and learn about different aspects of therapy: how the relationship heals, workplace demands, the spiritual lens, self-care, developmental perspectives, creativity, etc. The goal of the evening is to facilitate a rich discussion and connection among the participant about interesting clinical issues.
Spirituality is finding its way into counseling services and our culture in general through mindfulness and various holistic practices. Many of these practices are arts-based and can be used in the service of the therapist and the client. This engagement involves a creative process which in turn generates questions in relationship to meaning- making and spirituality. Join Vivien, Stephen and Phillip as they share and reflect on their connections to spirituality and counseling through dance, music and nature/eco-psychology perspectives. Participants will be asked to reflect on their relationship to meaning and spirituality and how they do or do not use this perspective in their professional lives. About the PresentersPhillip Speiser, PhD, LMHC, RDT-BC is an expressive arts educator/therapist, drama therapist, and psychodramatist who has developed and implemented integrated arts therapy and educational programs for over three decades. He is currently in private practice at Parkside Arts & Health Associates in Boston, MA where he works with children, adults and families who are challenged emotionally, physically and developmentally. He is also Supervisor of Arts Therapy at Whittier Street Health Center, Roxbury, MA. He has worked and developed programs with individuals and groups in conflict in conflicted areas of the world, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and the Middle East. He is well known in the Boston area for his ongoing commitment and work with violence prevention through the use of the arts. His interdisciplinary work on the connections between arts/aesthetics, education, healthcare and human services has led to many project collaborations in the United States and abroad. He has been a senior lecturer at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA and has taught at numerous colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. He is the former chairperson of Very Special Arts Sweden and of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.Stephen Harrington, LMHC is a therapist, teacher and mentor to generations of students, colleagues, and clients. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and past president of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association (MaMHCA). He is the Founder and CEO of The International Institute of Practical Spirituality (iiPS), a holistic Learning Center in Cambridge, MA. Stephen’s approach to training blends spirituality, new thought philosophy and positive psychology with his expertise in counseling psychology. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Counseling and Psychology Division at Lesley University where he teaches Counseling and Spirituality.Vivien Marcow-Speiser, PhD, BC-DMT, REAT, LMHC NCC is a Professor in Dance Therapy at Lesley University and the Director of the Institute for Arts and Health and International and Collaborative Programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences. She received her Ph.D. from Union Institute, her Master's in Education from Lesley University, and her B.A. from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She has developed and implemented numerous arts based training programs throughout the U.S. and Israel. As former founder and director of the Arts Institute Project in Israel, she has been influential in the development of Expressive Arts Therapy in that country. She has directed and taught in programs across the United States and internationally and has used the arts as a way of communicating across borders and across cultures. She believes in the power of the arts to create the conditions for personal and social change and transformation. Her interests and expertise lie in the areas of working with trauma and cross-cultural conflict resolution through the arts and she has worked extensively with groups in the Middle East and in South Africa. In addition, she is an expert in the creation and performance of rites of passage rituals and in the use of dance and performance in expressive therapy practice.
University Hall Room 3-094
1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
CEU Credits: Two (2) LMHC CEUs are available for each evening for $10 (or FREE for Lesley alumni).
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