Keynote Speaker Linda Chapman, ATR-BC, MA
Science & Art Therapy:
A Pathway to Treating Complex Trauma
It is widely accepted that genetics and experience shape human development. This keynote address will offer the most current information about the causes and outcomes of repeated exposure to abuse, neglect, violence, substance abuse, and other physical and psychological disorders. Recommendations for neurobiologically-based art therapy treatment will be offered for individuals across the developmental spectrum.
Art Therapy & Complex Trauma:
A Neurodevelopmental Approach to Treatment
The current focus on the Right Brain in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy has been the genesis of new models of treatment for relational or complex trauma. Therapies that apply neurobiological mind/body processes are demonstrating efficacy in the clinical setting. Many individuals with abuse and neglect histories have not had the opportunity to create a secure attachment with a primary caregiver, detrimental to the development of a concept of mind/body self. Inherent in the development of a secure attachment is the continued sensory and motor development that begins before birth.
This workshop will offer a method of neurobiologically based art therapy treatment that takes into consideration the lack of a secure attachment and sensory and motor development. Attendees will interact safely and privately with art media to experiment with the concepts taught.
"Art therapist is the 4th hottest job in the U.S." said Linda Chapman in October 2015, "There is increasing interest in Masters and PhD programs. Art therapy is the new frontier as we move to a more mind-body approach to healing."
Linda Chapman, ATR-BC, MA, is a nationally recognized expert in art therapy and play therapy with children and teens who are victims of violence, child abuse, and and medical trauma. She directs the Art Therapy Institute of the Redwoods in Mendocino County in Northern California, a center for learning and therapy. Linda was affiliated with the UCSF School of Medicine for 25 years where she held clinical, faculty, and research appointments. Se created, and for 10 years directed, the SF General Hospital Pediatric Play Therapy Program. She has authored and co-authored many peer-reviewed articles and chapters in professional journals and texts.
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