Expressive Therapy Sessions
Dance Movement Therapy
Friday, May 5 and Sunday, May 7, 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.,
Location: Magnolia Ballroom (lobby level) / 1 CE Hour Each
Instructor: Bonnie Bernstein, MEd, LMFT, BC-DMT
Through the unity of the body, mind and spirit, dance movement therapy (DMT) provides a sense of wholeness to all individuals by treating the whole person. Whether you use it in therapy or for your own self-care, DMT can provide the client or yourself with a deeper sense of self-awareness through a meditative process that involves movement, motion, and realization of one's body. If you currently use DMT we know you won’t want to miss these two early-morning classes, and if you want to learn more about DMT we know you won’t want to miss these two early-morning classes. Pre-registration is required.
Stories of Collaboration, Empowerment and Resiliency: A Playback Theatre Performance
Saturday, May 6, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Magnolia Ballroom, lobby level / 2 CE Hours
Presented by the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble and Armand Volkas, LMFT, RDT, BCT.
Mr. Volkas is a psychotherapist and drama therapist in private practice, director of the living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Emeryville, California. Mr. Volkas is also associate professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies and Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University, Sofia University, Eastern Mennonite University and The Canadian School of Peacebuilding. In addition, he is director of Healing the Wounds of History project, where he works with groups of participants from two cultures with a common legacy of violent conflict and historical trauma and has developed innovative programs using drama and other expressive arts in working with generational and collective trauma and peace building.
The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble is a troupe of improvisational actors and musicians who “play back” personal stories shared by audience members in ways that both honor and illuminate the original experience. The ensemble produces performances, workshops and events for personal, professional and organizational growth. Created in 1986 under the direction of psychotherapist and drama therapist Armand Volkas, The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, in collaboration with The Healing the Wounds of History project, has received international recognition for its work in bringing together groups in conflict such as Germans and Jews; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese, Chinese and Koreans on their legacy of World War II, and Armenians and Turks, to name a few.
Bay Area-based Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, will invite conference attendees to share personal stories about their struggles and triumphs as allies and advocates for social justice for their clients and ways in which their empowerment and resilience have inspired and moved us. The Playback Theatre creates community and connection among people by revealing the dignity, drama and universality in their stories. The ensemble of actors and musicians will honor the work of therapists with their clients by bringing their shared narratives to life through spontaneous theatre. Participants are welcome to bring stories to tell or simply watch them unfold.
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Yoga & Meditation
iREST Meditation for Health, Resiliency and Awakening
Thursday, May 4, 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Location: Bayshore Room / 1 CE Hour
Instructor: Richard C. Miller, PhD
iRest Yoga Nidra has been developed over the past 26 years by Richard Miller, PhD, a clinical psychologist, author, researcher and yogic scholar, and is uniquely suitable for a Western audience. Extensive research has shown that iRest effectively supports the healing process across a broad range of populations. Currently, there are iRest programs in military hospitals across the U.S., as well as in correctional facilities, hospices, clinics, schools, and organizations supporting personal growth and well-being. In June of 2010, iRest was endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Experience an iRest practice with Mr. Miller designed to help you navigate the changing conditions of daily life. Oftentimes we find ourselves facing stress from relationships, career, and social, economic, or political circumstances. iRest is a research-based meditation enabling you to discover and embody an inner resource of unchanging well-being. It is ever-present regardless of circumstances and supports us in responding harmoniously to each moment in daily life. Pre-registration is required.
6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m., Saturday, May 6
Location: Magnolia Room, lobby level / 1 CE Hour
Instructor: Jamie McHugh, MA, RSMT
Dedicated Embodied Mindfulness is a contemporary somatic approach to traditional contemplative sitting practices. Dedicated to reconciling the split between conscious movement and stillness, Embodied Mindfulness explores the intersection of the mind and the body with breath, alignment, self-contact, and subtle movement as the foundational technologies for introspective practice.
Jamie’s work is best understood through personal experience. In a Somatic Expression session, you activate your body with the five technologies (breath, vocalization, contact, stillness and movement); sense and listen to your body’s feedback from that input, and cultivate an easy back and forth dialogue between top-down input and bottom-up response. Through self-observation and action, this person centered inquiry increases your bodily literacy so you can have a more satisfying and empowered relationship with your uniqueness.
This intimate conversation with your inner nature restores balance between body and mind and between doing and being. The practice of Somatic Expression over time grows your body wisdom, increasing your comfort, ease, pleasure and grace in daily life. Now is your opportunity to experience Embodied Mindfulness. Pre-registration is required.
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CAMFT’s Educational Foundation Raffle
CAMFT’s Educational Foundation provides scholarships and a grant for individuals pursuing advanced education and research related to the marriage and family therapy profession. To help raise funds to support this program, the Educational Foundation will be hosting raffle drawings at the Annual Membership Meeting. For a chance to win some fabulous prizes, be sure to purchase a ticket for $5 or your height in tickets for $20 at the conference registration desk or from one of the Board Members. A one-night stay with breakfast at the Dolce Hayes Mansion, a complimentary two-night stay for two including breakfast at the Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf, four Disneyland park-hopper tickets for one day along with a two-night stay at the Hilton Anaheim, and a complimentary full conference registration for CAMFT’s 54th Annual Conference are the prizes you can take home. The drawing will take place at the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, May 6. All proceeds from the raffle drawing will benefit the Educational Foundation scholarships and grant. You do not need to be present to win.
Exhibitor Card Game and Drawings
One drawing daily Thursday to Saturday for a chance to win valuable gift cards, mental health products and services donated by exhibitors.
The premise of the game is for attendees to complete the game card with the answers to questions provided by the participating exhibitors. When complete, attendees drop their card in the drop box at the conference registration desk to enter into one of three drawings for prizes. The prize drawings will take place on Thursday, May 4, at the Welcome Reception; Friday, May 5, at the Afternoon Power Break; and Saturday, May 6, at the Afternoon Power Break. Prizes are valued at up to $150 in valuable gift cards or exhibitor products or services, and a grand prize, a complimentary full conference registration to CAMFT’s 54th Annual Conference, April 26-29, 2018. Attendees must be present to win the prizes. Only one completed game card per paid attendee will be accepted as a valid entry.
Stock up on books and references at the Self-Esteem Bookstore
8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 4
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 5
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 6
8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Sunday, May 7
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