POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2023
Description: This is a one day experiential training that provides clinicians with a skillset to effectively support clients. ACT and Art Therapy uniquely empower us to move from surviving to living fully.
Living fully recognizes that while people living with major medical illness may not be able to control the outcome of their illness, they do deserve to live as well as they can for as long as they can. This is why we’ve titled the training- Dealing With It. When we’re dealing with something, we’re likely to feel more resilient and empowered.
Participants will be provided with an art supply kit for the training, which includes a sketch book, oil pastels and colored pencils. You don’t need to be an artist or art therapist to use these techniques.
At the training, you’ll receive handouts for the exercises that we’ll practice. A digital copy of the training slides will be sent by email 24 hours before the training for you to print, if desired.
- Improve clinical understanding of major medical illnesses;
- Mindful exploration of the challenges that impact clinical effectiveness;
- Provide clinicians with a framework for assessing their client’s treatment needs;
- Practice ACT & Art Therapy techniques that promote client’s resiliency and emotional healing.
- In-person training at the Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St., Portland, Maine,
- Free parking available onsite
- Training Hours- 8:45am-4:15pm, check in starts at 8:15am.
- Lunch is on your own from 12pm-1pm, take-out options within walking distance of the venue. There is a refrigerator available to store lunches.
- Early registration is $199 (until 5/8/2023), $259 after.
- Cancellation policy. If for some reason you need to cancel, you’ll receive a full refund minus transaction fees as long as the cancellation is requested prior to May 9th, 2023. Please email Stephanie directly to make that request.
Stephanie McLeod-Estevez, LCPC, Stephanie McLeod-Estevez, LCPC, is an art therapist, breast cancer survivor, and former oncology counselor at the Dempsey Center. She has more than 18 years of clinical expertise in treating anxiety, depression, and PTSD. In 2016, Stephanie opened Creative Transformations to share her knowledge, expertise, and unique art therapy protocols she developed with the cancer community. She’s been a member of Maine’s Impact Cancer Network’s Survivorship and Rehabilitation Task force since 2018 and has spoken at local and national conferences.
Beth Eilers, LCSW, ACT Clinician, has worked with children, families, and adults with medical illness for over 20 years. Beth has presented trainings on treating insomnia with ACT and facilitated patient focused workshops with Stephanie at the Cancer Community Center and Dempsey Center. She is a long time member and founding president of the Southern Maine Acceptance and Commitment Therapy community (SMACT). Currently, Beth is a clinical social worker with the Maine Medical Partners Pediatric Specialty Clinic working with children and teens at the Gastrointestinal and Gender clinics.
What to expect:
Module 1- The Fundamentals of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) & Art Therapy
Module 2- Working with the diagnosis phase (single and recurrent)
Module 3- Working with the treatment phase
Module 4- Working with the post-treatment, maintenance and/or surveillance phase
Testimonials from Dealing With It, Winter 2023 session:
“I really appreciated this training as before coming in, I was nervous to work with clients with major medical illnesses. In the training, I felt more confident in my skills and appreciated the activities I can bring into sessions so as to create connection and understanding with clients and patients facing such difficulties.“
“This training helped me and several other clinicians on my team to learn new and innovative interventions for work with clients impacted by cancer. The training, and trainers, were accessible and supportive. I would highly recommend this training to anyone working with clients impacted by their or a loved one’s serious illness.“
“Exceptional workshop, exposure to the skills and how it can be utilized, educational rational for how to use it at different points in tx with patients, ideas of how art enhances the skill for patient and then being able to experience myself. It was powerful to hear Stephanie and Beth’s experiences, they were real and easily shared their work. It was great to have the workshop with others doing similar and share our experience after exercises.“
“As a conditional clinician, I am game for learning and exploring all different modalities. This training was a great way of learning a well respected model like ACT with an alternative model twisted in.“
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