As the field of psychotherapy evolves, we continue to recognize new ways in which to include the right hemisphere of the brain. As we integrate both left and right hemispheres, we also investigate research into a greater capacity for emotional regulation, self-organization, and flexibility of experience.
Embedded in our brain’s capacity are several concepts necessary for the existence of harmonic states of coherence. As it relates to written or oral narrative, coherence speaks to the ability of the story to relate to itself and its own flow of ideas. The same is true as coherence relates to the self and interpersonal connection. In the newest studies on neurobiology, we are finding even more creative ways in which to nurture and develop coherence within our client’s experience of self and other.
This workshop will explore the concept of coherence developed by Dr. Daniel Siegel. As an acronym, coherence, according to Dr. Siegel, includes “connection, openness, harmony, engagement, receptivity, emergence, noesis, compassion and empathy”. Through somatic exploration and artistic process, we will explore the nine stages of coherence and investigate how the creative process of somatics and art and the integration of left and right hemispheres can be the bridge to harmonic states of flexible and stable organized minds.
Coherence has been defined as the balance between the psychological (mind) and physiological (body) selves. As we often see in our therapy clients, there is a split between mind and body with one or both in a place of suffering. The two places, attempting to co-exist in harmon, yet often unintegrated, is what Daniel Siegel (2007) refers to as “chaos and rigidity”. In the discussions on coherence, researchers have stated that the mind constructs a reality based upon the models of expression from the past and that these models become implicit in behavior and thought. They also state that these models, which are really neural pathways, can be deleted of emotional conditioning by processing the ways in which the thought creates the behavior and also how the construct serves as a function of protection or defense.
As the research has found, due to the neural plasticity of the mind, new thoughts and behaviors can be formed or repatterned as we learn to move into new experiences that challenge our old ways of thinking and being. In this reformation, we also learn new ways of self-regulation through heightened awareness and reconnection with the inner processes of the brain and how they affect the body and mind.
- The understanding of core principles supporting coherence of mind and body.
- The understanding of coherence as it relates to the mind and interpersonal connection.
- The understanding of how creative process can assist in the development of coherence.
- The understanding of the self-reflective loop of coherent mind.
Limitations and Risks:
- Participants understand the nature, objectives, limitations, and results from the training are distinctly different from the formal study of the creative arts therapies
- There are potential risks when introducing creative arts into your practice without adequate training
- The creative arts therapies are an evidenced-based treatment
The Center for Creative Arts Therapy is approved as a continuing education provider for Social Workers and Counselors by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, (#159.001383).
This workshop provides 15 CEUs for Social Workers and Counselors and 1 credit hour for Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy students.
The Dance of Coherence: A neurobiological approach to mind/body
(15 CEUs/1 credit) Saturday & Sunday, February 22nd-23rd, 2020, 9:00AM-5:30PM, 4336 Saratoga Avenue, 2nd Floor, Downers Grove, IL 60515 at the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, 4336 Saratoga Ave., 2nd Floor, Downers Grove, IL 60515