All Kinds of News for June 06, 2018
Pacific Quest’s Clinical Director and renowned sandplay expert Dr. Lorraine Freedle presented “Play as Archetype and Agent for Transformational Change” at the recent Expressive Therapies Summit in Los Angeles. This summit is a gathering of international clinicians interested in the role of play and art in healing. The conference provided workshops in sandplay, poetry, nature art, role play, drawing, and more.
In Dr. Freedle’s workshop, audience members learned about the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and the neuromechinisms involved with play, symbolic expression and healing. She highlighted how play isn’t just a human activity, it exists in many species of animals, and remains a critical component of social, emotional, and cognitive development. Dr. Freedle engaged the audience with interactive art, videos, and case studies, allowing participants to develop a felt sense for the power of play, and the important role it plays in transformational change. Dr. Freedle brought her travel sand tray from Hawaii, and offered insights into the value of sandplay specifically.
The keynote address was presented by Dr. Dan Siegel, leader in the neuroscience field. He introduced themes from his new book, linking tools and insights related to decreasing chaos and rigidity, and increasing flexibility, adaptation, coherence, empathy, and stability (F.A.C.E.S.).
The Expressive Therapies Summit was well attended and will remain a priority for continuing education in years to come.
About Pacific Quest
Pacific Quest is an outdoor therapeutic program, located on the Big Island of Hawaii, for struggling adolescents and young adults that offers a clinical, yet holistic, approach to treatment. Our neurodevelopmental approach, combined with horticultural therapy, integrates evidence-based therapeutic methods, whole-person wellness and organic gardening to sustain a healthy community and motivate change. www.pacificquest.org