Art Therapy and Reparation Post Trauma
Renée Obstfeld, ATR-BC, CASAC
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Lectures are FREE to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BC’s.
As the physiological effects of trauma become better understood, current trauma treatment has come to prioritize the development of resources for self regulating, and of capacities for social engagement, pleasure,creativity, and curiosity. In such a context, extreme challenges in adult life can serve as opportunities to revisit, stabilize, and introduce adaptive flexibility into preexisting relational and structural models. Art therapy, which lends itself to self regulation as well as self discovery, to solitude and sharing, is a fitting component of trauma treatment. This talk will feature case material of individuals who have experienced combinations of developmental, adult, and catastrophic trauma, and who found unique opportunities for recovery via art making in a therapeutic context. Time will be devoted to discussing trauma theory, specifically to overlapping issues among different classifications of trauma and adaptations to it.
Renée Obstfeld, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT, LP is an art therapist and psychoanalyst in private practice. She has worked extensively with people struggling with tendencies to self-harm, addictions and co-occurring issues. Her work as an art therapy consultant with the Art Therapy Outreach Center has included facilitating groups with Female Veterans, and at Bellevue Hospital’s World Trade Center Environmental Health Clinic and Program for Survivors of Torture. Renée has presented internationally on the application of psychoanalytic principles to art therapy, and the role of art therapy in treating addiction and trauma.