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Friday, October 18, 2013

Ilene Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT, Sarah Kass, PhD, Candice Hershman, MFT and Eleanor Criswell, PhD EHI:7 Session Outline

The Art of Embodiment

Ilene Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT, Sarah Kass, PhD, Candice Hershman, MFT and Eleanor Criswell, PhD    90 minutes

Anxiety is a natural response to the storms of life; embodiment can provide a calm center from which to experience and find courage and strength in these storms.

In this workshop, several approaches to embodiment will be explored. Kinaesthetic Imagining is a process by which participants awaken consciousness in the body (“incarnate perception”), develop the language and symbols of nonverbal experience (“kinetic melodies”), and discover meaning in their experience (“action hermeneutics”).

Another approach will explore the therapeutic body, the process of meaning-making with the abstract mind versus with affect and emotions, and the connections between ancient practices of yoga and modern somatic practices.

Embodiment is a crucial dimension of existential/humanistic psychology, but has not been as developed as the theoretical and philosophical ones. This workshop, therefore, aims to address this gap by contributing to the articulation of the “felt experienced” dimensions of an existential/humanistic psychology, while forming closer connections to related fields of somatic psychology and creativity studies.


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