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Top Ten Takeaways : PEP Symposium Dr. Bruce Perry in Cleveland

October 19, 2013

I was very grateful to be able to spend an entire day at a Symposium organized by Cleveland’s Positive Education Program featuring Dr. Bruce Perry.  It was inspiring, validating, and stimulating to hear him speak again on so many topics I enjoy learning about and try to implement into my trauma informed work and work as an art therapist.  Below are only some of the takeaways and reminders I received from the day that I wanted to briefly share here:

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Top 10 Takeaways

My Top Ten Takeaways:

6 R’s: Relational, Relevant, Rhythmic, Repetitive, Rewarding, Respectful

Side by Side (parallel) vs. Face to Face

Regulate –> Relate –> Reason

We are relationally contagious

Regulation = Safety

Power of Rhythm: Best way to regulate

Relational rewards vs. Value rewards

Neuroplasticity

Stress: Unpredictable (vulnerability) vs. Predictable (resilience)

Spark

 Principles of Brain Organization and Development | Dr. Bruce Perry, PEP Symposium Cleveland

Principles of Brain Organization and Development

  • 6 R’s: Relational, Relevant, Rhythmic, Repetitive, Rewarding, Respectful:  These 6 R’s are what Bruce Perry identified at the beginning of the day as core considerations for trauma informed care when implementing therapeutic interventions and experiences.  I try hard to be mindful of these R’s through providing art interventions and experiences that introduce and/or strengthen these areas. Art expression and the creative process is a great companion to so many of these!
  • Side by Side (parallel) vs. Face to Face:  In our interpersonal experiences with one another, being present in parallel or working, walking, (and I will add art-making!) together side by side better supports regulation and relational enrichment in comparison to being face to face from one another.
  • Regulate –> Relate –> Reason:  Therapeutic experiences should begin with a state of regulation (feeling safe) to then build on creating relational enrichment and understanding.
  • We are relationally contagious:  Our environments and the people who surround us influence our own behavior, values, and understanding of the world.
  • Regulation = Safety:  When we are regulated, we feel safe.
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Dr. Bruce Perry’s 6 R’s

  • Power of Rhythm: Fostering relational rhythm through movement, music, breathing, and other safe patterned sensory based, neural experiences is the best way to create, instill, and maintain regulation. I believe art-making is also an important sensory based experience where rhythm can be cultivated to soothe heightened states of arousal and trauma reactions.
  • Relational rewards vs. Value rewards:  The stimulation of reward to the brain is a strong motivating factor.  Relational (relationships and attachments) rewards can struggle with or override value based rewards (individual beliefs, attitudes).
  • On Stress and Vulnerabilty vs. Resilience: When stress is unpredictable, severe, and prolonged this fosters vulnerability.  When stress is moderate and controlled, this fosters resilience.
  • SPARK:  Dr. Perry referenced and recommended checking this book out several times during the day.  “SPARK is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain”.
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Super nice way to end the day!

It was an honor to hear Dr. Perry speak again and look forward to him visiting Cleveland again soon to keep learning and being inspired by all the work he does!  You can learn more about his work, publications, research, courses, and upcoming events via The Child Trauma Academy.

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Top 10: Impact of Trauma and Neglect on the Developing Child with Dr. Bruce Perry

Finding a Safe Place: Creating Safety for Domestic Violence Survivors through Art

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Answering the Call: Cleveland Creative Women’s Circle

August 5, 2013

This week-end I answered Connie Hozvicka’s call to join a special Creative Women’s Circle gathering in Cleveland.

I was super looking forward to meeting Connie and expressing my gratitude to her in person for all the good vibes, creative goodness, and nurturing connections she’s offered me and so many others through her beautiful presence and amazing on-line art communities, workshops, and retreats with Dirty Footprints Studio.

This gathering in Cleveland was a wonderful opportunity to re-connect with some familiar local faces, as well as meet more like minded women with inspiring, creative spirits.

Cleveland Creative Women's Circle w/ Dirty Footprints Studio | creativity in motion

The Circle’s Grateful Light (no filter!)

The day was beautiful, our setting along the waters Lake Erie relaxing, and the energy among the group was so open and encouraging.  It was very cool to meet up with this group of women mixed media artists, art journalers, painters, and more who also have such respect, gratitude, and have been inspired by the DFS community.

Cleveland Creative Women's Circle w/ Dirty Footprints Studio | creativity in motion

Cleveland Creative Women’s Circle | August 3, 2013

Creating art together in this safe space and meeting up in this creative fellowship was good for the soul!

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revo’lution making by the lake

I spent some of my artmaking time working on Day 215′s revo’lution art. Also good for the soul! :)

I look forward to the new connection inspired by this experience and what grows from our personal creative seeds and among each other as a result of this awesome gathering.

Read Connie’s reflections from the gathering here on the DFS site.

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Plain Dealer Spotlights Art Therapy: Art Therapists Help Others Find a Voice

May 12, 2012

I received the above quote as part of a kind note from a co-worker who was leaving our agency this week with the observation that it made her think of me and my work with art therapy.  My co-worker also expressed that this sentiment came through in an article I recently did for the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Today’s Top Jobs after career writer Terri Mrosko invited me to share my work as an art therapist.

I was happy to learn about Terri’s interest in art therapy and the opportunity to promote the field within my local community as one example of what an art therapist does, as well as the educational standards and professional credentialing involved for this career path.

Cleveland Plain Dealer-Today’s Top Jobs

Spotlighting art therapy as a career choice is also significant and timely in Ohio, as legislation for art therapy licensure (SB 205) is currently active in the Senate’s Health, Human Services, and Aging Committee with hopes that the bill will continue to keep moving forward. Legislation for art therapy in the state of Ohio is very important for a number of reasons, one of which is that regulation provides consumers the peace of mind that they are receiving art therapy services from an individual who has obtained the proper educational training and professional standards to practice as an art therapist.  Employers will also know who is appropriately qualified to offer art therapy services.

It would be great to see this achievement for art therapy in Ohio finally happen!

To learn more about SB 205 check out this article and if you (or others you know) live in Ohio, find out how you can help advocate for this legislation through visiting the Buckeye Art Therapy Association website.

Thank you to Terri Mrosko, photographer George Shuba, and the Plain Dealer for putting together a nice piece promoting art therapy- Much gratitude!

April: National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

March 28, 2012

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

The start of April is only a few days away and in this post I wanted to provide a head’s up and share some resources, information, and some local professional events in my area recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families website, National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month is “a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in communities“.  The site’s Child Welfare Information Gateway includes a free 2012 Resource Guide: Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action (as well as other resources, tip sheets, and tool kits) that organizations and providers can use to support their advocacy, prevention, and intervention work with youth, parents, and families around the issues of child abuse and neglect.

There are also Treatment & Trauma Informed Care Resources on the Child Welfare Information Gateway about “building trauma-informed systems, assessing and treating trauma, addressing secondary trauma in caseworkers, and trauma training” that are also worth a look.  Sites such as Child Trauma AcademyNational Child Traumatic Stress Network, and The National Center for Trauma Informed Care are included as additional resources to check out.

In the Greater Cleveland and Lorain County areas there are two upcoming events (with early bird deadlines quickly approaching!) focusing on Child Abuse Prevention that I am looking forward to attending:

  • Lorain County Collaborative on Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention 7th Annual Child Abuse Awareness Conference on April 18th at Lorain County Community College’s Spitzer Conference Center in Elyria, Ohio.  This full day conference includes offerings focused on family violence and child abuse prevention, human trafficking, investigations, and childhood trauma. In the morning, I will be providing a 2 hour presentation highlighting the benefits of using art therapy in trauma intervention with children.  Early Bird Conference Registration before April 11th is $40. After April 11th: $50.  Discounts available for students and agencies who send a group of staff members. Continental breakfast, lunch, and continuing education available.  For more information, visit this event page from the Nord Center.

  • Power of Prevention Conference hosted by Cleveland’s Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, April 24 will feature an all day workshop and luncheon with national authority on childhood trauma, Dr. Bruce Perry at Landerhaven in Pepper Pike, Ohio.  Dr. Perry is a Senior Fellow at the Child Trauma Academy and is the author of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered.

This conference’s theme will focus on:

  • Effects of Trauma & Neglect on the Developing Child
  • Relational Health and Development
  • Impact of Abuse, Neglect & Chaos
  • Developmental trauma strategies: Program & Policy
  • Effects of Empathy on the Developing Brain and Q & A
  • Difference between maternal and paternal parenting styles with emphasis on developing a father’s empathy

To attend the luncheon only (1 CEU) is $40.00, the workshop & luncheon together (5 CEUs) is only $60.00 before April 13th and $75.00 after.  On-site parking is free and a continental breakfast, as well as lunch are provided. CEUs available.  Visit DVCAC’s website to register or to download the conference brochure.

Both of these conferences are super affordable, include continuing education, and a great line up of content about children, family, trauma informed considerations and more if you are able to attend!

gretchen-miller.com: Re-designing & Re-visioning

November 15, 2010

My official website gretchen-miller.com was recently updated with some re-designing and re-visioning.  The site highlights my work, services, and interests:

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Content featured on gretchen-miller.com includes:

  • Autobiographical Information: Learn more about my work as a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist and Certified Trauma Consultant, my educational training, clinical experience and specializations, interests, as well as professional affiliations with organizations such as The Combat Paper Project, The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, and community organizing with The Art Therapy Alliance and Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc.
  • Information and Resources About Art Therapy- Learn more about what art therapy is and what art therapists do, including definitions, resources, and links from organizations such as The Art Therapy Alliance, International Art Therapy Organization, Art Therapy Without Borders, The Buckeye Art Therapy Association, and The Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc.
  • Services- Learn more about art therapy services that I provide in the Greater Cleveland, Ohio area, which includes working with agencies and organizations serving traumatized and grieving children, adolescents, and families who have experienced illness, loss, and family violence. Other services highlighted include art therapist supervision, providing art therapy workshops and professional continuing education for agencies, schools, and community groups.
  • On the Grid- Information about my love and passion related to art therapy and technology, including blogging, on-line art therapy communities, podcasts featuring my work and interests, and the art therapy e-zine FUSION.
  • Presentations- View some of my SlideShare presentations about art therapy with children from homes of domestic violence, working with youth coping with grief and loss, as well as the impact of Bruce Perry’s work on my practice as an art therapist and trauma specialist working with traumatized youth.
  • Film/Art Gallery- Watch some of my favorite short videos and films featuring my collage art, altered books, community art events, and initiatives of The Art Therapy Alliance and Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc.
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