On Our Mind: Thoughts from Mark & Michelle Dean

The 2016 Expressive Therapies Summit

by Michelle Dean 29-11-2016 | 3:56PST | Comments (0)


Mark and Michelle have been teaching in NYC! The 2016 Expressive Therapies Summit was held November 10 – 13 in New York City. This conference addressed the healing arts in art, drama, music, writing, psychodrama, dance, sand and play therapy. This rich format included daylong intensives, master classes, workshops, community events, symposiums, and papers. Mark and Michelle were both honored faculty at this year’s Summit. Mark co-lead a panel presentation, and Michelle facilitated a workshop and a master class.

On Friday, Mark was a part of a day-long panel entitled Jungian Archetypal Approaches to Creativity and the Arts for Healing. His co-presenters included the esteemed Jordan S. Potash, Ph.D., ATR-BC, REAT, LCAT, Chair, Fanny Brewster, Ph.D., MFA, LP, Mark Dean MA, ATR-BC, LPC, Sondra Geller, MA, ATR, LPC, LCPAT, and Maria Taveras, LCSW 

In this daylong symposium, Jungian analysts and art therapists discussed their work as it relates to Jungian psychology. Ther focus had an emphasis on making this information relevant to clinical work with clients in the expressive therapies. The panel speakers and the topics were selected to appeal to those who are new to Jungian ideas as well as those with more advanced training. Although primarily didactic, the day included some hands-on exercises and small-group discussions. Participants were encouraged to identify how they can incorporate the concepts presented into their daily work in clinical, educational, and community settings. 


On Saturday, Michelle facilitated the workshop entitled, “Sacred Creations: Ex-votos and 

img_5102devotional art in psychotherapy,” in which participants explored devotional paintings and objects, in historically and culturally sensitive ways. The ex-voto and its significant ability to express gratitude for surviving traumatic events were given particular attention as participants engaged in their devotional art experience.

In the day-long master class on Sunday, “Cultivating the Quest: Embodying the Hero of Your Life,” Michelle led participants on a journey of exploring the iconic elements of the Hero’s journey, as described by mythologist, Joseph Campbell, and other storytellers. Participants utilized this framework for writing a personal Hero’s Journey informed by image-making through writing and art. Michelle said, “It was truly an honor to hold the space for these mystical and transformational spaces and the inspirational work done within the context of these workshops.”img_5109

Mark and Michelle were sincerely appreciative of the opportunity to be faculty members at the 2016 Expressive Arts Therapies Summit. If you would like Mark or Michelle to visit your area for an educational experience, please contact us at 


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