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Therapeutic Activities that Bridge Intergenerational Divides in Family Therapy | New York City, December 2, 2018

  • Dancing Dialogue LCAT LMHC PLLC 25 555 West 18th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

Date + Time:

December 2, 2018
2PM – 5PM


Dancing Dialogue LCAT LMHC PLLC 25
505 W 18th Street 9th Floor NY, NY 10011

Course Description:

A major struggle that many family therapy practitioners face is how to engage with family members of different ages and with varying abilities to verbally communicate thoughts and feelings in a single, meaningful, and unifying manner. Therapeutic art making and play can have the profound ability to bridge this communication gap while also modeling new and enjoyable ways that the family can connect outside of therapy. These activities equalize the communicative vocabulary between children who are often more fluent in art making or play and parents who are more fluent in verbal expression leading to new avenues for intergenerational understanding, while also bringing to life emotions and conflicts that can be difficult to talk about it even for the most verbal adult. In this lecture, a variety of art, play, and psychodrama interventions and projects will be introduced that model generative, age-appropriate roles, increase connectedness and strengthen healthy boundaries within the family. A variety of experientials will be offered to illustrate the profound ability that therapeutic activities have to unify people of different ages and ability levels by increasing empathic understanding.

Learning Objectives Include:

  1. Identify four (4) methods that family therapists can utilize to transform traditional stage theories of development into actionable art, psychodrama or play directives that model appropriate developmental roles.

  2. Learn five (5) ways that children can “scaffold” adult’s learning during art making, play or psychodrama tasks upending and momentarily equalizing traditional family roles to build empathy on the part of the adults and a sense of competency on the part of the children.

  3. Identify different strategies to integrate art therapy, play therapy and psychodrama seamlessly into four (4) different styles of conducting family therapy including structural family therapy, strategic family therapy, systemic family therapy and narrative therapy.

  4. Learn three (3) strategies to design strengths-based art, play or psychodrama activities that utilize the unique skill levels of family members of different ages and cognitive abilities.

About the Instructor

Kelley Linhardt, MA LCAT ATR-BC is an art therapist in private practice at the Dancing Dialogue with extensive postgraduate family and couples therapy training, culturally-competent trauma treatment and in play therapy and dance and movement therapy. Kelley has over a dozen years of clinical experience with almost every client population under the sun.


$105 ($35/ credit)

Cost is $35/credit hour. Cancellations prior to two weeks before a scheduled training receive a refund minus a $15 processing fee. Participants who cancel their enrollment less than 10 days before the first continuing education session will not be refunded but can receive credit towards a future training. A full refund or credit is given to participants with unexpected medical or personal emergencies. If Dancing Dialogue LCAT LMHC PLLC cancels the entire workshop or training your paid fee will be refunded in full or credited to another workshop at your request. If you transfer to another workshop and then cancel, do not attend or leave early there is no further transfer.  For clinicians with more than one license, an additional CE certificate can be purchased towards your second license CE requirement at the cost of $25.

Dancing Dialogue is a New York State Continuing Education Provider #SW-0512, CAT-0066, & MHC-0131