MITCHELL KOSSAK: Living with Uncertainty Utilizing Expressive Arts for Trauma, Resiliency and Attunement
MITCHELL KOSSAK: Living with Uncertainty Utilizing Expressive Arts for Trauma, Resiliency and Attunement
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Wednesday, June 28 6:00-8:30 pm edt


The arts help us to make sense of our lives, a way we express feelings when we have no words, a way for us to understand things with our hearts when we can’t comprehend with our minds. In these uncertain and distressed times, the skills that we can bring as expressive arts practitioners become even more important in helping to guide ourselves and others through difficult emotions. It is also essential that communities come together for support and to intensify the resonance of hope against fear and love against hate. 

Mitchell Makin Music

This workshop will be a time to reflect on the inner and outer landscapes with a focus on how expressive arts can address individual and collective trauma through a lens of inter and intra- personal neurobiology. Through guided exercises that use breath, sound, rhythmic drumming, movement and image making we will explore how a re-alignment with personal and transpersonal rhythms can help to facilitate a sense of psychospiritual unity and begin a process of healing.

What to bring:

  • Space for minimal movement
  • simple art materials (suggested, but not limited to – soft or oil pastels, markers) writing materials

3 Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand how to use expressive arts to address anxiety.
  2. To understand basic underlying principles of the effect of trauma on the mind body connection.
  3. To understand how to strengthen individual resiliency. 

Mitchell Kossak Ph.D., LMHC, REAT is a Professor and former director in the Expressive Therapies program at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a licensed clinical counselor and registered expressive arts therapist and has presented his work and research on rhythmic attunement, improvisation, psychospiritual and community-based approaches to working with trauma at conferences nationally and internationally. He is the past President for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and recipient of the Shining Star, lifetime achievement award in 2017. He is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Applied Arts and Health and author of Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy. In 2019 he helped to create Voces Arts and Healing, to work with asylum seekers in Juarez Mexico. He is also a professional musician, performing for the past 35 years in the Boston area.



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