Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy in the Arts
With Mitchell Kossak, PhD, LMHC, REAT and author of Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy
Tuesday August 14, 6:30-8:30 pm EDT
Online, via Zoom
2 CEU’s for LMHC, LMFT, LCSW
2 Elective credit hours for EAFI Certificate students
What does it mean to be attuned – with ourselves, with others, with community?
How do the arts facilitate attunement?
How can you benefit – in your life and in your practice?
Join Mitchell Kossak, for a dynamic and interactive two-hour presentation, which will be both didactic and experiential.
Mitchell making music
This virtual professional development training will address how the arts in practice and in therapeutic contexts offer expanded ways of being attuned to emotional states and life conditions with individuals, groups, and communities.
Many people are out of tune with themselves and those around them, and out of tune with their environment. This disharmony can lead to feelings of isolation, alienation, anxiety and depression.
Attunement has been described as a feeling of being at one with another being, the environment and a greater universal presence. Attunement is also defined as a felt embodied experience that can be individual as well as communal.
Artists who ‘play’ or create together understand this kind of shared communal connection and often talk about this kind of experience as being in a state of flow, transcendent, sacred or spiritual.
Understand the basic underlying principles of therapeutic attunement including concepts of resonance, rhythm, improvisation, misattunement, embodied empathy, attachment, interpersonal neurobiology, entrainment, and intimacy.
Mitchell at EAFI (Sarasota)
You will be introduced to a multi-arts approach that can lead to a felt embodied sense of attunement with others, and with the communities we live and work in.
Mitchell Kossak Ph.D., LMHC, REAT is an associate professor in the Expressive Therapies program at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has worked as an expressive arts therapist since 1983 and has been a licensed clinical counselor since 1994. He was the President/Executive Co-Chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and is the Associate Editor of The Journal of Applied Arts and Health. Dr. Kossak is also a professional musician performing for over 30 years in the Boston area. He is the author of Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an understanding of embodied empathy.