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Self-Care and Expression in a Time of Trauma

June 28, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

The Baton Foundation is thrilled to offer its inaugural virtual public event as we continue to follow local and state COVID-19 health guidelines. Zoom registration information is below.


Since March, our community has been hit hard by the global COVID-19 health pandemic and the resulting financial downturn. More recently, those crises have been compounded by the trauma of police and vigilante violence against Black women and men. Many of us feel as if we are at a breaking point–reliving events our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents fought to eradicate, or so we thought. During this time of continued quarantine, how do we express pent-up emotions and feelings to ensure our mental, emotional and physical health?

About the Program

In this workshop, Baton Foundation board member, visual artist, psychotherapist, and professor, Dr. Wendy Phillips, Ph.D., LMFT, REAT, REACE, will help us explore the use of the arts solely for the purpose of expression. Participants will practice the use of sound, body movement, stories, breathing and meditation, writing, and the use of art materials to engage in self-reflection, expression, and to connect with others.

Please wear comfortable clothes and have available paper and a pen or pencil and any art materials you may have in your home (crayons, markers, play dough, paint, paper, etc.). Please do not go out to buy supplies. Additional materials are not required.

What Are Expressive Arts?

The expressive arts combine the visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development. The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) encourages an evolving multimodal approach within psychology, organizational development, community arts and education. By integrating the arts processes and allowing one to flow into another, one gains access to her or his inner resources for healing, clarity, illumination and creativity. Learn more about expressive arts therapy by visiting the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association website.

About the Instructor

Wendy Phillips, Ph.D., LMFT, REAT, REACE is a psychotherapist, an expressive arts therapist, a faculty member, and a research psychologist. She is a conceptual visual artist whose favorite practice is analog photography. Dr. Phillips is drawn to historical and alternative photographic processes and fiber arts. In her research, she uses photography as a method of Arts Based inquiry.

Phillips is interested in the naturally occurring expressive elements in traditional indigenous art and ritual practices and how learning about these practices may inform multimodal, expressive arts therapy work with her clients and in their communities. She has been studying artisanal practices with indigenous Zapotec artist teachers in Oaxaca, Mexico. Through this work, Dr. Phillips has learned about the ways the practices themselves convey spiritual understandings and offer lessons in the cosmovision, or ‘worldview’ of Zapotec people.

Recently, Dr. Phillips has been studying and collaborating with artists in Matanzas, Cuba–learning about the ways in which artmaking and creative expression are aspects of their traditional indigenous spiritual understandings and worldviews. In December 2019, she inaugurated an El Colectivo Macondo Expressive Arts Training Program for students in Matanzas, Cuba by offering Multimodal workshops for adults and children in the Matanzas communities.

Currently, Dr. Phillips is engaged in a 3-year long training program with Robert Bosnak and Jill Fischer in embodiment theory and embodied imagination dreamwork. Additionally, Dr. Phillips is a faculty member in the expressive arts therapy concentration at Goddard College, and is an adjunct faculty member in the clinical psychology and research departments at Saybrook University.

Zoom Meeting Information

When: Jun 28, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Click Here To Register In Advance For This Meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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