After the Sweet Bird of Youth: Exploring the issues of aging through Expressive Arts Therapy

June 7, 2008 & October 25, 2008
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kate T. Donohue, Ph.D., REAT

Scholefield Fireside Room
First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco
1187 Franklin Street
San Francisco CA 94109

RCFE and ARF credits are also available with this workshop.

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“After the Sweet Bird of Youth” is an image that will invite participants to explore the normative and critical issues arising in aging: physically, emotionally, existentially and spiritually. Viewed through a Jungian expressive arts therapy lens, this six-hour workshop will delve into the issues arising from the second half of life, “After the Sweet Bird of Youth.”
Originally, Jung’s analytical psychology focused exclusively on this stage of life. Jung saw this as a time to confront death, loss and develop our inferior functions.

Expressive Arts Therapy, a multi-modal approach integrating all of the arts in a therapeutic framework, can provide an array of sensory and imagistic languages to aid in exploring aging issues.

Expressive Arts Imagery

  • can connect to our past resources, open us to aspects of the self not yet explored (inferior functions),
  • allow us to express our grief over personal losses and failures in a fuller deeper way when perhaps words fail us,
  • tap into languages of expression when our neurological, cognitive and verbal have deteriorated and
  • pen us to imagery and ideas that can aid us in grappling with our death.

Through didactic theoretical presentation, case studies, and experiential processes, participants will learn to clinically use Jungian oriented Expressive Arts Therapy to address issues of aging in their clients as well as themselves and their families.

This course is designed for therapists who an introductory and intermediate understanding of Jungian psychology, expressive arts therapy and the issues of aging. For those who are advanced in any of the above areas, this course will present a different approach and application of these ideas to the issues of aging.

Participants will deepen their understanding of these clinical areas and learn to apply these processes in their practices.

Approved by MCEP-BBS - meets the mandatory requirements for aging courses.

About the Presenter:

Kate Donohue, Ph.D; REAT
Kate is a licensed psychologist and a registered expressive arts therapist. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and has maintained an active private practice for 30 years. She has also been teaching for 25 years, at such institutions as California Institute of Integral Studies, Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, JFK University and the San Francisco C.G. Jung Institute. She is a cofounder of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and a MCEP and CEU provider. Now Kate joins pacific Institute exploration for new approaches to deal with the aging population.

Kate says: “…My work as an expressive arts therapist stems from my own deep and abiding passion for the arts. I am involved in visual arts and dance, having spent 12 years studying indigenous and ethnic dance forms, in particular West African and Afro-Cuban Dance. My visual arts work in painting and drawing has helped me explore an interest in understanding the sacred feminine. I have a background in drama and poetics, and a great appreciation for music. My involvement in arts and culture has made my own life richer, by allowing me to map and understand my own inner terrain…”