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Maria Riccardi, Lisa D. Hinz, Kathy Gotshall & Joshua Kin-man Nan

Embodiment of the Expressive Therapies Continuum: Teaching Theory through
Living Memories and Stories

The expressive therapies continuum (ETC) provides a theoretical structure for understanding
the ways in which people interact with art media to process information and form images
(Kagin & Lusebrink, 1978; Lusebrink, 2010). Understanding the ETC framework can
enhance accuracy of assessment and increase treatment efficacy (Hinz, 2020). Although
this significant theory is foundational and applicable across all expressive therapies (Kagin &
Lusebrink, 1978), student feedback demonstrates it is a multifaceted concept to learn.
Therefore, the instructors of this workshop have designed an embodied method of teaching
the theory that utilizes personally relevant objects, imbued with personal memories, to
engage students and professionals in the learning experience. Art making will be deepened
by a poetic narrative approach to solidify learning (e.g., Kaimal, Mesinger, Carroll-Haskins,
2020) and to provide guidelines for using embodied experiences to explain, clarify, and
amplify the ETC theory.

Participants in this workshop will use objects and memories to demonstrate each of the three
bipolar ETC levels and their necessity for optimal functioning. Participants will begin by
interacting with their object at the kinaesthetic/sensory level where involvement with
sensation and movement define experiences. At the perceptual/affective level, participants
will create an artwork defined by formal artistic elements and emotionally evocative
materials. Finally, a poetic living story will be created at the cognitive/symbolic level.
Participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of the ETC and an artwork
which embodies the creative level.

Four presenters representing graduate art therapy programs in three different countries will
share their perspectives on this embodied teaching method. Through art making and
dialogue, this workshop will support expressive therapies educators in their ability to teach
the ETC. Specific attention will be paid to material interaction, art media properties, art
process, and art product (Hinz, 2016; Pénzes, van Hooren, Dokter, Smeijsters, &
Hutschemaekers, 2016; Snir & Regev, 2013).

Lisa Hinz

Lisa D. Hinz, Ph.D., ATR is a licensed clinical psychologist and a registered, board certified
art therapist. Dr. Hinz is an adjunct professor in the art therapy doctoral program, Notre
Dame de Namur University and she has a private practice in art therapy. Dr. Hinz is the
author of many professional publications and the second edition of Expressive Therapies
Continuum: A Framework for Using Art in Therapy was published in 2020 by Routledge.

Kathy Gotshall, ATR-BC, LCSW is a registered board-certified art therapist and licensed clinical social worker. She is the founder of the distance hybrid graduate art therapy program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Currently, she is an assistant professor teaching graduate art therapy courses in clinical internship, assessment, group dynamics, ethics and spirituality. Her creative expressions include mixed media combined with abstract watercolor. Kathy is honored to present with esteemed colleagues Dr. Lisa Hinz, co-founder of the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Master of Arts in Art Therapy program and alumni, Maria Riccardi and Dr. Joshua Nan.

Joshua Kin Man Nan

Haeyen, S & Hinz, L.D., (in press). The first 15 minutes in art therapy: Painting a picture from
the past. The Arts in Psychotherapy.
Lusebrink, V.B., & Hinz, L.D. (2020). Cognitive and symbolic aspects of art therapy and
similarities with large scale brain networks. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy
Association, 37,3, 113-122, DOI: 10.1080/07421656.2019.1691869
2019: Hinz, L.D. Workshop: Introduction to teaching the Expressive Therapies Continuum.
Presented to the Art Therapy faculty of HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen,
Holland.

Joshua Kin-man NAN, Ph.D. has many years’ experience of using art in his social work
practice working with a wide range of populations, including traumatized children and youth
and individuals with mental health issues. He also has extensive experience in providing use
of arts training to different healthcare professionals. As an assistant professor and research
fellow of the Centre of Youth Research & Practice of Hong Kong Baptist University, his major
research areas include investigation of psychophysiological interaction in emotion regulation,
integration of clay art therapy with the expressive therapies continuum, efficacies of various
art therapy techniques in enhancing behavioural—emotional competence in children and
youth and applying use of arts in life—death education and palliative care.

Recent publications and conference presentations

Maria Riccardi

Whitaker, P. & Riccardi, M. (2019). Public relations: Art therapy pedagogy out of bounds.
Journal Canadian Art Therapy Association, 104-114. https://doi.org/10.1080/08322473.2019.1667170
2019: Hinz, L.D., Riccardi, M. & Van Meter, M. Pre-conference course presentation: Art-Based Assessment, treatment and supervision. 50th annual American Art Therapy Association Conference, Kansas City.

Lisa Hinz

Haeyen, S & Hinz, L.D., (in press). The first 15 minutes in art therapy: Painting a picture from the past. The Arts in Psychotherapy.
Lusebrink, V.B., & Hinz, L.D. (2020). Cognitive and symbolic aspects of art therapy and similarities with large scale brain networks. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 37,3, 113-122, DOI: 10.1080/07421656.2019.1691869
2019: Hinz, L.D. Workshop: Introduction to teaching the Expressive Therapies Continuum. Presented to the Art Therapy faculty of HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen, Holland.

Kathy Gotshall

2017: Gotshall, K.J., Hinz, L.D., Nan, J.K.M., & Riccardi, M. Workshop: Experimenting with the Expressive Therapies Continuum: Reflection upon an Art-Based Assessment through Heart and Mind. 48th annual American Art Therapy Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
2019: Hinz, L.D., Riccardi, M., Gotshall, K., & Nan, J. K.M. Workshop: Trusting the Truth of Sound and Silence in Personal Life and Professional Practice: The Ethics of Self-Care.
15th Conference of the European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education.

Joshua Nan
Nan, J.K. (2020). From clay to ceramic: An alchemical process of self-transformation. In: Leone, L. (ed.) Craft in Art Therapy: Diverse Approaches to the Transformative Power of Craft Materials and Methods (pp. 55-71). Routledge.

References

Hinz, L.D. (2016). Media considerations in art therapy: Directions for future research. In:
Gussak, D.E. and Rosal, M.L. (Eds.), The Wiley handbook of art therapy (pp. 135-145).
West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
Hinz, L.D. (2020). Expressive Therapies Continuum: A framework for using art in therapy
(2nd edition). Routledge.
Kagin, S.L., & Lusebrink, V.B. (1978). The Expressive Therapies Continuum. Art
Psychotherapy, 5(4), 171-180.
Kaimal, G., Mensinger, J.L., & Carroll-Haskins, K. (2020). Outcomes of collage art-based
and narrative self-expression among home hospice caregivers. International Journal of Art
Therapy, 25(2), 52–63. https://doi.org/10.1080/17454832.2020.1752756
Lusebrink, V.B. (2010). Assessment and therapeutic application of the expressive therapies
continuum: Implications for brain structures and functions. Art Therapy, 27(4), 168-177.
Pénzes, I., van Hooren, S., Dokter, D., Smeijsters, H., & Hutschemaekers, G. (2016).
Material interaction and art product in art therapy assessment in adult mental health. Arts &
Health, 8 (3), 213-228. doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2015.1088557

Maria Riccardi

Maria Riccardi M.A., M.Ed., ATR-BC is a registered art therapist, a career counsellor, and
a licensed clinical psychotherapist. She is an adjunct professor of art therapy at Concordia
University and at l’Université du Québec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. She collaborates with
local non-profit organizations and mental health institutions, developing community-based art
studio programs for adolescents and adults who are marginalized due to mental and
physical health issues, immigration issues, and poverty. She has founded a clinic in Montreal
based on the expressive therapies continuum, providing educational and emotional support
to children and families. Her current research interests include media properties and their
role in assessment and the expressive therapies continuum.