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Attachment & The Invisible String: Creative Connection At A Time of Social Distancing

  • 18 Oct 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • ZOOM: Link will be provided.


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Attachment & The Invisible String 

Creative Connection At A Time of Social Distancing

Presented by:

Dana Wyss, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC


Connection might be the most important need for all humans. This workshop will highlight the bestselling children’s book, The Invisible String, which reminds us that we do not have to search for connection because it exists within us with activities from The Invisible String Workbook. The Invisible String Workbook was co-written by Patrice Karst and Dr. Dana Wyss to delve even deeper with creative activities for all counselors, therapists, teachers and parents to inspire imagination, improve connections, and explore creativity.  This workshop will begin with a combination of lecture, video and activities to provide an overview of attachment theory and how disruptions in attachment affect youth and families. Through activities selected from the workbook you will explore ways to integrate these books into your clinical work to support creativity and connection. Finally, there will be time dedicated to discussion of how these activities have been effective in group curriculum, individual and family therapy, and adaptations or modifications made to address different developmental and functioning levels. Dr. Wyss has provided these workshops and individual therapy for clients who have experienced complex developmental trauma, youth who have/are experienced commercial sexual exploitation, military families, and for employee wellness in response to vicarious trauma. 

CEU Learning Objectives

1. Identify 4 concerns for attachment and connection during this time
2. Apply 4 or more activities to support creativity and connection for families who have experienced a disruption in attachment. 
3. Develop a toolbox of 3 creative activities to assist children, and families to increase healthy connections.
4. Differentiate the importance of matching the right activity to the right client at the right time. 
5. The participants will personally experience some of the activities to identify areas of comfort or weakness, identify appropriate uses of non-verbal activities with clients and learn how to safely lead into verbal processes. 

Course Credit: 3 CEUs 

This is equivalent to 3 hours of instructional time. 

DateOctober 18, 2020

Time: *9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Distance Learning via ZOOM 

Fee: $30 Members, $40 Non-Members, $15 Students

*The presentation will begin promptly at 9:00 am and ends at 12:00 pm.

Registration begins at 8:45 am.

Who Should Attend?

Art Therapists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs are eligible to earn 3 CEUs.

About Dana 

Dana Wyss, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC is a licensed marriage and family therapist, board certified clinical art therapist, and is coauthor of The Invisible String Workbook. Her doctorate in expressive therapies has led her to create programs integrating art, music, poetry, dance and animal assisted therapy in the healing process for clients and the self-care of staff. For the last 20 years, Dr. Wyss has worked in psychiatric hospitals, group homes, and nonpublic school settings to manage crises, conduct training, coach staff, and support children and families. Dr. Wyss is currently the director of training at Star View Adolescent Center a psychiatric hospital and secure group home specializing in the treatment of complex developmental trauma. Dr. Wyss is a national trainer and consultant with the Center for Trauma Training and national trainer to raise awareness of commercial sexual exploitation of children. She uses her creativity for her own healing as well as to support others.

The Southern California Art Therapy Association would like to thank the following organizations for their generous donations and making our beach picnic a success!

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