Kenneth V. Hardy, Christiana Awosan, Cadmona Hall, & Heather Hay • Friday All Day
Look into the troubled lives of many impoverished inner-city youth and you’ll often discover a walled-off history of unacknowledged loss. This workshop offers a fresh look at the importance of identifying, uncovering, and understanding the buried impact of those losses. You’ll learn how to develop a genogram-like “Loss Diagram,” detailing the deaths of friends or family members, serial placements in foster homes, and dislocations due to economic or family circumstances. We’ll examine ways to use art, movement, music, and other media to help these clients access the tears, grief, and “softer” emotions they previously cut off. We’ll discuss how to help them discover and appreciate the “untapped hero” within—positive skills and aspects of self that helped them pull through tough times, which can guide them toward a better future. (This session will continue with Workshop 305.)
Kenneth V. Hardy, Ph.D., is director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships and professor of marriage and family therapy at Drexel University.
Christiana Awosan, M.A., M.F.T., a doctoral candidate at Drexel University, lectures at LaSalle University.
Cadmona Hall, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., is an assistant professor at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.
Heather Hay, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., is cofounder and CEO of the Eastern Division of the international grief and loss consulting firm Hall & Hay Consulting.