Trainings

Eleanor Ruckman outsideI regularly offer training and consultation in art therapy and other aspects of collaborative therapeutic work to multidisciplinary clinicians as well as to those who are providing community support in other ways, including court-appointed special advocates, parents, foster families, and community activists.

 

Some feedback from participants:

“The workshop was useful, practical, interesting and fun.”

“I felt comfortable with Eleanor, her presentation was clear and inspiring.”

“I felt a strong sense of peace while doing the artwork and meditation with you.”

 

 

 

Please contact me if you would like to schedule a training or consultation for your agency or yourself, or if you have questions about attending a training or workshop.

 


I am offering a series of trainings that are open and free of cost to those who provide care and support for foster youth in Alameda County, in any context.

All trainings will be held at the Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland.

Participants must register in advance by emailing trainings@fredfinch.org

 


Staying calm and safe: Strategies for preparation and response during crisis

Wednesday August 12, 2015
9 a.m. to noon

Safety planning and crisis de-escalation skills. Useful for those doing community-based work and for those who would like to help others be able to behave and communicate more safely and effectively.

 


Communication skills for connection

Thursday, September 17, 2015
9 a.m. to noon

Interactive exercises and art activities to learn and practice skills related to reflective listening; non-violent communication; supported by current research about talking and listening.

 


Finding center, staying calm: practices to reduce anxiety

Tuesday November 17, 2015
9 a.m. to noon

Relax! Don’t worry, be happy. Great advice, and often difficult to achieve. This training will offer practical, easy and fun ways to reduce anxiety and increase calm, for ourselves and for our clients. Experiential creative arts activities and awareness practices will be combined with lecture, case examples, and discussion. Interventions will be applicable with a diverse, urban population and are based on research and clinical experience.

 


Self-care: Healing secondary trauma

Wednesday December 9, 2015
9 a.m. to noon

Increase your clinical effectiveness and extend your capacity for supportive relationship by taking care of yourself. This training will be fun, relaxing and restorative as we learn strategies for self-care, make art, and talk about what gets in the way of doing the activities that we know help us to feel better.

 


Advanced supervision

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (hour break for lunch)

An experiential and interactive training for experienced clinical supervisors, using art, discussion and didactic training to explore complex legal and ethical supervision issues; the experiences of containing and holding our own clients, our supervisees, and their clients; finding and maintaining balance.

For those who wish to attend, in addition to registering with the training department at Fred Finch, please send Eleanor an email with your name, agency affiliation or clinical role, years as a supervisor, and two questions that you would like to have addressed – one that is legal/ethical, and one that is relational. This information will support a training that is collaborative and responsive, going deeper into the nuances of the roles and responsibilities of clinical supervisors.

 


Integrating art into therapy

Wednesday February 3, 2016
9 a.m. to noon

For those who would like to use art in their work with others and are not sure how to begin, as well as those who are already using art and would like to do so more effectively. This experiential training will explore how to match the treatment intention with an appropriate art intervention, how to prepare, how to decide what materials to use, what to do while your client makes art, and how to dialog about the art with clients.

 


Creative arts approaches to trauma treatment

Wednesday March 2, 2016
9 a.m. to noon

Healing from trauma is not possible through exclusively verbal interventions. This training provides a framework for building resources to allow for safe exploration of traumatic experiences, using art experientials and case examples, supported by current research in neurobiology.

 


Staying calm and safe: Strategies for preparation and response during crisis

Wednesday April 6, 2016
9 a.m. to noon

Safety planning and crisis de-escalation skills. Useful for those doing community-based work and for those who would like to help others be able to behave and communicate more safely and effectively.

 


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