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Session to explore collage connection

By Staff | Sep 21, 2012

An upcoming seminar to be held at the Shepherdstown Train Station Sept. 28-29 will explore the collage connection.

Karen Stefano M.A., L.P.C., NCC is an artist, practicing Licensed Professional Counselor and Bio-Energetic Analyst. She will host the seminar.

Stefano has trained extensively in psychodynamic psychotherapy, group psychotherapy and analytic somatic psychotherapy. A trained sculptor and painter, she also draws on the synergy of expressive arts and counseling. Working with individuals, couples and groups – her approach is somatic, existential, and influenced by Jungian ideas.

Stefano has taught the Tissue Paper Collage process for over 20 years, leading workshops around the world. She is a co-founder of the DuVersity, a non-profit educational organization devoted to building bridges between psychology and spirituality.

The process involves active imagination in a unique way. Attendees at the seminar will create original collages, engaging in somatic exercises and exploring how the story of our inner landscape informs lives. Collages are made using 30 colors of tissue paper prompting the imagination to come to life.

The Tissue Paper Collage process invites a deep-rooted wisdom and holistic intelligence to arise. The images that emerge are expressions of our unconscious, revealing profound levels of insight from the archetypal to the personal.

This experiential workshop provides counselors, mental health professionals and other interested individuals an opportunity to learn how to integrate creative arts, somatic awareness and mindfulness practice into their work. We invite you to be surprised, and maybe even amazed, at what emerges.

Stefano says that the Tissue Paper Collage Method calls attention to the living space of the imagination as an active and vital healing tool. The reflective process of this method awakens the instinctual and primitive parts of the brain, allowing deep interior truths to emerge. This manner of expression supports the symbolic language arising between the conscious and unconscious parts of ourselves.

The hands on experience of working with tissue paper, glue, brush and board to make collages together with somatic awareness exercises allow the wisdom of the body to reveal what is essential to recognize. Insights about one’s self and the world are also revealed as work is done in the life story in the form of a myth or fairytale.

Individuals are invited to join in the workshop which begins Friday evening from 7-9:30 p.m. and continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is only $175 which includes all art supplies. Eight continuing education units are awarded for the class.

Stefano is a member of the International and American Group Psychotherapy Associations and the American Counseling Association. She is a graduate of the Washington School of Psychiatry National Group Psychotherapy Institute, the Washington School of Psychiatry Couples and Family Psychotherapy Training and the Analytic Somatic Psychotherapy Program in Berkeley, California. She received her M.A. at West Virginia University and has been in private practice in Jefferson County for more than a decade.

For more information or to register for the workshop, visit www.tissuepapercollage.net or conact Stefano at 304-728-6757.