The Multiverse of Grief: A Multicultural & Expressive Arts Approach to being in relationship with diverse grief narratives
Presented by: Adam D-F. Stevens, MA, RDT
NACG National Conference & Webcast
March 19 | 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. MT
Judi’s House/JAG Institute
10125 E 25th Ave, Aurora, CO 80010
Join Judi’s House/JAG Institute for the 2024 NACG National Conference & Webcast on March 19. Gather with other participants in-person to engage with the interactive webcast and learn in community with passionate grief and mental health professionals. 3.0 CEs available.
Read more about this exciting educational opportunity and register below:
10:30 – 11 a.m. | Check-In
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Presentation
12:30 – 1 p.m. | Break/Activity
1 – 2:30 p.m. | Presentation
Note: Lunch at this event will not be provided. Please bring a Brown Bag lunch of your choosing.
Full Event Description
Delve into the intricate tapestry of grief as it performs across diverse cultural intersections. Participants will explore embodied grief through metaphorical lenses, drawing parallels with the transformative narratives found in the framework of a graphic novel, drawing from comic book narratives such as the X-MEN, Batman, and many many others.
This workshop introduces Drama Therapy and Role Theory + Methods, offering an expressive arts approach to grief work that considers cultural humility and social justice. Uncover grief roles specific to various communities, acknowledging the nuances of embodied grief. Through didactic and experiential learning processes, participants will engage in population and person centered grief planning.
We will broaden our understanding of grief beyond conventional boundaries, exploring collective, disenfranchised, suffocated, and non-death related grief. Delve into cultural responsibilities in serving youth populations, focusing on language, verbal and non-verbal communication, aesthetics, and the overall experience.
Pulling from the work of Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero’s Journey’, participants will take away a tangible directive to support youth in relationship with their grief and bereavement narratives through the creation of their own Superhero or Shero Graphic Novel. This workshop promises a unique journey, weaving research and data into a rich fabric of exploration, fostering a connected and empathetic approach to grief across diverse cultural landscapes.
Participants will be able to:
- Identify the need for conversations about race, gender identity/expression, sexuality, and other intersecting identities are integral to effective, ethical, and clinical practice of grief work.
- Develop tools to utilize creative/expressive arts therapy techniques as clinical interventions with diverse populations to support grief and bereavement narratives in practice.
- Formulate needed accommodations in therapeutic modalities for specific populations in a community-centered setting utilizing liberation-focused and healing social justice-oriented practices.
Adam D-F. Stevens (they|them), MA, RDT
They are a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) who works primarily with adolescents in the Tri-state area. They have worked with the HetrickMartin Institute and Cooke School & Institute in NYC. Adam’s role includes supporting queer, POC, and neurodiverse youth in transforming their loss, grief, and trauma into unapologetic, abundant joy and empowerment. Adam serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Creative 7 Arts Therapy Programs at Antioch University in Seattle, and New York University and Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. They have sat on the Board of Directors for the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) as Chair of the Cultural Humility, Equity, and Diversity Committee, and now as the President-elect. Adam currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG). Adam works to support theatrical productions on and Off-Broadway as an emotional wellness consultant. They were named Artistic Director for the Collideoscope Repertory Theatre Company (CRTC) by NYU in 2020. CRTC’s mission is to advance racial justice and healing through artful affinity and performance. They were recently awarded the NADTA Raymond Jacobs Memorial Diversity Award and the NADTA Performance Award for their work with CRTC and in recognition of their outstanding dedication to diversity in the field of drama therapy, through advocacy, championing a diverse membership, and working to increase skill, awareness, and cultural humility. Their research focuses on offering space for Black clients to reclaim racialized roles and deconstruct stereotypes connected to generational and historical trauma and grief. Adam’s superpowers are rooted in the fantastical forces of creativity and love.
3.0 Continuing Education Credits are Available:
- ASWB, NBCC, NYSED, from NACG
- RDT, LCAT, from NYU Steinhardt
Note: CEs for this event are available at an additional $45 cost. Judi’s House/JAG Institute will send a follow up email to attendees seeking CEs with a link to pay the day following the event.
Cost of Attendance
Early bird tickets are now on sale for $20 until March 12. Starting on March 12, tickets will be $30. Ticket sales will close at noon on Monday, March 18.
Scholarship options are available – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Note: CEs for this event are available at an additional $45 cost. Judi’s House/JAG Institute will send a follow up email to attendees seeking CEs with a link to pay for CEs the day following the event.