Lorraine Freedle

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La Llorona Weeps: Traumatic Grief, Sandplay and Neural Integration

March 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

sandplay therapy training

Presenting this workshop at UCLA Expressive Arts Summit in LA

From Mexico and the American Southwest comes the legend of La Llorona, the weeping woman who wanders the river at night wailing for her lost children. La Llorona appeared in the sandplay therapy process of 13-year-old “Olivia,” providing her with a means to begin to digest inconsolable grief and unthinkable trauma.

In this workshop participants will explore the legend of La Llorona through story, music, art making, and a case study; thereby making connections between the role of myth and cultural stories in effective psychological healing.

Furthermore, drawing from the work of prominent neuroscientists and original research, Dr. Freedle will review the effects of trauma on the brain and explain how sandplay therapy facilitates neural integration and transformative healing in the wake of traumatic grief. This workshop will be of interest to counselors, psychologists and play therapists interested in applying the art and neuroscience of sandplay therapy to their clinical practice with children and adults alike.

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Credit: Featured Image “La Llorona” by artist Diana Bryer


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