Remapping You: Reassemble and Gathering Together Again
Dr. Charlotte Schell-Word (1999) writes, “Identity altered through trauma knows the loss of innocence and wholeness. Like a broken vase, pieced back together, the original container is forever altered” (p. 355)
This hands on expressive arts workshop will lead you through your grief of letting go and reassembling who you are now after a traumatic brain injury. Embracing the frustration of the new you and celebrating this transformation is a validating practice. Mapping out this path through the arts is an enriching experience. Whether you are a person who has suffered a concussion or has had a loved one who has been affected by MTBI this is for you.
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Ruby Cone MA is a Certified Expressive Arts Therapist who specializes in grief work and the many complications, which arise for individuals, partners and groups alike. In the last five years she has worked at the Dr. Peter’s Center and Musqueam Nation. She has an extensive background in aquatic therapy. It is through Ruby’s own personal journey through loss combined with her Masters studies at the European Graduate School, which has led her to gain a deeper insight into the often complicated work that surrounds grief. She brings with her an individual knowledge that allows a delicate balance of compassion, expression and theory to those she works with.
Bonnie Nish is Executive Director of Pandora’s Collective Outreach Society and Artist Director of The Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival for 10 years. Bonnie has been widely published worldwide in such places as The Ottawa Arts Review, The Danforth Review, Haunted Waters Press, Illness Crisis & Loss Journal Volume 24 and The Blue Print Review. Bonnie’s first book of poetry ‘Love and Bones ’ was released by Karma Press in 2013. Bonnie has a Masters in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Language and Literacy Education at UBC. Her next book “Concussion and Mild TBI: Not Just Another Headline” an anthology of concussion related stories, was published by Lash and Associates in 2016. Bonnie is an Expressive Arts Therapist with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the Vancouver Expressive Arts Therapy School who has worked extensively with youth and adults in high-risk situations. She has conducted writing and expressive arts workshops for over 20 years across North America. Learn more about Bonnie's expressive therapy work here.