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Exploring the Masks We Wear

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I want to invite anyone who presented at ATSS’ 2010 conference to share the nature of your presentation with our readers. I know from talking with several of this year’s attendees, that because there were so many presentations to choose from, there were several other presentations they wish they could have attended if schedules permitted.

Jennifer Wortham has agreed to be the first presenter to share. Jennifer’s presentation was titled “Exploring the Masks We Wear: Paths to Joy and Self-Empowerment.”

In her own words, Jennifer explains exactly what her presentation was about:

I was delighted to facilitate an interactive process-oriented mask workshop at the 2010 ATSS conference Safely in Our Hands: Helping Our Helpers Stay Healthy. The workshop’s theme echoed the theme of the conference by exploring creative expression as a method of self-care. A slide show of masks from different cultures and the purposes they served was shown to stimulate participants’ interest and imagination. A Burkina Faso initiation mask, a Seneca corn husk mask and a Beijing opera mask were among the 21 we reviewed. 

Everyone from a 12 year-old and individuals from various helping professions — including two police officers — attended the workshop. Each chose a male or female version of a plain paper-mache mask. On its external face, participants were encouraged to create a side of themselves they tend to show the world. They were then challenged to create an image of the more private self on the inside face of the mask. 

Everyone dug into an appealing assortment of materials including paint, tissue paper, feathers, beads, raffia and shells and set to work. We ended the workshop with a go-round in which everyone unveiled and discussed what they discovered about their two faces.  

Jennifer Wortham lives in Manhattan. She has a private therapy practice, facilitates workshops to help individuals explore and integrate their grief and teaches for LDMonline

If you are interested in learning more about Jennifer’s work with individuals or her workshops, her contact information is below:

Jennifer Wortham LCSW
TRANSITIONS:
Supporting Resilience
jaworth@earthlink.net
(W) 212 923-0664
(C) 646 831-9152

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Written by traumalines

December 6, 2010 at 9:40 pm

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  1. […] “Exploring the Masks We Wear“: I want to invite anyone who presented at ATSS’ 2010 conference to share the nature of your presentation with our readers. I know from talking with several of this year’s attendees, that because there were so many presentations to choose from, there were several other presentations they wish they could have attended if schedules permitted. […]

  2. […] is no different. In addition to looking back over our 2010 conference, including a look into one of the presentations as well as our Carol Hacker Award winner, we also discussed tips for better mental health […]

  3. […] is no different. In addition to looking back over our 2010 conference, including a look into one of the presentations as well as our Carol Hacker Award winner, we also discussed tips for better mental health […]


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