“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are” e.e. cummings. Denise Wolf has worked with children and adolescents for over 15 years, bearing witness to many courageous journeys in her work as a therapist. In addition to private practice, Denise works as a consultant for a residential treatment facility for adolescents providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training, facilitating DBT skills groups for adolescents and their caregivers. Prior to that, Denise worked as a primary therapist at this facility, providing individual therapy, family therapy, DBT skills group, and psychoeducation groups for the school setting. Additionally, Denise works as an adjunct educator at Drexel University in the Art Therapy and Counseling Program. Denise is a practicing DBT clinician, with a strong trauma informed background. Areas of strength include application of the evidenced based practices, DBT and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), integration of mindfulness practices to foster emotion regulation, provision of school based services, work with adolescents, facilitation of groups and group dynamics, and working within systems.
The paradox of trauma is that it has both the power to destroy and the power to transform and resurrect
Peter A. Levine
This workshop will provide participants 3 CE hours approved by the NBCC. Utilizing both didactic learning and experiential activities, participants will learn to develop sensory informed strategies for use with their own clinical application. Beginning with an overview of the prevalence of trauma, we will briefly review the seminal ACE’s studies. A brief history of trauma theory, as it applies to normative attachment, will be reviewed, including an overview of Harlow’s monkeys and Bowlby’s theory of attachment. Next, participants will receive an overview of neural development as it applies to trauma, looking specifically at Bruce Perry’s theory of bottom-up and top-down regulation strategies. The impact of sensory activities on the brain will be explored in relationship to areas of brain functioning. Sensory systems will be identified, and participants will review a sensory intervention plan in preparation for application in their practice.
Pro tip: Wrap empty boxes and set them under the tree. If your family engages in irritating behaviors, throw a “present” in the fire!
Just kidding. Many of us experience holiday stress. Along with the joys of giving and seeing friends and family are the stressors of travel, social interactions, and potential triggers and hot spots. Use these tips to help foster emotion regulation so you can have a joyful holiday season.
Art therapists are primed with the knowledge of how the aesthetic experience of both viewing and creating art creates psychological and physiological change that supports emotional integration, catharsis, and resilience. Denise Wolf, credentialed and licensed art therapist, identifies the function of catharsis in both the viewing and creation of artwork, drawing on her more than 20 years of clinical practice and contemporary research. This talk was presented in conjunction with our Catharsis exhibition, on display through October 31, 2021. Find more information about this exhibition at https://delaplaine.org/exhibitions/cu…. (This video was recorded on September 10, 2021.)”
Episode 61: Inside the World of Our Adolescents with Lynn Langan and Denise Wolf
On this week’s episode of Light After Trauma, we welcome back our good friend, Denise R. Wolf MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC along with our brand new guest, author Lynn Langan. Alyssa, Denise, and Lynn are passionate about helping adolescents and use this episode to dive into the struggles and unique challenges facing our youth today. In Lynn Langan’s brand new book, Duke & The Lonely Boy, she takes readers inside the world of our adolescents and emphasizes the importance of making kids feel seen and heard. Whether you are an adolescent, a young adult, a teacher, a therapist, or a parent, this discussion as well as Lynn’s book will help you to better understand how to navigate the world of our adolescents.
Art Therapy and the Museum Experience: Sharing Language, Hope and Healing. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Area Art Therapy Association.
In 2020, I was awarded the Ronald E. Hays Presenter’s Award to help fund this presentation to the American Art Therapy Association Conference in Kansas City. In fulfillment of this award, I will be presenting with my colleague Kathryn Snyder about our joint work with the Philadelphia Art Museum in support of creating and sustaining trauma-informed museum experiences. Please register to attend.