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The Laundry of Life: A Narrative Collective Arts Practice

This theoretical and experiential session will introduce participants to The Laundry of Life, a narrative collective arts practice that engages groups in rituals that facilitate collective resourcing, recovery and resilience. Rooted in the principles and practices of narrative therapy & relational-cultural neuroscience, The Laundry of Life uses a multimodal arts approach to generate new, more empowering storylines for addressing the shared challenges we face in our lives.


  • Explain the theoretical background informing narrative collective arts practices with groups and communities
  • Discuss the approach through observing a demonstration session
  • Evaluate the potential impact of the approach through engagement in experiential activities

Shoshana Simons PhD, RDT

Shoshana Simons, PhD, RDT is an expressive arts-centered drama therapist, voice actor, Professor and Interim-Chair of California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) MA Counseling Psychology program, Expressive Arts Therapy Concentration. Dr. Simons’s extensive training and experience in the UK and USA in community-based work with children & families, counseling, education, leadership and systems change informs her passionate commitment to preparing expressive arts therapy students to transform mental health systems into humane, equitable, creative, vibrant & culturally responsive communities of practice. Shoshana has presented nationally & internationally on the “NarrARTive” expressive arts approach she has been developing at CIIS for over a decade. She also offers coaching, workshops and courses through Key of Life Academy.

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Who this course is for

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Case Managers, other Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Anyone with an interest in the subject

This course is offered at the introductory level.

The Laundry of Life: A Narrative Collective Arts Practice

$35.00 USD

Program Only

Included features:

  • 60 Minute Lecture


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