Area News - 2013
Regional Conference Proposal
AAPCSW has created a pilot project for allocating funds of up to $5,000 to be loaned to local areas/regions for educational programs. The purpose of this project is to encourage regional programs that do not have the scope of our bi-annual conference, but require some financial support to develop. Download the Application Form [.doc]
The Visual Organization of Experience
Presenter: Barbara Manalis
June 9, 2013 - Orange County, California
How do we think about our first awakenings to an identification with a self? How is it that we first began to hear and recognize our own voice? The underlying premise of this paper is the mirror aspect provided by our own unique way of seeing and saying.
In an autobiographical paper, Barbara Manalis writes about feeling her way through the implicit realm, into the exploration of a developing personal narrative, instructed by the literal objects and architecture that surround certain formative experiences. In this presentation she examines the relational antecedents of a love of things and passion for collecting and, describes aspects of the non-verbal space of attachment that lies just beyond words. In highlighting what is normally considered background, Barbara translates a language of experience not so much spoken in words as conveyed impressionistically, through the senses.
This multi-media presentation combines photography, prose, poetry and dream imagery, in the hope of evoking a state of mind that may stimulate the participants' own reverie and encourages them to let their minds wander during the reading to their own associations. Participants will be invited as well to share their personal experience of particular objects or images and the meaning they carry for them during the group process that follows.
After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Explain how the nature of early attachment influences identity, with a special emphasis on creativity.
- Identify the visual language of the implicit realm of experience and how it is organized.
- Describe the mitigating role grandparents in nurture and development, compensatory to trauma.