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MCA:Collaborative Active Imagination through Telehealth: Use of Images, Metaphor and Symbols in Play Therapy by Dee Preston-Dillon, M.A., Ph.D

  • 06/05/2021
  • 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Zoom


  • Collaborative Active Imagination through Telehealth: Use of Images, Metaphor and Symbols in Play Therapy by Dee Preston-Dillon, M.A., Ph.D on Saturday, June 5th, 2:30-5:30pm via Zoom.

    Counselors witness trauma from their clients, and carry the weight of personal stories from family and community. We have had many years of challenges, many too painful to share, that have been judged and shamed, often distorted, and nested in deep memory. While empathy can emerge from personal knowledge of trauma, it can damage counselor perception and competency. It is vital for mental health professionals to do their own personal work and build skills that enhance safety for themselves and clients. Collaborative active imaginationuses metaphor, small objects and images to witness life stories, reclaim truth from trauma and repair debilitating wounds. It is an approach to guide clients in a collaborative process, based on client readiness, repairing trust through the privacy of silence and the imagination.

    During this experiential session we will touch on three principles to guide the use of collaborative active imagination and demonstrate activities for use with telehealth. Objectives: 1) identify two guiding principles for exploring client concerns, supervision and counselor process using collaborative active imagination, 2) attend to ethical considerations when using creative exploration through telehealth, 3) describe ways to develop counselor perception and skills using images and objects, 4)  explain aspects of culture and diversity that can be explored during collaborative active imagination,and 5) describe benefits and risks with counselor use of symbols, metaphors and images. 

    Dee Preston-Dillon, M.A., Ph.D., is a clinician educator, professor of psychology and the founder of the Center for Culture and Sandplay and The Sand Therapy Training Institute. Her cross-cultural research bridged psychology and anthropology critiquing Western therapeutic approaches from three indigenous perspectives. For 45 years she has grounded her work in therapeutic metaphor and deepening the clinical process. Dr. Dee focuses on research and clinical competency when presenting at national and international conferences. She emphasizes that therapists should develop a keen awareness of their own visceral and intuitive experience, attune to layers of meaning . . . be an alert gatekeeper and attentive witness, and remain mindful of client safety and depth.Dr. Dee’s live, virtual and prerecorded courses integrate theory, practice and ethics with experiential demonstrations. Website:

    Registration Fees:

    $20 MCA Students/Retirees,

    $30 MCA Professional/Life Members

    $40 Professional Non-members

    Attendees will receive at least 3 NBCC credit hours for this live presentation with the completion of course evaluation or a successful test score after viewing the recording.  Recorded content will be available until September 30, 2021 and shared with a confirmed registration.

    Registration Questions?  Please contact Cathie Eaton at 

    Questions about CEs?  Please contact

    The Maryland Counseling Association, Inc. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2021, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC Credit are clearly identified. MCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  

    Refund Policy: As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Maryland Counseling Association, Inc. uses all funds to support the mission, vision, purpose, and needs for counselors in the State of Maryland. Therefore, all registration fees are final and non-refundable.

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