Janesse Russel, LMSW
Grace Troyer, BA
HVTF Workshop 2 on Friday, November 20th | 1:45-3pm
Creative Interventions for Gender Dysphoria
|Janesse Russel, LMSW||
Grace Troyer, BA
Workshop Description: Join us for a discussion and demonstration of varying creative interventions that are effective while serving TGNCNB communities. Our focus is to not only talk through issues associated with the trials, stigmatization and violence perpetrated against TGNCNB folks in session, but to also give providers new skills to help their clients express their unconscious and conscious beliefs through art. Creative expression in session with various mediums can soothe anxiety, increase confidence and foster a brave space where clients can tap into who they truly are.
Workshop Format: This workshop will feature information pertaining to creative interventions, demonstration, and whole-group discussion.
Janesse Henke (Russel), LMSW, has been an artist her entire life. She blends her creativity with her clinical focus, which is empowering others to heal from trauma, addiction and eating disorders.
Janesse has dual degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied both Media Studies and Social Welfare. As an Honors graduate, she researched the impact of media consumption on disordered eating behavior in teens within a paper titled, "Eating Disorders, the Media and Me." She continued and completed her Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University in the City of New York which allowed her to refine her trauma-informed therapy practice. Most recently, she completed an Addiction Treatment Certification from Yale University. Janesse engages her clients and audiences via sessions, workshops, conferences and retreats. She is the CEO of a virtual coaching practice and is currently piloting “The Creative Recovery Program,” a 12-week clinical intensive that utilizes a client's creativity as a coping tool while engaging in psychoeducation, individual and group sessions.
Grace Troyer has their bachelors degree from Elizabethtown College where they majored in Psychology and minored in Human Services and is currently working on their masters in school psychology at University of Massachusetts, Boston. At Elizabethtown College, they researched the correlation between the impact of life stressors and protective factors that single mothers in transitional housing face and their children's physical and social-emotional development. During their four-year undergraduate career, they worked with mothers and children in transitional housing and implemented a social-emotional curriculum in the afterschool program with an additional element of psychodrama in a trauma-informed manner. Currently, they have been working as a caseworker on a stabilization crisis unit where they work with people facing homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and life stressors. Grace's therapeutic approach is trauma-sensitive, empathetic, creative, mindfulness-based, and meeting people where they are in their healing.