Edgy conference

Dana Wyss
Dana Wyss
Stars Behavioral Health Group
Dana Wyss
Dr. Wyss is a board-certified art therapist, a marriage and family therapist, holds a doctorate in expressive therapies from Lesley University and is the coauthor of The Invisible String Workbook. As Director of Training at Star View Adolescent Center a psychiatric hospital, secure group home and non-public school Dr. Wyss specializes in clinical supervision, training, and treatment of complex developmental trauma. Dr. Wyss is a national trainer for ARC (attachment, regulation, competency) with the Center for Trauma Training and a national trainer to raise awareness of commercial sexual exploitation. Her expressive therapies background has led her to create programs integrating art, music, poetry, dance and animal assisted therapy in the healing process for clients and the self-care of staff. She has a passion for working with all individuals supporting them in reconnecting with their passion, creativity and hope. Although Dr. Wyss has many research interests, her current research focuses on using art-based research to build empathy and understanding for self-injurious behaviors, the use of exotic animal assisted therapy in residential treatment, and the use of creativity to build stronger connections and heal from attachment disruptions.


Honoring LGBTQ+ Intersectionality: An Experiential Approach to Allyship
This workshop will provide a space for participants to explore historical and current gender sociopolitics, personal gender perspectives, and how these paradigms influence individual LGBTQ+ allyship and the LGBTQ+ community. Each participant will be provided with an opportunity to create an art piece that tells the story of their own gender and ally experience; participants will be encouraged through self-discovery and mini lectures to explore ways in which they can continue to grow their current allyship. During this workshop, the facilitators will also provide a background on: •Non-binary and binary lexicon and pronouns •The importance of acknowledging intersectionality and personal culture when honoring a person's gender identity, expression, and attractions •Historical and current perspectives of binary and non-binary systems and influence on cultural and legal perspectives/policies •Exploration of our own gender and ally stories to determine how we can become more empathetic and effective in LGBTQ+ allyship •How to adapt the art activity used in the workshop for use with clients and fellow allies to build a safe and affirming space to share about each other.