Performance and Ritual: A Group Therapy Model for Cultivating Curiosity, Expressiveness, Vulnerability, and Connection

Join Matt Tomatz for his workshop: Performance and Ritual: A Group Therapy Model for Cultivating Curiosity, Expressiveness, Vulnerability, and Connection, at our upcoming annual conference!

Approaching group as a dynamic performance can support the cultivation of a potent therapeutic experience, especially when coupled with elements of ritual. This workshop will demonstrate elements of a therapeutic model that can increase intimacy and connection among members. By expanding the definition of performance and understanding its many functions, the group performance experience can support members in becoming more confident, connected, and expressive on the stage of life.

Matthew Tomatz, MA, MM, LPC, LAC, CGP holds the position of Outreach Services Lead at the University of Colorado, Counseling and Psychiatric Services, and he maintains a private practice in Boulder, CO. He has conducted therapy groups for fourteen years and developed an innovative means of facilitating groups through his position as primary therapist for the Musician’s Wellness Program at CU. This work combines elements from group psychotherapy, yoga, meditation, music, somatic methods, and performance psychology. Matthew’s experience as a yoga teacher, meditation instructor, and musician informs this work. Matthew has presented over 100 outreach presentations and workshops at the University of Colorado, and he has been on the faculty for the Annual Meeting of the American Group Psychotherapy Association since 2011.