Mental Health Therapy By Telephone: Psychotherapy & Paranormal Counselling with Dr. Leanne Levy
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2017, Sept. 30, Indigo, Laval
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2017, June 3, Indigo, Laval
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2016, Oct. 30, Chapters, Pointe Claire
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2016, Sept. 30, Chapters, Pointe Claire
ABOUT DR. LEVY’S PROFESSIONAL ADVOCACY AND SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. Levy’s professional advocacy history includes her extensive scholarship and practice in female empowerment where she published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals, authored two girlhood social justice books, and produced and directed numerous girl-centered educational documentary films, namely This Is My Body (2007), a National Film Board of Canada distribution.
From 2002-2006, while engaged in her doctoral studies at Concordia University, Dr. Leanne Levy developed a pattern recognition methodology to understand how people use signs, symbols, and patterns to construct and communicate identity. Shortly thereafter, in 2008, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in conjunction with Steinhardt’s New York University to pursue her research with children under youth protection, on the healing and empowering benefits of arts-based tools for crisis intervention.
The author works onsite and worldwide over the telephone and online where she gives therapy. Her clients and students come from all walks of life with varying professional backgrounds.
| ADDITIONAL BOOKS
System Girl: In Session (2011; 2016) by Dr. Leanne Levy
Inside Nobody Girl: From Crisis to Consciousness InsideNobodyGirlBook (2011) available to read online for free, click on link
System Girls: In Session (2011; 2016) Narrating Lived Experience To Turn Trauma and Grief Into Action and Change
In SYSTEM GIRLS IN SESSION, Dr. Leanne Levy uncovers the trauma profiles of Canadian teenage girls sentenced under the Youth Protection Act and the Youth Criminal Justice Act while working on the frontline in a Montreal locked facility as a visiting feminist filmmaker, educator, and therapist conducting an empowerment intervention program with girls ages 14 to 17. A literary nonfiction about sisterhood, healing and paying it forward, and told by those experiencing it first hand, SYSTEM GIRLS addresses a vital aspect of the youth protection system: crisis intervention and rehabilitative detention. In session, the girls paint intimate self-portraits that excavate the past to provide detailed accounts as to how trauma shapes sense of self and leads to youth protection involvement and incarceration.
Levy (2008) states that the media is a very powerful vehicle in the process of self-actualization and for political use, having most impact over young audience groups. The persuasive and influential characteristics of political documentaries, coupled with its ability to resonate with youth are an important area to be studied as accurate and positive reception of such films can lead to social change.
⎯“Political Documentary Film”
Erica D’Souza (2012)
ADVOCACY WORK LINKS: Read published academic articles by Dr. Levy
The Skinny On This Is My Body: Filmmaking As Empowerment Intervention and Activism: Visual Culture and Gender, Vol. 3 (2008).
Hidden Nobodies: Female youth in care participate in an arts-based trauma informed empowerment intervention program. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice (Spring, 2012)
Yes I am A Mother And I Am Still A Teenager: Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 3 (3). (IIRC) Image and Identity Research Collective, McGill (2010).
Teen mom.ca: A Community Arts-Based New Media Empowerment Project For Teenage Mothers (2011). Studies In Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research 54(4), 292-309. To read article click this link (scroll to page 292): Studies_52-4-_Summer11
DOCUMENTARY FILMS ADVOCACY WORK By Dr. Leanne Levy
I invite you to watch Inside Nobody Girl: from Crisis to Consciousness
This is a powerful research based short Film I made to share why some girls are locked up under youth protection. Together a small group of girls locked up under Youth Protection and Youth Criminal Justice Act Orders used the camera, video and crayons to share what it’s like to be her as a result of much trauma.The book project forms the basis for this film presentation that was made to the Youth Protection Organization where this project took place. We invite you to read the insidenobodygirlbook “Inside Nobody Girl: From Crisis to Consciousness”.
I invite you to watch Project Teen M.O.M.: Mirrors of Motherhood, A Film about the advocacy project Teen M.O.M.
PostDoctoral Research, Empowerment Arts-Based Therapy & Activist Documentary Filmmaking. Enjoy this film preview demonstrating the empowering therapeutic and activist process of young moms sharing what it’s like to be a teen mom with little external support. For the longer film, we invite you to watch Elizabeth Has Three Moms A Film about teenage motherhood.
I invite you to watch Hidden In Plain View A Film about sexual abuse.
This film is very painful to watch because it is based on two upclose and personal experiences shared by two brave young women who spoke out about molestation, incest and repeated sexual abuse and exploitation by pimps in the hopes of raising awareness of what many young women experience. This was an activist documentary filmmaking and empowerment art-abased trauma therapy program I facilitated with a group of teenage girls locked up under the Youth Protection Act.
You may purchase this National Film Board of Canada documentary film This Is My Body: A Film By High School Girls (2007), which I made with a group of high school girls who were my filmmaking students. In our filmmaking class, I taught them skills I learned as a Doctoral student by becoming a researcher of themselves and their lives as young women. Through documentary filmmaking, teenage girls discuss What it means to be a girl, sex, boys, cutting, eating disorders, and how much their parents know. This film is sold through the NFB and comes with a Teachers Guide by Dr. Levy for classroom learning.
ADVOCACY WORK REFEREED PUBLICATIONS Peer Reviewed Journals
Levy, L. (2012). Inside Nobody Girl: Youth in care participate in a trauma-informed arts-based therapeutic and empowerment intervention program to narrate lived experience and impact perceptions of their future. Relational Child & Youth Care Practice. 25 (1).
Levy, L. (2011). Inside Nobody Girl: From crisis to consciousness. Montreal, Canada: Tr.u.e.power Media and Batshaw Youth and Family Centres.
Levy, L., & Weber, S. (2011) Teenmom.ca A community arts based new media empowerment project for teenage mothers. Studies In Art Education, 52(4), 292-309.
Levy, L. & Weber, S. (2011). “Yes, I am a mother and I am also a teenager:” Teen moms use digital photography to share their views. Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 3 (3), 129-139.
Levy, L. (2008). The skinny on This Is My Body: Filmmaking as empowerment intervention and activism. Visual Culture and Gender, 3, 7-24.
Levy, L. (2007a). Girls’ meaning making practices and critical art education. Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, 25, 129-141.
Levy, L. (Ed.). (2007b). This is my body: A film by high school girls. Montreal, Canada: National Film Board of Canada.
Levy, L. (2006). Mirror to the Self: Teacher training through art and popular visual culture. In P. Duncum (Ed.), Visual culture in the art class: Case studies (pp. 151-159). Reston, Vermont: National Art Education Association.
REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
Levy, L., Desantis, P. & Emond, T. (2011). Presented Inside Nobody Girl: A Narrated Film about the program and book project at Bashaw’s Annual Meeting.
Levy, L. & Weber, S. (2010, Nov). Presented Project Teen MOM. Guest panel speaker at the Girlhood Exchange symposium, hosted by McGill University, Participatory Cultures Lab and the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE), the Institute of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and Girls Action Foundation/Fondation filles d’action.
Levy, L., & Weber, S. (2010, June). Photovoice as media education for pregnant teens and new teen moms in a community organization: The case of Project Teen M.O.M. Paper and film presented at the regional annual meeting of Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Montreal, QC.
Levy, L. & Weber, S. (2010). Presenting our findings of the research Project Teen MOM. Guest speaker & film screening at the annual General Meeting of Elizabeth House and the Elizabeth House Foundation. Montreal, QC.
Levy, L. & Weber, S. (2009). A community art and photography exhibition of the research participants’ creative works. Guest speaker and film screening at the annual meeting of Elizabeth House and the Elizabeth House Foundation. Montreal, QC.
Castro, J., Grauer, K., Lin, C., Weber, S., & Levy, L. (2010, February). Engaging diverse learners in community-based new media arts programs and centres. Paper presented at the international Digital media and learning conference. La Jolla, California, USA.
Levy, L., & Weber, S. (2010, February). Using art and photography with pregnant teens and new moms in community. Film produced by Levy presented at The Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) 2010 international conference, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA.
Levy, L., & Weber, S. (2009, April). Project M.O.M. Mirrors On Motherhood: Community based media production for pregnant teens and new moms. Paper presented at the international annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA, USA.
Levy, L. (2007). This Is My Body: A film by high school girls. Film screening and guest speaker at the annual international National Art Education Association conference. Manhattan, New York, USA.
Levy, L. (2006). Critical art prevention and intervention education for girls. Invited lecturer in teacher education at Pratt Institute in the Department of Fine Arts, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Levy, L. (2005). Lecturer. Girls’ Meaning making practices and transformative art education praxis. Paper presented at the annual international American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies conference, Berkeley, California, USA.
Levy, L. (2005). Seeing through girls’ eyes, listening to girls’ voices. Paper presented at the annual international National Art Education Association conference, Boston, Mass. USA
Levy, L. (2004). We Are popstars even though we are teachers. Institutional professional development workshop conducted at the Ministry of Quebec, Montreal, Can.
Levy, L. (2004). We are popstars even though we are teachers. Professional development workshop conducted at the international annual National Art Education Association conference: Denver, Colorado, USA.
Levy, L. (1997). Panel discussion: Montreal entrepreneurial success stories. Guest speaker at Ernst & Young, Montreal, Can.
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