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Creativity & The Arts in Healing

January 15, 2017

The UCLArts & Healing Conference in partnership with the Expressive Therapies Summit presents Creativity & The Arts in Healing to be offered this spring March 30 through April 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport. This 4 day conference is an opportunity to learn arts-based tools for facilitating communication, building connection, promoting positive emotions, fostering engagement, reducing stress, and managing the impact of trauma.  Offerings include 125+ workshops delivered by leading national experts in art, dance, drama, drumming, music, and writing integrated with mental health practices. Select any one or combination of days. Over 30 continuing education credits are available.

Creativity & Arts in Healing | creativty in motion

Specialty tracks include:

  • Mindfulness & Wellbeing
  • Children & Adolescents
  • Community Building & Social Justice
  • Expressive Writing & Journaling
  • Play Therapy
  • Special Populations

Creative expression invites self-reflection and dialogue that can lead to meaningful self-discovery, connection with others, and personal empowerment. Studies have shown that the arts—particularly when integrated with mental health practices—can yield social, emotional, physical and cognitive benefits. The nonverbal aspect of the arts transcends traditional barriers of age, ability, and culture. Shared creative experiences build empathy and community, which expand possibilities for action and transformation.

Creativity & Arts in Healing | creativty in motion

I am excited to be offering one of my favorite trauma informed and strength based workshops at this event: Tokens of Esteem and Affirmation, a mixed media art making session dedicated to making Artist Challenge Coins.  In the military, a Challenge Coin is a medallion symbolizing achievement or esteem. They are also given out to enhance morale and membership for members of the community. In the spirit of Challenge Coins, participants will learn how to make and use Artist Challenge Coins as tokens of affirmation, strength, and recovery.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will describe 3 examples connected to the history and significance of Challenge Coins used to symbolize achievement, community building, and instill a sense of belonging;
  • Participants will state 3 ways Artist Challenge Coins (ACCs) can be adapted to use with a variety of populations and therapeutic settings.
  • Participants will describe a minimum of 1 value of using Challenge Coins with varied clinical populations.

Not only will we be making a series of our own coins, but participants will also  engage in a community art exchange with other workshop attendees.  I would love to have you join us- this half day workshop is scheduled for Sunday, April 2, 10 am-1pm.

To register and learn more about the Summit, its awesome line up of offerings and teaching faculty, check out Early bird discounts are available through February 17!   See you in LA!


Creativity & The Arts in Healing | creativity in motion

Creativity & The Arts in Healing | creativity in motion


Creativity & The Arts in Healing | creativity in motion










Have Sock Monkey, Will Travel- Part 2

February 10, 2012

Yay!  This week I received my swap sock monkey from the 6 Degrees of Creativity sock monkey exchange, made and sent by Lisa Miller in San Jose, California.  I have adopted the name “Albert” for him, inspired by an exchange Lisa and I had about how the youth she works were able to see her sock monkey in the making and thought he resembled Albert Einstein (!). Thank you Lisa for my new sock monkey friend!

Throughout this week, Albert has been settling into his new surroundings and home, getting acquainted with my other sock monkeys, our three cats,  hanging out in my studio/office space a lot, and adjusting to the colder temperatures that come with winter in Ohio.

Meeting My Sock Monkeys

A friendly welcome for Albert from my sock monkeys I have created already in Kat Thorsen‘s Sock Monkey Therapy workshop via 6 Degrees of Creativity.

Albert seems interested in art journaling

Albert checks out my art journal for Lani Gerity‘s workshop 6 Easy Lessons for a Happy Artist’s Life (Lesson 2).

Albert loves Artist Trading Cards!

Albert checks out the Artist Trading Cards I received in the 6 Degrees of Creativity ATC Exchange!

Trauma Informed Art Therapy Course-Registration Now Open!

January 14, 2011

Join Cathy Malchiodi and I for an all day course on Trauma Informed Art Therapy!  We will be offering this course April 12, 2011 at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency Hotel, which is also one day before the start of The 22nd Annual Society for the Arts in Healthcare Conference (SAH), being held at the same venue.

Trauma informed art therapy integrates neuroscience and neurodevelopment, somatic approaches, mindfulness practices, and resilience enhancement, using art making as the core approach. It is based on best evidence-based practices identified by SAMSHA and The National Institute for Trauma and Loss.  You can also read here to learn more about trauma informed art therapy.

This course is open to mental health and healthcare professionals, trauma specialists, and students. No previous experience with art therapy is required. This course also fulfills part of the Trauma Informed Art Therapy Certificate Program; all participants will receive a certificate of completion from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss.  Six (6) continuing education credits have also been applied for with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), APA, APT, and California of Behavioral Science (for MFTs).

To learn more about attending this course and register, visit our event page.  Space is limited, so remember to register early!  Hope if you are in the Bay area or planning to go to the SAH Conference, you’ll consider taking some extra time to attend this special offering!

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