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Creative Arts Therapies Conference:

Discovery, Change, and Growth Using the Creative Arts Therapies

Friday, April 5, 2013    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Academy of the Holy Names, 1075 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, New York

Discovering the Interplay of Storytelling and Expressive Arts Workshop

Please join Denis Whalen and me at this year’s conference where we will explore the interactive phenomenon of story and expressive arts.  Expressive arts is remarkable in its capacity to create a safe and organic environment for taking ‘safe risks’. We will encounter each other and our stories within a mutual learning arena and move toward a more open, lively and spontaneous lived experience.

This experiential exploration of the interplay between expressive arts and storytelling will get you into your body and help you discover your heart’s true story that is waiting to be told. 

Audience: General

Presenters: Denis Whalen, OTR/L, MA, CAGS, is the Owner/Director of New York Expressive Arts in Albany that provides expressive arts training and consultations. She completed post-graduate study in expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School. Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi has worked for over 20 tears as both a performing storyteller and a workshop presenter. In January 2011, Lorraine received an Expressive Arts Certificate from New York Expressive Arts.

 Goals of the Conference:

The purpose of the Creative Arts Therapies Conference is to highlight the contribution that art, dance/movement, music, poetry and psychodrama therapies make to the field of mental health. Theoretical and experiential presentations allow participants to enjoy experiences for their own benefit as well as learn techniques to enhance their work.

The Conference:

Examines the roles of Creative Arts Therapies in various clinical situations. Presents theories and techniques involved in the application of each discipline for use with a wide variety of clients. Provides participants the opportunity to experience the power of the arts in:

Examining and expressing feelings and emotions, Stimulating behavioral change, Promoting insights into the inner self, Dissolving those blocks that inhibit a more enriched life based on personal awareness, self-acceptance, self-appreciation and reliance on inner creative strengths,

Accessing a sense of relaxation, peace and centeredness.

Who Should Attend:

Professionals in the field of human services, including creative arts therapists, arts educators, speech pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, social workers, psychologists, administrators, program directors, educators and other interested persons.

Fee: $90.00, including lunch (Payment after March 29: $100.00) 

Planning Committee:

Mary Frances Beck, SNJM, MA, Administrative Director Rev. Anthony J. Chiaramonte, PhD, Director Ann Marie Truppi, PhD, ADTR, Conference Coordinator

Sponsored by the Consultation Center. For further information, contact the Consultation Center: 518-489-4431 518-489-5189


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