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UCLArts & Healing Conference in partnership with the Expressive Therapies Summit: CREATIVITY & THE ARTS IN HEALING

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Sunday, April 2, 2017
Hilton Los Angeles Airport

Learn arts-based tools for facilitating communication, building connection, promoting positive emotions, fostering engagement, reducing stress, and managing the impact of trauma in our inaugural experiential training conference.

Choose from 125+ workshops delivered by leading national experts in art, dance, drama, drumming, music, and writing integrated with mental health practices. Scroll down for selected workshop titles.

Specialty Tracks: Mindfulness & Wellbeing, Children & Adolescents, Community Building & Social Justice, Expressive Writing & Journaling, Play Therapy, Special Populations, and Evening Self-Care. A convenient selection for Educators & Arts Professionals features sessions of particular interest to those in non-clinical settings.

What is the Value of the Arts Integrated with Mental Health Practices? 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 universality and nonverbal essence of the arts transcends traditional barriers of culture and ability. Shared creative experiences build empathy and community, which expand possibilities for action and transformation.

For Whom: Professionals in arts, education, mental health, social services and healthcare, as well as anyone interested in creativity and healing.

Continuing Education: Over 30 credits available.

When: Thursday, March 30 through Sunday, April 2, 2017. Select any one or combination of days.

Where: Hilton Los Angeles Airport.

How to Register:

Over 125 Hands-On Workshops, including these examples:


  • Eco-Art Therapy: Expanding Your Practice through Connection with Nature
  • Re-Shaping Body Image: Tape Sculpture as Arts-Based Social Justice
  • Introduction to the Therapeutic Uses of Photography
  • The Open Studio Process of Art & Writing


  • Social, Emotional and Cognitive Growth through the Arts: The Key to Kids
  • Disrupting Disruptive Student Behaviors with Compassion & Art Therapy
  • Establish Rapport with At-Risk Youth Using the enACT Method
  • Digital Media Arts: Therapeutic Interventions for Adolescents and Others


  • Resetting Boundaries: De-Roling Following Performances and Clinical Sessions
  • Transformation of Failure & Self-Blame: Techniques from Theater of the Oppressed
  • Managing Conflict, Embodying New Narratives
  • Performance as a Therapeutic Act: Transforming Self-Defeating Life Scripts through Drama Therapy


  • Breath & Yoga for Mental Health and Wellness
  • Mindful Games for Enhancing Attention, Balance and Compassion
  • The Five Qualities of Mindfulness: A Multidisciplinary Experience
  • Challenging Oppression with Expression: RAPtivism, Movement & Mindfulness


  • Introduction to Himalayan Sacred Sound Healing
  • Sound, Music & Healing: Science and Clinical Practice In Harmony
  • Sing for Yourself: A Daily Practice for Freedom of Expression
  • Drumming as Medicine: Facilitating Healing Rhythms


  • Expressive Writing As Activism
  • Journaling to Clear Life’s Clutter: A Compassionate, Creative Approach
  • Stressbusting: Writing through Troubled Times
  • Living with Intention & Authenticity: End-of-Life Lessons from Dignity Therapy


  • Creative Techniques for Working with and Caring for Older Adults
  • Expressive Arts & Play Therapy for Autism and Special Needs: A Whole Brain Approach
  • Military Service Members and the Creative Arts: Interdisciplinary Care
  • Poetry/Bibliotherapy for Mental Illness: Foster Recovery, Instilling Hope
  • Also sessions for working with trauma, international populations, chronic pain, cancer, eating disorders, addictions, neurorehabilitation, hospitalized patients and more .


  • Holding our Clients in our Bodies: Managing Somatic Countertransference
  • Deepening Approaches to Image & Metaphor for Expressive Arts Therapists
  • Integrative Art Therapy: Bilateral Scribble, Neurosequential Squiggle, IFS Collaging
  • Diagnostic Drawing Series Training: 30 Years of Assessment through Art


Deconstructing Health Disparities: Understanding How NCTSN Sites Strive for Health Equity

Monday, April 10, 2017
11am PT/12pm MT/1pm CT/2pm ET
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Addressing Disparities for Children of Undocumented Immigrant Parents

Presenter: Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH, M.Div; Boston Medical Center, TEAM UP for Children

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Adult Sexual Misconduct in Schools: Guidelines for School Staff, Volunteers, and Community Partners

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
9:00 to 10:30 AM PT / 12:00 to 1:30 PM ET
NCTSN Learning Center
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Presenters: Tonje Molyneux, MEd, Committee for Children; Holly Priebe-Sotelo, MSW, PPSC, Field Education, USC School of Social Work; Ruthlyn Webster, LCSW, ACSW, Kristi House, Orlowitz Lee Children’s Advocacy Center; Judith Cohen, MD, Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, Allegheny General Hospital

All adults in the school community play a critical role in keeping children safe in schools. But what happens when the very people who are trained to educate and protect children violate these fundamental rights? This workshop will explore the difference between appropriate and inappropriate staff behavior; how to respond when allegations of sexual misconduct are made of a staff person; and how to recover following an incident or allegation of sexual misconduct.

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Trauma-Informed Sandtray Therapy for the Play Therapist- Presenter: Dr. Linda Homeyer

Friday, April 21, 2017
8:30 – 4:30 pm

This workshop will provide play and sandtray therapists an exploration of trauma-informed dynamics to ones’ ongoing clinical work, theory, and client conceptualization. The focus will be integrating and conceptualizing the three stages of trauma-informed therapy work with sand tray. This includes use and importance of the “trauma narrative”, “life narrative”, and “family narrative” in successful treatment. The value of the family narrative and family script regarding the traumatic event will be discussed. We will also explore the inclusion of spirituality/religion as a possible resource for trauma victims and their families. Case studies and examples will be given.

Location: WellStar East Cobb Health Park Community Room
                  3747 Roswell Road NE, Suite 115, Marietta, GA 30062