2014 Symposium Keynote Lecture & Workshop

Keynote Address ~ Friday, September 19, 2014 ~ 7:30-9:00 pm

Research into the Healing Aspects of Creative Expression: Integrating Theory into Practice

Lisa D. Hinz, Ph.D., ATR

Art therapists have theorized about the healing properties of visual expression through various media and articulated the significance of choosing materials based on individual client needs for self-expression and healing.  It is important to consider the properties of materials when structuring art interventions because media are the vehicles for creative expression.  The Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) is based on four different levels of involvement with media and image formation.  It can serve as a guide for selecting media in art therapy to highlight different aspects of creative awareness and healing.  This keynote address will discuss the research evidence supporting the ETC framework as a guide for understanding the self-expressive properties and therapeutic actions of different media from fluid to resistive.  Visual examples will be presented.

Keynote Workshop ~ Saturday, September 20, 2014 ~ 9:00-11:00 am

Experiencing the Healing Aspects of Creative Expression: The Expressive Therapies Continuum as a Guide for Therapist Self-Care

Lisa D. Hinz, Ph.D., ATR

One of the hallmarks of an ethical art therapy practice is understanding the importance of and regularly engaging in therapist self-care.  In this workshop participants will be introduced to the structure of the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) as a framework for enhancing therapist self-care.  The ETC can provide a way to conceptualize and practically populate a richly rewarding life that will guard against the effects of compassion fatigue and burn out.  Activities will be presented in each of the ETC component processes and research evidence to support their use in self-care will be discussed.  Participants will be encouraged to participate in several hands on activities that will provide examples of the enrichment that they can expect. 


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