Events Friday, Nov 17, 2017 9:00 am

Working with Veterans and Active Duty Military Through the Arts

Washburn Auditorium, 10 Phillips Place, Cambridge MA 02138

2017-11-17T14:00:00Z 2017-11-17T21:00:00Z UTC Working with Veterans and Active Duty Military Through the Arts The 9th annual Arts in Healthcare conference will focus on using the arts to promote the healing of veterans and active duty military. Washburn Auditorium, 10 Phillips Place, Cambridge, MA 02138 Institute for Arts and Health, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at Lesley University, Boston Consortium for Arts and Health (BACH) and New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) etallett@lesley.edu
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Save the date for Lesley University’s 9th annual Arts in Healthcare conference, featuring presentations and experiential workshops dedicated to using the arts to promote the healing of our veterans and active duty military. Our keynote address, “Art Therapy for Service Members with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS): Programming, Research, and Expansion Efforts,” will be given by distinguished art therapist Melissa Walker.

Melissa served as art therapist on Walter Reed’s inpatient psychiatric unit before transferring to the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), which has gained international recognition for the integration and research of the creative arts in health as highlighted in a National Geographic Magazine cover story and Melissa's "talk of the day" TEDMED talk. Morning and afternoon breakout workshops will allow participants to delve deeper into the exploration of how visual art, narrative, mindfulness, martial arts, song, and drama can physically and psychologically treat the wounds of war and conflict.

keynote melissa walker
Keynote Melissa Walker, MA, ATR

Concurrent workshop presenters include:

  • Anne Black, PhD, Founding Director of The Warrior Connection 
  • Nadene E. Stillings, LMHC-ATR, Art Therapist and Outpatient Recreation Therapy Coordinator for Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford and alumna of Lesley University
  • Susan Nathan, MD, Geriatrician and Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician at VA Boston Healthcare System, Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Adjunct Instructor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine
  • Suzanne Rancourt, USMC and US Army Veteran, Author, Songwriter and Teacher
  • Frances G. Welson, CAGS, MEd, President of Keganin No Senshi Aikido (KNSA) 
  • Naj Wikoff, Founder and President of the Creative Healing Connections, Author, former Director of the Healing and the Arts Project of the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth College, and a President Emeritus of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare.
  • Brian Costa, NMT/F, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow at MedRhythms and alumnus of Lesley University 
  • Jason Butler, PhD, Associate Professor of Drama Therapy at Lesley University and President of the North American Drama Therapy Association



TO REGISTER: Please contact Beth Tallett at etallett@lesley.edu 

COST: $15 for all students veterans, and $45 for the general public (with optional additional $25 for 6 CE hours* for LMHC’s and NCC’s)

Host
Institute for Arts and Health, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at Lesley University, Boston Consortium for Arts and Health (BACH) and New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)