This one-day conference focuses on applying arts interventions to promote well-being within specific populations and our communities.
Learn specific arts-based protocols to address therapeutic needs through break-out sessions.
Explore meaningful interventions to empower clients through self-expression.
Acquire real-life skills that can be implemented immediately in your work setting.
Continuing Education Credits offered for Nursing, LMHC and Social Work. All participants will receive attendancecertificates for 5.5 contact hours.
Breakfast and lunch are include.
Christopher Johnson is a Providence-based performance artist and educator. He uses spoken word poetry, storytelling, dance, and playwriting to humanize the worst aspects of issues like race, incarceration, and mental illness. Christopher is the creator of Poetry In Public Places which debuted at Providence’s beloved Sound Session festival, and has also been featured at PVDFest. You may have even seen Christopher this summer strut down the side of a downtown skyscraper while reciting his original Providence poem, the result of an artist’s residency in collaboration with vertical dance performance troupe, Bandaloop. An internationally awarded Poetry Grand Slam Champion, Christopher’s most recent projects include Freedom Project with Everett Company Stage and School, and New and Dangerous Ideas (currently in creation).
BREAK-OUT SESSION DESCRIPTIONS:
Let Me Hand You My Story: Dance/Movement Therapy with the Elderly Population - Facilitator: Kerri Peterson Weaver, R-DMT, M.A.
“Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.”
In this break out session, participants will experience a dance/movement therapy group to use with the elderly population. With the use of our hands and small gestures. we will tell our story. This group helps to cultivate compassion, connection, and empowerment both within oneself and with one another. You will leave this experience with a new skill to add to your toolbox. *No dance/movement experience necessary. Group adaptable for other populations.
Group Theory and Structure: A Framework for Success - Barbara Ostrove
This will be a didactic session that will provide an overview of the curative factors that occur in groups based on Yalom’s theory. We will discuss how to structure a group to ensure success, and provide strategies to manage challenging group situations.
Writing Past Right Now – Christopher Johnson (Keynote Speaker)
Using writing for introspection, and getting past a present feeling. I use writing as a mirror. When I see what is going on inside me in words and sound, I acknowledge the present emotion and embrace it, from an objective perspective.
In this workshop we will create metaphors for emotions using past experiences, movie and story references, and historical events to make emotion malleable, and with practice, learn to move past present feelings.
Visual Storytelling: Comics in Therapy - Melissa Meyer
In this session, we will explore narrative and sequential art—comics and pictorial storytelling. Participants will engage in comics-making activities and simple drawing and writing exercises based on personal narratives and histories. These activities are specifically designed to help foster non-judgmental creativity and to encourage natural storytelling structure to emerge. Creating these stories is a very adaptable way to bring expressive arts into virtually any therapeutic setting with a wide range of clients of all ages. Together we will explore the clinical benefits of externalizing narratives in treatment and sharing them with others. No art talent or previous comics experience is necessary.
Mindful Stories – Carter Davis
In this interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to ways in which mindfulness can be utilized to help clients tell their personal stories. A simple body-awareness meditation will allow participants to notice their thoughts and feelings in the context of the present moment and environment. Meditation will gradually evolve into a painting exercise using bamboo brush and ink. With the help of these ancient and intuitive materials, unique "impressions" of our present experiences will be made. We will discuss how helping clients to foster basic mindfulness skills allows them to take stock of where they are in their life story and set values-consistent goals to get to their next chapter.
Mindful Yoga Connections – Barbara “Babz” Jackson
During this mindfulness session, you will be introduced to a seated/adaptive yoga program for all populations, and connect with your body’s chakras to find inner peace, positivity and gratitude.
Creating Temporary Wall Murals With Meaning* (*non-painted, utilizing removable materials) – Mat Evan Johnson
Murals engage groups in artistic work that build community, while engaging each individual at their comfort and ability level. They provide the space for self-expression, teamwork, socialization, and in this workshop, introspection, informed by reflective prompts provided by the facilitator. We will create large-scale wall art pieces utilizing low-cost materials in creative ways, which you will be able to tailor to the spaces you work in, as the murals are temporary, and removable.
How To Start: When The Aim Is To Have Your Clients Share Stories About Themselves, Or Their Families – Len Cabral
Award-winning storyteller, Len Cabral will discuss methods that he uses when working with students and adults on telling their own stories, which can be used as tools for garnering stories from those you work with, in a natural, non-threatening manner.
Sharing prompts, topics and questions that lead into the telling of stories, Len will provide a hands-on experience in the use of storytelling as a healing and learning tool.
Participants will leave with a story to tell and the confidence to tell it.
Exploring Your Musical Autobiography & How To Help Others Discover Theirs – Teri Pimley
Dig deep into your life’s journey through music. Through listening, and creating music, you will develop the personal music stages of life. This creative expression has been proven to benefit, but is not limited to, adolescents and adults hospitalized with a mental illness.
“The Story Between You and I” – Sherri Snyder-Roche
This experiential workshop will be chock full of hands-on learning, concrete objectives, do's and don'ts of interpersonal creativity, and exploration of boundaries. The workshop offers a non-verbal creative technique of interaction with clients that provides invaluable information about the client, creates a unique connection, and offers a concrete "take home" image.
Len Cabral is an internationally acclaimed storyteller who has been enchanting audiences with his storytelling performances at schools, libraries, museums and festivals since 1976. A great grandson of a Cape Verdean whaler whose grandparents immigrated to America from the islands off the coast of West Africa, Len’s strong Cape Verdean ancestry comes alive in his exuberant retelling of African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales as well as original stories and tales from around the world. Len is a popular storyteller at theaters, schools and festivals throughout the United States and has performed at festivals in Ireland, Belgium, Austria, Holland and Canada.
He is the recipient of the National Storytelling Network 2001 Circle of Excellence Oracle Award. The author of a children’s book for young readers and contributing to several folktale collections, Len also has five Cd’s and audio cassettes featuring a wide range of his favorite stories, several receiving NAPPA and Parents’ Choice awards. For teachers, librarians, caregivers and aspiring storytellers, “Len Cabral’s Storytelling Book,” is an excellent resource on how to begin telling stories, filled with 22 stories from around the world with telling and teaching guides, storytelling games and an extensive bibliography.
Carter Davis is currently a research assistant at Butler Hospital working on a National Institute of Mental Health-funded grant to study the effectiveness of acceptance and mindfulness based approaches to psychotic-spectrum disorders in an inpatient setting. Additionally, he is helping to develop a narrative self-help video intervention to disseminate to primary care patients with depression. Prior to joining the Psychosocial Research Department, he worked as an art therapy intern at Butler Hospital developing expressive arts protocols for a variety of psychiatric populations. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he is interested in the role of expressive arts therapies in disseminating evidenced-based psychotherapeutic principles to both patients and providers.
Barbara (“Babz”) Jackson
Barbara Jackson is a licensed Occupational Therapist currently working full time at Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island and per diem at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. She has a passion for practicing and teaching mindfulness techniques and has been teaching yoga/mediation for almost three years and practicing Reiki for two years. She loves to integrate holistic practices into her daily life and therapy sessions to allow for her patients, family, and friends to find deeper inner connections and for them to create and find their own life stories.
Mat Evan Johnson
Mat Evan Johnson is an Activities Therapist at Butler Hospital. He is an artist influenced by Asian art, pop culture, and video games. He is well-known within the hospital for the awe-inspiring murals he creates with patients on the Adult Intensive Treatment Unit, including a touchable sensory mural inspired by the cartoon Rick and Morty, complete with furry aliens, grassy fronds, and giant colored-tissue flowers.
Melissa Meyer is a studio artist, as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist. She has a private practice in Providence, Rhode Island where she provides both Art and Talk therapy, often using the creative arts to intertwine the two. She got her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, studying illustration, and received her Masters Degree from Lesley University, where she studied Expressive Therapies with a specialization in Art Therapy. She has done work with various inpatient and outpatient organizations, including Butler Hospital.
Barbara Ostrove, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA was the Director of Occupational Therapy at Butler Hospital for over 30 years, leaving the hospital in 2016. Barbara was the founder of the Healing Arts Program at the hospital, and launched the first Annual Healing Arts Conference in 2015. She has 37 years of clinical experience in mental health settings. She has presented on sensory modulation, mental health practice, and fieldwork education. Barbara is currently the Assistant Director of Accreditation at The American Occupational Therapy Association, and serves as a volunteer consultant for the Healing Arts Program at Butler Hospital, which she founded in 2009. She also serves as Chair of the hospital’s Art & History Committee.
Teri Pimley, MA
Teri Pimley has a Master's degree in Expressive Art Therapy specializing in Music and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For the past decade, Teri has led therapeutic music groups at Butler Hospital both inpatient and outpatient. Teri leads expressive arts groups using music, movement and art at Eleanor Slater Hospital. She also has experience working at Miriam Hospital working to implement music within the patient's rehabilitation treatment. Teri enjoys performing and incorporating the following instruments with in her practice; viola, guitar, ukulele, and various percussive instruments such as the djembe.
Kerri Peterson Weaver, M.A., R-DMT, LMHC
Kerri Peterson Weaver is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Dance/Movement Therapist. Kerri is currently an Expressive Arts Therapist at the Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston, RI, where she facilitates expressive arts therapy groups utilizing dance, music, writing and visual arts. Kerri also, has lead dance/movement therapy groups at Butler hospital and has been at the forefront in the development of the healing arts program. Kerri is passionate about using the creative process of self-expression through the arts. She believes in creating connections for the whole person: body, mind and spirit: for optimal health, overall well-being and balance in life.
Sherri Snyder-Roche, MA, LMHC
Sherri Snyder-Roche, MA, LMHC has been incorporating the healing arts into her clinical work for 30 years. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety/OCD, trauma recovery, and children/adolescent issues weaving in a variety of clinical approaches/techniques to provide the most effective healing and progress. These techniques include: EMDR, art/play therapy, guided imagery, Kundalini Yoga, mindfulness/relaxation, cognitive-behavioral, and journaling.
Co-Coordinator, Healing Arts Program
Occupational Therapist, Senior Specialty Unit, Butler Hospital
Laura White Carpenter is a Providence-based artist who has been recognized and honored with awards in a variety of media (ceramic sculpture, mixed media, painting and photography), exhibiting nationally in highly competitive juried gallery settings. Laura holds a degree in art therapy and has worked as an Occupational Therapist for over 15 yrs, using art to connect hospitalized patients with their individual healing journeys. She primarily works with older adults impacted by chronic and acute neurological, psychiatric, orthopedic and cognitive impairments. Laura is highly involved in Healing Arts and creative studies, writing grants and conducting research focused upon the benefits of the arts with specific populations at Butler Hospital and is chair of the Visual Arts Sub-Committee within the Arts and History Committee there. Laura co-produced the 2016 Healing Arts Conference at Butler Hospital.
Coordinator, Healing Arts Program
Activities Therapist, Riverview 3 Adult Intensive Treatment Unit, Butler Hospital
Wendy Grossman, Activities Therapist and Coordinator of the Healing Arts Program at Butler Hospital, is a writer and visual artist, and Community Arts workshop facilitator. She co-produced the 2015 and 2016 Healing Arts Conference at Butler Hospital. Wendy has over twenty years of experience in facilitating and developing arts programming for underserved communities, including homeless adults living with mental illness, people in recovery from addiction, youth, elder adults, and people with developmental disabilities. Wendy is the former founder/director of fresh art, a non-profit arts organization in New York City for artists with special needs. Wendy serves on the Arts & Health Committee in Rhode Island, and is a Board member of Art Connection Rhode Island.
Nurse Manager, Adolescent Unit, Butler Hospital
Kristen Sayles is the Nurse Manager on the Adolescent Unit at Butler Hospital. She is a nurse with twenty-seven years experience working with adults, adolescents, and children as a clinician, manager and educator. She has a Master’s in Nursing Administration, certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and advanced de-escalation training including Trauma Informed Care modalities. Kristen supports all holistic practices, and is a champion of utilizing the Healing Arts on the Adolescent unit, inclusive of yoga, mindfulness, drumming, and creative expression, with support from professional Expressive Arts Therapists, and trained Activities Therapists, both through funded Healing Arts Program Artist Residencies. Kristen presented a poster board at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) entitled: How To Develop And Implement A Nurse Driven Sensory Program Which Is Sustainable And Cost Effective. Kristen has oversight of Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers, Nurses, and LMHC’s for our Annual Healing Arts Conference.
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