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expressive arts for older adults: promoting quality of life and social connection

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Successful aging is marked by active engagement in life. Expressive arts—including visual arts, dance/movement, writing, poetry—are empowering tools that can assist the aging process, stimulate latent creativity, and serve as therapeutic interventions for those afflicted with chronic disease. This conference explores the dynamic power and healing potential of the expressive arts for older adults. It emphasizes the value of the creative process, explains how to assist individuals in tapping into and expressing their imagination and creativity, and illustrates how the expressive arts can promote self-actualization, social connection, and psychological and physiological healing in a variety of settings.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 ~ 8:30am-4:00pm
Conference Center at Benjamin Rose
11890 Fairhill Road, Cleveland OH 44120

Cost: $95 ($30 for students)


Registration & Continental Breakfast


Welcome & Introduction


Overview of the Expressive Arts — Linda Elliott, PhD, LISW-S, ATR-BC, CNM, CPM, CSD, RMT, Adult Education Specialist, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging


Medical Art Therapy Shannon Scott-Miller, ATR-BC, CCLS, Executive Director,
Art Therapy Studio




Music and Memory
Erin Pettegrew, MA, Projects Manger, Ohio Department of Aging
Silvia Orsulic-Jeras, MA, SHARE Program Manager & Senior Research Analyst II,
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
Evan Shelton, MA, Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging




The Arts in Hospice — Brooke Baker, MT-BC, Music Therapist, Hospice of the Western Reserve




Expressive Arts in Community Settings
Linda Elliott, PhD, LISW-S, ATR-BC, CNM, CPM, CSD, RMT, Adult Education Specialist,
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
Kathryn Louis Hawkins, MT-BC, TimeSlips Master Trainer/Facilitator, Therapy Resources Inc.


Evaluations, Certificates, Adjournment

5.5 CEUs for counselors, (NBCC ACEP #6735) & social workers (OCSWMFTB #RSX058915).

NBCCThe Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, an approved provider, designates this conference as meeting the criteria for 5.5 contact hours to satisfy license renewal continuing education requirements for counselors (NBCC ACEP#: 6735) (OCSWMFT approval pending) and social workers (OCSWMFTB#: RSX058915). The Ohio Board of Nursing accepts events approved for social workers for Continuing Nurse Education. Program attendance at 100% & completion of evaluation is required to receive contact hours. Presenter & planners acknowledge no vested interest.


Presented in collaboration with:

Art Therapy Studio




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