2019 Art Therapy Symposium: Creativity, the Brain, and TraumaMarch 29, 2019
9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Upper Main Dining Hall, Nazareth Student Center
Morning Session: Glen R. Finney, M.D.
Neuroscience of Creativity and Creativity in Neurologic Disorders
As one of the functions of the brain that is especially human, creativity has been an area of study in behavioral neurology for decades. This program will review the definition and nature of creativity and discuss how the systems of the brain interact to produce creative function. It will also review the neurologic disorders that have been found to alter creative activity in people. Attendees will become familiar with the types of change seen in creativity in neurologic disorders.
Afternoon Session: Stephanie L. Wise, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT
Subversive Right-Brain Victories over Trauma: ‘Opposites Metaphors’ as Bilateral Mediators
For the past 7 years, art therapist Associate Professor of Practice Stephanie Wise has worked with drama therapist, Emily Nash at a rehab in Pennsylvania helping people recovering from addiction manage working through their trauma stories. They have been developing a protocol that incorporates image ‘resourcing’ with creating bilateral drawing procedures in an effort to tap into more resilient parts of people who are struggling with personal trauma histories. It is a positive, strength-based approach. Mental health practitioners will gain an understanding of the importance of integrating right and left-brain processes utilizing creativity, imagination and memory in an effort to tap into resiliency in service to trauma healing. The presenter will share a PowerPoint on the topic of metaphor, and the creation of bilateral images as a means to self-sooth and mediate traumatic responses. Concepts from Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) including resourcing will be explored within the context of healing using art therapy and writing. Participants will actively engage in creating their own images, which, while not based upon traumatic material, will capture the spirit of the intervention in an art activity. These experiences will be shared within small groups.