CAET Webinars: Arts Education & Therapy -History, Applications & Frontiers

Wednesday  30 January  2019  2:00 PM    Monday  15 February  2021 2:00 AM
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Following the success of our webinar series Laban – History, Applications and Frontiers, which was launched in 2017 and which has attracted a worldwide audience, we will present a second series titled "Creative Arts Education and Therapy History, Applications and Frontiers". We invite some of the most influential and promising educators and therapists to deliver online presentations. This year-long program aims at bringing professionals in the field of arts education and therapy together throughout the world, to stimulate a critical dialogue, and facilitate networking to strengthen our profession, in line with the mission of the Inspirees and CAET.

The whole series has 7 modules in education and therapy, related to different art forms of music, drama, dance, expressive art, poetry, and play. Each module consists of 4-8 seminars. Every seminar is of one hour duration, including 40-45 minutes of lecture plus a 15-20 minutes long Q&A session. All sessions are recorded (live), so as to be available for future instruction and learning. Towards this end, we have recruited a team to support the technical and logistic aspects of the sessions.

In the meantime, with our Laban series's finale at Dec 2018. The CAET series, consisting of 30 plus webinars, launched in December 2018 and will run through 2021. From these webinar presenters, we will eventually select the speakers for the CAET World Forum, held live in Europe and China. In addition, the revenues from this webinar series will be used to sponsor open access publishing of our CAET journal ​and the academic conferences in China and Europe。

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Seminar 9: The History and development of Dramatherapy in the UK from a Drama Education perspective

2019/6/5 Dr. Clive Holmwood

This seminar will consider the development of dramatherapy alongside the history and development of drama education in the UK. The two areas are I feel intrinsically linked through such luminaries as Peter Slade who coined the phrase ‘dramatherapy’ – one word, first used in the 1958. I will then chart its development through key practitioners such as Sue Jennings and her creative expressive, theatre model approach and Marian Lindkvist’s Sesame approach developed during the 1960’s, through to the influence of modern practitioners. We will also briefly consider the current and future state of the profession from a UK perspective and consider key international developments and connections.

About the speaker:

Dr Clive Holmwood PhD is a UK registered Dramatherapist with over 20 years' experience who has worked with children and adults in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Dramatherapy and Creative Expressive Therapies at the University of Derby and a Director of Creative Solutions Therapy Ltd. He gained his PhD from the University of Warwick in Education, and his thesis was published by Routledge in (2014) as Drama Education and Dramatherapy – exploring the space between disciplines. He is also the co-editor of The International Handbook of Dramatherapy published by Routledge in 2016. His latest work Taylor, J. Holmwood, C. (eds) (2018) Learning as a Creative and Developmental Process in Higher Education: A Therapeutic Arts Approach and its Wider Applications will be published later this year.

Seminar 10: Outsider Art in China and Europe

2019/6/26 Guo Haiping, contemporary artist & Hans Looijen, entrepreneur, organizer and concept creator

Chinese and European Outsider Art has striking similarities. Themes such as passion, religion and power, but also the body, nature, dream and nightmares are vastly represented in in their art. Chinese artist Yang Min and that of Dutch artist Jannemiek Tukker are an perfect example of these striking resemblances. Both artists depict an extraordinary spiritual world. Their ‘moving’, meticulously drawn parallel lines summon forth an abstract reality. Their imaginary worlds dominate the entire surface of their papers.

Hans Looijen was stricken by the likenesses: ‘I discovered many similarities with Western Outsider Art. Monsters, menacing figures, but also effervescent numbers and scrawled patterns. The joint Chinese-Dutch exhibition in the Outsider Art Museum provided us with the chance to delve deeper into these intriguing works. All around the world, Outsider artists are following their inner voice: freed from the path well trodden, the artists transport you into their vivid inner worlds’.

Guo and Hans will share in this seminar about his understanding of healing by nature’s power in creating Outsider art. Nowadays, when people have mental problems, they usually ask help from different kinds of people who majors in different works, which means they ask for some certain professional knowledge and skills. The method of Outsider art curing mental problems are providing an undisturbed creating environment, where patients can choose and decide by themselves. Patients can do their best when creating arts to cure and help themselves. This is what we talked about ‘healing by nature’, which is what is claimed as ‘doing nothing is doing everything’ by Chinese philosopher, Laozi. 

About the speaker:

Guo Haiping (b.1962, Nanjing) is a contemporary artist, the pioneer of Chinese Outsider art, the founder of Nanjing Outsider art studio and the chief editor of Outsider art Series. He devoted himself to the discovery and research of Outsider art of people with mental disturbance for changing the environment of Chinese culture. He established the first art institute for the mental patients in 2010 and established two Outsider art studios in the community of Jianye District and the community of Gulou Distirct in Nanjing. His books include Out of the maze of mind, Sunbathe: art projects of 20 years, I am sick, therefore I am, Notes of Outsider art in China.

Hans Looijen started as an entrepreneur in culture, organizer and concept creator. He is since 2008 the director of Het Dolhuys, museum of the mind in the Netherlands. In the permanent exhibition of this museum visitors can see how psychiatry and the position of the patient changed through the years. With the temporary exhibitions Het Dolhuys focuses on special minds: artists, writers and scientists, sometimes with a disability or mental illness.

Hans Looijen made it his priority to make the museum act as an agent of change and reflection, further expand the museums network through lasting relations and partnerships, and creating an impact through museum activities. Since March 2016 Looijen is director of the Outsider Art Museum (OAM) in Amsterdam. Looijen is responsible for the artistic and business management of the new Outsider Art Museum. The Outsider Art Museum is the only museum in the Netherlands that shows leading art works by national and international Outsider Artists. Experience the extraordinary art made by individuals who, for the most part, are not formally trained as artists. Their work is authentic, unconventional and goes against the grain.

Seminar 11: BodyMind Approach for medically unexplained symptoms

2019/7/17 Professor Helen Payne, PhD 

This webinar introduces an innovative, new intervention derived from dance movement psychotherapy and the arts called The BodyMind Approach specifically designed for supporting people with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) to learn to self-manage.  MUS are very common worldwide, affecting women, young people and non-native speakers mainly. Symptoms are persistent and do not fit into any known diagnosis. There are few treatments available. Symptoms include fibromyalgia, IBS, chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain, dizziness, numbness, swelling, insomnia, backache, headache etc. in this webinar we will explore a definition, the scale of the problem, the costs and the patient profile. TBMA works with lived body - a perspective informed by experience, non-linear and unpredictable, in this approach the individual’s experience of the physical symptom acts as gateway to the mind or “Playing with the symptom so it does not play on you” as one participant said. TBMA promotes wellbeing, self-regulation and resilience leading towards ‘recovery’ – always in recovery. Sensation, perception, emotion, cognition are all integrated through the various experiments and practices. The patient mind-set is reflected in the design of The BodyMind Approach as a group intervention to promote learning for the self-management of symptoms. Reliable change clinical outcomes are also presented.

About the speaker:

Professor Helen Payne, PhD; UKCP; Fellow ADMP Reg. dance movement psychotherapist pioneered DMP in the UK leading the professional association, first post graduate accredited training, research and publications. She is trained in Laban Movement Analysis, Person-Centered Counselling, Group Analysis and Authentic Movement, works with children, adolescents and adults, conducts research, supervises PhDs, teaches and examines at doctorate level nationally/internationally. She is the founding editor-in-chief for the international peer reviewed journal ‘Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy’ published by Taylor and Francis. Trained in the discipline of authentic movement since 1994 she has been facilitating circles as a form of group psychotherapy ever since. She is clinical manager for the University of Hertfordshire’s service which supports people with persistent bodily symptoms for which tests and scans come back negative. She has recently been honoured to have been invited to join the Therapies Task Force for Medically Unexplained Symptoms. Her current publication is entitled ‘Essentials in dance movement psychotherapy: International perspectives on theory, research and practice’ published by Routledge.

Seminar 12: Multi modal dance therapy

2019/8/7 Dr. Fran J. Levy, Ed. D., BC-DMT, LCSW

While we  search for ways to express ourselves and to be as genuine as we can, there are often aspects of our lives that are ambiguous, conflicting and seemingly out of our control. We may experience parts of ourselves that are at odds with other parts, creating frustration, anger and feelings of depersonalization.

The expressive arts can open pathways to a deeper understanding and acceptance of one’s self. This Webinar will illustrate the combined use of art, dance, writing, drama, imagery and verbalization for self revelation.

Each art medium is used for its unique expressive properties.  In combination, the arts are a powerful tool that must be used intelligently and with a broad understanding of personality.

Case material and exercises will be presented to help illustrate the work.

About the speaker:

Dr. Fran J. Levy has her Doctorate in the Integration of the Arts in Psychotherapy. She is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist, Psychodramatist and a Diplomate in the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work. Fran is also a protege of Sydney Levy, PH.D. in his pioneering work in Projective Drawing and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Fran Levy has been creatively interweaving the arts into a cohesive form of psychotherapy for over 30 years. She is the author of Dance Movement Therapy: A Healing Art (AAHPERD, 2005) and senior editor of Dance and Other Expressive Art Therapies: When Words Are Not Enough (Routledge Press, 1995). Her books have been translated into Korean and Chinese and are used as text books for graduate and undergraduate programs in the US and abroad. Dr. Levy teaches internationally and has her private practice in Brooklyn, New York.

Seminar 13:Neuro-Dramatic-Play: The Joyous Development

2019/8/28 Prof. Sue Jennings

Neuro-Dramatic-Play creates the core of playful attachment with babies and infants.  Research shows (Jennings 2011) that mothers often become playful with their unborn child, and continue the process after birth.  This underpins the development of attachment, empathy and later resilience.  Dramatic play which includes sensory play, messy play, rhythmic play and interactive play makes an impact on brain building Cozolino (2013) as well as body growth.  The presentation charts the development of the social brain in relation to play and attachment.

About the speaker:

Sue Jennings has been a pioneer of Dramatherapy in the UK, Greece, Czech Republic and Malaysia.  Her many books also have international translations.

Her academic appointments include Senior Lecturer at Hertfordshire University, Visiting Professor NYU, and currently Visiting Professor at University of Derby.  In 2017 she was made Professor of Play by the European Dramatherapy Federation.

Sue’s doctoral fieldwork was conducted with the Temiar people in the Malaysian rain forest, which has influenced all her subsequent work.

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