Archive for July, 2013

Creative arts therapies in a nutshell: video clips of experiential demonstrations of art, dance/movement, drama, music, and poetry therapies

At the 2013 UCLA Integrative Medicine Conference, UCLArts and Healing presented a panel of leading clinician/scholars from five creative arts therapy disciplines (in art, dance/movement, drama, music, and poetry), who each offered an experiential demonstration of the principles of their work, as well as explained the nature of their discipline and training requirements.

Creative arts therapists are professionally educated in both mental health and the arts. They are trained in a variety of approaches with different populations and are able to develop individualized assessment and treatment plans. Rather than focusing on the product, they focus on the process of creative expression, which evokes unconscious information that is reflected upon for insight, self-awareness, and behavior change.

Click on the links below to view footage from the 10″ presentations.  You will see an entire auditorium of people on its feet, dancing.

Introduction to the Creative Arts Therapies – by Ping Ho, MA, MPH and Poetry Therapy – by Robert Carroll, MD

Art Therapy – by Erica Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC

Dance/Movement Therapy – by Lora Wilson Mau, MA, BC-DMT

Drama Therapy – by Pam Dunne, PhD, RDT/BCT

Music Therapy – by Judith Pinkerton MT-BC/L

Panel Question and Answer Session

Click here for power point slides from each of the presentations.

Dance for All joins UCLArts and Healing

Dance For All offers dance, yoga and performance opportunities for teens and adults with developmental disabilities to build a community that cultivates self-esteem and empowers individuals to find vision, voice and leadership.  Dance for All is now an official program within UCLArts and Healing.

Dance for All teaches:

  • Yoga Breathing and Movement – to help regulate the nervous system, manage energy and emotions, develop strength and self-awareness.
  • Dance and Choreography – to widen the range of movement abilities, develop gross and fine motor skills, increase kinesthetic coordination, facilitate creative and emotional expression, and find a voice through the language of movement. Through individual and group projects, participants develop leadership and social skills.
  • Performances – to highlight accomplishments, skills and spirit.  Participants work together to create solo and group pieces that are performed in various community venues.

Volunteer and internship opportunities are also available to provide assistance with weekly classes, dance projects and community performances.

For volunteer and internship/training opportunities, or to register for dance classes: Contact Hilary Kern at

Click here for more information, including testimonials.

TED talk on how your body language shapes who you are

TED talk on how your body language shapes who you are

This TED talk not only offers a well investigated, simple, and effective method for changing self-perceptions and perceptions of you by others, but also it offers an inspiring personal story of how Dr. Cuddy overcame her own life challenge.  Ping Ho, MA, MPH, UCLArts and Healing Director  

From the Harvard Business School Faculty & Research site:
Social psychologist Amy Cuddy, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, uses experimental methods to investigate how people judge each other and themselves. Her research suggests that judgments along two critical trait dimensions – warmth/trustworthiness and competence/power – shape social interactions, determining such outcomes as who gets hired and who doesn’t, when we are more or less likely to take risks, why we admire, envy, or disparage certain people, elect politicians, or even target minority groups for genocide. Cuddy’s recent work focuses on how we embody and express these two traits, linking our body language to our hormone levels, our feelings, and our behavior. Her latest research illuminates how “faking” body postures that convey competence and power (“power posing”) – even for as little as two minutes — changes our testosterone and cortisol levels, increases our appetite for risk, causes us to perform better in job interviews, and generally configures our brains to cope well in stressful situations. In short, as David Brooks summarized the findings, “If you act powerfully, you will begin to think powerfully.”

To view the TED talk: