DVATA Symposium 2017

Art Therapy, Trauma, & Neuroscience

Juliet King, MA, ATR-BC, LPC

Featuring Denise Wolf, MA, ATR-BC, LPC

When: Saturday, June 24th, 2017; 8:00am-4:00pm

Where: The National Museum of American Jewish History

Art therapy and neuroscience are inextricably linked, much like the processes of consciousness and unconsciousness, the mind and body, and the limbic system and cerebral cortex. Thus, understanding art therapy from a scientific approach—one that combines metaphor with evidence—can invigorate clinical practice and enhance efficacy. This presentation will help to explain, through scientific concepts, the tenets of art therapy:

  1. That the bi-lateral and multi-directional processes of creativity are healing and life-enhancing.
  2. That the materials and methods utilized effect self-expression, assist in self-regulation, and are applied in specialized ways.
  3. That the artmaking process, and the artwork itself, are integral components of treatment that help to elicit and decode verbal and nonverbal communication within an attuned therapeutic relationship.

Professors King and Wolf will collaborate to present on Art Therapy, Trauma, and Neuroscience. Professor Wolf will bring a focus to how applied techniques of trauma-informed practices, including TF-CBT, DBT, and NMT relate to art therapy assessment and intervention.

Together they will look at trauma through the lens of neuroscience, attachment theories, and the ETC and discuss how these perspectives inform art therapy practice and research with different clinical populations.

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Juliet L. King, MA, ATR-BC, LPC is an assistant professor and director of the graduate art therapy program at Herron School of Art and Design and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Ms. King has spent over 15 years as a clinician, administrator, and professor of art therapy education. Professor King’s leadership has spearheaded over 30 clinical internships within the city of Indianapolis and surrounding communities. She is currently working on implementing the first specialized art therapy clinical service and internship program in neuroscience and medicine at the Indiana University Neuroscience Center. Her current research explores the integration of creativity, art therapy, and neuroscience, with a focus on the exploration of neuroanatomical correlates of the unconscious. Recently she has written and edited a published textbook: Art Therapy, Trauma, and Neuroscience: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives.

Denise Wolf has worked with children, adolescents, and families for over 15 years, guiding clients on courageous journeys. She works as a consultant for a residential treatment facility for adolescents providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training, as well as facilitating DBT skills groups for adolescents and their caregivers. Denise is a practicing DBT clinician, with a strong trauma informed background.  Areas of strength include application of the evidenced based practices; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE), integration of mindfulness practices to foster emotion regulation, work with adolescents and families, facilitation of groups and group dynamics, provision of school-based services, and working within systems. She has extensive experience providing school-based clinical services, utilizing her expertise as both therapist and an educator. In addition to client services, Denise is an adjunct professor at Drexel University in the Art Therapy and Counseling graduate program, University of The Arts in the undergraduate Art Therapy Concentration program, Philadelphia University in the Community Trauma and Counseling Graduate Program, Art Therapy Specialization, and Villanova University in the Masters in Counseling Program.


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