DVATA Symposium 2017

Art Therapy, Trauma, & Neuroscience

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

Where: The National Museum of American Jewish History

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.

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; and 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.

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