More than 150 students, alumni and working professionals from the region attended the annual Creative Arts Therapy conference this spring to learn about the latest science and practices in the field.
Creative arts therapists use various techniques to help children and adults foster personal development and self expression and cope with injury, grief, illness and other life-changing situations.
The day-long conference featured a keynote address, panel presentations, and workshops on the “Power of Personal Imagery.” Judy Weiser, founder and director of the PhotoTherapy Centre in Vancouver, Canada, delivered a lecture on how therapists can use clients’ own personal snapshots and family photos to deepen therapeutic communication, while panelists discussed how they used photography to help them cope with battling cancer, the grief and loss process, eating disorders, addictions, low self-esteem and body-image distortions.
The Master of Arts in Creative Arts Therapy program is housed within the School of Health Professions and Human Services. The program has hosted an annual conference at Hofstra for more than 20 years, and next year’s event is scheduled for April 21, 2017.
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