Course overview

Arts Workshop

In this course, faculty review the social-emotional benefits of the arts on mental health, restoring hope and resilience in cancer patients, and conscious creativity in optimizing well-being.

Ping Ho, MA, MPH

Alessandra Colfi, PhD

Jan Phillips

Ruth Westreich

 Board Review Series

AIHM 2016 Annual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

1 hour 15 minutes

 Non-CME Eligible*

0 Credits 

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • Out of the Box: Mental Health & the Arts
    The arts have innate social‐emotional benefits that, when integrated with mental health practices, offer an effective, accessible, and sustainable means for preventive mental health care. Ping Ho will demonstrate this process in an experiential activity, followed by discussion of the four key elements of "social emotional arts" and a model of a scalable and sustainable Beat the Odds drumming program for social‐emotional skill building and how it is meeting the needs of underserved communities.

    Healing the Wounds of Cancer through Art
    The skillful use of Expressive Arts Therapy can transform the consciousness of individuals affected by cancer from co‐dependency and disconnection to deep interconnectedness by raising empathetic awareness and restoring hope and resilience, essential qualities for humans to thrive. Visual art, dance, music, and drama are catalysts for transformation and doorways into consciousness. Together patients explore, create, and make hope visible.

    Consciousness Creativity: Storytelling as Medicine for the Body and Soul
    Author/artist/activist Jan Phillips will unzip creativity and present it as a human birthright. Through the lens of storytelling, Phillips will combine research and personal anecdote to explore the many ways that conscious creativity contributes to optimal well‐being. Session finishes with a Q&A Panel with the faculty.

    Workshop 2 Arts Panel
    The Arts workshop concludes with a panel discussion of expert faculty moderated by Ruth Westreich.
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • State at least three innate social‐emotional benefits of the arts.
    • Define what a creative arts therapist is.
    • State four key elements in preventive therapeutic arts practices delivered by creative arts therapists or community arts professionals.
    • Apply Hope Made VisibleTM and other Expressive Arts Therapy processes as adjunct to their own clinical practice and in an integrated model of care.
    • Analyze the efficacy of the Expressive Arts to help patients facing traumatic and exhausting experience of their cancer journeys, identify, cope with, and manage distress, and anxiety, and increase satisfaction.
    • Assess that fewer pain medications might be prescribed and fewer visits are needed, thus improving quality of care while reducing costs.
    • Discuss how to redefine creativity and experience themselves as co‐creators of their lives, communities and cultures.
    • Discuss how to overcome inherited beliefs about creativity and see the many ways they are actively creating.
    • Identify how to become mindful of the power of storytelling as a tool for spiritual health and social change.

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • Certificate of Completion

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Ping Ho, MA, MPH

About ping
Ping Ho, MA, MPH is Founding Director of UCLArts and Healing, an organizational member of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, of which Ping is a Steering Committee Member and was founding administrator. She has degrees in psychology (BA with honors, Stanford), counseling psychology (MA, UC Santa Barbara), and public health (MPH, UCLA).

Alessandra Colfi, PhD

About alessandra
Alessandra Colfi holds a BA in Linguistics, a Master in Fine Art, & a PhD in Expressive Arts Therapy. She facilitates Expressive Arts Therapy programs at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center & UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. Member of San Diego Cancer Research Institute, Faculty & Associate Director of the Expressive Arts Therapy Dept. at IUPS, member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, Americans for the Arts, Arts Health Network Canada. 2014 SDCRI Award of Excellence.

Jan Phillips

About jan
Jan Phillips is an author, artist and activist who connects the dots between creativity , spirituality and social action. She is the author of ten award-winning books, has taught in 23 countries and uses music, imagery and poetry to keep the brain and heart connected.

Ruth Westreich

About ruth
Ruth Westreich, president of the Westreich Foundation, generously supports people and non-profit organizations that challenge The Normalcy Bias. Every day each one of us has learned to accept the unintended consequences of decisions that put profits before people and planet. Ruth believes it is possible to change this by taking incremental steps to educate oneself, learn from the underheard voices and then take action to become a change maker.
Above all, Ruth is a connector and strategist who creates communication bridges that bring together people and varied disciplines in health, the environment, discovery science and investigative journalism.
For decades, The Westreich Foundation has supported a variety of people and causes, including improving access and availability of whole-person medicine and personalized health, as well as restorative and organic agriculture and respective foods. In recent years, the realization that personal health cannot be achieved without planetary health has guided Ruth into new avenues of environmental activism and creativity through her art.

*CME/CEU Credits

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity.