Celebrating the Healer – Integrating the Arts into your Life and Practice

Thursday, March 3, 2011: 12:15 PM-2:15 PM
Point Hilton at Squaw Peak
The arts have been an integral part of healing and medicine since the beginning of human-kind. Whether through the use of gods, rituals, visions, trances, dancing or sacred spaces, art has been present. Join us as we explore the intrinsic connection between the arts in healing and the celebration of life. “Celebrating the Healer – Integrating the Arts into Your Life and Practice” will explore the theories of flow state, creative process and psychoneuroimmunology, exposing professionals to various live forms and applications of the healing arts including story, imagery, writing, music, dance and visual artistry.
I). Musical (Jenni Schaefer) and Movement Performance (Elisa Mott, Lewis Jones)

II) Introduction of Presenters

            1. Dr. Berrett provides importance of this workshop experience and overview of the workshop

            2. Dr. Berrett provides personal reflections and implications of artistic expression in the life of the healer using story, imagery, and experiential activity.

III) Research Implications for Integrating the Arts into Your Life

IV) Historic and Theoretical Perspectives of Integrating the Arts and Healthcare

            1.Why do we make art and what is art?

            2. Art and Cultures throughout history

            3. Theories of Art

                        a. Flow State

                        b. Psychoneuroimmunology

V) Musical and Movement Performance

VI) Understanding the Creative Process and Health

            1. Stages of Creativity

                        a. Inspiration

                        b. Preparation

                        c. Incubation

                        d. Intimation

                        e. Insight

                        f. Execution

                        g. Evaluation

VII) Musical and Movement Performance

VIII) Conclusion

The arts have been present in our society since the days of cave drawings.  Some say art can be defined as divinely superfluous beauty; others say art is anything that causes an emotional or physical response.  This presentation will explore the integration of the arts in healing and the celebration of life.  

The arts have been an integral part of healing and medicine since the beginning of humankind. Whether through the use of gods and goddesses, rituals, visions, trances, dancing or sacred spaces for worship, art has been present. Jill Sonke, Director of the Center for the Arts in Healthcare Research and Education (CAHRE) at the University of Florida, states that art transcends our state of consciousness, allowing us to connect with ourselves and others.  The Hippocratic Oath, the foundation of modern medicine, states “In purity and according to divine law will I carry out my life and my art.”  Hippocrates even claimed that “For this is the great error for the day, that the physicians separate the soul from the body.”

“Celebrating the Healer – Integrating the Arts into Your Life and Practice” will assist healthcare professionals in carrying out one’s life and art as Hippocrates so beautifully asked centuries ago.  The presentation will explore the theories of flow state, psychoneuroimmunology, and the relaxation response, in order to better understand the effects of the arts in healthcare. The presentation will expose professionals to various forms of story, imagery, music, dance, and visual art.

Primary Presenter:
Elisa Mott, EdS, NCC, CYT

A certified yoga teacher and graduate of University of Florida’s Counselor Education program, Elisa Mott, Ed.S, also holds a certificate in Spirituality in Health. Her internship experiences include serving as a counselor on the child/adolescent unit and addictions unit at Shands Vista and as a graduate career counselor at the Career Resource Center at UF. She has completed an intensive training in the Arts in Healthcare with Shands Arts in Medicine program and was awarded an International Excellence in Counseling Research Grant at the 2010 ACA conference. She served as CSI’s Wellness Committee chair and has presented on the use of yoga in the treatment of ED’s at the iaedp Conference and the University of Florida’s Professional Development Day. She is a member of iaedp and the American Counseling Association. She currently lives in Pleasanton, California. She is the co-author of the chapter The Use of Holistic Methods to Integrate the Shattered Self in the new textbook Treating Eating Disorders: Bridging the Practice-Research Gap.

Jenni Schaefer, B.S.

A consultant with Center for Change in Orem, Utah, Jenni Schaefer, B.S., is a singer/songwriter, speaker, and author of Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too (McGraw-Hill) and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life (McGraw-Hill, September 2009). She is a contributor to mainstream magazines and collections like the Chicken Soup series. Residing in Austin, Texas, Jenni speaks regularly about eating disorders and recovery on national radio and television, including appearances on Dr. Phil and Entertainment Tonight. Visit www.jennischaefer.com.

, Michael Berrett, Ph.D.

Dr. Berrett is a licensed psychologist and CEO, Executive Director, and Co-Founder of Center for Change, which specializes in intensive treatment programs for anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating, and co-existing disorders. He is the co-author of several books and book chapters, including the APA bestseller Spiritual Approaches in the Treatment of Women with Eating Disorders. Dr. Berrett has presented nationally at numerous professional conferences. Dr. Berrett has served as Chief of Psychology at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Clinical Director of Aspen Achievement Academy wilderness program, and has been adjunct faculty in graduate programs at Brigham Young University. He has worked with eating disordered clients for 25 years.

and Lewis Jones, PsyD

A recent graduate of Nova Southeastern University’s Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program, Lewis is a postdoctoral fellow with Kaiser Permanente in Pleasanton, California. His experiences include clinical work with the severely and persistently mentally ill populations at both psychiatric hospitals and community mental health centers. He has also worked in the university setting as a practicum counselor. He specializes in psychological testing and has extensive experience with both group and individual therapy. Lewis became certified as a yoga teacher in 2008 and has taught in yoga studios and gyms in Florida and California. He regularly incorporates yoga, meditation and mindfulness into his work as a psychologist.