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Arts & the Brain: Evidence-Based Therapeutic Arts Interventions for Optimal Health & Well-Being

Juliet King, PhD (c), ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC

July 29-August 2, 2024

Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT | 30-Minute Break Daily

15-Hour Course |  Delivery Format: In-Person Only

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Course Description

Substantial evidence supports the value of therapeutic arts interventions to effect positive mental health and medical outcomes. Receptive and expressive arts strategies encourage self-expression, assist in nervous system regulation, and promote mind-body connection. Research on how neuroscience informs arts, culture, and health outcomes has garnered considerable interest worldwide, and these advancements have great potential to influence education, healthcare, and community sectors. Translating neuroscience evidence and principles into practical arts-based therapeutic interventions will enhance your knowledge and improve outcomes across populations and contexts.


In this experiential course, participants will journey through the historical, cultural, and therapeutic dimensions of aesthetics and creativity, learning how neuroscience evidence and principles underscore the use of creative, expressive, and receptive practices. Emphasis will be placed on primary agents of change in the application of arts in the context of health: creativity, symbolism and metaphor, materials and methods, embodiment, and the therapeutic relationship. Using the arts for health purposes recognizes body-mind integration as central to well-being, allowing people to access and work through dynamics situated at non-verbal, implicit, and sensory-based levels of experience.


Built on evidence and insights from humanities, philosophy, and science, through the lens of therapeutic arts and within a wide socio-cultural context, participants will learn how to translate scientific evidence and principles into targeted interventions for a range of stakeholders. This course will consist of didactic sessions, small group discussions, art-making and viewing exercises, neuroimaging technology demonstrations, and case presentations and is open to clinicians, educators, students, administrators, policy-makers, thought leaders, and anyone interested in exploring how the intersections of neuroscience, creative expression, aesthetic engagement, and therapeutics facilitate learning and can lead to meaningful intrapsychic change. No previous art-making experience is required.

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Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Juliet King has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations. She receives a speaking honorarium from MAK Continuing Education, LLC, Cape Cod Institute.

Non-financial: Juliet King has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Juliet L. King, PhD (c), ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC, is an Associate Professor of Art Therapy at The George Washington University and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Juliet has over two decades as a clinician, administrator, and educator. She developed and implemented the graduate art therapy program at Herron School of Art & Design-IUPUI, where her leadership spearheaded over 30 graduate student internships in the Indianapolis community and throughout the state. She developed and continues to oversee the Art Therapy in Neurology program at the Indiana University Neuroscience Center. Professor King’s research delves into the systematic integration of art therapy and neuroscience, with a specific emphasis on neuroaesthetics and innovative neuroimaging) to advance the scientific understanding of therapeutic arts practices. In 2016 Juliet wrote and edited Art Therapy, Neuroscience and Trauma: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives and recently completed a co-edited second edition, set for publication in June 2024.

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