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The 29th Annual Art Therapy Conference

Friday, February 28, 2014
Silas Theatre
9:30 am

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Annual Conference: Trauma, Art and Social Constructs
Keynote Speaker: Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
Featured Guest Speaker: Renee Obstfeld, ATR-BC, LCAT
The annual art therapy conference, hosted in conjunction with the Visual Arts Foundation, enhances the education of our students and invites the opportunity for professional networking.  Through lectures and a panel discussion, this conference will explore trauma through the lens of social constructs. Trauma is experienced, exacerbated or healed in relation to the cultural context in which it occurs. Traumatic imprints, stored in the brain’s subcortex and largely divorced from verbal recall, require treatment that focuses on the somatic experiencing of related sensations and affect. Incorporating the impact societal norms and values have on the body and the brain, how can art therapy promote the transformation of embodied symptomatology into symbol and thought?
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9:00am-9:30am Registration (Continental Breakfast)
9:30am-11:00am Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
11:00am-11:15am Morning Break
11:15am-12:00pm Special Guest Speaker: Renee Obstfeld
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch Break
1:30pm-3:30pm Panel Discussion
3:30pm-4:00pm Reception