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Expressive Arts workshop for long term care workers scheduled for March 2017

The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community (CAC) will host it’s second Expressive Arts in Long Term Care workshop near Indianapolis in March 2017. CAC has been contracted by the Indiana State Department of Health to design, implement, and coordinate the project that aims to improve the quality of life of older adults living in long term care facilities through the use of the arts.

The next Expressive Arts in Long Term Care workshop will take place at The Wellington Conference Center in Fishers, Indiana over four days: March 6-8 and March 20. The cost is $100 per person for the four days. Long term care professionals will learn best practices for using visual art, dance, drama, music, writing/memoir in individual and group settings for residents living in long term care facilities.

“Our first offering of this workshop in November 2016 was incredibly well-received,” said CAC Senior Projects Director Ellen Burton, MPH. “The feedback that we heard from participants was that both staff and residents responded positively to the artistic activities. This is not art therapy, but an effort to infuse the culture of long term care with artistic efforts that can improve quality of life.”

CAC has assembled a team of experts to present over the course of the four day workshops. Faculty for the Expressive Arts in Long Term Care project include:

  • Visual Art: Sarah Tirey, BFA, Associate Adjunct Faculty of Art & Design, University of Indianapolis
  • Dance: Heidi Fledderjohn, MA, BC-DMT, RYT, Dance/Movement Therapist, Facilitator and Teacher, Know Wonder, St. Vincent Health, Still Waters Adult Day Center
  • Drama: Sally Bailey, MFA, MSW, RDT/BCT, Professor of Theater and Gerontology and Director of the Drama Therapy, Kansas State University
  • Music: Rebecca Sorley, DA, Professor of Music, Director of Student Support, and Coordinator of the Music Business Concentration, University of Indianapolis
  • Writing and Memoir: Katharine Houpt, MAAT, ATR, LCPC, Director of an expressive arts therapy program at a nursing facility in Illinois

Four additional workshops will be scheduled and held throughout the state in the following cities Merrillville, Fort Wayne, Columbus, and Evansville. Each workshop is limited to 50 participants. There will also be two “train-the-trainer” workshops, two-day sessions developed to ensure sustainability for the teaching of expressive arts beyond the scope of this project.

To register for the March 2017 Expressive Arts in Long Term Care workshop, click here


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