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Workshops & seminars

Creative arts therapies and mental health

Friday, September 20, 2019
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This event is free




J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Room LB-103



Come to 4TH SPACE to know more about creative arts therapies and mental health. From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., engage with practitioners-researchers and experience first-hand the benefits of creative arts therapies by participating in workshops and demonstrations.

Information session: 10 to 11 a.m.
Attend this information session to learn more about the art therapy graduate program, admission prerequisites and application procedures.

Public talk: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“Into the Blue: How practicing awe and gratitude help us cope with stress and build a resilient nervous system”

Bonnie Harnden will present current research on awe and gratitude and demonstrate how — when harnessed — they have the capacity to heal our nervous systems and promote health and wellness throughout our lives. This presentation will combine lecture, video, live performances and experiential learning.

Harnden is an associate professor in the Concordia’s Department of Creative Arts Therapies. She is a psychoanalyst, drama therapist and play therapist. She conducts arts-based research on trauma and creates ethnodrama pieces based on her work.

Screening and discussion: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Nobody's Perfect

A discussion with Stephen Snow, director of Nobody’s Perfect and a drama therapist, will follow the screening of the documentary film about the research-based play. He will review the six-month therapeutic process of exploring the question: “What is mental health?”

Snow is the co-founder of Concordia’s Centre for the Arts in Human Development and the university’s drama therapy master’s program. For the past 14 years, he has been developing a method called ethnodramatherapy.

Creative arts therapies demonstrations: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Come and experiment creative arts therapies modalities for self-care. No artistic, music, dance or drama backgrounds needed!

  • 1:30 to 2 p.m.: music therapy
  • 2 to 2:30 p.m.: drama therapy
  • 2:30 to 3 p.m.: art therapy
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m.: dance-movement therapy

This series of events is led by Guylaine Vaillancourt, associate professor and chair of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia, organized in collaboration with Concordia’s Arts in Health Research Collective, and presented with the support of the Health Initiative at Concordia.

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