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September 17 - 27, 2019

What is the role of arts in health and wellness?

Creative Arts Therapies offer means to maintain, improve or restore physical, psychological, cognitive and social abilities. With the help of professional Creative Arts Therapists, individuals and communities can benefit from Art, Music, Dance/Movement, Drama and Play Therapy to reach their full potential for living well.

From September 17 - 27, 4TH SPACE engaged with practitioners-researchers and invited people to participate in workshops and demos. This unique opportunity to learn more about the therapeutic values of creative and performing arts while experiencing first-hand the benefits of Creative Arts Therapies was not to be missed.

This series of events was led by Dr. 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 Health Initiative at Concordia.


Creative Arts Therapies Programming


Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 - HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Screening Film Beyond #MeToo followed by discussion moderated by Sandi Curtis (professor emerita, Department of Creative Arts Therapies) 3 pm to 5 pm
Book launch Dr. Sandi Curtis, Music for Women (Survivors of Violence): A Feminist Music Therapy Interactive eBook, Barcelona Publishers 5 pm to 7 pm
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 - PLAY THERAPY DAY
Info Session What is Play Therapy? with Bonnie Harnden (associate professor in the Drama Therapy Program at Concordia) and Susan Ward (drama therapist, part time professor at Concordia) 10 am to 12 pm
Thursday September 19th, 2019 - ART THERAPY DAY
Info Session What is Art Therapy? (bilingual) 10 am to 11 am
Workshop Connective Clay Experiences: Pathways from Persons to Planet, with Ellen Smallwood (art therapist) 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Workshop What is Sandplay Therapy? with Carmen Oprea (art therapist) 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Workshop The therapeutic power of art with Josée Leclerc (associate professor, Department of Creative Arts Therapies) 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Poster Session Presented by Art Therapy professors from Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 2:30 pm to 4 pm
Public Talk Présence à soi et présence à l’autre dans un accompagnement art-thérapeutique, with Jasmine Dessureault (art therapist, graduate of UQAT) (in French)  2:30 pm to 3 pm
Public Talk L’impact de la création grand-format sur le développement du sentiment d’unité corps-esprit "Embodiment", with Marie-France Thibault (art therapist, graduate of UQAT) (in French) 3 pm to 3:30 pm
Public Talk L'art-thérapie pour préserver le couple touché par la maladie d'Alzheimer, with Nancy Couture (art therapy professor UQAT) (in French) 3:30 pm to 4 pm
Panel De Sève Student Showcase, with Ingrid Wissink, Asako Miyahara Kando, Cassandra Brennan, Paula Duffy, Meaghen Buckley, Ellen Smallwood, Andrea Cook, Marbella Carlos, Valerie Saulnier, Ana Garcia, and Stephanie Sing. 4 pm to 6 pm

Friday September 20th, 2019 - CONFERENCE

Creative Arts Therapies & Mental Health

Info Session Learn more about the Creative Arts Therapies Graduate Programs 10 am to 11 am
Public Talk "Into the Blue: How practicing awe and gratitude help us cope with stress and build a resilient nervous system", with Bonnie Harnden (associate professor, Department of Creative Arts Therapies) 11 am to 12:30 pm
Screening and discussion Film Nobody's Perfect, followed by a conversation with Stephen Snow (film director and drama therapist) 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Demos Music Therapy Demo (bilingual) 1:30 pm to 2 pm
Drama Therapy Demo (bilingual) 2 pm to 2:30 pm
Art Therapy Demo (bilingual) 2:30 pm to 3 pm
Dance Movement Therapy Demo (bilingual) 3 pm to 3:30 pm
Seminar Research Methodologies in Creative Arts Therapies-Music Therapy Graduate Seminar led by Annabelle Brault (MA, lecturer, Music Therapy) with guest lecturer Laurel Young (associate professor, Music Therapy) 10 am to 12 pm
Tuesday September 24th, 2019 - DANCE MOVEMENT THERAPY DAY
Info Session What is Dance Movement Therapy? (bilingual) 10 am to 11 am
Screening Videos and films on Dance Movement Therapy 11 am to 12:30 pm
Workshop Experience Dance Movement Therapy, with Tania Lazuk (PhD, RDMT) and Paula Duffy (MA student) 1 pm to 4 pm
Wednesday September 25th, 2019 - MUSIC THERAPY DAY
Show Singing our life, by MusiArt Choir (McGill University Health Centre) (bilingual) 11 am to 12 pm
Workshop SELF-CARE, Music and Mindfulness, with Annabelle Brault (MA, MTA) and Stephen Venkatarangam (MA, MTA) (bilingual) 12 pm to 1 pm
Workshop Musical Improvisation, with Guylaine Vaillancourt (associate professor, Department of Creative Arts Therapies) (bilingual)  1 pm to 2 pm
Info Session What is Music Therapy? (bilingual) 2 pm to 3 pm
Screening Film The Gift of Music/Le Cadeau de la musique (with French subtitles) 3 pm to 4 pm
Thursday September 26th, 2019 - DRAMA THERAPY DAY
Workshop Experience Developmental Transformations (DvT), group and individual sessions with Marie-Émilie Louis (MA, RDT) (bilingual) 10:30 am to 1 pm
Info Session What is Drama Therapy? (bilingual) 1 pm to 2 pm
Workshop Applying drama therapy praxis towards social justice pedagogy, with Rowena Tam (drama therapist) 2 pm to 4 pm
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