Meditative Art Therapy Training Program
Mind/Body Healing Techniques Combined With Expressive Arts Therapies
By Dr. Roxanne Daleo
I. Presentation Description:
Working from the premise that according to years of psychological literature, the unconscious represents information symbolically, therefore it is an appropriate lens through which to view our inner life. Also, applied here is the mind/body research
known as psychoneuroimmunology from which evidence establishes that higher nervous system centers effect astonishing changes in the body functions. Combined the use of
both are a powerful process which helps individuals discover through their own efforts
insight and inner resources to induce self-healing.
II. Learning Objectives:
to familiarize students with basic theories of mind/body research
to promote an appreciation of the role of art as a healing process
to aid students in applying the understanding of the combining these two
modalities in their work with children and adults in educational and health care
d) to develop a repertoire of skills in mind/body healing techniques combined with
expressive arts therapies
There is in the Meditative Art Therapy process a paradox—that is, the individual aims to achieve both self-inspection, while at the same time self-detachment.
With an ever-increasing body of knowledge about the interrelationship of the immune system and emotion, it would seem advantageous to use and integrate this knowledge to better provide effective intervention for mental and physical health. Today’s scientific literature clearly establishes that higher nervous system centers effect astonishing changes in the body. functions.
Fear and anxiety typically trigger these cascading neurophysiologic reactions.
Through these pathways, an image held in the mind can literally affect every cell in the body.
Unlike our “thinking” mind which is left brain dominant, art is a right brain function; when visually stimulated, the right hemisphere of the brain draws out images, colors and forms that give way to insights and self-discovery.
About the Author:
Roxanne Daleo, Ph.D. is a Health Educator with specialized training in relaxation and stress reduction techniques from the Harvard Medical School, Division of Behavioral Medicine. Her expertise is based on over 20 years of experience with chronic and terminally ill, meeting the emotional needs of children and adults using expressive arts
therapies both at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Daleo’s doctoral studies took an anthropological, cross-cultural approach
in the use of symbols for healing from the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland.
Dr. Daleo is best known as creator of the highly acclaimed, MindWorks for Children: Guided Imagery Relaxation Journeys. She continues to design and produce
audio-visual programs for patient education, health promotion and expressive arts.
She sits on the Board of Directors for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) as Co-Chair of Educational Resources Committee.
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