UCLArts and Healing

Visit Us: http://www.uclartsandhealing.net/

Mission

To facilitate the use of arts-based tools for mind-body healing in the community as a vehicle for empowerment and transformation.

Strategies:

  • Affordable, experiential education to enable people to experience the healing power of the arts with an added therapeutic dimension
  • Networking with health care professionals, mental health professionals, educators, community workers, caregivers, and artists as well as the general public.
  • Design, implementation, and evaluation of programs, particularly in health care and educational settings.
  • Partnerships with academic institutions, educational and health care institutions, community-based organizations, schools, professional organizations, and private industry.

Population Served

Health care professionals, mental health professionals, educators, community workers, caregivers, artists, youth, and the general public.

Types of Services

Clinical Programs

  1. Large one-time programs as well as smaller workshop series for its target populations and the general public. Programs are offered at UCLA and in the community; those held at UCLA are offered to medical students free of charge. The purpose of these programs is to increase awareness and the use of arts-based tools for mind/body healing through experiential learning. Examples of previous and ongoing programs for the general public:
    • Memories to Memoirs: Leaving Words on the Pages of Time (Series)
    • Healing Back and Neck Pain through Movement: A Demonstration of 7 Approaches – Alexander Technique, Dance/Movement Therapy, Feldenkrais, Iyengar Yoga, Physical Therapy, Pilates, and Qigong/Tai Chi
    • The Healing Beat – An interactive journey into the health benefits of drumming
    • Body Talk through Art: A Studio Workshop (Series) – Led by three artists: a renowned integrative medicine physician, an art therapist, and an art teacher.
    • Let the Body Speak! (Series) – To let the body tell the story behind its ailments, stressors, and chronic conditions, its desires and dreams.
    • Unlock the Blocks: Keys to a Creativity Cure (Series) – To silence the inner critic and allow the imagination to soar.
    • Which Mirror Do We Believe? – Drawing, spontaneous writing, and oral storytelling to examine the images that we carry and how they affect our identity.
    • Finding the Words to Say It: The Healing Power of Poetry (Series)
    • Stories We Live, Stories We Tell: Healing Ourselves Through Writing (Series)
    • Yoga: A Path to Enlightenment and Healing
    • The Power of Dreams and Intuition to Heal
    • Healing and Transformation through Art (Series co-sponsored by the Salamander Fund and Gallerie St. Germain in West Hollywood) – Art & Drumming, Art & Writing, Art & Meditation. Keynote address on “Art Therapy: Origins, Practices, and New Applications” by Debra Linesch PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC at free opening reception.
    • Awaken Your Intuition for Health, Healing, and Creativity
    • Art as a Window into the Mind
    • Finding Your Rhythm: The Therapeutic Power of Drumming
    • Healing in Motion: Understanding Movement as Self-Expression
    • Insight and Interaction: The Dynamics of Music Therapy
    • Theatre Discipline in Mental Health
  2. Weekly experiential programs for UCLA Medical Center patients and their families at UCLA Tiverton House Hotel, a 100-room hotel designed to meet the needs of this population. The purpose of these programs is to provide opportunities for participants to find meaning in illness, empowerment, and support. UCLArts and Healing is developing a clinical program model that can be exported to other medical settings. Examples of ongoing and previous program topics for UCLA Medical Center patients and their families:
    • Art Therapy
    • Deep Relaxation
    • HealthRHYTHMS™ Drumming
    • Humor for Health
    • Laughter Yoga
    • Meditation and Visualization
    • Movement Therapy
    • Music Therapy
    • Music and Lyrics for the Soul – Music, Lyrics, & Writing
    • Poetry Therapy
    • Seated Centering
    • Writing to Heal
  3. Ongoing programs for elementary school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The purpose of these programs is to improve the social and emotional climate for learning, and to promote healthy behavior over time. UCLArts and Healing is currently implementing an evidence-based intervention entitled, Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming, that was co-developed by UCLArts and Healing in collaboration with a licensed clinical social worker and a professional drumming facilitator. The intervention is being offered and evaluated on an ongoing basis at a laboratory school that serves a socioeconomically disadvantaged population.The curriculum was designed to enhance several areas of potential benefit to students, as reported by LAUSD Primary Intervention and Elementary School Counselors in 2005, after they had received a one-day professional development program on the use of drumming as a therapeutic tool, co-sponsored by UCLArts and Healing. Major anticipated benefits for students included: stress reduction, self-expression, emotional release/management, cooperation, self-esteem, centering, and focus. This sustainable intervention is designed to serve whole classrooms of upper elementary age students at a time, and to be implemented by a school counselor or other school personnel. The broad efficacy of this curriculum was documented in a pilot study, completed in June 2007, which is described in the research section below.
  4. Referral services for the community offered to expand awareness and availability of arts-based tools for healing in the community.Examples of organizations, institutions, or other groups that have sought referral services and for which customized referrals and/or actual instructor placements were made:
    • Los Angeles Unified School District Annual Best Practices in Counseling Resource Fair (2005 – current) – attended by primary intervention counselors, elementary school counselors, psychiatric social workers, Pupil Services and Attendance counselors, school psychologists, Extended Learning Academy counselors, secondary school counselors, drop-out prevention advisors, Healthy Start staff, health education program staff, organization facilitators, school nurses and doctors, foster care liaisons, Student Health and Human Services administrators and site administrators (including school principals).
    • California Caregiver Resource Centers Conference – for family caregivers; organized by the Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center at the University of Southern California
    • Arts and Services for Disabled – a nonprofit organization that offers life-long learning, community service and career opportunities through the creative arts for people with disabilities.
    • South Bay National Alliance for Mental Illness – a local chapter of a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with serious mental illness.
    • Virginia Avenue Project – an after-school arts-based program for underserved youth.
    • Melrose Gardens – an assisted living center for older adults.
    • Silvercrest Residence – an 124-unit apartment complex for self-sufficient older adults, operated by the Salvation Army in Santa Monica.
    • Warner Brothers International Summit
  5. Website listings of recommended programs in arts and healing that are offered by other organizations. Listings emphasize programs known to be of high quality that are offered on a free, donation, or sliding scale basis, or that offer professional development opportunities. This gives the community greater access to other important resources, in addition to those offered directly by UCLArts and Healing.

Education

UCLArts and Healing is launching its first professional training program on the use of its newly developed, evidence-based curriculum for upper elementary age students, Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming. The training will be offered to 120+ LAUSD Primary Intervention and Elementary School Counselors, plus additional teachers and administrators on October 16-17, 2008 at REMO Recreational Music Center in North Hollywood, CA. The broad efficacy of this curriculum was documented in a pilot study, completed in June 2007, which is described in the research section below.

UCLArts and Healing is sponsoring a formal assessment of the quality of the program, acquired knowledge, predisposing factors for success, and the impact of the training on actual onsite implementation. This evaluation will be conducted by a graduate student obtaining her Master’s Degree in Public Health through the UCLA Department of Community Health Sciences.

In February 2008, UCLArts and Healing offered an experiential workshop for school mental health personnel and site administrators at the Los Angeles Unified School District Best Practices in Counseling Fair, for which continuing education credits were provided.

In order to expand public access to professional development programs, UCLArts and Healing lists recommended programs sponsored by other organizations on its website.


Research

In Spring 2007, UCLArts and Healing conducted a pilot study of a social and emotional skill building program delivered in a framework of drumming, that it co-developed with a licensed clinical social worker and a professional drumming facilitator. The research was conducted in collaboration with the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and Remo, Inc.

The study compared two fifth grade classrooms that received the drumming intervention with two that received standard education only. The 101 study participants were 97% socioeconomically disadvantaged and 91% Latino. Teachers completed a comprehensive, standardized assessment instrument for each student (113-item Teacher’s Report Form) which showed that the intervention group improved significantly in such areas as withdrawn/depression, inattention, sluggish cognitive tempo, post-traumatic stress, internalizing problems, anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity, and oppositional defiance.

The findings of this research will be presented at the American Public Health Association annual conference in San Diego on October 28, 2008 before they are submitted for publication.

Faculty and Staff

Directors

  • Founder and Executive Director, UCLArts and Healing: Ping Ho, MA, MPH

Board Members

  • Lucy S. Gonda, MA, ADTR – Academy of Dance Therapists Registered
  • Elle Nicolaï – Artist; Founder and Director of the Salamander Fund
  • John Weeks – Publisher/Editor, The Integrator Blog
  • Lonnie K. Zeltzer, MD – Founder and Director of the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Program Advisors

  • Rachel Ballon, PhD, MFT – licensed psychotherapist and international writing consultant, screenwriter, poetry therapist, and author.
  • Remo D. Belli – Founder and CEO, Remo, Inc
  • Ronald M. Borczon, MT-BC, MM – Founder and Director of the Department of Music Therapy at California State University, Northridge; Past President of the National Association of Music Therapy, Western Region
  • Robert Carroll, MD – Vice President, National Association for Poetry Therapy and Program Chair of the Southern California region; on UCLA clinical faculty
  • Anne Coscarelli, PhD – Director, Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Medicine; Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine; Clinical Professor, Department of Psychology, UCLA
  • Laura A. Coverson, MS – Producer, ABC News
  • Trudy Goodman – Founder and Director of InsightLA; Co-Founder, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Growing Spirit, and the Center for Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
  • Susan Kaiser Greenland, JD – Co-Founder and Executive Director, InnerKids; clinical team member of UCLA Pediatric Pain Program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
  • Mary L. Hardy, MD – Medical Director, Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Medicine; Associate Physician, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; licensed physician Board Certified in Internal Medicine; and artist
  • Debra Linesch PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC – Chair of the Graduate Department of Marital and Family Therapy with Specialized Training in Clinical Art Therapy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles
  • Jean-Louis Rodrigue, American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) certified teacher; Adjunct Assistant Professor in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
  • Beth Sternlieb, BFA – Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher; clinical team member of UCLA Pediatric Pain Program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
  • Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA – Founder of UpBeat Drum Circles
  • Karen L. Timko – Coordinator of Primary Intervention and Elementary School Counseling for the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Jonathan Zeichner – Executive Director, Inside Out Community Arts

Selected Center’s Accomplishments

UCLArts and Healing was initiated in academic year 2004-05 to ascertain public interest in the arts as a tool for mind/body healing. With support from the Salamander Fund, monthly experiential programs were offered, featuring a different art form each month. UCLArts and Healing is now beginning its fifth year of existence.

In 2007, UCLArts and Healing activities caught the attention of an independent film production company, FiddleHeadFern Productions, which sought to produce a film with positive social value in the arena of complementary and alternative medicine. They chose to capture the experience of fifth grade students participating in the drumming intervention aimed at social and emotional skill building. Filming of the intervention was completed in June 2008. It will be a central component of a story on the lives of students in the Los Angeles Unified School District and how the drumming intervention can help them.

Participants in UCLArts and Healing programs are co-creators in program planning. From the inception of UCLArts and Healing, participants have been asked to rate their experience of each program (and each session in a series) on a scale of 1 – 5, with 5 as the highest possible rating). In any given program, two-thirds of participants typically give the program a rating of “5”, and one-third will rate it a “4”. It is also not unusual for UCLArts and Healing programs to receive ratings of “10” on a scale of 1 – 5, as an expression of extreme satisfaction. For example, one participant wrote:

Amazing! Tears opened my heart “10”.

UCLArts and Healing clinical programs are uniquely effective at facilitating emotional expression, insight, and a sense of community among a diverse group of strangers. Participants consistently report that they have learned something that can be applied to their personal lives or work.

The “Healing Back and Neck Pain through Movement: A Demonstration of 7 Approaches ” program was filmed by the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for future use as a teaching tool for medical students at UCLA and elsewhere.

How the Center is Funded

UCLArts and Healing programs have been funded by three mechanisms: private donations that are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law, private foundations, and registration fees for program offerings.

UCLArts and Healing aims to develop a self-sustaining model for its basic administrative costs via a low overhead operation that involves internet-based forms of communication, collaboration and partnerships instead of salaried staff, and income from programs with high public appeal. This model enables UCLArts and Healing to keep its programs affordable, while covering its overhead.

Location and Contact Information

For information about current UCLArts and Healing programs or recommended programs sponsored by other organizations, see the UCLArts and Healing website at www.uclartsandhealing.net.

If you wish to be notified directly of future UCLArts and Healing events, please go to the website and create a profile, where you can indicate that you would like to receive e-mail notification. Email list recipients will receive priority notification of events with limited space or advertising.

Questions can be addressed via email: info@uclartsandhealing.net or telephone: (310) 452-1439

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