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Creative Arts Therapies Conference at Marylhurst University

Embracing the elders of our community through the
creative arts therapies

Creative arts therapists, who use art, dance, drama, music and poetry within the psycho-therapeutic process to help people deal with an array of emotional and physical challenges, will gather at the fifth annual Creative Arts Therapies Association conference to learn how creative arts therapies can contribute to the process of healthy aging. Keynote speaker Lillian Pitt, a Pacific Northwest Native American artist and storyteller, will speak about maintaining a link with tradition and honoring the contributions of our ancestors to this world. Her works have been reviewed and exhibited locally, regionally and nationally.

Sunday, November 4 from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Marylhurst University, Flavia Hall

Early bird (by Oct. 31): General admission $75, student admission $35

At the door:
General admission $80, student admission $40

Carolyn Johnson, 503.442.4014


Experiential workshops will focus on how the use of movement, music, storytelling, drama, and multimodal approaches can help people cope with the complexities of growing old. The conference is designed to nurture professional growth and provide networking opportunities for therapists as well as students, gerontologists, social workers, senior care providers, psychologists, medical professionals and others who would are interested in how creative arts therapies contribute to enriching the lives of the elderly. Attendees may earn seven optional CEUs from the Creative Arts Therapies Association for $25. The conference titled, The Dance, Art & Song of Aging: Embracing the elders of our community through the creative arts therapies, is co-sponsored by Marylhurst University and CATA.

"Marylhurst offers degree programs in art therapy counseling and music therapy," said Adam Graves, faculty from Marylhurst's art therapy counseling program. "Our graduates serve individuals and community groups in a variety of settings that aim to promote physical health, emotional well-being and social functioning using the creative arts tools of the two disciplines, respectively."

Portland CATA is an organization of Portland area creative arts therapists. Members of the group come together to network and share approaches from their different disciplines, educate health and education professionals about the benefits of creative arts therapies, and exercise political advocacy.

"All creative arts therapists are credentialed in their disciplines and follow stringent professional and ethical guidelines for training, research and clinical practice," said dance therapist Carolyn Johnson, who serves on CATA's steering committee. "Our mission is both to advocate for the unique and powerful contribution of creative arts therapies and recognize the potency of all the creative arts in the development, healing and nurturance of individuals and communities."

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore. on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Nearly 1,800 students earn degrees on campus and online. Marylhurst offers 20 undergraduate degrees, 9 graduate degrees and 13 professional certificates, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies to prepare students as interdisciplinary thinkers and ethical leaders.

About Portland Creative Arts Therapies Association

The Portland Creative Arts Therapies Association (CATA) is a voluntary group formed in 2008. Creative arts therapies promote the integration of physical, emotional, cognitive and social functioning; enhance self-awareness; and facilitate change and healing. We welcome creative arts therapists, health workers, and others who use the arts and creative processes for intentional intervention in therapeutic, rehabilitative, community or educational settings to foster health, communication and expression.

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