“Art, Imagination, and Medicine” – Juliet King @ Cafe Inquiry
PUBLIC LECTURE, May 18th, 7pm CENTER FOR INQUIRY, DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS
CINSO and the Center for Inquiry of Indiana co-host the monthly lecture series “Cafe Inquiry.”
Art therapy is a mainstream medical and healthcare profession that uses the creative process, art media, and resulting artwork to help people communicate. Art therapists are ‘talk therapists’ who use artwork and non-verbal expression to work with people as they explore their thoughts and feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior, develop social skills, reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem, and ultimately cope with challenging life circumstances.
Often times words are ‘not enough’ to explain how it is that we think, feel, and perceive, and words become even less effective when the mind is compromised by disease. It is useful, and often crucial, to engage in the creative process and symbolic expression in the efforts of healing.
Applying the philosophies of art therapy theory and intervention to contemporary medical practices opens up windows within which to connect with others in the efforts to provide whole person healthcare. Although thoughtful research is helping us understand the intricacies of neurological conditions, the more we learn about the brain, the more there is to understand. Creativity and imagination are healing and life enhancing–these processes hold great potential to assist with communication and medical treatment in the 21st century.
Juliet L. King, MA, ATR-BC, LPC is the assistant professor and director of the graduate art therapy program at Herron School of Art and Design and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the IU School of Medicine. She earned her master’ degree in art therapy from Hahnemann University and has spent over 15 years as a clinician, administrator and professor of art therapy education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her current research focuses on the integration of art therapy and neuroscience and the discovery of the neuroscientific basis for art therapy and the dynamic unconscious. She recently has published an edited text Art Therapy, Trauma and Neuroscience: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives.