Art to the Rescue: How Art and Imagination Transform Mind and Body
Beverly, MA -- The Endicott College Department of Fine Arts announces Investigations in Art Therapy: Inquiries at Endicott College, a yearlong program of events highlighting the healing attributes of creativity and art making, with a keynote address by renowned author and therapist Dr. Cathy Malchiodi, on Tuesday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Malchiodi will speak in the Rose Performance Hall, Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly. The event is free and open to the public, including the reception following the program, to meet the distinguished speaker.
Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT is the first guest speaker in the year-long series, Investigations in Art Therapy: Inquiries at Endicott College, a Community of Learners program funded by Endicott College. Investigations in Art Therapy: Inquiries at Endicott College was created by the School of Visual and Performing Arts Dean, Mark Towner, to engage students and the community in a series of non-classroom presentations and activities which address the Who, What, and Why of creativity-based healing modalities. Dr. Malchiodi is a licensed clinical mental health counselor, art therapist, and research psychologist with over 25 years experience, and holds additional credentials in cognitive-behavioral therapy and trauma debriefing and intervention.
Cathy Malchiodi will be visiting classes in the Creative Arts Therapy program to have an in-depth dialogue with the College students. In regards to her talk, Cathy Malchiodi states that: "For centuries, art has not only been used as a means of communication, but also as a way transform and moderate crisis, trauma, and loss and as an agent of healing. Art history and anthropology have recognized how art has been utilized to change lives; more recently, neuroscience findings have underscored exactly how art comes to rescue to improve mood, reduce stress, and repair and restore when confronted by emotional and physical challenges. This presentation will highlight and celebrate the ways "art comes to the rescue" and why it is a critical component for recovery and well-being in people of all ages.
She is a researcher and faculty member of the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, President of Art Therapy Without Borders, a non-profit, NGO, and has held academic appointments at numerous universities, including University of Louisville, California State University Sacramento, Lesley University, and University of Utah. She has given over 300 invited presentations, keynotes, and workshops throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
Cathy has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of clinical settings. Her work as a therapist has been with survivors of trauma, including domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, and serious or life-threatening illnesses. She also has had extensive experience with adult survivors of trauma and childhood abuse and adults and children who have serious physical illness. In honor of her clinical and academic contributions, Cathy is the only person to have received all three of the American Art Therapy Association's highest honors: Distinguished Service Award (1991), Clinician Award (2000), and Honorary Life Member Award (2003).
Another component of Investigations in Art Therapy: Inquiries at Endicott College is the Artist-in-Residence by prominent painter, Ric Haynes. One-on-one meetings with Mr. Haynes are an adventure for students who are concentrating or minoring in Creative Arts Therapy, Psychology, or Human Services, or others who are curious to meet an active artist. The artist paints images inspired by dreams, made through a process facilitated by methods used in expressive therapy. He will work in one of the painting studios and keeps an open studio to have ongoing dialogue with students. The dialogue includes all the subjects that the paintings are based on: philosophy, psychology, anthropology, Surrealism, Psychodrama and the unconscious.
Ric Haynes is a fine arts painter and Creative Arts Therapist who teaches at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. He attained a BFA in 1968 from The Maryland Institute College of Art, a MA in Creative Arts Therapies in 1994 from Lesley College, and a MFA in Visual Arts in 2002 from Vermont College at Norwich University. He also studied painting at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1967, and continues his studies of portrait painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He is represented in numerous public and private collections including The Ghetty Foundation, The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago and The Baltimore Museum of Art.
The School of Visual and Performing Arts at Endicott College, offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a Concentration in Creative Arts Therapy. This program is a four-year, pre-professional degree integrating three areas of study; studio art, psychology, and creative arts therapy courses. Creative Arts Therapy at Endicott College is primarily a studio visual art experience, yet may be augmented with opportunities in dance, drama, music, and poetry. Students enter at their own levels of artistic development, and through a proven year of foundation courses grow increasingly comfortable working in a variety of media. Over the course of study, each student is encouraged to discover his/her own treasury of personal creative resources, and in-turn share therapeutic properties with others. Students are encouraged to participate in national organizations such as the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), or the Society for the Arts in Healthcare (SAH). Although alumni have proven to be successful in securing meaningful positions in relevant fields, becoming a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) is dependent upon completion of an appropriate graduate education and post-graduate supervised experience. Board Certification (ATR-BC) is granted to Registered Art Therapists who pass a written examination, and requires continuing education. Creative Arts Therapy is a program for artistically talented students who want to apply their creativity for the well being and benefit of others.
For more information on the series Investigations in Art Therapy: Inquiries at Endicott College or on the Creative Arts Therapy program, please contact Kathleen Moore at 978-232-2655.