Creative Health 3! Schedule
October 15, 2016
USM Lewiston campus
Hosted by Lewiston-Auburn College and the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program.
CEUs offered by the USM School of Music. 

Thank you to this year's sponsors; the Cornish U.C.C. and the UNE School of Social Work's Applied Arts & Social Justice Certificate.

Registration, coffee/snacks

Opening session
Joyce Gibson, Dean, USM-LAC
Kate Beever, MA, MT-BC, Conference Creator
Scott Miller, Director & Founder of Creative Trails
David Shaw, Managing Partner of Black Point Group

10:40-11:50; Session ONE
Lisa C. Cohn, MAAT and Stephanie Corcoran
Art Therapy to Improve Quality of Life for Elders with Dementia

Jamie Silvestri, Expressive Therapist, ATR
Keep the ARTS rolling; a mobile art therapy in our under-resourced neighborhoods

11:50-12:50; lunch (provided)

1-2:10 Session TWO
Christine Linnehan, MS, BC-DMT, LCPC, FT
Moving Toward Wholeness: The Arts in Healing after Suicide Loss

Bodhi Simpson, LCPC, ATR
Creative Meditation: Exercises for Authentic Self-Awareness

2:20-3:30 Session THREE
Dr. Maryam Mermey, REAT
Expressive Arts Therapy and Spirituality: Healing Through Sacred Dances

Patricia Mulholland, MA, MT-BC
The Voice as a Therapeutic Modality

3:40-4:50 Session FOUR
Carla Tanguay, MA, MT-BC
Music Therapy in Hospice Care: Research and Realities

Suzanne Laberge, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, LCPC and
Alexandra McCabe, Board Certified Art Therapist, LCPC
Bumps in the Road: a Creative Arts Therapy Approach to Personal and Professional Relationships


Bios and More Information:

9-10:30, opening session in Room 170 

Kate Beever, MA, MT-BC, originally from Gorham, Maine, studied at the USM School of Music and then worked for classical pianist Frank Glazer before moving to New York City. She is now a Board Certified Music Therapist with a Master’s degree in Music Psychotherapy from New York University. She interned at Beth Israel Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and returned to the fresh air of Maine to open Maine Music & Health, LLC. She works with clients of all ages with cancer, brain injury, depression, developmental disabilities, dementia, and respiratory diseases. Kate presents at conferences and facilitates group and individual sessions while keeping an active performing schedule as a pianist and percussionist. She is also a trained REMO HealthRhythms facilitator and has her certification in Neurologic Music Therapy. Kate is a member of the Maine Arts Commission and founded the Maine State Music Therapy Task Force. 

Scott Miller is the Director and Founder of Creative Trails, which is the community support program of Support Solutions. He has his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah in Recreational Program Planning, with an emphasis on special populations paralleling outdoor programming and art. He is a certified National Outdoor Leadership School alumnus and was a senior therapeutic wilderness instructor for AYA, Utah. Scott is the co-founder of the Stir Art Collective and has been a Maine Arts Commission accessibility committee member for many years. Scott has 20 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual uniqueness, including a year working with a nationally recognized progressive clinical team. Scott is also a John Rosser award recipient for outstanding social achievement and lectures nationally. Outside human services, Scott co-owned Washington Ave Art Studios, Vu-Master Gallery and Wicked Pulp Juice Bar and Cafe. When Scott is not working or spending time with his wife and two boys, he enjoys surfing, telemark skiing, art, and traveling. 

David Shaw is a prominent business and social entrepreneur with extensive leadership experience in science-based companies, investment management and non-profit organizations. He has helped build more than a dozen successful technology companies and served in public leadership positions for science, art, medicine, natural resource conservation and other issues. David has explored the planet extensively and made more than 100 short films.  

Session One, 10:40-11:50

Room 285: Art Therapy to Improve Quality of Life for Elders with Dementia

This presentation will focus on our recent work and empirical research with this special population; the challenges and rewards; and what we have learned. The model of care for people living with dementia is shifting from a medical model to a focus on improving quality of life. In 2015 Lisa and Stephanie undertook an empirical study to understand the impacts of art therapy on those living with dementia. The research showed significant positive impacts on affect and engagement for those participating in an art therapy directive. Their research also validated a previously un-validated measure of quality of life. Their hope is that this research will encourage others to help make art therapy a part of the standard of care for this rapidly growing population.  

 To understand a little more about the growing population of people living with dementia.
 To focus on finding ways to make life richer and more rewarding for those living with memory challenges by improving their quality of life.
 To understand a little more about the impacts of art therapy as a significant and effective therapeutic modality.
 To think about the need to customize therapeutic modalities to meet the needs of the individual. One therapy does not fit all. 

Lisa Cohn is a recent graduate of Albertus Magnus College with a Master's of Arts in Art Therapy (MAAT). Lisa spent over 30 years as a landscape architect but the arts have always played a fundamental role in her life, along with a commitment to helping others. Becoming an Art Therapist was the perfect opportunity to merge these lifelong interests. Lisa’s primary interests include children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum, veterans, elders with dementia, and all others who find verbal expression challenging or are simply open to alternative creative therapies. She is currently working with adults on hemodialysis as well as helping to develop a new arts-focused residential community for young adults with developmental disabilities in Belfast, ME.

Stephanie Corcoran received her B.A. in Psychology and Studio Art from the University of Vermont and recently graduated with her M.A. in Art Therapy from Albertus Magnus College. She has spent the past few years working as a Caregiver for seniors living with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementia. Stephanie has also worked as an art therapy intern at Vinfen's Art Connection Studio and Connecticut Valley Hospital. Currently, she facilitates art therapy groups at a memory care facility. She hopes to continue using art therapy to improve the quality of life for adults and seniors living with dementia. 

Room 108/109: Keeping the ARTS Rolling, Mobile Art Therapy in Under-Resourced Neighborhoods 

ArtVan is a non-clinical, strength-based, holistic approach to offering art therapy to under-resourced neighborhood youth ages new-born to seventeen.  From this approach we are providing a unique invitation to meet youth where they live, to express themselves and build self-confidence to engage in their larger community. In this didactic and experiential workshop you will experience a typical ArtVan group session format with a co-facilitator, group process format.  

 To be open-minded
 To learn about community art therapy approach
 To recognize that the field of Expressive Arts therapy is a specialized field.
 To educate co-workers and network of ArtVan and the art therapy field.

Jamie Silvestri holds a Masters of Expressive Therapy, a BA in Fine Arts and is a registered Art Therapist.  Jamie has 27 years of both community and psychiatric care experience of working with inner city youth, people with AIDS, woman and men in corrections and children and adolescents with mental illness.  Jamie recently founded and is the Executive Director for the "ArtVan", a mobile arts therapy non-profit organization that provides a free service to under-resourced populations.  Jamie believes everyone has an imagination and when we give permission to activate this and embrace the creative process, the doors of possibilities open for change to occur. 

Session Two, 1-2:10pm

Room 285: Moving Toward Wholeness: The Arts in Healing After Suicide Loss
A death by suicide can be shattering for those left behind. The bereaved often feel at a loss regarding how to restore their sense of wholeness and well-being. In this interactive workshop we will focus on how engaging the imagination through the arts can help the bereaved navigate the rocky terrain of grief and promote creative forms of expression about each individual’s healing journey. Case examples and experiential exercises will illustrate how art modalities can be integrated into Restorative Retelling, an empirically-supported treatment model designed to address the combination of trauma and grief distress after sudden, violent death. Emphasis will be on tailoring interventions to each individual’s interests and needs.


·       Explain the prominent themes and challenges that arise following suicide loss.

·       Demonstrate at least 2 mind/body self-regulation and calming strategies.

·       Cite an example of how movement, music, and metaphor can be integrated into the 3 components of Restorative Retelling.

Christine Linnehan, MS, BC-DMT, LCPC, FT, has been in private practice, Riverview Counseling, in Scarborough, ME for the past 20 years and has been a clinical consultant in the Bereavement Support Program at the Center for Grieving Children since 2004. Previously, she worked in inpatient and partial hospitalization settings that focused on the treatment of trauma. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, and Board-Certified Approved Clinical Supervisor. She holds an advanced certification as a Fellow of Thanatology from the Association of Death Education and Counseling and served on the Board of the New England Dance Therapy Association. Christine has a special interest in the impact of suicide loss on children and families. 

Room 108/109: Creative Meditation: Exercises for Authentic Self-Awareness 

In this highly experiential workshop we will discover the power of creative expression that reaches beyond the mind and accesses an authentic place within that grounds, restores, and nourishes us. You will participate in guided visualization and creative exercises designed to increase your capacity for mindfulness. Participants will be empowered to open their hearts and learn methods to increase feelings of self-compassion and gratitude, which are vital for experiencing a truly joyful life. It is important to create and sustain space in our lives for moments of quiet self-awareness. Through creative expression we are able to become fully immersed and engaged in the experience, enabling us to savor the moment and experience inner peace.

 Discussion, guided meditation, and experiential art exercises to increase capacity for mindfulness, gratitude, and self-compassion
 Create visual anchor of the experience, learn importance of creating daily practice/rituals to increase self/awareness and positive emotions
 Learning from one's own experiences how this process could be integrated into a variety of practice settings.  This process is presently used with all populations in all types of clinical and healthcare settings. The process can be done individually but is very powerful in groups as this builds and nurtures community. 

Bodhi Simpson, LCPC, ATR is a registered Art Therapist. She has a private practice in Waterville and is co-founder of Vast Horizons Center for Personal Growth in Yarmouth. She has trained in several expressive modalities including creative arts therapies, energy psychology, and sandtray therapy. Bodhi is the President of the Maine Mental Health Counselors Association. She provides workshops for the community and trainings for therapists focused on incorporating creative expression and work with imagination, intuition, and metaphor into their practices. She also provides supervision for Art Therapists working toward their ATR certification.

Session Three, 2:20-3:30

Room 285: Expressive Arts Therapy and Spirituality: Healing Through Sacred Dances 

We’ll begin with attendees participating in a range of Dances of Universal Peace. The emphasis is on the healing qualities evoked by each song and dance as well as how embodying these qualities is essential for a sense of wholeness, vitality and magnificence. This is followed by each person choreographing a sacred and healing movement sequence with colored, silk scarves expressing a quality, which s/he wishes to embody and embrace in life. The individual movement sequences are then integrated into a simple, group dance. After the group dance there is time for repose by doing the Sufi Purification of the Five Elements Breaths: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. The workshop concludes with an improvisational dance with bamboo sticks exploring the art of loosing and regaining one’s balance.

 For participants to experience a range of songs and dances from different faith traditions and the qualities they evoke, which are essential for healing.
 For each attendee to choreograph a simple movement sequence with colored, silk scarves expressing a quality, which s/he would like to integrate into his/her emotional and spiritual life.
 To experience one’s own sacred power as well as the sacred power of others by linking each person’s movement phrase into a group dance.
 To experience the Sufi Purification Breaths and how they apply to meeting emotional and spiritual challenges.

Dr. Maryam Mermey, registered expressive arts therapist, holds a Ph.D. in Arts, Health and Society. She also has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, a M.Ed. in Arts in Education, and a B.A. in Dance and Poetry. Dr. Mermey studied Art, Fairytales and Healing the Psyche at the Carl Jung Institute in Kusnacht, Switzerland and has advanced training in grief therapy and was formerly a grief and creative arts therapist. She co-presented a workshop and film called From the Heart at The Third International Children’s Bereavement Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. Maryam was also a cheraga or minister in the Sufi Order in the West as well as a member of the Sufi Healing Order. Dr. Mermey currently has a private practice called Morning Glory Arts Therapy as well as offers Healing Glass workshops at Stained Glass Express in Manchester, Maine. She also teaches workshops in Sacred Dance. 

Previously, Dr. Mermey taught the first art courses at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine called Exploring the Expressive Arts and the Advanced Seminar in the Expressive Arts. She also developed an original bully prevention model called Transforming the Bullying Cycle Through the Expressive Arts, which she taught internationally. Her presentation and film on this work received a “Best Presentation” award from the Center for Scholastic Inquiry International Research Conference in San Francisco, California in 2014. She has also written a book entitled “New to the Forests of Selay” with an accompanying CD for elementary age students and teachers on transforming the bullying cycle through the expressive arts. These offerings and documentary films can be found on her website: In the summer of 2014, Maryam and her husband Akiba, the Program Developer for The Transformative Arts, completed a film called: Norway: Art, Waterfalls, and the Human Spirit inspired by their trip to Norway. This film was shown at Railroad Square Cinema in the fall of 2014 followed by a discussion on The Healing Power of Art facilitated by Reverend Cindy Lepley.

Room 108/109: The Voice as a Therapeutic Modality 

Our voice and our relationship to it reveals how we think and feel about ourselves and can impact how we are perceived by others.  In the clinical and corporate settings, I have witnessed many struggle with vocal problems such as a reluctance to speak up, a disconnection of sound, breath and body, and blockages related to life story.  Confidence suffers and credibiity is compromised, feeding a "less than" sense of self. In this introductory, experiential workshop, we will explore the voice as a container of physical and emotional energy and ask:
        * What is your relationship to your voice?
        * How does it support you in showing up in your life?
        * Does your voice reflect the depth of your intentions?
Participants are asked to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes for ease of movement and come with a spirit of curiosity.  
                            "The human voice is the first instrument given to mankind.. the mirror and the muscle of the soul."   -Merita Gunter, Co-founder, The Roy Hart Theatre

 Experience the voice as a muscle in the body and an instrument of emotion
 Learn the optimal way of breathing and physical alignment for vocal production
 Discover an imaginative and creative way of living one's voice
 Have fun while being challenged!

Patricia Mulholland, MA, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist, trained at Berklee College of Music and obtained certification in Neurologic Music Therapy at Colorado State University.  Owner of "Be Your Note" Music Therapy Services, she sees individuals and small groups in her studio in Arundel, and provides music therapy in a number of healthcare facilities in Southern Maine, focusing on dementia care and neurologic disorders.  She has also developed a unique way of working with the human voice, informed by her studies with master teachers Bobby McFerrin, David Darling and the Roy Hart Theatre, and is delighted to be presenting this aspect of her work at the conference.

 Session Four, 3:40-4:50pm

Room 285: Music Therapy in Hospice Care: Research and Realities 

Music therapy can be an invaluable aspect of hospice care- addressing physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs. This presentation will explore ways music therapists use specific interventions to serve patients and their families, both during an illness and after a death. Carla will provide an overview of current research, along with case examples that demonstrate the realities of working with this population on a daily basis. 

 Describe music therapy interventions that address physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs
 Name three recent research articles related to hospice music therapy
 Identify two challenges in conducting research in hospice care

Carla Tanguay, MA, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist with 15 years of experience in clinical music therapy and healthcare management. Carla spent 12 years practicing hospice music therapy before moving to Maine, where she is currently the owner and operator of Modulations Therapies, a music therapy private practice. Carla has been a featured speaker at national conferences, medical schools, and healthcare organizations. She has published research in peer-reviewed journals, including a study examining the effects of music therapy on agitation in hospice patients, which will be published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine this year.

Room 108/109: Bumps in the Road: a Creative Arts Therapy Approach to Personal and Professional Relationships

This is a primarily an experiental workshop using various creative arts to explore personal and professional relationships. We will address underlying attitudes and counter transference issues that affect the therapeutic process. Often we have inexplicable positive or negative reactions to people, Art allows a fresh perspective to understanding. Imagination and play activate different areas of the brain and opens a path to a deeper awareness.  

 Understand the principles of creative arts therapy
 Experience the process in using creative arts to gain greater insight
 Develop creative tools to enhance your practice 

Suzanne Laberge, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, LCPC, received her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University in 1991.  While building her private practice, The Expressive Arts and Play Therapy Studio on Portland, she worked at several agencies in the area.  Suzanne works with children and their families as well as adult individuals dealing with a variety of issues. She enjoys painting old furniture, traveling, and to stay spontaneous she takes improv classes.

Alexandra McCabe, Board Certified Art Therapist, LCPC, also received her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA in 1991 and reconnected with Suzanne this past year. Alexandra returns to Maine after practicing as an art therapist and a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania. She has worked with all ages treating various mental health disorders in a community out patient setting and as a mobile therapist working with children and families in their home. She has supervised and mentored graduate students seeking art therapy registration and state licensing. She finds her inspiration outdoors doing gardening, kayaking, hiking, biking, yoga and painting. Now licensed in Maine she is excited to collaborate more with other expressive and mental health counselors.