ITA Invites Dialogue on the Scope of Practice of the Therapeutic Arts at the 2nd Annual Creative Arts Therapy Conference
In the landscape of the therapeutic arts, ITA comes to recognize the rise of interest and use of creative art forms as a helping tool. In its 41 years of operation, ITA has stood by its position on employing only registered or certified Creative Arts Therapists to provide therapy to its clients. This stance has been a topic of debate and discussion amongst staff over the years as ITA has took note of the development of new training and certificate programs in the therapeutic arts. The staff have considered the inclusion of a broader perspective on the therapeutic arts at ITA; yet the organization has held steadfast in its position.
While ITA maintains its core value of employing only credentialed creative arts therapists, the staff are fully aware of the growth and the expansion of training on arts-based interventions in clinical counseling and psychology programs. As a result, ITA invites a collaborative, open dialogue regarding the therapeutic arts at this year’s annual Creative Arts Therapy Conference. The conference will feature a panel presentation dedicated to the topic of scope of practice within the therapeutic use of the arts. The panel will bring together representatives of various therapeutic arts approaches including Creative Arts Therapies, Expressive Arts Therapies, Arts and Healthcare, and Counseling and the arts, to have a conversation about the similarities and differences in approach, training, and practice.
ITA recognizes that this conversation is difficult, even possibly uncomfortable, but understands it is a necessary dialogue to have as coming to a general understanding will further define these fields and their scope of practice. ITA will continue to fulfill its mission, of FORGING LEADERSHIP, which involves spearheading opportunities for advocacy, collaboration, and discourse.
We are proud and honored to announce this year’s panelists for the Scope and Breath of the Therapeutic Arts presentation that will be held on June 2nd at ITA’s 2nd Annual Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Conference at Adler University.
Julia deBettencourt, Ed.M, MA is the Program Director for Snow City Arts. Snow City Arts is an arts education organization that provides one-on-one workshops in the arts (visual, music, theater, creative writing, and media arts) to children and youth in hospitals.
Jenni Rook, MT-BC, LCPC is the Executive Director of the Institute for Therapy through the Arts and a Neurologic Music Therapist- Fellow. Jenni has more than 10 years of experience training and supervising creative arts therapists and provides workshops regularly to mental health professionals on the integration of the creative arts in psychotherapy.
Susan Imus, MA, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA is the Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of the Creative Arts Therapy in the School for Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College. She is the creator of the Arts and Healthcare Minor at Columbia College and is an active researcher and educator in the topic of arts and healthcare.
Cynthia Langtiw, Psy.D is the Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Clinical Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCS). She teaches Expressive Therapies at TCS. The arts based lens is one through which she sees her teaching, clinical practice and research.
Azizi Marshall, MA, LCPC, RDT/BCT, REAT is the Founder & CEO of The Center for Creative Arts Therapy. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and educator of the Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) certificate training programs in Chicago. Azizi is the creator of the Therapeutic Performance Initiative model used throughout the world, and an avid speaker/author/director.
Moderator: Laura Downey, Ed.D., BC-DMT, LPC, GL-CMA is Part-Time faculty and Research and Assessment Coordinator in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Columbia College.
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