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Sunday, November 8 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Creativity, Community & Self-care in the Workplace: "Wellness Wednesday"

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Stress among healthcare professionals is a well-known concern. Although many of us know through direct experience the power of artmaking in the healing process, there is limited, documented evidence for its long term effects on reducing stress and enhancing well-being. This workshop will present the findings from the initiation and sustenance of a workplace wellness model called “Wellness Wednesday” that employs creative arts therapies to foster mutual support among professional colleagues and promote self-care. Using both narratives and artwork, the presenters will examine their process, provide experiential examples, and reflect on the role of creative self-expression in combating workplace stress.

Eligible for 1.5 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing


Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA

Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA, is an assistant professor in the Drexel University creative arts therapies and teaches primarily in the doctoral program. Her research aims to understand the implications of autobiographical narratives and creative self-expression (especially among underrepresented and vulnerable populations) on health and well being. Girija currently leads a multi-year evaluation study on leadership development funded by the U.S... Read More →

Michele Rattigan MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC

Michele Rattigan MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Drexel University and has worked in various settings with children, adolescents, and adults since 1996. She has taught several courses in the Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program over the past 15 years. In 2002, Michele co-founded Art, Play, and Traditional Therapy, an outpatient mental health co-operative of creative arts therapists and psychology... Read More →

Elizabeth K. Templeton, EdD, BC-DMT

Elizabeth K. Templeton, EdD, BC-DMT, is a clinical assistant professor in creative arts in therapies at Drexel University, where she teaches and advises students in both the MA and PhD programs. As a dance therapist, she has primarily worked with adults suffering from severe problems with body-image, eating, dissociation, schizophrenia, and depression. Elizabeth is a member of the Multicultural and Diversity Committee of the American... Read More →

Sunday November 8, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)