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Friday, November 6 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
Creative Approaches to Working with Aging Clients

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ROOM 702

The aging population in the United States is multi-faceted, and senior citizens (ages 65+) currently represent the fastest growing population in the country. More pressing is the fact that this population is frequently underserved and portrayed as homogenous. This 3-hour workshop will focus on the intersection of aging, life context, and creativity, and demonstrate the value of art, music, and mindfulness therapies in addressing core clinical issues when working with this population. The goal of this workshop is to bolster the healing power of the arts for aging individuals, who often find themselves in a particularly difficult life context (e.g. loss of ability and independence, change in cognition and temperament). The benefits of providing multi-sensory experiences through expressive arts interventions will be highlighted, and the presenters will seek to challenge the notion that creativity declines with age.

Oasis for Aging: A Garden-based Multimodal Group for Seniors
Linda Lee Goldman, MEd, ATR-BC

The exquisite harmony that exists between art and nature can be best observed in a garden. An ideal garden is an “oasis” — in it we can find a tranquil escape from the stresses of daily life. This 3-hour workshop will explore the art of garden-making as a way to address the various challenges of aging. It will include a brief overview of the psychoanalytic perspective on successful aging, as well as a discussion of the Japanese aesthetic concept of “wabi sabi.” Using the metaphor of the garden, participants will examine the relationship between art, nature, and aging, and learn how to help their clients create a therapeutic “oasis” together.

Eligible for 6.0 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS


Linda Lee Goldman, MEd, ATR-BC

Linda Lee Goldman, MEd, ATR-BC, is a registered and board-certified art therapist with 40 years of experience in individual, family, and group settings. She conducts ongoing art therapy training groups and workshops. Linda has worked in diverse areas such as anxiety disorders... Read More →

Millicent McFadden, PsyD, LCP

Millicent McFadden, PsyD, LCP, completed her doctorate at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her internship at Family Service and Guidance Center in Topeka, KS. She completed her master's in counseling and personnel services with a concentration in expressive therapies... Read More →

Wei Lo, MT-BC

Wei Lo, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist with experience in a wide range of settings including geriatrics, pediatrics, and mental health. She currently works at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Virginia.

Andrea Moran, MT-BC

Andrea Moran, MT-BC, is a music therapist and psychosocial supervisor, with over 12 years of experience treating geriatric patients diagnosed with a multitude of mental illnesses and a wide range of functioning levels. She is a Level 1 practitioner of the Bonny Method of Guided... Read More →

Friday November 6, 2015 10:00am - 5:15pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)