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Saturday, November 7 • 10:50am - 12:20pm
Reducing Medical Procedural Anxiety through the Arts Therapies & Yoga Nidra

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For the pediatric population, pre-operative anxiety is a concern for patients, parents, and medical staff alike. Since unmanaged anxiety can negatively impact current and future hospitalizations, an appropriate intervention is imperative. There is a growing body of research that suggests that creative and expressive arts therapies can significantly reduce pre-operative and procedural anxiety in adult and pediatric populations. In addition to the arts, integrative relaxation strategies such as meditation can be used to reduce short-term, pre- and post-operative anxiety. This paper session will inform participants about the use of art therapy, music therapy, and Yoga Nidra to promote anxiety reduction in patients, families, and medical staff in a pediatric surgical center.

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


Victoria Paytonwebber, BS, CHT

Victoria Paytonwebber, BS, CHT, is a Music Specialist and Harp Therapist at Children’s National Health System, Washington, D.C. Victoria earned her B.S. in Speech and Audiology, and incorporates the science of sound in the creation of live music and recordings for various healing and therapeutic sessions. She has completed a 130 hour Nursing Assistant and Geriatric Nursing Assistant Certification. While working at Children’s... Read More →

Heather Stemas, MEd, ATR-BC, LCPAT

Heather Stemas, MEd, ATR-BC, LCPAT, is an art therapist at Children's National Health System in Washington, DC. She provides creative and expressive art sessions at the 300+ pediatric facility to individuals and groups. Heather has collaborated with colleagues to create multidisciplinary support groups for parents with children on the cardiac intensive care unit. She's pursued advanced training in art therapy with traumatized individuals... Read More →

Nora E. Stinley, PhD, ATR-BC

Nora E. Stinley, PhD, ATR-BC, is an art therapy and research consultant at Children's National Health System, Washington, DC. She provides art therapy, yoga nidra, and other mindful relaxation techniques to the hospital's inpatient and outpatient medical units. In addition, Nora has also designed and implemented several randomized controlled trials examining the use of these mind-body therapies with patients experiencing acute pain.

Saturday November 7, 2015 10:50am - 12:20pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)