Creative Expression For Mind-Body Health

Virtual Format (Online)
Thursday evenings May 13 – June 17
6:00 – 7:30 pm PT (NOTE earlier time)

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Selena Chan, DO
Associate Physician Diplomate,
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
HS Clinical Instructor, UCSF School of Medicine

Course Description

Throughout history, the arts, music, and humanities have served as a medium for healing. Creative expression can foster self-discovery of inner resources, cultivate resilience during life challenges, and transcend socio-cultural barriers through a shared language. This interdisciplinary course aims to explore the role of creative expression in addressing multiple dimensions of mind-body health across the lifespan. Leading UCSF clinicians, researchers, and expressive art therapists from geriatrics, neuroscience, oncology, otolaryngology, pediatrics, physical therapy, and psychiatry will present the science behind creative expression, discuss case examples, and lead experiential demonstrations.

Lecture Schedule

May 13: The Neuroscience of Creativity
Karen Chan Barrett, PhD
Post-doctoral Scholar, Charles Limb Sound and Music Perception Lab
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
University of California, San Francisco
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May 20: More Than Words: The Essential Role of Music Therapy in Pediatric Health Care
Matthew Logan, MA, MA-BC; Jennifer Goldhammer MM, MT-BC; and Brianna Negrete MM, MT-BC

Music Therapy Program, Benioff Children's Hospital
University of California, San Francisco
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May 27: The Role of Music in Dementia Caregiving Relationships
Theresa Allison, MD, PhD
Professor, Division of Geriatrics and Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Clinician, Home Based Primary Care
San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System
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June 3: Movement is Medicine
Alissa Garcia-Sanchez PT, DPT
Physical Therapist, UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion
Clinical Instructor, UCSF/SFSU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
University of California, San Francisco
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June 10: The Mandala of Healing
Sudha Prathikanti, MD
Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Integrative Psychiatry Teaching Clinic, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Medical Director, Primary Care Adult Psychiatry, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
University of California, San Francisco
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"Mandala” is the Sanskrit word for “sacred circle,” and has been used in the wisdom traditions of India for thousands of years to represent the wholeness and vitality of the cosmos, as well as the Self.  This lecture will explore the practice of mandala drawing as a creative means for an individual to work toward wholeness of the personality.

June 17: Art for Recovery
Amy Van Cleve
Program Manager, Ernest H. Rosenbaum Art for Recovery Program
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California, San Francisco
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