A Creative Arts Therapies Symposium Demonstrates the Powerful Use of the Arts in Healing and Transformation

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Dance Therapy Institute announces the Wisdom of the Arts in Life, Therapy & Research -- Creative Arts Therapies Symposium in San Francisco, California. The symposium brings together unique workshops and performances demonstrating the powerful use of the arts in health and transformation. This three-day event nurtures the on-going development of the creative arts amongst professionals, students, artists, educators and facilitators, as well as offering the opportunity for those interested in exploring the field.

The Dance Therapy Institute announces its first Creative Arts Therapies Symposium at Fort Mason Conference Center in San Francisco, California. The symposium brings together both prominent and imminent creative arts professionals to showcase their work during thirty-six, (2-hour) presentations. The symposium offers participants, including those with minimal or no experience, to gain first-hand knowledge about the creative arts. It also exemplifies the depth of specialized training that these creative arts professionals must acquire in order to bring the arts as an integral part of the healing process.

The areas inspiring the creative arts workshops include: experiential and didactic approaches, research studies or interventions within specific populations, and processes for personal transformation. Many who work directly with the Creative Arts – dance/movement, visual arts, music, drama, poetry and expressive arts, ground their processes in clinical environments, research, education and use the arts as a vehicle for self-transformation. The creative arts touches people on many levels, from those experiencing life-threatening illnesses to survivors of trauma and abuse, sexuality issues, interpersonal to transpersonal challenges, to one’s personal aspirations.

Given the recent California legislative bill concerning creative arts professionals and the illuminating issues at stake, the Wisdom of the Arts in Life, Therapy & Research Symposium offers a timely opportunity for anyone wishing to gain more understanding about the creative arts and to witness the compelling work being done in these various contexts and populations.

The Creative Arts Therapies Symposium will be held on March 9, 10, 11, 2006 at Fort Mason Conference Center in San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit our web site at: http://www.dancetherapyinstitute.org/CATS.html

About the Dance Therapy Institute

The Dance Therapy Institute is in the process of forming its status as a 501c(3) non-profit educational institution in California. The mission of the Dance Therapy Institute is to support and offer a transformative learning community encouraging self-inquiry, in-depth training, and research in dance/movement therapy and its related fields, while maintaining collaborative relationships within the Creative Arts Therapies and Allied Professions.

Founder & Director of the Institute

Margie Pulmano Torres brings 15 years of creative explorations between architecture, expressive arts, dance and psychology with ways these connections can deepen personal, professional and spiritual growth. Ms. Torres is past executive co-chair & past treasurer of the Int'l Expressive Arts Therapy Assoc., Certified in Holistic/Body-Mind Hypnotherapy and Socially Engaged Spirituality and holds a Bachelor of Architecture. She is a candidate as a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA) and is completing her doctorate studies at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center.

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