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Arts and Health & Health Care Reform

CE Credit: 2.5

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Length: 3 hours

Exam Items: 8

This program demonstrates the power of the arts for health, and shows how it can be a cost-effective, powerful contribution to the new understanding of health and healthcare reform for psychologists. Dr. Serlin presents an overview of theories and methods of the arts in health and Dr. Bray shows how these methods are part of APA’s new focus on integrated, multidisciplinary health and healthcare.

Part 1 (Dr. Serlin): The arts have been increasingly popular in the areas of mental, emotional and physical health care. This course lays out the need for a whole person perspective for the new healthcare, and provides an overview of the diverse approaches, organizations, and applications.

Part 2 (Dr. Bray): Calling whole person approaches to health “game changers,” this section situates new methods of health into APA’s expanded view of integrated healthcare for patient-centered homes, prevention and wellness, and new opportunities for psychologists to work in multi-disciplinary, integrated healthcare systems.

Part 3 (Dr. Serlin): Through video clips of actual training sessions, this part demonstrates the power and process of nonverbal communication in group psychotherapy.

Learning Objective 1
Discuss an overview, principles, and practices of the new fields of arts and health.

Learning Objective 2
Describe applications of an arts-based approach to training healthcare professionals and group psychotherapy practitioners.

Learning Objective 3

Explain how the affordable care act will impact psychology practice.

Learning Objective 4
Identify expanded opportunities for psychology practices and new methods from the affordable care act.

Presenter: Ilene A. Serlin, Ph.D, BC-DMT

Dr. Ilene Serlin is a psychologist and dance therapist in private practice in San Francisco and Marin County. She is a fellow of APA, past-president of the San Francisco Psychological Association, past-president of Div. 32 of APA, the general editor of Whole Person Healthcare, and on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Arts and Health, The Humanistic Psychologist, PsycCritiques, American Journal of Dance Therapy, and Journal of Applied Arts and Health.

Presenter: James H. Bray, Ph.D.

Dr. James H. Bray is an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  He was the 2009 President of the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Bray’s NIH funded research focuses on adolescent substance use; divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies; and screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) for substance abuse.  He is a pioneer in collaborative healthcare and primary care psychology. He also maintains an active clinical practice focusing on children and families.


Supplementary Materials

  • Slides - Dr. Serlin
  • Slides - Dr. Bray
  • Creativity and Trauma Slides
  • Developing Resiliency Handout
  • Bibliography
  • Books and Videos by Dr. Serlin
  • Whole Person Healthcare
  • Compassion Fatigue and Regeneration