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Monday, September 18, 2017  |  11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Arts in Health: Performances and Healing Spaces

Suzanne Costello
Artistic Co-Director, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater
Gary Malkin
Co-Creator, Graceful Passages
Jennifer Townsend
Program Manager of Music Therapy, Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center

11:15 AM - 11:35 AM

Suzanne Costello: Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater: Transforming the Doctor/Patient Relationship - Telling the Story 
Presentation Description:

This workshop, led by Suzanne Costello, will include an overview and positive outcomes of SPDT’s innovative program Transforming the Doctor-Patient Relationship. Participants will be led through a series of movement activities designed to encourage the physician to see their patient as a whole person. The workshop will conclude with Q&A. Costello will also address SPDT’s additional Arts & Healthcare programs.

11:35 AM - 11:55 AM

Jennifer Townsend: Creating a Healing Space: Auditory and Visual Beautification of an Inpatient Acute Psychiatry Unit

Presentation Description:
Many people have seen or experienced the effects of a healing environment within a healthcare setting. Studies confirm that well-designed hospital environments can reduce patients’ anxiety and stress, accelerate recovery, shorten hospitalizations, reduce medication use, lessen pain, and promote a sense of well-being. Therapeutic environments can also help an impact on staff wellness. Outcomes include enhancing staff recruitment, satisfaction, productivity, and retention. This presentation will detail the process of creating a therapeutic environment in an inpatient acute care psychiatric unit, both through visual art and music. The discussion will focus on how to determine the specific needs of a patient population, including safety concerns. Finally, participants will learn about research supporting such efforts

11:55 AM - 12:15 PM

Gary Malkin

The Aesthetics of Film Scoring as a Life-Generative Art Form:
Harnessing the Power of Music to Enhance our Humanity in Healthcare

“…Emotional vulnerability is the birthplace of love and belonging - the source of our hope, empathy, and authenticity.”   -Brene Brown, Author, The Power of Vulnerability
For much of the last hundred years, the aesthetics of film scoring has brought us to the edge of our seats with astonishing effectiveness. The skillful film composer can catalyze a broad and nuanced range of human emotions, assisting us in getting more in touch with our inner emotional life that can support us in assimilating life’s challenges, and can also stabilize a propensity towards unpredictable moods, often disregarded and ineffectively managed. What if the future of healthcare involved more thoughtful explorations of how “the universal language of emotion” could enhance our settings – and life’s passages-  to be more humane and life-generating?  Emmy award-winning composer Gary Malkin shares his vision towards integrating film score aesthetics to evoke greater emotional literacy and humanity so that we might share a more holistic understanding of what matters most, balancing medical, emotional, and spiritual needs for all stakeholders in healthcare.