2018 Symposium Keynote Lecture & Workshop




Keynote Address ~ Friday, September 28, 2018~ 1:00-2:30 pm 


Art Therapy Practices Instigate Change: Memory Reconsolidation, Creativity and Positivity      

This key note address will discuss the neuroscience of how memories are maintained and altered. It is well known that personal vivid memories which are encoded into long-term memory, can disrupt or enhance the individual’s autobiographical sense of self and consequently their daily life, relationships, and future. Yet a dynamic model of memory consolidation suggests when retrieving memories there is an opportunity to change them under specific conditions. In fact, as people recall memories some of the neurochemicals that bind them are loosened, making the old memories unstable and pliable. Furthermore, studies suggest that within a brief period, updating fear-based memories with non-fearful information, novelty, optimism and appreciation of beauty and creativity likely leads to a permanent reduction in learned fear-responding, and a lasting change in the original fear memory. This information provides a theoretical foundation for an art therapy theory of change and suggests arts-based practices which will be illustrated by the presenter.


Participants will be able to

· Identify three memory neuroscience concepts

· Describe three conditions for positive memory reconsolidation

· Learn to at least two memory reconsolidation principles to their arts psychotherapy practice

Keynote Workshop ~ Saturday, September 29, 2018~ 8:30-10:30 am

Art Therapy Memory Reconsolidation Based Drawing Interventions. 







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