UCLArts & Healing Conference in partnership with the Expressive Therapies Summit

Learn arts-based tools for facilitating communication, building connection, promoting positive emotions, fostering engagement, reducing stress, and managing the impact of trauma in our inaugural experiential training conference. expressivetherapiessummit.la

Choose from 125+ workshops delivered by leading national experts in art, dance, drama, drumming, music, and writing integrated with mental health practices.  Scroll down for selected workshop titles.

Specialty Tracks:  Mindfulness & WellbeingChildren & AdolescentsCommunity Building & Social JusticeExpressive Writing & JournalingPlay TherapySpecial Populations, and Evening Self-Care.  A convenient selection for Educators & Arts Professionals features sessions of particular interest to those in non-clinical settings.

What is the Value of the Arts Integrated with Mental Health Practices?  Creative expression invites self-reflection and dialogue that can lead to meaningful self-discovery, connection with others, and personal empowerment.  Studies have shown that the arts—particularly when integrated with mental health practices—can yield social, emotional, physical and cognitive benefits.  The universality and nonverbal essence of the arts transcends traditional barriers of culture and ability.  Shared creative experiences build empathy and community, which expand possibilities for action and transformation.

For Whom:  Professionals in arts, education, mental health, social services and healthcare, as well as anyone interested in creativity and healing.

Continuing Education:  Over 30 credits available.

When:  Thursday, March 30 through Sunday, April 2, 2017.  Select any one or combination of days.

Where:  Hilton Los Angeles Airport.

How to Register:   expressivetherapiessummit.la

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Over 125 Hands-On Workshops, including these examples:


  • Eco-Art Therapy: Expanding Your Practice through Connection with Nature
  • Re-Shaping Body Image: Tape Sculpture as Arts-Based Social Justice
  • Introduction to the Therapeutic Uses of Photography
  • The Open Studio Process of Art & Writing


  • Social, Emotional and Cognitive Growth through the Arts: The Key to Kids
  • Disrupting Disruptive Student Behaviors with Compassion & Art Therapy
  • Establish Rapport with At-Risk Youth Using the enACT Method
  • Digital Media Arts: Therapeutic Interventions for Adolescents and Others


  • Resetting Boundaries: De-Roling Following Performances and Clinical Sessions
  • Transformation of Failure & Self-Blame: Techniques from Theater of the Oppressed
  • Managing Conflict, Embodying New Narratives
  • Performance as a Therapeutic Act: Transforming Self-Defeating Life Scripts through Drama Therapy


  • Breath & Yoga for Mental Health and Wellness
  • Mindful Games for Enhancing Attention, Balance and Compassion
  • The Five Qualities of Mindfulness: A Multidisciplinary Experience
  • Challenging Oppression with Expression: RAPtivism, Movement & Mindfulness


  • Introduction to Himalayan Sacred Sound Healing
  • Sound, Music & Healing: Science and Clinical Practice In Harmony
  • Sing for Yourself: A Daily Practice for Freedom of Expression
  • Drumming as Medicine: Facilitating Healing Rhythms


  • Expressive Writing As Activism
  • Journaling to Clear Life’s Clutter: A Compassionate, Creative Approach
  • Stressbusting: Writing through Troubled Times
  • Living with Intention & Authenticity: End-of-Life Lessons from Dignity Therapy


  • Creative Techniques for Working with and Caring for Older Adults
  • Expressive Arts & Play Therapy for Autism and Special Needs: A Whole Brain Approach
  • Military Service Members and the Creative Arts: Interdisciplinary Care
  • Poetry/Bibliotherapy for Mental Illness: Foster Recovery, Instilling Hope
  • Also sessions for working with trauma, international populations, chronic pain, cancer, eating disorders, addictions, neurorehabilitation, hospitalized patients and more . . .


  • Holding our Clients in our Bodies: Managing Somatic Countertransference
  • Deepening Approaches to Image & Metaphor for Expressive Arts Therapists
  • Integrative Art Therapy: Bilateral Scribble, Neurosequential Squiggle, IFS Collaging
  • Diagnostic Drawing Series Training: 30 Years of Assessment through Art

Graduate Intern Position at Pomona College’s Career Development Office

The Pomona College Career Development Office is seeking two graduate interns for the 2017-2018 academic year. This position would offer students the opportunity to learn about career services across functional areas (career counseling, employer relations, fellowships advising) at a small liberal arts college.

Interested students can apply online here: http://chj.tbe.taleo.net/chj04/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=POMONACOLLEGE&cws=1&rid=237 . If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Wanda Gibson.



Wednesday Writing Tip: The Dash or the Hyphen?

Dear Master’s student,

As I reported in our blog about the semi-colon, there are 14 punctuation marks in standard English grammar. Can anyone name them?   (Here’s some help from the West Wing.  Skip to 1:17 for the answer.)  Two of those are the hyphen and the dash.

Most of us have heard about the dash and the hyphen, but there are a lot of people who confuse them—even though these people feel that they should be able to differentiate the lines.  (This is how I feel about Venus and Serena Williams.)


On a standard QWERTY keyboard, the hyphen (-) is between 0 and = in the number line row.  The hyphen is primarily used to create compound words.  It’s probably most familiar in compounds such as self-esteem, sister-in-law, sugar-free, or up-to-dateHyphen Continue reading Wednesday Writing Tip: The Dash or the Hyphen?

Wednesday Writing Tip: Fewer or Less

Dear Master’s student,

In our last writing tip, we answered the age-old question “should I use who or whom?” The next few writing tips will continue examining which of two common options is the grammatically correct choice. This week: less or fewer.

A few months ago, I wrote a tip on countable vs. non-countable nouns. If you need a refresher course on the topic, that blog is a good place to start.

royals Continue reading Wednesday Writing Tip: Fewer or Less

Supporting Our International Community

Dear USC Community,

We would like to bring to your attention a new web page on the provost’s site that includes the various communications, services, and programs we have put into place to support our global community and to uphold our shared values of openness and inclusivity. Please go to: https://www.provost.usc.edu/information-on-the-immigration-and-travel-executive-order/

We will continue to update this page as we move forward.  We welcome your input and suggestions at uscprovost@usc.edu

Literature Review Workshop

Join us for a Literature Review workshop tomorrow, Feb. 8, from 3-4 pm in SOS B49!

Get tips specifically on the recursive processes of researching for/writing a Literature Review (either as part of a longer assignment, or as a stand-alone document).  We also cover ways to organize your findings as you go through the process.

Countdown to Publication

countdown-postcard_final_page_1countdown-postcard_final_page_2What does it take to publish before you complete a graduate program? Tools for organizing and analyzing sources? Primary sources that have already been collected? Venues for disseminating research beyond the book and journal?


Please join the Graduate School and the USC Libraries for three days of programming in support of publication from information-gathering to the final product. Countdown to Publication is aimed at graduate students, but open to all.


Workshops will be held January 31 – February 2.

Full schedule and  workshop descriptions: https://libraries.usc.edu/events/countdown-publication-usc-libraries


RSVP here: http://bit.ly/PubLibrary


USC Alumni Scholarship Deadline approaching!

The USC Alumni Association and its related entities award nearly $4 million in alumni scholarships to continuing students each year. Individuals must apply for scholarships during the academic year prior to the year of funding.  Applicants may apply for multiple scholarships at one time using the online application below.

To access the application for 2017-2018 scholarships, please click on the link here: https://alumni.usc.edu/scholarship-application/. Deadline is Feb. 1, 2017.

Please note: Alumni scholarships are for tuition only. Students receiving full tuition benefits from tuition remission, trustee scholarships, athletic scholarships or other sources are not eligible for an alumni scholarship award. Alumni scholarships are for continuing undergraduate students only. Applicants must have completed at least one semester at USC and must be enrolled full time (12 credits or more) to be eligible for a scholarship.

More information about alumni scholarships can be found here: https://alumni.usc.edu/alumni-scholarships/

And for more information about other available scholarships please visit the USC Online Scholarship System here: https://usc.academicworks.com/opportunities.