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Tuesday, October 9, 2018  |  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

The Arts Impacting Patient Experiences

Tamela Aldridge
DC Regional Director, Only Make Believe
Dana Kristina-Joi Morgan
Performance Coordinator of the Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services (CTAS), Children's National Health System
Gary Malkin
Co-Creator, Graceful Passages
Lisa Rafel
Author, Composer
Judy Rollins, PhD, RN
President, Rollins & Associates, Inc.
David Surrenda, PhD
, Clinical Psychologist

8:00 AM—8:15 AM Can You Hear Me Baby? A Social Impact Theatre Initiative to Empower Parents and Health ProfessionalsFor Healthier Pregnancies, Births, and Bonding

Will provide an overview of a musical theatre initiative created to inspire, inform, and connect community stakeholders to catalyze conversations & support more empowering & healthy choices. Findings in neuroscience tell us that arts-infused experiences can provide a portal through which new perspectives can be effectively communicated & shared for healthier outcomes. We will share results from our initial community experiments in New York State. 


8:15 AM –8:30 AM Impacting the Mind, Body & Spirit of Pediatric Patients Via Theatre

Only Make Believe will summarize our various interactive theatre program models for chronically ill and disabled children, integrating imaginative play and educational curriculum benchmarks for children in special education programs. Children’s National Health System will showcase and summarize the impact of interactive performances for patients, families, and healthcare staff.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Only Make Believe will demonstrate how interactive theatre can adapt to and transform healthcare settings.
  2. Only Make Believe will share evaluative results in real-time, short-term and long- term measures.
  3. Children’s National Health System will provide assessment detailing what sets Only Make Believe apart from other programs, how it engages stakeholders, and the therapeutic power of offering choices to pediatric patients.
  4. Children’s National Health System will summarize various arts programming facilitated by its Creative and Therapeutic Art Services Department and its impact on patients and families.

8:30 AM—8:45 AM Being Heard: Empathetic Artistic Interpretations of the Personal Journeys of Young People with Serious Illness

Empathy in healthcare settings influences the quality of care. Is there a role for artists in creating more empathetic environments to help patients feel understood? To help to answer this question, two professional artists were asked to create two- dimensional artwork and accompanying narratives based on eight young people’s journeys. This presentation reports research findings regarding the impact of the project on participants and the artists.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define empathetic art.
  2. List the components of an empathetic artistic intervention for young people with serious illness.
  3. Describe young people’s responses to an artistic interpretation of their personal journeys.
  4. Discuss the project’s impact on the artists and implications for the field.
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Q&A/Discussion     
SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH