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Thursday, September 19, 2019  |  9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

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Building Inclusive Community through Arts in Health

Ronna Kaplan
Chair, Center for Music Therapy
Elsa Vazquez-Melendez, MD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP)
Therese Woodring, MD
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria
Gina Pribaz Vozenilek, MFA, MA
Writer, University of Illinois College of Medicine

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM


9:15 AM - 9:55 AM
But Where Are You FROM? First Steps Toward Cultural Competence

Ronna Kaplan

A glossary of crucial vocabulary when discussing cultural intersections in Creative Arts Therapies and Arts in Health will be shared. Some of these concepts include culture, discrimination, prejudice, injustice, oppression, power, bias, and microaggressions. Participants will be encouraged to acknowledge ways in which they have been oppressed, what biases they might have or think about how we might oppress others.


Use of Storytelling as a Way to Talk About Identity and Implicit Bias

Elsa Vazquez-Melendez, Therese Woodring, Gina Pribaz Vozenilek

In this workshop, our goal is to provide a framework on how to create, organize and open the discussion of bias through storytelling. We use Piaget’s theory of constructivism, allowing participants to create meaning and build on past experiences and current topics. This workshop will provide the audience with tools and strategies to implement curriculum addressing implicit bias through storytelling. We will provide a framework to lead discussions about culture, humility, identity and self-awareness. The audience will utilize adult learning theories by reflecting on their own personal stories about stereotypes. Patient-centered care that starts by connecting through storytelling will help improve communication and empathy. Innovative approaches for addressing implicit bias are needed to facilitate a successful transition into a diverse practice.



Participatory Ceremony Using Movement, Music, and Sound with Lesley University


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