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A Picture of Good Health: Making Art that Heals, Strengthens, Challenges, and Changes You 

co-sponsored by the Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) program within the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture

In this program, you will look at a problem from a fresh perspective.  Experimenting with a variety of easy-to-use art materials, you will learn a creative approach to thinking outside the box in order to approach personal, work, or relationship issues with a whole new point-of-view.

It is starting to be widely accepted that making art can be therapeutic.  But what exactly is it about art that is healing and life-enhancing? Is all art-making intrinsically healing or are there certain ingredients that must be present for wellness to spring from artistic expression?  If such ingredients exist, can they be harnessed to heal, strengthen, challenge, and change you when you need it most? 

Through presentation, experiential learning, and discussion, this program will explore the fundamental principles of art making as a healing and life-enhancing tool.  We will explore theories of therapeutic change as well as art’s contribution to human survival since 15,000 B.C. Ultimately, we will apply these theories to identify everyday opportunities to enhance your life through making art.  (No artistic experience, skill, or proclivity is required to participate or benefit from this program.)

Click here to view an article entitled, "Picture This: Healing Trauma through Art" by Erica Curtis.

"Erica is a valuable and knowledgeable resource..."
"...has a broad perspective about an extremely wide range of subject matter."
" excellent teacher and really challenged, taught, and facilitated a very stimulating learning environment."
Past participants.

Erica Curtis, MFT, ATR-BC
is a faculty member at the Loyola Marymount University department of Marriage and Family Therapy (with specialized training in clinical art therapy), served 6 years on the board of directors of the American Art Therapy Association, and is a program advisor for UCLArts and Healing. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and board certified art therapist, Erica has a therapy practice in Santa Monica where she works with children, adolescents, adults, and families and also supervises interns. Erica was formerly clinical director at a widely respected Los Angeles non-profit agency and past president of the Southern California Art Therapy Association. She has lectured widely for institutions and organizations including: the University of California, San Diego; University of Southern California; and Kaiser Permanente. Erica has been used as an expert source for articles appearing in USA Today, Boston Globe, EHow Family, Women’s World Magazine, and She Knows Parenting, to name a few, and is published in the Journal of Clinical Art Therapy and the Special Education Advisor. You can learn more about her work at

Monday, March 18, 2013 
time:  6:00 -7:30 pm

directions & parking: 
Parking is in the medical plaza in the Jules Stein (JS) Parking lot on the UCLA campus. The parking fee is $11.  Google Map  UCLA Campus Map.  There is also public parking for a $3 flat fee available nearby in Westwood Village at the corner of Weyburn and Broxton.  Broxton Public Parking Map

Walk north on Westwood Boulevard onto the UCLA campus.  The entrance to the Semel Institute Auditorium will be on your right.  After passing one traffic signal at UCLA Medical Plaza, continue past the first set of electronic glass doors at the entrance to the Semel Institute, You will come to a second set of double glass doors that is a direct entrance to the auditorium.

fee:  > add to cart  $12 for the general public.  Free to UCLA faculty, staff, and students with UCLA ID.  UCLA registrants may register online by: 1)  using the promotional code: UCLA, and 2) completing the process using the "Pay by Check" option (which will get your name on the roster but not charge you anything – disregard the automated order report at the end of registration that says you owe $12 or any automated payment reminder that you may receive).  UCLA registrants will be asked to show ID at the door.  Advance registration will guarantee seating until 7 pm, after which time we may need to give seats to those waiting at the door. 

Continuing Education credits for LCSWs, MFTs, and RNs can be requested during the registration process for an additional $10.  If you are interested in CEUs for RNs, then please also send your name via email to and indicate in the subject header: RN CEUs, so we can have the appropriate paperwork prepared for you in advance.

Limited opportunities for scholarship/work exchange may be available for those under financial hardship.  Inquiries should be sent, with a telephone number and good time(s) to call, via email to

continuing education (CEU) information:

Provider name = Arts and Healing Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Provider number = 4468

This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Continuing Education Units for RNs are provided by Helen Kiger, Provider No. CEP10957. This class is approved for 2 contact hours of continuing education credit for RNs as required by the CA Board of Registered Nursing.

learning objectives for CEUs:

1.  Participants will learn about the ways in which art can contribute to healing.

2.  Participants will learn theories about how the healing power of art can be enhanced.

3.  Participants will experience art as a life-enhancing tool.

4.  Participants will learn ways to integrate art-making into daily life for increased well-being.

5.  Participants will be able to state at least two ways in which art activities can be beneficial in the practice of nursing.

registration instructions:  While we accept registration at the door, advance registration is the only way to guarantee that space will be available.  If the class is full, you will be given the option of joining a wait list before you pay anything during the registration process. 

Online registration not only gets your name on the roster immediately, but also lets us know that payment is forthcoming if you pay by check.  Payments can be made by credit card or check and must be received in order to guarantee enrollment. 

If you do not have access to the Internet, you may send checks made payable to "Arts and Healing Initiative", and send it to 2626 33rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405-3111. 

Please make sure that the following information is included with your check:

your name

event name

email address (if applicable)

phone number

Email and/or phone number are requested so to contact you regarding registration or program changes (if necessary).

refund policy:  In order to keep our programs affordable yet self-sustaining, we are unable to offer refunds on enrollment fees. If you have registered for a program that you are unable to attend, you may either offer it as a donation that is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law or obtain credit towards a future program to be used within a 12-month period - provided that space is available.  CEU registrants that can only attend a portion of the program will receive an hour of continuing education credit per hour of participation for the same CEU fee.

sponsors: UCLArts and Healing facilitates the use of the arts for mind/body wellness and healing in the community as a vehicle for empowerment and transformation.  UCLArts and Healing 1) offers affordable experiential learning opportunities to health professionals, educators, artists, and the general public, 2) designs and evaluates programs that can be implemented broadly in educational, health care, and recreational settings, and 3) partners with academic institutions, educational and health care institutions, community-based organizations, schools, professional organizations, and private industry.  UCLArts and Healing is an outgrowth of affiliation between the Arts and Healing Initiative, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, the Salamander Fund, a nonprofit foundation, and Whole Child LA.

UCLArts and Healing is an organizational member of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine (CCIM), which promotes education and research in complementary, alternative, and integrative approaches to health and well-being.  The CCIM represents the UCLA academic integrative medicine community on a national and international level.

future email notification of UCLArts and Healing programs: If you wish to be notified directly of future UCLArts and Healing events, please go to our website at and join our e-mail list.  Email list recipients will receive priority notification of events and opportunities with limited space or advertising.  To ensure delivery of notices, add "" to your address book, or add it to your "allow" list.  You can also network with us on Facebook.

for more information: Please submit questions via e-mail: or telephone: (310) 452-1439.

Refund Policy: In order to keep our programs affordable yet self-sustaining, we regret that we are unable to offer refunds on enrollment fees. We hope that you will find comfort in knowing that your fees are going to a worthy cause.

Reservation Policy: Reservations can be made for free events, unless noted otherwise in the program description. Individuals who have made reservations and who have arrived on time will be admitted first. After that time, everyone will have an equal opportunity for admission.

Wait List Policy: Based on past experience, we expect that a certain number of registrants will not be able to attend events. If registration for an event is full, joining the wait list will give you a higher priority for admittance at the door. If additional space for an event becomes available, individuals on the wait list will be notified via email and given the opportunity to enroll in the event before the additional spaces are advertised to the general public.

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