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launching your career in social emotional arts 

Looking to make a career transition or transformation in arts and healing? Learn how to articulate and effectively market yourself OR your program to build a successful business in this emerging profession.

This one-day, experiential program will provide you with the tools you need, while empowering you—in mind and body—to move your social emotional arts career forward.

As a post-workshop bonus, you will be invited to sign up for our new teleseminar-based monthly mentoring program with presenter Christine Stevens, which offers ongoing support in navigating your business.

This program is for ANYONE interested in marketing themselves and their work as a social-emotional arts facilitator.

Scroll down for a detailed program description and schedule.

date: Saturday, January 6, 2018

time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with registration check beginning at 8:30 am.

The workshop will begin promptly at 9:00 am, so ensure an early arrival to allow for check in time.
There will be a 50-minute lunch break, as well as two 10-minute breaks during the course of the day (see below program schedule).

First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica - Library Upstairs
1220 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

directions and parking:

For directions, click here.

Parking: Park in Lot 2 across the street from the church, which is free for the first 90 minutes and $1.00 for the next hour, and $1.50 for every half hour after that. Click here for parking structure locations and details. Please allow time to negotiate the Saturday Santa Monica farmer's market traffic.

To find the venue: Enter through the front courtyard area and go through the double doors.  Go upstairs to the Baby Room.

sliding scale fee:  Please pay at the highest level you can afford.

Regular Fee Options:
$350 (Full Fee)
$175 (Use Promo Code CAREERS175)
$140 (Use Promo Code CAREERS140)

Special Trainee* Fee Options:
$300 (Use Promo Code CAREERS300)
$150 (Use Promo Code CAREERS150)
$120 (Use Promo Code CAREERS120)

Special trainees in need of additional financial assistance should call (310) 452-1439 to make other arrangements

* Special Trainees are those who:

  • Have a degree in, or are currently enrolled in a degree program for art therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, expressive arts therapy, music therapy, poetry therapy, or psychodrama. 
  • Have completed a training program in REMO HealthRHYTHMS
  • Have completed, or are fully registered for, one of our professional development programs:
    • Social Emotional Arts Certificate Program
    • Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming
    • Dance for All: Social and Emotional Learning through Creative Movement – for Special Needs
We strongly encourage registration in one of the above training programs, or purchase of their self-guided curriculum materials to deepen understanding of safe and effective delivery of social emotional arts programs. Discounted rates for curriculum materials are available to participants in the Launching Your Career in Social Emotional Arts program and materials ordered in advance can be picked up at the program to eliminate shipping and handling fees. 

Advance registration for this program is required.

program schedule:
8:30 – 8:55 am
Registration Check In

9:00 – 9:30 am
Social Emotional Arts: Leading Edge Perspectives
Ping Ho, MA, MPH, Founding Director of UCLArts and Healing

What is this emerging profession, and why is it growing so fast? How do you get your foot in the door and walk in with clarity and confidence? Learn the key ingredients for short- and long-term success.

9:30 – 10:00 am 
Introduce Yourself – Take 1 

10:00 – 10:10 am 

10:10 – 11:40 am
Embodying Success

Mimi Savage, MA, RDT/BCT, PhD, Founder and Director of the Studio for Expressive Arts L.A., Southern California Chapter President of the North American Drama Therapy Association

Does the idea of selling your program make you feel uncomfortable? Do your nerves sometimes get the best of you? Would you like to be able to respond more fluidly in the moment? Our bodies speak before we do and can send unintended messages. Prepare your body to speak in your best interest, and engage your mind to stay present to possibilities. 

11:40 am – 12:10 pm 
Introduce Yourself – Take 2 

12:10 – 1:00

1:00 – 4:00 pm
Setting the Tone for Inspiration
Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker, Author, Music Therapist, and Founder of UpBeat Drum Circles 
Christine will begin with leading a music meditation to create space within us for a new mindset, and then move into: 

Getting the Gig and Growing the Business
How should I begin the conversation and explain what I do? What should I charge? How should I promote my work? Learn and practice the language and narrative of success, with tips from one of today’s most successful social emotional arts entrepreneurs. 

Mission Possible
Christine will facilitate a dynamic experience of crafting and speaking your mission statement and will then discuss the value of the teleseminar-based monthly mentoring program for those who have completed this program.

4:00 – 4:15 pm
Success Story
Ashley Blakeney is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Creative Writing and Photography, and she holds a Certificate in Social Emotional Arts from UCLArts & Healing.  Currently, Ashley is a Program Manager for Pablove Shutterbugs - The Pablove Foundation's quality of life program that teaches children and teens living with cancer to develop their creative voice through the art of photography.

4:15 – 4:45 pm
Q & A Panel

4:45 – 5:00 pm
Celebrate Your Vision

Christine Stevens MSW, MT-BC and Mimi Savage MA, RDT, PhD May 2015 will lead us in a celebratory community affirmation of your success in launching and navigating your career in social emotional arts.

presenter bios:

Ping Ho, MA, MPH is Founding Director of UCLArts and Healing, which transforms lives through creative expression for self-discovery, connection and empowerment. UCLArts and Healing is an organizational member of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, of which Ping is a Steering Committee Member and was the founding administrator. She was also the founding administrator for the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), which led to the privilege of writing for Norman Cousins and co-writing the professional autobiography of George F. Solomon, M.D., founder of the field of PNI.

In addition, Ping has an extensive background as a health educator and performing artist. She has a BA in psychology with honors from Stanford University, where she was appointed to spearhead the still-thriving Health Improvement Program for faculty and staff, an MA in counseling psychology with specialization in exercise physiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MPH in Community Health Sciences from UCLA School of Public Health.

Ping serves on the Council of Advisers for the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health, a national network of educational organizations and agencies in complementary and alternative medicine, and the Steering Committee for the Leadership Council of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. She has also served on the professional learning subcommittee for CREATE CA, a California Arts Council collaborative to educate school administrators regarding the value of the arts for learning and behavior, what constitutes quality arts education, and models for successful implementation and outcomes.

Ping is a co-developer of the program, Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming, which has been successfully delivered in school and community settings across the country and overseas, and was principal investigator of the study (published in a top integrative medicine journal, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine) upon which the program is based. To find out more, visit or email

Myriam Savage (Mimi), PhD, RDT- BCT is a registered drama therapist and drama therapy trainer with a doctorate in expressive therapies. Dr. Savage, a faculty member of the Social Emotional Arts (SEA) Program and Medical SEA Program at UCLArts & Healing, teaches the uses of theatre arts, drama, and expressive therapies to practitioners for professional development. She has established drama therapy programs for children and adults in acute psychiatric in-patient units and implemented creative arts therapy programs in rehab facilities for young adults. Dr. Savage has taught critical thinking via theatre arts for developmentally delayed young adults at UCLA’s Pathway Program and facilitated acutely disabled youth in a LAUSD school implementing a creative drama curriculum.

As a professional actress, she connected community needs with facilitation using dramatic arts after the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising. Joining coalitions of concerned, film and theater industry professionals, she mentored youth by using expressive and dramatic arts at the Virginia Avenue Project and in the acclaimed documentary, Through the Eyes of the Children: 113th and Central. Inspired by this and her concerns for social justice, she used her skills as a teaching artist developing and teaching VAPA curriculum at various SoCal school districts. Dr. Savage’s current research includes the intersection of narrative inquiry, digital apps, and drama therapy in arts-based studies focusing on self-identity with youth from foster care. Awarded grants for her work, she publishes and presents at conferences on drama therapy and recently completed facilitating a two-year, weekly expressive arts group with homeless women in L.A.’s skid row for a documentary production, Game Girls (2017 release). Her alma maters include Princeton University, Cal State University LA, Lesley University, and the Neighborhood Playhouse School conservatory in New York. She is on the board of the NADTA and is also its SoCal chapter President. Contact her at SoCal Drama Therapy Centre at or


Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and music therapist. Holding masters degrees in both social work and music therapy, Christine inspires people all over the world with her message of music for holistic health, spirituality and wellness. With her broad expertise in the delivery of a variety of art forms, she has served and continues to serve as a mentor to many professionals.

Christine is the author of Music Medicine, The Healing Drum Kit, and The Art and Heart of Drum Circles book and DVD. She has recorded two play-along CDs: Reviving Rhythms, and Drumming Up Diva.

Christine is the founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, offering diversity training, teambuilding, and wellness presentations worldwide. She has trained facilitators and led workshops in more than twenty countries, including Iraq, Hong Kong, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, and Western Europe. Christine helped develop the HealthRHYTHMS training program that grew out of scientific studies, and she trains facilitators throughout the United States, England and Japan through Remo, the world's largest drum company. A leader in the music and wellness movement, Christine also serves on the editorial board of Explore: A Journal of Science and Healing. 

Christine's work in Iraq was recently featured in the book and DVD Discover the Gift. Televised media credits include: PBS, NBC, KABC-Los Angeles, KTLA - Los Angeles, Tournament of Roses Parade, London Tonight, Living Better TV, Discovery Health, & Hong Kong News. As a contributing writer, Christine's has been featured inFitness Magazine, Spirituality & Health, Body & Soul, Fast Company, First for Women Magazine, The Oriental News, The Christian Science Monitor, US News & World Report, Yogi Times, and Natural Beauty and Health. Website:; Email:

Participants should bring their own lunches, snacks, and water, as there is no immediate source of food nearby, and lunch is only 45 minutes long. Participants should also bring their own notepads and pens, and dress comfortably in clothing and shoes that are movement friendly.

cancellation refund policy:

Cancellation refund requests must be received two weeks prior to the first day of the program and submitted in writing to with the subject header: Launching Your Career Cancellation Refund Request. Registrants will be refunded in full, less a $50 administrative fee. Those who submit refund requests less than two weeks prior to the program or who do not show up on the day of the program will receive credit good for one year towards the same program or the Social Emotional Arts Certificate Program.

for more information:
Please submit questions via email to or telephone us at (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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