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General
Question: Can you help me with registration?

Answer:

If you are having trouble registering online, please see if any of the following instructions may be of help to you.

1)  If you are not able to get beyond the billing page for a free program, it is because you need to select the payment method: "pay by check" in order to get your name on the roster and not be charged anything.  We will be making changes to the website to prevent future users from having to go through the billing process for a free program; however, were reluctant to make changes in the midst of heavy registration due to potential new problems that may arise.

2)  If you found registration links that did not work in an electronic newsletter, try looking at the newsletter in another browser, like Internet Explorer or Chrome, or go directly to the website to register for the event at  www.uclartsandhealing.org.  To register on the website, go to the Programs menu heading.  Then select "UCLA AH Programs".  Then scroll down to find and select the program that you want.  Once you are on the program page, look at the upper right hand corner for the words "add to cart" in yellow.  That link will take you to the registration page.

3)  Finally, some users have received pop up windows saying that the payment site is unsecure.  That is incorrect.  The site is secure, as evidenced by the "https" that shows up in the web address at the top of your screen when you are in the payment areas of the site.  Some browsers offer auto-popups to remind you to check for this.

4)  Immediately upon completing the billing process, you should see an invoice pop up on your screen.  You can also find your invoice by logging in and selecting "my profile" on the top right of the screen.  Then choose the link "my invoices".  If you don't see any invoice by either method, then you should try to register again or email us for assistance.

5)  If you did not receive electronic confirmation of registration, then check your other email files.  In gmail, you may find our messages in "All Mail" folder or gmail often places our messages in the "Promotions" folder.  If you enter "AHnews@uclartsandhealing.org" in your contacts list, or create a "rule" to allow this email address to be received in your e-mail filter setting, you should have no trouble receiving our e-mail.  Large institutions, such as school districts and universities have their own filters, so it might be best to use a personal email address instead.

6)  If you received a temporary password because you forgot your existing one, then you can change your password by logging in and selecting "my profile" on the top right of the screen.  Then choose the link "edit profile".

7)  We currently offer CEUs for LCSWs, MFTs, and RNs.

8)  If you are wait listed for a program and do not get in, and you registered for CEUs - you will be refunded.  Otherwise, your registration can either be designated as a tax deductible contribution for a worthy cause or credited towards a future event to be used within a year.

9)  If you have other questions, please feel free to contact us at info@uclartsandhealing.org.

 





Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming
Question: Do I need to take the training in order to be able to deliver the curriculum?

Answer:

The curriculum is scripted and designed for use without having to take the training (although people find the training helpful for getting comfortable facilitating the rhythmic parts and we go through all the important informational in the manual).  

The manual comes with a CD of rhythms and affirmations for those who would like to hear how we deliver them, although there is no wrong way to do so.

You could use the manual/CD and order the DVD, which shows our licensed clinical social worker co-developer delivering every activity in the program to a group of 4th grade kids.





social emotional arts (sea) certificate program
Question: Does the SEA program count towards creative arts therapy degree programs?

Answer:

 





Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming
Question: How are the rhythmic and counseling activities integrated?

Answer:

 

Beat the Odds® emphasizes process and not performance.  It includes a therapeutic dimension involving such elements as positive affirmations, emotional coping strategies, and guided interaction with rhythmic activities serving as a metaphor for life, followed by reflection and dialogue—without the stigma of therapy.

Our original published study (that can be found under free downloads in the Resources section or via links on the Beat the Odds web page under Programs) describes some of the specific ways in which the counseling and rhythmic activities are intertwined, but there are also some pure counseling activities as well - such as a guided visualization called the “Comfort Place Activity”.  There are scripted lessons, such as one on feelings, as well.  In many activities, there is reflection and dialogue. The program is great for families and can easily be adapted for other age groups.  We have found that just reading the script, anyone can deliver it effectively, and someone with rhythmic skills can make the program even more engaging for all. 





General
Question: How can I become a UCLArts and Healing instructor?

Answer:

UCLArts and Healing typically recruits instructors that fall into one of these categories:

 

  1. Professionals who have completed a formal degree program in the creative arts therapies, typically involving masters level integrated training in mental health and the arts with supervised internship hours and a certification option.

  2. Mental health practitioners who have created a social-emotional arts curriculum for a specific population that is well documented and tested.

  3. Graduates of the UCLArts and Healing Social Emotional Arts Certificate Program who have demonstrated mastery of their training in the design and delivery of programs that maximize the social-emotional benefits of arts experiences. 

  4. Recruitment is also often based in knowledge of an individual’s work and recommendations from trusted sources.  

 

In addition, the proposed teaching content/format/cost needs to balance out our offerings and be of interest to our constituents, as we can best determine based on experience.

 

If you are interested in becoming an instructor for UCLArts and Healing, we suggest that you attend one of our programs to gain understanding of our work and introduce yourself to us.    You are also welcome to send website and any other information about yourself to info@uclartsandhealing.org to help us determine the goodness of fit.





General
Question: How can I find out if space is available in UCLArts programs?

Answer: If a program is full, there will be a message posted on the website page stating that the program is full and offering you the option of being placed on a wait list.  There will also be a recorded message on (310) 452-1439 letting you know if a program is full.   This notification system only applies to programs sponsored by UCLArts and Healing.  With regard to programs recommended by UCLArts and Healing that are sponsored by other organizations, you would need to contact those organizations directly regarding their space availability.




Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming
Question: How can I get Beat the Odds started in my district? How can I convince my supervisor?

Answer:

One person who has made a successful business for herself delivering Beat the Odds at the pre-kindergarten and elementary school levels got started with no experience at all.  She offered free demos, saying that if they liked it they could hire her.  People also started hiring her for birthday parties as well.  She now needs an assistant! 

You can use the Beat the Odds Booster session in the manual as a demonstration session.  You can show your supervisor the part of the DVD showing the call and response with the drum in the middle activity and the reflection on empathy afterwards.  You could also show your supervisor our Beat the Odds web page (under Services – PUT LINK IN) that has links to published articles, a brief summary of the program for administrators, media clips (like the 10-minute documentary trailer of our work), other media publications (like a TIME article and the lead article in UCLA Today for faculty and staff, and a compelling video interview with a 6th grade teacher on the value of Beat the Odds for his classroom, and testimonials.





General
Question: How can I get my program listed on your site?

Answer:

The submissions that we list are typically those offered by organizations or practitioners with whom we already have a partnership or collaborative arrangement.   We also list programs that meet our standards for social-emotional best practices and are not readily available to the public.  We give special consideration to professionals with whose work we are already familiar, as well as graduates of our Social Emotional Arts Certificate Program.  Priority is also given to free or affordable programs offered by established and reputable organizations or professionals.  Our policy is not to post information about fundraisers, unless they are for a program that is connected to us. 





General
Question: How do I get into the field of arts and healing?

Answer:

To get into the field of arts and healing, you can look for training programs in the creative arts therapies, which you can find under “Resources” on our website. 

If you do not wish to enroll in a formal degree program - or even if you do - we strongly recommend that you consider taking the UCLArts and Healing Social Emotional Arts Certificate Program, as it will prepare you to maximize the social-emotional benefits of the arts and address practical issues that come up in community settings.  It will enhance any other education that you have received or will receive (even in creative arts therapies).

UCLArts and Healing also offers other training programs and general public programs, all of which offer tools that can be used in working with the community.

We encourage you to volunteer with local organizations.  You may search for them by population and art form under “Resources” on our website.

You can also find videos, downloadable art activities, literature and listserv information on our website.

Finally, UCLArts and Healing posts and announces national and regional conferences in arts and healing.  Attending these events is a great way to acquire skills, identify passions, stay abreast of developments in the field, network, learn about opportunities, and find mentors.  We recommend that you sign up to receive our e-newsletters in order to stay connected.





social emotional arts (sea) certificate program
Question: How do I introduce what I have learned from the SEA program into schools?

Answer:

There are several ways that you could introduce social emotional arts to the schools.

Through the SEA program, you will learn how to identify the needs of the population that you would like to serve based on existing research in order to justify your approach.  The more you can design your program to meet the needs of the population you wish to serve, the more likely you are to get an opportunity. 

Schools also want evidence-based programs.  The SEA program will teach you how to create the evidence-basis for any program that you design. You will learn how to evaluate your program to provide evidence of its effectiveness and to improve the quality of your services.  Our website also offers a list of high quality literature resources searchable by art form and age group [INCLUDE LINK] that can be used as justification for your programs.

The SEA program will prepare you to explain how the activities that you will offer meet some social, emotional or cognitive goals that a school would have for its students.  All of the activities that we teach you will be labeled according to which social-emotional-cognitive objectives that they meet.  Schools are desperate for new tools to engage students and build community.  They are concerned with behavior problems such as inattention and bullying that interfere with learning.

Offering to do a free demo is often a way to get schools to see the value of what you offer.  Then they develop the will to find the funds to pay for services.  In some schools, PTAs can help support the need for programs and equipment.  Or classroom teachers can create a wish list on DonorsChoose.org.





Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming
Question: How do I register for the Beat the Odds training if my employer is paying for it?

Answer:
The easiest way to register is to go online and sign up for the course at on our website, add the manuals to the "shopping cart", and add CEUs to the cart (as needed), and then choose the "pay by check" method, which won't charge you anything.  Then print out and take the invoice to your treatment center and have them make a check payable to "Arts and Healing Initiative" and follow the mailing instructions on the invoice.

There are instructions in the program ad on how to purchase the manual for the special trainee discount rate.  






Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming
Question: How do we get funding for your program for severely emotionally-disturbed students?

Answer:

"Beat the Odds:  Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming" is an accessible, sustainable program that is evidence-based and scripted for clinical integrity and rhythmic engagement.  The school can purchase the curriculum materials and have its own personnel deliver it.  Anyone can deliver it - even without a music background. We have just completed some research (not yet published) that showed the Beat the Odds program as tremendously useful for special needs populations - even moderate to severe autism (with some adaptations).  Mild to moderate needs classrooms did not require any changes to the program.  

https://www.uclartsandhealing.net/sitepage.aspx?id=78

 

There may be funding sources within a school's budget, such as an arts fund, that can be allocated to the purchase of drums. Beat the Odds®
is a mental health as well as arts-based program; therefore, funding of drums may be justified through a variety of sources.  Grant writing through small local family foundations and fundraising through the PTA are other ways to obtain funding.

Drums can also be obtained through e-Bay and  www.donorschoose.org  (for educators).  You can also use a variety of instruments - some large drums, flat sound shapes, shakers, 5 gallon water jugs, paint buckets, homemade instruments, things you find lying around that make sounds (found sounds).  Remo Inc. has a new line of paint bucket drums that will be cheaper and available in the new year.  The drums that we use reflect cultural diversity, and give sound and tactile gratification that comes with hitting a full-sized drum; they are designed for durability, nesting for space economy, and sound sensitivity, so we recommend them.

We offer grants that reduce drum costs to below market rates, to make them more accessible to the community.  Here is a link for more information:  https://www.uclartsandhealing.net/sitepage.aspx?id=85 

 

To obtain support for this Program from administrators and other school personnel, try the following:

 

  1. Present our research findings to your administration.  Two summaries for administrators can be found on the Beat the Odds information page via the above link.  These documents articulate the objectives, design and evidence-basis for the Program.

  2. Use the Booster Session in the curriculum manual as a demonstration session for staff, to facilitate Program buy-in.

  3. Show excerpts from the training DVD to administrators, particularly the clips demonstrating the "Student-Led Call and Response – Drum in Middle" and the "reflection" (on empathy) that follows.

  4. Share detailed information on Beat the Odds® (such as links to the published studies, a 10-minute documentary film trailer and other video clips, a TIME and UCLA Today article featuring the Program and study, testimonials, and information about Beat the Odds® training programs, which can be found at the above link or via www.uclartsandhealing.org under the "Programs" menu heading.

We also offer continuing education for mental health professionals and nurses. 

 

 





social emotional arts (sea) certificate program
Question: How intensive is the SEA homework?

Answer:

The homework is not too labor intensive.  It mostly requires viewing videos and reading articles, and asks for a brief personal/professional reflection on the material (and not a regurgitation of the information).  There is some journaling of observations.  The final presentation and report is begun from the first day of class and is worked on at the end of each session to facilitate completion.





social emotional arts (sea) certificate program
Question: How might I benefit from this program if my goal is not to facilitate programs, and I am anxious about some of the interactive stuff?

Answer:

The interactive experiences facilitate insight, meaningful dialogue, and laughter, and our trainees report that the experiences are professionally and personally transformational.

We have had numerous participants who expected the interactive parts to be scary, but they were surprised at how they stretched and grew as a result.  The program is about what we learn about ourselves in the process of creative expression without emphasis on product or performance.  This minimizes self-consciousness and self-judgment that interferes with creative expression.  The program also gradually builds to prepare everyone for more participation over time.  

We suggest that you read the testimonials at the end of the web page for the SEA program under "programs".






General
Question: I am interested in learning more about creative arts therapies. Can I schedule phone interview with an arts therapist?

Answer:

Our resources section has a wealth of information that might be more helpful than a phone interview.  Under downloadable materials there are some free handouts that will give you information about the various forms of creative arts therapies.  There are videos from a number of integrative medicine panels that we did at conferences that will give you information about the various forms as well.  We also have a resources section where you can search for literature, listservs, and organizations (like the national organizations representing the creative arts therapies, of which there are 6 - art, dance/movement, drama, music, poetry, and psychodrama).

 

The creative arts therapies are different from the therapeutic uses of the arts - which we call arts facilitation or social emotional arts.  Arts facilitators use the arts to help people improve their social, emotional, physical or cognitive well being - often preventively, but they are not trained to identify and treat disorders, which creative arts therapists are trained to do.  Creative arts therapists are trained in both psychotherapy and the arts usually at the masters level and they must complete internship and other supervision requirements, in addition to the option of meeting certification or licensing requirements.

 

If you are interested in getting into this field more quickly, we offer accessible training programs and a Social Emotional Arts Certificate Program (now with a summer intensive option).  You can also find all this information on our website at www.uclartsandhealing.org.

 

 





social emotional arts (sea) certificate program
Question: If I come from out of town to attend your training, where is the nearest airport, how do I find a place to stay, and how do I get around?

Answer:

The nearest airport to our training location is Los Angeles International Airport. Southwest Airlines, which flies out of there is usually not listed on search engine sites, so you would need to check into that one separately.  Southwest lets you change your own reservations without penalty but you do have to pay any fare increases that have occurred in the meantime. 

We suggest that you go to Google maps, then enter the address for the training location, then click on "search nearby" and enter "hotels". 

Priceline.com is a great way to get cheap lodgings in nicer categories.  They ask for a "zone" where you want to search, but you don’t have control over where in that zone the offer will come.  You can find out from their site what the going rate is for the class of hotel you want and then bid 40% lower that what the rate is.  (Same strategy for rental cars.)  You can also keep costs down by locating yourself near the Remo Recreational Music Center (RRMC), where we hold our trainings and where you can also observe a family drum circle and other free or affordable rhythmic activities and trainings on the weekend and during the week.  Being by the RRMC means that you may not need to rent a car.

Air BnB is a fabulous way to find inexpensive lodgings in exactly the location you prefer.  You can rent a room in someone’s home, or a whole house.  Booking is online at airbnb.com.

Students and renters often sublet their apartments for extra income when they are away, so Craigslist can be a good resource for these opportunities.

If you need relatively inexpensive local transportation, you can always call Uber for a ride, through a downloadable cell phone application.  Or rent a car through Priceline.com.  Again, you can find out from their site what the going rate is for the class of car you want and then bid 40% lower that what the rate is.  Once you arrive, carpooling with other participants may also be a possibility.

 





Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming
Question: If I come from out of town to attend your training, where is the nearest airport, how do I find a place to stay, and how do I get around?

Answer:

The nearest airport to Remo Recreational Music Center is Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. Southwest Airlines, which flies out of there is usually not listed on search engine sites, so you would need to check into that one separately.  Southwest lets you change your own reservations without penalty but you do have to pay any fare increases that have occurred in the meantime. 

We suggest that you go to Google maps, then enter the address for the facility - 7308 Coldwater Canyon, North Hollywood, CA, then click on "search nearby" and enter "hotels". 

Priceline.com is a great way to get cheap lodgings in nicer categories.  They ask for a "zone" where you want to search, but you don’t have control over where in that zone the offer will come.  You can find out from their site what the going rate is for the class of hotel you want and then bid 40% lower that what the rate is.  (Same strategy for rental cars.)  You can also keep costs down by locating yourself near the Remo Recreational Music Center (RRMC), where we hold our trainings and where you can also observe a family drum circle and other free or affordable rhythmic activities and trainings on the weekend and during the week.  Being by the RRMC means that you may not need to rent a car.

Air BnB is a fabulous way to find inexpensive lodgings in exactly the location you prefer.  You can rent a room in someone’s home, or a whole house.  Booking is online at airbnb.com.

Students and renters often sublet their apartments for extra income when they are away, so Craigslist can be a good resource for these opportunities.

If you need relatively inexpensive local transportation, you can always call Uber for a ride, through a downloadable cell phone application.  Or rent a car through Priceline.com.  Again, you can find out from their site what the going rate is for the class of car you want and then bid 40% lower that what the rate is.  





General
Question: What forms of payment do you take online? In person?

Answer:

We accept all major credit cards online.  You may also choose to pay by check payable to “Arts and Healing Initiative” and mail it to 2626 33rdSt Santa Monica CA 90405.  In person we accept credit cards, cash, and checks.





Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming
Question: What is the evidence of effectiveness and how was it measured?

Answer:

We suggest that you check the Beat the Odds web page for links to our scientific publications and a summary for administrators that describes the program in more detail. The publication entitled, “The Impact of Group Drumming on Social and Emotional Behavior in Low-Income Youth” describes the whole protocol and the theory behind its effectiveness.

 On the Beat the Odds web page and on our videos page, there are also links to some film clips, including a 10-minute documentary trailer that describes our work with underserved youth.  On our videos page, we also have a clip of some of our trainees practicing the facilitation of some of the rhythmic elements of the program.





social emotional arts (sea) certificate program
Question: What is the value of the SEA Certificate Program?

Answer:

Our Social Emotional Arts (SEA) Certificate Program was developed to prepare individuals of all backgrounds to design and evaluate their own effective arts programs that maximize the social and emotional benefits to the people they serve.  As part of the training, you would learn social-emotional best practices in a variety of art forms for their symbiotic benefits – with scripted materials to use.  You will be prepared to deal with challenges frequently encountered when working in the community, and will be educated in self-care and personal presentation.  In addition, you will learn program evaluation methods to develop an evidence-basis for adoption of your programs. While the focus is working with youth, all principles apply to working with others.

This program is ideal for those who wish to serve in the community immediately without having to enroll in a degree program in the creative arts therapies, expressive arts therapy, or mental health and the arts.

Some of our trainees are making career shifts from another profession, such as television production or design.  Others are looking to enhance what they already offer in the community or expand their offerings to other populations.  Still others are retirees or people re-entering the workforce after a hiatus and seeking a meaningful way to make a positive difference in their communities.  Our trainees have included educators from Pre-K to university levels, special education teachers, community arts professionals, recent college graduates, graduate students in social sciences, mental health professionals, integrative health professionals, yoga teachers, visual and performing artists, nonprofit providers, creative arts therapists or expressive arts therapists and trainees, and more. 

Our faculty members for the SEA program are leaders in the mental health professions of the creative arts therapies or community arts professionals with equivalent expertise.  They teach our trainees everything that they need to know just up to the point of therapy, without crossing that line.  Therapy is defined as diagnosis and treatment for a specific problem.  The emerging profession of social emotional arts offers a strategy for life enhancement and prevention.  The SEA training (with a summer intensive option) prepares people to deliver supportive arts experiences that facilitate self-discovery, meaningful dialogue, empathy, connection and empowerment.  The arts bring up emotions - and we teach our trainees how to deal with it.  Our training addresses a gap of access to mental health services – without the stigma of therapy.

We suggest that you read the significance section of the program description [INCLUDE LINK], for more details on the value of the training, as well as the trainee reflections on the SEA experience that are posted at the bottom of every page on our website for the SEA program.

We also offer a program called “Launching Your Career in SEA” to support the professional success of our trainees and others.






General
Question: What is your general program cancellation refund policy?

Answer:

In order to keep our programs affordable yet self-sustaining, we regret that we are unable to offer refunds on enrollment fees; however, we offer credit towards a future program of your choice to be used within 12 months.  Credit can be applied toward any of our programs within 12 months.  For programs being offered at a higher fee, you would be responsible for covering any balance due.  If the program is being offered at a lower fee, then you would waive any remaining balance.

If you are not able to use your credit within this period, we hope you will find comfort in knowing that you are supporting a meaningful cause. There are some exceptions for specific programs that represent a larger financial commitment.  For those programs, such as the Social Emotional Arts Certificate Program or Launching Your Career in Social Emotional Arts, there are windows of time in which cancellation refunds are possible, less an administrative fee.  We suggest that you review the information on any program thoroughly to check for specific cancellation refund policies. 

 

 

 

 





General
Question: What volunteer opportunities, internships, fellowships, or paid positions do you have?

Answer:

What volunteer opportunities, internships, fellowships, or paid positions do you have?

We train people to deliver their own programs and don't have a center where we provide direct services.  If you take some of our training programs, we may be able to notify you of volunteer or paid opportunities to deliver them to community organizations that request services.

We welcome professional volunteers in the domains of marketing, videography and computer technology.  We also sometimes need extra assistance at special events or for special projects.

We do not offer formal internship or fellowship opportunities.

You might also contact organizations listed on our website under “resources” for volunteer or paid opportunities.  You can search for resources by art form and age group.  Some organizations regularly seek volunteers, such as The Miracle Project, Arts and Services for Disabled and Theatre of Hearts.  Inside Out Community Arts offers a series of training sessions followed by paid working opportunities in after-school middle and high school settings.  

If you are interested in working in an arts domain, you may also consider signing up to receive notifications from the L.A. Culture Net listserv, which lists volunteer and paid work opportunities with arts organizations.

We don’t typically have paid positions available; however, we periodically need to hire research or administrative assistants.  You are welcome to submit a resume to info@uclartsandhealing.org.  We will keep it on file and refer to it as needed. 





social emotional arts (sea) certificate program
Question: While we are learning the SEA program, are we allowed to begin using the tools we are learning and bring back some feedback to you and the class?

Answer:

We wholeheartedly support your desire to be proactive in your learning.  You and your cohort will learn so much more by trying out the tools and sharing your experiences with them during the course of the program.





Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming
Question: Who can benefit from this program?

Answer:

While the program was designed for upper elementary-age students, it easily can be adapted to any other age group or for families.  Guidelines for adaptation for adolescents and adults can be found in the scripted manual.  In addition, a version for adolescents and adults will be available shortly.

We have found that the program is perfectly suited as is for special needs classrooms with mild to moderate disabilities.  Students with moderate to severe disabilities also benefit tremendously with a few simple adjustments to the program.





Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming
Question: Who can deliver this program?

Answer:

Anyone can deliver the program.  It does not require any previous musical experience.  The manual is scripted in a user-friendly format, for ease of use.

We have observed a variety of people deliver the program – all with success:  teachers, mental health professionals, music teachers, school counselors and after school personnel, integrative health professionals, Boys and Girls Club staff, actors, college students, and more.

The program is so engaging that even when delivered by literally reading the curriculum, participants love the experience.




 
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