How Art Heals: Whole Art Expression and Going with the Grain of Nature

Shaun McNiff

Shaun McNiff

Monday, December 6th, 2021   1:00 - 2:30PM PST 
For Asia: Tuesday, December 7th, 2021
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Now approved for 1.5 CE credits!

CE Information: Cost is $10. You must register for the presentation first! If have already registered and are interested in obtaining CE hours, please click here.

Registration Details:

Cost: $20

Deadline: Dec. 3rd

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Presentation Description:

Shaun McNiff created the first graduate program in expressive arts in the world, pioneering a vision of “Whole Art Expression”— that “art” includes all forms of the arts— movement, music, drama, writing, etc.  Today, the expressive arts are practiced all over the world— in counseling, psychotherapy, education, health and wellness, research, creativity, and more. 


This is a rare opportunity to listen first-hand to stories, practices and ideas spanning Shaun McNiff’s 50 years of developing and refining his original vision.  The presentation will be interactive— a community feeling— with time for questions and reflections in response to Shaun’s presentation on various topic, such as:

  • How Art heals by infusing persons and communities with creative energy and by transforming difficulties into affirmations of life.

  • The creation in the 1970’s of an innovative expressive arts training program at a prestigious art gallery with patients who were still living in a State psychiatric hospital, some for 25-50 years. 

  • How the most elemental and simple gestures and organic actions access the depths of artistic expression

  • Methods of engagement: such as the movement basis of expression, art as a force of nature as accessible as breath, the significance of simplicity and authenticity in quality expression, creating with objects from nature, and the use of digital media

  • How resistances, inhibitions, and doubts can be channeled into creative and healing expressions

  • How to create environments and communities that support the creative expression of others.

  • And more


After you register, we will email you some articles, links to books, and a video which also may inspire some questions for you to ask or reflections to share.

If you cannot attend the Live Presentation via Zoom, the recording will be available for you to watch at your convenience for up to 2 months. (Note: CE is only approved for attending the Live Zoom Presentation). 

About Shaun McNiff:

Shaun McNiff is author of Imagination in Action: Secrets for Unleashing Creative Expression; Trust the Process: An Artist’s Guide to Letting Go; Art as Medicine; Art Heals; Depth Psychology of Art; Integrating the Arts in Therapy; and other books. His writings have been widely influential and translated into many languages; he has lectured and taught throughout the world. 

Shaun McNiff is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Journal of Applied Arts and Health for his leadership in advancing art as research, and an Honorary Life Member Award from the American Art Therapy Association. He established the integrated arts in therapy and education graduate training programs at Lesley University from which the field of expressive arts therapy emerged— and in 2002 Lesley appointed him as its first University Professor. His lifework is committed to furthering universal access to artistic expression as a source of individual community well-being and understanding.

This offering is open to those new and experienced in Focusing, Expressive Arts, and FOAT!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.