Healing Power of the Arts Workshop

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Time: 6:00-7:00pm
Location: Ackerman 2412
Speaker: Ping Ho

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This presentation will give an experiential overview of the ways that writing, movement, art, music and theater arts can be used to facilitate mind/body healing and the circumstances under which these modalities appear to be particularly effective. The information will be delivered through stories, pictures, and opportunities for attendees to engage in movement, music, art and/or writing activities.

Ping Ho, MA, MPH is Founder and Director of UCLArts and Healing, which facilitates the use of arts-based tools for mind-body healing in the community as a vehicle for empowerment and transformation. Ms. Ho was the founding administrative analyst for both the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine and the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). In the latter role, she had 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. Ms. Ho began her academic and professional journey at Stanford University, where she received a B.A. in psychology with honors, coordinated landmark research on exercise and lipoproteins, and was appointed to spearhead the still-thriving Health Improvement Program for faculty and staff. She has an M.A. in counseling psychology with specialization in exercise physiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has an extensive background as a health educator, exercise specialist in private practice, and performing artist. Ms. Ho subsequently obtained her M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences from UCLA School of Public Health, where she received additional training in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health education programs. Her interest is in training people to use arts-based therapeutic approaches that offer accessible, nonverbal and universal tools for improving health – without the stigma of therapy. She has been developing programs that serve children and teens, older adults, persons living with illness, persons who have experienced trauma, and women.


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