Arts for Healing Reception and Panel Discussion
New Canaan-based Arts for Healing will hold an informative panel discussion on the impact of music and art therapy in health, well-being, and the healing process. The event will be held in the Adrian Lamb Room, with a 6:30 p.m welcome reception, followed by the panel discussion at 7:00 p.m. An exhibition of art created by clients of Arts for Healing will be on display at the Library through May 30th.
Though creative arts therapy is not a new concept, this form of therapy has recently received increased national recognition. Featured speakers on the panel will be psychologist Marcia Eckerd, PhD, Founding Director of Arts for Healing Karen Nisenson, M.M., M.A., MT-BC, and Vicki Smetek, MD, chair of Pediatrics, Norwalk Hospital.
Marcia Eckerd, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in practice over 25 years. She has trained extensively in neuropsychological evaluations and a variety of approaches to therapeutic work, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mind-body medicine, and EMDR, both for children and adults. Her practice includes clients dealing with life transitions, anxiety, depression, ADHD and those with autistic spectrum disorders.
Karen Nisenson M.M., M.A., MT-BC, is the founding director of Arts for Healing, a New Canaan non-profit that provides music and art therapy for individuals with special needs, including those with autism spectrum disorders.
Vicki Smetek, MD, is the chair of Pediatrics and director of Pediatric Hospitalist program with Norwalk Hospital. She is also the clinical Director of the Pediatric Therapy Center that was launched in October 2011.
All Library programs are free and open to the public but registration is required, online or by phone at 203-594-5040.