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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Saturday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 3:50pm
The Self-Book©: A Creative Intervention for Reducing Distress During Cancer Treatment

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The Self-Book© project was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. It features a six-session intervention of five self-related directives, using precut collage materials, which are assembled to create a small, highly visual book. The Self-Book© intervention is currently being studied in a randomized clinical trial at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia; its subjects are female patients with breast cancer. Each participant in this study is asked to report her level of emotional distress and psychological well-being at designated time points over a 16-week period. Later, they are encouraged to keep their finished Self-Book© to use as a transitional object. Summit workshop participants will have the opportunity to practice Self-Book© directives, as well as discuss how this effective tool can be used with a variety of clients in other clinical contexts.


Donna M. Radl, PhD (ABD), ATR-BC, LPC

Donna M. Radl, PhD (ABD), ATR-BC, LPC, is a doctoral candidate in the creative arts therapies program at Drexel University. Her dissertation topic is on the effects of Self-Book art therapy on emotional distress in female cancer patients. Donna is a licensed professional councilor and board certified art therapist in Pennsylvania. She has presented at the American Creativity Association National Conference on arts-based research and at the... Read More →

Mary Tyler Donald ATR BC LPC

Mary Tyler Donald, ATR-BC, LPC, is a board certified art therapist and licensed professional counselor. She works with cancer patients and their families in oncology centers, suburban Philadelphia hospitals, and presently at an urban cancer center. Mary Tyler has designed and initiated support groups for children whose parents have cancer, newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, caregivers and relatives of cancer patients, patients living with... Read More →

Maureen E. Vita, MA, ATR-BC

Maureen E. Vita, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, is the oncology art therapist at the Cancer Center at Hahnemann University Hospital. She works with adults who are undergoing radiation, chemotherapy, and surgical procedures on both an in- and out-patient basis. Maureen also works with pediatric cancer patients from St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Wills Eye Hospital who are undergoing radiation treatments. She conducts art therapy groups on a... Read More →

Saturday November 8, 2014 2:30pm - 3:50pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway, New York, NY