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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Saturday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Greening the Lifecycle: Ecopsychology and Aging

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ROOM 803

We embrace youth, physical beauty, and vigor, turning away from the natural signs of human aging, yet we are not put off by images of age in nature. In this three-hour workshop, we will explore our attitudes regarding the experience and meaning of aging through the realms of art and ecopsychology. Participants will experience an examination of ecological principles and issues and their relationship to attitudes and images of aging;  a slide lecture on the role of art, creativity, and images of nature in the experience of aging; and experiential exercises in connecting with the natural world and one’s own life cycle utilizing various expressive modalities including visual art and creative writing. Time for dialogue and discussion will be provided, including how to incorporate this work into clinical practice.


Madeline Rugh, PhD, ATR-BC

Madeline Rugh, PhD, ATR-BC, holds a doctorate in adult education, a master’s in art education, and a bachelor’s in painting and drawing. She is currently an assistant professor at St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, teaching across disciplines in psychology and visual art. Madeline has facilitated numerous workshops both internationally and in the U.S. on the topic of art therapy with disabled older adults, art therapy... Read More →

Saturday November 8, 2014 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway, New York, NY