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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Saturday, November 8 • 10:00am - 11:20am
How Art Therapy Addresses the Shifting Phases of Cancer Care

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The impact of a life-threatening diagnosis and exhausting medical treatment that follows deeply affects an individual’s sense of self, body image, self-esteem, gender identity, social and intimate support system. Whether patients enter a healing trajectory or face an end-of-life phase, certain “life questions” emerge and require attention that is not often easy for patients to verbalize. This paper will address art therapy’s special usefulness as a therapeutic accompaniment to the discreet and changing phases of cancer care. We shall ask the question: what are patient’s therapeutic needs in each phase and how do they shift throughout treatment and beyond? Additionally, what is the value of long-term art therapy in cancer care, and why has this been so little recognized? Through case vignettes, the speaker will examine how art therapy can serve a transformative role during each of the stages of cancer treatment as well as in long-term work with the same patient.


Elizabeth Stone, MA, ATR-BC, LP, LCAT

Elizabeth Stone, MA, ATR-BC, LP, LCAT, practices privately with adults, children and adolescents in Grenoble, France. After having been on the graduate art therapy faculty of NYU, she moved to Europe, where she trained and supervised art therapists in Italy, France, and Switzerland. A graduate of the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Elizabeth holds New York State licenses in creative arts therapy and in... Read More →

Saturday November 8, 2014 10:00am - 11:20am
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway, New York, NY