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An Interview with Judith Rubin, Eleanor Irwin, and Others

Expressive Media Inc. (EMI) is a nonprofit organization cofounded in 1985 by pioneer art therapist, psychologist, and analyst, Judith A. Rubin, with her colleague Eleanor Irwin, pioneer drama therapist, psychodramatist, and analyst. Expressive Media's focus is the production and distribution of films demonstrating best practices in the expressive arts, which includes a number of award-winning titles. The Institute of the Arts in Healing furthers EMI's educational mission to "extend the healing power of the arts" to people of all ages through its live training events. These conferences, including the Expressive Therapies Summit, now in its tenth year in New York City—and launching in Los Angeles—is Expressive Media's primary source of fundraising. Summit profits make it possible for the work of EMI to continue. In 2017, after a release of its new website, EMI will launch its new eLearning service. This web-based library will provide online streaming and continuing education credits for a portion of EMI's vast holdings of films, master session footage, and conference presentations regarding the power of the arts in healing. For more information about Expressive Media, to watch clips of our films, or to buy DVDs, visit

Expressive Media's Films Include. . .

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UCLArts & Healing is an organizational member of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine (CCIM), and is supported by the Arts & Healing Initiative, a non-profit organization established for this purpose. UCLArts & Healing was founded in 2004 by CCIM Steering Committee Member and Founding Administrator, Ping Ho, MA, MPH.  Its mission is to transform lives through creative expression by integrating the innate benefits of the arts with mental health practices for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment.  UCLArts & Healing experiential education programs are designed to serve all ages and populations, particularly those living with challenges of trauma, illness, special needs or social isolation.  Its sustainable strategy for meeting the needs of under-resourced communities includes professional development programs in socially and emotionally supportive practices, with scripted curriculum materials that anyone can use, and a Social Emotional Arts Certificate Program for those who want to learn how to develop and deliver their own effective curricula.

UCLArts & Healing partners with K-12 schools, healthcare institutions, community-based organizations, universities and colleges, and professional organizations to expand its mission. Customized training programs or workshops can be arranged. Visit the interactive UCLArts & Healing website to find programs, download materials, view videos, read blogs, post/search for resources, and join the e-newsletter list.


Los Angeles Summit Co-Chairs

B Cohen 4-2014Barry M. Cohen, MA, ATR-BC began his career in the helping professions as a Child Life Specialist at Yale/New Haven Hospital in 1979. In 1982, while Director of Expressive Therapies at Mount Vernon Hospital, Alexandria, VA, he developed the Diagnostic Drawing Series (DDS), a standardized art assessment and award-winning multicenter research project, still in use worldwide. Cohen is the author/co-author of numerous journal articles and chapters, and co-authored/co-edited three books, including Telling Without Talking: Art as a Window into the World of Multiple Personality, and the workbook, Managing Traumatic Stress through Art, both published in 1995. He has taught extensively in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. A professional conference planner and consumer fair promoter, he produced and chaired the Eastern Regional Conference on Trauma and Dissociation (1989-1996) and was Conference Manager of the American Art Therapy Association's 2006 and 2007 conferences. Barry joined Expressive Media as Executive Director in 2008, and introduced its Institute of the Arts in Healing Spring Institute in 2009, then founded the annual NYC-based Expressive Therapies Summit in 2010. In 2013, with Dr. Eliana Gil, he co-founded the Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute, an annual conference held just outside Washington, DC. Now, with Ping Ho, Executive Director of UCLArts & Healing, he is proud to co-chair the Expressive Therapies Summit: Los Angeles.

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Ping Ho, MA, MPH, is founder and Director of UCLArts & Healing, an organizational member of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, of which Ping is a Steering Committee Member and was founding administrator. She was also founding administrator for the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, which led to the privilege of writing for Norman Cousins and co-writing the professional autobiography of George F. Solomon, M.D., founder of the field. She has a B.A. in psychology with honors from Stanford ‒ where she was appointed to spearhead the still-thriving Health Improvement Program for faculty and staff, an M.A. in counseling psychology with specialization in exercise physiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences from UCLA School of Public Health. Ping is a member of the Council of Advisers for the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health and Associate Editor for the Creative Arts Therapies section of the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She developed the Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts (SEA) and the Medical SEA program for any population, setting or budget. In addition, she co-developed and served as principal investigator for the evidence-based program, Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming.  She is co-author, with Erica Curtis, of The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art (Ohio University/Swallow Press, March 2019).

Los Angeles Summit Administrative Team

Here are the people who work 
to make your experience at the Summit 

April Schneider 2018-b
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April Schneider
Registration & Continuing Education Coordinator

Jessica Calhoun
Website Coordinator

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Angel Thompson 2018 
Lynn Murphy
Volunteers Coordinator

Angel Thompson
Materials Coordinator

Janice Rose 2018
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Janice K. Rose, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT
Graphic Designer

Laura Bauder, MA
Social Media Coordinator


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