Launching Your Career in Social Emotional Arts

Looking to make a career transition or transformation in arts and healing? Learn how to articulate and effectively market yourself OR your program to build a successful business in this emerging profession.

This one-day, experiential program will provide you with the tools you need, while empowering you—in mind and body—to move your social emotional arts career forward.

As a post-workshop bonus, you will be invited to sign up for our new teleseminar-based monthly mentoring program with presenter Christine Stevens, which offers ongoing support in navigating your business.

This program is for anyone interested in marketing themselves and their work as a social-emotional arts facilitator.


Saturday, January 6, 2018


9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Regular Fee Options:
$350 (Full Fee)
$175 (Use Promo Code CAREERS175)
$140 (Use Promo Code CAREERS140)
Special Trainee* Fee Options:
$300 (Use Promo Code CAREERS300)
$150 (Use Promo Code CAREERS150)
$120 (Use Promo Code CAREERS120)

See below for detailed financial aid information.

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Ping Ho, MA, MPH
Myriam Savage, PhD, RDT/BCT
Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC


8090 Crenshaw Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90305

additional information:

Ping Ho, MA, MPH is Founding Director of UCLArts and Healing, which transforms lives through creative expression for self-discovery, connection and empowerment. UCLArts and Healing is an organizational member of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, of which Ping is a Steering Committee Member and was the founding administrator. She was also the founding administrator for the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), 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 of PNI.

In addition, Ping has an extensive background as a health educator and performing artist. She has a BA in psychology with honors from Stanford University, where she was appointed to spearhead the still-thriving Health Improvement Program for faculty and staff, an MA in counseling psychology with specialization in exercise physiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MPH in Community Health Sciences from UCLA School of Public Health. Ping serves on the Council of Advisers for the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, a national network of educational organizations and agencies in complementary and alternative medicine, and the Leadership Council for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. She has also served on the professional learning subcommittee for CREATE CA, a California Arts Council collaborative to educate school administrators regarding the value of the arts for learning and behavior, what constitutes quality arts education, and models for successful implementation and outcomes.

Ping is a co-developer of the program, Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming, which has been successfully delivered in school and community settings across the country and overseas, and was principal investigator of the study (published in a top integrative medicine journal, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine) upon which the program is based.

mimi-savage-headshotMyriam Savage (Mimi), PhD, RDT- BCT is a registered drama therapist and drama therapy trainer with a doctorate in expressive therapies. Dr. Savage, a faculty member of the Social Emotional Arts (SEA) Program and Medical SEA Program at UCLArts & Healing, teaches the uses of theatre arts, drama, and expressive therapies to practitioners for professional development. She has established drama therapy programs for children and adults in acute psychiatric in-patient units and implemented creative arts therapy programs in rehab facilities for young adults. Dr. Savage has taught critical thinking via theatre arts for developmentally delayed young adults at UCLA’s Pathway Program and facilitated acutely disabled youth in a LAUSD school implementing a creative drama curriculum. As a professional actress, she connected community needs with facilitation using dramatic arts after the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising. Joining coalitions of concerned, film and theater industry professionals, she mentored youth by using expressive and dramatic arts at the Virginia Avenue Project and in the acclaimed documentary, Through the Eyes of the Children: 113th and Central. Inspired by this and her concerns for social justice, she used her skills as a teaching artist developing and teaching VAPA curriculum at various SoCal school districts. Dr. Savage’s current research includes the intersection of narrative inquiry, digital apps, and drama therapy in arts-based studies focusing on self-identity with youth from foster care. Awarded grants for her work, she publishes and presents at conferences on drama therapy and recently completed facilitating a two-year, weekly expressive arts group with homeless women in L.A.’s skid row for a documentary production, Game Girls (2017 release). Her alma maters include Princeton University, Cal State University LA, Lesley University, and the Neighborhood Playhouse School conservatory in New York. She is on the board of the NADTA and is also its SoCal chapter President. Contact her at SoCal Drama Therapy Centre at or

Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and music therapist. Holding masters degrees in both social work and music therapy, Christine inspires people all over the world with her message of music for holistic health, spirituality and wellness. With her broad expertise in the delivery of a variety of art forms, she has served and continues to serve as a mentor to many professionals.

Christine is the author of Music Medicine, The Healing Drum Kit, and The Art and Heart of Drum Circles book and DVD. She has recorded two play-along CDs: Reviving Rhythms, and Drumming Up Diva.

Christine is the founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, offering diversity training, teambuilding, and wellness presentations worldwide. She has trained facilitators and led workshops in more than twenty countries, including Iraq, Hong Kong, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, and Western Europe. Christine helped develop the HealthRHYTHMS training program that grew out of scientific studies, and she trains facilitators throughout the United States, England and Japan through Remo, the world's largest drum company. A leader in the music and wellness movement, Christine also serves on the editorial board of Explore: A Journal of Science and Healing.

Christine's work in Iraq was recently featured in the book and DVD Discover the Gift. Televised media credits include: PBS, NBC, KABC-Los Angeles, KTLA - Los Angeles, Tournament of Roses Parade, London Tonight, Living Better TV, Discovery Health, & Hong Kong News. As a contributing writer, Christine's has been featured inFitness Magazine, Spirituality & Health, Body & Soul, Fast Company, First for Women Magazine, The Oriental News, The Christian Science Monitor, US News & World Report, Yogi Times, and Natural Beauty and Health. Website:; Email:

Continuing Education credits for LCSWs, MFTs, and RNs can be requested during the registration process for an additional $35. This course meets the qualifications for 7.25 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

learning objectives for ceus:

1.  Participants will learn how to observe and mirror the energy of those with whom they are speaking.
2.  Participants will learn how to free their bodies and minds to express themselves more organically.
3.  Participants will engage in reflection of their vision and learn how to craft a mission statement.
4.  Participants will learn what and how to communicate their work to important stakeholders, including tips and common pitfalls.
5.  Participants will be able to state two ways in which this work is useful in the practice of nursing.

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Free and accessible parking is available at the venue. Entrance is on 80th and 81st streets.

Please submit questions via email to or telephone us at (310) 452-1439.

8:30 – 8:55 am
Registration Check In

9:00 – 9:30 am
Social Emotional Arts: Leading Edge Perspectives
Ping Ho, MA, MPH, Founding Director of UCLArts and Healing

What is this emerging profession, and why is it growing so fast? How do you get your foot in the door and walk in with clarity and confidence? Learn the key ingredients for short- and long-term success.

9:30 – 10:00 am
Introduce Yourself – Take 1

10:00 – 10:10 am

10:10 – 11:40 am
Embodying Success

Mimi Savage, MA, RDT, PhD, Southern California Chapter President of the North American Drama Therapy Association

Does the idea of selling your program make you feel uncomfortable? Do your nerves sometimes get the best of you? Would you like to be able to respond more fluidly in the moment? Our bodies speak before we do and can send unintended messages. Prepare your body to speak in your best interest, and engage your mind to stay present to possibilities.

11:40 am – 12:10 pm
Introduce Yourself – Take 2 

12:10 – 1:00

1:00 – 4:00 pm
Setting the Tone for Inspiration
Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker, Author, Music Therapist, and Founder of UpBeat Drum Circles
Christine will begin with leading a music meditation to create space within us for a new mindset, and then move into:

Getting the Gig and Growing the Business
How should I begin the conversation and explain what I do? What should I charge? How should I promote my work? Learn and practice the language and narrative of success, with tips from one of today’s most successful social emotional arts entrepreneurs.

Mission Possible
Christine will facilitate a dynamic experience of crafting and speaking your mission statement and will then discuss the value of the teleseminar-based monthly mentoring program for those who have completed this program.

4:00 – 4:15 pm
Success Story

Krickett Jones Halpern, Child Development Specialist, Creative Process-Based Artist, and Founder of Drum to Learn: Playtime with a Purpose!

How did she do it? A mother of two young children with an unexpected need to support her family and no background in her area of passion, Jones Halpern created a successful business of social emotional drumming for elementary and Pre-K children from the ground up.

4:15 – 4:45 pm
Q & A Panel

4:45 – 5:00 pm
Celebrate Your Vision

Christine Stevens MSW, MT-BC and Mimi Savage MA, RDT, PhD May 2015 will lead us in a celebratory community affirmation of your success in launching and navigating your career in social emotional arts.

Please pay at the highest level you can afford.

Regular Fee Options:
$350 (Full Fee)
$175 (Use Promo Code CAREERS175)
$140 (Use Promo Code CAREERS140)

Special Trainee* Fee Options:
$300 (Use Promo Code CAREERS300)
$150 (Use Promo Code CAREERS150)
$120 (Use Promo Code CAREERS120)

Special trainees in need of additional financial assistance should call (310) 452-1439 to make other arrangements

* Special Trainees are those who:

  • Have a degree in, or are currently enrolled in a degree program for art therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, expressive arts therapy, music therapy, poetry therapy, or psychodrama.

  • Have completed a training program in REMO HealthRHYTHMS

  • Have completed, or are fully registered for, one of our professional development programs:

    • Social Emotional Arts Certificate Program

    • Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming

    • Dance for All: Social and Emotional Learning through Creative Movement – for Special Needs

Participants should bring their own lunches, snacks, and water, as there is no immediate source of food nearby, and lunch is only 45 minutes long. Participants should also bring their own notepads and pens, and dress comfortably in clothing and shoes that are movement friendly.

We strongly encourage registration in one of the above training programs, or purchase of their self-guided curriculum materials to deepen understanding of safe and effective delivery of social emotional arts programs.Discounted rates for curriculum materials are available to participants in the Launching Your Career in Social Emotional Arts program and materials ordered in advance can be picked up at the program to eliminate shipping and handling fees. 

Advance registration for this program is required. Registration check beginning at 8:30 am.