Medical Social Emotional Arts (MedSEA) Training Program

MEDSEA Logo_WebDo you want to bring the healing arts process to settings with limited resources? Do you need to accommodate individuals or groups with differing levels of ability? Are your session lengths unpredictable?

In this practical two-day training program as part of our 3rd annual conference, you will experience activities in art, movement, music, and writing. The two-day curriculum also includes guidelines on the use of creative arts in therapeutic contexts, communication techniques for creating rapport and preventing resistance, and containment techniques for managing stress responses.

Day on18-09-18-MedSEA-Ketcher-9e will focus on writing and movement; day two on music and art. Ongoing assessments of the program have shown that this curriculum achieves its intended goals of helping to build connection, evoke positive emotions, bolster resilience, decrease stress and pain, facilitate verbal and nonverbal communication, strengthen the creative vs. illness narrative, and manage grief and loss. The training, which is available with an extensive curriculum manual, enables sustainable delivery by care providers and educators in settings with limited resources, including hospitals, nursing homes, schools, shelters, and community clinics. Registration for both days of this Training Intensive is required.

A 19-01-17-MedSEA-2 250-page manual will be available at the training for an additional special conference rate of $60. Purchasing the manual is strongly recommended for clinicians or providers who wish to offer this program. Pre-registration for both days, plus purchase of the manual, are required to obtain a Certificate of Completion for this training.

For more information on MedSEA, including significance and background, click here. To sign up for this two-day training, you will need to register on our conference website (not via the below "add to cart" button). When registering, note that the two-day training is listed under a different title, "Social Emotional Arts on a Shoestring for Individuals & Groups in Any Setting."



Thursday, March 28 & Friday, March 29, 2019 (as part of our 3rd annual conference on Creativity & the Arts in Healing)


10:00 am to 5:30 pm on both days


Two-Day Conference Registration Rate: $299 (before 2/28/19); $329 (after 2/28/19)


Kathy Cass MA, BC-DMT, C-IAYT, AHC
Ping Ho, MA, MPH
Karen Howard, RMT, CEAP
Myriam Savage, PhD, RDT-BCT


Hilton Los Angeles Airport
5711 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045

additional information:

from trainees:

"So good. Very interactive and engaging." – UCLA student trainee

"Fun . . . [and] learned how to approach more difficult patients." – UCLA student trainee

from recipients after a medsea-facilitator session

"Loved it!" – UCLA hospital patient

"It was a pleasant distraction from the usual day. Thank you!"– UCLA hospital patient
Kathy Cass MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CYT, E-RYT, 500  is a board certified dance/movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, and a certified yoga therapist with over 25 years of instructional and clinical experience with a variety of populations. She has expertise as a long standing director of a non-profit therapeutic dance/yoga organization called Chance to Dance, serving persons of all ages and abilities, and as a movement/yoga consultant for numerous institutions and individuals. This organization continues under the direction of Kathy’s protégé, under the new name Dance for All. Kathy served three years, one, as head of the national BC-DMT panel of the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board. She has been a guest lecturer at Scripps College, Center for Movement Education and Research at Loyola Marymount University, UCLA and Los Angeles Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Kathy is currently a part-time faculty member at Santa Monica College Emeritus Division, El Camino Community College and Center for Movement Education and Research. She has been an Advisory Board Member for California State University, Fullerton, Extended Education in Expressive Arts Therapies. She also maintains a private Yoga Therapy /Ayurveda Life Skills practice in Santa Monica, CA. On the side, she has worked as a consultant for Pacific Resident Theater, Salty Shakespeare Company, and various actors around town, doing choreography, musical staging, and character movement. 

Ping Ho, MA, MPH Ping is the Founder & Director of UCLArts & Healing, which transforms lives through creative expression for self-discovery, connection and empowerment. UCLArts & 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, 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 is on the Council of Advisors for the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health, a national network of educational organizations and agencies in complementary and alternative medicine, and is on the Steering Committee for the Association Leadership Council of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. She has been a member of a subcommittee for professional learning for createCA, a California Arts Council-initiated collaborative to educate administrators in education regarding the value of the arts for learning and behavior, what constitutes quality arts education, and models for successful implementation and outcomes. She is a co-developer of the program, Beat the Odds®: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming, and was the principal investigator of its effectiveness study that was published in the journal, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In addition, Ping developed the UCLArts & Healing Social Emotional Arts Certificate Program to empower anyone in the design, delivery, and evaluation of effective arts-based programs that maximize social and emotional benefits. She is co-author of The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art (Swallow/Ohio University Press, 2019).

Karen Howard, RMT, CEAP is a registered music therapist and founder of Music & Expressive Therapy Associates (META), which uses expressive and creative arts to strengthen life skills and functioning, enables the experience of the fullness of life, elicits insight and awareness for decisions and choices, and enhances the potential for joy and a sense of community. She works with a wide range of populations, including those with special needs (particularly autism), those in drug rehabilitation and residential treatment centers, women, and individuals seeking personal growth opportunities. Ms. Howard was part of the Emmy award-winning HBO documentary Autism: The Musical, which featured her song “Everyday Miracles” and has collaborated on over 20 original musicals for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Ms. Howard has facilitated performances with The Miracle Project in Los Angeles, at the United Nations, with Autism Speaks, HollyRod Foundation, HBO, and Autism On The Seas. In 2011, Ms. Howard traveled with The Miracle Project to India as a co-facilitator for training of parents, educators, and therapists for individuals with autism. Ms. Howard has degrees in Music Therapy, Piano Performance, Psychology, and a Teaching Credential. She is certified as an Autism Movement Therapy provider and has an advanced certification as an Expressive Arts Practitioner. She has been a Registered Music Therapist for 30+ years. She has been a private piano instructor for over 30 years and is on the Board of Directors for Spectrum Laboratory, a new nonprofit organization that assists teens and young adults in creating music videos, CDs, film, and acting vignettes with the help and collaboration of professionals in the field.

Myriam 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
To sign up for this two-day training, you will need to register on our conference website. When registering, note that the two-day training is listed under a different title, "Social Emotional Arts on a Shoestring for Individuals & Groups in Any Setting." If any questions, or if in need of assistance, email
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