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Union Street Health Associates focuses on the interaction between mind and body, and the ways in which emotional, mental, and spiritual elements can affect psychological and physical health. It uses the arts, movement and imagery to promote our natural capacity to understand ourselves and improve our health and well-being.
Donate to the Trauma and the Arts project
The arts have a long history of helping people cope with trauma. The Trauma and the Arts section of the International Humanistic Psychology
Association (IHPA) is dedicated to raising awareness and resources to bring the arts into professional training and public service around trauma.
Current projects include working with Syrian refugees in Jordan and Germany.
Dance Therapy with Syrian Refugees
Dr. Serlin recently presented this talk to the Association of Traumatic Stress Studies in Palo Alto, CA. She also shared her experiences using dance/movement therapy with communities in the United States that have been affected by trauma.
Healing Transgenerational Trauma
Dr. Serlin was recently in Amman, Jordan to participate in an international conference on transgenerational trauma and to hold a workshop in Healing Transgenerational Trauma with Dance Movement Therapy.
The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing – to be released September 2017
This exciting new book contains a chapter by Ilene Serlin, Nancy Golduv, and Erika Hansen on using dance movement therapy to work with breast cancer.
30% pre-publication discount available here
Whole Person Healthcare, Volume 3: The Arts and Health is now available in paperback.
Table of contents
Add your review on Amazon.com.
Compassion Fatigue and Regeneration: Whole Person Psychology Tool Kits in paperback
Handbook of Humanistic Psychology, Second Edition
The second edition of this landmark book features 13 new chapters and 23 new contributors as well as thoroughly updated original chapters. It includes 2 chapters co-authored by Dr. Serlin and Dr. Eleanor Criswell, one on Humanistic Psychology and Women, and the other on Humanistic Psychology, Mind/Body Medicine, and Whole Person Healthcare.
In B.E. Thompson & R.A. Neimeyer (Eds.), Grief and the expressive arts: Practices for creating meaning. New York: Routledge.
Dr. Serlin's chapter in this newly released book features the poignant story of an Israeli woman who endured war-related losses and challenging personal experiences.
Expressive and Creative Arts Therapies
In Harris L. Friedman & Glenn Hartclius (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Whole Person Healthcare
"...a glimpse into the future of healing. It is a magnificent effort, bringing together authorities who have made landmark contributions in fashioning a form of healthcare that honors all we arebody, mind, spirit." Book info
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KinAesthetic Imagining: A TED-style talk given by Dr. Serlin to the Society for Humanistic Psychology at San Francisco State University on March 19, 2016
Humanistic Psychology for the 21st Century and Beyond — an online introductory course on Humanistic Psychology co-developed by Ilene Serlin, PhD and Sage de Beixedon Breslin, PhD.
4 CE credits.
For a full description and to enroll, visit zurinstitute.com.
Arts and Health & Health Care Reform — an APA Professional Development Program presented by Ilene A. Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT, and James H. Bray, PhD
This program demonstrates the power of the arts for health and shows how it can be a cost-effective, powerful contribution to psychologists' understanding of health and health care reform. 2.5 CE credits.
For a full description and to enroll, visit APA Continuing Education online.
Dr. Serlin talks about her work with trauma with Seda Guney, Dance and Movement Psychotherapist of the Turkish art therapy association, Sanat Psikoterapileri Derneği. (Note that the website is in Turkish but the interview is in English.)
Academy for Optimal Living sponsors a series of on-line class taught by Dr. Serlin:
• How to Build Resiliency
• How to Gracefully Move Through Your 30's: A Road Map
• How to Navigate the Transition into the Third Act of Your Life
• How to Bounce Back From Tragic News
What Sustains Me: Simona Aronow and Ilene Serlin discuss how spiritual practice and the practice of movement and body mindfulness can go hand in hand.
Healing Intergenerational Trauma with Dance Movement Therapy
Dr. Serlin's article about her Dance Movement Therapy training in Amman has been published in the APA Trauma Psychology journal.
Psychotherapy and the Arts newsletter
Dr. Serlin co-edits this quarterly newsletter for the community of humanistic psychologists interested in psychotherapy and the arts.
Read the winter 2016-7 issue
Psychology Today blog
Dr. Serlin hosts a blog at Psychology Today online.
A few articles:
• Word Matters — Cultivating kindness in an age of rage
• The Power of Dance to Work with Trauma — Some events are too terrible for words
• Robin Williams
• Dancing Away Dementia
Dance, Creative Arts, and Somatic Therapies in the Healing of Trauma
Dr. Serlin reviews the new book by Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Read her review
Review of Whole Person Healthcare Volume 3
Eva Bojner Horowitz reviews the final volume of the series edited by Dr. Serlin, in Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy: An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice.
Read her review
Dance and Psyche: How Moving Moves Us
Michael Lerner interviews Dr. Serlin about the expressive arts in therapy for the New School at Commonweal End-of-Life Conversations Series. Listen to the audio recording of that conversation.
Dr. Serlin on Askimo, the international library of on-line interviews with experts:
• Healing Arts
• Holistic Care
• Dance Therapy
• Body Image
• Preventative Care
• Personal Rituals for Healing
Ilene Serlin: Dance, Movement & Humanistic Therapy
An interview with Dr. Serlin on dance movement therapy from an existential-phenomenological perspective is featured on the Somatic Perspectives on Psychotherapy website. Available in podcast and PDF transcription.
PEC Connect blog
Dr. Serlin hosts a blog for subscribers of PEC Connect online. Recent article:
Wellness Fair: A Kick-Off Partnership
Teaching caregivers how to overcome second-hand trauma. Dr. Serlin and her colleague Dr. Eleanor Pardess presented this breakthrough study at the 2011 APA annual convention in Washington, DC. Read article
Hear Dr. Serlin's interview with Serge Prengel from the USABP Somatic Perspectives series:
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