Wendy Miller, PhD will share how creativity can be a catalyst for hope, love, and healing under any circumstance and at every age, enabling individuals to grow beyond the limitations imposed by both illness and aging.
Wednesday, August 21, 2017
7 - 8:30 pm - Followed by a book sales and signing
Cooper Creek Event Center
4040 Cooper Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45241
How can our own individual creativity be a catalyst for hope, love, and healing under any circumstance and at every age? What happens at the intersections of adversity and possibility, of crisis and creativity, of health and illness?
Expressive arts therapist and writer Wendy Miller and her husband Gene Cohen, a pioneering geriatric psychiatrist and writer about creative aging, devoted distinguished careers and their life together finding answers to these questions.
Creative aging focuses on growth through creativity, wisdom, and resilience - because of, and not in spite of, aging.
In her book Sky Above Clouds: Finding Our Way Through Creativity, Aging and Illness, Miller writes of her life as the wife and collaborator of the late Gene Cohen. Cohen was the first head of the Center on Aging at the National Institute of Mental Health and a dedicated advocate of the idea that the aged are capable of functioning at high levels of creativity and intellectual rigor.
Miller will reflect upon Cohen's groundbreaking work on aging, their work together, and his experiences with terminal illness even as he continued his life's work. She will share how creative aging was able to enliven their work even as his own monumental life force ebbed, and describe how creative aging can enable individuals to grow beyond the limitations imposed by both illness and aging.
During Creative Aging: Soaring Beyond Limitations, Miller will help participants to:
1. DISCOVER new clues about how the aging mind can build resilience and continue growth, even during times of grave illness, grief, and dying, thus setting aside the traditional paradigm of aging as a time of decline.
2. EXPLORE how creative engagement with a focus on potential is a resource in facing existential challenges, loss, and identity.
3. REVIEW what happens to the brain as it ages and the potential that is often overlooked.
4. LEARN new tools to navigate the uncharted territories of aging, grieving, illness, loss, death, and dying.
Bio: Wendy Miller Ph.D., LPC-BCPC, ATR-BC, LCPAT, REAT, has her PhD in Clinical Psychology with Specializations in Expressive Arts Therapy and Health. She is an expressive arts therapist, licensed professional counselor, educator, writer, and sculptor, She is the co-founder of Create Therapy Institute offering clinical services in arts-based psychotherapy and trainings in experiential approaches to learning. Her clinical work with individuals and families across the life-cycle addresses existential and identity issues and relationships among the arts, creativity, aging, and health. Her book, Sky Above Clouds: Finding our way through creativity, aging and illness is based on writings with her late husband Gene Cohen.
Miller has taught throughout the country at many universities, including GW, SF State, JFK University, Lesley, and CIIS. She is an integrative thinker, whose skills take her into the worlds of fine art, writing, and mind-body medicine. She has published on medical illness and the arts as complementary medicine, the use of sand tray therapy with internationally adopted children, experiential approaches to supervision in expressive arts therapy, and the cultural responsibility of the arts in therapy. Her current work continues Cohen's legacy in creative aging. She is now running his Washington, DC, Center on Aging, where she is guiding it into projects on intergenerational communication. She continues to research the relationships among the arts, creativity, and health.
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