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Creativity and Art Therapies to Promote Healthy Aging

A scoping review

About the Course

The purpose of this scoping review is to investigate the value of creative arts therapies in healthy older adults. This article aims to shed light on current knowledge concerning the effectiveness of art therapies (ATs) for the prevention of common age-related conditions using the definition of art therapy provided by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), as well as Cohen’s conceptual framework for the psychological conceptualization of the relationship between the arts and health in later life. The objective is to carefully capture subthreshold situations of distress, which are often not taken into account and primarily involve psychological aspects that are crucial in the multidimensional perspective of healthy aging.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Creativity and Art Therapies to Promote Healthy Aging created by Flavia Galassi, PhD. et al. in 2022.

Publication Date:

Front. Psychol., 26 September 2022. Sec. Psychology of Aging Volume 13 - 2022 Sep 2022

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Flavia Galassi, PhD

Dr. Galassi is a clinical and community psychologist with specific training in Body Mediated Expressive Psychotherapy. Her approach integrates the main psychodynamic developmental theories to the Laban-Kestenberg body method, studies on art and creativity, and also draws on the Jungian method of active imagination in authentic movement practice. From 2010 to the present, she has worked as a research associate for the Center for Socioeconomic Research and Care Models for the Elderly (IRCCS-INRCA) in Ancona, Italy in the following projects: EWL (Extending Working Life), GestIncAge (study on incontinence), Careers@Work ( strategies for reconciling paid work and care for elderly family members), AgeWell (technology and transition to retirement) and HERO (training for migrants on elderly care).

Alessandra Merizzi, PhD

Dr. Merizzi has over 14 years of experience as a psychologist with older people in various settings and 8 years of psychotherapy experience in private practice. She is interested in the aging process, the experience of aging, healthy aging, ageism, neurocognitive disorders, and Gestalt therapy. She is the Treasurer of Gestalt Psychotherapy and Training Institute (GPTI), a Board member of Gestalt Publishing Ltd, and an editorial member of European Association for Gestalt Therapy newsletter group.

Course Creator

Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D., PMH-C, CPLC

Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Reno, NV. She opened a private practice after 10 years of conducting home-based assessment and therapy with the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System. Dr. Mosco’s clinical interests include maternal mental health, older adults, and third wave cognitive behavioral therapies.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the goal of art therapies (ATs).
  2. List at least four types of AT interventions.
  3. Summarize the efficacy of ATs.
  4. Discuss areas for future research in AT.

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Course Number 103376
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