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The Art of Healing: Join Dr. Katherine Jackson and Others at the 15th Annual Pat Risser RSVP Conference

February 23, 2024

The 15th Annual Pat Risser RSVP Conference will explore “The Art of Wellness” on March 27, 2024. This year’s conference will offer a dynamic and informative exploration of creative arts therapies for trauma recovery and holistic health. 

Participants can attend in person at Mount Vernon Estates in Ashland, Ohio, or virtually via Zoom from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference will showcase a lineup of distinguished speakers, with a special focus on creative arts therapies and their impact on mental health and wellbeing.

Utilizing Creative Arts Therapies to Facilitate Trauma Recovery and Holistic Health

The conference will be headlined by Dr. Katherine Jackson, widely known as “Dr. Kate,” Associate Professor and psychotherapist with over 35 years of experience. Dr. Kate is a board-certified art therapist, registered yoga teacher, health coach, and a trained telehealth provider.

Creative therapeutic approaches—such as music, drama, dance/movement, and art therapies—have taken off in the last 80 years, all geared to help individuals cope, heal, and deal with stressors as well as acute and chronic mental health issues. 

Recent research in the last 20 years has shown that not only do creative therapies help in healing, but there is evidence to suggest that these types of therapies help in brain neuroplasticity. Not only have creative arts therapies been shown to improve neuroplasticity but also contribute strongly to holistic health and general wellness in folks who practice some form of creativity on a regular basis. Additional research has shown that adding creative approaches within a talk therapy venue can enhance and strengthen cognitive learning.

Dr. Kate will provide examples of ways to incorporate creative arts to help individuals dealing with trauma and other mental health challenges. 

About Dr. Katherine Jackson

Dr. Katherine Jackson, or “Dr. Kate,” works with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, life transitions, body-image issues, health at every size/body positivity, ADHD, trauma, and couples and family therapy. She uses holistic, creative arts, and wellness principles to help individuals, couples, and families realize their full potential and learn to cope with life stressors.

She teaches as a full-time Associate Professor at Ursuline College in the Master of Counseling and Art Therapy Program. She started the service-learning program at Ursuline College in 2012, where she takes students, alumni, and community members to Nepal, South Africa and Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, to volunteer with underprivileged and marginalized people.

Dr. Kate has presented nationally and internationally on various topics including multicultural competency, service learning, creative arts therapies, anxiety/depression, and holistic wellness.

About the Pat Risser RSVP Conference

The Pat Risser RSVP Conference is an annual gathering that provides a platform for professionals and individuals interested in mental health and wellness to explore innovative approaches, share knowledge, and foster collaboration. Sponsored by the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County, the conference covers a wide range of topics related to mental health, with a focus on inclusivity, creativity, and holistic well-being.

Visit LINK to register for the RSVP Conference March 27. We look forward to an enlightening and informative day together!

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