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Helen Payne, PhD, R-ADMP, Professor
A welcome from the President of IACAET, Professor Helen Payne and Dr. Tony Zhou, CEO of IACAET.
Welcome to our first issue of the IACAET Newsletter! We hope you find it useful and informative.

As most will be aware, IACAET is establishing itself as an all-inclusive, global organisation with a mission to promote and support the development of creative arts-based education and therapy in both developed and developing countries and regions.

IACAET is in the process of creating the standards and safeguards for these fields by ensuring the quality of the professional training and practice of both educators and practitioners. IACAET believes that the aesthetic and creative use of the arts, together with the promotion of body-mind-spirit integration, and in conjunction with a holistic and humanistic approach, is essential for the personal growth and well-being of individuals, groups and communities. As well as this, we encourage equality and humanity in the dialogues and exchanges we engage in across cultures worldwide. 
IACAET aims to advance humanity through the healing power of the creative arts. IACAET is contributing to building a world in which the arts are used in the service of personal and social well-being, a world in which the transformative power of the arts receives the recognition it deserves. IACAET aims to create a safe, inclusive and dependable organization in which all the arts are in connection with wellness, health and education so people can flourish.
IACAET envisages a future where the arts are a part of all people’s lives. We imagine a true global village, crossing borders and inclusive of cultures, modalities, and disciplines, with the arts at its centre. It will be a place where a sense of belonging fosters a home for the arts, a place where we can all grow through the arts. 
Health, well-being, and learning advanced through the arts
Become a Member of Our Global Community
Are you looking to connect with other creative arts educators and therapists throughout the world? IACAET membership helps you and your organization expand horizons and build international connections. IACAET promotes a genuine global dialogue about the role and practice of the creative arts in education, health, community and therapy across all regions – from East to West, North to South. As a member, you will gain access to the following resources and opportunities: continuing professional development; our library of global webinars and trainings; CAET – Creative Arts in Education and Therapy Journal; global networking; and a supportive community dedicated to advancing visibility and accessibility across the creative arts spectrum. For more information this link.
Embodied Brain: How the Body Lives Within the Mind
Neurological Foundations of Orienting Perception, and Establishing Safety

JOIN US for this experiential webinar which will introduce the concept of the "body brain." We will explore the nervous system and its specific structures and channels of information which organize perception of our interior bodies and of the environment. We will also examine the structural physiology of the flowing of cerebrospinal fluid, the dura, arachnoid and pia mater, and their respective roles in cleansing, nourishing, and protecting the brain. A visual presentation will be accompanied by an experiential exploration of the concepts presented and the metaphors they embody. Clinical applications to working with PTSD and anxiety and attending to the clinical container from a physiological perspective, will be addressed in this interactive discussion.
Presenter: Kalila Homann, MA, LPC-S, BC-DMT; Curator: Hilda Wengrower, Ph.D., DMT
Date: Nov 7, 2021. 11am (New York), 4pm (London)
Or register as a member to access all seminars for FREE: this link.

Jung Embodied: Active Imagination in the Language of Movement (Authentic Movement) 

This two and a half-hour webinar explores inner-directed movement to bridge the realms of conscious and unconscious, body and psyche, instinct and spirit, affect and image, memory and emergence. 

We delve into Jung’s discovery of Active Imagination; the four steps of this approach; and illuminate Mary Starks Whitehouse’s further development of active imagination in movement, also known as Authentic Movement. Tina’s presentation will include a short film clip of Mary’s pioneering student, Jungian analyst and Dance/Movement therapist, Dr. Joan Chodorow.

Through presentation, embodied exploration, and reflection we engage dance/movement as a form of active imagination, with special attention to the living body in psychotherapy, healing, and transformation – for therapists, healing practitioners, artists, and those interested in the embodied soul.
Presenter: Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., LMFT, BC-DMT
Chaired by: Vivien Marcow Speiser, PhD, BC-DMT
Date: Dec. 5, 2021. 1pm - 3:30pm (EST New York)
Or register as a member to access all seminars for FREE: this link.
Join us as IACAET and CAET Speak at the International Creative Arts Therapy Forum in China
Dr. Hu Jun (IACAET Asia Regional & Research Committee), Dr. Tony Yu Zhou (Executive Board), Guo Hai-ping (IACAET China Region), Prof. Shaun McNiff (CAET Co-Editor-in-Chief) and Roland Lay (Associate Editor), have been invited to speak at the Arts Therapy Forum at the International Education Summit, which will take place in Beijing from September 2021 to January 2022. This Summit is organized and hosted by the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), China, in partnership with IACAET and the CAET Journal. Throughout the season, there will be some 20 lectures delivered by leading experts in arts education and therapy from both within China and abroad. The theme of this year’s forum is "Art, Life and Science," which aims to explore art therapies based on the dialogue of “cross-culture, cross-discipline and cross-time-space.”
On Sept 23, Dr. Zhou opened the conference with the first lecture: ‘Creative Arts in Education and Therapy – Rethinking Human Relations and Global Leadership in a New Era.’ Click here for the details of this lecture.
CAFA, as one of the top arts universities in China, is currently developing the first arts therapies master’s program in the country.
 IACAET ‘Organizations Spotlight’ Series
The Body Mind Spirit of Self-Care
The IACAET Body-Mind Spirit Self-Care Experiential Global Webinar Series is specifically designed to provide virtual online platforms to advance the human experience. Sessions will be 45-60 minutes , serve as a spark of transformation for participants around the world. Our intention is to create a safe and encouraging space where those present are able to learn new skills, develop tools with which to build their inner resilience, and learn to integrate body-mind-spirit self-care strategies into their work and daily life. Self-Care practices include: resilience; mindfulness; compassion/love; somatic awareness and embodiment; spontaneity-creativity; breathwork, and much more. We hope to share with our members a unique and useful teaching toolkit that focusses on our combination of the arts with the body-mind-spirit work to which we all are committed.
In November 2020, a dialogue concerning the arts and sciences was held among the panelists of an international webinar. At the centre of this discussion was Symmetry — a dance-opera film shot inside CERN, the largest experimental particle physics facility in the world. With the cathedral-like majesty of the Large Hadron Collider as his theater, a modern physicist searches for the smallest primordial particle and discovers a love without end. The panelists, which included the film’s writer and director, Ruben Van Leer, as well as other art directors, a choreographer, a biomedical scientist, and an art educator, shared their reflections from different perspectives on how the collision of arts and sciences can help us to explore and expand a new dimension for a better understanding of human beings and nature, as well as the relationship between the two. Below you will find a link to the movie as well as an article exploring its themes. The article ends with “A Systems View” of the art of Fritjof Capra, which reinforces the perspective of human-nature integration.
Watch the movie HERE
Read the paper HERE
SYMMETRY - dance opera & docu trailers
IACAET is continually expanding and we are always looking for new members to join our committees. If you’d like to join us as a committee member, please reach out to us at info@iacaet.org,stating your name, why you are interested in IACAET, and what expertise you can bring to this exciting group of visionaries based across the globe.


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