Creative Arts Therapy and Mind-Body Medicine for Service Members with Traumatic Brain Injury

Sept. 23, 2016; 12-1:15 p.m. (ET)

Location: Online participation via Adobe Connect



Creative arts therapy helps service members manage traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health symptoms through a holistic care model that includes evaluation, treatment and research about these conditions in an outpatient setting. The Healing Arts and Wellness Program at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) integrates creative arts therapy and mind-body medicine. 

Speakers will explore the use of creative arts therapy and mind-body medicine with military service members and their families in the NICoE setting. They will introduce and discuss example directives and case outcomes.

At the conclusion of this educational program, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the use of art therapy as a vehicle for expression and communication between service members and their families, and identify three beneficial directives for implementation with the population.
  • Recognize the benefits of mind-body medicine (including dance and movement therapy) as a means for self-expression and self-care through the identification of three techniques for the military population and their families.
  • Apply mind-body skills through three multi-modal experiential opportunities introduced throughout the presentation.


Melissa S. Walker, MA, ATR
Healing Arts Program Coordinator/Art Therapist NICoE Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland
Allison F. Winters, MA, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT, RYT
Wellness Coordinator NICoE Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland


Maryanne Sacco, MA, OTR/L
TBI Clinical Educator Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) Contract Support Silver Spring, Maryland

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