We Care about your Wellbeing, Expert Voice Speaker Series Offered Free - Creative Expression of Art Therapy Nov 5

Posted by OMA on 10/09/2020



We Care about your Wellbeing, Expert Voice Speaker Series Being Offered for Free

The Oklahoma Museums Association Wellbeing Committee is please to present the expert voices speaker series in response and recovery to COVID-19. This is in addition to the Wellbeing website resources which can be found here. The sessions will be presented live in Zoom format.

Join us for one or all of the sessions below. The speaker series is free, but registration is required. Once you register, you will be sent the Zoom login information before each session. Register here

Thank you to Allied Arts for their support.


Creative Expression of Art Therapy - Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 10:00am, Central Time. Free, presented on Zoom platform. Register here

“You can’t know who you are until you know where you are” - Carl Jung

Building Bridges: An Art Therapy projective experience for noticing where we are, where we have been and where we are going.

Materials needed: 9X12 or 12X18 paper, various media (colored pencils, markers, chalk and/or oil pastels)

Session outline:
This one-onehalf hour virtual session will consist of a brief powerpoint on imagery in health and healing followed by an art therapy experience creating a bridge. Time will be allotted to be “fair witness” that is to see and listen to each participants image (those who choose to share…no pressure to do so).

Please note!, skill in art making is irrelevant to the art therapy process so enter the exercise with an open mind and willing heart, you can’t do it wrong or make a mistake.

Facilitator bio:
Madeline Rugh holds a Ph.D. ATR-BC in Adult and Community Education and is a registered/board certified art therapist.

 For the past 30 years, Madeline has been a consultant and educator specializing in the role of spirituality, art and nature in health and wellness. Dr. Rugh was an assistant professor for 15 years at St. Gregory’s University (a Benedictine Monastery) in psychology and art where she developed innovative coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels in transformational learning through spirituality, art, and nature.

As an author, Dr. Rugh is a co-editor with Alexander Kopytin ( Russian Art Therapist from St. Petersburg) and contributor to two recent anthologies on the expressive art therapies and nature. Currently Madeline is an adjunct professor for Pratt Institute Creative Arts Therapies graduate program serving as a thesis advisor and summer faculty teaching coursework in Soul Ecology. In addition, Dr. Rugh is also an adjunct professor for the University of Oklahoma teaching in their graduate counseling program and an art therapy consultant to the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, Oklahoma.


Self-Care in the Workplace - Thursday, September 17, 2020  On demand video here and download booklet on Self-Care Now here

Museum work can be exhausting--especially in these challenging times, post COVID-19. Are we doing enough to care for ourselves? What can we do to exercise self-care and support others in their restorative practices? Seema Rao, Deputy Director and Chief Experience Officer at the Akron Museum of Art, discusses  how museum workers can practice self-care as well as foster a healthier, more productive, and more creative work environment in our new normal.

Burnout - Thursday, October 8, 2020  On demand video here and download handout on Burnout here.

Burnout with Dea Dietrick, Life Coach. Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands.

Creative Expression of Art Therapy - Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 10:00am, Central Time

Creative Expression of Art Therapy with Madeline Rugh, PhD, Registered Art Therapist – Board Certified. Art therapy utilizes a person’s inherent capacity for art making to enhance their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Art therapy uses art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore one’s feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is coordinating this session.

Stress Management - Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 10:00am, Central Time

Stress Management with Amy Pringle, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Trainer, Chickasaw Nation. Strong stress management skills lead to higher levels of happiness and satisfaction. 

Stories of Historical Loss, Trauma, and Resilience - Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 10:00am, Central Time

Painful Past; Resilient Future: Stories of historical loss, trauma, and resilience within families.” with C. J. Aducci, Ph.D., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Executive Officer, Chickasaw Nation. Our goal is to define historical trauma and discuss the lasting impact it has on generations of families. The accumulation of past experiences have led to historical trauma, yet families have continued to persevere.  Like many First Americans, the Chickasaw people have endured hardships including removal from their Homeland. We invite you to join us for a virtual presentation to address these issues and learn more about the adversity faced by people past and present and their ability to generate resilience within their families and tribe.