ICRA: The Role of the Arts Therapies in Dementia Care in the 21st Century

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Date: Friday 4 September 2015

Programme and abstracts

This conference is a collaboration between Anglia Ruskin University and ICRA (International Centre for Research in the Arts Therapies). ICRA was established in 2010 as a virtual centre designed as a network to promote research in art, drama, dance movement and music therapy. So far the Centre has organised three conferences focussing on different arts therapies and in partnership with other organisations has run day seminars where research in specific areas can be presented and discussed. The Centre is hosted by Imperial College and is a self-funding enterprise supported by all the arts therapies’ professional bodies and the European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education.

Professor Diane Waller, co-chair of ICRA2015

Professor Diane Waller, co-chair of ICRA2015
Diane Waller is Emeritus Professor of Art Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths, University of London, Visiting professor in the Department of Psychological Medicine at Imperial College where she chairs the International Research Centre for Arts Therapies, and Principal Research Fellow in the School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Brighton. Diane chairs the HCPC's Counsellors and Psychotherapists Professional Liaison Group and represents the HCPC on various strategy groups and projects such as Skills for Health, Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies and New Ways of Working. She is the author of many books and papers on art and group psychotherapy, and active in both clinical and sociological research in these professions. She has worked extensively throughout Europe, especially in Bulgaria, former Yugoslavia, Hungary, Switzerland and Italy. In 2007 she received an OBE for Services to Healthcare.