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BAYADA Home Health Care Speaker Series

BAYADA Home Health Care established the BAYADA Home Health Care Speaker Series at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions in 2015. Since then, esteemed CNHP researchers and faculty members have presented lectures covering obesity and diabetes prevention, youth suicide, the Affordable Care Act, malnutrition in older adults, electronic record keeping and gaming technology for children with physical disabilities. The purpose of these lectures is to highlight a variety of topics, trends and leaders in healthcare with a focus on innovation.

Given annually, the BAYADA Awards for Technological Innovation in Healthcare Education and Innovation in Practice highlight the advancements faculty and healthcare professionals are making to better serve students and patients.

The Expressive Instinct: Evidence for the Connections Between Arts and Health

Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA, ATR-BC

April 30, 2019
7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. ET

Drexel University, Three Parkway Building, 1601 Cherry St., RM 1043, Phila., PA 19102
Live in Person and via Live Webcast

Lecture Description

This session will present the role of creative and authentic selfexpression in our lives and how it impacts physiological and psychological functioning

Program Schedule

Registration and Light Reception: 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Award Presentation: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Lecture: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Evaluations: 8:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Cost of Program: FREE!

Presenter Biography

Girija Kaimal, EdD has been full-time faculty in the creative arts therapies doctoral program since 2013. She has been principal investigator for several longitudinal research and evaluation studies including those funded by the US Department of Defense, US Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, the School District of Philadelphia, Lehigh University, Drexel University, Oxfam America, the Foundation for Spirituality and Medicine and Temple University. Kaimal holds a Doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Master of the Arts in Art Therapy from Drexel University and Bachelor of Arts in Design from the National Institute of Design in India.

Kaimal's research aims to understand the implications of autobiographical narratives and creative self-expression, especially among underrepresented and vulnerable populations, on health and well-being. She is particularly interested in the role of creativity and self-expression in empowerment, health and learning about self and others. She is currently principal investigator on three federally funded research studies: Gulf War Illness, art therapy with cancer patients and caregivers and with Creative Forces (NEA Military Healing Arts Network).

Most recently, she completed two research studies on the links between neuroendocrine health and creative visual self-expression and differences in brain activation based on drawing tasks. Kaimal has also led several multi-year evaluation studies including leadership development funded by the US Department of Education and Lehigh University. As part of this study, the research team is examining how participation in the arts could ignite learning transfer to leadership practices.

Other prior research experiences include conducting secondary analyses of qualitative data from a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) longitudinal study of depression in families and managing a four-year National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) multi-disciplinary study at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/ University of Pennsylvania on genetic testing for hearing loss.

Kaimal was the recipient of the Drexel University Career Development Award in 2014 and the American Art Therapy Association Research Award in 2015, was an inaugural assessment fellow for Drexel University from 2016-2018 and most recently was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Art Therapy Association. She serves as a research consultant on international development projects related to gender equity and arts-based psychosocial support for vulnerable children and adults in trauma zones around the world.

Accreditation Information

Target Audience: All professional nurses and other health professionals

Nursing Contact Hours: 1.0 contact hour will be provided.

Outcome: To enable the nurse and other health professionals to increase knowledge on self-expression.

Overall Program Objective: Discuss the effect of self-expression.

Nursing Accreditation: 

Drexel University (DREXEL) College of Nursing and Health Professions, Division of Continuing Nursing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

DREXEL also has provider status with California BRN: Provider #CEP13661.

Accreditation National Board of Certified Counselors

Drexel University, Department of Creative Arts Therapies has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6771.

Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Drexel University, Department of Creative Arts Therapies is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

For LPCs, NCCs, and Art Therapists, Dance/Movement Therapists and Music Therapists: The workshop qualifies for the following continuing education credits: 1 CE Hour. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded following the presentation to all who attend and follow protocol for registration and evaluation forms.

Requirements for Successful Completion: RN participants must register prior to the program, attend the entire program and complete the online evaluation by the due date to receive nursing contact hours.

Disclosure Statement: All planners and presenters at nursing continuing education activities are required to disclose to the audience any significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial products, goods or services. Such disclosures will be made in writing in the course presentation materials.

Unrestricted Educational Grant: This program made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from BAYADA Home Health Care.

Register now. You must register in advance. Registration deadline is April 28, 2019 at 12 p.m. ET.

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