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Beyond Words: Using Expressive and Integrative Therapies as Communication Tools (PPC Webinar Series) )

September 23, 2021


Beyond Words: Using Expressive and Integrative Therapies as Communication Tools

Children experience their world through play, creativity, and imagination. It is how they learn and process, and provides mastery over their environment. Play becomes all the more important when faced with adversity or trauma. In a medical setting, expressive therapies can be used to help children understand and process their illness and can even have a tangible effect on their physical symptoms and overall wellness. This course will provide an introduction to the broad range of expressive therapy options that can be used as a part of a child’s medical care. Through case examples and sample interventions, the presenters will share ways in which imagery, song, words, and other forms of creativity can help a child process and express feelings related to their health and treatment.

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Learning Objectives:

1. Introduce a broad range of expressive therapy options that can be used in addition to traditional therapeutic and pharmaceutical interventions

2. Demonstrate how expressive therapy interventions can help children express underlying thoughts and feelings about their treatment

3. Describe how guided imagery may help children with pain, anxiety and relaxation as coping strategies

4. Explain at least three expressive therapy interventions that attendees can apply to their work


John Mark, MD
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Mark received his medical degree from the University of Kansas and completed his residency in pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric pulmonary medicine at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. In 1999, Dr. Mark completed the first fellowship in Pediatric Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He is now a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford Children’s, Stanford University.  Dr. Mark utilizes non-conventional approaches with patients who have chronic illnesses such asthma and cystic fibrosis. He is interested in nutrition and the mind/body approach to healing in an effort to decrease dependence on medication. 

Dr. Mark is the Program Director for the Pediatric Pulmonary fellowship program, Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Integrative Medicine fellowship and the Medical Director for the Coordinating and Optimizing Resources Effectively (CORE) Program at Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University.  This innovative program assists with care coordination and communication with all health care providers for children with complex medical needs.

Lily Rich – JH

Jennifer Goldhammer MM, MT-BC

After receiving her M.A. in music therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, Jenny completed her clinical internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she supported children from infancy through adolescence during their hospital experience. After graduate school, she worked for three years in the greater Philadelphia area in both school and in camp settings, as well as in an outpatient private practice. In these settings, she specialized in helping children and adolescents make social connections and develop a wider range of coping skills through creative expression. Jenny believes in working closely and collaboratively with family members, educators, and other therapists to facilitate the best possible success for each client.


September 23, 2021