2024 End-of-Life Virtual Conference Series

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Using Creative Arts Expression as a Supportive Tool for Grief June 13th, 2024 | 6-7:30 pm (MST)

Art engagement and the creative process can be beneficial for everyone, at any age. Creativity, in its many forms, is an important way that all human beings express themselves, integrate elements of their lives, and make meaning of their experiences. In this session, participants will be introduced to expressive arts and art therapy and their potential as a resource to support each person’s unique grieving process.

Dr. Carlock will provide a brief overview of art therapy and some situations when seeking out a professional art therapist would be indicated. She will also cover some general ways individuals can utilize creativity and personal art expression on their own, as a therapeutic tool. This type of creative expression is accessible to anyone because there’s no training in fine arts needed. The focus is on self-expression and how the process of engaging in a creative activity helps the body and mind rather than striving for aesthetic goals. Several ideas for personal engagement to support grieving will be shared.

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Dr. Margaret Carlock, ATR-BC, ATCS

Dr. Carlock is a registered, board-certified art therapist and certified art therapy supervisor. Margaret has worked extensively with individuals and groups of all ages, engaged in program development and graduate education. Through her practice, Chroma Soul Arts (, Margaret offers virtual and in-person creative arts community groups and retreats, addressing self-esteem, social connection, self-care, aging, and wellness themes, and provides consultation and presentations globally. Margaret finds creative connection spending time in nature and engaging in pottery, pastel drawing, and collage. She is a clinical faculty member at Prescott College, coordinating the Expressive Arts Therapy Post Master’s Certificate Program.


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