Event Details

Inspirees Institute, Creative Arts Education and Therapy (CAET) – open access journal, in collaboration with the Chinese Group of Arts Therapy/Chinese Psychological Society, present the first Creative Arts Education and Therapy World Forum in March 2020, China.

The mission of the Forum is to establish a platform to further communication, dialogue and cooperation between the East and West regarding the arts in therapy, education and human understanding. The theme of the Forum 2020 is Healing Soul through Arts – Connecting Eastern and Western Wisdom which responds to the challenges for the world and the calls for leadership amidst great swathes of conflict. Our societies manifest a need for healing. The West is looking to the East again for time-proven wisdom and inspiration as it did a century ago. And China, after opening up and letting many things flow in from the outside, has started to reflect on the Western influences and its own traditions and values. The keynotes, presentations, workshops, roundtable meetings, art exhibition and performances at the Forum will highlight the development of arts education and therapy in China and the world. About 300 participants from China and overseas are expected. This is an excellent opportunity to present your work and to network with Chinese and international colleagues.

The CAET World Forum rotates between China/Asia, Europe and America in partnership with well-established universities and institutes.

Who is the conference for?

Arts educators, performing artists, creative and expressive arts therapists, psychologists, medical professionals, researchers, policy makers, consultants and body/mind (somatic) practitioners.


Dr Christina Deveraux (USA), Zvika Frank (The Netherlands), Haiping Guo (China), David Leventhal (USA), Dr Liwen Ma (China), Cat Maguire (USA), Prof. Shaun McNiff (USA), Marcia Plevin (Italy/USA), Karen Studd (USA), Joan Wittig (USA), Dr Tony Yu Zhou (China)...and more

Keynotes & Presentations

  • Healing Soul through the Arts - Global Perspectives

Prof. Shaun McNiff, Lesley University (USA)

  • Outsider Arts in China: Applications and Development

Haiping Guo, Nanjing Outsider Art Studio (China)

  • Dance as lifeline: Inspiring movement and well-being through Dance for Parkinson's

David Leventhal, Mark Morris Dance Group (USA)

  • Educational Drama in China: Tradition and Innovation

Dr Liwen Ma, Beijing Normal University (China)

  • The Choreography of Technology: Laban/Bartenieff Movement System and Expressive Robots

Cat Maguire, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (USA)

  • From West to East Creative Movement: A Universal Language in a Digital age

Marcia Plevin, Creative Movement Association (Italy/USA)

  • Thematic Duality Change and Constant - the Paradox and Tension between Innovation and Tradition

Karen Studd, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (USA)

  • The Soul and Essence of Dance Therapy

Joan Wittig, Pratt Institute (USA)

  • CAET: A Scientist's Perspectives and Journey

Dr Tony Yu Zhou, Inspirees Institute (China/The Netherlands)

Master class & workshop

  • The Movement Basis of Expression in Arts Therapies

Prof. Shaun McNiff, Lesley University (USA)

  • Dance for Parkinson's

David Leventhal, Mark Morris Dance Group (USA)

  • The Body as Basis: Experiencing the Anatomical Infrastructure of the Human Design

Karen Studd (USA)

  • Stepping between Movement and Dance: Combining Dance and Drama Therapy

Steve Harvey (New Zealand)

Invited speakers

Shaun McNiff, Lesley University (USA)

Professor Shaun McNiff has a significant international following. He is author of Imagination in Action; Art as Research; Trust the Process; Art as Medicine; Art Heals; Depth Psychology of Art; and numerous other books. His works are translated into many languages and he has lectured and taught throughout the world. In 1998 he wrote Art-Based Research documenting his work with artistic knowing beginning in the early 1970s and the book helped spur the fast growth of the discipline. The recipient of numerous honours and awards Shaun McNiff was appointed as the first University Professor at Lesley University, USA, in 2002.

Joan Wittig, Pratt Institute (USA)

Joan Wittig is the co-founder and former Director of the Graduate Dance/Movement Therapy Program at Pratt Institute in New York City, where she continues to be a full time faculty member. Wittig developed, implemented, and is the Program Director of the first dance/movement therapy training program in China from Inspirees Institute, and is co-founder and Director of the New York Center for the Study of Authentic Movement. She has contributed to several journals and books, including the first book on creative arts therapy published in Japanese. Wittig is the subject of a film on dance/movement therapy, "Moving Stories – Portraits of Dance/Movement Therapy". She has received an Outstanding Service Award and an Exceptional Service Award from the American Dance Therapy Association. She is currently serving as the Chairperson of the ADTA Standards and Ethics Committee. Wittig teaches and presents internationally, and has a private practice in New York City.

Marcia Plevin, Creative Movement Association (Italy)

Marcia Plevin's background has taken her from performing artist, choreographer and dance teacher in New York city, to Italy where, she studied to became a board certified dance movement therapist (DMT), an American board certified counselor and Italian psychologist, to pioneering DMT in Italy, Finland and Turkey. Co–founder in 1993 of the training program Creative movement- method Garcia-Plevin, the book which describes the training, Creative Movement and Dancehas been published in Italian, French and English. She received DMT training from Art Therapy Italiana in collaboration with Goldsmith College, University of London with a certification of art psychotherapist. She is a senior faculty member and supervisor for the Institute of Expressive Arts Psychotherapy, Art Therapy Italiana. Clinical practice in the past 20 years has been with patients recovering from substance abuse, adult psychiatric patients and with hemo-oncological unit patients on the pediatric unit of the Vatican children's hospital. Authentic Movement teacher and trainer she has begun and followed groups in Italy, Finland and Turkey. Marcia is a recent member of the faculty of Inspirees DMT programs in China.

Karen Studd, Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) (USA)

Studd is also a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Registered Somatic Movement Educator through ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association). For over twenty years Studd has served as a Program Coordinator and has taught in LBMS training programs in the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Israel. As a teacher of Movement Analysis she is focused on personal and professional development through movement. Although she came to the Laban/Bartenieff work through the art of dance, Studd sees herself as movement educator/artist, and dance as a highly specialized area of application within the larger body of knowledge that is movement itself. Her interest is in the understanding of the importance of human movement across all disciplines.

Liwen Ma, Beijing Normal University (China)

Prof. Ma holds a doctoral degree in philosophy. She is an associate professor at the Institute of Educational Psychology and School Counseling, the founder and director of Applied Drama and Expressive Arts Education Research Center, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University. Her research fields are Applied Drama/Theatre, Expressive Arts Education, Mental Health, and Action Research. Prof. Ma is a member of the International Editorial Board for the Journal of Creative Arts Education and Therapy:-Eastern and Western Perspectives; a member of the Chinese Arts Therapy Group of Chinese Psychological Society; and a member of International Drama and Education Alliance (IDEA). She is committed to promoting the development on mental health through drama/theatre and expressive arts; and the personal and organizational development of self - awareness, critical reflection, and active development.

Haiping Guo, Nanjing Outsider Arts Studio (China)

Guo is a contemporary artist, the pioneer of Chinese Outsider art, the founder of Nanjing Outsider art studio and the chief editor of Outsider art Series. He devoted himself to the discovery and research of Outsider art of people with mental disturbance for changing the environment of Chinese culture. He established the first art institute for the mental patients in 2010 and established two Outsider art studios in the community of Jianye District and the community of Gulou Distirct in Nanjing. His books include Out of the maze of mind, Sunbathe: art projects of 20 years, I am sick, therefore I am, Notes of Outsider art in China.

Tony Yu Zhou, Inspirees Institute (China)

Dr. Tony Yu Zhou holds a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences and has been working and living in China and Europe for many years. Though trained as a scientist, he has been greatly intrigued by modern dance and dance therapy since 2002 and has played an important role in driving the development of dance therapy in China. Dr. Zhou served on an international advisory board for the journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. He founded Inspirees Institute and Creative Arts Education and Therapy – Eastern and Western Perspectives, the international journal. He is also a certified movement analyst (CMA) trained by Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York. Dr. Zhou is the team leader for the Chinese Group of Arts Therapy, Chinese Psychological Society, Guest Professor of Beijing Normal University, and co-founder and core member of World Alliance of Dance Movement Therapy.

David Leventhal, Mark Morris Dance Group, Dance for Parkinson's (USA)

David is a founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, a collaborative program of the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group that has now been used as a model for classes in more than 250 communities in 25 countries. He leads classes for people with Parkinson's disease around the world and trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach. Since 2007, he has trained more than 600 teachers in the Dance for PD® approach in 25 cities around the world. He received the 2016 World Parkinson Congress Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson's Community and was a co-recipient of the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award from the Parkinson's Unity Walk. He is in demand as a speaker at international conferences and symposiums. As a dancer, he performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011 as principal role. He received a 2010 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for his performing career with Mark Morris. He graduated from Brown University with honors in English Literature.

Catherine (Cat) Maguire, LBMS (USA)

Catherine (Cat) Maguire is a movement educator, dance artist, Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME), and a master teacher of the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS). Cat has taught and co-coordinated Movement Analysis Certification Programs in the US, Europe, Mexico and China. Cat is also a collaborator and consultant for the Robotics, Automation and Dance (RAD) Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign under the direction of Dr. Amy LaViers where she works with roboticists on embodied movement training and analysis to support the development of expressive robotic systems.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University with honors in dance and psychology, she was the artistic director of Offspring Dance Company in New York City and the founder and head of the dance program at Drew University in Madison, NJ. While executive director of Piedmont Council of the Arts in Charlottesville, Cat continued to teach, choreograph and perform throughout Central Virginia and internationally. She was assistant professor of dance at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), and an integral part of the development and implementation of the associate's degree in dance, the only one of its kind in the Virginia Community College System.

Cat is a member of WholeMovement, a coterie of Movement Analysts working together to promote the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System globally by optimizing movement through training and re-patterning.

Christina Deveraux, Drexel University (USA)

Christina Devereaux, PhD, LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT, NCC is an Associate Clinical Professor and Program Director for the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions. She is former Program Director and Associate Professor at Antioch University New England in the Department of Applied Psychology and Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute for 13 years. She currently serves on the senior faculty at Inspirees, a training program for DMT in China, and an international faculty member for Dance Therapy New Zealand. She served as co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy from 2011-2017 and a two time President's Award recipient from the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) for her outstanding contributions to the profession (2008 and 2017). She was featured on National Public Radio (NPR), CCTV, the largest television station in China, and as a presenter for the 2014 ADTA Talks series focusing on DMT and autism. In addition to authoring many chapters and journal publications, she has a blog with Psychology Today "Meaning in motion: Dancing with the mind in mind."

Zvika Frank, (Netherlands)

Zvika Frank, BC-DMT, a pioneer in dance therapy for sexually abused men. He teaches and gives workshops in the Netherlands, China, Sweden, Belgium, Czech Republic, USA and Israel. He is the receiver of "Outstanding Achievements" Award from the ADTA in 2011. In 2006, he brought dance therapy to China with Inspirees.

Peixin Meng, Chinese Central Academy of Fine Arts (China)

Dr. Meng is the leading researcher and practitioner of arts therapy in China. She holds the PhD degree in psychology from Beijing Normal University. Her work is dedicated in integrating different forms of art in psychotherapy. She is the editorial board member of CAET journal and serves in Chinese Group of Arts Therapy associated with Chinese Psychological Society.

Steve Harvey, University of Guam (USA)

Steve Harvey PhD, RPT/S,BC-DMT, RDT is currently doing psychological consultations in schools and is an adjunct faculty member in the Clinical Psychology department at the University of Guam. Previously Steve worked as the Consultant Psychologist with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Prior to becoming involved in mental health, Steve was active in improvisational dramatic/dance performance. He and his wife Connor have developed and continue to practice Physical Storytelling in several countries. Besides being a clinical and educational psychologist, Steve is a registered with the American Dance, Drama, and Play Therapy Associations and has been an active contributor in the integration of all the expressive modalities. He has lead workshops in movement based family play therapy internationally for last twenty-five years. He is currently presenting and publishing arts based research using Physical Storytelling in cross cultural contexts.

Call for proposals

The call for papers and workshops submissions is now open (Deadline 1 Nov 2019) on the following topics in line with the theme of the Forum:Healing Soul through Arts – Connecting Eastern and Western Wisdom

  • Practice, education and research related to arts and health/wellbeing promotion
  • The arts: poetry, dance, music, theatre, visual art (including calligraphy) – focusing on dialog and the relationship between the arts in the East and the West in both theory and practice. Traditional and contemporary art-making can be explored.
  • The mind–body (somatic) relationship in different cultures, comparison of various healing methods, both traditional and modern; e.g., acupuncture, and the martial and meditative arts (e.g., Chi kung and Tai chi). Eastern and Western concepts of health and disease and how healing methods are related to these. Prevention and cure of disease.
  • Buddhist and Taoist perspectives on the arts. Comparative philosophical approaches to aesthetics.
  • Concepts of the person in different cultures – the senses, emotions, breath, consciousness and spirit–in relation to society, culture and nature.

Types of contributions

Presentation:The duration for oral presentations is 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes for a Q&A.

Workshop: The duration for workshops is 75 minutes which includes a Q&A.

Proposal in one of the following sections:

Laban and somatics

arts therapies in education

arts therapies in community

arts therapies in clinical

arts therapies in corporate


Please send your proposals by email to conference@inspirees.com with Full name, Affiliation, Title, Abstract (within 400 words), and Biography (within 200 words) with the indication of choices below.

Submitting contributors will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis following peer review, monthly from February 2019. Accepted contributors will need to register and pay their fee before being included in the programme.


Register onlineor send email to conference@inspirees.com

Sponsors and exhibitors

In order to support a number of colleagues who are not fully funded by institutions or who are students, we are seeking sponsorship. If your organization has funds that could be used for such support, we would be extremely grateful for your support!

We invite arts education and health organizations to apply to exhibit at the Forum. Your organization (schools, art centers, hospitals, publishers, service providers, etc.) will have the opportunity of full exposure to the potential students/customers, professionals and institutions in China and abroad over the three-day period. A dedicated area with tables will be available at the conference venue. The cost is 200 USD per table space for exhibiting companies from March 6 to 8. Conference exhibitors must also have an accompanying registration.

We also accept donations from institutions, corporations and foundations which support the development of arts education and health in China. The donation amount is 1,000 USD. They will be listed as the premier sponsors on the official website and manual of the Forum. There will be also opportunities of speech for the sponsors during the main event of the Forum.

We have limited space for sponsors and exhibitors, if your organization is interested, please us by email: conference@inspirees.com

Terms and Conditions

Please read the World Forum Policy and other terms referenced in the document carefully.


Email: conference@inspirees.com

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