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Development of Art Therapy in Southeast Asia... Ronald Lay at the International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference

27 June 2019

“I’m looking forward to this inaugural conference as it truly will be an international conference, bringing global professional colleagues and like-minded individuals, leaders and pioneers together to purposefully engage and dialogue on art therapy practice and research. I’m especially excited that the art therapy community from Singapore will have such a strong presence at this conference, that we will be participating and contributing to the overall art therapy global discourse, and that the outcome(s) of this conference will be far-reaching.” Ronald Lay on the Inaugural Conference in July...

The discipline of art therapy in Southeast Asia is emerging as a viable mental health profession and the training of qualified art therapists is central to this development.  My first presentation highlights the integral role of postgraduate training in Singapore and how this non-traditional discipline is maturing within Asian contexts.  Partnered to this are significant industry collaborative initiatives which strategically promotes public awareness and education as further linked to art therapy in practice. 

I will also co-present with credentialed art therapist, Ng Jue Ann; A Multitiered Community Arts Collaboration Featuring Asian Older Adults with Dementia. We will share how this project led to a series of themed discussions, meet-the-artist sessions and an art exhibition hosted in a non-traditional venue. 


Ronald Lay is the Programme Leader of the first and only postgraduate art therapy programme in Southeast Asia.  He has extensive experience with forensic mental health, older adults, specialized populations, trauma, supervision, and progressive teaching and learning in Higher Education.  He is Board-Certified and Registered with the Art Therapy Credentials Board, he is Registered with the Australian, New Zealand & Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association, and he is a professional member with both the American Art Therapy Association and the Art Therapists’ Association Singapore.  His current research interests are in culture, art therapy training and professional development, community arts projects, and the emerging practices of art therapy in Asia.

The International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference will be held on 11-13 July 2019 at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London.

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