City Children and Their Cultures: Poetry & Art Therapy

City Children and Their Cultures: Poetry & Art Therapy

April 29, 2004

An interactive panel discussion with Drs. Diane Kaufman and Adam Perlman explored the use of poetry programs as healing tools within the context of complimentary medicine.

POETRY AND ART THERAPY focused not only upon how poetry programs can be used to assist teachers, counselors and others who work with young people to discover and heal emotional problems, but will also consider art and other creative therapies in the broader context of complementary medicine and its relevance to ethnically diverse and often marginalized urban communities, such as Newark.

Dr. Diane Kaufman is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Universityof Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School.  Her affiliation with UBHC began in 1986 and she has been providing psychiatric services at University Behavioral HealthCare since then. Dr. Kaufman has been Medical Director of Pre-school services, Medical Director of the Crisis Unit for Children and Adolescents, and most recently, “hands-on” adult and child psychiatrist within UBHC Brief Treatment. Dr. Kaufman is the Director of the Writing Life Program, which includes the ‘Parents Are People Too!’ parenting education program (recognized as “exemplary” by the New Jersey Children’s Trust Fund), as well as school, drug rehabilitation, and shelter-based
creative writing programs. From 1999-2002, she was the Newark Chairperson to the National Campaign to Stop Violence-Do The ‘Write’ Thing Challenge. In May 2000, Dr. Kaufman was the honored recipient of the New Jersey Health Care Foundation’s Humanism in Medicine Award.

In 2002, Dr. Adam Perlman became Executive Director for the Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ICAM) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), where he is an assistant professor of medicine.  In 2004, he was named the UMDNJ Endowed Professor in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Perlman also maintains his medical directorship and clinical practice in Integrative Medicine at Saint Barnabas, where he was recognized by his peers with the “Excellence in Caring Award” in 2000. His scholarly activities include numerous grants and publications. Dr. Perlman is currently the Principal Investigator on four funded research projects. These include a clinical trial to assess the efficacy of massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee and a clinical trial looking at the effect of multivitamin-mineral supplementation on performance in school in inner city youth. He is a 5th degree black belt and an instructor in martial arts, which he began practicing in 1982 and credits with spurring his interest in complementary medicine.

Presented by Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience in conjunction with Voices Of The City; Newark reads poetry 2004 programming.

About the City Children and Their Cultures series:

At the end of the Spring semester 1998 the Institute mounted, in conjunction with the Newark Public Schools, a community oriented lecture and discussion series that explored the transformation of urban youth culture in the United States over the near half-century that followed the end of World War II. Titled City Children and Their Cultures and supported by grants from the Victoria Foundation and the Schumann Fund of New Jersey, the series invited nationally recognized scholars on children to speak to and interact with a cross section of Newark parents, educators, foundation heads, and advocates for children. The objective of the two-part series was to help the major stakeholders in Newark’s youth-oriented sectors contextualize the life of the City’s youngsters, and to foster a sense of intellectual camaraderie among those stakeholders in a public setting. City Children and Their Cultures was held at the Newark Museum and was free of charge to parents, educators and the public.