Cheryl McLean

Cheryl McLean MA is an independent scholar and educator and Founder, Publisher and Executive Editor of The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice IJCAIP and Editor of The CAIP Research Series and books, "Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice Inquiries for Hope and Change" (August 2010) and "Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change" (Associate Editor, Dr. Robert Kelly, University of Calgary, Published by Detselig Temeron Books, Calgary). Cheryl has a background in journalism, social science and the arts (BA, Social Science, University of Western Ontario, London) mental health/gerontology, group therapy (MA , Creative Arts Therapies, Faculty of Fine Art, Concordia University, Montreal). In her graduate work and research she studied Creative Arts Therapies and acting (Stanislavski/realism) and worked in projects for two years under the mentorship of Dr. Muriel Gold, formerly the Artistic Director of the Saidye Bronfman Theatre, Montreal. Her work and research as a group therapist involved therapy with older persons in mental health and residential care at Maimonides Jewish Geriatric Hospital and the Rene Cassin Institute of Social Gerontology. She wrote and performed the "ethnodrama" "Remember Me for Birds" based on data gathered in research and true stories (a number of her clients were Holocaust survivors) and toured the performance as an actor raising awareness about aging, mental health and autonomy in keynote solo presentations for national conferences, universities and medical schools in Canada and the U.S. The work was produced as an educational film in 2006. An agent of change and longtime arts advocate, as publisher of IJCAIP and Editor of the CAIP Research Series, Cheryl McLean continues to publish new research in the creative arts in interdisciplinary practice to help shape the emerging international field raising awareness about the vital role the arts have to play for hope and change in communities worldwide.

In her current presentation, "Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Shaping change, Transforming Communities", Cheryl speaks about the vital role of the creative arts in research for transformative change drawing on leading edged research and illustrative examples of the creative arts in practice.


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