A Potential Area for Nurses’ Creative Engagement in Inpatient Mental Health: Aesthetic and Metaphoric Processes and Un-symbolized Experience

Austen Riggs Center

25 Main St
StockbridgeMassachusetts 01262
March 6, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Shira Birnbaum, PhD, is an artist and an associate professor of practice in the PhD program in Health Professions Education at Simmons University in Boston. She has a PhD in Educational Foundations and Policy Studies from Florida State University, is a graduate of the Fellowship program at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, and is a research consultant in the nursing department at McLean Hospital. Birnbaum is a registered nurse with experience in psychiatric inpatient, criminal-justice, community, and homeless-outreach settings. Her published articles address issues including race, gender, trauma, and the philosophical foundations of research methods in nursing. Her most recent book, Therapeutic Communication in Mental Health Nursing: Aesthetic and Metaphoric Processes in the Engagement with Challenging Patients (Routledge 2017), was awarded first place in the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year awards in the psychiatric and mental health category. She is currently working on a book about child refugees.

This presentation is designed for mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and social workers, with no regular registration fee. View the entire schedule for the 2019-20 Friday Night Guest Lecture Series.


The Austen Riggs Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category1 Credit(s) ™

The Austen Riggs Center also designates this live activity for 1.00 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology and social work.

The program on 3/6/20 meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at 244 CMR 5.00 for 1.0 contact hour(s).

The Austen Riggs Center, #1344, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 02/02/2017-02/02/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 continuing education clock hours. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

For a listing of jurisdictions that accept ACE, please visit www.aswb.org/ace/ace-jurisdiction-map/.

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No registration required. For more information contact Kathleen Young at 413.931.5230. 

In the event of a cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, a notice will be posted here no later than 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event. 

1.5 Hours