Founder & Director, UCLArts & Healing
Ping Ho, MA, MPH, is Founder and Director of UCLArts & Healing which offers trauma-informed and culturally-responsive training in the use of arts integrated with mental health practices for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment. This work represents the nexus of her graduate education in counseling psychology and public health with her lifelong experience in performing arts. Ping co-developed and served as principal investigator for the evidence-based training program, Beat the Odds®: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming. In addition, she spearheaded the development of the Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts (SEA) and a sustainable SEA on a Shoestring training program of supportive art, movement, music, and writing for individuals and groups in any setting. Ping is a steering committee member for the UCLA Integrative Medicine Collaborative and is also associate editor for the creative arts therapy section of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. In addition, she is co-author of The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art, winner of a 2019 National Parenting Products Association Award.
“I am excited about the SJA Summer Symposium because the arts will be central to the discussion of innovative approaches to meeting the needs of secondary students. The arts enable students to be seen and heard in a way that feels organic and safe; thus, they can be used to address intractable problems rooted in disconnection, such as trauma, loneliness, intolerance, and now social isolation. Educators can also benefit from these tools for their own self-care.”