JANUARY 20, 2016


This Artsenses talk focuses on exploring what Expressive Digital Imagery (EDI) is, and how to enhance the range of possibilities of working with people in different therapeutic environments. The discussants will exchange ideas about how shifts in perspectives are gained through each EDI participant's need to give voice. The use of digital imagery as a communication vehicle for both client/artist and the treatment team allows greater accessibility to the process of image-making to enhance life.

 Dr. Julia Byers, ATR-BD, LMHC, is a full professor and was the former Expressive Therapy Division Director at Lesley University. With over 35 years of professional experience in Expressive Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, Dr. Byers has worked in over 20 countries, primarily focused on crisis intervention, training, and research. Julia brings her decades of experience to the EDI Institute in helping to set overall clinical strategy, and to lead the EDI Training Institute and all aspects of its work.

Steve Koppel spent 20 years as a management consultant with Accenture. In 2002, Steve left the commercial world to volunteer with non-profit organizations to help maximize their social impact. His current endeavor was inspired when his interest in photography as an artistic medium helped him cope with the challenges he and his family faced while dealing with mental illness. In 2013, Steve founded the EDI Institute as a non-profit, dedicated to pioneering a new form of therapeutic expression called Expressive Digital Imagery.  EDI has already been adopted by some of the nation's leading institutions, enabling people facing life's challenges to express complex feelings and emotions that words alone cannot. In settings as diverse as psychiatric hospitals, homeless shelters, schools, and cancer centers, many are calling EDI an entirely new language.