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  • N/NY-TE-33 - Exploring Art Therapy Assumptions through the Lens of Neuroscience

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/22/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    The lens of neuroscience will be used to explore assumptions that underlie the practice of art therapy and increase understanding of connections between artmaking, emotional processing, and emotional expression. Experiential components will reinforce information about interconnections between art making and brain regions associated with visual-motor, emotional, autonomic, and cognitive behaviors.

    The lens of neuroscience will be used to explore assumptions that underlie the practice of art therapy and increase understanding of connections between artmaking, emotional processing, and emotional expression. Experiential components will reinforce information about interconnections between art making and brain regions associated with visual-motor, emotional, autonomic, and cognitive behaviors.

    Student members of AATA are eligible for a discounted registration rate. Email info@arttherapy.org for the discount code.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Participants will be able to identify central nervous system circuits that may be instrumental in the integration of art making with cognition and emotions.
    2. Participants will be able to identify the connections between emotions and regulation of autonomic and motor systems.
    3. Participants will integrate information about central and autonomic circuits that may provide the biological basis to support two central assumptions of art therapy.

    Please email kmichel@arttherapy.org if you have any questions or want to request particular accommodations for the virtual meeting.

    Dr. Christianne Strang

    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

    University of Alabama

    Christianne Strang PhD, ATR-BC, CEDCAT-S is an art therapist with more than 30 years of clinical art therapy experience and is past president of the American Art therapy Association. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in neurobiology, behavioral neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, and creative arts therapies. Her research is focused on how visual processing is affected in disease states such as Alzheimer’s and macular degeneration. She also provides art therapy services to individuals in treatment for anorexia and bulimia.

  • Getting Involved! Understanding the Nominations Process and How You Can Participate

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    We all know that there is a broad and deep pool of qualified, talented people in our profession. But many people are uncertain about what it might mean to serve the profession at a national level. In this webinar, we hope to demystify AATA’s nominations process, clarify the roles and purposes of AATA’s elected representatives, and start a conversation that encourages individuals to nominate themselves and/or respected colleagues as possible candidates for AATA’s elected volunteer positions.

    We all know that there is a broad and deep pool of qualified, talented people in our profession. But many people are uncertain about what it might mean to serve the profession at a national level.  In this webinar, we hope to demystify AATA’s nominations process, clarify the roles and purposes of AATA’s elected representatives, and start a conversation that encourages individuals to nominate themselves and/or respected colleagues as possible candidates for AATA’s elected volunteer positions.   

     This webinar is being offered by the AATA Nominations sub-committee. It is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about AATA’s election process and who might be considering volunteer service on the AATA’s board or nominating committee. 

  • Undergraduate Poster Session

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Undergraduate art therapy students whose scholarly work was accepted for the 2020 Annual AATA conference will be presenting their posters during a live virtual forum on Thursday, January 21st at 6 PM EST. Please join the AATA Undergraduate Education Sub-Committee in celebrating their work and scholarship.

    The Undergraduate Education Sub-Committee is happy to announce they will be hosting The Undergraduate Poster Session virtually on January 21st at 6PM EST. Although this event could not be hosted during the annual AATA conference, the committee is now able to host this event showcasing student achievement and scholarship.  This event requires pre-registration, is free, and open to the public.

    Students will be presenting their posters on topics including: 

    • "Community Weaving" presented by Elizabeth Allen. A community weaving project in a medical setting. 
    • "Is Art Therapy a Viable Treatment for Sex Offenders" presented by Jamie Cannon. A literature review examining if art therapy is a viable treatment option for individuals who have committed sex offenses.We look forward to hosting this event highlighting the work of undergraduate art therapy students.

    This event is over. Register today if you'd like to watch the archived recording of the event.

    Elizabeth Allen

    Elizabeth Allen is a 2020 graduate from Temple University, with a BA in art therapy from the Tyler School of Art in Architecture, where she completed her research. She is a current first-year graduate student in Drexel University’s MA in Art Therapy and Counseling program. At Temple, she completed undergraduate fieldwork at Magee Rehabilitation Outpatient in Philadelphia, in addition to active involvement in student organizations and community arts practices. She hopes to work with children in a medical setting as a future art therapist and counselor. 

    Jamie Cannon

    Jamie Cannon is a recent graduate from Holy Family University with plans to continue into their graduate program. As a part of Holy Family’s Honors program, they were required to complete and present an independent research project of their choosing. Their project focused on the viability of art therapy as a treatment method for people charged with sexually based offences. Their future plans include getting my doctorate and focusing on research related to the corrections system and how to best help those who are incarcerated from reoffending upon release.

  • 0821 - Leading with Intention to Promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    After the July 2020 virtual member meeting, "AATA's Focus on Equity, Where We've Been, and Where We're Going,"​ members told us they wanted to learn more about AATA’s next steps in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I)—and hear more from our DE&I consultant. This webinar is a subsequent conversation with Margaret Carlock Russo, AATA’s President, and Gary Smith, co-founder of the IVY Planning Group, about how we create sustainable, systemic change for our organization and profession. Margaret and Gary discuss the importance of addressing DE&I in the “current reality”—during the Coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented activism after George Floyd’s horrific killing. They also identify next steps for the organization, including upcoming listening sessions, long-term strategies, and how our members can get involved in this DE&I journey. ​

    After the July 2020 virtual member meeting, "AATA's Focus on Equity, Where We've Been, and Where We're Going," members told us they wanted to learn more about AATA’s next steps in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I)—and hear more from our DE&I consultant. This webinar is a subsequent conversation with Margaret Carlock Russo, AATA’s President, and Gary Smith, co-founder of the IVY Planning Group, about how we create sustainable, systemic change for our organization and profession. 

    Margaret and Gary discuss the importance of addressing DE&I in the “current reality”—during the Coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented activism after George Floyd’s horrific killing. They also identify next steps for the organization, including upcoming listening sessions, long-term strategies, and how our members can get involved in this DE&I journey. 

    Dr. Margaret Carlock-Russo

    President, The American Art Therapy Association

    Prescott College

    Margaret Carlock-Russo, EdD, LCAT(NY), ATR-BC, ATCS, is a board certified art therapist and licensed creative arts therapist, currently serving as the President of the American Art Therapy Association. Margaret has over 25 years of experience as an art therapist working with individuals and groups. Much of her career has been spent working with people with health conditions or impairments, learning disabilities and dementia. Most recently, she has developed Chroma Soul Arts, an organization focused on providing community groups and retreats, addressing issues of aging, social connection, self-care, and wellness. Margaret is also an associate faculty at Prescott College, coordinating their Expressive Arts Therapy Post Master’s Certificate Program.

    Gary A. Smith

    Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Ivy Planning Group

    Gary A. Smith is cofounder and Senior Partner of Ivy Planning Group (Ivy), a 28-year-old management consulting and training company that specializes in strategy, diversity, leadership and change management. Consulting Magazine honored Mr. Smith as one of the Top 25 Consultants of 2007. Profiles in Diversity Journal named him a Diversity Pioneer. Minority Business & Professionals Network, Inc. named Mr. Smith one of “Fifty Influential Minorities in Business.” 

    He has over 25 years of strategy, technology, management consulting and executive coaching to large private sector and government organizations. He has led numerous engagements to develop core business, technology, diversity, and marketing strategies leading to improved revenue performance, mission-critical improvements, and more effective customer service. Mr. Smith assists clients in solving problems. His skills in management, marketing, and information technology allow him to synthesize data to meet his clients' challenges. He has worked directly with corporate CEOs, executive teams, agency administrators, and senior officials to build strategies, facilitate challenging discussions, and achieve their organization’s vision

    Kat Michel (Moderator)

    Sr. Manager of Member Services, The American Art Therapy Association

    Kat Michel, MA is Sr. Manager of Member Services with the American Art Therapy Association. She is responsible for member retention and recruitment and for developing programs and resources for AATA members that focus on professional development, such as continuing education offerings and virtual webinars. Additionally, she oversees online member engagement and experience through the MyAATA community. Art therapy is a cause near and dear to her heart, and in 2015 she graduated with her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from The George Washington University.

  • N/NY-0820 - Mental Health on the Front Lines of COVID-19

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Therapists have multiple roles to play when it comes to providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. They themselves may be called upon as essential workers to continue providing in-person services, and they act in support of healthcare personnel who have been mentally and emotionally impacted by the crisis. The webinar will feature a panel discussion focused on the work of art therapists and mental health professionals on the front lines of the pandemic, with information on how they've adapted their practice, advocated for and protected themselves and their clients, and prepared to face the mental health challenges to come.

    Therapists have multiple roles to play when it comes to providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. They themselves may be called upon as essential workers to continue providing in-person services, and they act in support of healthcare personnel who have been mentally and emotionally impacted by the crisis. The webinar will feature a panel discussion focused on the work of art therapists and mental health professionals  on the front lines of the pandemic, with information on how they've adapted their practice, advocated for and protected themselves and their clients, and prepared to face the mental health challenges to come.

    James Bulosan

    Manager of Expressive Therapy, The Loretto Hospital

    James Bulosan's (MAAT, ATR) scholarship interests are rooted in the application of quantitative research design to art therapy settings. He began his professional life at Rush Medical Center as a Research Director, where he managed large data sets, was involved in the analysis of data, and developed proposals for in-depth research based on outcomes studies. His research experience has informed him about the intricate details of his work as an art therapist in a medical setting, an addictions treatment program, a program for clients with disabilities, and, currently, an inpatient hospital setting for individuals dealing with acute mental illness.

    At this point, James continues to apply his knowledge of research design and methods to various art therapy approaches. He has served as Ethics Chair for the Illinois Art Therapy Association, and is currently serving as a board member on the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Internal Review Board (IRB). James also maintains his work in the Chicago art scene as co-director of Lion VS Gorilla, a concept gallery focused on creating shows where artists and viewers are collaborators in an aesthetic experience, and where the integration between artists and the larger community is promoted.

    Susanne Marie Bifano

    Art Therapist, New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center

    Susanne Marie Bifano, MPS, MSED, LCAT, ATR-BC is a visual artist, Board Certified Art Therapist, and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center. Susanne holds both a Masters in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute and a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Miami.

    Throughout her 18 years of clinical work she has co-presented internationally on mental health and urban poverty, art and writing with pediatric patients and wellness strategies for healthcare workers. Susanne’s experience spans various settings such as the public schools, transitional living spaces, department of juvenile justice, in-patient psychiatry and in-patient medical/surgical pediatric settings.  

    Susan Ainlay Anand

    Instructor, Art Therapist, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Susan Ainlay Anand, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPAT is a graduate of the New York University art therapy program, and has worked with children and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings since 1983. She is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she provides clinical services, and teaches/supervises psychiatry residents and medical students. Her clinical interests include art therapy with medically ill patients having worked extensively with cancer patients. She has published journal articles, book chapters and is co-editor of The Legacy of Edith Kramer: A Multifaceted View (Routledge, 2018). Susan provides workshops and training both in the US and abroad.

    In 2019, Susan was elected to the American Art Therapy Association’s Board of Directors. She has also served on numerous committees of the Association. Her involvement with the Governmental Affairs Committee led her to work towards professional licensure for art therapists in Mississippi, which was achieved in 2000. She was a board member and the treasurer of the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), and currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Division of Professional Licensure with the Mississippi Department of Health.

  • N/NY - 0819 Tools for Therapists to Care for Clients and Self during COVID-19

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In response to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, mental health professionals have had to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances in their personal and professional lives. All of this while also navigating the concerns of their clients and those in their care. Therapists have changed how they work, how their services are provided, and have confronted how they deal with their own stress. Our speakers will provide some quick tips to assist in dealing with this shift, outlining practices for providing safe and hygienic materials, pivoting toward telehealth, and maintaining wellness and self-care during social distancing.

    In response to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, mental health professionals have had to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances in their personal and professional lives. All of this while also navigating the concerns of their clients and those in their care. Therapists have changed how they work, how their services are provided, and have confronted how they deal with their own stress. Our speakers will provide some quick tips to assist in dealing with this shift, outlining practices for providing safe and hygienic materials, pivoting toward telehealth, and maintaining wellness and self-care during social distancing.

    Andrea Davis

    Founder, Dallas Art Therapy

    Andrea Davis, ATR-BC, LPC-AT-S, is the founder of Dallas Art Therapy, a non- profit offering art therapy services for the community. She works in private practice and as supervisor for art therapy interns. She has worked with Cook Children’s Hospital, general population and Texas Health Children’s Hospital, in/out patient mental health populations.

    Heather Spooner

    Lead Telehealth Creative Arts Therapist, Creative Forces

    Heather Spooner, MA, ATR-BC, is faculty with the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine and part of the clinical team that developed the Rural Veterans’ Telerehabilitation Initiative Creative Arts Therapy (RVTRI CAT) Project with the North Florida/South Georgia VA Health System. She is currently working with Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network as their Lead Telehealth Creative Arts Therapist.

    Shazia Siddiqi

    Founder, Let's Art About It PLLC

    Shazia Siddiqi, MA, LPC, ATR-BC is a Board Certified Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and founder/owner of Let's Art About It PLLC, which has the mission to promote the use of art therapy and creative expression to develop fresh perspectives and practice new patterns that lead to personal and professional wellness and growth.

  • N/NY-0305 - The Secret World of the Elderly: A Studio Approach that Raises Awareness

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Studio art therapy benefits the elderly and people with Alzheimer's by creating a space for expression, decision-making, and social interaction at a time when choices might otherwise be limited. Taking this approach into retirement homes can raise self-esteem, provide a sense of purpose, and empower residents. This course provides an overview of the challenges and benefits of contracting art therapy as well as specific projects and interventions that can be used with this population.

    Description

    Studio art therapy benefits the elderly and people with Alzheimer's by creating a space for expression, decision-making, and social interaction at a time when choices might otherwise be limited. Taking this approach into retirement homes can raise self-esteem, provide a sense of purpose, and empower residents. This course provides an overview of the challenges and benefits of contracting art therapy as well as specific projects and interventions that can be used with this population.

    Learning Objectives
      1. List three ways studio art therapy benefits the elderly.
      2. Describe at least two interventions that can be modified for use with people who have Alzheimer’s disease.
      3. Identify at least two challenges and two advantages of contract work.

      Emery Mikel

      Founder and Director, Water & Stone

      Emery H. Mikel, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, LCPAT provided studio art therapy to the elderly and people living with dementia throughout the Washington, DC area until her relocation to Huntington, NY. She created and conducted her own contract service with 15-20 retirement homes. She studied Transpersonal Art Therapy at Naropa University. She is the founder and director of Water & Stone: a transpersonal and contemplative creative arts therapy collective. She also mentors therapists, supervises interns, and guest lectures at George Washington University and Nazareth College. She received her MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO.

    1. N/NY-0308 - Club About Social Development: Art Therapy and Autism Research Preliminary Results

      Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

      This course highlights the preliminary research results of an Art Therapy Autism Social Support Group. The Group, Club ASD (About Social Development), provides art-based social skills lessons and community field trips to help individuals with Autism and Asperger's learn and practice social skills.

      Description

      This course highlights the preliminary research results of an Art Therapy Autism Social Support Group. The Group, Club ASD (About Social Development), provides art-based social skills lessons and community field trips to help individuals with Autism and Asperger's learn and practice social skills.

      Learning Objectives
        1. Learn one or two useful art directives for teaching social skills
        2. Be introduced to two assessments that assist in the tracking of social skills progress.
        3. Become familiar with the latest statistics on Autism prevalence in the United States.

        Dr. Jessica Stallings

        Program Therapist and Adjunct Professor, Emporia State University

        Dr. Jessica Stallings, ATR-BC, LMHP taught at Emporia State University, worked in private practice, and is currently working in partial hospitalization with children ages 5 to 12. She completed a dissertation on using popular culture with individuals with ASDs.

      1. N/NY-0310 - Integrating Art Therapy and the DIR®/Floortime™ Model for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

        Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

        Invite the child with autism to experience creativity by first understanding them and then joining them in their world.The DIR®/Floortime™ approach teaches us to follow the child's natural emotional interests while challenging them toward greater mastery of their social, emotional, and intellectual capacities.

        Description

        Invite the child with autism to experience creativity by first understanding them and then joining them in their world.The DIR®/Floortime™ approach teaches us to follow the child's natural emotional interests while challenging them toward greater mastery of their social, emotional, and intellectual capacities.

        Learning Objectives
          1. Have a basic understanding of the DIR®/Floortime™ Model by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and how it is applied with children on the Autism Spectrum.
          2. Learn how to design appropriate art therapy directives for this population that combine the therapeutic approach of the DIR®/Floortime™ Model.
          3. Learn effective techniques to work with individuals, parent/child dyads and groups affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders

          Pamela Ullman

          Founder, Colors of Play

          Pamela Ullmann, MS, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT is a board certified and licensed art therapist who has practiced in the field for more than 20 years, working with children and families in a variety of community and healthcare settings. She is currently working as an Art Therapist in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, and was previously a Program Coordinator for the Autism Program, with the Institute of Child Development in a University Medical Center. She was instrumental in developing the Art Therapy program in 2003 for the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Manhattan and subsequently served as director of the Child Life and Therapeutic Activities department there.

          Pamela has an independent practice called Colors of Play, LLC and has recently formed a nonprofit organization, Healing Arts Family Connection, Inc. that provides creative arts therapy services for children with special needs and families throughout the tri-state area

        1. NY-0309 - Finding the Art Therapist’s Role in a Therapeutic Alternative High School

          Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

          What is the Creative Art Therapist's role in a therapeutic alternative high school? This course explores the question by looking at the parallel process between the art therapist exploring their role within an institution, and the Seriously Emotionally Disturbed adolescent searching for their identity.

          Description

          What is the Creative Art Therapist's role in a therapeutic alternative high school? This course explores the question by looking at the parallel process between the art therapist exploring their role within an institution, and the Seriously Emotionally Disturbed adolescent searching for their identity.

          Learning Objectives
            1. Learn one or two useful art directives for teaching social skills.
            2. Be introduced to two assessments that assist in the tracking of social skills progress.
            3. Become familiar with the latest statistics on Autism prevalence in the United States.

            Dr. Melissa Klay

            Melissa Klay, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LCAT, is a licensed, registered, and Board Certified Art Therapist and a limited-permit clinical psychologist in New York. She has been providing psychotherapy services for the past 18 years, teaching as an adjunct assistant instructor at Pratt Institute, and conducting qualitative and quantitative studies.