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  • 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.

  • N/NY-0318 - Through the Child Welfare Kaleidoscope: Perspectives on Treatment

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course provides perspectives and guidance for the effective assessment and treatment of youth in the Child Welfare system, their families, and related professionals. Proven clinical and creative strategies addressing attachment related concerns, ambiguous grief, cumulative complex trauma exposures, and the multiple transitions unique to this population is presented.

    Description

    This course provides perspectives and guidance for the effective assessment and treatment of youth in the Child Welfare system, their families, and related professionals. Proven clinical and creative strategies addressing attachment related concerns, ambiguous grief, cumulative complex trauma exposures, and the multiple transitions unique to this population is presented.

    Learning Objectives
      1. Clearly conceptualize four major treatment areas specific to children and both birth and foster families involved in child welfare with empathy and empowerment.
      2. Learn how to implement at least four applicable interventions to build rapport, facilitate grieving, provide support through transitions, build secure attachments, and reduce trauma responses.
      3. Learn three specific ways to engage and advocate with other professionals, parents, and court system in the treatment process.

      Heather Brown

      Heather Brown, MS, ATR, LPC, ACTP, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Art Therapist, Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner through the National Institute of Trauma and Loss and the coauthor of Therapeutic Interventions for Families and Children in the Child Welfare System. She holds her Master's degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School and is accredited through the State of Michigan as well as the Art Therapy Credential Board.

      Originally from the Baltimore-Washington metro area, Heather moved to Detroit 12 years ago and since then has effectively helped metro Detroit's children, teens, adults, and professionals by providing high quality and creative therapeutic interventions and trainings. Heather also offers individual and group supervision for LLPC's (Limited Licensed Professional Counselors) and future-ATR's (Registered Art Therapists) as well as post-licensure case and career consultation. She has provided numerous presentations and trainings in community forums, professional conferences, and educational settings on parenting, working with children and families in foster care and adoption, child and adolescent mental health concerns, trauma/PTSD, grief & loss, and art therapy.

    1. 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.

            1. N/NY-0403 - Unblending the Parts: Integrating Internal Family Systems and Art Therapy

              Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

              This course discusses the use of art therapy processes tailored for the treatment of trauma using the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model. It includesan overview of the IFS model, parallels between art therapy and IFS, examples of IFS specific art interventions and case material.

              Description

              This course discusses the use of art therapy processes tailored for the treatment of trauma using the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model. It includes an overview of the IFS model, parallels between art therapy and IFS, examples of IFS specific art interventions and case material.

              Learning Objectives
                1. Describe the 8 qualities of Self to illustrate understanding the concept of Self-leadership in IFS.
                2. Identify 4 ways IFS and art therapy complement each other.
                3. Apply 4 art interventions corresponding with the stages of the IFS process.

                Amanda Bechtel

                Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist

                Amanda Bechtel, ATR-BC, LCPC, LCPAT is a board certified registered art therapist, licensed clinical professional counselor and licensed clinical professional art therapist. In addition to eating disorders, she has used art therapy to treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, self-injurious behavior and substance abuse. She holds a certificate in advanced trauma treatment. Amanda regularly presents on art therapy and eating disorders at national conferences and regional symposiums. She is adjunct faculty at St. Mary of the Woods College and currently sits on Maryland's Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.

                Peggy Kolodny

                Licensed Art Therapist

                Peggy Kolodny MA, ATR-BC LCPAT, licensed art therapist, is adjunct clinical faculty at University of Maryland School of Social Work, Notre Dame of Maryland University as well as multiple professional institutes. She has a trauma-focused art psychotherapy private practice with Level 2 certificates in EMDR and IFS (Internal Family Systems).

              1. N/NY-0314 - Layering as a Mechanism of Change in El Duende One-Canvas Process Painting

                Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

                Layering as a mechanism of change in art making is seen during El Duende One Canvas Process Painting. Concepts of layering are explored from the perspectives of neuroscience, a movement of “Layerists” artists, and art therapists. Imagery from “The Cycle of Layering” highlights the four phases of the self-disclosing process.

                Description

                Layering as a mechanism of change in art making is seen during El Duende One Canvas Process Painting. Concepts of layering are explored from the perspectives of neuroscience, a movement of “Layerists” artists, and art therapists. Imagery from “The Cycle of Layering” highlights the four phases of the self-disclosing process.

                Learning Objectives
                  1. Articulate the concept of art as a mechanism of change.
                  2. Name three conceptual perspectives about layering.
                  3. Identify 4 phases of the self-disclosing “Cycle of Layering.”

                  Abbe Miller

                  Associate Professor and Art Show Coordinator, Albertus Magnus College

                  Abbe Miller, MS,  ATR-BC, LPCA has taught nationwide, the processes of transformational art psychotherapy for over 37 years. She is Associate Professor and Art Show Coordinator of the Graduate Art Therapy Program at Albertus Magnus College and maintains a private practice.  She is an exhibiting artist. She has numerous journal articles and is a third year doctoral student at Lesley University.

                  Megan Robb

                  Program Director, Art Therapy Counseling - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

                  Megan Robb, ATR-BC, LPC, NCC is an Associate Professor and Director of the Art Therapy Counseling at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Robb's research interests include shame, multicultural education outcomes, culturally sensitive art therapy practice, medical art therapy, and group art therapy. Her recent clinical work as an art therapist was at the National Institutes of Health. Robb currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

                1. NY-0320 - Addressing Contemporary MICA Issues in Art Therapy

                  Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

                  This course seeks to explore contemporary issues in MICA treatment. Topics include an exploration of recent trends in substance abuse, implications in clinical practice, and Art Therapy directives geared to address short and long-term treatment goals.

                  Description

                  This course seeks to explore contemporary issues in MICA treatment. Topics include an exploration of recent trends in substance abuse, implications in clinical practice, and Art Therapy directives geared to address short and long-term treatment goals.

                  Learning Objectives
                    1. Identify and articulate the etymology of at least two substances receiving attention in contemporary MICA treatment.
                    2. Learn at least six psychiatric symptoms related to the discussed substances that impact the clinical presentation of patients in treatment.
                    3. Explore four directives for possible use with patients who currently use or have a history of using the aforementioned substances.

                    Jenna Krauter

                    Jenna Krauter, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT is a licensed art therapist and graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has extensive experience in adult inpatient treatment and focuses on the integration of art therapy and psychoeducation in treatment for adults with chronic mental illness.

                    Jamie Shoneman

                    Jamie Shoneman, ATR-BC, LCAT is a Licensed Art Therapist who has experience working with populations from Pre-School Children to Geriatrics. She has specialized in Trauma Therapy and has extensive experience working with the Dually Diagnosed throughout the recovery process as well as providing mentorship and supervision to students and professionals.

                  1. NY-0209 - Culture, Medicine, and Art Therapy: Building a Practice that Works

                    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

                    Because illness touches all classes and cultures, art therapy in medicine is a natural training ground for culturally sensitive art therapy practice. Art therapy practices that illuminate the complex web of hospital and personal cultures is presented through theory and case examples.

                    Description

                    Because illness touches all classes and cultures, art therapy in medicine is a natural training ground for culturally sensitive art therapy practice. Art therapy practices that illuminate the complex web of hospital and personal cultures is presented through theory and case examples.

                    Learning Objectives
                    1. Name three cultural perspectives typically encountered within a medical treatment setting.
                    2. List three strategies for addressing cultural differences through art therapy.
                    3. Define the term “frame switching,” and describe its application in art therapy practice.

                    Tracy Councill

                    Program Director, Tracy's Kids

                    Tracy Councill, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is both Program Director for Tracy's Kids and Art Therapist in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Georgetown University Hospital's Lombardi Cancer Center. She has taught Medical Art Therapy, Studio Art Therapy and Art Therapy for Trauma at The George Washington University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Florida State University and creates paintings, block prints and sculpture. She has served as on the Board of AATAand as Chair of the Membership Committee

                    Kathryn Tedeschi

                    Founder and Clinical Director, Sage House Counseling & Art Therapy

                    Kathryn Tedeschi, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, LPC is a graduate of The George Washington University art therapy program. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, military veterans and individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. Since 2011 she has worked as an art therapist for Tracy's Kids, providing services to pediatric Hematology-Oncology patients in Washington DC. Kathryn recently moved to New York to start the Tracy’s Kids art therapy program at the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health at New York-Presbyterian /Weill Cornell.