AATA 2019 Virtual Conference: Morning Sessions
Morning sessions for the AATA 2019 Virtual Conference. All times are based on Eastern Standard Time (EST). Sessions are pre-recorded from AATA’s 2019 Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO.
10:00am-11:00am – Keynote – The Journey of the Refugee’s Mind: Understanding the Psychological Stages of Forced Migration. Presented by Essam Daod, MD
“Just as the refugee’s body takes a journey, so does the mind. There is no way to help and support refugees around the world without understanding and supporting the journey of their minds.” –Dr. Essam Daod, Humanity Crew’s co-founder and mental health director.
More than 70 million refugees and asylum seekers are currently forcibly displaced from their homes due to civil war, ethnic cleansing, genocide, and hunger. This mass forced displacement has created a global human rights crisis and a global public mental health epidemic. Indeed, tragically, forced displacement and migration, in addition to various post-migration stressors, has been linked to high rates of trauma and stress-related mental health problems. In addition to the current mental health crisis, an inter-generational crisis of this forced displacement is emerging. Although rates of trauma- and stress-related mental health problems are elevated among refugees, only a small proportion of this population receives treatment. The lecture will focus on the journey of the refugee’s mind and the psychological stages of forced migration based on our understanding of the global public health and clinical research and intervention development, policy, and related decision-making
11:00am-12:00pm – Neurodiversity in Art Therapy: Special Interests in the Therapeutic Relationship. Presented by Dr. Jessica Stallings, ATR-BC, LMHP
This paper presentation details the use of special interests to build the therapeutic relationship in art therapy with neurodiverse (ex: ASD/ADHD) individuals. The presentation will introduce the concept of neurodiversity and detail a facilitative framework including client special interests in session to promote neurodiverse client autonomy and engagement.
12:00pm-1:00pm – Positive Art Therapy: 10 Years In – What’s Next?. Presented by Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT and Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPAT, CSAC
Positive art therapy is 10 years old, half the life of its inspiration, positive psychology. Explore how it has been incorporated into and is still relevant to art therapy, as well as growing awareness in positive psychology and the psychology world in general of art therapy’s contribution to well-being.
1:00pm-2:00pm – The Role of Art Therapy in the Integrated Treatment and Assessment within the Co-Occurring Matrix. Presented by Dr. Mitra Reyhani Dejkameh, LCAT, ATR-BC
The presentation will explore the role of art therapy in the Integrated Treatment and Assessment within the Co-Occurring Matrix. Exploring art therapy approaches for substance use and dependence, it will describe how art therapy is utilized within the integrated assessment and treatment of co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.
Dr. Essam Daod
Cofounder & Mental Health Director, Humanity Crew
Dr. Daod is a child psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He is an avid refugee mental health activist and researcher.
Dr. Jessica Stallings
Program Therapist; 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.
Cofounder, Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC
Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is co-founder of Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC which provides individuals and organizations with training and resources for managing stress, preventing burnout and increasing wellbeing. She is co-author of Positive art therapy theory and practice: Integrating positive psychology with art therapy and teaches on the topic at the George Washington University’s Graduate Art Therapy Program. She serves as a Wellness Counselor and Art Therapy Specialist for half of the month at Miraval Resort in AZ and returns to DC the other half to maintain her private practice and be with family.
Dr. Gioia Chilton
Gioia Chilton, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LCPAT has taught art therapy internationally, and currently conducts art therapy near Washington, DC with active duty military in collaboration with Creative Forces. She is the co-author of the book, Positive Psychology in Art Therapy: Integrating Wellbeing into Theory and Practice, published by Routledge in 2018.
Dr. Mitra Reyhani Dejkameh
NYS Office of Mental Health, Sagamore Children's Psychiatric Center
Dr. Mitra Reyhani Dejkameh, LCAT, ATR-BC, is a New York State licensed and board certified creative arts therapist. She has recently launched the Creatives Arts Department at NYS Office of Mental Health at Sagamore Children's Psychiatric Center were she works with children ages 6-17. She also provides monthly art therapy services at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital's adult inpatient behavioral unit, teaches at Hofstra University. She has several years of experience working with individuals of all ages in museum based and clinical settings. Mitra is an Iranian American visual and video artist. She works to increase the scope and diversity of populations served with the ongoing objective of making individual realities more visible in public discourse. Mitra has an MFA in Visual Arts, and MA in Creative Arts Therapy, and a doctorate in Art Therapy.