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

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.

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.


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