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 501(c)3

Andrea Davis LPC-AT-S, ATR-BC, ATCS is the founder of Dallas Art Therapy 501(c)3, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing art therapy services to the underserved. With 18 years of clinical experience, she works in private practice at Davis Art Therapy and Counseling and serves as a supervisor for art therapy and Licensed Professional Counseling Associates. Davis has actively contributed to the field of art therapy through her involvement in professional organizations and leadership roles. She served as a two-term president of the North Texas Art Therapy Association and spent three years as the Honors Chairperson for the American Art Therapy Association. Currently, she plays a vital role on the National Exam Development and Standard Setting Committee with the Art Therapy Credentialing Board and serves as a reviewer for the American Art Therapy Association Conference Committee.

In addition to her dedication to the field, Davis has shared her expertise through her written contributions. She authored a chapter titled “Professional and Ethical Use of Expressive Arts,” featured in the book “Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling Children and Adolescents” published by Routledge in 2017. Her recent chapter, “Art Supplies and Infection Control: The Tools of Our Trade,” is included in the newly published book “Pediatric Medical Art Therapy” by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2021. Outside of her professional endeavors, Andrea enjoys creating art in her free time. She has showcased her artistic talents by painting murals in Dallas and at the CIDMA Museum in Corleone, Sicily and an art quilt at McKesson Corporate Learning Center in Irving, TX.

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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