Virtual Conference 2020 - Day One

Day One sessions from AATA's 2020 Virtual Conference.

  • N/NY-RE-42 - Progressive Partnerships: Neuroaesthetics and Art Therapy in the Museum

    Contains 7 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The research emerging from the field of neuroaesthetics deepens the understanding of what makes a successful intervention in a range of environments. Museums are collaborating with art therapists more than ever and future arts-based interventions in real-world environments such as a museum can offer a revitalized approach to art therapy research. Collaborations will be key to this ground-breaking work and partnerships offer their own sets of challenges and rewards.

    The research emerging from the field of neuroaesthetics deepens the understanding of what makes a successful intervention in a range of environments. Museums are collaborating with art therapists more than ever and future arts-based interventions in real-world environments such as a museum can offer a revitalized approach to art therapy research. Collaborations will be key to this ground-breaking work and partnerships offer their own sets of challenges and rewards.

    Juliet King

    Associate Professor, The George Washington University

    Juliet L. King, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC, is an Associate Professor of Art Therapy at The George Washington University and Adjunct Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine; Department of Neurology. Prof. King developed the inaugural graduate art therapy program at the IU Herron School of Art and recently edited and published a textbook: Art Therapy, Trauma and Neuroscience: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives.

    Jessica Ruhle

    Director of Education, Nasher Museum

    Director of Education and Public Programs at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Ruhle leads Reflections, the museum’s Alzheimer’s program, and all public programs. She is a board member for the NC Alzheimer’s Association and was named 2014 Museum Educator of the Year by the NC Art Education Association.

  • N/NY-ET-270 - Ethics of Art Therapy Telehealth

    Contains 7 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will cover considerations and current trends in the practice of mental health through the vehicle of telehealth. Issues specific to therapists and the practice of art therapy including ethical, legal, logistical, and clinical considerations will be covered.

    This presentation will cover considerations and current trends in the practice of mental health through the vehicle of telehealth. Issues specific to therapists and the practice of art therapy including ethical, legal, logistical, and clinical considerations will be covered.

    Mary Attridge

    Dr. Carolyn Brown Treadon

  • N/NY-TR-294 - Creatively Healing Trauma in Communities of Color

    Contains 7 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This experiential workshop will examine community-based collective group approaches for trauma recovery in youth and adults of color. Through presentation and hands-on art making, movement, and mindfulness, participants will learn creative approaches to work directly in communities experiencing and impacted by trauma.

    This experiential workshop will examine community-based collective group approaches for trauma recovery in youth and adults of color. Through presentation and hands-on art making, movement, and mindfulness, participants will learn creative approaches to work directly in communities experiencing and impacted by trauma.

    Suggested Art Materials

    - Paper 

    - Drawing materials 

    - Collage making materials (magazine clippings, fabric, other and found objects), 

    - Glue

    - Scissors

    Lindsey Vance

    Art Therapist

    Lindsey Vance is a board certified art therapist, licensed professional counselor, art administrator, fine artist, educator, supervisor, and consultant. She holds a BA in Psychology and Studio Art from the University of Maryland and a MA in Art Therapy, with an emphasis in Trauma and Counseling from The George Washington University. Lindsey’s professional expertise is trauma-informed care, specifically with community based populations in education and those experiencing housing insecurities. She currently works as the Manager of Arts for DC Public Schools; Grief Psychotherapist and Art Therapist for The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing; and as an Adjunct Professor for The George Washington University and Bowie State University. She is the Founder of arTestimony and Co-Founder of Artistic Alchemy Oasis

  • N/NY-RE-311 - FNIRS and Self-Report Assessment of Artmaking in Virtual Reality

    Contains 7 Component(s), Includes Credits

    We present results from a study examining outcomes of a virtual reality-based art therapy session on reward perception, as measured using functional near infrared spectroscopy (FNIRS), and self-perceptions of quality of life in healthy adults (18-70 years old). Differences in results based on olfactory stimulation will also be shared.

    We present results from a study examining outcomes of a virtual reality-based art therapy session on reward perception, as measured using functional near infrared spectroscopy (FNIRS), and self-perceptions of quality of life in healthy adults (18-70 years old). Differences in results based on olfactory stimulation will also be shared.

    Dr. Girija Kaimal

    Assistant Professor, Drexel University

    Drexel University

    Dr. Girija Kaimal (EdD, MA, ATR-BC) is Assistant Professor in the doctoral program in Creative Arts therapies at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. She has Bachelor's degree in design from the National Institute of Design in India; Masters degree in art therapy from Drexel University; and; her doctorate is in human development and psychology from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She also serves as the Chair of the AATA Research Committee and is an Assessment Fellow for Drexel University

    Katrina Carroll-Haskins

    Katrina Carroll-Haskins is an art therapist and educator. She is currently a PhD candidate and research fellow at Drexel University. She has worked therapeutically with groups and individuals diagnosed with autism, dementia, intellectual disabilities, chemical dependency, eating disorders, trauma, and sexual offenses. Her research interests include art-based supervision, professional identity development for art therapists, and innovative technologies (VR, AR) and their applications to art therapy practice

    Asli Arslanbek

  • NY-PP-313 - The Role Of Art History In Art Therapy Today

    Contains 7 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This paper reviews the history of weaving art history and art therapy together in clinical practice. The paper then examines how integrating social art history frameworks into art therapy treatment benefits participants' processes of expression and discovery. By offering new models for intervention, this paper further argues that art therapy as a field can benefit from a more robust presence of art historical methods in training and practice.

    This paper reviews the history of weaving art history and art therapy together in clinical practice. The paper then examines how integrating social art history frameworks into art therapy treatment benefits participants' processes of expression and discovery. By offering new models for intervention, this paper further argues that art therapy as a field can benefit from a more robust presence of art historical methods in training and practice.

    Lida Sunderland

  • NY-PP-47 - Mandalas for Clinician Self-Care: Using the Sacred Circle as Our Guide

    Contains 7 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This workshop will engage participants in a contemplative mandala-making process for professional invigoration and self-care. Participants will make a mandala through a contemplative process that can be easily replicated outside of the virtual conference. The process will open attendees’ potential for reflective inner-dialogue aimed to chronicle professional growth and generate wholeness for the practitioner. Attendees will leave the workshop having experienced an artistic wellness practice that can enrich and revitalize their professional work.

    This workshop will engage participants in a contemplative mandala-making process for professional invigoration and self-care. Participants will make a mandala through a contemplative process that can be easily replicated outside of the virtual conference. The process will open attendees’ potential for reflective inner-dialogue aimed to chronicle professional growth and generate wholeness for the practitioner. Attendees will leave the workshop having experienced an artistic wellness practice that can enrich and revitalize their professional work.

    Suggested Art Materials: 

    (1) Surface: mixed media or watercolor paper; While the surface does not need to be square, it does need to accommodate your mandala: 7x7, 8x12, 12x12 are some options; 

    (2) Pencil (for tracing circle); 

    (3) Bowl or other circle (approx. 6-7 inches in diameter). 

    Media suggestions (one or two of these items will suffice): 

    (1) Oil pastels (+napkins); 

    (2) Watercolors (+water, brush, napkins); 

    (3) Watercolor markers (+water, brush, napkins)

    Amy Bucciarelli

    Amy Bucciarelli, MS, ATR-BC, LMHC, is a faculty member for the University of Florida's Center for Arts in Medicine. Amy's clinical experience focuses on medical art therapy. She has published and presented about assessments, mandalas, practitioner self-care, the therapeutic use of hand papermaking, and the collaboration of creative arts therapies and arts in medicine programs.

    Dr. Sheila Lorenzo de la Peña

    Sheila Lorenzo de la Peña, PhD, ATR-BC, faculty at Edinboro University. With twelve years of experience providing art therapy and DBT services at a forensic state facility serving individuals with chronic mental illness. She also served as adjunct faculty at FSU and  supervised masters level students at the forensic state facility for over 10 years. She promotes routine use of creative expression. She maintains several creative practices and shares them through her social media.

  • NY-MS-103 - Bereavement Photography: Art Therapist as Photographer, Grief Support, and Witness

    Contains 7 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Using evidence-based art therapy practices and bereavement counseling models, Bereavement Photography can be taken to new depths in support of grieving families. With an art therapist and counselor behind the lens, photographing death develops into a compassionate and careful honoring of a family’s deep love, laying the groundwork for healing.

    Using evidence-based art therapy practices and bereavement counseling models, Bereavement Photography can be taken to new depths in support of grieving families. With an art therapist and counselor behind the lens, photographing death develops into a compassionate and careful honoring of a family’s deep love, laying the groundwork for healing.

    Meg Weryha

    Medical Art Therapist

    Bronson Children's Hospital and Bronson Methodist Hospital

  • MC-119 - Resiliency Through Art Therapy with Pre- School Children of Latinx Farm Working Families

    Contains 7 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Latinx farmworker preschool children are an undeserved and highly disparate group. Compelling evidence suggests that chronic adversity is a meaningful contributor to mental health problems exacerbating later in life. We examine the impact of a culturally-informed art therapy program based on trauma-informed narrative therapy evaluated in several settings.

    Latinx farmworker preschool children are an undeserved and highly disparate group. Compelling evidence suggests that chronic adversity is a meaningful contributor to mental health problems exacerbating later in life. We examine the impact of a culturally-informed art therapy program based on trauma-informed narrative therapy evaluated in several settings.

    Angela Quintero

    Dr. Theresa Van Lith

    Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator

    Florida State University

    Dr. Van Lith’s (ATR-BC, AThR) research interests have stemmed from working in the mental health system back in her home country, Australia. She has since investigated art therapy professional development and service delivery models in the United States, such as implementing best practice interventions with children and using web-based art therapy with university students.

  • N/NY-SS-293- Invitations to Create: Strategies for School- Based Art Therapy Groups with Neurodiverse Clients

    Contains 7 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Participants will learn strategies for providing art therapy groups in a school setting. Through hands-on activities we will explore developmentally- appropriate, evidenced-based “invitations to create” that support the unique needs of neurodiverse clients. Participants will create a toolbox of strategies for managing the challenges and for promoting personal well-being.

    Participants will learn strategies for providing art therapy groups in a school setting. Through hands-on activities we will explore developmentally- appropriate, evidenced-based “invitations to create” that support the unique needs of neurodiverse clients. Participants will create a toolbox of strategies for managing the challenges and for promoting personal well-being.

    Digital collage for experiential can be accessed here.

    Jennifer Lawrence

  • N/NY-TE-20 - Implementing Digital Art Therapy in Adolescent Group Work

    Contains 7 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation offers an overview about introducing digital art therapy to adolescents in a partial hospitalization program. Content will include sharing the benefits, challenges, and ethical considerations experienced when implementing digital media with this population and for a group setting. Digital art therapy interventions and examples will also be presented.

    This presentation offers an overview about introducing digital art therapy to adolescents in a partial hospitalization program. Content will include sharing the benefits, challenges, and ethical considerations experienced when implementing digital media with this population and for a group setting. Digital art therapy interventions and examples will also be presented.

    Gretchen Miller

    Art Therapist

    Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist, Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner, Ursuline College Counseling and Art Therapy Faculty practicing in Northeast Ohio for 20 years, primarily working with children and adolescents. Gretchen is also a Buckeye Art Therapy Association (BATA) Past President, BATA Honorary Life Member and since 2017, has served on the AATA Board of Directors.