Art Therapy Symposium: Creative Leadership in Art Therapy

Join art therapists, community leaders, artists, and mental health counselors from the Midwest to learn how art can inspire and promote community revitalization and personal empowerment. All-day event of workshops, lectures, and discussions exploring how arts can be used to inspire and promote community revitalization and personal empowerment.

Registration opening soon

Art Therapy Symposium
Friday, April 13, 2018
8:00am - 6:00pm
Mount Mary University

Registration Information

Lunch is included in all registrations.

WATA Members Early Registration

  • Professional Members – $120 + online payment fee
  • Students – $30 + online payment fee

Early Registration

  • Professionals – $125 + online payment fee
  • Students – $30 + online payment fee

Registration

  • Professionals – $140 + online payment fee
  • Students – $40 + online payment fee

Workshops with participant limits will be filled as registrations are received. Registration confirmations will be sent via email only.

Continuing Education Units

Mount Mary University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, No. 4529. Program that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Mount Mary University is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

About the Keynote Speaker

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Donna Betts, PhD, ATR-BC is Associate Professor and Research Director in the Graduate Art Therapy Program at the George Washington University, Immediate Past President of the American Art Therapy Association, and an award-winning author on art therapy practice, policy and research.

Symposium details

Morning Sessions

Continuing Education Units
Mount Mary University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, No. 4529. Program that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Mount Mary University is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

8:00-8:45am Registration

8:45am-9:00am Welcome/Opening Remarks

9:00-10:20am Keynote Donna Betts

Attending the Keynote qualifies for 1.3 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

10:30-4:00 Open Art Studio

10:30am–12:00pm  Concurrent Workshop Session #1: A & B

Session A. Creating Balance: A toolkit for sustaining health and wellness- L. Claire Campbell LPCC-S, ATR

Our stressed work environments can be a breeding ground for ethical boundary violations in clinical practice as well as impact our ability to engage in effective self-care and stress management. This workshop will help participants identify triggers and symptoms of compassion fatigue and offer exercises and valuable tools for creating a path to ongoing wellness and energy building. Yoga, mindfulness, breathing exercises, journaling and expressive arts will be offered as toolkit material. (limit 25) Qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

Session B. Essentials of Art Therapy Supervision - Kelly J. Henckel, DAT, ATRL-BC, LPC

This workshop includes ethical, practical, and professional applications for art therapists providing supervision to students and post-graduate candidates. The use of art-based inquiry will guide the participants’ exploration of the supervisory relationship. (limit 25) Qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

10:30–11:20pm  Concurrent Presentation Session #2: A, B & C

Session A. Developing Evidence-based Practice for Working with Individuals with Autism – J. Stallings ATR-BC, LPC

This presentation details a collaborative research project to assess common practices of Art Therapist’s working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum.  Researchers identified a number of domains of importance, which assisted researchers in development of an Integrative Model of art therapy practice for ASD, including an 8-week group model. Qualifies for 0.85 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

Session B. Mount Mary Art Therapy Site Supervisors: Supporting the supervisory and internship process – E. Nolan, DAT, ATRL-BC, LPC

Practicum and internship experiences are integral parts of a graduate art therapy training program. This presentation will focus on understanding the internship process for art therapy students and expectations of the site and onsite supervisors. Qualifies for 0.85 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

Session C. Therapy Groups to Meet Clinical Goals while Enhancing the Patient Experience - A. Topetzes, LPC-IT, P. R. Mann, LPC-IT

Presenters will provide examples of meeting clinical goals through the fusion of art therapy and evidenced based practices. We will highlight clinical examples in the behavioral health setting, showcase art therapy directives for groups, and discuss the collaboration with treatment teams. Qualifies for 0.85 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

11:30am–12:20pm  Concurrent Presentation Session #3: A, B & C

Session A. Self-Efficacy through Community-Based Art Therapy – B. Browne

What barriers to self-sufficiency exist in Milwaukee’s inner-city that hinder community growth and development?  How can creating art encourage one’s belief in their ability to succeed?  This presentation will discuss the benefits of the open art studio program at Repairers of the Breach day shelter in Milwaukee.Qualifies for 0.85 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

Session B. Practicing art therapy in Chinese culture with adult female survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence - Kai-Ying Huang, ATR-BC, LCAT

Art therapists in community-based practice help adult female survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence to stop intergenerational trauma cycles and develop coping strategies. Art Therapy adaptations related to the influence of cultural core beliefs to develop culturally competent approaches to art therapy will be illustrated using a case study. Qualifies for 0.85 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

Session C. Social Action Art Therapy within the Largest Forensic Hospital in the Country – K.  Madigan, ATR-BC

An explanation of the presenter's practice of social action art therapy and how it connects her patients with communities outside the fence, creates community, encourages her patients to create and define new ideas about social change and civic responsibility and look closely at themselves as conveyers of socially significant meaning. Qualifies for 0.85 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

Afternoon Sessions

Continuing Education Units
Mount Mary University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, No. 4529. Program that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Mount Mary University is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

1:30–3:00pm  Concurrent Panel/Workshop Session #4: A & B

Session A. The Art for Peace Group: An Art-based Community Response - B. Fish, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCPC

The Art for Peace group, initiated in response to the events of September 11th. , continues with the intention to make art in a supportive community, enabling us to respond to local and world events with clarity instead of fear. Participants will engage in the Art for Peace group followed by questions.
(limit 25) Qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

Session B. The Healing Art of Herbs – V. R. Williams

Herbs present so many pathways to healing.  Understanding the healing power, and immense beauty in cultivating them, cooking with them, creating medicinal remedies, teas, gardens. and art with them, is a tool that may be used within multi-disciplines to promote healing and wholeness.  This is a participatory, hands-on, workshop. (limit 25)

1:30–2:20pm  Concurrent Presentation Session #5: A, B, C & D

Session A. Building Space: Community-Based Clinical Art Therapy in Response to Urban and Historical Traumas – M. Heindl, ATR, LPC

This presentation will examine the intersection of mental health, urban and historical traumas, privilege, social justice and art therapy. The presentation will focus on art therapy's role in mitigating the impact of trauma on individual, familial, and community levels while also working to reduce the risk of future trauma occurrences. Qualifies for 0.85 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

Session B.Beyond Words: Developing Trauma-Informed, Nonverbal Space for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – C. Creighton, LCPC, ATR-BC & R. DeGraw, LPC, ATR

Explore with us a clinical expressive arts therapy model which offers a collaborative, empowering space for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that: 1) respects the person as they are; 2) addresses clinical need areas; 3) fosters connectivity and increased quality of life; 4) remains trauma-informed; and 5) shows measurable outcomes. Qualifies for 0.85 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

Session C. Building on Strengths: An Art Therapy Program for an Acquired Brain Injury Survivor – A Klingenberg

Building on acquired brain injury survivors’ pre-and post-injury profile, strengths and skills will contribute to them reaching their optimum ability, leading to a renewed sense of self-identity.  Utilizing the Expressive Therapies Continuum within this personal framework will improve neurological and cognitive functioning, and enhance emotional and creative expression.

Session D. The Ethics of Self-Care for Art Therapists – A. M. Guerriero, Phd (ABD), MT-BC,  G.  S. Perkins, MT-BC, & E.  Nolan, DAT, ATR-BC, LPC

This presentation will explore the ethical implications of recognizing and identifying appropriate self-care for art therapists. Barriers to self-care may be detrimental for both the therapist and the clients served. The ethical responsibility to invite personal inquiry into the importance of self-care will be discussed. Qualifies for 0.85 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

Late Afternoon Sessions

2:30–3:20pm Concurrent Presentation Session #6: A, B & C

Session A. Zen Den: A Catalyst for Diverging Systems- T. Buss

This presentation explores three years of qualitative research piloting and operating the Zen Den, a trauma informed open art therapy studio, inside an urban Milwaukee high school.

Session B. Dance Movement Therapy and Animal Assisted Therapy with Adolescents in a Residential Treatment Setting – P. J. Slane, PhD, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA, A-AT

This research study examined the impact of a 10-week touch intervention program employing animal-assisted and dance/movement therapy on the frequency of physical restraints in three residential treatment centers for youth with behavioral disorders. Qualifies for 0.85 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

Session C. The Roles of Love in Art Therapy & Leadership – B. Moon, Ph.D., ATR-BC, HLM

This presentation explores the notion that art making is an act of love.  The roles of love in art therapy and leadership will be examined from the perspective of an existential art therapist. Attention is given to five characteristics of love and their influence and application in art therapy leadership. Qualifies for 0.85 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

3:00-4:30pm Concurrent Panel/Workshop Presentation #7: A & B

Session A. The Bridge as an Art Therapy Connection for Diverse Communities – L. Griffin, ATR, BC & R. Gremminger

This workshop connects two diverse communities: Spring Symposium attendees and adults with disabilities and chronic mental illness who attend a rehabilitation center.  The bridge structure will be made out of sticks 12-15 inches long that are yarn wrapped, then connected. (limit 25) Qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEH) 

Session B. Honoring the "Other": Acknowledging Privelege and Promoting Safe Dialogue- Emily Greene, ATR, LPC & Nancy Xiong

Is art therapy inclusive?  This workshop attempts to create dialogue around the false narrative that art therapy is automatically inclusive to all.  In order to be inclusive, individual art therapists must explore and develop ways to engage with the "Other." (limit 25)

Qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEU)

 

3:30–4:20pm  Concurrent Presentation Session #8: A, B & C

Session A. The Art Therapist’s Journey From Graduation to Credentialing: Professional Developmental Crisis – D. Moss, DAT, ATR-BC, LPC

The presenter will screen a 13-minute, illustrated video fable, an arts-based outcome of the lived experiences of professional art therapists who recently obtained their ATR-BC credential. The presenter will discuss and normalize themes and challenges for art therapists working on their credentials. Qualifies for 0.85 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

Session B. Art Therapy & Graphic Design: How to use your creative skills to transform the community and impact social causes - Chelsea Atwell

In this talk Chelsea will discuss the relationship between the role of an art therapist and a graphic designer. Through learning about each other’s creative process she will share actionable ways to make a greater impact in the community and with social causes.

Session C. Understanding the parallel dynamics in treating co-occurring trauma and addiction – M. K. Smothers, Ph.D & T. L. Jashinsky, Ph.D

This presentation will focus on the value of understanding and appropriately treating co-occurring addiction and trauma-related concerns. Discussion will include diagnostic considerations and strategies to best support, empower, and treat clients with such challenges. Qualifies for 0.85 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

Presenters

Chelsea Atwellis an Art Director and Brand Strategist at Zero Studios in New York City. Prior to helping launch Zero in 2016, she led design on the digital team at Hillary for America in Brooklyn, New York; the campaign to help elect Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States.

Blanche Brown is currently a student in the Mount Mary University Graduate Art Therapy Program.  She is a community and art activist where she uses her art practice to collaborate with local organizations to encourage community growth among youth and adults.

Teresa Buss earned her MS in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University and a BA in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently operates an arts-based therapeutic resource room called the Zen Den inside Pulaski High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and presents whenever possible about the need for trauma informed care and spaces that provide sanctuary and trauma growth.

L. Claire Campbell LPCC-S, ATR is both faculty and Clinical Director in the Clinical Mental Health Counselor Education Graduate Program at Cleveland State University.

Patricia Clason is co-founder of Bamboo Bridge, Vets Journey Home and Healing Warrior Hearts, emotional healing programs for veterans, helping to heal warrior hearts for over twenty-five years.  She is also the creator of Taking It Lightly, an emotional healing program for the general public, and instructor for the Trauma Counseling Certificate Program at UWM School of Continuing Education.

Christine Creighton, LCPC, ATR-BC, is an art therapist at Glenkirk, a day program for adults with intellectual disabilities in Northbrook, IL.

Rebecca DeGraw, LPC, ATR, is an art therapist at NorthPointe Resources, a day program for adults with disabilities and facility for behavioral health.

Barbara Fish PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCPC, is the founder of the Art for Peace group. Her new book, Art-based Supervision, describes her work as an art therapy educator and supervisor in the Chicago area over 30 years of practice. She currently serves on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saint Mary of the Woods College and Mt Mary University.

Emily Greene, ATR, LPC, is the Executive Director at the Youth and Family Project, Inc. Emily received her MS in Art Therapy from Mount Mary College in May 2013.

Rachel Gremminger is a graduate art therapy and counseling student at Edinboro University, PA under the direction of Dr. Penelope Orr. 

Laura Griffin, MS, ATR-BC, has worked with adults with physical and developmental disabilities and chronic mental illness for over 22 years as Art Therapist at RCS Empowers.

Angela Guerriero, Phd (ABD), MT-BC, E-RYT 200, C-IAYT,  is a board-certified music therapist, yoga instructor, yoga therapist, and director of Tempo! Music Therapy Services in West Chester, PA and Nutley, NJ. Angela has her MA in music therapy, M.Ed. in special education, and her MM in music education.  She is a doctoral candidate (ABD) at Drexel University studying creative arts in therapy. Her primary research interests are school inclusion and collaboration.

Melanie Heindl ATR, LPC, is currently a Family Services therapist working at SaintA in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is also Adjunct Faculty in the graduate Art Therapy Department at Mount Mary University as well as a doctoral student in the Professional Doctorate of Art Therapy program also at Mount Mary University. She specializes in community-based and in-home therapies focusing on urban trauma.

Kelly J. Henckel, DAT, ATRL-BC, LPC,  has experience working with at-risk youth and homeless adults. Kelly also has experience providing on-site and academic supervision to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate candidates. She is an adjunct faculty member at Alverno College and Mount Mary University.

Kai-Ying Huang, ATR-BC, LCAT (NY) (MS in Art Therapy/Counseling), is a doctoral art therapy student at Mount Mary University. In 2013, she co-founded Grace of Arts Social Service Center in Nanjing, China, aimed at implementing art as a therapeutic tool in diverse facilities, including prisons, shelters, rehabilitation for addictions, nursing homes, school-based mental health centers, community based grief centers and local Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Terri L. Jashinsky, PhD, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor: Dr. Jashinsky is an Associate Professor who teaches graduate-level addictions courses at Mount Mary University. She also provides professional presentations and continuing education training on topics related to substance use disorders. Dr. Jashinsky’s clinical background includes several years working in inpatient addiction treatment at the Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation.

Anita Klingenberg Graduated with a Masters of Art in Art Therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in December 2017.  She earned a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art, a Honors Degree in Fine Art and a Higher Diploma in Art Education, in South Africa.   Kate Madigan, ATR-BC, received her Master’s in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University. She currently works as an art therapist at Patton State Hospital

Patricia R. Mann, MSAT, LPC-IT, is an Experiential Art Therapist at Rogers Behavioral Health-Oconomowoc since 2015.

Bruce L. Moon, Ph.D., ATR-BC, HLM is a retired professor of art therapy, and co-founder of the doctoral program at Mount Mary University.  He is the author of Art-Based Group Therapy; Existential Art Therapy: The Canvas Mirror, and eleven other books. He is a painter, poet and singer-songwriter.

Dani Moss, DAT, ATR-BC, LPC is assistant professor of graduate art therapy at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Emily Nolan DAT LPC ATRL BC is a full-time assistant professor at Mount Mary University, a licensed professional counselor, and a licensed art psychotherapist at Bloom: Center for Art and Integrated Therapies, LLC, a studio art therapy practice in Milwaukee, WI. She is currently working toward her 200-hour yoga teacher training credential. Melissa Kraemer Smothers, PhD, Licensed Psychologist is an Associate Professor at Mount Mary University where she teaches graduate-level trauma counseling courses. Dr. Smothers’ clinical background includes working in university mental health, partial hospitalization programs, and the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital.

Gregory S. Perkins, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist at Tempo! Music Therapy Services in Nutley, NJ and is trained in developmental models in autism intervention and the DIR Floortime model.

Pamela J. Slane, PhD, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA, A-AT is a board-certified dance/movement therapist, a licensed clinical professional counselor, a graduated Laban certified movement analyst, an accredited animal-assisted therapist, and recently received her Doctorate in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has over 11 years of residential experience with most recently being the Executive Director of Lutherbrook Child and Adolescent Center. Pamela is currently part of Northwestern University’s staff as a Clinical Specialist with the TRPMI, DCFS Monitoring Team that oversees residential providers, and the youth and families they serve across the state of Illinois.

Jessica Stallings ATR-BC, LPC, Autism Specialist, is an Associate Professor at Emporia State University, a doctoral student at Mount Mary University and a practicing art therapist since 2005. Jessica was also the co-recepient of the Rawley Silver (AATA) research award in November 2017.

Angela “Gel” Topetzes, MSAT, LPC-IT, is an Experiential Therapist with Rogers Memorial Hospital since 2014.

Venice R. Williams self-identifies as a cultural and spiritual midwife, guiding people into "birthing" the goodness and talents that lie within. She has been serving in Milwaukee, through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, for 29 years. She has been the visionary behind many Milwaukee organizations, programs, and projects, and currently serves as the Executive Director of Alice's Garden Urban Farm, and Minister for The Table: a first century style community in the twenty-first century. She has been the recipient of The James A Marks Legacy Award (2013), Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee Frank Zeidler Award (2013), MANDI Northern Trust Navigator Award (2015), Valparaiso University Alumni Community Service Award (2014), and many other honors.

Nancy Xiong is currently a student in the Mount Mary University Graduate Art Therapy Program. Her graduating research thesis is a self-reflective process of integrating Hmong story cloths and Narrative Art Therapy with the goal of applications towards working with a Hmong population.

Acknowledgements:

Special thanks to Barnes & Noble Books for their participation and support of the symposium. Please visit their display and peruse the large selection of art therapy and related books and resources.