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.

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Art Therapy Symposium
Friday, April 12, 2019
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Mount Mary University

Registration Information

Lunch is included in all registrations.

WATA Members Early Registration (through March 16, 2019)

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

Early Registration (through March 16, 2019)

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

Registration (after March 23, 2019)

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

Cancellation Fee

  • 25% forfeited, 75% returned

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



About the Keynote Speaker

Wayne A. Ramirez was born in New York City of Puerto Rican parents in 1941. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Art from Interamerican University in San German, Puerto Rico in 1961, and went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia 1963 and a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling, from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee 1971. Ramirez was awarded Honorary Life Membership to the Wisconsin Art Therapy Association in 1969 and was recently awarded Honorary Life Membership and Board Membership to the Puerto Rico Art Therapy Association. Other accomplishments include: Founding President of the Wisconsin Art Therapy Association, the First Art Therapy organization established in the U.S.A. (incorporated May 16, 1969). Designed and taught the first Art Therapy courses at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Mount Mary University; created the First Art Therapy internships for graduate students and artists in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Continuing Education Hours

Mount Mary University is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM), No. 4529, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Location, Parking and Campus Map

See campus map. Please use the entrance from 92nd St. and park in Lot B. This parking lot is closest to Bergstrom Hall where the morning begins. The registration and keynote will take place in the Alumnae Dining Room at Mount Mary University. The sessions are in various classrooms on campus which will be clearly marked on your personalized agenda. We're all friendly - feel free to say hello and ask anyone on campus for help. 




2019 Symposium Presenters

Michael S. Applegate served in the U.S. Navy from 1998-2006 as a cryptologist on submarines. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017 with a M.A. in Art Therapy. He is currently pursuing his ATR and studying for his LPC while practicing art therapy at a therapeutic day school in Mount Prospect, IL.

Ernesto Atkinson, ATR, LPC, maintains a private practice in Milwaukee’s Third War, “Integration Healing/Alivio Integral”, specializing in bilingual art therapy. Ernesto is an adjunct faculty member at Mount Mary University and serves as Member-at Large for the Wisconsin Art Therapy Association.

Kristin Belkofer, LPC, is a psychotherapist and licensed professional counselor working in private practice at Shoreside Therapies in Milwaukee. Kristin serves as the secretary for the Table, a first century style spiritual community and “house-church” that promotes social justice and community activism while honoring the sacred in everyday life.

Holly Berg, ATR, LPC-IT, works at a residential facility for adults with developmental disabilities paired with mental health issues and behavioral disorders.

Sharona Bookbinder, DTATI, MBA, OATR, RCAT, RP, practices as a Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Art Therapist. She completed a Masters of Business Administration in Innovation Leadership (2016) and is currently working on her Doctorate of Art Therapy at Mount Mary University.

Erin Kay Bostelmann, LPC, ATR, is currently working at Bloom Therapies. Erin completed her Master of Art Therapy and Counseling degree from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Samantha Brophy, ATR-BC, LPC, is an art therapist at Milwaukee Center for Independence and founder of LiminalEase LLC.

Blanche Brown is a third-year graduate student in the Master of Science in Art Therapy with an Emphasis on Counseling program at Mount Mary University.

Laura Fuller-Cooper, ATRL-BC, NCC, maintains a private practice in Glendale, WI, “Imagine Art Therapy Services” at Lumos Wellness. In addition to art therapy training, Laura holds a credential in Early Childhood Education from U.C.L.A. Laura is an adjunct faculty member at Mount Mary University, Alverno Collee, and Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Laura currently serves as the President-Elect of the Wisconsin Art Therapy Association.

Tammy Joe DeLisle, ATR-BC, LPC, is the founder and director of UnMasked Expressive Therapies, a non-profit community art therapy studio in Beaver Dam, Wi. She is also an adjunct professor at Marian University, teaching in the undergraduate expressive and therapeutic arts program. 
Meaghan Dugan, MSAT is a 2016 graduate of Mount Mary University. She is currently the Milieu Manager for Indian Oaks Academy in Manteno, Illinois.

Leara Glinzak, ATR, is owner and art therapist of “I Light” LLC, a private practice art therapy studio in Grand Rapids, MI.

Hollybeth Gower, ATR-BC, is an art therapist at Milwaukee Center for Independence.

Mike Hoelzer, ATR-BC, has worked as an art therapist at Rogers Memorial Hospital for the past 18 years.

Dr. Terri L. Jashinsky, PhD, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, is an Associate Professor who teaches graduate-level addictions courses at Mount Mary University. Dr. Jashinksy’s clinical background included several years working in in patient addiction treatment at the Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation.

Lynn Kapitan, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM is Professor and Director of the Professional Doctorate in Art Therapy at Mount Mary University, Past President of the American Art Therapy Association, author, and former Editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. She has pioneered art therapy education in Wisconsin, nationally, and abroad, and has advised hundreds of art therapists as an educator, peer reviewer, researcher, and editor. Dr. Kapitan was awarded AATA’s highest honor for her leadership and contributions to the advancement of art therapy.

Dr. Lukasz Konopka is a clinical neuroscientist and psychologist with expertise in human psychophysiology/pharmacology and utilization of his Brain to Behavior Approach to diagnosis and treat. Currently at the Institute for Personal Development Dr.Konopka relies on qEEG, physiological data from evoked potentials, emotional activation studies, and emotional and cognitive neurobehavioral testing.

Michael Kozlowski is a suicide survivor whose life has been transformed through self-work and Grace. Michael’s life story has been churning and incubating within him and after 10 years, it is ready to be told. The trajectory of Michael’s life has shifted from helpless to hopeful.

Susan D. Loesl, ATRL-BC, has worked for the past 30 years as an Adaptive Art Specialist/Art Therapist in the Assistive Technology Program of the Specialized Services Department for the Milwaukee Public Schools in Milwaukee, WI. She is an adjunct faculty at Mount Mary University. She is also an author of four chapters in adaptive arts strategies’ books and two white papers on adaptive arts strategies.

Lauren Maggiori is a third-year student in the Master of Science in Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Progam at Mount Mary University.

Jessica Mascenic, LPC, ATR, has worked in high schools and community settings incorporating art therapy. Her expertise lies in the areas of anger management, the effects of trauma, mindfulness, and existential art therapy.

Jill McNutt, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, ATRL, ATCS, is an art therapist and art therapy educator who specializes in medical art therapy and open studio approaches.

Dr. Ben Rader, PsyD, is a community psychologist, psychotherapist, and consultant who works in a variety of clinical and community contexts including Sebastian Family Psychology Services and his private practice, Psychological Purposes, LLC.. Ben is also actively involved in leadership of the Wisconsin Psychological Association and the Milwaukee Affiliate for Social Living, and is an adjunct professor in the Counseling Department at Mount Mary University.

Dr. Marni Rosen, PsyD, ATR-BC, is the Practice Director, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Board-Certified Art Therapist at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts. The Institute for Therapy through the Arts is an integrated Creative Arts therapy center that offers all 4 arts modalities: art, music, drama, and dance/movement. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Posttraumatic Stress Center in New Haven, CT and was a research assistant at Yale University studying the impact of trauma on the narrative of Holocaust survivors.

Tiernee Schatz is a third-year graduate student in the Master of Science in Art Therapy with an Emphasis on Counseling program at Mount Mary University.

Dr. Melissa Kramer Smothers PhD, Licensed Psychologist, is an Associate Professor at Mount Mary University where she teaches graduate-level counseling courses. Dr. Smother’s clinical background includes working in university mental health, partial hospitalization programs, and the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital. She maintains a limited private practice with adults.

Adrienne Strelcheck is a Mount Mary Graduate from the Art Therapy and Theology undergraduate programs. After leaving MMU she found her passion for youth care work during her experiences at Pathfinders. Most recently in 2018, Adrienne was awarded the Shepherd Express LGBTQ Progress Award and The Ren Svanoe Youth Leadership Award from WAHRS.

Laura Swift LPC, ATR, works in private practice and community focused art therapy at Bloom: Center for Art and integrated Therapies in addition to being an adjunct faculty member at Mount Mary University.

Victoria Vallejo, LPC, is a licensed professional school counselor and art therapist providing individual and group services to students grades K-12.

Toyia Washington received her Master of Counseling degree from Governor State University. She is currently a therapist for Indian Oaks Academy, in Manteno, Illinois.

Venice Williams is the Executive Director of Alice’s Garden and its visionary leader. She calls herself a cultural and spiritual midwife, strongly believing she was put in Creation to help bring forth all that is good and whole in people and places. She has been doing just that in Milwaukee for the past twenty-seven years.

Megan Van Meter, ATR-BC, earned her master’s degree in art therapy from the University of Louisville. She currently serves as a visiting professor of art therapy at IUPUI”s Herron School of Art and Design. She is currently working on the manuscript for The Expressive Therapies Continuum and Parallels in Neuroscience, which will be available through Routledge.

Mary Williams, LPC, ATR, is the co-owner and co-creator of Madison Art Therapy, a private practice located in Madison, WI.

Heather Wulfers, LCPC, ATR-BC, is an Art Therapist on Dr. Konopka’s Brain to Behavior team at the Institute for Personal Development in Romeoville, IL. Currently working on her Doctorate of Art Therapy at Mount Mary University Heather uses arts-based research and creative modalities to both treat and educate within the fields of art and psychology.


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.