2019 BATA Symposium: Friday Program



8:30-10:00     Registration

10:00-11:30   Concurrent Sessions (Workshops)

  • ·         Title of Course: Therapeutic Art Based Journaling and Bookmaking                           

Presenter(s):   Heather Denning, ATR-BC, ATCS, LSW & Shari Racut, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC

This workshop provides participants an opportunity to create handmade art journals. Participants will explore new techniques and prompts that may be used in clinical settings, supervision, and self-care. 

  • ·         Title of Course: Changing Your Body Story: Narrative Yoga Therapy

Presenter: Megan Seaman, Ph.D., LPC, CYT

. This workshop will introduce the integrative method of narrative yoga therapy – an approach that fosters whole being awareness of physical and perceptual narratives, facilitates the retelling and re-experiencing of stories, and then encourages re-membering (White & Epston, 1990) of new narratives in the mind and body. In this workshop, therapists will learn a holistic approach to help clients change their body stories.

10-11:30 Concurrent Sessions (Papers)

  • ·         Title of Course: Clients, Therapists, Colleagues: An Art Bridge

    Presenter(s): Bruce Moon, Ph.D., ATR-BC, HLM, S Lorena Snodgrass, IMFT, LMFT, ATR-BC

    This presentation explores artistic, emotional, professional, and ethical issues that

    emerged in the relationship between a former adolescent client and her art therapist.

    Now, more than 25 years down the road, she is a practicing art therapist and he is

    retired from a lifelong career in art therapy.

    10-11 Concurrent Sessions (Panel

    • ·         Title of Course:  Undergraduate Panel Presentations on Current Research in Art Therapy

    Presenter(s):   Sydney Adams- Lasse & Hannah Leytze  Coordinator:  Meera Rastogi, Ph.D., ATR-BC

    The purpose of this panel presentation is to highlight current research in the field of art therapy and presented by undergraduate students. Each student will feature a different topic related to art therapy, integration of research, and limitations on the findings.  Students will be present to discuss their work and answer questions.                 

    11:30-1:00     Lunch (Provided)

    1:00-2:30       Keynote Lecture: "Rediscovering Art Therapy Traditions for Current Times"

    Jordan Potash, Ph.D., ATR-BC

    Expanding art therapy across healthcare and social sectors necessitates adapting the traditional foci of the profession for contemporary practice. Rediscovering art therapy history, particularly overlooked early art therapists of color, reveals diverse theoretical and practical applications. These models can be adjusted through the behavioral health framework to offer art therapy across the healthcare continuum. Further increasing client access to art therapy and reducing health inequities requires a social justice perspective.

    2:30-2:40       Break

    2:40-4:10    Plenary- Ethics

    Dr. Jessica Headley, Ph.D., LPC and Samantha Pfeiffer, M.ed., LPC “A feminist approach to Ethics and Ethical Decision Making     

    When faced with an ethical dilemma, counselors and art therapists turn to professional decision-making models to guide their practice. Learn how the Feminist Therapy Code of Ethics – which specifically focuses on diversity, power dynamics, and social change – can be used in conjunction with the current ACA and ATCB ethical codes.

    4:10-4:20       Break

    4:20-5:50       Concurrent Sessions (papers)

    Title of Course: Person Picking an Apple from a Tree Assessment and FEATS with Older Adults living with Cognitive Challenges

    Presenter: Amanda Hooley, MA, ATR, LPC

    This presentation will review how to administer the draw a “person picking an apple from a tree” to assess older adults living with cognitive challenges. Examples of the PPAT assessment will be shown to assist in identifying and distinguishing cognitive change. The FEATS will be reviewed and how this scoring aids to put a numerical value to the “person picking an apple from a tree” assessment. It also helps the art therapist share the findings within the assessment to others in the clinical field. In addition, the FEATs aids in showing pre and post results of continued art therapy sessions.

    • ·         Title of Course: New Directions in Art Therapy: Implications for Clinical Practice and Future Research

    Presenter(s):  Meera Rastogi, Ph.D., ATR-BC & Matthew Miklavcic

    The purpose of this presentation is to explore ways art therapists can add new technology and interdisciplinary research findings to their toolbox to help clients. A discussion of how art therapists can incorporate current technology and research will follow.

    • ·         Title of Course: Using Collaborative Art Therapy to Enhance Relational Functioning in Traumatized Clients

    Presenter: S Lorena Snodgrass, IMFT, LMFT, ATR-BC

    This presentation explores the use of collaborative art therapy in a private practice

    setting. A clinical case is presented in which the client, a young adult with a severe

    trauma history is engaged in art therapy as a means of enhancing communication and

    expanding relational capacity.

    4:20-5:50 Concurrent Sessions (workshops)

    • ·         Title of Course:     Weaving Our Future – how special needs students in a school setting can visualize Independence.

    Presenter: Diane Fleisch Hughes, MA, ATR-BC, LPC & Mary Egan   

    Participants will learn the benefits of art therapy in schools (specifically higher functioning special needs students) using the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and develop social skills. This workshop will focus on goal setting and using intention to create independence.

    • ·         Title of Course: Regulate, Relate, and then Reason: Understanding Brain Function in Art Therapy           

    Presenter: Stacy M. Blecher MA, ATR-BC, CMP

     This session will begin explaining Dr. Bruce Perry Nero-sequential model in working with individuals with trauma and sensory challenges, and how the different levels of the brain impact different art tasks. Attendees will have experiential of multiple tasks related to different parts of the brain including memory, clay, and drawing.

     5:30-7:00       Dinner on your own

    7:00-8:30        Special Event!       Bruce Moon Music Concert



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