2018 BATA Symposium: Friday Program

*Please note: Workshops are highlighted in yellow, require an extra $5 materials fee, and a ticket for entrance.  If you pre-paid the workshop fee, your ticket is in your badge holder. If you have not pre-paid, and the workshop is not full, a limited number of tickets will be available at the registration desk

8:30-10:00               Registration – Lobby

9:45-10:00               Welcome and Opening Remarks – Capitol Room

10:00-11:30 Concurrent Sessions

CANCELLED: Self-Journeys through Wisdom Journals:PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the presenter has had to cancel this workshop. A replacement workshop has been scheduled from 10:30-Noon, see below.

Transforming suffering: Helping clients reduce anxiety and depression through Buddist philosophy utilizing art therapy/Workshop/Presenter: Katherine Jackson, PhD, ART-BC

Anxiety and depressive disorders are on the rise exponentially in the United States (Hanh, 2015; Moon, 2016). Clients seeking mental health services are seeking relief from the suffering of anxiety and depression that plague the current times. Buddhist tenets found in Buddhism, a philosophy born out of Asia, can help with the suffering of mental health struggles. Utilizing the Four Noble Truths, and The Eightfold Path of Buddhist philosophy, individuals can recognize particular struggles that create blocks to wellness (Hahn, 2015; Keltner, 2009). Individuals will utilize artist trading cards, psychoeducation, and mindfulness to work on liberation from anxiety and depression that can benefit clients. This innovative technique and worldview can help individuals perceive differently and break out of maladaptive habituated patterns of thinking and behaving.

Bridging cultures through paper making in rural Guatemala/Paper/Presenter: Valerie Milholland, MA.

A Midwestern university initiated a cross cultural program to investigate the use of art therapy for service learning in the rural highlands of Guatemala. A non-government organization (NGO) requested art therapy interventions to create connections with the community. Many cultural considerations were taken into account to choose the activity of paper making, including an ecological responsible activity. This culminated in a life changing experience with unique, profound ethical dilemmas

Person-Centered Supervison for Art Therapists/Paper/Presenter: Michelle Itczak, ATR-BC, LMHC

As the field of art therapy expands, it is incumbent upon art therapy supervisors to ensure provision of supervisory experiences tailored to students and new therapists as unique as the interventions developed for our clients. While there are a myriad of supervision styles, one that has the potential to be beneficial for many individuals is that of a person-centered approach. Evaluation and commentary shared from participants in individual and group supervision meetings facilitated from this perspective provide feedback about effective techniques. An exploration of rituals and specific supervisor behaviors will help guide the development of participants' own person-centered supervisory approach


The Center CAN Hold: Building two-person relational psychotherapeutic relationship through co-creative bowl building./Worskhop/Presenter: Erin Brazill, ATR-BC

 During this workshop, the key concepts in two-person relational psychology will be explored through discussion and art making.Participants will be invited to create a plaster bowl and intention bead for containment, reflective practices and understanding of the concepts presented in this workshop. 

11:30-1:00 Lunch – provided

1:00-2:30 Keynote Address: Art Therapy Practices Instigate Change: Memory Reconsolidation, Creativity and Positivity Noah Hass Cohen, PhD

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:45 Legislative Plenary

3:45-4:00 Break

4-5:30 Concurrent Sessions

Jung, the Tarot, Archetypes, and Soul Collage/Workshop (120 minutes)/Presenters: Barbara Trauger-Querry, MA, ATR-BC; Susan Wilson, MT-BC

A brief historical view of the Tarot, archetypal meanings and the relationship to Jungian psychology and archetypes will be explored. We will delve into and discuss traditional Tarot card archetypal images as compared to SoulCollage archetypal cards, including similarities and differences, and Tarot readings vs. the SoulCollageĀ® method. We will also explore the personal nature of creating these collages for adults and children. Use of the technique of SoulCollageĀ®, the power of the “I am the one who…” process and the resulting self-discovery and insight will be discussed. Each participant will create their own personal SoulCollage archetype card.

The Story of Our Lives : Using Scrapbooking as a Visual Narrative/Workshop/Presenters: Elizabeth Martin; Cathy Malchiodi

This workshop focuses on the therapeutic uses of scrapbooking in various settings. Participants are encourage to bring their own photographs to add to their experience and learning. The integration of scrapbooking and narrative therapy is emphasized as a strategy to support self-regulation and resilience in client populations.

A Dangerous Persuasion: Treatment Curricula for Using CBT, DBT, and Art Therapy/Paper/Presenter: Kristi J. Reeves, MSW, LSW, ATR-P

 This presentation provides an overview of information regarding the prevalence, onset, functions, methods, and progression of the use of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) for emotion regulation.  CBT and DBT approaches as a basis for art therapy interventions is the primary focus. Case studies examining art therapy outcomes related to mental health diagnoses, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and the effects of trauma are provided.  It culminates in a dual curriculum utilized with a population of adolescent females in a rural community agency. The results of the program are analyzed through the lens of psychoanalytic theory and the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC). 

 Planting the Seeds of Art Therapy: Service Learning in Undergraduate Education/Paper/Presenters: Heather Denning, ATR-BC, ATCS, LSW , Allison Brusk, Kaitly Dirchmeir, Morgan Karcher, Erin McCall      

 “Planting the seeds” of undergraduate art therapy education include opportunities for art based service learning experiences. Art based service learning experiences give students an introductory experience to art therapy from which academic, personal and professional seeds are cultivated. Mercyhurst University’s undergraduate art therapy director and students will provide an overview how art based service learning in the community can increase knowledge of art therapy. Students will present about their service learning in a variety of settings and share how these experiences deepened their knowledge of art therapy thus planting the seeds to become future art therapists.

 5:30-7:30 Dinner on your own

7:30  Movie Night Join us for a viewing of Judith Rubin's award-wining film "Lessons from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" folowed by a CEU discussion.

With a special video introduction by JudithRubin, PhD, ATR-BC.

This documentary highlights the psychological and educational lessons that Fred Rogers taught through music, puppetry and metaphor – in a powerful way that was both authentic and direct. A trained composer and minister, as well as a sophisticated student of child development and psychology, Rogers consulted with senior mental health professionals about every element of the program, all of which he created himself. The structure and tone of the show provided a friendly “neighborhood” – a virtual “holding environment” – within which even disturbing themes (like the fears stimulated by divorce or the imagined danger of angry impulses) could be safely explored. This film is about Rogers' contribution to the well-being of our national psyche, helping us to manage both daily challenges and life's difficult passages. Although children were his primary audience, the truth is that Mister Rogers' lessons have always been relevant for people of all ages




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