2019 BATA Symposium: Saturday Program


8:00-8:30       Registration

8:15-8:30       Welcome

8:30-10:30     Keynote Workshop- "Expanding Art Therapy: Behavioral Health Perspectives"

Jordan Potash, Ph.D., ATR-BC

The field of behavioral health embraces interdisciplinary influences and diverse health delivery services. Adapting a behavioral health framework in art therapy can aid practitioners to expand their client work along a continuum of wellness, prevention, therapy, and social change. Participants will create art to reflect on their practice and to imagine opportunities for expansion.

10:30- 12:00 Plenary Session- Legislation

12:00-12:15   Break

12:15 -1:45    BATA Luncheon and Business Meeting 

1:45 - 2:00      Break      

2:00-3:30       Concurrent Sessions (workshops/ panels)

  • ·         Title of Course: Group Work in Undergraduate Art Therapy Education

Presenter:       Heather Denning, ATR-BC, ATCS, Carlena Bressanelli, Kaitlyn Kirchmeir, & Kimberly Bennett

This paper presents methods of teaching undergraduate art therapy students foundational concepts of group art therapy through collaborative art making.  Creating art in a group is a powerful avenue to connect in an educational setting and demonstrates the benefits of group work which include Yalom’s curative factors.

  • ·         Title of Course: Red Can Graffiti Jam- Empowering Lakota Youth through Art Making           

Presenter(s):   Katherine Jackson, Ph.D., ATR-BC, Megan Seaman, Ph.D., NCC, LPC, Katherine Collins, Lauren Hall, Sarah Gotschall, Courtney Wilson, Charisse Green, Linda Ayala, Candace Ressler

This panel discussion explores the advantages of a 5 year long 1-week summer immersion program with the Lakota, within the Cheyenne River Reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Graffiti art expression as well as art as therapy for Lakota youth and adults will be explored via short films clips and photography over many years of service learning within this community. The need for social action within minority and underrepresented communities will be highlighted.

  • ·         Title of Course: Social Media and Art Therapists: Exploring Our Digital Footprint and Presence Online

Presenter:       Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP

This workshop invites art therapists to consider and reflect upon the impact of our digital footprint and its influence.- professionally, ethically, and creatively on and offline. Through didactic presentation, experiential art-making, and group discussion attendees will also be encouraged to explore topics that foster an awareness about creating a digital presence online that aligns with ones goals, passions, values, and career interests.

 2:00-3:30      Concurrent Sessions (papers) 

  • ·         Title of Course: Utilizing Art Materials within Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Attachment Trauma

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

This presentation examines the relationship between art making and sensorimotor

psychotherapy as they relate to the resolution of attachment trauma. The basis for

the research was awareness of historical relevance in the researchers life, and a

desire to explore intersectionality of the modalities for potential efficacy and further research.

  • ·         Title of Course: Every Picture Tells a Story: Art Therapy with Adult Mental Health Clients.

Presenter: Katie Kern-Pilch, MA, ATR-BC, LPC

As a result of attending the presentation, participants should be able to respond to the question, “why does humankind create?” by having an understanding of the anthropological evolution of art making (exemplified from cave painting to contemporary expression).

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