2018 BATA Symposium: Saturday Program

Please note: Workshops are highlighted in yellow, and require an extra $5 materials fee. Please refer to the workshop reference page for more information on additional supplies you may wish to bring for these sessions. 

8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-10:30 Keynote Workshop/Art Therapy Memory Reconsolidation Based Drawing Interventions. Noah Hass Cohen, PhD

10:30-12:00 Ethics Plenary: /Presenters: Donald J. Cutcher, MA, ATR-BC. LCAT, BATA HLM; Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, HL

As mental health professionals, art therapists are responsible for their actions when they place images of clients and client artworks on social networks and media. This plenary session focuses on appropriate safeguarding of clients artwork/sessions and identification of threats to confidentiality. It will also facilitate discussion of the role of multiple discipline’s ethical guidelines and the challenge of art psychotherapy versus recreational/activity therapy within the framework of current ATCB guidelines. Photo-images from actual social media sites are used for discussion and to challenge ethical decision-making.

12:15-1:45 BATA Lunch and Annual Business Meeting: Ballroom

2:00-3:30 Concurrent Sessions

White Feathers and Other Stories of Grief, Faith, and Hope/Workshop/Presenter: Dawn Freeman, MA, AT

Cleveland Clinic Cancer Centers in Sandusky and Mansfield offer art therapy group interventions for patients, caregivers, and staff.Grief and loss are a recurrent theme that is addressed on a regular basis.  Three of these art therapy interventions will be explored including, The Prayer Shawl, Altered Art Clip Board, and Unfinished Business.  Each participant will create one piece of art to take home reflecting their thoughts, feelings, and perspectives on their own grief and loss. The latest in research regarding art therapy’s benefits in the grief and loss field will be discussed.

Art Therapy within Nationwide Children’s Hospital/Workshop/Presenters: Ashely Skellly, LPCC-S,ATR; Katelyn Lehner, ATR-BC

This course will explore various art therapy practices within a pediatric medical setting. This course will provide information about the use of art therapy in a behavioral health venue as well as an inpatient/outpatient venue. Limitations and benefits of working within a multi-disciplinary framework will also be explored. An experiential will be provided to further demonstrate the need to call attentions to strengths and the importance of using this approach when working with children and families.

Systemic Universal Ethics in the Age of “America First”/Paper/Presenters: DoHee Kim-Appel, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC-S,IMFT-S, LICDC, NCC; Sarah Roman MA, LPC; Gina Santora,  MA, LPC, CDCA; Yvette Nosal, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC-S, CDCA

 It is critically important to have ongoing discussions on the strengths and needed improvement for teaching and practicing ethics for the counseling and art therapy field (Castro, 2015; Bond, 2015), particularly in a current cultural context in which not all citizens or institutions see diversity as a strength. A reexamination of international and cross-cultural conflicts and how these conflicts are now appearing and how they may be resolved (Nam & Weaver, 2015). A proposed “universal” systemic ethics model will be offered. Key documents (the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration of the Rights of the Child) and applications to the counseling and art therapy field will be discussed. The presentation will highlight the challenges and successes. Applications of universal principles vs. contextual principles will be practiced via case studies. Suggestions for future ethical decision models (Hauck & Ling, 2016) will also be offered.

Art Therapy: Engaging Individuals with Dementia/Paper/Presenter: Michele Tarsitano-Amato, ATR; Amanda Hooley

The 2018 Alzheimer’s Association reported that 5.7 million people are living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.  Currently, there is no identified preventative cure for this disease.  Art Therapy is a non-evasive engagement of those diagnosed.  Art can provide a way to communicate feelings, as well as express fears and process of art making can provide a way to hope.  In order for the Art Therapist to provide meaningful treatment, one needs to understand the disease and how to alter the art process to create successful outcomes.  Art can be the way of strength in the face of adversity.


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