2017 Symposium Workshop Reference Page

Before registering, refer to this listing of workshops when choosing which ones you wish to attend.

***All workshops require pre-registration and have an additional $5 charge.***

 Workshops are capped at 30 attendees.

All paper, panel, and plenary presentations are open with no limit to participants,

do not require pre-registration, and do not have an additional cost. 

Friday Workshops

10-11:30 am

Go Ahead Make My Clay     

Presenter: Gina M. Baird

Learn about the therapeutic use of clay in group with survivors of domestic violence in shelter. A slide presentation explores   directives for this group with case examples. Special needs of this group using clay therapeutically will be discussed and therapeutic interventions used to modify will be shared. Attendees will engage in a clay making opportunity using one of the directives shared and reflecting on the needs of this population. Attendees can donate their creations to be fired and given to shelter residents as a token of support or keep as a positive reminder of learning for their own practice. 

**Participants are encouraged to bring something they might want to use to stamp into the clay or personal tools if they have them.

Nourishing Yourself and Others: Using Art Making in Adult Support Groups

Presenters:     Elizabeth S. Martin, Emily Welsh, Cathy Malchiodi

This workshop provides an overview of adult support groups in the pediatric medical setting, offering psychosocial recommendations that form a “recipe” for success.  The presenters will share their experiences, including art therapy interventions used in counseling and psychotherapy with medical and other populations.  Participants will create a “hope pie” as a hands-on example of an art-based intervention in support groups.

 Lifescript Re-scripting: Using Art Therapy and Schema Therapy

Presenter: Chris Drosdik

 Many clients struggle with deeply rooted maladaptive life patterns. In this workshop participants will learn how Schema Therapy can be integrated with Art Therapy to help clients move forward in their lives. Each participant will create a personal canvas visualizing the re-scripting of one of the 18 maladaptive patterns defined in Schema Therapy.


Maori Medicine Drawing Assessment    

Presenter: Samantha Bobinski

The Maori Medicine Drawing Assessment is a tool used by the Maori People in New Zealand for hundreds of years (Maori Medicine Drawing, 2017). Through this workshop, participants will partake in creating their own Maori Medicine Drawing. This will help participants better understand the experience this drawing assessment offers their clients. Workshop attendees will learn how to administer the Maori Medicine Drawing Assessment and how to interpret the different symbols used. Participants will also understand how to better help their clients understand the meaning of their own drawing.

Art Therapy in the Cancer Care Setting   

Presenter: Dawn Freeman     

Cleveland Clinic Cancer Centers in Sandusky and Mansfield offer art therapy group interventions for patients, caregivers, and staff. Three of these innovative art therapy interventions will be explored including, 1) The Vision Canvas; Create a New Vision for Your Life, 2) Game Board Art; Inviting More Playfulness Into Your Life, and 3)Kintsugi; Creating Strength in the Broken Places. Each participant will create one piece of art to take home reflecting their thoughts, feelings, and perspectives on their own personal cancer journeys. The latest in research regarding art therapy’s benefits in cancer care will also be discussed.

**Each attendee may bring photo copies or personal items that represent resilience, courage, perseverance, or tiny treasures/mementoes to be incorporated into their art piece.


Fiber journaling in art therapy practice, education, and supervision.

Presenters: Jennifer Schwartz; Olivia Jones, Mary Egan


While ubiquitous throughout the human lifespan, the use of fiber as an expressive modality has historically been under-represented in art therapy literature and training programs.  Diverse fiber art processes engage the whole person through every level of the Expressive Therapies Continuum.  While immersed within a fiber art curriculum, two art therapy undergraduates assisted art therapists serving children and adults with neurological impairments. The students employed fiber art journaling to enhance and integrate learning as post- session reflections and as touchstones for discussion with supervisors. This workshop will showcase this work, as attendees create their own fiber journal piece.

Tangible Memories: 3-Dimensional Hand Castings at End of Life.  

Presenter: Katherine Holbrook

       Providing end of life memory making has the potential to facilitate on going healing for families and caregivers posts death of a loved one.  Techniques of 3-Dimensional hand castings will be explored through case studies, experiential and discussion of the importance of the therapeutic relationship between the art therapist and the patient and family. 

Saturday Workshops


Cards of Inspiration 

Presenter: Barbara DiScenna

This workshop will focus on the basics mindfulness meditation, positive psychology (emphasizing resiliency) and a related art therapy intervention, creating a Deck of Cards of Inspiration.  Participants will engage in a mindfulness exercise prior to creating their art work, teaching self-regulation skills for stress reduction.  These interventions have been used with oncology patients and caregivers, but can also be adapted to other populations.                                

The Effectiveness of Art Therapy: Treating Patients with Cancer

Presenter:  Rae Burke

The purpose of this study was to determine if art therapy is effective in decreasing psychological symptoms associated with a cancer diagnosis.  Art therapy was used, as a complementary therapy to medical treatment, to treat the experienced emotional distress of eight patients with cancer.  Symptoms were measured on a 10-point Likert scale before and after the session (ie. Tiredness, depression, anxiety, pain, and wellbeing). The results concluded that art therapy was effective in reducing these symptoms.  After the lecture, attendees will create a set of coping cards; an art therapy intervention used in this study to address overwhelming emotions.


Train Your Brain: Keep Calm and Practice Mindfulness.  

Presenter:  Stacy M. Blecher

Participants to be introduced to current practice, theory, and research of mindfulness. Proactive strategies will be reviewed, discussed, and practiced in ways to reduce stress and anxiety for the individual and professionals these include: meditation, breathing, STOP Method, Focusing Attention, Body Scan, Walking Meditation, Yoga. Further exploration on how mindfulness can assist an individual in feeling more in control, empowered, and less reactive to external events and stressors. Through practical application, attendees will recognize, develop, and utilize evidence-based mindfulness techniques. This presentation will then assist in further developing techniques beyond the scope of this session through practical application and discussion of resources.


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