BATA 2021 Virtual Symposium Schedule


 Click the links above for more details.(Keynote Lecture & Workshop, Pre-Conference, Friday program, Saturday program)


***PLEASE NOTE: All workshops are open to all, but you will need to provide your own art materials, which are listed in the schedule.***

BATA 2021 Fall (September 9-11)

Thursday Pre-conference: 9-9-21 from 9a.m-5p.m.


Friday 9-10-21

8:00-8:30Check in (only needed if registering late or have questions)

8:30-8:50 Opening Remarks: President of BATA, Ashley Rogols

Workshop Presentations 9-10:30

  • 1.      “A Jungian Approach to the Treatment of Trauma”

Vicki Milnark 

Participants will consider using a Jungian approach to the treatment of trauma with the use of dream journals and active imagination. A poetry therapy intervention and a visual response to the poem follows. Then symbolic images of rape will be displayed to inform participants of a client’s possible trauma.

Art materials needed:  Chalk or oil pastels and 18 x 24” paper.

  • 2.      “Relational-cultural theory and Creativity in Trauma Work: Addressing the Central Relational Paradox”

Jessica Headley & Rebecca Miller

Relational-cultural theory can be used as a framework to address clients’ experiences with connection and disconnection following traumas of an interpersonal nature. This session focuses on how relational cultural theory can be creatively implemented in a therapeutic context to address the central relational paradox – a self-protective strategy of disconnection.

Art materials needed: Paper and markers/colored pencils

Papers 10:45-11:45

  • 1.      “Integrating Social Justice Issues in Art Therapy Practice & Education”     

Meera Rastogi with University of Cincinnati Students: Christian Brown, Dani Clark, Andrew Franks, Yiping Lyu , Arisa Nakahata, Baylee Min , Kristy Monnin, Kalyaani Patel, Nandini Patel, Hannah Schroeder, Keshav Vinod, Rachel Weithman, and Qingyi Zhang.

This presentation describes social justice issues in the United States facing Asians and Asian Americans, refugees, and LGBTQ+ communities.  Three 15-minute presentations provide an overview of the issues and how art therapists might integrate these issues in their work and education.

  • 2.      “Using Assemblage in Art Therapy” 

Amber McElreath

This presentation covers several topics aimed at helping art therapists become more comfortable using assemblage in their sessions. This includes a brief history, commonly used assemblage art therapy tasks, ideal populations, materials, tools, and steps. There will be examples to discuss possible subject matter and construction.

12:00-1:15 Working Lunch

12:00-12:30 Drop in Legislative Info       

 Ashley Skelly:   Grab your lunch and drop in to see what is happening with AT licensure and legislation

12:30-1:15 Book Talk 

Mary Kometiani (Editor)  "Art Therapy Treatment for Survivors of Sex Trafficking: Facilitating Empowerment, Recovery, and Hope"

1:30-3 Ethics Presentation

“Ethical Considerations Working with Gender and Sexual/Affectional Expansive Clients”.

Chase Morgan-Swaney & Fawn Gordon

When engaging in help-seeking, sexual/affectional and gender expansive clients, commonly referred to as LGBTQ+ clients or clients of the queer community, face innumerable healthcare disparities, overt and covert forms of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression, and the threat of disaffirming treatment, such as gender identity and sexual orientation change efforts (GICE and SOCE). To ensure that we are providing affirmative, celebratory, and quality care, mental health professionals must keep abreast of and strive to uphold the ethical standards of their respective fields. Considering recent events, including, but not limited to, the signing into law of the Ohio medical conscience amendment, this session will afford mental health professionals with the opportunity to focus on ethical considerations when working with LGBTQ+ clients.

3:30-5 Keynote Presentation 

“Art Therapy Across Borders and Cultures: A Humanitarian Approach to Healing”

Dr. Mercedes ter Maat, LPC, ATR-BC

Have you ever been interested in spending time overseas providing art therapy services to children and families in need? This presentation shares the experiences of the presenter as she embarked in two volunteer, humanitarian missions. The first one in Lebanon, as a team of art therapists worked with Syrian refugee children and their mothers to assist in improving the quality of their lives. Themes of loss, imprisonment, death, violence, hope, resiliency, cultural and religious norms, strength, and courage emerged. The second one in Peru, where the presenter implemented arts therapeutic activities based on Carey McCarthy’s culturally adapted, school-based program implemented with low-income, impoverished, indigenous children in North America, and Linda Chapman’s Neurodevelopmental Art Therapy (NDAT) trauma treatment model. By participating in this presentation, attendees will be able to recognize protective factors crucial for working with children and families affected by traumatic events, identify cultural considerations when working outside of the United States, and learn about art therapy tasks and directives found effective when working with these populations. Specific art therapy interventions and artwork will be discussed to illustrate how children, mothers, and families narrated their stories through nonverbal creative approaches. Attendees will also engage in a brief art experiential and discussion.

5-7 p.m. Dinner and Break

7-8p.m. Movie Night!

View one of Judy Rubin’s Expressive Media films

Saturday 9-11-21

8:00-8:30 check-in for later registrants and questions

Workshops 9-10:30

  • 1.      “Professional Identity Development in Art Therapy: Reflections Through Self-
  • Portraiture”

Heather Denning        

Olivia Andazola

Skyela Burgess

Mickie McGraw

Jennifer Schwartz

This workshop with present a model of professional development utilizing the “Hero’s Journey” and self-portraiture as a method for reflecting on professional identity development. Participants will create art reflecting three stages of professional identity development and identify areas of personal, education, or professional growth.

Art materials needed: Paper/Sketchbook Drawing or painting media of one’s choice

  • 2.      “Seeking Justice through Community Art-Making: Prevention & Response”

Rebecca Hug & Katherine Jackson 

Community art-making is a skill that art therapists and counselors can use to prevent and respond to injustices where they serve. Participants will learn skills in community engagement and practice art-making interventions to prevent and respond to community injustices.

Art materials needed: Paper/markers/pastels

Workshops 10:45-12:15

  • 1.      “Broaching Diversity & National News with Supervisees” 

Rebecca Hug

Judy Jankowski

Gail Rule-Hoffman

Broaching is a skill that all supervisors can use to bolster rapport with and development of supervisees. Participants will learn about broaching... the concept, the continuum, and the cycle. Participants will apply their learning though case examples and art-making experientials.

Art Material needed:

Diversity Flower Mandala (will be provided during session)

Drawing paper and colored pencils and general art materials

  • 2.      “A Body of Wisdom: Somatic Approaches to Art Therapy”

Areka Foster

With our skills of observation, attunement, third eye, and third hand, art therapists are already primed to be somatically oriented therapists. This experiential workshop will highlight traditional art therapy skills that lend themselves to the practice of “bottom-up” somatic therapy and provide additional somatic and trauma-focused therapeutic skills and techniques.

Art Materials needed: Oil or chalk pastels, crayons, markers, or other colored drawing materials on 12 x 18-inch paper.

12:30-2:00 BATA Annual Members Meeting (bring your lunch)

2:00- 2:45 Legislative Plenary

Workshop 2:50-4:20

  • 1.      “The Value of Digital Community for Art Therapists During Difficult Times “

Gretchen Miller 

This workshop offers an overview about the enduring importance of digital communities for the field of art therapy, especially during difficult and challenging times of crisis, displacement, and loss. Through didactic presentation and creative experiential, content will include how virtual egalitarian environments build and sustain professional relationships, create support, foster community care, and a sense of belonging within the art therapy community.

Art Supplies needed:

  • Tempera or acrylic paint in assorted colors, paint brush
  • Markers in assorted colors
  • Collage media (color paper, magazine photos)
  • Liquid glue or glue stick
  • 8 ½ x 11 white paper 

  • 2.      “Mandalas of Movement and Healing: Using Mandalas and Yoga Practice to Center and Ease Stress”

Megan Seaman

This workshop offers an overview of mandala-making and specific yoga sequencing of the Four Directions to foster a paradigm of stress-relief and rejuvenation. Bring your yoga mat!

Art Supplies needed:

8” x 11” paper (or larger)

Crayons, Markers, Colored Pencils (structured coloring supplies) in all colors – minimum Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Black, Brown represented.

Yoga Mat


Papers 2:50-4:20

  • 1.      “Benefits of Sharing Artwork: Group Work Among Adults with Chronic Mental Health Issues”

Candace Ressler 

Culminating thesis research with community mental health clients based on allowing participants to create and share art work within the therapeuatic relationship will be discussed. The main themes from the research include: mental health journey, art with mental health, and sharing artwork. Future research and practice recommendation for art therapist and counselors working with the community mental health population are discussed.

Art materials needed: Paper/markers/pastels

  • 2.      Artist Art Therapist/ Artist

Diane Fleisch-Hughes

Art therapists identity as artist will be explored.






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