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  • 02 Mar 2017 7:30 PM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)

    In response to the growing need for expressive art therapy services in Stark County, Canton Museum of Art (CMA) began the Art for Health and Healing Program in January. This unique hands-on program was conceived and developed by the CMA staff and local art therapy consultant, Gail Wetherell-Sack and is facilitated by Amy Hope. 

    Article published in The Akronist by on 3/1/17.

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  • 05 Feb 2017 3:02 PM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)

    On Friday, February 3rd Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, participated in the 1st Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Summit held in Columbus at the Ohio Statehouse. The event was hosted by Representative Theresa Fedor as an additional event to the 8th Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day held in the Capitol the day before.  

    Blog posted by Gretchen Miller on February 5, 2017

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  • 16 Nov 2016 11:04 AM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)

    The goals of the Cleveland Clinic Arts in Medicine Institute are to enhance hospitalizations, provide healing through arts, and build community.

    Fall Edition 2016 of Cleveland Clinic Newsletter: Art-Heals-Cleve-Clinic.pdf 

  • 24 Oct 2016 10:42 AM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)

    BATA Executive Director Cynthia Woodruff, and President-Elect Christianne Strang, attended the Buckeye Art Therapy Association 35th annual symposium.

    Article published by Christianne Strang on October 10, 2016. 

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  • 11 Aug 2016 6:32 PM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)

    A group of ten audiologists and volunteers including Art Therapist Raja Aossey will be embarking on the journey to Jordan with nonprofit HearCare Connection Toledo. “They lack a lot of resources and by providing this to them it will ensure that they have an opportunity to be successful and pursue other opportunities in the future." ~ Raja Aossey, MSAT, Art Therapist.

    Article published by Sharon Gaeta on 8/10/16.

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  • 30 Jul 2016 3:16 PM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)

    This week on “Take Care,” international art therapy expert, Cathy Malchiodi gives us an insight to art therapy and how it works. Malchiodi is a research psychologist, art therapist, and clinical counselor. She is also the founder and director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, and is the president of Art Therapy Without Borders.

    Article published on "Take Care" by staff on 7/30/16.  

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  • 26 May 2016 5:08 PM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)

    “Art therapy presents a tangible body of evidence that shows the progression you’re making,” says Molly Kometiani, president of the Buckeye Art Therapy Association, the Ohio chapter of the American Art Therapy Association. “You don’t have that body of evidence in other types of therapy. You can see how far you’ve grown.” Hook has dealt with a lot of clients who already tried counseling and didn’t find it effective, but ended up having more luck with art therapy. “There are a lot of things that are hard for us to find the words for,” she says. “(The clients) just don’t have the words to explain what they’re feeling. Sometimes, it’s easier to work through it in a symbolic way.” Also featured are Maryann Sender and Michaele Barsnack.

    Article published CityScene Magazine by Hanna Bealer on 5/25/16.

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  • 04 May 2016 7:49 AM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)

    Heidi Sliter, an art therapist with Crossroads, an agency in the ADAMHS network that focuses on children, adolescents and families, says the “Expressions of Recovery” show offers a unique perspective on the nature of brain disorders.  “Art therapy can be an important part of someone’s recovery on a number of different levels,” she says in the release. “Many use their art to express their feelings about their illness, or make their illness more tangible. For others, the creative process itself provides some very therapeutic relief from the symptoms of the illness. So some of the pieces in this exhibit are fun or silly, some are touching, some even a bit disquieting. But collectively, this is a body of work that will definitely open people’s eyes.”

    Article published in the News Herald on 4/25/16.

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  • 31 Mar 2016 8:08 AM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)

    Art can provide a way for people with dementia to express themselves even after their memories and words have begun to fade away. Artistic activities give residents an outlet for emotional responses and can boost their self-esteem, help them relax, reduce their isolation and increase their attention span.“For people with dementia, verbal interactions may remain at the level of ‘social niceties only,’ but art mixes tactile activities with emotion, engaging neuropathological pathways in a different way,” says Michele Tarsitano-Amato, director of creative arts and a therapy/dementia specialist at Kendal at Oberlin, a continuing care retirement community in Oberlin, Ohio. “It lets them go deeper and can be a bridge to social interactions and allow them to engage and contribute.”

    Article written by Beth Thomas Hertz and published in Long Term Living on March 14, 2016 

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  • 31 Mar 2016 7:54 AM | Molly (Mary) K. Kometiani (Administrator)

    The Coalition for Healthy Communities urges members of the Ohio General Assembly and the voting public to ensure that any action they take reflects the harm resulting from the use of marijuana on individuals and society in general during the ongoing debate to change Ohio’s marijuana laws.  

     Scientific evidence tells us that marijuana use results in cognitive impairment[i]  [ii] and changes in brain structure and function [iii] [iv]; increased risk of psychosis[v] ; acceleration of the development of schizophrenic symptoms[vi]; exacerbation of anxiety and depression[vii] ; greater numbers of traffic accidents resulting from drugged driving[viii] [ix], and an increased likelihood of using other illicit substances -- the so-called “gateway phenomenon” [x] [xi] [xii].   

     The Coalition for Healthy Communities is a statewide collaboration of  organizations advocating for improved access to quality mental health and substance use treatment and support services.  For additional information regarding the Coalition and to view individual organization’s statements related to possible changes to Ohio’s marijuana laws, please visit


    Buckeye Art Therapy Association, Inc.

    Drug Free Action Alliance


    Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition

    National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio

    Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health   


    Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family

        Services Providers

    Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association




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    Contact:  Marcie Seidel, Co-chair,  Coalition for Healthy Communities

                                         Executive Director, Drug Free action Alliance



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