2017 BATA Symposium: Friday 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. 

8:30-10:00               Registration – Lobby

9:45-10:00               Welcome and Opening Remarks – Capitol Room

10:00-11:30 Concurrent Sessions

Promoting the Field of Art Therapy through Undergraduate Pre-Art Therapy Internships/Panel/Presenters:

Interns:Macie Cousineau; Hena Manocha; Instructors: Janet Kempf, ATR-BC; Meera Rastogi, PhD, MAAT, ATR-P  
This presentation will feature the experience of three undergraduate interns who participated in at least one pre-art therapy internship. We will also provide practical information about creating an undergraduate internship, identify appropriate responsibilities for undergraduate students, and describe key training components.

Go Ahead Make My Clay/ Workshop /Presenter:Gina Baird, LMHC, ATR-BC

This experiential workshop is based on the exploration of a clay group called “Go Ahead… Make My Clay. ” This group for survivors of domestic violence in a shelte  highlights the therapeutic elements in clay and the needs of this population.  Successful directives, and therapeutic gains from this group will be shared.

Lifescript Re-scripting: Using Art Therapy and Schema Therapy/Workshop/Presenter: Chris Drosdic, PhD     

Schema Therapy, a type of CBT developed by  Dr. Jeffrey Young is becoming an increasingly popular psychological model for working with individuals who have a variety of mental health and personality difficulties. Research has indicated Schema Therapy has positive clinical outcomes and is considered an evidence-based practice which also ties in nicely with Trauma-Informed work. Schema Therapy also integrates mindfulness components into the re-scripting process. This workshop will show how Art Therapy can be integrated with Schema Therapy through oral presentation and hands-on experience.

Nourishing Yourself and Others: Using Art Making in Adult Support Groups/Workshop/Presenters: Elizabeth S. Martin; LPAT, LPCC, CCLS; Emily Welsh LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC; Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, ATR-BC, REAT, HLM     

This workshop focuses on the formation of adult support groups within a pediatric medical setting.  Many tips and “recipes” will be shared to encourage the nourishment of a successful group.  The presenters will share about their current support groups. Group participants will create and share a “hope pie”.

11:30-1:30 Lunch – provided

1:00-2:30 Keynote Address: Deborah Elkis-Abuhoff, Ph.D., LCAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, BCPC
This presentation addresses those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease through the exploration of theory, research, and practice within a neuroscience framework

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:45 Legislative Plenary/ Presenter: Joe Russell, BATA Lobbyist

3:45-4:00 Break

4-5:30 Concurrent Sessions

Photography as Voice: Explorations of Mental Health Recovery/Paper/Presenters: Hayley Drewyor, BFA, BS ; Meera Rastogi, PhD, MAAT, ATR-P                                                                                                                                         
How can photography be used in community art therapy programs ?  Photovoice explored issues facing  mental health recovery community center members.   The results of the study revealed three areas of struggles and one positive coping mechanism: (1) nostalgia, (2) overwhelmed by technology, (3) confinement/loneliness, and (4) finding the beauty.

Trauma Informed Group Strategies through Art: Mental Health Well-being, Homelessness/Paper/Presenters: Sr. Kathleen Burke, OSU, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, BATA HLM; Kelly Armstrong, MA, LPC; Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP           

This presentation will explore the benefits of art therapy group work with adults in mental health recovery and/or transitioning out of homelessness facilitated by Ursuline ArtSpace’s Outreach Program. Presentation will highlight the value of outreach work in the community, trauma informed approaches and group strategies.

Maori Medicine Drawing Assessment/Workshop/Presenter: Samantha Bobinski, LPC,AT

Workshop participants will each be instructed in creating their own Maori Medicine Drawing Assessment and will then be introduced to the diverse interpretations of the assessment’s symbols. Participants will also be taught how to help clients complete and understand the meaning of their own drawing assessments.


Art Therapy in the Cancer Care Setting/Workshop/Presenter: Dawn Freeman, MA, AT     

 Attendees will hear three innovative art therapy interventions used in the cancer care setting. A power point of the interventions will be shown. 

 5:30-7:00 Dinner on your own

7-8:30 pm Concurrent Sessions

 Art Therapy and Older Adults: Current Research and Practical Applications/Panel/Presenters: Lori Burkhardt; Sophia Burch; Heather Conley; Carrie Stolzman, Advisor: Meera Rastogi, PhD, MAAT, ATR-P

As life expectancy in the United States continues to increase, it is estimated that the number of people who will be age  65 or older will double by 2050. The purpose of this panel is to explore ways art therapy might address the needs and issues affecting older adults through: (1) physical touch, (2) visual images as communication, (3) coping with chronic illness, and (4) treating veterans.

Fiber journaling in art therapy practice, education, and supervision/Workshop/Presenters: Jennifer Schwartz, MAAT, ATR-BC; Olivia Jones, BA; Mary Egan 

This workshop will give participants an opportunity to learn methods for using fiber arts for journaling.  It will offer a glimpse into the use of fiber art journaling to enhance clinical skills and learning, as exemplified by the work of undergraduate art therapy students immersed in a fiber rich curriculum.

Scrapbooking Support Groups: Supporting the Families of Infants in the ICU/Paper/Presenter: Michelle Chavez, MA, ATR

This presentation will focus on the ways that art therapy is uniquely conducive to supporting families of patients with extended hospitalizations, specifically newborn infants, within the context of a scrapbooking support group. 

Tangible Memories: 3-Dimensional Hand Castings at End of Life/Workshop/Presenter: Katherine Holbrook, MA, ATR, LPC      

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.


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