2015 BATA Symposium

Saturday Program

8:00-8-45 Registration

8:45-9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00-11:00  Keynote Workshop; An Image of Self as an Art Therapist

11:00-11:45  Checkout/Free Time

11:45-12:45 Concurrent Sessions

Silk Screen on Ceramic Tiles/Workshop- Pre-registration required/60 minutes

Presenter: Pauline WynDham

This workshop will focus on media and technique.  Participants will learn silk screening on a ceramic tile in this “hands on” experiential.  The technique is transferable to other media as well including paper, fabric, etc., and can be used in a wide variety of settings.

Torn Paper Mural: Encouraging Collaboration /Workshop- Pre-registration required/60 minutes

Tammy Shella, MA,  ATR-BC; Kate Taricksa, MA, AT, PC

Getting people to work together in a group can be a difficult process.  Through the simple process of creating a torn paper collage, the forming, storming, and norming inherent in   group process can be experience in a non-threatening manner.  Participants will actively participate in mural making, and learn how to encourage collaboration and individual growth within a group setting.

Dementia 101: What is it and What is Happening?/Paper/60 minutes

Michele Tarsitano-Amato, MA, ATR-BC, CDP, AP-BC

What is your understanding of dementia and cognitive loss?  Are you ready for the future?  The AARP, Alzheimer’s Association and Long Term care organizations are predicting that 45% of adults over the age of 85 years old will have some form of cognitive loss.  They expect this percentage to be achieved in the next 5 years.  This means that everyone will know someone with cognitive loss.  This paper will review what are the top diagnosis of dementia and cognitive loss, what is happening in the brain, what is working, how the environment and the caregivers approach can mean successful interactions or increased agitation and loss of dignity.

Promoting Art Therapy to Undergraduates/Paper/60 minutes

Meera Rastogi, PhD, MAAT Graduate Student; Shelby Perdue, MAAT Graduate Student; Janet Kempf, ATR-BC

This presentation will focus on the various ways to promote the field of art therapy to undergraduate students in hopes of increasing students’ understanding, interest, and passion for the field. Topics include a discussion about experiential learning and ethics, graduate program requirements, and discussing issues around licensure.

12:45-2:15 BATA Lunch and Business Meeting (Lunch Provided)


2:30-4:00 Concurrent Sessions

Compassion Fatigue or Initiation? Creating and Witnessing Self-Portraits of Work-Related Suffering/Workshop-pr-registration required/ 90 minutes

Liza Hyatt, ATR-BC, LMHC

This workshop engages participants in personal exploration of compassion fatigue as an initiatory process that is healing and creative. Participants will witness the presenter’s compassion initiation story/art, engage in experiential activities illustrating personal work-related suffering, share stories in small groups, and leave with action plans for compassion-centered professional community building.

Self-Portraits in a Convex Mirror: The Reflection of Attunement and Counter-Transference in my paintings/Paper/

Gina Baird, LMHC, ATR-BC

This presentation will explore a series of vivid process paintings and themes of attunement and counter-transference in the therapeutic relationship with a survivor of extreme trauma. The concepts of attunement and counter-transference will be explored as they support and encourage therapeutic  growth.

Strengthening Emotional Resilience through Art Journaling/Workshop/90 minutes

Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, CTC-S

This workshop of art-making and creative expression will focus on creating a simple, small, mobile art journal that can serve as a tangible reminder of emotional resilience, support and the importance of self-care for the work we do in service & care of others.

Utilizing Art Therapy as a Bridge to help African Youth Rampaged by the AIDS/HIV Virus/Paper/60 minutes

Katherine Jackson, PhD, ATR-BC

Twelve brave graduate students in the counseling and art therapy program at Ursuline college journeyed to Zimbabwe, Africa in January 2015. While in Zimbabwe, the group worked with AIDS/HIV orphans at a small orphanage and also in the surrounding rural areas. Ursuline students realized the efficacy of art therapy to form connection and relationship with the children, and found a natural link to healing. This presentation explores advantages and disadvantages of providing short term respite art therapy and care for children with life threatening illnesses, and in dire conditions that are existing in third world dictatorship sociopolitical systems. Issues of social action and justice will also be explored as they relate to providing therapeutic care for African or other impoverished and/or oppressed youth.

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