2017 BATA Symposium: Saturday 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. 

8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-10:30 Keynote Workshop: The Power of Clay Manipulation as a Medical Art Therapy Approach/ Deborah Elkis-Abuhoff, Ph.D., LCAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, BCPC
This workshop will explore the hands-on experience of clay manipulation and how it targets the needs of medical patients. Specific consideration will be to the medium’s properties, the benefits of engaging and things to consider.

10:30-11:30 Ethics Plenary: Art Therapy’s Ethical Responsibility/Presenters: Donald J. Cutcher, MA, ATR-BC. LCAT, BATA HLM; Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, HL
This plenary highlights the 2016 ATCB ethics document and how it impacts the professional practice of art therapy and counseling, particularly in the areas of social media, digital communication and the Internet. The majority of this session will be interactive and participants will respond to several hypothetical ethics and legal questions involving social media and digital communication using the recent ATCB document as a guide and previous material provided by the presenters on these topics from 2011 thru 2016 [see https://www.digitalarttherapyinfo.com/resources/ethics-social-media-digital-art-therapy/ for summaries].  
12-1:30 BATA Lunch and Annual Business Meeting
2:00-3:30 Concurrent Sessions
Art Therapy’s role in inter-professional patient care/Paper/Presenter: DoHee Kim-Appel, PhD, LPCC-S,IMFT-S, LICDC, NCC; Clare Whiteman, MA, LPC; Stephen Macek, LPC, ATR, CDCA
“Emergent properties" is a term that refers those properties that arise from the collaborative functioning of a system. With this in mind the presenters will assert how Art Therapy can provide an essential role in the developmental of more effective and integrative view of research and interventions across inter-professional environments.

Cards of Inspiration/Workshop/Presenter: Barbara DiScenna, MA, ATR-BC, LSW, LPC

Creating a Deck of Cards of Inspiration along with mindfulness meditation will be the main focus of this workshop.  The deck of playing cards will be transformed into small works of inspiration, using collage materials, cut out words and quotes.  A brief lesson and experiential exercise on Mindfulness Meditation will be introduce the session.  The majority of the time will be spent on creating a deck of cards.

Visual art therapy in sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease: a case study/Paper/Presenter: Barbara Trauger-Querry, MA, ATR-BC
A case study of a 42-year old hospice patient with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease will be presented through artwork created with her art therapist during the last 5 months of her life. We will review her artwork as a reflection of her physical and cognitive impairment, decline, emotional expressions, self-awareness and accomplishment.  

The Effectiveness of Art Therapy: Treating Patients with Cancer/Workshop/Presenter: Rae Burke, MA, LPC

Psychological symptoms often accompany a cancer diagnosis and its treatment.  To address these symptoms, eight patients with cancer, receiving medical treatment, participated in individual art therapy.  Symptoms were measured before and after the session.  Data was evaluated to determine if art therapy was successful in decreasing experienced symptomology.   

3:30-5:00 Concurrent Sessions

Train Your Brain: Keep Calm and Practice Mindfulness/Workshop/Presenter: Stacy M. Blecher, MA, ATR
Be introduced to current practice, theory, and research of mindfulness. Find ways to help reduce stress and anxiety. Exploration how mindfulness can assist an individual in feeling more in control, empowered, and less reactive to external events and stressors.
Re-contextualizing the Draw A Story Assessment: Expanding the Expressive Function/Paper/Presenter:Jonathan Haag, DAT, LISW-S, ATR-BC
This paper describes a research study that examined the clinical use of a modified Draw A Story assessment as a therapeutic tool for a hospice art therapy program. Utilizing interviews and six client videos, the aim was to re-contextualize Silver’s standardized art-based assessment for use as an expressive art-based tool. 
Art Therapy and the Ohio Department of Youth Services/Paper/Presenters: Dena Ewing, MA, ATR-BC, RYT; Cheryl Pete, MA, LPC
The Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) and The Art Therapy Studio in Cleveland have begun introducing art therapy to youth in Cuyahoga Hills and Indian River juvenile correctional facilities. Goals, tasks and obstacles are discussed as well as possible avenues to introduce art therapy in other ODYS counties/facilities.

The Connection between Service Learning and Neurochemistry/Paper/Presenters: Katherine Jackson;, PhD, ATR; Peter Finnerty, MA, LPCC-S;Yvette Nosal, MA, ATR-BC, PCC-S; Dohee Kim-Appel, PhD; Heather Denning. MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LSW

Prosocial behavior in service learning projects can effect multicultural worldview of creative mental health professionals/students and can lead to neurological growth. It has been shown that not only helping others but also being helped can change brain chemistry and reduce stress.

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