Buckeye Art Therapy Association

35th Annual Symposium

Keynote Address:

American Indian Art Therapy
 This presentation will be an  overview of Dr Warson's research and collaborative work in "Indian Country" comprising
 both "Healing Pathways: Art Therapy with American Indian Cancer Survivors" and  "Healing Pathways: Art Therapy and American Indian Medicine Coharie Empowerment Project". Dr. Warson will discuss the Coming of Age Ceremony for young Lakota girls, Children's Healing Camps at Pine Ridge Reservation,  as well as  summer immersion programs with graduate art therapy and community counseling students.  She will also cover current research with the Comanche Nation and Lumbee Nation.
Keynote Workshop:
 Ledger Art Journaling
The ledger art workshop will entail a brief historical background of Plains Indians ledger art, discussion about contemporary rms of ledger art, and the inclusion of ledger art as a form of health promotion and education. Ledger art is a narrative drawing or painting on accounting ledgers dating back to the 1860's.  This art form derived from traditional hide paintings or pictorial winter counts. Participants will experiment with pictorial narratives on a variety of surfaces and explore juxtapositions between written and visual content

Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth Warson, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, NCC

Elizabeth Warson, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, NCC, EMDR trained, is the managing member of Healing Pathways and has 20 years of post-graduate clinical experience in a variety of settings, including medical centers, residential treatment centers, correctional facilities, long-term care facilities, out-patient centers, and private practice. Dr. Warson’s research interests and clinical experience focus on wellness; social and cultural diversity; arts-informed stress reduction and pain management; as well as the integration of Art Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)Trauma Informed Approaches, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in the treatment of depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, acute stress disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr. Warson taught full-time as an assistant professor in the Graduate Art Therapy Programs at Eastern Virginia Medical School (2004-2009) and The George Washington University (2009-2013) and has returned to private practice to apply her research knowledge with her clinical expertise. As a trained narrative therapist, Dr. Warson interweaves the storying process in her arts-informed approach in providing transformational meaning-making experiences.


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