Art Therapy Symposium: Creative Action as Collective Action

Join art therapists, community leaders, artists, and mental health counselors from the Midwest to learn how art can inspire and promote community revitalization and personal empowerment. Keynote speaker, Holly Feen-Calligan, Ph.D., ATR-BC, will share how Detroit’s creative community plays a crucial role in bridging divides among people and rebuilding civic spirit.

All-day event of workshops, lectures, and discussions exploring how arts can be used to inspire and promote community revitalization and personal empowerment.

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Art Therapy Symposium
Friday, April 7, 2017
8:00am - 6:00pm
Mount Mary University

Registration Information

Lunch is included in all registrations.

WATA Members Early Registration (through March 17, 2017)

  • Professional Members – $120 + $7.59 online payment fee
  • Students – $30 + $2.64 online payment fee

Early Registration (through March 17, 2017)

  • Professionals – $125 + $7.87 online payment fee
  • Students – $30 + $2.64 online payment fee

Registration (after March 24, 2017)

  • Professionals – $140 + $8.69 online payment fee
  • Students – $40 + $3.19  online payment fee

Onsite Registration (at the door, April 7, 2017)

  • Professionals – $175.00
  • Students – $50.00

Workshops with participant limits will be filled as registrations are received. Registration confirmations will be sent via email only.

Continuing Education Units

Mount Mary University is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM), No. 4529, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. Sessions for which NBCC-approved clock hours will be awarded are identified in the website and program bulletin. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

About the Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Holly Feen-Calligan has directed the art therapy program at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. In this capacity she has negotiated art therapy internships and service-learning placements in neighborhoods all over the city and surrounding suburbs, allowing her to interact with numerous social service agencies, art centers, city leaders and citizens. In 2010 she co-founded ArtsCorpsDetroit, aimed at strengthening university-community relationships, service-learning and volunteerism for students, alumni and others who want to help revitalize the City of Detroit through the arts. A prominent speaker and published author, Holly’s diverse areas of research include effective models of service-learning, resiliency in African American homeless women, and community based art therapy models.

Changing lives through art

ArtsCorpsDetroit is a community engagement initiative of the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, which provides arts-based programs to metro Detroit residents through workshops and community projects.

Learn more about ArtsCorpsDetroit
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Symposium details

Morning Sessions

Continuing Education Units
Mount Mary University is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM), No. 4529, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. Sessions for which NBCC-approved clock hours will be awarded are identified in the website and program bulletin. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

8:00-8:45am Registration

8:45am-9:00am Welcome/Opening Remarks

9:00-10:20am Keynote Holly Feen

Attending the Keynote qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)

10:30-4:00 Open Art Studio

10:30am–12:00pm  Concurrent Workshop Session #1: A & B

Session A. Art-making as Resistance Against Oppression - E. Hlavek

This workshop will explore the use of art making as a form of resistance. The presenters will share examples of artwork created during the Holocaust, women’s suffrage, and the Craftivism movement. Participants will create their own artwork, to be assembled into a collaborative piece representing themes of unity and humanity. (Pre-Registration Required). Qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

Session B.Artist, Heal Thyself: The Ethics of Self-Care and Art Making - J. McNutt, B. Myers, & E. Hein

Art therapists should continue making their own art … but why?  This workshop will provide experiential methodologies to explore in depth the aspects of bias and heuristic identification and self-care.  It will explore the ethics of self-presentation and presence through a variety of theoretical perspectives.  It will also on elaborate on art making as a integral practice of self-care. (Pre-Registration Required). Qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

10:30–11:20pm  Concurrent Presentation Session #2: A & B

Session A.  Interpersonal Downloading: The creative and ethical impacts of technology and new media – C. Belkofer & K. Belkofer

While traditional art supplies, such as pencil and paper and paint and canvas remain standard media in art therapy sessions, art therapists exist in a world in which how we create, transmit, and share media is rapidly changing. This presentation explores the pros and cons of this “new media” landscape therapists must traverse. Qualifies for 1 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

Session B. Visual Note Taking: A Path to Increased Empathic Listening in Art Therapy – S. Knezel

Visual note taking is a powerful tool to record understanding of thought processes and emotions. It requires listening, holding space for content and energy of conversation and translating this into visuals and text. Learn how to practice and apply the infinite possibilities of this technique in art therapy and beyond. Qualifies for 1 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

11:30am–12:20pm  Concurrent Presentation Session #3: A & B

Session A.  Exploring Stigma:   THIS SESSION CANCELLED

We apologize for the inconvenience.  Please attend Session B with E. Atkinson or the Open Art Studio

 

 

Session B. Integration Art: A role reversal, The Giver of Knowledge – E. Atkinson

Integration Art is a new client centered art-based research method that assesses how art can facilitate non-verbal communication and social interaction between art therapist and client. This approach allows participants to freely build relationships and open communication, resulting in validation, knowledge, and the understating of who they are. Qualifies for 1 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

Afternoon Sessions

Continuing Education Units
Mount Mary University is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM), No. 4529, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. Sessions for which NBCC-approved clock hours will be awarded are identified in the website and program bulletin. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

1:30–3:00pm  Concurrent Panel/Workshop Session #4: A & B

Session A. Art Therapy through a Trauma Informed Lens for Addiction Treatment – J. Albright (Pre-Registration Required)

This workshop will explore the importance of treating trauma and addiction conjointly through an art therapy directive that emphasizes the advantages of addressing trauma and addiction in a symbiotic fashion. This workshop focuses on implementation of art therapy with dual diagnosis populations (adolescents and adults) in community settings. Qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

Session B. White Art Therapists, What Are You Going to Do? – C. Moon, V. Newman, & J. Perkal 

This presentation addresses the question, “White art therapists, what are you going to do?” in relation to the systemic oppression of Black people in the U. S. It considers this question from three roles of the art therapist: educator, clinician, and activist. Qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

1:30–2:20pm  Concurrent Presentation Session #5: A & B

Session A. Off The Map: Traversing the Histories of Art from the Outside – R. Vick

Psychiatric, folk, and “outsider” art have informed art therapy yet they are located at the very fringe of the art historical canon.  Conversely, clinical and social topics have pushed art history to the edge of art therapy scholarship.  Reflection on the intersection of these histories stands to enrich both disciplines. Qualifies for 1 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)        .

Session B. To the Seeker, the Call: Doctoral Degrees of Impact – L. Kapitan.

When you feel called to a different way of knowing and being as an art therapist, it may signal the time is at hand to take it to the next level of your life’s mission. A doctorate is more than the way of the scholar; to the seeker, it is a call to participate in the active shaping of your profession and to help realize its full impact on our co-created world. Qualifies for 1 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

2:30–3:20pm Concurrent Presentation Session #6: A & B

Session A. Fabric of Survival: The Art and Story of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz – M. Dubin

When the Jews of her Polish village were ordered by the Nazis to a nearby train station, 15-year-old Esther Nisenthal Krinitz fled.  Esther tells the story of surviving the Holocaust through a series of vivid fabric panels. Her creations demonstrate personal courage in the face of terror and loss and the cathartic power of creating and communicating through art. Qualifies for 1 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

Session B. The Acoustic Memory Project – B. Moon

This performance is comprised of spoken word and original music that traces the history of art therapy in America.  It is focused primarily on the contributions of AATA’s founders and the “pioneers” of art therapy. Qualifies for 1 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

3:00-4:30pm Concurrent Panel/Workshop Presentation #7: A & B

Session A. Art-based Supervision: Cultivating Therapeutic Insight – B. Fish

Supervisors are gatekeepers and guides, ensuring the quality of care and supporting the professional development of supervisees. Art-based supervision recommends response art as a tool to explore content, give feedback and sustain clarity. This experiential workshop offers an opportunity to explore the use of response art used in art-based supervision. (Pre-Registration Required). Qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

Session B. Art Therapy and Yoga for the Self-care of the Helping Professional – E. Nolan

Participants will set an intention, be led through a set of yoga poses, and will make art. No experience with yoga is necessary. (Pre-Registration Required). Qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

3:30–4:20pm  Concurrent Presentation Session #8: A & B

Session A. Becoming an Empowered Art Therapist - J. Radowski &  K. Brockman

This presentation will demonstrate how we as art therapists have learned to advocate for ourselves within the mental health field including providing trainings, community education, and creating working alliances with employers and colleagues. Qualifies for 1 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

Session B. The integration of 'wounded' and 'healer' – V. Delgado

“The integration of ‘wounded’ and ‘healer’” is a spoken-word performance of a graduate student’s experience integrating disparate identities, ‘wounded’ and ‘healer’, an un-anticipated outcome of her thesis work on the same subject. The performance alternates between the phenomenological experience of the presenter and highlights of contemporary literature on wounded-healer mental health professionals. Qualifies for 1 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

 

Late Afternoon Sessions

Continuing Education Units
Mount Mary University is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM), No. 4529, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. Sessions for which NBCC-approved clock hours will be awarded are identified in the website and program bulletin. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

4:30–6:00pm  Panel/ Workshop #9: A & B

Session A. Using art therapy to build attachment between caregiver and young childK. Caruso

This workshop will explore how art therapy is used to help strengthen the bond between parent and young child. The primary focus is on using art therapy with caregiver and child that struggle with attachment because of intergenerational attachment struggles or interruptions between that caregiver and child in early development.  Art directive will be oriented towards sewing, and how it can assist in attachment process. (Pre-Registration Required). Qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

Session B. Bridging Divides: Creating Spaces to Engage The “other’ In One Another – L. Gipson, T. Keenan, B. Moon, V. Sepulveda, V. Williams. C. Belkofer

This panel will explore the social, cultural, and therapeutic impacts of polarization, hate, and violence, and offer an opportunity to reflect on how art and art therapy can become an effective counterforce. Qualifies for 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEH).

Presenters

Jennifer G. Albright, MA, ATR, LPC/MHSP is a registered art therapist, licensed professional counselor, and licensed mental health service provider as well as an artist. She received her undergraduate education at Tulane University and completed her master’s degree at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM.

Ernesto Atkinson was born and raised in Antigua Guatemala. He graduated with a Master's Degree in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently he works as a Care Coordinator at La Causa Ink in Milwaukee, WI. 

Christopher M.  Belkofer, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC is Chair of the art therapy department at Mount Mary University.

Kristin Belkofer, LPC currently works as a psychotherapist at Shoreside Therapies in Milwaukee, WI. In this role, she provides therapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Kristin earned her MS in Community Psychology and BA in Art Therapy from Alverno College.

Kate Brockman, ATR, LCPC is a therapist at Emerson Elementary in Butte, MT providing Comprehensive School and Community Treatment (CSCT) for Altacare of Montana.

Veronica Delgado is an art therapy graduate student (anticipated graduation date: May 2017) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She has a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Georgia State University and brings a critical, intersectional-feminist lens to her practice as an art therapist.

Molly Dubin received her BA in Art History from Colorado State University and her MA in Art History/ Museum Studies from the University of Denver.  Prior to joining the staff of the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, she was Cultural Arts Director of the Samson Family Jewish Community Center, Milwaukee, Director of the Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, Milwaukee, and Curator of Exhibitions/ Director of Programs and Public Relations for the Mizel Museum, Denver, Colorado.

Kelly Caruso, ATR, LPC has worked with children and their families for eight years in both residential and outpatient art therapy services. She currently provides art therapy for children and families at Children’s hospital community services in Kenosha WI. She is also working to complete her Doctorate in art therapy and research in using art therapy to build attachment at Mount Mary University.

Barbara J. Fish, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPC is an Adjunct Full Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her research and publications focus on the use of response art in art therapy. She has spent thiry years working with children who are wards of the state and other vulnerable populations who have experienced trauma. Her recent publication, Art-based Supervision: Cultivating Therapeutic Insight Through Imagery supports the work of both supervisors and supervisees.

Leah Gipson, LCPC, ATR is Assistant Professor in the Art Therapy Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2009, she has been developing projects in Chicago's historic west side neighborhoods to address gender, race and class systems of inequality. Her research interests include freedom struggles among 19th century African American religious women and womanist ethics.

Erin Hein MS, ATR, LPC-IT serves as an art therapist focused in cancer care at Aurora Healthcare.  She also provides art therapy and supervisory services through Donna Lexa Art Centers.

Elizabeth Hlavek, ATR-BC, LCPAT is an art therapist in private practice in Annapolis, MD and a second year doctoral student in art therapy at Mount Mary University. In 2012, she worked with state legislators to develop the first clinical art therapy license in MD and previously sat on the MD Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. Liz received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and completed her Master's in Art Therapy at Pratt Institute.

Lynn Kapitan Ph.D., ATR-BC, Professor and Director of the Professional Doctorate in Art Therapy, Mount Mary University. She is a Past President of AATA, former Editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, community-based art therapy activist-researcher, and author of Introduction to Art Therapy Research.

Tanya Keenan attended UW-Madison and received a degree in secondary education with English 9-12 and  received a Masters of Art from the University of Chicago in Humanities. She has taught Composition at Mount Mary since 2011.

Sherrill Knezel is a K-12 Art Educator and Graphic Recorder working in the Wauwatosa School District since 1992. She currently teaches at the elementary level and is a member of IFVP (International Forum of Visual Practitioners). She leads staff professional development workshops on Visual Literacy and Visual Note Taking for her school district and facilitates workshops for community organizations on using Visual Notes for writing and conferences.

Jill McNutt Ph.D., ATR-BC, ATRL, LPC, ATCS serves as director and assistant professor for the Master of Arts in Art Therapy program at St Mary of the Woods College.  She also is an art therapist focused in cancer care at Aurora Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI. She is a founding member of the Art Therapy House, Inc. providing art therapy services through the greater Milwaukee area.

Bruce L. Moon, Ph.D., ATR-BC, HLM is a professor of art therapy, and co-founder of the doctoral program at Mount Mary University.  He is the author of Art-Based Group Therapy; Existential Art Therapy: The Canvas Mirror, and eleven other books. He is a painter, poet and singer-songwriter.

Cathy Moon, Professor and Chair of the Art Therapy Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is the author of Studio Art Therapy and editor of Materials and Media in Art Therapy. She is co-facilitator of a community art studio in Chicago and a therapeutic arts training program in East Africa.

Brian Myers, MS, ATRL-BC, LPC has worked in the Art Therapy field for over 18 years and is a proud Mount Mary University Alumni. He currently provides supervision for Art Therapy Students at Meta House, substance use disorder and co-occurring disorder recovery for families, in Milwaukee. His most recent interest and education include Infant Mental Health and the use of Reflective Supervision for Art Therapists.

Emily Nolan DAT LPC ATRL BC is a full-time assistant professor at Mount Mary University, a licensed professional counselor, and a licensed art psychotherapist at Bloom: Center for Art and Integrated Therapies, LLC, a studio art therapy practice in Milwaukee, WI. She is currently working toward her 200-hour yoga teacher training credential.

Jeannette Perkal is an instructor in the art therapy department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In her art therapy practice, she specializes in working with LGBTQ-identified individuals and with survivors of trauma. She approaches her work as an educator and therapist by engaging critical, anti-oppression, and systemic frameworks.

Jenna Radowski, ATR, LCPC is a therapist at Jefferson High School in Boulder, MT providing Comprehensive School and Community Treatment (CSCT) for Altacare of Montana.

Victoria Sepulveda, Ph.D., LPC, CSAC, NCC is an Assistant Professor in the Mount Mary University M.S. in Counseling Program. She is the President-Elect of the Wisconsin Counseling Association.

Randy M. Vick, MS, ATR-BC, LCPC, HLM is a Professor in the Art Therapy department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His research and presentation interests include the areas of “outsider” art, disability studios, and men in art therapy.

Venus Williams is founder of Alice’s Garden and is a minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Greater Milwaukee Synod. She was recently honored by the Interfaith Conference of Milwaukee.

Acknowledgements:

Special thanks to Barnes & Noble Books for their participation and support of the symposium. Please visit their display and peruse the large selection of art therapy and related books and resources.