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Art Therapy Symposium

The "Decade of the Brain" is behind us but new knowledge of the brain as it directly impacts art therapy practice and evaluation has yet to be translated in to practical and effective uses. An integrative model of neuroscience and art therapy offers art-based, person-centered approaches that are both grounded in and supported by empirical knowledge of the brain.

original art by Chris Belkofer"The Image Has It:  Art, Practice and the Brain"
Annual Spring Art Therapy Symposium
April 11, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Featuring a keynote presentation by Lukasz Konopka, Ph.D. and Chris Belkofer, Ph.D., ATR-BC

Registration is required. Pricing varies by registration date and professional credentials.
See brochure for pricing and registration details.

About the Keynote Speakers

Lukasz Konopka, Ph.D.Lukasz Konopka, Ph.D.
Professor Konopka is Chief Neuroscientist at Yellow Brook Consultation and Treatment Center and an internationally known clinical neuroscientist. He is also a member and mentor for Collegium Internationale NeuroPsychopharmacologicum, an organization promoting research in psychiatric disorders.

Chris Belkofer, Ph.D., ATR-BCChris Belkofer, Ph.D., ATR-BC
Professor Belkofer is Assistant Professor of Art Therapy and Director of the Graduate Art Therapy Program at Mount Mary University.  His research has focused on applying neuroscience frameworks to art therapy research and practice. 


8:00 a.m. - Registration8:45 a.m. - Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. - Keynote Presentation
10:30 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions begin
12:15 p.m. - Lunch and book browsing (Mount Mary University Dining Room will offer lunch for purchase)
1:30 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions resume
5:30 p.m. - Dinner (on own)

Concurrent Presentation List:
  •  Session #1
    • Hearts, Doors and Baggage:  Using stimulus images in adolescent acute care
    • Sculptural Mnemonics:  A tactile tool to understand and organize solution-focused techniques

    Session #2

    • Feminist and Postcolonial Ethics in Global North/South Collaborations in Art Therapy
    • Painting the Man:  Exploring the abstract influences of privilege and power
    • Embracing the Personal Poser of the Art Therapist

     Session #3

    • Privacy, Disability and Fame:  Ethics in the gallery and studio
    • Islands of Brilliance:  Connecting communities through creative technology

    Session #4

    • Art Therapy Experiences with Epilepsy
    • Art Therapy through an Alderian LE S
    • The Stories We Tell:  Narrative inquiry in arts-based research

    Session #5

    • Pay Attention! I'm Speaking Through My Art
    • In Search of Silver Bullets and the Holy Grail: Art therapy looking in all the wrong places

    Session #6

    • Assuaging Trauma: Collage, narrative, video - A case study
    • Eating Disorders:  Addressing past and recurrent traumas through art therapy

    Session #7

    • Qeeg and Art Therapy: Brain activity during two different types of artmaking
    • Caring for the caregiver:  Art-based self-care circles for professional caregivers
    • Some aspects of Social Action Narrative Art Therapy with Potawatomi Youth

     Session #8

    • Slow Art Sculpture and Mindfulness
    • Critical incidents in Art Therapy Practitioner Identity Development

    Session #9

    • Impact of Trauma on the Brain:  Exciting implications of art therapy
    • Safe Passage:  Nurturing emotional resilience through art journaling
This event is sponsored by the Mount Mary University Art Therapy Department and the Wisconsin Art Therapy Association.