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    • 23 Oct 2021
    • 19 Dec 2021

    Shout Out to Our California Art Therapists!

    *Conference Logo Art by Kathleen Fogel Richmond, LMFT, ATR-BC

    AATA’s 52nd Annual Conference is Virtual


    Registration is Now Open!

    CONFERENCE DATES:  Saturday, October 23  |  Sunday, October 24  |   Saturday, December 18  |  Sunday, December 19 | Mid-Week Sessions During November

    Let's celebrate art therapy in California and support our art therapists!  If you or someone you know is participating in the conference and would like to be added to our program list here, email Program Name, Description, Date, and Presenters to info@socalarttherapy.org.

    Click Here for Full Program 


    Saturday, October 23

    TR-35 | PTSD & Art Therapy: Clinical Approaches & Cultural Humility for Trauma Recovery | Intermediate to Advanced | ATCB, NBCC, NY LCAT Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC

    PTSD requires specialized strategies and art therapy approaches to support healing from interpersonal violence, microaggressions and transgenerational traumas. Participants will explore stages of trauma recovery: safety, mourning/remembering, and meaning- making/post-traumatic growth. Three trauma- focused art therapy protocols will be described as well as practical applications of cultural humility in trauma-focused art therapy.

    Sunday, October 24

    MC-2 | COVID-19 Experiences in Mexico, Israel, and U.S. through Cross-cultural Art Therapy Program | Intermediate to Advanced | ATCB, NY LCAT by Einat Metzl, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC, RPT-S, Joyce Yip Green, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC, Ana Laura Treviño

    Three Art Therapy directors of a collaborative international summer program discuss how art therapy students were brought together to reflect on their Covid-19 experiences, explore cultural consideration of the pandemic and its aftermath, and work to serve communities through zoom supported art therapy paradigms in the US, Mexico, and Israel.

    TA-63 | The Art of Memory Reconsolidation | Intermediate to Advanced | ATCB, NBCC, NY LCAT by Noah Hass-Cohen, PsyD, ATR-BC

    This presentation reviews the neuroscience of memory-based systems, while highlighting the potential of expressive arts practices for positive memory change and fear reduction. Arts protocols and interventions that demonstrate these principles focus on the role of art media. Case studies and empirically supported qualitative research examples will be provided.

    RE-61 | Artmaking During a Global Pandemic: A Collaborative Autoethnography| Basic | ATCB, NY LCAT by Joyce Yip Green, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC, Sarah Heller, MA, AMFT, Parisa Frost, MA, AMFT, and Eva Wang, MA, AMFT

    Artmaking during pandemic could increase personal wellness, self-understanding, and emotional health. Themes explored through a collaborative autoethnography reveals the effects of the art process, materials on personal wellness. This dynamic ethnographic exploration reveals the power of artmaking during crisis. A virtual art gallery will be featured. Handout

    Wednesday, November 17

    MC-155 | On the DEI Journey with Cultural Humility in the Art Therapy Profession| ATCB, NBCC, NY LCAT by Louvenia Jackson, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, and Tamela Blalock, MBA, CAE, CMP, DES

    All are invited to attend this session. Registration details will be provided in the near future.

    Saturday, December 18

     Plenary Session:Turning Up the Bullhorn: Challenging the Expected Outcomes of Art Therapists on Social Justice Issues in the Community, will be presented byBerenice Badillo, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC, Jennifer Clay, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC and Makeda “Dread” Cheatom.

    This panel challenges how art therapists and arts activists collaborate with community entities to create spaces that amplify the voices of BIPOC. The panelists will discuss projects in alternative spaces in the community that include site specific art in bi-national regions, contemporary art museums, community colleges, and multicultural arts programming. 

    SC-71 | Art for Peace: In Person and Online | Basic | ATCB, NY LCAT by Barbara Fish, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCPC, Jill McNutt, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, ATRL, LPC, Caroline Heller, MAAT, ATR-BC, LCPC and Elizabeth Bryan Jacobs, Graduate Student

    The Art for Peace Group was inspired by the events of September 11th, 2001. Since Covid-19, participants engage in artmaking online, supporting our ability to respond mindfully to personal and world events. This workshop offers the group through video conference and in person to support our intentional participation. 


    Sunday, December 19

    TR-72 | Art Therapy Trauma, Pain and Resiliency Drawing Protocols | Intermediate to Advanced | ATCB, NBCC, NY LCAT by Noah Hass-Cohen, PsyD, ATR-BC, Rebecca Bokoch, Katherine Goodman and Julia McAnuff

    The protocols have demonstrated significant decreases in the impact of trauma, in negative affect and in pain rating and increases in endorsed resiliency resources which were maintained at follow-up, in person, online and during the pandemic. Empirical and case studies art will illustrate the 10 years of research.

    PP-137 | The Resilient Therapist: Applying Wisdom from Diverse Southern California Contemporary Arts Practice | Intermediate to Advanced | ATCB, NY LCAT by Teresa Grame, LCSW, ATR-BC, RPT-S, PhD Candidate, Zulma Digaudio, PsyD, LMFT, ATR, RPT and Ingrid Jimenez, LMFT, ATR

    This worksop will demonstrate studio arts approaches supporting therapist resilience during challenging times.  Arts-informed experiences, including those inspired by diverse contemporary Southern California artists, will be illustrated through examples.  Through use of art materials, participants will identify their own sources of resilience and a plan for continuing creative practice.

    RE-97 | Personal Art-making and Well-Being During COVID-19 Pandemic | Basic | ATCB, NY LCAT by Joyce Yip Green, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC, Schelsey Mahammadie-Sabet, Ilyse Lindsay and Nicole Rademacher, MFA, MA, AMFT

    This presentation explores the role that personal art- making had on well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results of this art-based research study included an exploration of themes that emerged from a survey and art-response completed by professional artists.

    *Visit Conference Page to Confirm Dates and for Latest Updates* 

    • 22 Nov 2021
    • 10 Dec 2021


    The Southern California Art Therapy Association (SoCalATA) is offering a mini grant of $250  to an art therapy graduate student who self-identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC). 

    Grants are available through private donations, and are intended to support current students of art therapy. The donor’s intention for this grant is to affirm and support all BIPOC students, including other intersectional identities (i.e. gender, race, ethnicity, social class, religion, sexual orientation, ability, and gender identity), by providing support to those students in art therapy graduate education programs. SoCalATA will also gift a membership to the awardee. 

    Eligible applicants are students who can demonstrate enrollment in a graduate art therapy program. Completed applications with all supporting documents must be submitted to info@socalarttherapy.org using the subject line, ATTN: SoCalATA Mini Grant or use the link provided below no later than December 10th.


    1. Application Form 

    2. Proof of Acceptance or Enrollment

    3. An *art response to one or more of the selected questions with a statement about your process. Submit a digital image of the original art piece.

    * Your art response can be in any medium that you choose and only needs to reflect one of the suggested prompts (see application).


    All eligible applicants who have submitted a completed application, including all supporting documents, will be placed in a lottery. Awardees will be selected using a random drawing process.

    The recipient of the grant will be announced by December 17, 2021.

    If you are not currently eligible to apply but know a student who is, invite them to submit an application.  Please direct any questions to info@socalarttherapy.org.  Thank you.

    -SoCalATA Board of Directors

    • 10 Dec 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Celebrate with Us

    Friday, December 10th

    Drop in any time between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

    Let's Make Some Art Together

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