Greetings from Emporia State University!

The faculty and students of the graduate art therapy program are proud and excited to announce our 48th Annual Art Therapy Discovery Day on Saturday, March 25, 2023.  This is a fun and informative event that is open to anyone with an interest in art therapy. Mental health professionals and students of all majors, prospective art therapy students, teachers, and friends and family are all welcome!

We are pleased host nationally-recognized art therapist Daniel Blausey as our plenary speaker. Daniel Blausey, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, is the founder of Studio Blue: Creative Arts Therapy, PLLC in New York City. His clinical work highlights sex-positivity, life transitions, childhood sexual abuse, and family of origin dynamics. His areas of expertise include supervision, mental health care and family support for the LGBTQIA community, embracing sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and the coming out process. Blausey has presented across the USA and internationally.  He is a Ph.D. candidate at Lesley University, and coauthor of Foundations of Art Therapy Supervision: Creating Common Ground for Supervisees and Supervisors (2021), with Yasmine Awais.  . In addition to the Keynote Lecture, Daniel will also a provide breakout session in the afternoon. 

Daniel will join an exciting assembly of art therapy professionals to provide a quality program accessible to a variety of interest levels and suitable for professional continuing education. During the final breakout period, prospective students will have the option to attend a faculty panel to ask questions about our art therapy degree, dual curricula, or art therapy as a career.

For art therapy and other mental health professionals, certificates of attendance for continuing education (CECs) are available at no additional cost. The certificates will detail attendance and the presenters’ academic and professional credentials.

We are also pleased to offer university academic credit for attendance and participation in this one-day conference.  Individuals seeking academic credit will be responsible for enrolling and paying for one credit hour (PY 703 Discovery Day Conference, CRN 15369) at Emporia State University, separately from registering and paying for the conference, as well as completing course assignments.

Please note our early bird conference rate postmark date of March 20! The conference registration fee for students is just $35 if paid by this date; for professionals and others, $75. For registration postmarked after March 20 or at the door, the registration fees are $70 and $150, respectively. We accept payment by credit card, check, or money order. Whichever method you choose, please use the attached registration form and mail as directed. The registration fee includes a light continental breakfast, the luncheon, art materials for break-out sessions, and CEC certificates. Please see the attached flyer for more information and the registration form.

As always, there will be opportunities for networking and browsing the silent art and gift auction; don’t forget your checkbook or credit card to purchase original art work and other treasures to benefit a Robert Ault Scholarship, named for the art therapy pioneer who founded our degree program nearly 50 years ago!  The students and faculty have worked hard to bring this special fund raiser to the conference. Additionally, before and after the luncheon, we will have a book signing table.

Our event will be held in Webb Hall on the top floor of the beautiful ESU Memorial Union. Art therapy graduate students will greet you warmly upon your arrival to the registration lobby adjacent to Webb Hall on Saturday morning.  

A link to our campus map is given here: ESU Campus Map. Parking in any lot or metered space is free on Saturdays!

If you have questions, email . 

We look forward to seeing you at Discovery Day!




[Emporia State University]
Dr. Gaelynn P. Wolf Bordonaro, ATR-BC, ATCS
Director, Art Therapy Program
Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor, Department of Counselor Education
Emporia State University

One Kellogg Circle, Campus Box 4036

Emporia, KS 66801