Presents the 39th annual Kansas Art Therapy Association Symposium

Be The Change: Cultivating Acceptance and Safety in the LGBTQ+ Community through Art

October 5 and 6, 2018

 2001 NE Parvin Rd. KCMO

Keynote speaker: Art Therapist Daniel Blausey, MA, ART-BC, ATCS, LCAT

Daniel Blausey, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT is the founder of Studio Blue: Creative Arts Therapy, PLLC based in New York City. As an art therapist and psychotherapist for over 25 years, he has primarily worked with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual victimization, HIV/AIDS, and within the LGBTQIA community. Specific areas of expertise include mental health care and family support for the LGBTQIA community, including sexual orientation, sex positivity, gender identity, gender expression and the coming out process. This work currently occurs in NYC and New Paltz, NY and previously in Miami, FL and Boulder, CO. Before founding Studio Blue, he effectively designed, implemented, and directed several mental health programs in New York City, including The Door (a youth agency) and GMHC/Gay Men’s Health Crisis (the oldest AIDS service organization). As a presenter, he has facilitated trainings, workshops, and paper presentations at the local, national, and international level.

Course description:
This didactic and experiential presentation will explore the unconscious bias of the therapist, introduce proper terminology within a cultural context, address the importance of a sex positive outlook, and discuss interventions for nurturing a positive and empowered sense of identity for clients and families within the LGBTQIA community. Collectively, we will reflect and explore unconscious bias and address its potential impact in art therapy.  To improve clinical work with children and families within the LGBTQIA community, we will understand how to integrate proper terminology within a cultural context to assist clients as they differentiate between sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. These distinctions are an essential component for therapeutic engagement, as well as attunement, in the therapeutic relationship. Additionally, we will consider the importance of the client /family’s path to integrate a suitable identity leading to self-acceptance of sexual orientation and gender identity. Art therapy based interventions for cultivating a positive and empowered sense of identity will be explored through lecture, discussion, and art experientials.

Friday, October 5th  Networking event

We are excited to announce the Friday (10/5) networking event will be held at Anton's Restaurant and Taproom gallery. We will be making some art and enjoying some appetizers and a cash bar will be available. The event will be from 5 to 9pm and is open to the public. You are welcome to come and go as you please, but please come and meet our Keynote Mr. Daniel Blausey, and make some interactive art. 

Anton's Restaurant and Taproom address is 1610 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108. Anton's is in the heart of the Crossroads Art District and First Fridays are very popular and busy. I think the easiest way to get around is by streetcar. This is a link to parking information and other information about First Friday. Be sure to checkout some amazing KC art! 

Saturday, October 6th

8:00-9:00        Registration and breakfast (provided)

9:00-9:40        Introduction, overview and agenda

9:40-10:30      Art experiential @Opposites

10:30-11:00    Terms and vocabulary

11:00-11:15     Break

11:15-12:00    Unconscious bias of the therapist

12:00-1:00      Lunch (provided)

1:00-2:30         Panel: Intervention within the LGBTQIA community

2:30-3:15         Breakout  

3:15-3:30        Break

3:30-4:00        KATA business meeting (optional for non-members)

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