Saturday September 26
Use of Art Interventions to Deescalate Elementary Students in Crisis - Anna Brink, ATR-P, LPC, NCC
The National Survey of Children’s Health’s 2016 survey showed 46% of children in the U.S. had experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE), and for adolescents aged 12-17, this number increases to 55%. Then approximately 1 in 5 children had two or more ACEs. Children with trauma have a smaller window of tolerance, making them more likely to experience behavioral escalations in their home and school setting. This presentation outlines the use of art interventions to deescalate children presenting at various stages of escalation in an elementary school setting.
-The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross W. Greene
-The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma By Bessel Van Der Kolk
-Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Your guide to creating a safe, supportive learning environment for all students By Jen Alexander
-Art Therapy, Trauma, and Neuroscience: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives Edited by Juliet L. King
Using Bridge Drawings in Addiction Treatment Groups to Promote Personalized Understandings of the Stages of Change - Libby Schmanke, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCPC, MAC
Variations of Hays & Lyons’ original Bridge Drawing (1981) have been used by art therapists for informal assessment and as therapeutic interventions. This version, which I developed for use with the addiction treatment population beginning in 2001, is used both ways within a group modality, and enables clients to reflect on their investment in treatment and their location in the Stages of Change framework. Participants in this webinar will create a bridge drawing before learning more about the projective nature of the assessment; then a Powerpoint presentation will reveal elements of interpretation and show a variety of addictions treatment clients’ bridge drawings as exemplars of the range of responses.
Handouts: Schmanke Bridge Handout.pdf
Professional Issues in the Context of Racism - Kimberly Nguyen, ATR-P, LPC & Charles Anderson, ATR
COVID-19 and the recent murders of Black people have significantly impacted people of color. In this presentation, we will discuss culturally appropriate approaches with clients and co-workers. In the end we will answer audience questions about professional issues, particularly in the context of racism.
This presentation will provide psychoeducation about anger, its purpose, how to use art as a means of managing anger, and the importance of helping clients understand that anger is a natural human emotion.
Materials for Experiential: air-dry clay, drawing paper, drawing materials, 2 light one-colored ceramics plates (to break), Sharpies, hot glue, 4+ plastic sacks (ex: grocery store sacks), 2 towels or blankets, hammer, Optional: paint, glitter, ribbon, twine, rhinestones, stickers, feathers, magazines, scissors, glue stick, foliage (fake or real), personal pictures, etc.
Lunch Break and Virtual Meet and Greet/ Kansas Art Therapy Updates - Clara Corn, KATA President
Grab your lunch and join Clara Corn, KATA President for a meet and greet for symposium participants. You will be invited to share your art, your work, or just introduce yourself. Clara will also share updates happening with the Kansas Art Therapy Association. Additionally, Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro will share updates on the efforts to gain licensure for art therapists in the state of Kansas and the professional benefits licensure.
Covid-19 Tips and Tricks: Digital Art Therapy in Person and via Telehealth - Dr. Jessica Woolhiser, ATR-BC, LMHP
This presentation will review considerations for use of digital media in art therapy and provide insights as to how to utilize digital art-making and other digital interactions in the Covid-19 era. This will include tips for both telehealth and in-person sessions using digital media based on the presenter’s experience. Participants will learn about apps and other resources that are useful for such practice. Participants will be given the opportunity to try out some of these resources as a part of the presentation.
Recommended resource: Garner, R.L. Ed. (2017) Digital art therapy: Material, methods and applications. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Art as a Way to Master Malady- Noel Kearns, ATR-BC
This presentation will describe how art helps those struggling with chronic mental illness. It will detail methods involving the concepts of acceptance, grieving, self-forgiveness and self-empowerment. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in art and journaling techniques that facilitate the concept of becoming master over malady.
Q&A Panel: Art Therapy in Schools -Amy Nadler MA, ATR-BC and Anna Brink ATR-P, LPC, NCC
In this presentation you will learn about art therapy in school based environments. Amy and Anna will share their experiences and clinical approaches used in providing services to children in schools. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussions to explore the unique challenges and strengths of art therapy in school settings.
Sunday September 27
Exploring Identity and Building Cultural Self Awareness - Clara Corn, MS, ATR
Participants will learn three directives for use with clients exploring individual identity as well as identity within the layers of intersecting culture. There will be an art making component of the session for participants to use one of the directives to explore their own identity within the culture(s) to which they belong.
Materials for Experiential: Favorite drawing materials, paper or a sketchbook, collage materials and modge-podge and a paintbrush, a small box, acrylic paints and paintbrush
Q&A Panel: Building Your Own Art Therapy Program or Practice - Cara Weeks Neuburger, LCPC, ATR, Katie Francis, ATR, LPC, & Jessica Muret, ATR, LSCSW
In this presentation participants will learn strategies and practical tips for charting your own territory and creating your own art therapy program or practice. Cara, Katie, and Jessica will share their experiences in program development and strategies for translating dreams of starting your own art therapy program into reality. Audience members will be able to ask questions and gain feedback about program development.
What is "Yeet"? Reaching Adolescents through Art Therapy - Taylor Croan MS, PLSPC, MAADC II
Taylor will provide information on Art Therapy with adolescents, pulling from her experiences facilitating groups, individual sessions, and assessments at a Residential Treatment Facility, and a Hospital. This presentation will include example directives, as well as alterations to meet the needs of at-risk youth. Taylor will facilitate a popular directive used in her groups.
Mindfulness in Art Therapy - Vivian Mosier, MS, LPC & Barbara Baeuchle, LPC, ATR
In this presentation you will learn strategies to incorporate mindfulness into your art therapy practice. We wiill identify the origins of the practice, applications, and research of mindfulness. We will be demonstrating techniques to help clients with mindfulness and help clinicians build their own mindfulness techniques. With basic art supplies you will experience some simple practices you can use for yourself and the people you work with. You will also receive a reference list of helpful resources.
Lunch Break and Open Forum: Strategies for responding to the now. - Katie Francis, ATR, LPC, & Jessica Muret, ATR, LSCSW
Grab your lunch and join Katie and Jessica in an interactive conversation about the current times we are all navigating. You will be invited to ask questions and swap ideas on how you are adapting to the global pandemic and addressing social or cultural issues impacting you and your clients. Katie and Jessie will share ideas they have implemented in their private practice and places of work.
Art Therapy and Chronic Depression: Helping Clients Manage Suicidality and Self Harm - Katie Brewer, MS, LPC, ATR-BC
This presentation will delve into counseling and art therapy techniques to help clients who are suffering from ongoing depressive symptoms including chronic suicidality and self-harm. We will discuss modalities that are scientifically proven to minimize symptoms, effective suicide screening tools, and art therapy directives focused on these issues.
Q&A Panel: What to Expect from an Art Therapy Internship - Libby Schmanke, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCPC, MAC, Raven Milam, MS, & Taylor Croan MS, PLSPC, MAADC II
In this presentation participants will get an insiders view of what art therapy internship sites are like as well as tips for selecting internship sites that will fit with professional goals. Libby will share her perspectives as the internship site coordinator in the art therapy graduate program at Emporia State University. Raven and Taylor will share examples of what internship sites are like and how they work with graduate students as site supervisors to prepare students for their art therapy careers. Audience members will have opportunities to ask questions and engage in interactive discussions.
Meeting Clients Where They Are: Strategies to Adapt Your Directives and Materials - Julie Roush, MS, ATR
This presentation will provide an opportunity to learn about strategies for working with people experiencing cognitive impairments of varying degrees and origins, the need to make adaptions to your materials as well as your approach to individuals and groups.
Handouts: KATA 2020 Roush Handout 1.pdf
3-D Printing Pen Family Intervention - Laurel Brenner Guess, AT, LPC
In this presentation you will be introduced to the use of a 3-D printing pen as an art therapy intervention for families. Additionally, information will integrate the 3-D printing pen process with art based assessments and family treatment goals as the 3-D printing pen provides a resource to improve communication for a parent and child, during our age of electronics, that is both electronic and creative.
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The symposium was designed for education of professional art therapists, art therapy graduate students, or allied professionals. The learning sessions in the symposium provide information on skills and strategies for art therapy, however the symposium in and of itself does not equate formalized training in art therapy. Art Therapy is a master's level profession and individuals who are not credentialed art therapist and utilize therapeutic art activities should do so within their scope of practice or in consultation with a credentialed art therapist and should not use the term "art therapy" to describe the activity. There is risk of harm conducting any therapeutic modality, including the creative arts therapies, without the proper training. Further information on becoming a professional and credentialed art therapist can be found at the websites of the American Art Therapy Association and the Art Therapy Credentials Board.
A special thanks to the following:
Thanks to all the presenters and the conference planning team for all the time and effort dedicated to putting this event together.
Brackers Good Earth Clays
1831 E 1450 Rd • Lawrence, KS 66044
Bracker's Good Earth Clays is providing the following coupon code for 30% off all Kemper Tools. See your symposium guide for details.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers Inc.
400 Market Street
Tel (toll free ordering): 866 416 1078
Tel (main office): 215 922 1161
Fax: 215 922 1474
JKP books is providing a coupon code for 20% off one item ordered from their website (must have US shipping address). See your symposium guide for details.
Wichita Art Museum
1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67203
Jungle House Goods
924 Delaware Street
Lawrence, KS, 66044
Arts Connect Topeka
909 N Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66608
See below for archives of learning sessions.
Welcome to Virtually Together, kATA's 2020 online symposium
Thank you all who attended "Virtually Together." Archived videos of the learning sessions can be accessed through the link below. We are in the process of editing the learning sessions and the full list will be available soon.
The online exhibit can be viewed on ArtSteps.com- https://www.artsteps.com/view/5f4db548787d901e5ef7d154
Note- If your searching for the exhibit directly on the ArtSteps website or mobil app try searching for "our new tomorrow" in quotation marks.
Charles Anderson, ATR
Charles Anderson, ATR, is a pioneer in the field of art therapy and has been in the field for almost 30 years. He founded AATA’s Mosaic Committee, which is known today as the Multicultural Sub-Committee. Anderson has been an adjunct faculty at Avila College in KansasCity, Missouri and at Emporia State University , where he taught both an art therapy course and a multicultural course.
Barbara Baeuchle, ATR, LPC
Barbara received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy from Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. She currently works as an art psychotherapist at Valeo Behavioral Health Care in Topeka. She is also networking with practitioners in Lawrence and developing a contract service, Art Nature, in Lawrence. Barbara draws on her upbringing on a farm in Northeast Iowa, graphics arts experience, and work with Veterans at the VA in Leavenworth to explore various aspects of mindfulness and art. She completed training in mindfulness and biofeedback to support client’s overall wellbeing. This includes a personal practice with mindful meditation, yoga nidra, nature walks, and breathing practices. Art therapy offers so many rich opportunities for mindfulness with measurable health benefits.
Laurel Brenner Guess, MS, LPC
Laurel Brenner Guess is a graduate of Avila University in 2011. She has worked in community mental health settings, Mattie Rhodes and Wyandot, providing crisis and outpatient services. Laurel employs an eclectic style of interventions including Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based, Short-term, Positive Psychology, Adlerian with training in EMDR, and Art Therapy, Regression therapy and Trans-Personal approaches. She has worked in private practice since 2016 and is currently learning how to bring Art Therapy to clients over the internet.
Katie Brewer, MS, LPC, ATR-BC
Katie Brewer MS, LPC, ATR-BC works as an art therapist and licensed professional counselor at Synergy Services in Kansas City. In her work, she focuses on using visual art as a way to cope with and process trauma, build self-esteem, and build a better understanding of each client's individuality. She specializes in working with the LGBTQ community, managing depression and anxiety, and improving family relationships. She has offered many trainings on suicide prevention and intervention with police officers and others in the KCMO area.
Anna Brink, ATR-P, LPC, NCC
Anna Brink has provided mental health services to children and adolescents across various settings, including an acute inpatient hospital, in-home, and a school setting. Anna is currently a school-based therapist in the North Kansas City School District in Kansas City, MO, through Synergy Services School-Based Program. This program provides individual, group, and family mental health services to various school districts in Missouri. This population faces high rates of trauma, which can impede the student’s ability to succeed in an academic setting. Synergy Service’s program aims to meet children within the school setting to reduce barriers to accessing mental health services in the community. Anna works closely with students, educators, and families to provide a holistic approach to mental health services.
Clara Corn, MS, ATR
Clara Corn is an instructor in the art therapy program at Emporia State University and current KATA president. Prior to teaching art therapy at ESU, She established art therapy as a full time in-house service available to all residents of Plumb Place women’s emergency and transitional shelter, where she was the executive director from 2017 to 2019. She is particularly interested in art therapy with individuals experiencing homelessness and socio-economic insecurity, improving access to art therapy and opportunities for artmaking in high poverty locations, and in trauma and crisis response.
Taylor Croan, MS, PLPC, MAADC II
Taylor Croan is an Art Therapist with a Master’s of Science from Emporia State University. She is a credentialed Substance Abuse Counselor and Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor. Taylor provides art therapy services in the form of groups and individual sessions to the residents at Cornerstones of Care: Ozanam Campus. Taylor provides supervision to Art Therapy students at Ozanam to meet their internship requirements. Before Cornerstones of Care, Taylor was a Registered Behavioral Technician with ACI Learning Centers, and an Art Therapist at Two Rivers Behavioral Health.
Katie Francis,MA-AT, LPC
As an Art Therapist and Mental Health Counselor, I am passionate about helping others explore and process their thoughts and feelings through creativity and art making. I have experiences working with diverse populations including runaway and homeless youth, survivors of human trafficking, individuals who are incarcerated, SPMI populations, as well as children and youth in a school setting. Alongside my business partner Jessica Muret, I am also a co-owner of our private practice. Together we have navigated the journey of becoming small business owners and finding creative ways to work with and serve the members of our community.
Noel Kearns, ATR-BC
Noel Kearns has worked with the psychiatric population for the past 26 years. Her work at Advent Health Shawnee Mission on the Adult Behavioral Health Unit involves patients who struggle with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders and addictive disorders. She also works at ED Care of Overland Park, an outpatient clinic serving adults who struggle with various eating disorders. She mostly provides group therapy and incorporates music, journaling and psychodrama techniques to supplement art therapy interventions.
Wendy Lynch, LPC
Wendy Lynch is an art therapist and clinical counselor at Valeo Behavioral Health Care where she works with adults with serious and persistent mental illness, adults with substance use disorders, and adults with dual diagnosis of mental illness and addictions.
Raven Milam, MS
Raven works at Valeo Behavioral Health Care as an art therapist, working with individuals who experience severe mental illness in a community mental health setting. Raven utilizes humanist and person centered approaches to art therapy. She additionally supervises art therapy interns and assists with the Creations of Hope gallery, a partnership of artists dedicated to the mission of mental health awareness in downtown Topeka KS.
Jessica Muret, ATR, LSCSW
Jessica Muret received her Master of Science in Art Therapy from Emporia State University in 2004, and her Master of Social Work in 2011. She
has over fifteen years of experience working with non-profits and is versed providing Art Therapy with a focus in Trauma Informed Care,
Motivational Interviewing, and Restorative Practices. Jessie has a passion for building resiliency, hope and creative healing with those she works
with. She prides herself in being an advocate for at-risk populations including individuals who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence,
human trafficking, abuse and neglect. Jessica is currently an owner of Creative Bliss Therapy LLC where she works as an Art Therapist and
provides therapy as a Clinical Social Worker at the Creative Learning Community School and EMPAC, an employee assistance program.
Vivian Mosier, LPC, NCC
Vivian Mosier is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and an Art Therapist. She joined Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center in 2019 as a clinical intern and is happy to have joined the Kanza team as a full-time therapist in the outpatient department. Prior to joining Kanza, Vivian worked with survivors of interpersonal violence in a rural agency in Northeast Kansas. Vivian earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washburn University and a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Master of Science in Art Therapy Counseling from Emporia State University. Vivian serves on the multicultural committee of the American Association of Art Therapy and has presented about diversity in higher education in both state and national conferences. Vivian speaks Spanish fluently and has an interest in working with marginalized populations. Vivian enjoys using her background and knowledge in art and counseling to help clients reach their personal goals.
Amy Nadler, MA, ATR-BC
Amy Nadler is a registered and board certified art therapist whois currently working for the Shawnee Mission School District. She graduated from the Art Therapy Counseling program at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2000. During the first part of her career, Amy was employed by psychiatric hospitals and residential treatment facilities for children and adolescents. In addition to art making, she enjoys creative outlets such as baking and grading, and aspires to write and illustrate a book one day.
Kimberly Nguyen, ATR-P, LPC
Kimberly Nguyen, ATR-P, LPC. is an art therapist at a forensic state hospital located in Southern California. Kimberly earned her Bachelor of Arts in art history at the University of Oklahoma and her two Master of Science degrees in art therapy and clinical counseling from Emporia State University. Her professional interests include cultural art therapy, and in particular, how to make art therapy more accessible to communities of color.
Julie Roush, MS, ATR
Julie Roush, MS, ATR is a 1995 ESU graduate working with people in long term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities and day service programs for adults for thirteen years. She owns Artfully Yours LLC Traveling Art Therapy, which operates through out the Kansas City Metro area.
Libby Schmanke, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAC, MAC
Libby’s first professional career spanned 14 years in addictions treatment, during which she incorporated art processes into treatment protocols. In 2002, she completed her master’s in art therapy and joined the graduate program at Emporia State University in a half-time faculty role. During that time, she also worked as an addictions counselor doing art therapy, and for 9 years operated a private practice specializing in art therapy to treat addictions and trauma. In 2014, she closed her practice to became a full time faculty member, and in 2017 her single-author text, Art Therapy and Substance Abuse, was published, being the first book devoted solely to this topic. Libby has also contributed two well-regarded book chapters on the topic of art therapy and addictions. She served for 12 years with the Art Therapy Credentials Board on its board of directors and committees, and regularly presents about art therapy and addictions at national conferences.
Cara Weeks Neuburger, ATR, LCPC
Cara Weeks Neuburger is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist receiving her MA in Art Therapy Counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. From 2005-2019 she dedicated her time to community mental health and founded the Expressive Therapies Program at Valeo Behavioral Health Care in Topeka, Kansas. Under her leadership this grew to be a comprehensive program of art therapy and music therapy services for adults experiencing mental illness and included the Creations of Hope Gallery a community outreach project focused on mental health advocacy. Cara has additional experience providing art therapy and counseling to children, youth, and seniors and has specialized training in helping those who have been impacted by severe mental health concerns. Currently Cara has a private practice, Sunflower Art Therapy, in Lawrence Kansas, providing art psychotherapy services to kids, teens and adults as well as contract services to community organizations including the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.
Jessica Woolhiser Stallings, DAT, ATR-BC, LMHP, LPC
Jessica Woolhiser Stallings, DAT, ATR-BC, LMHP, LPC, is a mental health clinician at a therapeutic school providing art therapy and counseling. Jessie adjuncts for the Emporia State University (ESU) Art Therapy and Counseling Masters programs where she previously served as an associate professor. She maintains a part time private practice working with teens and adults. A graduate of the ESU MS in Art Therapy (2005) and Mount Mary Doctorate of Art Therapy (2019), Jessie has researched use of art therapy with individuals with autism and written on a variety of topics in the field. She has served on the Kansas Art Therapy Association board for eight years and is a past president and current webmaster. Jessie also serves on the Nebraska art therapy licensure coalition. She serves as an adhoc reviewer for Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. She is also a practicing artist.
Kansas Art Therapy Association