2021 BATA Symposium: Friday Program


Friday 9-10-21

8:00-8:30Check in (only needed if registering late or have questions)


8:30-8:50 Opening Remarks: President of BATA, Ashley Rogols


Workshop Presentations 9-10:30

  • 1.      “A Jungian Approach to the Treatment of Trauma”

Vicki Milnark 

Participants will consider using a Jungian approach to the treatment of trauma with the use of dream journals and active imagination. A poetry therapy intervention and a visual response to the poem follows. Then symbolic images of rape will be displayed to inform participants of a client’s possible trauma.

Art materials needed:  Chalk or oil pastels and 18 x 24” paper.


  • 2.      “Relational-cultural theory and Creativity in Trauma Work: Addressing the Central Relational Paradox”

Jessica Headley & Rebecca Miller

Relational-cultural theory can be used as a framework to address clients’ experiences with connection and disconnection following traumas of an interpersonal nature. This session focuses on how relational cultural theory can be creatively implemented in a therapeutic context to address the central relational paradox – a self-protective strategy of disconnection.

Art materials needed: Paper and markers/colored pencils


Papers 10:45-11:45

  • 1.      “Integrating Social Justice Issues in Art Therapy Practice & Education”     

Meera Rastogi with University of Cincinnati Students: Christian Brown, Dani Clark, Andrew Franks, Yiping Lyu , Arisa Nakahata, Baylee Min , Kristy Monnin, Kalyaani Patel, Nandini Patel, Hannah Schroeder, Keshav Vinod, Rachel Weithman, and Qingyi Zhang.

This presentation describes social justice issues in the United States facing Asians and Asian Americans, refugees, and LGBTQ+ communities.  Three 15-minute presentations provide an overview of the issues and how art therapists might integrate these issues in their work and education.


  • 2.      “Using Assemblage in Art Therapy” 

Amber McElreath

This presentation covers several topics aimed at helping art therapists become more comfortable using assemblage in their sessions. This includes a brief history, commonly used assemblage art therapy tasks, ideal populations, materials, tools, and steps. There will be examples to discuss possible subject matter and construction.


12:00-1:15 Working Lunch

12:00-12:30 Drop in Legislative Info       

 Ashley Skelly:   Grab your lunch and drop in to see what is happening with AT licensure and legislation


12:30-1:15 Book Talk 

Mary Kometiani (Editor)  "Art Therapy Treatment for Survivors of Sex Trafficking: Facilitating Empowerment, Recovery, and Hope"


1:30-3 Ethics Presentation

“Ethical Considerations Working with Gender and Sexual/Affectional Expansive Clients”.

Chase Morgan-Swaney & Fawn Gordon

When engaging in help-seeking, sexual/affectional and gender expansive clients, commonly referred to as LGBTQ+ clients or clients of the queer community, face innumerable healthcare disparities, overt and covert forms of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression, and the threat of disaffirming treatment, such as gender identity and sexual orientation change efforts (GICE and SOCE). To ensure that we are providing affirmative, celebratory, and quality care, mental health professionals must keep abreast of and strive to uphold the ethical standards of their respective fields. Considering recent events, including, but not limited to, the signing into law of the Ohio medical conscience amendment, this session will afford mental health professionals with the opportunity to focus on ethical considerations when working with LGBTQ+ clients.


3:30-5 Keynote Presentation 

“Art Therapy Across Borders and Cultures: A Humanitarian Approach to Healing”

Dr. Mercedes ter Maat, LPC, ATR-BC

Have you ever been interested in spending time overseas providing art therapy services to children and families in need? This presentation shares the experiences of the presenter as she embarked in two volunteer, humanitarian missions. The first one in Lebanon, as a team of art therapists worked with Syrian refugee children and their mothers to assist in improving the quality of their lives. Themes of loss, imprisonment, death, violence, hope, resiliency, cultural and religious norms, strength, and courage emerged. The second one in Peru, where the presenter implemented arts therapeutic activities based on Carey McCarthy’s culturally adapted, school-based program implemented with low-income, impoverished, indigenous children in North America, and Linda Chapman’s Neurodevelopmental Art Therapy (NDAT) trauma treatment model. By participating in this presentation, attendees will be able to recognize protective factors crucial for working with children and families affected by traumatic events, identify cultural considerations when working outside of the United States, and learn about art therapy tasks and directives found effective when working with these populations. Specific art therapy interventions and artwork will be discussed to illustrate how children, mothers, and families narrated their stories through nonverbal creative approaches. Attendees will also engage in a brief art experiential and discussion. 


5-7 p.m. Dinner and Break

7-8p.m. Movie Night!

View one of Judy Rubin’s Expressive Media films






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