2021 BATA Symposium: Saturday Program- (Zoom links will be provided prior to conference)

Saturday 9-11-21

8:00-8:30 check-in for later registrants and questions


Workshops 9-10:30

  • 1.      “Professional Identity Development in Art Therapy: Reflections Through Self-
  • Portraiture”

Heather Denning        

Olivia Andazola

Skyela Burgess

Mickie McGraw

Jennifer Schwartz

This workshop with present a model of professional development utilizing the “Hero’s Journey” and self-portraiture as a method for reflecting on professional identity development. Participants will create art reflecting three stages of professional identity development and identify areas of personal, education, or professional growth.

Art materials needed: Paper/Sketchbook Drawing or painting media of one’s choice


  • 2.      “Seeking Justice through Community Art-Making: Prevention & Response”

Rebecca Hug & Katherine Jackson 

Community art-making is a skill that art therapists and counselors can use to prevent and respond to injustices where they serve. Participants will learn skills in community engagement and practice art-making interventions to prevent and respond to community injustices.

Art materials needed: Paper/markers/pastels


Workshops 10:45-12:15

  • 1.      “Broaching Diversity & National News with Supervisees” 

Rebecca Hug

Judy Jankowski

Gail Rule-Hoffman

Broaching is a skill that all supervisors can use to bolster rapport with and development of supervisees. Participants will learn about broaching... the concept, the continuum, and the cycle. Participants will apply their learning though case examples and art-making experientials.

Art Material needed:

Diversity Flower Mandala (will be provided during session)

Drawing paper and colored pencils and general art materials


  • 2.      “A Body of Wisdom: Somatic Approaches to Art Therapy”

Areka Foster

With our skills of observation, attunement, third eye, and third hand, art therapists are already primed to be somatically oriented therapists. This experiential workshop will highlight traditional art therapy skills that lend themselves to the practice of “bottom-up” somatic therapy and provide additional somatic and trauma-focused therapeutic skills and techniques.

Art Materials needed: Oil or chalk pastels, crayons, markers, or other colored drawing materials on 12 x 18-inch paper.


12:30-2:00 BATA Annual Members Meeting (bring your lunch)


2:00- 2:45 Legislative Plenary


Workshop 2:50-4:20

  • 1.      “The Value of Digital Community for Art Therapists During Difficult Times “

Gretchen Miller 

This workshop offers an overview about the enduring importance of digital communities for the field of art therapy, especially during difficult and challenging times of crisis, displacement, and loss. Through didactic presentation and creative experiential, content will include how virtual egalitarian environments build and sustain professional relationships, create support, foster community care, and a sense of belonging within the art therapy community.

Art Supplies needed:

  • Tempera or acrylic paint in assorted colors, paint brush
  • Markers in assorted colors
  • Collage media (color paper, magazine photos)
  • Liquid glue or glue stick
  • 8 ½ x 11 white paper


  • 2.      “Mandalas of Movement and Healing: Using Mandalas and Yoga Practice to Center and Ease Stress”

Megan Seaman

This workshop offers an overview of mandala-making and specific yoga sequencing of the Four Directions to foster a paradigm of stress-relief and rejuvenation. Bring your yoga mat!

Art Supplies needed:

8” x 11” paper (or larger)

Crayons, Markers, Colored Pencils (structured coloring supplies) in all colors – minimum Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Black, Brown represented.

Yoga Mat



Papers 2:50-4:20

  • 1.      “Benefits of Sharing Artwork: Group Work Among Adults with Chronic Mental Health Issues”

Candace Ressler 

Culminating thesis research with community mental health clients based on allowing participants to create and share art work within the therapeuatic relationship will be discussed. The main themes from the research include: mental health journey, art with mental health, and sharing artwork. Future research and practice recommendation for art therapist and counselors working with the community mental health population are discussed.

Art materials needed: Paper/markers/pastels


  • 2.      Artist Art Therapist/ Artist

Diane Fleisch-Hughes

Art therapists identity as artist will be explored.  


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