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Friday, June 16, 2017

Re: Invention in a Dynamic Landscape of Practice
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GPY 9884: Re: Invention in a Dynamic Landscape of Practice

Friday, June 16, 2017
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Lynn Kapitan, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM

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Professional knowledge is not fixed but dynamic — arising from how we live in our landscapes of practice. As art therapy evolves, its practitioners must negotiate increasingly complex professional identities to respond to a world in constant flux. At times it becomes necessary to reexamine the paradigms, myths, and frameworks that hold us fast. This workshop creatively explores the concept of “reinvention” as a pragmatic practice that participants can use to invigorate, change, and intensify the impact of art therapy within their sphere of influence.

By attending, participants will be able to

1. Identify three key processes that professionals may use to identify with a dynamic landscape or community of practice.
2. Discuss the concept of reinvention in the context of evolving professional knowledge.
3. Explore reflective and pragmatic practices for discerning opportunities for increased impact within emerging events.

Past Workshops

GPY 9884: Getting Connected: Research Opportunities & Exploration for Art Therapists

Sunday, April 23, 2017
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC; Amy Hill, PhD, ATR, MFTI; Sarah Kremer, PhD candidate, ATR-BC, LPCC; Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC; Karrie Stafford, PhD, ATR-BC

What is it that you want to know more about in art therapy? Are you interested in contributing to art therapy research? If so, plan on attending this workshop to stimulate your own personal and professional growth and potentially get involved in research!

Research is a way of knowing; this knowledge-seeking can occur across a broad spectrum of approaches. The Delphi study (Kaiser & Deaver, 2013) defined key areas of focus for art therapy, creating an agenda for the field. However individual art therapists may need guidance or assistance in carrying out these plans. In this workshop, for the first half, doctoral-level art therapists will discuss a brief definition of research from the perspective of the student to that of the researcher including the unique contributions of art therapists. The presentation of current research will help to illustrate core components of art-based research, especially applying qualitative and quantitative research methods (Stafford, 2016), program evaluation (Hill, 2016), and participatory methods (Partridge, 2016).

In the second half, the panel will review current opportunities for practicing art therapists to partner with students in order to continue developing understanding of art as therapy. This interactive section invites thought about future research and hopes to provoke discussion regarding possibilities and entry points for art therapist to get involved in research.

By attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the top five research priorities in art therapy
  2. Define the advantages and disadvantages of art-based research and evidence-based practices
  3. Engage with the art therapy research community with the aim of producing more collaborative research activities

GPY 9884: Fundamentals of Disaster Mental Health

Saturday, March 25, 2017
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Red Cross San Mateo County chapter lead, Jill Kundig, LMFT

The American Red Cross relies on volunteers to the help prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. Volunteers make up over 90 percent of the Disaster workforce and make it possible to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters every year. Disaster volunteers also provide preparedness services and information before disaster strikes and assist those who have experienced a disaster with their recovery.

Disaster Mental Health volunteers provide basic care, support, and comfort to individuals, families, and responders experiencing disaster-related stress. The Fundamentals of Disaster Mental Health course is the first step needed to become a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteer and open to mental health professionals.

By attending, participants will be able to

  • Recognize the differences between services provided as a Disaster Mental Health worker and as a mental health professional
  • Identify the next steps for becoming a Disaster Mental Health volunteer


GPY 9884: Psychological First Aid: Helping Others in Times of Stress (FREE REGISTRATION AND OPEN TO ANYONE)

Saturday, March 25, 2017
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Red Cross San Mateo County chapter lead, Jill Kundig, LMFT

The American Red Cross relies on volunteers to the help prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. Volunteers make up over 90 percent of the Disaster workforce and make it possible to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters every year. Disaster volunteers also provide preparedness services and information before disaster strikes and assist those who have experienced a disaster with their recovery.

Psychological First Aid: Helping Others in Times of Stress is a basic level course that provides a framework for understanding the factors that affect stress responses in disaster relief workers and the clients they serve. This course is open to ANYONE.

By attending, participants will be able to

  • Describe how to recognize the signs of stress and how to obtain additional mental health support
  • Apply psychological first aid principles in providing immediate support for people in crisis

GPY 9884: Art Therapy and the Neuroscience of Relationships Creativity and Resiliency

Saturday, February 4, 2017
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Noah Hass-Cohen, PsyD, ATR-BC and Joanna Clyde Finlay, MA, ATR

This workshop will focus on the transformative integration principle of the art therapy relational neuroscience (ATR-N) approach which was originally created by Noah Hass-Cohen and then developed together with Joanna Clyde Findlay. It is of special interest for art therapists interested expanding their trauma- based treatment skills. The ATR-N transformative integration principle suggests that working with creativity and expression, and using the arts to support adaptive responding gives rise relational security, mindfulness, empathy and compassion. The first part of the day will review the theory and neuroscience of the (ATR-N) six principles captured by the acronym CREATE (Hass-Cohen, 2008).

In the second part of the day participants will experientially engage with the CHECK protocol which was published as a case-study and awarded the American Art Therapy Journal 2014 best article of the year (Hass-Cohen, Clyde Findlay, Carr, R., & Vanderlan 2014).

By attending this workshop, participants will gain knowledge of the
• CREATE ATR-N principles
• Neuroscientific foundations of art therapy
Application of an ATR-N resiliency protocol to their practice

Noah Hass-Cohen, PsyD ATR-BC
Noah has developed an art therapy relational neurobiology (ATR-N). In her publications, and national and international presentations, she focuses on the advantages of therapeutic art making from an integrated neuroscience perspective. Noah is the author of two books and core faculty at the Couples and Family Therapy program at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University. A mother of three adult children she and her husband live in Los Angeles. Her favorite art medium is pastels.

Joanna Clyde Findlay, MA, ATR
Joanna integrates family therapy, art therapy, and mindfulness practices in her clinical work in Private Practice in San Rafael and San Francisco. She has taught at Alliant International University, and the
California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco CA. Joanna publishes and presents nationally and internationally on the clinical application of art therapy and relational neuroscience. Joanna is a certified Mari® Mandala© Trainer. Joanna is originally from London. A mother of two teenagers she enjoys working with clay.

GPY 9884: The Sprout Immersion Environment: Expanding the Boundaries of Art Therapy and Technology

Sunday, February 12, 2017
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Lisa Manthe, LMFT, ATR-BC, PhD candidate and Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC

Bay Area art therapists, with our proximity to Silicon Valley, have the opportunity to learn about and to explore new technology, but bias against non-traditional materials and methods may prevent innovative practices. The HP Sprout is a new piece of technology with many possible uses in art therapy. It allows users to move back and forth between the digital and physical art space. Two members of the first cohort of PhD students at NDNU have been utilizing this exciting tool in their research and clinical work with several different populations. This workshop will include both lecture and hands-on exploration with the HP Sprout.

By attending, participants will:
• Learn 4 ways the use of the HP Sprout can be used in art therapy research and clinical practice
• Be able to identify at least one benefit to use of the HP Sprout with the populations covered as well as one additional benefit for the population they work with or are most familiar with
• Explore using the HP Sprout and create one image
• Explore bias in the field of art therapy regarding digital art making and identify three roots of this bias

Lisa Manthe, LMFT, PhD candidate, is focused on developing and providing day treatment services to SED adolescents within New Directions Adolescent Services. An Adjunct Professor at Notre Dame de Namur University, Lisa is also a practicing artist who exhibits regularly. She believes that art is a way of creating community, vision, and voice.

Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC is an artist and art therapist. She teaches in the Art Therapy department at NDNU and is Experiential Researcher-In-Residence with Elder Care Alliance.

GPY 9884: Developing the Internal by Documenting the External: Using Photography as Therapy

Sunday, February 12, 2017
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Chris Chiochios, LMFT, ATR-BC and Christine Shea, MA, MFTI

The photographic process has transcended multiple definitions and uses since the birth of film in 1885. In the world of art therapy, photography has also transcended multiple uses since its first use in therapy during the 1940’s: reflection, communication, self-discovery, solution-seeking, mindfulness, and community integration, to name a few. By documenting what is present in the external visible world, each photographic work is developed through the photographer’s internal experience. This renewal of definition of the external world will allow the client to continually process their own perspective of themselves and the world they live in. Participants will be led in discussion about, and practice in, the inviting options, benefits, and challenges, of using photography as therapy and understanding what it can provide.

By attending, participants will be able to:
• Learn the benefits of using photography as therapy by viewing examples of evidence based research and understanding its therapeutic effects
• Explore the application of photography into their current clinical practices with an understanding of the inherent differences in using photography compared to other artistic mediums
• Demonstrate the ability to integrate therapeutic photo techniques with variety of populations and settings in their existing art therapy practices
• Experience at least two different therapeutic applications using photography in digital form

Chris Chiochios, LMFT, ATR-BC, is in private practice in Palo Alto and a resilience consultant and clinical supervisor at a local K-8 school in East Menlo Park through Acknowledge Alliance in Mountain View. He works primarily with children, adolescents, and their families. He has worked as a counselor, therapist, clinician, art therapist, and clinical supervisor to provide therapeutic services and support in a variety of settings, including public schools, special education/day treatment programs, intensive treatment foster care, residential treatment, and community-based/wraparound programs. In addition, he has taught photography at his children’s K-5 elementary school for the past 5 years.

Christine Shea, MA, MFTI, is currently working as a therapist in East San Jose with at-risk youth and their families. Christine has also conducted research on the use of Photography as Therapy in order to reduce stress in women and guest lectured at NDNU for the past two years on her art therapy research methods and findings. Christine has co-developed the mindfulness photography art therapy group (with a focus on community integration) for veterans, while on staff as a Creative Arts Therapist at the San Francisco VA Hospital.

GPY 9884: Reaching Beyond the Studio: Creative Expression in Daily Life

Saturday, December 3, 2016
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Joan Stanford, MA, ATR-BC
The resistance we meet when asking people to engage in expressive art making can be minimized by stressing a playful approach. This workshop will address key elements necessary for creativity that play activates. Such an approach encourages clients and anyone to reclaim innate creative impulses, to move creativity beyond the studio to daily life. A collage process will follow the presentation.

By attending, participants will be able to:
– Reframe creativity to be more inclusive
– Identify creativity as a natural human need for optimal health
– Integrate an “artful” and “playful approach to daily life increase health and happiness
– Offer three specific prompts for use with clients, self, or others to stimulate imagination and expand awareness

Joan Stanford, MA, ATR-BC and full-time inn keeper has been facilitating creativity groups for over twenty years, encouraging people of all ages, especially non-artists, to expand their awareness through playing with art materials. While working as a school counselor, she co-created and taught a curriculum called Alternative Mirrors using creative process to address body image and self-esteem issues. She has a private practice, offers workshops and retreats, most recently on Creative Aging. Currently she offers imagination playshops at the Mendocino Center for Living Well, at the Stanford Inn, which she has owned and operated with her husband since 1980. Her book, The Art of Play: Ignite Your Imagination to Unlock Insight, Healing and Joy, was published June 2016 and with her husband, Jeff, Dining At The Ravens, February 2016.

GPY 9884: Customizing Art Therapy Treatment Goals in the Treatment of Addictions with the Expressive Therapies Continuum

Saturday, November 5, 2016
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Lisa Hinz, PhD, ATR-BC

A “one-size-fits-all” approach characteristic of many in-patient addictions treatment programs may contribute to high rates of relapse and revolving door treatment, as well as to dissatisfaction among substance abuse counselors.  The Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) provides a theoretical and practical manner for approaching the assessment and treatment of addictions. This workshop will help art therapists understand how the ETC helps identify underlying psychological processes unique to each patient as well as help determine the most effective media and methods with which to address these concerns.  Following a presentation about customizing treatment goals in art therapy, participants will engage in an art experience that highlights the various ETC components in the treatment of addictions.

By attending, participants will be able to:
– Explain how the Expressive Therapies Continuum can aid in the assessment of patients’ unique psychological processes underlying addiction
– Write down two ways that knowledge of the Expressive Therapies Continuum can help them customize treatment goals for individuals participating in group treatments
– Match each ETC component processes with two effective art therapy treatment strategies

Lisa D. Hinz, Ph.D., ATR-BC is an adjunct professor in the Master’s degree Art Therapy program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.  She is a consultant to the Residential Lifestyle Medicine program at Saint Helena Hospital, Napa Valley and she has a private practice in art therapy. Dr. Hinz has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and is the author of Expressive Therapies Continuum: A Framework for Using Art in Therapy, and Drawing from Within: Using Art to Treat Eating Disorders.  She has presented workshops and trainings on the ETC across the country and around the world, most recently in Montreal and South Korea. Dr. Hinz is currently serving the art therapy profession as chairperson of the AATA Ethics committee.