Art Therapy Workshops

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Sunday, March 25, 2018
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

GPY 9884: Red Cross Training: Fundamentals of Disaster Mental Health

Jill Kuendig, LMFT, PsyD


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

Chih-Mei Jill Kuendig, LMFT, PsyD, has over 25 years of clinical experience working in community agencies, hospitals, domestic violence shelters and schools. Jill also teaches in local seminary. Dr. Kuendig specializes in children, adults, couple, family and group treatment, as well as cross-cultural communication, acculturation, multicultural identity and life transitions. Currently, Dr. Kuendig is a Behavioral Health therapist for El Camino Hospital. She also has private practice in San Mateo and San Jose. With Dr. Chia-Ling Mao, they started the first Chinese American NAMI group in the year of 2000. She provides cultural and linguistic consultations in addition to individual, family and group psychotherapy in Mandarin, Taiwanese and English.


Sunday, April 8, 2018
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

GPY 9884: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow, or Is It? Closing the Art Therapy Space at Termination in Therapy

Arnell Etherington Reader, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC


This workshop looks at termination of psychotherapy with a view toward the ways in which endings might come about; developmental, cultural, psychological factors involved in preparing an appropriate ending; and considerations of the tasks in ending psychotherapy that may need addressing. The different possible endings, planned and unplanned, will too often effect the outcome of therapy greatly. Considerations of therapeutic work that can be done to maximize the outcomes of effective therapy with effective endings, regardless of theoretical orientation, will be reviewed. Some art therapy techniques that have been done to mark the multiple types of endings will be viewed. Elements of the closure process, separation and loss experiences, etc. for therapists and client will be addressed. Participants’ experiences of the variety of scenarios will be explored in a small group experiential.

By attending, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the nineteen differing planned and unplanned endings in art therapy
  • Identify twelve possible tasks involved in the closure process in art therapy
  • Identify at least 3 elements of the closure process in art therapy that can be acted upon to prevent burn out

Arnell Etherington Reader, Ph.D., MFT, ATR-B.C. is Professor Emeritus at the Graduate Art Therapy Psychology Department, Notre Dame de Namur University in California lecturing for 28 years. She continues teaching NDNU’s International Art Therapy class in the UK, Art Therapy Ph.D. and Masters classes. Having moved to the UK eight years ago, she now lectures at Art Therapy Northern Programme, has a small private practice in Wokingham, and offers Living Art weeklong painting workshops. She is a licensed art psychotherapist and clinical psychologist in both the US and UK.


Better Practices in Art Therapy with Dissociative Spectrum Disorders

Cynthia Wilson, MA, ATR-BC

There are many traumas that can leave an individual on the dissociative spectrum and many areas of the spectrum that are individual to the person. This workshop will review some of the different causes of dissociation and dissociative identity disorder. Participants will experience an interactive use of art materials and guided directives to learn ways in which they can work with the anxiety and confusion of being on the dissociative spectrum, while increasing awareness of the self. This workshop is about giving tools to use at home for grounding with clients’ processing and clarifying. This workshop is the use of the arts when you/your client or your loved one has dissociation and/or DID, from an art therapist perspective. Join us to destigmatize the views of the dissociative diagnosis and be prepared to learn a new way to interact with the world you currently know, as this workshop is an eye-opening experience into the world of the dissociative spectrum.
By attending, participants will be able to
1. Identify three art directives and art mediums that are best to use when working with someone on the dissociative spectrum
2. Identify three books, three articles, and current associations/organizations and journals that support the efficacy of using art therapy and/or working with dissociations and DID
3. Articulate arguments for or against the use of art therapy with those on the dissociative spectrum

Cynthia Wilson, MA, ATR-BC is a Registered and Board Certified art therapist who has been practicing for 10 years and in private practice for 7 years. She graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University in 2005 with her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and an art therapy certificate. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Art Therapy at NDNU. She has worked with children, adults, groups, and families with issues of trauma, dementia, behavioral and learning delays, end of life, anxiety, depression, physical rehabilitation, and long term hospital and sub-acute placements. She has taught workshops and trainings on art therapy and other topics. Due to her clientele in California’s Central Valley, she begun more education on the topic of dissociation and DID.

Creating Space for Ourselves in the Workplace: Art Therapist Identity & Professional Development

Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC

The job market for art therapists includes a wide variety of job placements (Elkins & Deaver, 2013; Vick, 2000) and sometimes requires art therapists to be creative in the job search and flexible in accepting workplace roles. Changes in the workplace code as of January 2018 (American Art Therapy Association, 2017) give art therapists a potential leverage point for negotiation and self advocacy. This workshop will cover seven years of work with a non-profit, including work with clients at multiple levels of care, work with the corporate level staff, research by art therapist and art therapy students, and the pursuit of a grant-funded art therapy research position within the organization. Pitfalls and triumphs will be covered, to inspire others to transform their workplace roles or engage in “job crafting” techniques (Wrzeniewski, Berg & Dutton, 2010; Wresniewski & Dutton, 2001). Participants will engage in individual artmaking directives to explore current or anticipated workplace roles with an emphasis on self-advocacy and art therapist identity. Participants will also engage in collaborative art-based problem solving techniques.
By attending, participants will be able to
1. Learn at least three reframing techniques to apply to job description, duties, and workplace roles, as well as at least two issues connected to ethical practice guidelines for art therapists in non-traditional roles
2. Identify at least three common areas of misunderstanding about art therapists’ professional identities
3. Create and engage in verbal dialogue about one piece of visual art related to their desired art therapy professional identity
4. Contribute to at least two other collaborative art pieces in a creative problem solving process about art therapy professional identity

Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC is an artist and board certified, registered art therapist. Her clinical experience includes work in community, pediatric, forensic, and geriatric settings. Erin has a PhD in art therapy from Notre Dame de Namur, and works as a professor and researcher in the elder care field.