BATA 2020 Virtual Symposium Schedule


 Click the links above for more details.(Small print in the beige section; Keynote Lecture & Workshop, Pre-Conference, Friday program...)


***PLEASE NOTE: All workshops are open to all, but you will need to provide your own art materials, which are listed in the schedule.***


2020 BATA Virtual SymposiumFriday Program

8:00-9:00     Registration (via zoom)

8:45-9:00       Welcome (Ashley Rogols, President of BATA, & Katherine Jackson, Symposium Chair)

9--10:30   Concurrent Sessions (Workshops) *** Workshops are open to all, you will need to provide your own art materials.

  • ·         Empowerment: A Fatbook Virtual Exchange
  • Fatbooks, altered art and booking making can be very therapeutic creative processes as their creation or assembly does not require painting or drawing. The pages of a fatbook are mini-collages, made “fat” by adding embellishments to the page. The pages are made to align with a theme and this year’s theme is “empowerment”, as the theme of the Symposium is “The Power to Heal”. Participants will reflect on what empowers them to embrace and engage in the therapeutic relationship, helping them to realize their strengths and skills.

Presenter(s):   Jacquelyn M. Martin, M.Ed, ATR-BC, HLM

Mary (Molly) K. Kometiani, M.A., ATR-BC, LPC

Art Materials needed: Various Embellishments, Binder rings, Adhesive, Paper Punch, Participant and Personal Fatbook Pages*


  • ·        Distance Art Therapy in the time of COVID-19   

Learn about ways that the Art Therapy Studio responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by developing alternative services to continue to support existing and new art therapy clients.  This workshop shares information about implementing technology to clients with limited comfort and knowledge, considerations and ethical concerns and how they might apply to your practice.  Discuss the mental health implications of COVID-19 and ways to support clients.  Experience art therapy interventions that have been adapted to maximize therapeutic benefit despite barriers related to access to materials and technology.

 Presenter(s):  Cheryl Pete, MA, ATR-BC, Kim Gazella, MA, ATR-BC       

Art Materials needed:  Paper, drawing materials (colored pencils, markers, pens)                            

9-10:30 Concurrent Sessions (Papers)

  • ·        How the draw a Person in the Rain technique is used in Long Term Care during a Pandemic 

This presentation will review how the “Draw a person in the Rain” technique was used with older adults living in a long-term care setting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of the DAPR will be shown to assist in seeing stress in the individuals living in assisted living and independent living settings as well as show if there are any common themes among the artwork. The presenters will share what they did with the information to help the individual during the pandemic. It also helps the art therapist share the findings within the assessment to others in the clinical field.

Presenter(s):   Amanda Hooley, MA, ATR and Kristin Shufelt

  • ·         Inspiration and Challenges:  Building an Integrative Medicine Program

In 2019, Bluegrass Care Navigators, a large non-profit hospice and palliative care provider, embarked on a journey to enrich patient care and agency culture through development of an integrative medicine program.  The program includes tiers of service designed to benefit patients, enhance volunteer experiences, and to support team members.  The coordinator will share candidly about the program’s design and implementation, including the role of art therapy, music therapy, massage and other modalities.

Presenter:  Whitney Clay, ATR-BC, LPAT

10:45-12:15 Concurrent Sessions (workshops) ***workshops are open to all, but you will need to supply your own art materials

  • ·         Navigating Virtual Art Therapy with Special Needs Children in a School Setting
  • On March 13, 2020 the students of Julie Billiart School, a school for mild - moderate special needs children, were sent home for what would be the rest of the school year without prior notice due to COVID 19. This left everyone including the therapy team - Art, Music, OT and Speech, struggling to figure out how we could work with our students in a therapeutic way online. This workshop will show how we approached it, the obstacles we faced, what was successful and what was not.

Presenter:   Diane Fleisch Hughes, MA, ATR-BC, LPC   

Art Materials needed: Paper/ drawing materials

  • ·         How Art-Making Promotes Connection and Communication with Asian-Indian-American Families

Presented through the eyes of personal experience, and supported by research, this workshop aims to provide insight on the common dynamics of Asian-Indian American families in the United States. Additionally, art making techniques from a multicultural approach to best assist these clients will be provided.

Presenter(s):   Choozee Manocha, BA and Melissa Hladek, MA, ATR-BC, LPC

Art materials needed: Small canvases, or canvas paper, Acrylic paint, Paint brushes, Paint trays, or paper plates, Water cups, Paper towels

12:15-12:45  FAT BOOK Workshop continued 

Break 12:15-12:30

12:30-2:00     Legislative Lunch Info Session/ Plenary: Join our Legislation Chair, Ashley Skelly and our team of advocates for an informative session on Licensure. BYOB lunch and join in!

Break 2-2:30 

2:00-2:20    Guided Imagery Meditation: Refresh & Renew your spirit!!! During your break, take a moment to unwind with a guided imagery meditation provided by Katherine Jackson, Ph.D., ATR-BC

2:30-4:30       Keynote Lecture: Lindsey Vance, MA, LPC, ATR-BC

           Art materials needed for keynote: General materials, paper, markers, pastels, pencils, craypas                        

  • ·        The Power to Heal: A Community-Based Art Therapy Approach

Strengthening the reach of art therapy, particularly in communities of color, demands alternative approaches and cultural competency. Community-based art therapy practices with an emphasis on trauma sensitive framework creates opportunities to foster radical healing and collective wellbeing and eventually lead to healing centered engagement through empowerment and the age old, "meeting them where they are". This approach opens up a traditionally inaccessible system to communities who will greatly benefit from the use of art therapy and equip them with tools to furthering the healing in their own community

Break: 4:30-4:45

4:45-5:45 Plenary Book Talk: Special Presenter, Louvenia Jackson, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC


·         Cultural Humility in Art Therapy

 Louvenia Jackson introduces the concept of cultural humility in this book talk. She offers a new perspective to the field of art therapy practice and theory. She also explores cultural humility in art therapy research and assessment, clinical and community-based practice, social justice, self-care and pedagogy.

The notion of cultural humility addresses the power differential and encourages individuals and institutions to examine privilege within social constructs. Louvenia emphasizes self-reflection and the ability of knowing one's self in order to allow the art therapist to appropriately interact with their client, whilst being mindful of their own bias, assumptions and beliefs.


 5:45-7        Dinner on your own

7:00-8:00       Special Event! Bruce Moon, Ph.D., ATR-BC, HLM- Music Concert via Zoom (YouTube)!  Titled: “A Covid Tale for BATA”

  • ·         Join Bruce Moon as he performs a YouTube concert created specifically for BATA this year, reflecting on life, helping others, and COVID 19.


2020 BATA Virtual Symposium: Saturday Program


8:00-8:45       Registration

8:45-9       Welcome (Ashley Rogols, President of BATA, & Katherine Jackson, Symposium Chair)

9-10:30     Concurrent Sessions (workshops) All workshops are open to all, you must provide your own art materials

·         Moving Through: An Embodied & Creative Approach to Healing Racism

Do you want to contribute to the community with more clarity and love as we address and heal from racism? Do you seek more embodied practices and wisdom to support being an ally to people of color? This workshop will address these questions and explore ways to increase cultural competency and heal racism.  Presenters will share key understandings about racial oppression, white privilege, and color blindness and the use of the creative modalities to aid in understanding of our own socialized racial bias.

Presenter(s):   Heather Denning, MA, ATR-BC, LSW and Jennifer Denning, BA

Art Materials needed: 12x 18 drawing paper, colored pencils, markers, oil and chalk pastels

  • ·         The Use of Art with the Homeless Population: A Search for Identity

The use of illustration as an art therapy intervention has been shown to empower diverse clients. The focus of this presentation will be how the first presenter used illustration with adults who experience homelessness to promote identity development and healing. The presenters will discuss the experience of homelessness, the benefits of illustration in art therapy, and the findings of the first author’s research project.

Presenter(s):   Mike Boyce, B.A. and Jessica Headley, PhD, LPCC

Art materials needed: None

9:00-10:30 Concurrent Sessions (Papers/open dialogues)

  • ·         A Short-Term Art Therapy Group Model in the Homeless Community

Student and Supervisor perspectives of group art therapy facilitation within an adult male homeless shelter will explore clinical experiences, limitations, and successes of group art therapy. Presentation will include reflection and discussion of community-based group art therapy experiences as well as provide specific art interventions used with homeless population.

Presenter(s): Melissa Haldek MA, ATR-BC, LPC and Leslie Cancelliere, BA      

·         Introducing Digital Art Therapy in Adolescent Group Work

This presentation offers an overview about introducing digital art therapy to adolescents in a partial hospitalization program. Content will include sharing the benefits, challenges, and ethical considerations experienced when implementing digital media with this population and for a group setting. Digital art therapy interventions and examples will also be presented.

Presenter(s): Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ATCP and Isabella Quinn, BA

  • ·         Survival Skills for COVID 19 Telehealth Therapy (open dialogue/chat)

Join fellow art therapists for an open forum/chat on best practices for art therapy via telehealth during the COVID 19      pandemic.

      Facilitator: Tammy Shella, Ph.D., ATR-BC

  • ·         Legislation and Art Therapy Licensure 101

Learn about Art Therapy licensure, how legislation works, and all the nuts/bolts of our bill!

Facilitator: Ashley Skelly, MA, ATR, LPCC


10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15-Plenary- Ethics

  • ·         Feminist Ethical Decision-Making in Clinical Practice

The presenters aim to introduce how a feminist ethical decision-making approach can shape delivery of care. A feminist ethical decision-making model extends traditional models that emphasize the use of logic when choosing a pertinent course of action by integrating the role of emotion and intuition, as well as feminist values.


Presenter(s):   Jessica Headley, PhD, LPCC; Fawn Gordon, LPC; & Chase Morgan-Swaney, LPC, NCC

12:15-12:30 Break

12:30 -2:00    BATA Business Meeting – BYOB your own lunch and join us for the business meeting

2:00 -2:15     Break      

2:15-3:45       Concurrent Sessions (workshops and/or panel) All workshops are open, but you will need to supply your own art materials

  • ·   Exploring Symbols from Nature (Panel discussion)

This presentation will highlight the topic of symbolism and connection to the beginning concepts of art therapy.  Symbols convey multiple meanings and add depth to personal expression. Mercyhurst University’s undergraduate art therapy students will share their exploration of symbols from nature through literature review, personal connection, and reflective artmaking.

Presenter(s)    Heather Denning, MA, ATR-BC, LSW, and Olivia Andazola,    Ashleigh Merry Amber Marshall, Mackenzie Willbanks

  • ·         Integrating Feminist Theory into Art Therapy Practice (Workshop)

Integrating feminist theory into art therapy practice offers clinicians an avenue to address gender, power and privilege, and the role of culture in contributing to client distress. Through art, clients can learn ways to promote expression and increase their sense of empowerment in meaningful ways. This session will introduce specific feminist art therapy strategies.

Presenter(s):   Jessica Headley, PhD, LPCC and Melissa Hladek, MA, LPC, ATR-BC

Art Materials needed: White drawing paper- 2 options 8 1/2 x 11 and 12x18, Variety of drawing materials: markers, colored pencils, oil/chalk pastels, Scissors & Glue sticks



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