Program Preview








AATA’s Conference Committee is creating customizable paths of world-class educational programming. This year, we’ll have sessions in all 19 program tracks, from activism and addiction, to technology and trauma.

All-day Advance Practice Courses, Wednesday, Oct. 25
Core Program Days, Thursday, Oct. 26 – Saturday, Oct. 28
Half-Day Advance Practice Courses, Sunday, Oct. 29

Please note: The conference program is still being finalized. The program guide below isn’t updated in real time. For most up-to-date information about session availability, please log in to the registration portal in MyAATA. 



9am – 5pm

All Day Advanced Practice Course | ET43 | Publishing Ethical Case Studies: Writing Workshop

Jordan Potash, Theresa Van Lith, Emily Nolan, James Bulosan, Gretchen M. Miller

9am – 5pm

All Day Advanced Practice Course | RE25 |
Brain Stuff: Concepts in Neuroscience for Therapists

Christianne E. Strang

9am – 5pm

All Day Advanced Practice Course | TR116 | Treating Trauma Using the Body Narrative: A Compassionate Art Based, Storied Intervention

Paula Howie, Hugh K. Marr

9am – 5pm

All Day Advanced Practice Course | PP129 | Creating a Proper Goodbye: A Two-Part Workshop on Clinical Closure

Kim Anderson

9am – 5pm

All Day Advanced Practice Course | GM7 | Endemic Times: Art Therapy Techniques for Grief, Loss & Isolation

Marla Berger

9am – 5pm

All Day Advanced Practice Course | PS72 | Expressive Therapies Continuum: Finding A Creative Voice with Dynamic and Individualized Processes

Shelley Cannon Frederick, Jessica Higa

9am – 5pm

All Day Advanced Practice Course | ES39 | Neuroscience-Trauma Informed Art Models: A Creative Art Therapy Tool in Practice

Erin Rafferty-Bugher, Natasha Green, Amzie Reeves

9am – 5pm

All Day Advanced Practice Course | PP214 | Mind/Body and Mood Regulation Practices for In-Person and Telehealth Practice

Ellen Horovitz



10:50 am – 12:20 pm

Workshop | AU119 |
Embrace Your Inner Hero/Anti-Hero: Applications of the Special Interest Connection Framework

Jessica Stallings

10:50 am – 12:20 pm

Workshop | ES23 |
Being Curious, Being Creative”: Art-Based Supervision as a Portal to Clinical Knowledge

Tami Gavron

10:50 am – 12:20 pm

Workshop | ET118 |
Exploring Present and Future Applications and Ethical Considerations for Virtual Art Therapy

Camille Henson

10:50 am – 12:20 pm

Panel | ES155 |
Instructional Content Areas in Undergraduate Art Therapy Education

Jennifer Schwartz, Carol Greiff Lagstein, Michelle Pate, Heather J. Denning

10:50 am – 12:20 pm

Panel | FS11 |
Art Therapy with Prison Subpopulations: Isolation, Gang Affiliation, Adolescence, Pregnancy, Life Sentences

Evie Soape, Casey Barlow, Marissa Hart, Michelle Torrech Pérez

10:50 am – 12:20 pm

Panel | SS188 |
School-Based Art Therapy Models: Recommendations from the Field

Marygrace Berberian, Alicia Ballestas, Melissa Walter, Rochele Royster

11 am – 11:50 am

Paper | SC2 |
The Beehive: A Model of Community Art Therapy

Emily Nolan, Julia Anne Mumpton

11 am – 11:50 am

Paper | MC105 |
Experiences of Post-Master’s Arts-Based Supervison with Art Therapists of Color

Madoka Urhausen

11 am – 11:50 am

Paper | RE8 |
An Art Therapy Research Strategic Plan: Exploring New Frontiers

Nancy Gerber, Theresa Van Lith, Madeline Centracchio

11 am – 11:50 am

Paper | TR55 |
The “I” That Experiences; the Eye That Observes: Art, Play, Transitional Space

Lisa D'Innocenzo

11 am – 11:50 am

Shared Interest Group |

Shared Interest Group |
Community-Based Art Therapy

11 am – 11:50 am

Master Level Clinician Supervision |
Ethical Dilemmas

11 am – 11:50 am

Shared Interest Group |

11 am – 11:50 am

Shared Interest Group |

12 pm – 12:50 pm

Paper | RE58 |
El Duende One-Canvas Art Making and the Significance of an Interim Period

Abbe Miller

12 pm – 12:50 pm

Paper | TR60 |
Covid-19 Survivals: Family Art Therapy in South Korea

Hana Joo

12 pm – 12:50 pm

Paper | PP68 |
Connecting Creativity & Mindful Self-Compassion: An Integrative Approach to Art Therapy

Catherine Harris, Paige Scheinberg

12 pm – 12:50 pm

Paper | SC69 |
Bridging the Gap: An Artistic Exchange to Promote Empathy and Understanding

Jennifer DeLucia, Emma Rathe, Celena Moulton

12 pm – 12:50 pm

Paper | ES71 |
Curiosity & Compassion Through El Duende Inspired Process Art in Online Supervision

Sheila Lorenzo de la Peña

12 pm – 12:50 pm

Shared Interest Group |
Varying Abilities

2 – 2:50 pm

Paper | RE74 |
Reducing Anxiety Levels with Virtual Art Therapy: A Quasi-Experimental Pilot Study

Michelle Winkel, Cheryl-Ann Webster, Hedaya AlDaleel

2 – 2:50 pm

Paper | TR75 |
Bringing Hope to Hurricane Ian Survivors

Joseph Scarce

2 – 2:50 pm

Paper | GE76 |
Dementia: A Preliminary Investigation into a Neuroscience-informed Art Therapy Practice in Singapore

Tse Xuan Lau, Ronald Lay

2 – 2:50 pm

Paper | MC113 |
Working with Individuals & Families in Haitian Culture: Assessment and Intervention Considerations

Mercedes ter Maat

2 – 2:50 pm

Paper | SS80 |
Implementation and Acceptability of a School-Based Art Therapy Initiative

Katie Hinson Sullivan, Laura Allen

2 – 2:50 pm

Shared Interest Group |

2 – 2:50 pm

Master Level Clinician Supervision |

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Workshop | GM63 |
Creating Hope: A Visual Journey through the Grief Work of Children
Krista Ann Ball

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Workshop | MS178 | “Out of Practice:” Overcoming Isolation and Cultivating Connections in a Pediatric Hospital
Katie O’Connor

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Workshop | MC46 |
Artistic lineages: Indigenous and traditional artforms in art therapy practice
Bani Malhotra, Kristyn Stickley, Asli Arslanbek Evci, Girija Kaimal

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Panel | GM200 |
Everything is Different: An Intimate Glimpse of the Grief Healing Journey
Elizabeth Gardner-Hill, Melissa Hedlund Nelson, Carla DePalma, Lisa D’Innocenzo

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Panel | MS52 |
Arts In Medicine: An Emporia State University, KCAIC, KU Medical Center Collaboration
Gaelynn Patricia Wolf Bordonaro, Kate Van Steenhuyse, Haoyu Huang, Julie Galliart, Ash Tamzin

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Panel | RE59 |
Trends in Doctoral Dissertation Research
Nancy Gerber, Michele Forinash, Lisa Hinz, David Gussak, Danielle Chen

3 pm – 3:50 pm

Paper | PP89 |
Embodying and Modeling a Compassionate Presence: Art Therapist Art Making in Session

Catherine M Harris, Paige Scheinberg

Paper | ES156 |
Assessing and Developing Professional Dispositions in Trainees
Traci Bitondo, Natashia Collins, Daniel Summer, Annette Vaccaro


Paper | TR103 |
Make One Take One: Community Art Piece Addresses Community Trauma

Delaine Due, Rachel Griffin


Paper | PP106 |
Art Therapy in a Hospital-Based Clinic for Healthcare Employees in Crisis

Kula Moore, Kate Marder

Master Level Clinician Supervision |

Paper | SC193 |
Unbound: A Public Collaborated Art Installation in a Psychiatric Institution
Tracy Ferron, Alicia Brewster, Camille Lively Gentry

Shared Interest Group |

4 – 5:30 pm

Workshop | PP212 | Creative Collaborations: How to Build Therapeutic Programs with Your Local Museums
Raquel Farrell-Kirk, Alicia Ballestas

4 – 4:50 pm

Video | ES236 |
Ukraine Virtual Emerald Sketch Arts therapy Safety Response

Nicole Porter Davis

Paper | RE111 |
Critical Art Therapy Research:Methodology And Ethics Of Study With Emigrated Hong Kongers

Tsz Yan (Winnie) Wong

Paper | ET123 |
Technology Ethics: Working Remotely With Clients

Mercedes ter Maat

Paper | MC31 |
Expressing Chinese International Students’ Alienation Through Art: Beginning A Compassionate Exploration
David Gussak, Cui Jing

Paper | MC127 |
Creating Equitable & Inclusive Experiences for Deaf Art Therapy Students and Professionals

Noel King, Kelsey Wall, Kali Doubledee, Dominique Niasia Pickett

Shared Interest Group |
Disaster Response

Master Level Clinician Supervision |

4 – 5:30 pm

Workshop | PP157 |
Inspiration from Within: A Strengths-Based Approach to Clinical Supervision

Elizabeth Gardner-Hill


4 – 5:30 pm

Workshop | SC79 |
Art and Om: An Embodied Exploration Into Creativity, Curiosity and Compassion

Eden Orfanos Shoro, Anastasia Titova, Anna Kegeles, Wendy Bradley


4 – 5:30 pm


Panel | SC84 |
Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries: An International Perspective

Mitra Reyhani Ghadim, Susan Ainlay Anand, Carolyn Treadon, Hana Joo


Panel | TR124 |
Art Therapy for Refugee Youth: Summarizing Research and Identifying Next Steps

Holly Feen, Jessica Smigels, Julie Moreno


Panel | MC176 |
Artmaking To Enhance The Clinical Multicultural Benefits Of An Antiracist Book Club

Robin Lawton Neal Valicenti, Lonni Ann Fredman, Mollie German, Clarissa Greguska



7:30 am – 8:30 am

Shared Interest Group

10:50 am – 12:20 pm

Workshop | GM50 |
Unspoken Pain: Using Expressive Arts to Process Pregnancy Loss
Hayley Wilds

10:50 am – 12:20 pm

Workshop | MS225 |
A Visual Conversation With Trauma: Visual Journaling To Combat Vicarious Trauma

Diana Gibson

10:50 am – 12:20 pm

Workshop | MC29 |
Fostering Culturally Humble Collaborations
Deanna Barton, Zachary Van Den Berg

10:50 am – 12:20 pm

Panel | ES100 |
Compassion Care In Times of War: Art Therapy During Wartime
Wendy Bradley, Anastasia Titova, Nathalie Robelot-Timtchenko, Mary Jeppsen, Anna Kegeles

Panel | PP143 |
Virtual Art Therapy: Research and Practice During and Since the Pandemic
Michelle Winkel, Sheila Lorenzo de la Peña, Gretchen M. Miller, Kathryn Snyder, Margaret Carlock-Russo

11 – 11:50 am

Paper | AU128 |
Special Interest Connection Theory and Framework: A Neurodiversity Positive Approach
Jessica Stallings

Paper | PP136 |
Integrating Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy with Art Therapy
Elizabeth Hlavek

Paper | CA140 |
Centering Youth Voices: Art as Narrative
Teresa Grame

Paper | RE153 |
Problem-Solving in the “Person Picking an Apple from a Tree”
Linda Gantt

Paper | FS163 |
Forensic Art Therapy: The Art of Investigating, Interviewing and Testifying
Marcia Cohen-Liebman

Shared Interest Group |

Master Level Clinician Supervision |
Immigrant and Refugee

12 – 12:50 pm

Paper | RE167 |
Self-Reported PTSD Symptoms and Default Mode Network fMRI post Art Therapy Telehealth

Heather Spooner, Asli Arslanbek Evci, Bani Malhotra, Girija Kaimal

Paper | TA169 |
Developmental Underpinnings of the Expressive Therapies Continuum: Implications for Working with Children

Megan VanMeter

Paper | MC170 |
Engaging Cultures: Ethical Considerations in Art-Based Research with Immigrants and Refugees

Joyce Yip Green, Helen H Kim

Paper | ES173 |
Using Virtual Reality in Art Therapy Education to Foster Diversity and Inclusion
Nancy S. Choe, Nadia Fernanda Paredes, Taysia De Mesa

Paper | AS174 |
Clay Use As Mindfulness For Women In Early Substance Use Recovery

Cheryl Feldman

Shared Interest Group |
Spanish or ESL

Master Level Clinician Supervision |

2 – 2:50pm

Paper | GE198 |
Art Therapy for Adults with Mild/Major Neurocognitive Disorders: Cognitive Functions & Quality-of-Life
Mary Roberts, Isabel Kohuth

Paper | TE204 |
Digital Art Tool to Enhance the Detection of Distress in Oncological Care
Marie julie Deschamps

Paper | TR220 |
Art therapy, trauma, and rural communities: Creative ways to make an impact
Lorelei Voronin, Kristin Jonette Ramirez

Paper | PP223 |
Journey of an Art Therapist Battling Cancer and Use of Visual Modalities
Deborah Adler

Paper | CA229 |
Pillows Talk: A Humanitarian Relief Intervention
Michele Ferro, Julia Byers

Master Level Clinician Supervision |

Master Level Clinician Supervision |
Ethics-Morality-Legality: Intersections and Disparities
David Gussak

Shared Interest Group |
Doctoral Education


2:15 – 3:45pm

Workshop | ES187 |
Liberation Pedagogy: Practices for Increasing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Shelly Goebl-Parker, Jayashree George, Yemisi Ola-Afolayan, David Brickhouse

2:15 – 3:45pm

Workshop | SC40 |
Holding the Space: Implementing Scaffolding in Open Art Studio Programming
Marissa Biswabic, Jill Virginia McNutt

2:15 – 3:45pm

Panel | PP21 |
Lessons Learned: Expanding Art Therapy Practice to Publication
Heather J. Denning, Janet Kempf, Jennifer Schwartz, Molly O’Neill Haaga

2:15 – 3:45pm

Workshop | TR228 |
Trauma-Informed Parent-Child Creative Arts Therapy Group for Intimate Partner Violence Survivors
Melissa Ulloa, Katherine Tineo-Komatsu, Amanda Shafran

Panel | SC44 |
Patchwork of Art Therapists/Sewing Healers: The Ancient Tradition of Sewing as Therapy
Beth Gonzalez-Dolginko, Robert Lackie

Paper | PP77 |
Food as material in art-based community projects in Singapore: Cultural implications
Maya Tomoe Kitakado Cannon, Ronald Lay

3 – 3:50pm

Paper | PP230 |
Connecting Museum-Based Therapists Via an Online, International Repository
Carolyn Treadon, Minette Hand

Paper | TE208 |
Connecting while Disconnected: Re-Integrating the Body Back into Remote Therapy
Joshua Blair Brancheau

Paper | SC190 |
Using Photovoice to Tell the Stories of War-Affected Ukrainian Teens
Natalie Carlton, Minji Cho

Paper | CA161 |
Pediatric Medical Art Therapy Collaborations
Jenson Berkley Maydew, Jennifer G Sullivan

Paper | PP226 |
Planting a Seed: Sustainable Practice Through Supervision for Supervisees and Supervisors

Rob Belgrod


Master-Level Clinician Supervision

Shared Interest Group |


4 – 5pm

Poster | Art Therapy For Pain And Anxiety In Adolescents In The Emergency Department
Susanne Bifano, Daniel Tsze

Poster | Art therapy as a Restorative Approach with Justice-Involved Youth Amanda Holst

Poster | Art as Resistance: Photovoice for Connection and Empowerment with Iranian Freedom Fighters
Chelsea Faulkner, Denise Wolf

Poster | Art Therapists at the Border: Identifying Professional Career Challenges and Service Access
Brianna Aurora Vazquez

Poster | Why and How Digital Art Therapy Impact People with Dementia’s Needs?
Fatemehalsadat Shojaei, Fereshteh Shojaei, Erik Stolterman Bergqvist, Patrick C. Shih

Poster | The Benefits Of Art Therapy For Pet Owners Throughout Pet Palliative Care
Keren m Arroyo-Mora

Poster | Art Therapy in Pediatric Palliative Care: Identifying feelings, emotions, and pain
Katja Reed Lackey



10:50 am – 12:20 pm

Workshop | MC139 | Artistic Resistance During the Holocaust
Elizabeth Hlavek

10:50 am – 12:20 pm

Workshop | PP132 | IFS-Informed Art Therapy: Creating the Internal Family in Clay with Compassion
Peggy Lee Kolodny

10:50 am – 12:20 pm

Panel | PP26 | Democratizing Scholarly Writing in Art Therapy with Curiosity, Creativity, and Self-compassion
David Gussak, Michael A. Franklin, Bani Malhotra, Elizabeth Graham

Panel | TE184 | Preserving Our Humanity and Creativity in the Age of AI
Nancy Choe, Natalie Carlton, Ricky Garner, Henry Perez

Panel | TA35 | Connecting through the Expressive Therapies Continuum: The Art of Repair
Maria Riccardi, Lisa Hinz, Gabrielle Constance Gingras, Michal Bat Or

11 – 11:50 am

Paper | SC4 | ARTifact Jars: Using jars as a metaphor for the therapeutic frame
Sarah M. Zwikelmaier

Paper | SS12 | Preschool Art Therapy: Research into the Connection with Emergent Literacy
Kathryn Snyder

Paper | GM13 | Your Life Within Me – Exploring An Art Intervention For Mothers After Stillbirth
Maya Groonner Shamai, Einat S Metzl

Paper | RE14 | Body-Based and Embodied Methods in Art Therapy
Marie De Bethune

Shared Interest Group |

Shared Interest Group |
Undergraduate Educators

Master Level Clinician Supervision |

12 – 12:50 pm

Paper | ES47 | Coming Together at a Distance: The Power of Virtual Mural Making
Nancy Gerber, Madilynn Sarah Forgione, Anna Lena Proia

Paper | AU19 | Healing While Designing Clothes: Improving Wellbeing in ADHD & ASD Individuals
Chukwuma Udezeh, Elizabeth Bye

Paper | RE36 | Evocative qualities of artistic masks
Girija Kaimal, Asli Arslanbek Evci, Bani Malhotra, Kristyn Stickley, Victoria Schwachter

Paper | GM41 | Continued and Imagined Bonds After Sibling Loss: A Creative Arts Therapy Perspective
Cassie Lynn Dobbs, Caitlin Krater

Paper | AC42 | Art Therapists as Peace Builders
Jordan Potash

Shared Interest Group |
Open Studio


2 – 2:50 pm

Paper | RE17 | How Pragmatism Creates Solutions and Builds Optimism when Designing Art Therapy Studies
Theresa Van Lith

Paper | GM49 | Art Therapy Postventions for Long-Term Survivors of Family Suicide Loss
Noah Hass-Cohen, Rebecca N Bokoch

Paper | PP62 | Embracing Change: Chaos Theory Informed Creative Approaches for Addressing Career Development
Barbara Parker-Bell

Paper | TR64 | Art Therapy with Veterans: Differences Between Combat and Military Sexual Trauma
Stephanie Clark

Paper | MC83 |

Intercultural approach to art therapy for international students’ acculturation in South Korea
Sojung Park, Seohyun Ahn

Shared Interest Group |
Museum/Public Art

Master Level Clinician Supervision |


2:15 – 3:45 pm

Workshop | MC37 | Sex Love and Art: The interplay between sensuality, sexuality & creative self-expression
Girija Kaimal, Einat S Metzl, Kimberly Lovie

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Workshop | SC180 | YogArt Brush ‘n Balance: A Therapeutic Integration of Creative Arts and Yoga
Jessica Shell, Andrea Perez

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Workshop | SC205 | Handmade Bookmaking for Environmental Justice and Gratitude Practices
Amy Morrison, Beth Donahue

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Panel | RE10 | Body Image Across Clinical Populations: Treatment Approaches in Art Therapy
Eileen Misluk-Gervase, Heidi Moffatt, Taylor McLane, Deborah Elkis-Abuhoff, Cynthia Wilson

Panel | PP183 | Models for Museum Based Art Therapy
Raquel Farrell-Kirk, Alicia Ballestas, Joseph Scarce, Renee Buono

3 – 3:50 pm

Paper | ET15 |
Becoming Curious about Creativity: Defining Creative Experiences in Art Therapy

Lisa Hinz

Paper | RE86 |
Investigating Instinctual Trauma Response (ITR)® Method: Pilot Study and Related ITR Outcomes
Jill Opalesky


Paper | MC102 |
The Bird’s Nest Drawing: Exploring the Attachment in Left-Behind Children in China
Ziyi Su


Paper | ES98 |
Unpacking Harm’s Touch; Response Art in Art-based Supervision
Barbara Fish


Paper | PP137 |
“Fragility and Resiliency Seen Through Art: 2 Art Therapist Share Cancer Stories”
Michael A. Franklin, Patricia Isis


Shared Interest Group
Private Practice

Master Level Clinician Supervision |

Housing Insecure 


4 – 5:30 pm

Workshop |Use of Digital Stories in Self-Care and Clinical Practice 
Brooke Komar

4 – 5:30 pm

Workshop | SC48 | Handmade Cards In Art Therapy: Connecting, Honoring, Celebrating, Expressing, Sharing, Demonstrating Gratitude
Jocelyn Helen Polacek, Emma Anne Murphy, Gaelynn Patricia Wolf Bordonaro

4 – 5:30 pm

Workshop | Neuroscience: Evidence, Myths, and Maybes
Christianne E. Strang

4 – 4:50 pm

Paper | ES197 | Advanced Supervision for Somatic-Based Approach to Trauma Treatment
Melissa Hedlund Nelson

Paper | PP27 | Understanding Transpersonal Art Therapy: Theories, Methods, and Practices
Michael A. Franklin

Paper | MC99 | Clinical Implications of Integrating Art and Spirituality with Caribbean Families
Karina Donald, TaNica Holmes

Paper | TR70 | Collective storytelling: Art and Film to process an unexpected loss
Mary Andrus

Paper | RE88 | An Experimental Study of Racial Micro-aggressions and Repair in Art Therapy
Jayashree George

Paper | ES93 | Failure: Heuristic Inquiry Through a Nature Based Art Therapy Process
Lisa Manthe

Video | CA191 | Lessons from Mister Rogers – The Back Story
Judith Rubin

Shared Interest Group |

Master Level Clinician Supervision | Supervision



8 – 11 am

Half Day Advanced Practice Course | TE152 | Creating a Digital Art Toolkit: Assessing Appropriate Apps for Your Practice
Bethany Altschwager

8 – 11 am

Half Day Advanced Practice Course | ES194 | Museum-Based Art Therapy Supervision for Emerging Art Therapists
Juliana Thrall, Erin Rafferty Bugher

8 – 11 am

Half Day Advanced Practice Course | MC237 | Creative Care: Practice-Based Research on Therapeutic Art Sessions for the Black Community
Yanna Marie Orcel

8 – 11 am

Half Day Advanced Practice Course | AU33 | Bookmaking With ASD Clients in a School Setting
Lyndsey Hedger

8 – 11 am

Half Day Advanced Practice Course | CA151 |
What happens when we unravel? Reweaving the golden thread with therapeutic narrative

Valeria Koutmina, Marie De Bethune

8 – 11 am

Half Day Advanced Practice Course |
Nepantal & Altered Books in Trauma Treatment

Rachel Mims

Creativity, Curiosity, Compassion