May 1, 2023


As the event facilitator, Miki Nishida Goerdt, explains, everything our clients experience is connected and influenced by multiple contexts they find themselves in: the environment, people around them, the history of the country they live, where their family came from, the political climate, and their social locations, to name a few. “It is our responsibility as art therapists to seek understanding of the contexts behind our clients and ourselves – so that clients are seen as whole human beings.”

What does it mean to be an Asian/Asian American art therapist in the United States in 2023? 

On May 20th, hear from the panelists during our special AAPI Heritage Month event on how they embody the contexts behind being Asian and Asian American art therapists. They will be sharing their stories, perspectives, and their visions for the future of art therapy through their artworks.

Attendees will receive 1.5 Continuing Education Hours. This event costs $38 for members, $65 for non-members, and is FREE for students. This event will be recorded and available to view On-Demand for all registrants for 30 days after the event is held.

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Meet the Presenters

Miki Nishida Goerdt, LCSW, LCSW-C, ATR-BC (She/her), Facilitator

Art therapist and Licensed Clinical Social worker in private practice and adjunct faculty at George Washington University.

“Life experiences and events often do not make sense right away. This was especially true for me as she moved to the United States after high school, away from my home country of Japan. Art became a method for me to contemplate how to make space for difficult feelings, joy and losses in life, and alternative viewpoints. It has helped me to process and extract meanings out of my lived experiences as an immigrant and a woman of color in the United States. Throughout my life, art has been the main tool for me to make sense out of experiences in life and in society.” 

Learn more about Miki in her blog post, Understanding Cultural Contexts through Japanese Printmaking.

Jayashree George, DA, ATR-BC, LMFT, SEP,

Dr. Jayashree George has backgrounds in art and art history (BA, MA) from India, and art therapy (MA) and marriage and family therapy (MS) from the US. She has a doctorate (DA) in art therapy from New York University. She is currently Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her research interests over the past decade or so have been centered in issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in clinical practice. Her current art practice explores the plight of elephants as they are blamed for their wildness and oppressed in multiple ways.

Watch Jayashree’s 3-minute video, What do Elephants have to do with it? The Interconnections between art, mental health, the planet and activism. 

Tsz Yan (Winnie) Wong, MAATC, ATR (She/her),

Tsz Yan (Winnie) Wong works with survivors of sexual violence through free trauma-informed art therapy provided at YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. She holds a MA in art therapy and counseling from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Winnie’s research centers on cultural identities and differences in art therapy practice. Her art practice examines collective recovery and is presented through participatory art and site-specific installations, with her recent work exploring emigration and home through papermaking. Her engagement with community art began in Hong Kong and Singapore in 2014. She lectures and presents on art therapy both in the United States and internationally.

Watch this 2-minute video of Winnie’s papermaking installation on the research working with emigrating Hong Kongers.

SAIC Galleries, Chicago

Joyce Yip Green, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC, Panelist

Dr. Green earned her PhD in International Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and MA in Marital and Family Therapy (Clinical Art Therapy) from Loyola Marymount University.  For over 20 years, she has worked as a mental health therapist, specializing in the use of art modalities in the treatment of individuals and families across the lifespan in outpatient, intensive services, residential, and school-based programs in Los Angeles County. She currently holds a position as Assistant Professor in the Graduate Marital and Family Therapy, with Specialized Training in Art Therapy program at Loyola Marymount University where she also serves as the editor of the Journal of Clinical Art Therapy and Director of the Art Therapy Research Institute.  She is also the newly elected Secretary for the Southern California Chapter of AATA. 

Dr. Green was awarded a Humanities for All Project grant for her project titled (re)Location: The Lao/Korean Acculturation Project by California Humanities. 

In partnership with multimedia artist Helen H. Kim, she seeks to explore Korean and Lao immigrants’ and refugees’ immigration and acculturation experiences in California through an interactive virtual exhibition and related physical exhibits and public programs.