Did you know that nearly a quarter of the people who enter your treatment room in the U.S. are likely to be neurodiverse and process their experiences differently than their neurotypical counterparts? Join the AATA community for a deep dive into the experiences, needs, and clinical treatment for neurodiverse clients (with autism, ADHD, learning differences, etc.).

In this seminar, discover how ableism (social prejudice against people with disabilities) inflicts psychological harm on individuals with “invisible disabilities”. Explore an original art therapy social skills treatment approach designed to accept the client for who they are, create positive social feedback cycles, and stimulate social and emotional coping skill-building. You will acquire powerful skills for this cohort that has useful applications for most clinical populations, such as “Reverse Art Therapy” Social-Coping Skills Lessons, Targeted Positive Reflection, Compassionate Social Coaching, and a range of group and dyadic art therapy tasks that develop social skills.

Attendees will receive 4.0 Continuing Education Hours. This event will be recorded and available to view On-Demand for all registrants for 30 days after the event is held.
$90 for members, $150 for non-members, and FREE for AATA Student Members


Mike Fogel, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, PAATA HLM a nationally registered, board-certified art therapist and licensed professional counselor in practice since 1995. He has a vision for a better world, spreading love and compassion, and ensuring that everyone’s needs are met. After gaining clinical experience with clients between the ages of 3-93, Mike’s vision is presently actuated at his private group therapy practice, the Child and Family Art Therapy Center.

A serial clinical entrepreneur, Mike developed several unique programs: Individual Child Art-Play Therapy in a Family Systems Context, the Art of Friendship Social-Coping Program®, the Betterworld Affordable Art Therapy Program, Philadelphia Art Therapy Associates (for adults), and Camp Pegasus, a therapeutic social skills day camp outside of Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Art Therapy Association twice honored Mike for Innovative Application of Art Therapy in 2006 and Honorary Life Member in 2021.


Mike is passionate about helping children and adolescents overcome challenges and grow towards their vast potential through creative child-centered individual therapy and social and coping-skill building, and caregiver support and training. Additionally, Mike has a sub-specialty in the treatment of neurodiverse children with ADHD, autism, and learning/processing disorders. He published his first book in 2020, “The Social-Emotional Guidebook: Motivate Your Child to Master Social & Emotional Coping Skills.”

Finally, Mike has been involved in clinical education and supervision for almost his entire career and will provide two new offerings this September:  a new hybrid virtual/in-person supervision group for art therapists accruing ATR hours. Additionally, he presents an advanced practice continuing education course for NBCC credit hours, “Advanced Child-Adolescent Art Therapy in a Family Systems Context”.