April 15, 2024

Join us for the third session in AATA’s 2024 Ethics Continuing Education virtual series, Beyond the Breach: Strategies for Responding to Confidentiality Crises, hosted by Traci Bitondo, PhD, LPC, LPAT, ATR-BC, ACS, ATCS. Dr. Bitondo will focus on building knowledge and strategies to effectively manage breaches of confidentiality as well as building ethical awareness, which are both pivotal aspects of therapeutic integrity and client trust. The session will explore relevant HIPAA regulations and art therapy ethical codes to provide participants with the tools to navigate the complexities surrounding privacy in therapy.  

Dr. Bitondo will use real-world case examples to examine practical strategies for preventing and managing confidentiality breaches. She will also explore ethical decision-making models to help participants identify structured approaches to navigating complex critical incidents. By the end of the presentation, participants will have an increased understanding of how to respond effectively to confidentiality breaches, ensuring the preservation of trust and adherence to professional standards within their practices.  

About the Series

This session is part of a three-part Continuing Education series on art therapy ethics hosted in May 2024.

The series will kick off May 7, 2024 with a presentation from Mercedes Ballbé ter Maat, Ph.D., LPC, followed by a second presentation from Aishwerya K. Iyer, ATR, MA, on May 14, 2024. Each 2-hour virtual session can be purchased individually or as a 6-hour bundle at a discounted price ($138 for AATA members). To become a member, get started here 

Beginning in 2023, all Board-Certified Art Therapists (ATR-BCs) need to complete six continuing education credits in ethics as part of their 100 required CE credits. By attending this series, art therapists may receive up to six ethics CE credits (two for each session). All art therapists, students, and mental health professionals are welcome to attend!  

If you cannot attend live, all sessions will be available for 30 days On-Demand. 

About the Presenter

Dr. Traci Bitondo combines her passion for art therapy and counseling with a rich educational background, holding a MA in Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. She has been honored with several prestigious awards, including having her advocacy work recognized with the 2022 Nancy Shoebel Legislative Service Award by AATA.

As the President of the New Jersey Art Therapy Association and Member of the AATA Professional Affairs Committee, she values the opportunity to contribute to the field and support her community.


Her professional journey includes extensive experience working with diverse client groups, providing innovative art therapy and counseling services to individuals facing a range of challenges, including those dealing with severe mental illness, children and families in crisis, and individuals in the blind and low vision community. In her current private clinical practice, she works to treat mental health clients, alongside her dedication to supervising and mentoring emerging professionals.

Additionally, an adjunct faculty member at Caldwell University and Cedar Crest College, she shares her passion for the field by contributing to the growth and development of future counselors and art therapists.