December 9, 2022 | Carolyn Brown Treadon, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, 2023 AATA Conference Program Chair
“The Virtual Conference will enable me to catch up on what I missed, attend debut sessions from presenters that were unable to come to Minneapolis, and engage with others in the many virtual networking sessions on the new dynamic conference platform.”
As AATA’s incoming Conference Program Chair, I had the honor of attending the In-Person conference last month in Minneapolis and seeing so many of our colleagues and AATA members in person…for the first time in years! I was particularly thrilled to not only see the thoughtful presentations and subsequent discussions, but also experience the connection and re-engagement with art therapists from across the country! What a warm, welcoming time!
With that in mind, I am reaching out to personally invite you to the upcoming Virtual Conference
, Dec. 17th – 18th. Our goal is to extend the learning opportunities and the connection beyond those of us who were able to make it in person—to make our art therapy community as inclusive as possible.
For me, even though I was at the In-Person Conference, there were several sessions I wasn’t able to attend. The Virtual Conference will enable me to catch up on what I missed, attend debut sessions from presenters that were unable to come to Minneapolis, and engage with others in the many virtual networking sessions on the new dynamic conference platform.
In addition, I am looking forward to attending the Virtual Conference keynote panel, Neuroimaging and Art Therapy Practice and Research: Strengths, Challenges and Sociocultural Considerations. Panelists Juliet King, PhD(c), MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC; Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA, ATR-BC; and Christianne Strang, PhD, ATR-BC, CEDCAT-S, will discuss neuroimaging research in art therapy, the strengths and limitations of these techniques, and offer examples of how the technologies are currently being employed in clinical interventions. (You won’t want to miss this session—it was standing room only during the in-person conference in Minneapolis!).
See the virtual program guide, still in progress, here.
If you were with us at the In-Person Conference,
you’ll see a special discount of more than 40% off or more when you register
for the Virtual Conference! There’s no promo code – the discount will be automatically applied when you check out.
If you haven’t been to a conference recently, please join us! We’re using a new, dynamic platform with sessions recorded expressly for this Virtual Conference. You’ll also have access to brand new presentations, interactive roundtable sessions for Shared Interest Groups and networking opportunities, and live Q&A with presenters and a chat function for attendees. Registration starts at $65 for AATA members. The Virtual Conference will offer attendees 30 CEU credits during the Dec. 17th – 18th sessions, or additionally on demand for three months.
Thank you once again for being a part of our art therapy community. I hope to “see” you on Dec. 17th – 18th!
Carolyn Brown Treadon, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS
Carolyn Brown Treadon is the Program Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Art Therapy at Edinboro University. Before teaching at Edinboro, she taught at Florida State University and Thomas University. She received a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Fine Art (Painting) degrees from Ohio University, Master of Arts in Expressive Therapy from The University of Louisville and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.
Before beginning teaching, Carolyn provided art therapy services in alternative schools and out-patient settings before becoming clinical supervisor of a community based mental health clinic. Published research includes topics on utilizing art museums in the therapeutic process and using the art therapy process to alter individual’s perceptions and attitudes toward individuals with disabilities. She continues to explore how using resources such as the museum and other experience based practices can be utilized to further students’ knowledge acquisition during their training to become art therapists. Carolyn served on the Art Therapy Credentials Board from 2012 – 2017 and is the current Chair of the Certification Committee: Exam Development and Standard Setting. She also serves on the Conference Committee for AATA.
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