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AATA Virtual Conference

Join us for an encore presentation of the Virtual Conference lineup on:

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10am-6pm EST

A virtual event featuring recorded conference sessions, and “live” online discussions hosted by our invited presenters.

Earn more continuing education & gain more knowledge!


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Attention Attendees for the 2019 Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO!

All attendees of the 2019 AATA Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO are eligible for a 10% discount on Virtual Conference registration. Please check your email for the discount code or email Kat Michel at

Session Details

All times are based on Eastern Standard Time (EST). Sessions are pre-recorded from AATA’s 2019 Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO.

10:00am-11:00amKeynote – The Journey of the Refugee’s Mind: Understanding the Psychological Stages of Forced Migration. Presented by Essam Daod, MD

“Just as the refugee’s body takes a journey, so does the mind. There is no way to help and support refugees around the world without understanding and supporting the journey of their minds.” –Dr. Essam Daod, Humanity Crew’s co-founder and mental health director.

More than 70 million refugees and asylum seekers are currently forcibly displaced from their homes due to civil war, ethnic cleansing, genocide, and hunger. This mass forced displacement has created a global human rights crisis and a global public mental health epidemic. Indeed, tragically, forced displacement and migration, in addition to various post-migration stressors, has been linked to high rates of trauma and stress-related mental health problems. In addition to the current mental health crisis, an inter-generational crisis of this forced displacement is emerging. Although rates of trauma- and stress-related mental health problems are elevated among refugees, only a small proportion of this population receives treatment. The lecture will focus on the journey of the refugee’s mind and the psychological stages of forced migration based on our understanding of the global public health and clinical research and intervention development, policy, and related decision-making

11:00am-12:00pm Neurodiversity in Art Therapy: Special Interests in the Therapeutic Relationship. Presented by Dr. Jessica Stallings, ATR-BC, LMHP

This paper presentation details the use of special interests to build the therapeutic relationship in art therapy with neurodiverse (ex: ASD/ADHD) individuals. The presentation will introduce the concept of neurodiversity and detail a facilitative framework including client special interests in session to promote neurodiverse client autonomy and engagement.

12:00pm-1:00pmPositive Art Therapy: 10 Years In – What’s Next?. Presented by Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT and Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPAT, CSAC

Positive art therapy is 10 years old, half the life of its inspiration, positive psychology. Explore how it has been incorporated into and is still relevant to art therapy, as well as growing awareness in positive psychology and the psychology world in general of art therapy’s contribution to well-being.

1:00pm-2:00pmThe Role of Art Therapy in the Integrated Treatment and Assessment within the Co-Occurring Matrix. Presented by Dr. Mitra Reyhani Dejkameh, LCAT, ATR-BC

The presentation will explore the role of art therapy in the Integrated Treatment and Assessment within the Co-Occurring Matrix. Exploring art therapy approaches for substance use and dependence, it will describe how art therapy is utilized within the integrated assessment and treatment of co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

All times are based on Eastern Standard Time (EST). Sessions are pre-recorded from AATA’s 2019 Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO.

2:30pm-3:30pmRoad to Recovery: Road Drawings in a Gender-Specific Residential Substance Use Treatment Center.Presented by Michael Hanes, MAT, ATR-BC, LPC

The Road Drawing Technique can be used as in informal assessment and therapeutic metaphor in art therapy. This session will explain the materials and procedure for administering the technique and present examples produced by clients from a variety of settings.

3:30pm-4:30pmWhy Art Therapy in Medicine? A Trauma-Informed Practice. Presented by Tracy Councill, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT

Patients, doctors, and funding agencies may not understand the benefits of art therapy or the differences between art therapy and other arts programs in hospitals. This paper discusses the applications of art therapy in a medical setting through theory and case examples.

4:30pm-6:00pm Emerging Perspectives in Art Therapy: Expert Panel. Presented by Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC, Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC, Gwen J. Sanders, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC, Louvenia Jackson, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, Lisa Ann Manthe, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC, PhD-Candidate, and Melissa Satterberg, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC

Authors from Emerging Perspectives in Art Therapy (2017) share philosophical, theoretical, and practical ideas in art therapy. Experts will spark further discourse amongst art therapists to generate philosophically interesting and pragmatically applicable ideas for personal and professional growth in areas related to culture, research, ethics, education, and art making.