American Art Therapy Association Conference 2009

Every now and then, I experience a bit of longing for my days as an art therapist.

I’ve long believed in the healing power of art and my chosen career path as a bookbinder has definitely been influenced by my graduate training. I remember when I proposed the thesis topic of using bookbinding in the expressive therapies – my thesis advisor told me that I wouldn’t have enough content to complete it. Well, my 100 page final product proved her wrong.

That was 14 years ago.

Over the past several years, the art therapy community seems to have caught up with me and has been offering book arts workshops at the American Art Therapy Association‘s conferences. This year’s annual conference, held in Dallas, TX from November 18 -22, offers some interesting options:

The Use of Art Journaling as a Form of Therapist Self-Care
Kelley Brown
This presentation will focus on the use of art journaling as a form of self-care for the art therapist. The presenter will demonstrate her own use of art journaling in conjunction with her practicum, as well as report the results from her study into art journaling as self-care.

Altered Art/Altered Perspectives: Integrating Art Making into Clinical Supervision Using Altered Books
Jennifer Navarro MA, ATR-BC, LMHC
Making altered books in supervision enables supervisees to describe and contain their training experiences in a dynamic form. Altered books allow for a rich continuum of artistic and affective expression. Supervisees learn a wide range of art techniques, increase their visual vocabularies and skills repertoire and create a transitional object.

Star Tunnel Book: Revealing Inside Out
Linney Wix Ph.D., ATR-BC, LPAT
The triple-layered Star Tunnel Book presents itself extended or folded back into a four-pointed star. It stands, revealing parts inside, and also folds quietly. What wants to be seen, and how clearly? What remains hidden? A beautiful book, complete with surprising insights.

For more information, please visit the AATA conference website.

2 Responses to “American Art Therapy Association Conference 2009”

By jennifer navarro - 26 November 2009 Reply

Thanks for the shout-out! What a pleasant surprise to find myself on here! Happy Thanksgiving!

By elissa - 26 November 2009 Reply

Jennifer –

Good luck with your workshop – it sounds really cool!


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