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American Art Therapy Association Conference 2012

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a non-practicing 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 enjoy knowing that when one of my blank books is purchased, whether a photo album or a journal, it will be used to tell someone’s story.

Every year, when the American Art Therapy Association has their annual conference, I get a bit sentimental. This year’s conference, held in Savannah, GA from July 9 – 13, offers some interesting book artsy options:

Honoring Deceased Loved Ones Through a Scrapbooking Bereavement Group
Mary Kohut, M.A., ATR-BC, PC
This workshop will address the therapeutic benefits of using scrapbooking with the bereaved. Scrapbooking history and bereavement support group information will be discussed, and materials and techniques will be assessed. Lastly, participants will be given an opportunity to create a brown paper bag scrapbook.

Family Bookmaking: Celebrating, Sharing, Remembering, and Experiencing Together
Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro, Ph.D., ATR-BC; Clara Corn; Tegan Fanders, and Amber Wilhelm
This workshop will introduce a community family bookmaking program and invite participants to create their own family books. Diverse themes and motifs for family books will be introduced; participants may be inspired by one of the ideas presented, or may create a book informed by personal experiences. Individuals and families welcome! Families register as a one participant.

A Narrative Inquiry Exploring Shame Through Life Story, Art and Journaling
Katerina Evans. M.A.
Shame is a multi-layered and often hidden emotion. This presentation explores existing literature on shame and presents findings from a narrative inquiry conducted with a survivor of child sexual abuse. The inquiry focused on a search for shame cues

For more information, please visit the AATA conference website. You can also download the conference brochure (pdf).

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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