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American Art Therapy Association Conference 2013

American Art Therapy Association logoAs 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. Over the years, I’ve seen more conference presentations acknowledging the book arts as a therapeutic medium. Unfortunately, this year’s conference held in Seattle, WA from June 26 – 30, offers only one option:

The Use of Self Books to Explore Identity in Clients with Borderline Personality Disorder
Jessica Drass, MA
In this workshop participants will explore the use of self-books when working with clients with Borderline Personality Disorder and trauma histories. This project is based on a simple bookmaking process and addresses issues of self-awareness, identity, containment, and control.

I guess I’m happy that’s there’s something booky!

You can read a review of Drass’ lecture/workshop as it was presented at the Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association’s annual conference. It sounds pretty cool!

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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