Monthly Archives: May 2003


August Course Offerings in Beautiful Santa Fe California

Santa Fe Art Therapy Institute

August 12-15, 2003


Tuesday –

Diagnostic Drawing Series (Mills & Cohen)

Bridging Art Therapy and Sandplay (Abbenante & Shaia)

Wednesday –

Diagnostic Drawing Series, cont¹d (Mills & Cohen – 1/2 day)

Bridging Art Therapy and Sandplay, cont¹d (Abbenante & Shaia)

Finding Meaning in Abstract Art (Cox & Cohen – 1/2 day)

Thursday –

Music, Meditation, and Mandalas: Identifying Stages in Cycles of the Self

The Heart of the Family (Sobol)

Friday –

Music, Meditation, and Mandalas, cont¹d (Cox – 1/2 day)

The Heart of the Family, cont¹d (Sobol – 1/2 day)

Child Diagnostic Drawing Series Assessment for Children (Cox & Sobol – 1/2


A full day course ($95) is 9am-4pm with an hour off for lunch; a half day
course ($55) is either 9am-noon or 1-4pm. A day-and-a-half-course is $150. A
two-day course is $190. Classes will be held at the Eldorado Hotel in
downtown Santa Fe, an elegant facility near the Plaza. Registration is
limited to approximately 15 per course. Continuing education credits



Anne Mills & Barry M. Cohen

This intensive course will introduce the DDS, a three drawing art therapy
assessment and research tool for clinical populations ages 13 and older.
Comparisons between the artwork of psychiatric groups (including those
diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, BPD, DID, and
organic mental syndrome) will be made through slide presentation in order to
highlight structural elements identified by reliable and valid research that
are helpful in differential diagnosis. Participants will have opportunities
to work with properly collected DDSs from their own clients, as well.
Emphasis will be placed on skill building in rating the DDS in the context
of psychiatric differential diagnosis.


An Imaginal Perspective – Josie Abbenante and Alexander Shaia

This two-day workshop will address theory and practice in the integration of
art therapy and sandplay, demonstrating the application of an imaginal
perspective. Participants will engage in collage and sandplay procedures as
well as methods of image work. Slides, lecture, and discussion, including
case material, will further demonstrate the methodology.


Barry M. Cohen & Carol Thayer Cox

This course will introduce a systematic method of looking at abstract
artwork and correlating it with psychological traits. Drawing from such
diverse sources such as Gestalt and Jungian psychology, aesthetics, art
history, art therapy, and graphic design, the authors have developed a ³5
Step Method² for understanding abstractions. It begins by identifying the
essential elements from which all pictures are made, explains how they
function, and tells how to use them to see a picture¹s meaning. This method
will be illustrated with examples of art by professional artists and


Carol Thayer Cox

Jung considered the mandala, a Sanskrit word for circle, to be an archetypal
symbol representing the Self, the center of personality striving for
wholeness in the individuation process. Illustrating her talk with slides of
nature and art, Carol will present her work on the cycles of creativity
adapted from Joan Kellogg¹s Jungian based theory of the life cycle, ³The
Great Round of Mandala.² This experiential workshop will highlight the
potential for integration and well being through understanding cycles of the
Self. It will also offer a framework for understanding therapeutic artwork
according to Kellogg¹s theory of mandala assessment.


Barbara Sobol

This one and one-half day workshop teaches new guidelines for assessing a
family’s attachment issues, using the classic Family Art Evaluation (FAE)
procedures. Using the FAE drawings, videotapes, and transcripts of clinic
and volunteer families, we will go step by step from assessment to crafting
(and trying ourselves) specific art therapy interventions. This assessment
is particularly useful in work with families where abuse, neglect, or other
“disturbances of love” may be at the heart of the family’s distress.


Barbara Sobol and Carol Thayer Cox

The child version of the Diagnostic Drawing Series provides a reliable tool
for studying the formal aspects of children’s drawings made in the highly
structured three-drawing CDDS interview. Designed originally for studying
the art of traumatized, dissociative children, the protocol may now be used
in research with other child populations. Using actual sets of drawings
(including some brought by participants, by prior arrangement), workshop
attendees will learn the theoretical background and administration of the
protocol, get step-by-step instruction in the use of the CDDS rating guide,
and explore the clinical implications of the art.


Josie Abbenante, ATR-BC, is a full-time faculty member in the Graduate Art
Therapy Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Josie taught in the
graduate art therapy programs at the University of New Mexico and Seton Hill
College. Her clinical experience spans 20 years and includes, most recently,
working as the art therapist at the New Mexico School for the Deaf and
maintaining a private practice in art therapy and sandplay. She has
presented locally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of topics
including transition, women¹s issues, and archetypal art therapy.

Barry M. Cohen, ATR-BC, a registered and board certified art therapist, is
the primary creator of the art assessment tool called the Diagnostic Drawing
Series (DDS), which has been studied in multi-center research since 1983.
He is author and co-author of numerous professional articles and chapters,
and co-editor or co-author of three books: Multiple Personality Disorder
from the Inside Out, Telling Without Talking: Art as a Window into the World
of Multiple Personality, and Managing Traumatic Stress through Art.
Co-founder and Program Director of an inpatient post-traumatic and
dissociative disorders unit from 1990-1996, Mr. Cohen is currently an
independent consultant. He is at work with Carol T. Cox on a new book about
visual literacy.

Carol Thayer Cox, ATR, REAT, was Assistant Director of the Graduate Art
Therapy Program of George Washington University for ten years, was on the
faculty of the Art Therapy Program of Vermont College of Norwich University
for five years, and is a certified instructor of the MARI
Course in Mandala Assessment, which she teaches for several universities
across the country. An art therapy consultant and supervisor specializing in
the study of trauma, altered states of consciousness, and a structural
approach to viewing art, Carol is co-author of Telling Without Talking: Art
as a Window into the World of Multiple Personality and the author or
co-author of a number of articles and book chapters.

Anne Mills, ATR-BC is Director of the Graduate Program in Art Therapy at
George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is also in private
practice in Alexandria, VA, offering supervision and art therapy
consultation. Her area of specialization is trauma, including bereavement
and treatment of the dissociative disorders. Anne is also the director of
the DDS Archive and an avid researcher. She has taught the DDS with Barry
Cohen throughout North America and abroad for more than fifteen years.

Barbara Sobol is the director of the Washington Art Therapy Studio in
Washington, D.C., a studio-model private practice of art therapy that
focuses on child and adult survivors of domestic trauma. Currently, she is
also the Child and Adolescent Specialist at the Montgomery County Maryland
Core Service Agency, and as such, has oversight over the county’s highest
child users of public mental health funding. As an Adjunct Assistant
Professor, Barbara has taught the family art therapy class at GWU for 19
years. She has written or co-authored chapters on art therapy in edited
books and is at work currently on a full length book on attachment in family
art therapy.

For questions or additional information on the Santa Fe Workshops,

email or

Please type SFE WORKSHOPS in the subject line.


An article on Anorexia and Art therapy

Anorexia Nervosa and Art Therapy: Supporting an Adolescent Through Art

Malinda Hill

April 7, 1998


Anorexia nervosa is a bewildering form of human suffering. It confounds most peoples’ sensibilities and is a daunting challenge, even for the most experienced therapists. Hilde Bruch (1978), who has written extensively on the theory and practice of psychotherapy in anorexia nervosa, considers anorexia to be characterized by an underlying disturbance in the development of self, identity and autonomy. The process of therapy with anorexic individuals involves helping them 1. discover their creative and human potential and 2. give up the hateful, unlovable, empty and defective self image that underlies the illness.
Bruch believes that traditional psychoanalytic interpretative therapeutic approaches only confirm the client’s sense of inadequacy and interfere with the development of self-awareness. Bruch devised a therapeutic approach aimed at centering, cultivating, and nurturing the self. The role of the therapist is to provide, through encouragement and support, an opportunity for growth and healing of the self.

Successful treatment of anorexia nervosa entails a complex integration of therapeutic and medical approaches since both physical and psychological issues must be dealt with. Consistent change in her abnormal eating patterns becomes possible when some of her underlying problems have been resolved, particularly those involving relationships and personal communication. Therefore, in order to begin the lengthy process of recovery, the client needs to be involved in a supportive therapeutic relationship where she is introduced to more direct methods of communication.


Bruch (1973) suggested that art therapy could be used as a means of stimulating the individual’s awareness of feelings. Mitchell (1980) also views artwork as a valuable tool to gain self-awareness. He contends that art work represents a less threatening and more controlled means of expression. Wolf, Willmuth & Watkins (1985) also agree that art therapy helps to increase an individual’s awareness of unrecognized or unacknowledged feelings, becomes an outlet for expression, and offers an opportunity to increase self-control. Wolf (1985) found that the artwork serves as a good indicator of the issues and conflicts occupying the client.

According to Wadeson (1980), the ideal qualities of an art therapist include honesty, empathy, consistency and respect. Wadeson emphasizes the importance of a non-judgmental, flexible style, a caring attitude, and a genuine concern and an ability to instill trust and confidence. Despite a reluctance to admit it, and anorexic adolescent desperately needs another person who relates to her honestly. Through a supportive therapeutic relationship, the adolescent is encouraged to express her feelings and explore her Continued here…




Talent, Special Interests and Obsessions

Saturday 7th June 2003

10.00 am to 1.00 pm

There will be a break for coffee at 11.30 am

at The Place

16 Flaxman Terrace


5 minutes from Euston Station, rail & London underground.

This meeting is for BAAT members only and entry is free. Members are invited to bring experiences, clinical material and thoughts, to contribute to an open discussion on the theme of talent, special interests and obsessions in Autism. The meeting will be chaired by a member of the Working with Autism subgroup. A slide projector will be available. Members attending and members presenting material are reminded of the code of practice in relation to confidentiality and are asked to hold issues of confidentiality in mind.
We look forward to an interesting meeting.

For more information contact Robin Tipple


Eating Disorders — The Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders

lots of information


FEATURING: CAROL FERRANTE SMUCKLER The Use Of Art And Psychodrama In Therapy

by Carol Ferrante-Smuckler, CSW

Artist and Psychotherapist

I became intrigued by the use of the creative arts in therapies through my own self discoveries while artmaking. I found that through looking at the paintings I made, I “saw” that there was more to my experiences, to life than I had thought.

That is one of the mainstays of the creative arts therapies, concretizing our experiences, fears, joys, pain, conflicts, and offering the possibilities of new awareness, new ways of being in an animated way. It is an action based, sensory- based mode of therapy approach that offers a very enlivening, interactive aspect to the therapy session. Sometimes the body knows what’s inside us before words can speak of them, or at least knows sooner and possibly with more truth. And as we all know, that which is held or hidden can harm us internally or is acted out in our relationships, or acted on ouselves through substance use or abuse.

Art can be used in and of itself or combined with other expressions, such as psychodrama, movement and writing or music. I am most familiar with art and psychodrama, which this article will mostly concern itself with.

To begin, the client is given an array of materials to choose from. The exercise can be very structured (draw a picture of your family of origin doing something) or free form (draw what you are feeling today). For a preliminary,the client can scribble, move his or her body, listen to music and more. If one were to combine psychodrama with the art exercise of “draw a picture of your family of origin doing something,” the possibilities are interesting. One thing would be to use an empty chair and have the client speak to one of the family members and then reverse roles. The therapist can interview each family member through the client. The client can use clay to form a sculpture of the family and move it around, or the client can write a sentence or two about each family member and then give voice to each person.

Another exercise can be to draw the way you feel inside, and on the other side, the face you show to the world. The therapist can then interview each part in a different chair, or the client may form a body sculpture of the images.

In a group or with an individual, the therapist can offer a pool of various animals which the client picks from. The client can act like that animal, or write what message that animal is sending to him or her.

Through the use of arts, we can expand our behavioural repertoire, experiment with novel ways of being, make use of our innate creativity, and say to others what may not be possible outside the therapy office. All this is done in the safety of the therapist’s office, with the therapist as witness, or in a group situation, where the group becomes witness to our emerging selves which now finds new modes of expression in a social context.

Carol Ferrante-Smuckler, CSW, is a psychotherapist who has been in private practice for over 15 years. She is a certified social worker working in an empathetic, supportive capacity to help people grow and develop and deal with stress, depression and relationship problems. As an artist, she knows the value of aestetics in healing and has training in art therapy and psychodrama. Contact her or visit her ByRegion Healers webdisplay and her ByRegion Artists webdisplay.


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NEWS! Creative Arts Therapies Week

JUNE 1st thru JUNE 7th 2003

Celebrate the healing arts with NCCATA, The National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations

Throughout the USA during the first week in June, creative arts therapists will be sponsoring special workshops, exhibitions, career days and other events to share their work with the public, and with other professions.

The Creative Arts Therapies include art therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, poetry therapy and psychodrama and use these modalities and the creative process in rehabilitative, psychiatric, medical, community and educational agencies. The objectives of the creative arts therapies are to foster health, communication and expression; to enhance self-awareness; to promote the integration of emotional, physical, social and cognitive functioning; and to facilitate positive change in human experience and behavior.

Creative Arts Therapists invite you to join us in this celebration and to visit our Web site for information on specific events in your town, city and state.

Events listed here: CATsweek.htm

And we invite you to contact the member Associations listed below if you wish to schedule your own special event.








NEATO [New England Art Therapy Organization

Dear Art Therapist,

We are excited to announce the strengthening of our art therapy community centered around revitalizing the New England Art Therapy Organization (NEATO)! An important task before us now is to constitute an elected board. As the Nominating Committee, we are writing to urge you to nominate yourself or someone else you respect for any of the positions. We encourage those in the beginning of their careers, as well as those with more experience, to run for office. We believe that having a range of experience and perspectives will enrich the Board.

All nominations must be postmarked by Friday, March 21st. Along with the attached Nomination Form, we will need a written statement of consent from the person being nominated stating that they agree to run for office. In addition, we will need a very brief statement–three or four sentence—describing the candidate’s qualifications and perhaps why she or he would like to hold the office. If you are unable to get the candidate’s written consent for any reason, the Nominating Committee will follow-up with the nominee directly. Below are descriptions of the NEATO offices. All nominations should be sent to: Nominating Committee, c/o Dr. Susan Spaniol, Lesley University, 16 Wendell Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

We also like urge you at this time to join—or perhaps rejoin—NEATO if you are not currently a member. You can join by filling out the attached application form or by down-loading the application form from the web-site at As an affiliate chapter of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), members of NEATO should also be members of AATA. (However, we wish to clarify that you will be welcome at our events even if you are not a member of these organizations, although you cannot vote in elections.)

We want to thank you for your contributions to our art therapy community. We welcome your support and look forward to working together to create the flourishing community we all desire and deserve. Please contact us with any questions or suggestions.

Most sincerely,

eMail: Susan Spaniol, ATR-BC, 617-349-8432

eMail: Michaela Kirby, ATR-BC , 617-349-8433

eMail: Leslie Abrams, ATR-BC , 413-748-3729



I think the problem has been solved. Last night my template reappeared but not the current one, the one from months past….Hum….! I’m no technology buff but is this even possible? This morning, the proper
template is back (nanan…nanan…nanan–a textual attempt at the Jaws musical theme)

What to think!

I now have the means but no longer the time….for now at least.


More changes

It seems changes to this web environment are non-stop. Google who has recently partnered with pyra-labs (blogger) is now moving the entire contents of the site to a new technology (Dano).

This is I believe, affecting my template, which code has vanished, somewhat like my archives and links did last time. However, I did retrieve the archives, but lost all my links in the sidebar. Many hours of lost work. I hope this won’t happen again. Meanwhile, I am unable to add links or make changes to anything that affects the look of the site (like the much too small font that I can’t seem to control properly).

Ì’d like to make you aware of a 2 new sites I’ve begun to build.

One is meant to map out my quest and journey in finding a new path to my work

The other maps out my interests for technology, knowledge management and communities of practice.

See the extensive link bar to find search engines and collaborative resources amongst other things. There is also a section mapping some of my web involvements.

This is the first time I put so much of myself “out there”. I sincerely hope these additions can be helpful and productive.

Francine Lévesque