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, contıd (Mills & Cohen – 1/2 day)

Bridging Art Therapy and Sandplay, contıd (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, contıd (Cox – 1/2 day)

The Heart of the Family, contıd (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 pictureıs 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 Kelloggıs 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 Kelloggıs 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, womenıs 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,

barbara1k1m@aol.com or b4rtime@cox.net

Please type SFE WORKSHOPS in the subject line.

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