Monthly Archives: June 2003


Subject: AATA Call for proposals


The 35th Annual Conference of the American Art Therapy Association
is to be held in San Diego, California on November 10-14, 2004.

order to maintain the highest quality educational offerings, proposals
for the conference must follow the guidelines listed below. Failure to
follow the guidelines or to meet the deadline will result in automatic

This link leads to a pdf document with all the details

This was received from:

Dear Editor, Arts in Therapy,

Hello. I am Gioia Chilton, the Conference Chair for the upcoming 2004
American Art Therapy Association’s annual conference in San Diego.
If possible we would like to post the following:

Call for Proposals

The 35th Annual Conference of the American Art Therapy Association,
Creative Fire: Identity, Passion, Professionalism, is to be held
November 10-14, 2004, at the Town & County Hotel, in sunny San Diego,
California. We welcome proposals for papers, panels, workshops,
poster sessions, advanced practice courses and performance art.
Please follow the guidelines found on our website, or
click here American Art Therapy Association2004 Conference

Call for Papers and Proposals
contact the American Art Therapy Association,
1202 Allanson Road, Mundelein, Illinois, 60060, or telephone toll-
free 1 888-290-0878. We look forward to your responses to Creative
Fire: Identity, Passion, Professionalism, a conference theme with a
warmth that equals the city of San Diego.

Thank You! Gioia Chilton, MA, ATR-BC

Corporate Art Therapy

The Centre offers Corporate Education Programs.
More and more creative art therapists are making inroads into the business world for those companies aware of how investment in well being and mental health is good for the bottom line ROI (return on investment).

The Center for Therapy through the Arts

offers a variety of educational options for persons interested in introductory or advanced training in art therapy.

Professional Education Workshops
Training professionals how to implement a more creative environment ? for themselves and their clients ? is an important part of The Center for Therapy through the Arts mission. Stress, burnout and disillusionment are all factors faced by today?s health care workers. Even without workplace stressors, professionals are constantly seeking innovative ways to work with autistic children, Alzheimer?s patients, chemically addicted individuals and others with special needs.

Seminars such as our “Making a Creative Connection” and “Healing Power of the Arts” workshops provide hands-on educational experiences that can be used both personally and professionally to encourage new ways of thinking and responding to difficulties.

In addition to workshops held at Art Studio sites, staff members are available to facilitate in-service programs, lectures, and hands-on workshops at other locations throughout the city. (See Events)

Corporate Education Programs

Many corporations and businesses today are seeking cost-effective ways to reduce workplace stresses, and provide preventative health care training and education. Corporations will find that the arts evoke responses and create outcomes that are different from traditional training and personal development programs. Doing art reveals patterns and structures from which insight can be gained to foster personal creativity and productivity. It releases tension and often demonstrates that order can be created out of chaos.

Our sessions can be designed to focus on objectives ranging from stress reduction and relaxation to team building and developing creativity in the workplace. We can design topics around business/education needs on a wide variety of subjects, specialized to any audience. Each presentation includes hands-on art experiences to provide participants with the opportunity to use alternative approaches to communicating ideas and problem solving.

Location of the seminars can be determined by the sponsoring employer. We can conduct workshops at another designated location or at any of our three Art Studio sites.

Center for Therapy through the Arts staff will gladly help you design a program that is most appropriate for your needs, such as:

? Developing Personal Potential
– – Letting go of Stress
– – Using the Arts to Re-charge your batteries
– – Communicating Creatively
– – Relax, Relearn and Revitalize: Artmaking through Guided Imagery
– – Your Professional Journey: Crossroads, Obstacles and Detours
– – Creating a Personal Treasure Map: Developing Goals and Desires

? Managing and Coping with Change
– – How to Cope with Transitions and Changes
– – The Anatomy of Change
– – Self-Circles: How to Avoid Going around in Circles

? Enhancing Personal and Team Creativity
– – Motivating People Creatively
– – Creative Problem Solving Techniques
– – The Art of Avoiding Burnout
– – Harnessing Creativity in the Workplace
– – Creating Failure: Learning to Live with your Mistakes

? Improving Teamwork and Productivity
– – Creative Techniques to Enhance Team Building
– – Exploring the Creative Process
– – Humor and Art as Coping Strategies
– – The Art of Letting Go
– – Building Self-Awareness and Thinking Skills
– – Border Patrol: Recognizing our Boundaries

In addition, we can be an adjunct to your Employee Assistance Program by designing programs for employees dealing with personal issues that can affect the workplace environment using art therapy techniques. Some of these include:
– – Struggling with personal loss
– – Coping with divorce, separation or death
– – Creativity and Addiction
– – Dealing with bereavement

Complete confidentiality is maintained in these sessions for all employees participating. We would be happy to discuss designing the appropriate therapeutic program for your employees.


The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism

Nov/Dec 2001, Volume 29, No. 3

PhotoTherapy: Travelling Behond Categories

by Lori DeMarre

Like the late Jo Spence, my work requires that I travel across borderlines that define the regions we think of as art, therapy, art therapy and photography, yet I do not fully belong to any one of these. As a photographer with a Masters degree in psychology with a focus in phototherapy, I occupy liminal spaces between numerous disciplines. I regularly explain to the curious, the dubious and the sincerely confused exactly what my “work” is and where it fits within different communities. How I define myself often depends on who is asking. Again like Spence, my profession does not fit neatly into predefined categories, and so I variously describe myself as a photographer, an artist and more often, a phototherapist.

My focus lies somewhere within the spheres of what is commonly thought of as art and therapy. If it were an art project, my work would take the form of a collage and would be more about the process of creating the collage versus the end product. However, the end product might be exhibited as art. My work becomes more like therapy when I create a safe space in which to facilitate for others an exploration of self-image, self-expression and even sometimes healing.

Read the rest of the article by downloading a PDF version here.

Click to access afterimagearticle.pdf


A recent article published in LA Weekly

Art Therapy
And its progression from the Holocaust camps to Loyola Marymount and beyond

by Doug Harvey

From top: Mary Jane Armstrong,
Portrait of M (2002); Patricia
Sandler, Things That Are Odd:
Menopause (2002); Barbara
Margolies, Collage Series, #4

“We’ve been seeing slides of the art and seeing the power in it, but it’s still surprising when you see that it really works. The things that come up are, to me, a little bit magical and shocking.” I caught Lisa Kemble and another first-year graduate student just as they had finished up a studio art assignment, creating an image that represented one of the mentally ill patients with whom they make art twice a week. Lisa’s piece depicts a woman in what looks like an isolated passageway surrounded by a rather busily cheerful abstract border. “[My patient] is elderly and depressed, and I thought I’d just like to bring some joy and color into her daily life,” Lisa explains.

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I`ve just come across an incredible German Arts therapies site. For those who don’t read the language, you can simply drag and drop the url or type it in at BABEL Fish a translation service and continue browsing the site in your own language. Mind you a machine translation has it’s flaws but then again, you would not have access to these resources otherwise. The site is a gold mine of articles, definitions, descriptions, applications, theory, various resources, an art gallery and German thinking on the subject of the arts therapies.

The web site Forum für Analytische und Klinische Kunsttherapie
is found here. Enjoy.


Technology guidelines: BCATA Recommendations for Ethical Practice

The British Columbia Art Therapy Association has taken the time to draft the following document (a bit dated 1999) to address the increasing use of technology in the delivery of arts therapy services and in the transfer of information.

What follows here is the index and an introduction.


Introduction 3

1. Maintenance of skills 3
2. Computer files, computers and networks 3
3. Technical failure and computer viruses 4
4. E-mail 4
5. Laptop computer security 5
6. Fax and telephone management 5
7. Scanned images of client art 6
8. Digital images 6
9. Web counselling / therapy 6
10. Website management 7
11. Internet relay chat 7
Bibliography 8
Information Feedback Sheet 9e


It is our responsibility as a professional community to comply with the professional standards of practice in all aspects of our professional functioning, including our use of electronic technologies. These guidelines were written to reflect the intention of the B.C.A.T.A. Code of Ethics and are recommendations only. Please note that Errors and Omissions Insurance, regardless of the insurance provider, may be limited to specific types and applications of computer use: it is therefore recommended that anyone using computer technologies
in their clinical work seek appropriate counsel regarding coverage for specific applications.

Given the ever-changing nature of technology, this document will be periodically updated and revised, as necessary.

1. Maintenance of Skills


It is incumbent upon individual therapists to seek out adequate training, develop experience, and secure the
support services necessary to ensure that uses of technology are in compliance with the B.C.A.T.A. Code of Ethics.

Continued here.



Reference online here

The history of art therapy training in Canada would be incomplete without acknowledging the early contributions of Martin A. Fischer, Irene and Selwyn Dewdney and Marie Revai, each of whom worked with considerable dedication to promote their unique and innovative uses of art in the healing process. It goes without saying that we owe them a considerable debt of gratitude for their pioneering role in the development of our field.

The use of art therapy in Canada dates to the mid-1940s and early 50s, prior to the introduction of neuroleptic medication, when Dr. Fischer, the Dewdneys and Marie Revai worked with psychiatric patients. In 1944 Dr. Fischer (1914-1992) offered a very agitated patient an opportunity to express himself through art by providing the patient with pen and paper. He found over time that the unrestricted use of these materials had a very calming effect on the patient. This finding led Dr. Fischer to continue to explore the use of art not only with psychiatric patients, but with patients in his private practice as well as with children and adolescence in residential treatment. Dr. Fischer also encouraged his psychiatric residents to employ art with their patients in the hope that this form of therapy would gain wider acceptance in the mental health profession. Recognizing the usefulness of this approach to treatment, in 1967 he founded the Toronto Art Therapy Institute in order to train art therapists and thus to share with others his dedication to this unique form of treatment.

In the 1950s Irene Dewdney (b. 1914) and Selwyn Dewdney (1909-1979), both with a background in art and a strong interest in psychoanalysis, began their work in psychiatric settings. In 1952 Selwyn was appointed psychiatric art therapist at Westminster Hospital in London, Ontario, which was the first art therapy position to be established in Canada by the Federal Government. He was joined by his wife Irene in 1954. In 1972 Irene began work at the London Psychiatric Hospital, as well as at several other psychiatric settings. As she developed her techniques Irene also became interested in training students and it was this interest that eventually led to the formation of the art therapy program at the University of Western Ontario.

Marie Revai (b. 1911) began her work as an artist and teacher of art to children after immigrating to Montreal from Hungry. As an art teacher at the Museum of Fine Art in the 1950s, she had a special interest in working with underprivileged children and adults. In 1957 Marie was hired as an artist in the occupational therapy department of the Alan Memorial Hospital in Montreal where she stayed for 19 years helping psychiatric patients. It was during this time that she lectured and, as a result, nurtured a growing interest in art therapy in the Montreal community which, in turn, led to the eventual development of the art therapy program at Concordia University.

What follows is a brief overview of the emergence of art therapy as a discipline in the individual provinces. Complete information on the nature of these programs along with application forms may be obtained by contacting the programs directly.


Because of the influence of Martin Fischer as well as Selwyn and Irene Dewdney, Ontario became the first centre for the training of art therapists in Canada. As mentioned above, in 1967 Dr. Fischer founded the Toronto Art Therapy Institute which adhered to a psychodynamic orientation. During the early years, and with the assistance of Krista Soste and Gilda Grossman, he established art therapy practica settings in Toronto schools, hospitals, and mental health settings along with his own training program at the Institute. To further promote the practice of art therapy, in 1977 he founded the Canadian Art Therapy Association, which still remains the only national organization in Canada with the aim of enhancing the profile of the profession. Over the years his many students have helped to further his efforts by promoting the benefits of art therapy not only in Canada but in the United States as well.

By the 1970s the innovative work of the Dewdneys in London had begun to generate considerable attention. In order to promote the discipline at the provincial level and at the same time deal with local concerns, in 1979 Irene founded the Ontario Art Therapy Association. Four years later Anne E-charley of the Faculty of Part-Time and Continuing Education at the University of Western Ontario invited Linda Nicholas, a former student of Irene’s, to conduct a course in art therapy. Sparked by the interest shown in this course and coupled with the enthusiasm for art therapy training in the London community, the Faculty launched a two year post-baccalaureate diploma program in art therapy in 1987.

British Columbia

Art therapy in British Columbia began in 1969 when Kay Collis, a student of art and psychology at the University of Victoria, was invited to develop an art program at the Victoria Mental Health Centre for people with major mental illnesses. In that year she was also invited to the Menniger Clinic by Robert Ault and to the founding meeting of the American Art Therapy Association. While continuing to work in Victoria under the British Columbia Ministry of Health, Kay established an art therapy department at the Victoria Mental Health Centre and began to receive many requests for training from people in the local community. During this time it was becoming quite apparent that the need existed for a professional association. To meet this need, in 1978 the British Columbia Art Therapy Association was founded which in turn led to the establishment of the British Columbia School of Art Therapy in 1982. Today the Victoria Mental Health Centre still serves as the clinical base for art therapists and art therapy students in Victoria.

In 1978 Lois Woolf, then a recent graduate of the Toronto Art Therapy Institute, moved to Vancouver. Working largely with children in care as an itinerant art therapist in the lower mainland, she too was often asked to provide training in art therapy. Encouraged by her mentor, Dr. Fischer, and assisted by Terry Adler, in 1982 Lois established the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute as a non-profit society as well as a private school registered with the British Columbia Post Secondary Schools Commission. Dr. Fisher regularly visited and taught at the Institute until his death in 1992. Because the Vancouver community has been receptive to art therapy from the beginning, the Institute has been able to develop practica opportunities for students at a number of educational institutions, hospitals, drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment centres, as well as at other community settings in the Vancouver area.


In 1978 Leah Sherman, professor of Art Education at Concordia University in Montreal, invited Michael Edwards of England to offer a survey course in art therapy. As a result of the interest shown in this course he was asked to return to the University the following year and to establish a diploma program in art therapy. The program itself began in 1980 under the auspices of the Art Education Department. In 1981, the year the Quebec Art Therapy Association was founded, Julia Byers was hired to further develop the program. In 1982 the program received permission to offer a masters degree and in 1984/85 an autonomous art therapy unit was established. The program was accredited by the American Art Therapy Association in 1986 and is seeking to expand into what may subsequently become an Expressive Arts Therapy Department.

As this very brief review indicates, it was largely due to the devoted efforts of a small handful of individuals that interest in the healing properties of art therapy spread across Canada. Today training programs exist in three provinces and a growing number of graduates are entering the field on a yearly basis. As we look toward the future it would certainly seem that more training programs are likely to emerge and that our discipline will become even better known as the beneficial effects of this unique form of treatment are experienced by larger numbers of people.

Written by : Lois Woolf 1994


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Statement for the Congressional Record in Recognition of
National Creative Arts Therapies Week

June 1-7th, 2003

June 2nd Hillary Clinton submitted the following in recognition of the creative arts therapies. A historic moment in the USA.

Mr. President, the process of using the arts therapeutically to assist
victims of illness, trauma, disability and other personal challenges,
has historically been under recognized as a valuable treatment, yet the
benefits of this treatment are far reaching. The Creative Arts
Therapies, comprised of the fields of Art Therapy, Dance/Movement
Therapy, Drama Therapy, Music Therapy, Poetry Therapy and Psychodrama,
are disciplines that foster creative _expression to promote health,
communication, self-awareness, emotional, social and cognitive
functioning. I rise today, to proclaim National Creative Arts Therapies
Week, June 1st-7th, 2003 as a time to recognize this unique service.

Creative Arts Therapies have been practiced in the United States for
over 50 years with people of all ages and problems. Such therapists work
in medical hospitals, rehabilitation centers, mental health facilities,
day treatment centers, nursing homes, schools, homeless shelters,
correctional settings, and in private practice. Creative arts therapists
have helped people who have undergone trauma, loss, acute physical and
chronic illness, emotional disturbance, or struggle with depression,
retardation, developmental disabilities and addictions. Their
contributions during the aftermath of 9-11, assisting victims and the
bereaved through trauma treatment and the alleviation of post-traumatic
stress were invaluable.

I want to recognize and thank Creative Arts Therapists in America who
are assisting the most vulnerable in our society with valuable
therapeutic intervention. There are over 15,000 licensed clinicians who
meet high quality standards of graduate education and practice. Various
States, including New York have additional licensure requirements, which
protect patients from fraudulent practitioners and maintain the quality
of care to the highest standard. These credentialed clinicians
constitute a vital force of mental health professionals in our country.
However, many Americans are unable to access such services because
awareness about their effectiveness and employment of such therapists is
not sufficiently widespread.

The National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations is
collectively celebrating the history and status of their profession.
They will be showcasing workshops, presentations and exhibits throughout
the United States to inform the public, healthcare practitioners,
insurers and legislators about the therapeutic value and significance of
this discipline.

I therefore proclaim National Creative Arts Therapies Week, June 1st –
7th, 2003 as a time to recognize the unique service provided by these
clinicians. Further, I encourage my colleagues in Congress to support
the Creative Arts Therapies fields and expand awareness about this form
of treatment. Particularly at this time of heightened sensitivity to
maintaining mental health, we should recognize the Creative Arts
Therapies as a way to help those in distress through the power of the
arts to heal.

Submitted by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, June 2nd, 2003


Art Therapy Summer School

Announcing: Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Group for Art as Therapy (NIGAT) is holding its Eleventh Art Therapy Summer School

from 21st July – 25th July 2003

in the University of Ulster at Belfast, York Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The Summer School is non-residential and features presentations and a choice of art therapy workshops. During the week attendees can decide if they wish choose to seek accreditation for the Summer School or not. Presenters and workshop leaders are art therapists from across the UK and Ireland. Various social events are also organised during the week. The annual Summer School has a strong reputation for providing a welcoming and stimulating experience and has attracted attendees from diverse countries.

You can access full details of the Summer School :
This links to a pdf version of the Summer School brochure

Please also visit the main NIGAT website

Previous Summer School attendees have commented:

“The workshop was very enjoyable, rewarding and refreshing, a great sense of loyalty and comradeship within the group.”

“I liked the way the programme includes theory in the mornings and hands on work in the afternoons.”

“I liked having a whole week! There was a variety of presentations and it was so well organised.”

Due to the popularity of the Summer School we recommend that if you are interested you book a place as soon as possible. Enquiries are welcome.

Caryl Sibbett

Art Therapist, NIGAT Vice-Chairperson.

NIGAT e-mail:

Summer School enquiries to: E-mail: