Cultivating Community, Creative Arts Therapies Conference

Cultivating Community
April 20 – 22, 2018

1st Biennial Creative Arts Therapies Conference

Attend the 1st biennial creative arts therapy conference, a collaboration between the Portland Creative Arts Therapies Association, Returning Veterans and Marylhurst University! The conference theme this year addresses cultivating community by connecting human experiences within diverse populations. This includes solidarity across cultural and religious backgrounds, social justice, advocacy, intersectionality, integrating creative approaches and best practices.

The 3-day conference includes paper presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and a half-day advanced practice courses. Attendees will enjoy the opportunity to obtain 18 CE hours within multiple disciplines represented, including but not limited to: art therapy, counseling, dance movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, pastoral care and poetry therapy.

Conference Keynote Speaker Announced!
 Lynn Kapitan PhD, ATR-BC, HLM.

Lynn is Professor and Director of the Professional Doctorate in Art Therapy at Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI (USA). Past President of the American Art Therapy Association and former Executive Editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, she is a prolific presenter, strategic leader, and author, including Introduction to Art Therapy Research, now in its second edition. Learn more about Lynn’s work.

Join us in the pacific-northwest as we aim to expand our awareness and knowledge to further support ourselves and the community in which we live and work.  We look forward to seeing you in April.

– Mary Andrus DAT, ATR-BC, LPC, Conference Chair

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Conference Schedule

Friday, April 20

Pre-conference workshops (not included in registration fee) and networking conference kick-off event.

Saturday, April 21

Conference registration, opening keynote presentation, workshops and closing reception. Don’t miss keynote speaker Lynn Kapitan PhD, ATR-BC, HLM.

Sunday, April 22

Post-conference master classes (not included in registration fee).

*Not eligible for CE credit.

Workshops & Master Classes

Friday, April 20

(1) Master class – Martin
Staci B. Martin, MAAT, EdD
Friday, April 20, 2018
1:00pm – 4:00pm
 Willow room, Clark Commons

We will facilitate the Psychosocial Peace Building Education Course that I designed, implemented, and evaluated courses in four countries (South Africa, Nepal, Jamaica, and Kenya). This is art and literacy-based course that facilitates hopeful views, empathy, and critical thinking skills. While we facilitate art-making, story-making, and finding solutions, we will talk about our process in working together, how it can be implemented in different communities, and what are the limitations.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)

  1. Shared Critical Reflection – Learn about the application of community-based action approach and critical hope to research
  2. Shared Knowledge – Learn about the process in which we can co-write, co-research, and co-present with community members to their own or other communities, academics, and policy-makers
  3. Shared Agency – Leave the workshop with the understanding that we need to cultivate spaces that facilitate hopeful views with action that support the action that the community wants and dictates.

(1A) Master Class – Crosby
Greg Crosby MA,LPC, CGP, FAGPA
We Versus Them: Towards Disarming Polarities in Culture and Therapy through Interpersonal Neurobiology
Friday, April 20, 2018
1:00pm – 4:00pm
The Old Library, BP John

This workshop will explore lessons of my personal experience of training therapists in China and Egypt and my visit to the Houston Space Center. I will link these three trips together as a story of how interpersonal neurobiology can be a tool to help us better understand how to work with and honor clients differences. We will examine right and left hemispheres, 4 lessons of interpersonal neurobiology, illustrate dynamics of inner and outer space in therapy, delineate the therapeutic cultural formulation model to promote increased understanding of clients’ needs and perceptions and explore how to address East/West cultural and therapy polarities. Through encountering differences the search for harmony and balance will be seen as an adventurous journey. This will be a visual, informative, entertaining and multi-disciplined workshop with discussions, lectures and exercises.

Learning Objectives – The attendee will be able to:

  1. Emphasize the presence of the opposites that exist in the different levels of existence.
  2. Examine Cultural Formulation Model
  3. Delineate how interpersonal neurobiology is a tool to navigate culture therapeutic approaches and differences.
  4. Examine how East/West and therapeutic opposites can be balanced.
  5. How History /Present and Future are interconnected to help understand patterns and reduce polarities.

(A) Workshop – Schaum
Anna Schaum, LPC, TEP (2)
Attunement in Action Workshop: Creating “Sound” Relationships
Friday, April 20, 2018
4:00pm – 6:30pm
Flavia Salon, Flavia Hall

In this engaging didactic and experiential workshop we will take a relational “sound” making approach (sound has two meanings here) that marries Psychodrama, Sociodrama, musical examples, communal music storytelling, and the principles of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment and Polyvagal Theories. Participants will leave with a deeper felt sense of what intentional attunement feels like in a group, and the implications for individual, societal, and global trauma recovery and peace making. Past conference evaluations named this workshop “globally pertinent,” “refreshing,” and “cutting edge.” The only prerequisite is curiosity.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)

Based on the content of this workshop/class, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the terms Psychodrama; Sociodrama; ; and Interpersonal Neurobiology
  2. Name 3 processes that are relevant in both applied communal music/sound making and Interpersonal Neurobiology
  3. Explain 3 ways that Psychodrama and Sociodrama, combined with applied communal music making may lead to more secure attachment patterns (a.k.a. sound relationships) in adults and groups.

(B) Workshop – Crosby
Greg Crosby MA,LPC, CGP, FAGPA
Workshop: Hero’s Journey
Friday, April 20, 2018
4:00pm – 6:30pm
The Old Library, BP John

Description:The client’s therapeutic process is a mythic journey one full of struggles and challenges as they move through the change process. This workshop will demonstrate how to utilize the mythic hero’s journey of Joseph Campbell’s with evidenced based practices and interpersonal neurobiology. The Hero’s Journey can be used as a format with many diagnoses and is a refreshing way to guide clients through the change process.

1. Delineate the elements in the hero’s journey
2. Explore the linkage between the hero’s journey and evidenced based practices.
3. Apply the mythological underpinnings of the hero’s journey and the stages of the
hero’s journey to the therapeutic process
4. Use therapeutic metaphors from mythology and popular culture to enhance

(C) Workshop- Andrus
Dr Mary Andrus DAT, ATR-BC, LPC, ATCS
Workshop: Can compassion and intersubjectivity, alter social and political divisiveness?
Friday, April 20, 2018
4:00pm – 6:30pm
Willow room, Clark Commons

Using lecture, art making, dialogue, small group work and discussion participants will utilize interactive creative approaches to exploring and understanding social/cultural identity and application of transdisciplinary lens to understanding social problems to help shape clinical practice.

Participants will be able to:

  1.     Apply dialectical lens to current conceptualization of social/cultural identities in the United States.
  2.     Examine privilege, bias and identify personal understanding that informs treatment to support establishing healthy relationships.
  3.     Identify characteristics therapist embody which can be applied to social/political relationships

Saturday, April 21

Keynote – Dr. Lynn Kapitan
Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:30am – 9:50am
Marylhurst University- Clark Commons
Art Therapy in the Ecotone: Building Resilient Community Through Contact, Collaboration, and Creative Entanglement

What happens when art therapists cross boundaries and get creatively entangled in new opportunities as a community of practice? This interactive address presents the principles of community connection, participation, and transformational impacts that arise from the “ecotones” of art therapy — an empowering metaphor for how we may inhabit our profession as a resilient community in response to unending currents of change.

(D) Workshop – Alder-McDonald*
Kim Alder-McDonald
Workshop: Building Community From the Inside Out: A person’s sense of belonging and acceptance of others can inhibit or support their ability to participate in and create community.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:00am – 12:30pm
Room 407  BP John 

A person’s sense of belonging and acceptance of others can inhibit or support their ability to participate in and create community.  Past experiences can potentially create fears that lead to isolation.  What if you could change those patterns and beliefs systematically with a simple process that has been successful for the last 10 years?  In this workshop we will teach and guide you through this process in order to have the relationships and community you desire.  Learn a tool that you can use, share, and change every area of your life.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)
1. Identify limitations and beliefs that keep a person from creating real connections.
2. Learn tools to let go of limitations and restricting beliefs
3. Discover new perspectives that will develop genuine heart-centered connections.

*Not eligible for CE credit.

(E) Workshop – Kogen & Stein*
Mary Kogen, Professor Emeritus, School of Music, PSU
Advanced Certified TaKeTiNa Facilitator Workshop presenter throughout the US and in Toulouse, France
Jacob Stein, Certified TaKeTiNa Facilitator, Educator at Planned Parenthood
Workshop: Connecting Through Rhythm and Movement
Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:00am – 12:30pm
Great Room, Marion Hall

TaKeTiNa is a group rhythm therapy process that involves a facilitator, a drummer, and a group of people who are stepping, clapping and singing

simultaneously. Each of those elements is added one at a time, allowing participants to learn and incorporate each new movement at their own pace. TaKeTiNa provides an archetypal door through which you can enter and experience different aspects of yourself, your relationship to community, and to life. It is a rhythm therapy process for learning, growing and connecting.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)

  1. Enhances one’s connection to self and to others
  2. Gives a new perspective of self acceptance and compassion
  3. Provides and environment of learning through curiosity and joy
  4. A deep relaxation and revitalization of ones’ nervous system occurs

*Not eligible for CE credit.

(F) Workshop – Schaum
Anna Schaum, LPC, TEP (2)
Workshop: From the Ground Up: Cultivating Vital Communities through the Deep Roots of Psychodrama –
Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:00am – 12:30pm
Flavia Salon, Flavia Hall

J.L Moreno (1887 – 1975) and Zerka Toeman Moreno (1917- 2016), the father and mother of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy, spent their lives developing a method they envisioned could serve the social needs of all humankind. Their legacy, grafted to emerging neuroscience, gives us a set of tools with the heft to heal the systemic soil of intergenerational trauma, in and among individuals, families, and intersecting cultural communities. By weaving vines of ancient theater, music, applied improv, attachment theory, and somatics, towards trauma resolution and self-regulation of groups, today’s trauma-informed psychodrama is positioned to play a profound role in where society grows from here. Hours in this workshop may be counted towards certification by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy.

Based on the content of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Define the terms: a) Psychodrama; b) Sociodrama; c) Sociometry; and d) Sociatry
2. Utilize a simple to learn but potent Psychodramatic intervention for building empathy, understanding, and connection within diverse populations.
3. Describe (3) historical, philosophical, and/or neurobiological underpinnings of the Psychodramatic Method, and discuss potential applications for social repair through its “capacity to restructure people’s internal maps of their relationship to themselves and the world around them” (, September, 2017).

(G) Workshop – Moss
Danielle Moss, DAT, ATR-BC, LPC
Workshop: The Art Therapist’s Professional Developmental Crisis
Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:00am – 12:30pm
The Old Library, BP John

The presentation will identify and normalize themes and challenges for art therapists who are working on their professional art therapy credentials. The presenter will screen a 13-minute, illustrated video fable filled that contains visual and verbal allegory and metaphor. The video, “Tangle, Tenacity & Trust: The Journey of the Purple Bee,” is the product of phenomenological and arts-based research about the lived experiences of professional art therapists who recently obtained their ATR-BC credential. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in art making and discussion about their own journeys toward credentialing or supporting those on their journeys, to bridge isolation and build community within our field.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)

  1. Participants will identify themes and challenges of professional identity developmental for new art therapists.
  1. Participants will recognize success factors that can support new art therapists in the workplace and on their journey to credentialing that are both unique to art therapists and new helping professionals and graduates in general.
  1. Participants will make art and discuss the metaphors of their own journeys or those they support on the journey of working toward credentialing.

(I) Panel: Bearing Witness – Andrus
Dr Mary Andrus DAT, ATR-BC, LPC, ATCS
Kristen Larsen ATR-BC, LPC & artist participants
Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:00am – 11:30am
Weigand Teaching Learning center, BP John

This doctoral dissertation project, in the form of an instructional video and contextual essay, explored the therapeutic value of sharing artwork in a public exhibition by individuals who experienced trauma through the death of a child, infertility, or miscarriage. Arts based research was used to produce a film Bearing Witness. In this panel presentation, a 45-minute version of the doctoral research film Bearing Witness will be screened with a panel of presenters, including the researcher, the curator and selected artists from the exhibit. A short overview of the key points in the research will be summarized followed by a question and answer from a panel of participants. The focus of the panel will explore how the support and strength of the community created the space for healing to occur from the participants.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)

  1. Describe the therapeutic benefits of sharing art in group exhibition
  2. Identify two implications of sharing trauma publicly
  3. Define common fears associated with sharing work/trauma publicly

(II) Panel – Ross
Emily Ross MA, MT-BC
Panel: Cultivating a more inclusive community? Think Sensory Friendly!
Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:00am – 11:30am
Room 107, St Catherine 

Panel Learning Outcomes:
  1. Define Sensory Integration, Neurodiversity, Sensory Friendly
  2. Describe Sensory Friendly accommodations applicable to various Creative Arts venues
  3. Describe the role that a Creative Arts Therapist can play in facilitating a Sensory Friendly event
While our creative arts therapies have long been inclusive, the creative arts from which they stem are often inaccessible to people who don’t or can’t conform to societal behavior expectation. Because of this, many people on the autism spectrum never experience live concerts, plays, recitals, or art shows. It doesn’t have to be this way. Learn how to cultivate community through producing an arts event that is sensory friendly.

(a) Paper – Dwyer
Megan Dwyer, MAT
Paper:  Considerations for building connections using group exhibitions or productions in the visual and performing arts
Saturday, April 21, 2018
11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 105, Mayer Art Building

In this paper presentation, a mixed-methods study examining the effects of participating in a group art exhibition on perceived feelings of loneliness will be outlined. Emphasis is placed on empowering the participants to take on social roles and collaborate with one another to prepare the exhibition. The role of the art therapist will be discussed in regards to ethical considerations and logistical decisions which amplify therapeutic benefits for the participants. These concepts will also be discussed to show how they translate to facilitating group productions in other creative arts disciplines. The presentation will ultimately demonstrate how a group exhibition or production is one method for building social connections and community within a treatment site.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)

  1.    Attendees will witness one example of a group art exhibition from its conception to its completion.
  2.    Attendees will examine at least three logistical considerations for facilitating a group show or performance within their specific discipline.
  3.    Attendees will consider at least two ethical challenges for facilitating a group show or performance within their specific discipline.

(b) Paper – Cleary
Lauren E Cleary ATR-BC
Paper: Art Therapy in a Pediatric Hospital: A Case Study involving Cultural, Ethical, and Professional Issues
Saturday, April 21, 2018
11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 101, BP John

Art Therapy as communication, expression, and empowerment in a pediatric hospital. This paper delves deeply into the religious, cultural, ethical, and professional issues that often arise as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team, and illustrates how Art Therapy can: provide a consistent vehicle for expressing feelings, in a constructive and acceptable way, within a family’s belief system; offer opportunities for control that are satisfactory to patient and family; validate patient fears and emotions without jeopardizing family ideology.

Art Therapy facilitated the patient’s goals through cultural, religious, and ethical research. Video and artwork will demonstrate how Art therapy acted as a bridge from the sad and lonely place of illness to the joy of human connection and understanding, and facilitated the patient’s transformation from a passive victim of disease into an active healing partner. The essential need of cultural, religious, ethical, and professional exploration, understanding, and research are woven throughout this case study.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)

  1. Participants will be able to identify at least three different benefits of Art Therapy within a pediatric setting
  1. Participants will be able to differentiate at least three customs between a Western, American children’s hospital and an Egyptian, Muslim family
  1. Participants will be able to explain at least three issues that were significant in successfully supporting the patient and family within the pediatric setting

(c) Paper – Marie
Audrey Marie, MA, Art Therapy Counseling
Paper: Keeping Hope Alive, Art Therapy with a Transgender Female with Serious Mental Illness
Saturday, April 21, 2018
11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 203, BP John

People who identify as transgender often experience trauma beginning in childhood and into adulthood. Further complicating this individual’s life was a bipolar diagnosis and associated incarceration. Art therapy provided a way for her to build a life-affirming self identity.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)

  1. To present a case study experience that demonstrates at least two ways a multi-cultural lens informs art therapy approaches.
  1. To display at least 10 pieces of visual evidence of the development of the client’s creative identity as her therapy progressed.
  1. To provide a narrative that illustrates at least two moments in the development of the therapeutic relationship when the art therapist recognized new information that led to a increased understanding of the client.

(H) Workshop –  {Canceled}
Workshop: Bringing Music into Your Sessions
Saturday, April 21, 2018
1:30pm – 4:00pm
Room: Willow room, Clark Commons

Thinking about how to bring music into sessions can be intimidating for many clinicians. As an art form, music touches the deepest parts of who we are and expresses emotions in an immediate and real way.  There are, however, ways a therapist can safely and therapeutically bring music into their sessions. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce attendees to basic definitions, principles, and practices of music therapy to expand their understanding of music as a therapeutic medium. Theories and ways of thinking about music will also be reviewed.  Attendees will engage in active music making as well as receptive, or listening, music experiences as a way to become more comfortable with their own skill level. You do not need to be a musician to attend!

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)

  1. Attendees will learn basic principles and definitions of music therapy
  2. Attendees will learn 3 different approaches of how to incorporate music into their sessions
  3. Attendees will experience 3 different ways to listen to, participate in, and process music

(I) Workshop – Landers
Fred Landers, Ph.D., RDT-BCT, LCAT, LMHC
Workshop: Introduction to Developmental Transformations Drama Therapy
Saturday, April 21, 2018
1:30pm – 4:00pm
Flavia Salon, Flavia Hall

Developmental Transformations (DvT) is a form of drama therapy in which therapist and client(s) play together, their embodied play incorporating movements, sounds, pretend objects, and roles in theatrical scenes. In this workshop, through experientials and discussion, we will explore how distinguishing between pretend and reality during a DvT session generates a containing playspace and prevents harmful behavior. DvT benefits clients by helping them lower their anxiety about the instability of life and increasing their capacities to discover possibilities and actualize the potentials that they most value.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)

  1. Participants will become familiar with group work in DvT, a relatively new form of drama therapy that is being practiced in North America, Europe, and Asia.
  2. Participants will learn the components of the playspace that make it an ethical container for improvised play between therapist and client(s) in a session.
  3. Participants will witness a demonstration of individual work in DvT.

(J) Workshop – DeForest*
Cathy DeForest, PhD
Workshop: Vision Quilt: Healing Gun Violence Through the Power of Art
Saturday, April 21, 2018
1:30pm – 4:00pm
Room 103, Mayer Arts Building

This workshop will begin with an overview of Vision Quilt — the inspiration and origin of the project, its connection to the AIDS Quilt, the nature of arts based interventions, and populations served by Vision Quilt. Context for the Vision Quilt work will be laid including gun violence statistics and viewing gun violence as a public health issue. Vision Quilt panels made by a range of people— survivors, families, therapists, artists, veterans, gun owners and homeless and incarcerated youth— will be shown, including panels from Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland and Oakland.

Strategies promoting inclusive dialogue will be presented, including welcoming participation from diverse populations including survivors, youth, families, therapists, veterans, gun owners, and incarcerated and homeless youth. Participants will begin to create their own 18 x 24-inch panel using drawing, painting, collage and/or sewing and discuss the potential use of Vision Quilt strategies with their clients and communities.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)
After viewing 20 original Vision Quilt art panels made by a range of people, including homeless and incarcerated youth, survivors, artists, veterans, and gun owners, and after viewing a video excerpt of middle school students in Oakland, California, participants will increase their understanding of gun violence as a public health issue and be able to name 3 ways gun violence impacts individuals and communities.
Attendees will sketch a design for a Vision Quilt panel and use drawing, painting, collage and/or sewing to expand their design.
Attendees will list 3 examples of how Vision Quilt, through the power of art, can strengthen individuals and communities impacted by gun violence and they will also discuss 3 potential uses of Vision Quilt strategies for their clients and communities.

*Not eligible for CE credit.

(III) Panel – Wecker*
Kelly Wecker
Panel: Collaboration and the development of professional identity: Impact of art and music therapy students working together.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
1:30pm – 3:00pm
The Old Library, BP John

This panel will address the experience of collaboration between art and music therapy students at Marylhurst University while working at a creative arts day camp for youth with and without disabilities. The panel will consist of art therapy and music therapy students who participated in the camp as well as faculty directly responsible for organizing the camp and supervising the students.

Special attention will be paid to how the collaboration facilitated students’ professional development and understanding of the nature of their work. The potential role the nature of art and musical media may play in the way each therapy is practiced (Gale & Matthews, 1998), underlying differences and similarities in theory and approach (Johnson, 1985), and fostered creativity experienced on the part of the therapists (Miller, 2016) are three examples of how these topics can be addressed.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives). After the panel discussion, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify one benefit of interdisciplinary collaboration as presented by the panelists
  2. Name one commonality and one difference in the approaches of art and music therapists
  3. Describe one potential avenue for future collaboration

*Not eligible for CE credit.

(IV) Panel – Short
Beth Ann Short MA, ATR-BC
Panel: The Gender Summit – Beth Ann Short
Saturday, April 21, 2018
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Room 103, Mayer Art Building

We live in a world full of diversity, gender expression being just one of the many wonderful complexities that define each individual’s uniqueness. Individuals are identified by gender in social and cultural contexts from birth throughout life. Join us in witnessing the creations and talking to a few panel members from our Gender Expression Creative Summit. An art experience of 29 artists ages 15-75 years of age, who made art in a community space while exploring the concept of their own gender expression over four months.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)

  1. Participants will compare and contrast gender as a construct through panel members experiences
  2. Participants will gain multiple perspectives on the impact of popular culture in shaping individual and collective identities
  3. Participants will gain an introductory understanding of open studio art therapy and the benefits of exhibiting process art to further educate the public.

(d) Paper – Giles & Larsen
Sally Giles, LPC, ATR-BC & Kristen Larsen LPC, ATR-BC
Paper:  Enhancing Our Community: Expanding Interactions between Staff and Residents
Saturday, April 21, 2018
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Weigand Teaching and Learning Center, BP John

This session will present theory and examples recommending increased interactions between staff and residents in wellness programming in a long-term care community such as:

  • staff leading programming outside their usual job description
  • residents leading programming for staff
  • staff and residents participating side-by- side in programming

Presenters will address benefits and risks to individuals, working relationships, and organizational health. Presenters will share workplace examples and feedback from staff and residents.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)

  1. Attendees will be able to identify three reasons it is beneficial to combine staff and resident wellness programming.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify three risks or challenges to combining staff and resident wellness programming.
  3. Attendees will identify at least one way staff and resident (client) interactions can be beneficially increased within the culture of their own work setting.

(e) Paper – Griffith
Frances Griffith, ATR-BC
What is a Healthy Mind? Art Informs Recovery at a State Psychiatric Hospital – Frances Griffith
Saturday, April 21, 2018
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 203, BP John

The recovery-oriented approach involves participatory decision making between psychiatric patients and providers. However, one barrier to patient involvement in their own treatment planning is facilitating meaningful communication with providers. The purpose of the “Healthy Mind Messages”–a project combining collaborative art installation with qualitative research–was to facilitate this meaningful communication by exploring the meaning of mental health recovery to Oregon State Hospital patients and staff and, as a result, inform therapeutic goals. Using thematic analysis of participants’ answers to the sentence, “A healthy mind is…” within the installation, we found recurrent themes in their definitions of mental health: introspection, physicality, cognition, socialization, openness and calm.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)

  1. Describe the value of collaborative art making within the recovery-oriented approach, especially in encouraging informal, creative, and flexible communication among mental health providers and consumers
  2. Describe the qualitative research methodology of thematic analysis
  3. Identify potential questions for research or practice that could be addressed through thematic analysis.

(f) Paper: – Gonina
Luba Gonina, LPC, ATR
Paper: Weaving Together: Culturally-Specific Art Therapy Fosters Connections Within and Outside an Ethnic Community
Saturday, April 21, 2018
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 109: Mayer Art Building

Culturally-specific group art therapy modalities utilizing traditional arts and crafts can be readily employed among refugee and immigrant populations to
help heal stressed and traumatized individuals, foster support for them within the ethnic community, and create opportunities for connections outside that
community. Work over 5 years with newly arrived Karen (Burmese) refugee women in an outpatient group therapy treatment program facilitated by an art therapist showed remarkable and measurable results. Not only have group participants clearly benefited, but they have drawn into their enduring circle many others, relatives and otherwise, exchanging personal needs and deficits for confirmed skills and strengths.

Presentation Objectives (3 measurable objectives)

  1. Describe the benefits of culturally-specific art therapy based on presenter’s experience working with the Karen weaving women.
  2. Develop implementation plan of similar activities in a therapeutic context.
  3. Utilize given handout materials containing information concerning ethnic groups in the Portland area, community mental health clinics, private and public organizations active in helping refugees and immigrants.

Sunday, April 22

(2) Master Class Kapitan
Dr Lynn Kapitan PhD HLM
The Craft of Publishing Practice-Based Knowledge
Sunday, April 22, 2018
9:00am – 12:00pm
Room: Old Library, BP John

This hands-on writing workshop is for art therapists who aspire to contribute their practical knowledge to the art therapy literature. Participants will learn effective strategies for success in writing about their practice and sharing it with others through publication. Skill-building creative exercises will build confidence, demystify the process, and generate a new understanding of art therapy evidence, with inside tips and feedback from an experienced editor and research reviewer.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify standards of research writing (APA style, conciseness, accuracy, precision, clarity, and logic).
  2. Apply an effective strategy to generate a practice-based ideas for publication and organize it into conceptually logical parts.
  3. Examine several common problems that often cause reviewers to reject a manuscript.

(3) Master class – Schaum
Anna Schaum, LPC, TEP
Title: Psychodrama to increase dispositional mindfulness and emotional resilience
Sunday, April 22, 2018
1:00pm – 3:00pm
The Old Library, BP John

Understand the framework for a discrete, trauma informed, psychodramatic practice intervention. This master class will be useful in ongoing clinician self-care and clinical counseling with individuals, couples, families and groups. Explore cognitive, somatic, and emotional ways of knowing oneself as a helping professional. Polyvagal theory, interpersonal neurobiology and brainwave science that inform interdisciplinary and comprehensive values based intervention will be demonstrated.


  • Describe one way the Psychodramatic framework may be used for clinician self-care
  • Describe one way the Psychodramatic framework may be used clinically with individual, couples, and group counseling
  • Identify research outlining 10 basic value orientations that people in all cultures recognize

Conference Details and Lodging


Marylhurst University

17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy 43)
Marylhurst, Oregon 97036


Group lodging and rates will be announced.

Deadline to book lodging is Monday, March 12.

Conference Keynote

Lynn Kapitan PhD, ATR-BC, HLM

Lynn Kapitan, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM, is Professor and Director of the Professional Doctorate in Art Therapy at Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI (USA). Past President of the American Art Therapy Association and former Executive Editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, she is a prolific presenter, strategic leader, and author, including Introduction to Art Therapy Research, now in its second edition. Lynn has worked with a wide variety of groups and people in alternative and community settings, and currently as a social activist and pro bono research consultant for non-governmental agencies in Latin America. Internationally known, Lynn has keynoted and consulted with art therapy associations in Great Britain, Israel, Chile, Singapore, Spain, Brazil, Scandinavia, Australian and New Zealand as well as throughout the United States.

Watch Lynn’s interview with the American Art Therapy Association:

Presenter Bios

Mary Andrus DAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC Conference Chair directs the Art Therapy Counseling Department at Marylhurst University. She has been an educator since 2009, specializes in trauma, and has presented nationally at numerous conferences and symposiums.

Lauren Cleary ATR-BC earned an Art Therapy Masters from George Washington, and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon. Working with families for 15 years, she’s also presented internationally.

Greg Crosby MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA has a private practice in life transitions, Adult ADHD ,supervision, trainer. He is adjunct at Marylhurst University and Portland State University. He co-authored Transforming ADHD with Tonya Lippert.

Cathy DeForest, PhD is Executive Director of Vision Quilt, a nonpartisan nonprofit that empowers communities to create solutions to gun violence through the power of art and inclusive dialogue.

Megan Dwyer-Martin, MAT is a 2017 graduate of Marylhurst’s Art Therapy Counseling program whose interests include working with adults with serious mental illness using art therapy.

Sally Giles, LPC, ATR-BC co-founded the artworks program at Willamette View with Kristen Larsen. She conducts art therapy, counseling and supervision through artworks and her private practice.

Frances Griffith, ATR-BC is a published scientist-practitioner specializing in cognitive behavioral art therapy, anxiety disorders, and social role valorization through the studio and gallery model.

Jamie Rogers, MA, who goes by Cedar, has a master’s degree in art therapy counseling. She had been guiding people into deeper connection and insight for the last five years.

Mary Kogen, Professor Emeritus, School of Music, PSU Advanced Certified TaKeTiNa Facilitator Workshop presenter throughout the US and in Toulouse, France

Fred Landers, Ph.D., RDT-BCT, LCAT, LMHC Coordinator of the Drama Therapy Program at Antioch University Seattle, specializes in the practice of Developmental Transformations (DvT).

Kristen Larsen, LPC, ATR co-founded the artworks program at Willamette View with Sally Giles. She conducts art therapy, counseling and supervision of graduate interns. She graduated from Marylhurst University in 2009.

Audrey Marie, MA a life long learner, uses her creative skills in service of others and currently provides art therapy to people with serious mental illness.

Staci B. Martin, MAAT, EdD. Her focus is on critical hope, community-based action, co-researching, and refugee education. She has developed programs in South Africa, Nepal, Jamaica, and Kenya.

Danielle Moss, DAT, ATR-BC, LPC is an assistant professor of art therapy at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She has diverse clinical experience and named the professional developmental crisis.

Emily Ross MA, MT-BC, a native Oregonian, has practiced music therapy in Portland since 2003. She is clinical coordinator of Music Therapy at Marylhurst University and specializes in autism.

Anna Schaum is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Psychodrama Trainer Educator, professional violist, and founder of the recently formed Center for Sound Relationships in Portland, OR.

Beth Ann Short MA, ATR-BC is a practicing art therapist, author and artist and founder of 100th Monkey Studio. She is also a professor at Marylhurst University.

Jacob Stein, Certified TaKeTiNa Facilitator Educator at Planned Parenthood Mary. Jacob has facilitated TaKeTiNa workshops for children and/or adults with special needs, Portland Brain Injury Resource Center, seniors, schools, and the public at large.

Anna Schaum, MA, LPC, TEP is a Board Certified Trainer Educator Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. As a professional musician and improv actress as well as a therapist, she has facilitated successful, ongoing, action process groups since 2003. Anna has presented nationally and internationally on the intersections of Psychodrama, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Improv, and Music, and is passionate about the power of group work to promote dramatic, positive change in participants’ lives.

Luba Gonina, MA Art Therapist, Marylhurst graduate. Works with refugees and immigrants at the community health clinic. Specializes in design and implementation of culturally specific treatments.

Kim Alder McDonald, who goes by Alder, has a master’s degree in sustainability in leadership. She has been teaching, leading, and building community for over 15 years.

Kelly Wecker is a Marylhurst interning at a psychiatric residential facility for adolescents. She hopes to practice art therapy with children and adolescents upon graduation.

Sarah Woolley, MAAT is a graduate student in the art therapy program with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College based near Terre Haute, IN. She will graduate from this 3.5 hybrid online program December 2017. Her 700+ hours of clinical work as a student has been at Willamette View retirement Center and Randall Children’s Hospital.

Will Hornyak is a storyteller. Working as a personal coach to assist executives in bettering their presentation skills or delivering a keynote talk to dentists or industrial designers, storyteller Will Hornyak has carved out a niche in the professional speaker’s market. A graduate in journalism at Marquette University in 1976 and a former reporter in Latin America, Hornyak gave up his press pass to pound nails and study mythology and storytelling.

Marylhurst University, Portland Creative Arts Therapies Association (CATA), and Returning Veterans Project (RVP) are cosponsors of this program. This cosponsorship has been approved by NBCC. Marylhurst University is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4465. The ACEP solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.