World Art Therapy Conference 2024
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This second edition of our free conference ended. It gathered an amazing lineup of speakers who brought sound and innovative ideas in art therapy worldwide. We are sending gratitude to all our speakers for such a generous share of knowledge with an international audience. We thank our participants for their feedback and their patience in attending this huge event live. And we thank all who supported our team to continue this project by buying the home study package. Check the brochure of the conference below to see all the bios and abstracts or scroll down the page.

Working with Adversity

February 3-4, 2024

Embracing Adversity: Navigating Challenges and Fostering Growth

Working with adversity in therapy encompasses the process of addressing and navigating the various challenges and difficulties that clients face in their lives. Adversity can come in many forms, such as traumatic experiences, loss, mental health issues, relationship struggles, or other life-altering events.
Section Description: This conference section delves into the multifaceted process of working with adversity in therapy, where therapists play a pivotal role in helping clients address and navigate the diverse challenges and difficulties they encounter in their lives. Adversity can manifest in various forms, ranging from traumatic experiences and profound losses to mental health struggles, relationship conflicts, and other life-altering events. During this section, therapists' expertise in understanding and assessing the impact of these adversities on clients' emotional well-being and overall functioning will be highlighted.

The section will emphasize the importance of creating a secure and nurturing environment in therapy, where clients feel encouraged to openly express their feelings, thoughts, and concerns. Therapists act as compassionate guides, collaboratively working with clients to develop effective coping strategies and cultivate resilience. Empowering individuals to confront their fears, traumas, and insecurities will be a focal point, as it serves as a crucial catalyst for personal growth and healing.

Participants in this conference section will gain insights into the transformative potential of working with adversity in therapy. Experts will share innovative approaches and evidence-based techniques that enable therapists to better understand their clients' unique experiences and tailor therapeutic interventions accordingly. Attendees will leave with a deeper appreciation for the impact of adversity on individuals' lives and a wealth of practical tools to support clients on their journey to overcoming challenges and embracing newfound strength and resilience.


Bruce D. Perry
M.D., PhD
Dr. Perry is the Principal of the Neurosequential Network, an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health, La Trobe University...
Cathy Malchiodi
Dr. Malchidi is the Director of Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute and researcher with the US Departments of Defense and Education. Author of over 20 books on arts-based therapies such as Handbook of Expressive Arts Therapy, a standard in the field....
 Ruth Lanius
M.D., PhD

Dr. Lanius is a Psychiatry Professor and Harris-Woodman Chair at Western University of Canada, where she is the director of the Clinical Research Program for PTSD. She has over 25 years of clinical and research experience with trauma-related disorders...

Galit Atlas
Dr. Atlas is the author of the international bestseller Emotional Inheritance: A Therapist, Her Patients and the Legacy of Trauma (translated into 26 languages). She is a psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in private practice in New York City...
Paola Luzzatto
She is a pioneer art therapist in Italy and has extensive experience in working with psychiatric patients in UK and cancer patients in US. More recently she spent ten years as Honorary Lecturer in Tanzania (2015-2022) where she developped the Trauma Treatment protocol...
 Natacha Pirotte
Certified art therapist from the master's program at HAN University, Nijmegen, Netherlands. In 2016, She joined the humanitarian mission Red Pencil and started the Belgian office.  She now coordinates the association's activities in Europe, Lebanon, India, and other countries...
Jacquie Compton
Trauma therapist, educator, clinical consultant and poet. She is an art therapist, a certified advanced practitioner in sensorimotor
psychotherapy, and an SPI-approved clinical consultant and faculty member and clinical
supervisor at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute...
 Jennifer Marchand
Jennifer is a Canadian trauma therapist and EMDRIA-approved consultant & trainer with over 10 years of clinical experience in diverse settings and cultural contexts. She currently lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, specializing in work with humanitarian aid workers, health professionals...
Maria Regina Alfonso
She began her career in teaching and social development in hard to reach communities in the Philippines in 1990. After completing the masters in art therapy, she is the founder and Director of Magis Creative Spaces and The Arts and Health Institute Philippines...
Elsa Scanio
Clinical and teaching direction of the Art Therapy Interns at Morón Hospital Buenos Aires. Art therapist and member of the SUMS Morón De-Insane Asylum Program with outpatients of the Open Door. Creator of the Art and Clinic Team...
Lucille Proulx
Published Registered Art Therapist in both Canada and the U.S. She is the past Executive Director of the B.C. School of Art Therapy and is an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association and founder of Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy...
Oihika Chakrabarti
Pioneering Indian Art Psychotherapist, with over two decades of clinical, humanitarian and training experience, working in India and overseas. She created  the first Art Psychotherapy clinical service in India at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences’s Hospital....
Wendy Bradley
Art therapist with over 24 years experience working directly with children and families in pediatric and psychiatric hospitals, and in school-based systems. She worked as a manager of an early intervention city-wide program for young children...
Mary Jeppsen
Spent half her 16 year career working with children and teens in school-based and clinical settings. She has extensive training in Play Therapy, Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Emotion Focused Family Therapy. Mary is in private practice  in Mobile, Alabama...
Nathalie Robelot-Timtchenko
the Founder, Executive Director, & Board Member of First Aid of The Soul. Nathalie is a clinical mental health counselor and expressive arts therapist focusing on supporting children, adolescents and adults with acculturation, displacement and trauma...
Anastasia Titova
California-based licensed professional clinical counselor and psychotherapist. She has worked in various settings, in inpatient, residential, and outpatient mental health facilitie for 14 years. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in Expressive Arts at the European Graduate School...
Anna Kegeles
New York-based art therapist with a passion for working with children of all backgrounds. Prior to her career in art therapy, she was an art educator and teacher, honing her skills in engaging young minds through creative expression...

Ecological Models

February 10-11, 2024

Exploring Ecological Models: Nature- and Community-Based Models in Creative Arts Therapies

Ecological models in creative arts therapy offer a comprehensive and holistic approach to understanding and addressing individuals' psychological challenges within the broader context of their environment. Rooted in the belief that human beings are intricately interconnected with their surroundings, ecological models consider the influence of various systems, including nature,  community, culture, and society, on an individual's well-being.
This conference section delves into the powerful integration of ecological perspectives within the realm of creative/expressive arts therapy. Join us as we embark on a journey to embrace the profound interconnectedness between individuals, their creative expressions, and the diverse ecosystems that shape their lives.

Through engaging presentations and workshops, we will uncover how ecological models enrich the understanding and practice of creative arts therapies. Discover how therapists leverage the expressive mediums connected with natural environment to delve into clients' relationships with family, community, nature, and culture. Witness the transformative power of the creative process as a tool for exploring clients' unique roles in the wider ecological context.

Explore how ecological models inspire therapists to recognize the cultural diversity and unique narratives of each individual, fostering a deeper appreciation for the tapestry of human experiences. Learn how these models empower therapists to craft interventions that resonate deeply with clients, promoting healing and growth. Together, we will celebrate the interconnectedness of humanity and nature, unveiling new horizons for sustainable change through the dynamic fusion of creative arts therapies and ecological wisdom.
Richard Louv
Journalist and author of ten books, including Our Wild Calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform Our Lives - And Save Theirs, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, etc. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Ecopsychology.
Elisabeth Warson
She is the founder of American Indian Art Therapy, with roots in her research at George Washington University and Eastern Virginia Medical School. She currently operates Healing Pathways LLC, specializing in equine-assisted EMDR and arts-informed therapy...
Cathy Malchiodi
Dr. Malchidi is the Director of Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute and researcher with the US Departments of Defense and Education. Author of over 20 books on arts-based therapies such as Handbook of Expressive Arts Therapy, a standard in the field....
Amanda Alders-Pike
Board-certified art therapist and past president of the Florida Art Therapy Association. She is currently education chair for the Palm Beach County Native Plant Society. She has authored the books Eco-Art Therapy in Practice and Improving Memory through Creativity...
Carla van Laar
Australian creative arts therapist with over 30 years’ experience working in the arts for health and well-being in community organisations, justice, health and education contexts, Carla is a supervisor, Convenor of CCET within PACFA, author, and social activist...
Kit Kline
Australian social worker and the founder of Nature Based Therapy. She is a descendant of the Wampanoag people on her paternal side.  Kit has 20 years’ experience working in the mental health sector both in mainstream and Aboriginal community healthcare. 
Alexandra Vaccaro
Holding a BSc in Zoo Science from Delaware Valley University, she has worked with mammals at the Bronx Zoo as a zookeeper and currently works at the Raptor Trust. She is a candidate in the Master's degree program in Biology with emphasis in scientific inquiry at Miami University..
Annette Vaccaro
Art therapist, psychoanalyst and a psychotherapist with a general practice, and a specialty in clinical supervision, in Livingston, NJ. She is the Director of Academic Affairs, At ACAP, Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis (, and its academic partner ICPS...
Pamela Whitaker
Pamela trained as an art therapist in Vancouver and has worked in Canada, Malaysia and Ireland. She is the founding co-editor of Polyphony: Journal of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists and has written chapters for various art therapy books...
Laila Devalié
Laila is a Danish eco-art therapist integrating art, nature, and body movement into her therapeutic practices. After studied at the Danish Institute for Art Therapy and a one-year special education as a nature therapist, she founded the Danish Institute for Nature-Based Art Therapy...
Fyre Jean Graveline
Fyre Jean is a two-spirited, Northern Bush Country Métis from Manitoba, Canada, now living on the East Coast. She is a therapist, heARTist, educator, writer, traditional knowledge keeper and community activist. She is involved in Life as Medicine project...
Susannah Horwitz
Trauma-informed, nature based expressive arts therapist and licensed professional counselor, in Massachusetts and Colorado. In her private practice, she loves to bring therapy clients into the outdoors for therapy retreat intensives. Founder of the Well-Connected Therapist coaching program...
Shuna Mercer
Pioneering nature based Play Therapy, Shuna is based in Scotland. She has run her private practice in Play Therapy for over 20 years and is the co-founder and director of Woodland Play Therapy cic providing training and clinical supervision both online and in-person...
Ritu Dua
Art therapist, visual artist, educator, and writer. Currently she is associated with Mpower minds, an Aditya Group Education Trust initiative located at Aditya Birla Hospital, Pune as Art Therapy Consultant. She is also associated with Center for Mental Health, Baner Pune...
Céline Girardon
Her unique journey from industrial engineering to certified Forest Bathing guide and art enthusiast brings a fresh perspective to Nature-Based Solutions, focusing on organizational change management within our evolving global landscape...
Susan Spyker
Susan has a master’s of art therapy, psychotherapy, and spirituality from St Stephen’s College in Edmonton, AB, Canada. Her rural living lifestyle and her land being infuses her spirit. She is an art therapist, school counsellor, faculty member, writer, and artist...
Cyndie Bussière
Artist and art therapist, with a master's degree in art therapy from Concordia University, Canada. She started her private practice after finishing her masters, working with diverse clientele and using art and eco-art therapy approaches to contribute to the well-being of her clients...
Sarah (Sarafina) Kruger
An Expressive Arts and Play Therapist working in Northeastern Kenya. She is the Director of Pepo La Tumaini Jangwani (The Wind of Hope in the Desert), a community based rehabilitation organisation serving vulnerable children and families in Kenya...
Manal Elewah
 Founder and CEO of ART2CARE Program, the first art therapy program in the Middle East dedicated to children with cancer, and their families, launched in Cairo, Egypt in 2013. ART2CARE Program has provided Art Therapy to children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer.
Sanaa Abouayoub
 Moroccan multidisciplinary artist and a certified art therapist from Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. In 2018, she has founded Joy Of Arts, a social enterprise offering art therapy and creativity workshops and trainings for healing and social change....
Kamal Naran
After completing his Masters in Art Therapy at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in 2023, he stands as a member of the inaugural cohort of South African art therapists. Kamal serves as an Assistant Lecturer in the Art Therapy and Visual Arts department at UJ...
Mavis Osei
She is a painter, art educator, art therapist
and Senior Lecturer at KNUST, Ghana, with ten years of university teaching experience. She has authored an Art Therapy postgraduate programme for the university, the first of its kind in Ghana and offers art therapy workshops...
Swizen Atwine
 Play and creative arts therapist practitioner in Uganda, Swizen is the Operational Director at Creative Arts for All Refugees. He has 9 years of experience in using drama, art, and play therapy when working with children and youth in communities in refugee settlements in Uganda.
Franca Ma-ih Sulem Yong
MA, MSc(c)
Poet, art therapist, psychologist, and former journalist, Franca is the Executive President of Afrogiveness, who creates a safe space for youths to heal and connect through arts, the President of Positive Youths Africa (PYA), and a lecturer at International University of Bamenda...

Art Therapy in the Digital Era

February 17-18, 2024

Art Therapy in the Digital Era: Highlights and Challenges

The integration of digital technology in art therapy opens up new possibilities for creative expression and therapeutic exploration, making it a valuable and relevant approach in the digital age. As technology continues to evolve, digital art therapy will likely continue to grow, offering exciting opportunities for therapists and clients to engage in transformative and meaningful therapeutic experiences.
The Digital Art Therapy section is an exciting exploration of the dynamic fusion of digital media and its transformative application in therapy and business endeavors. Join us as we navigate the cutting-edge landscape of digital art and its profound impact on therapeutic interventions. Discover how digital tools, ranging from digital painting software to virtual reality, open new avenues for self-expression, healing, and personal growth within the therapeutic context. Participants will delve into innovative approaches that harness the power of technology to enhance creative arts therapies, empowering clients to explore their emotions and experiences in novel and engaging ways.

Moreover, this section will also venture into the realm of building businesses in the digital sphere, where creative entrepreneurs and therapists can leverage the vast potential of digital platforms for outreach and expansion. Participants will gain insights into leveraging social media, online marketplaces, and digital marketing strategies to grow their practices, connect with a broader audience, and promote mental health and well-being through the digital domain.

In this forward-looking conference section, experts and practitioners will share their experiences, successes, and challenges related to this new medium. Whether you are an art therapist seeking to innovate your practice or an entrepreneur looking to carve a niche in the digital landscape, this section offers a vibrant platform to explore the fusion of art, technology, and mental health, charting a transformative course for the future of therapy and business in the digital age.
Marianne Wobcke
Marianne is an Indigenous nurse and midwife, with maternal connections to Girramay mob in North Queensland. She is working specifically on birthing practices and trauma recovery. Currently a PhD Candidate with Griffith University's School of Health Sciences & Social work...
Volker Kuchelmeister
Currently working as lead immersive designer and Senior Research fellow at the UNSW felt Experience and Empathy Lab (feel)/Big Anxiety Research Centre [BARC]. He is an expert in presence, embodiment and place representation for immersive applications...
Nancy Choe
Licensed marriage and family therapist, board-certified art therapist, and mental health researcher. Her clinical practice, aiding diverse clients in hospital and school settings, reinforces the value of her holistic perspective, supported by updated research and evidence-based methods...
Sze-Chin Lee
Sze-Chin Lee is an art therapist, art educator and artist in Singapore working across diverse art therapy settings, specialising in healthcare consulting for art therapy, and arts and health related programming, with a keen interest in socially engaged art practices...
Michelle Winkel
An art therapist, trained facilitator, and supervisor with twenty years of experience working directly with groups, families, and individuals.  She is currently the Clinical Director at Canadian International Institute for Art Therapy...
Emanuelle Cesari
She holds a master degree in art
therapy from the University of Paris V Descartes and a diploma in cyber-psychology from the University of Paris VII Diderot.  Specialized in traumatology, she works with victims of attacks, child abuse, migrants and refugees.
Bevan Klassen
Art therapist, educator and film-maker from Winnipeg, Canada. He specializes in video making as therapy and instructs digital storytelling at WHEAT Institute. He has a background in making independent films exploring identity and personal healing...
Jae Eun (Jane) Song
Jae Eun, a South Korean immigrant, is a versatile artist, educator, art therapist, and counselor. With over a decade of expertise in art therapy across various communities, she conducted doctoral research from 2019 to 2023, studying the impact of an online art therapy program during Covid...
Mark Wheeler
Mark is a photo-art therapist and art psychotherapist. Currently in private practice, he was Principal Art Psychotherapist in Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust until 2021. He received the Diamond Phototherapy Award for services to therapeutic photography...
Diana Vozian
As a Canadian registered art therapist and certified counselor, she practices at Mindsession Intercultural Psychology, with diverse populations. She worked previously in public practice art therapy, facilitating art hives at Concordia University...
Natali Ortiz
She is an art therapist, graduate from Concordia University. working currently in school and art hive settings. She has clinical experience with groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds. She is a facilitator at Concordia University Art Hives...
Lindsay Clarke
Registered art therapist and certified counselor, offering, for a decade, art therapy at shelters, schools, and art hives, empowering survivors of violence, suicide, homelessness. At her clinic Atelier Lanterne she guides diverse ages, emphasizing art's transformative power...
Carmen Oprea
Board-certified art therapist, currently pursuing a doctorate in psychology. Her career spans diverse age groups facing life challenges at her clinic, Accès Art. Part of Concordia University's engAGE Living Lab project, she co-investigates research on art therapy and depression...
Alice Albertini
French Canadian art therapist, she is the creator of the Sommet d'art-thérapie francophone, an online event designed to federate art therapy in French and exchange of practices since 2020.
Since 2022, she is offering courses through her Institut de Formation Continue en art-thérapie...
Jessica Lauzon
Jessica serves as the General Director of the Association of Art Therapists Without Borders and is completing her master's in art therapy. She provides support to children in palliative care at Phare-Enfants et Famille for more than a decade...
Amy Lister
MA, DTATI, RP(Qualifying), PCC, OCT
Experience as a leadership coach, an educator, an organizational development consultant within health care, a Work that Reconnects facilitator, and an art therapist. Amy weaves together art therapy, emotion focused, polyvagal theory and body-based approaches in therapy...
Natalia Gómez-Carlier
Originally from Colombia, Registered Board-Certified Art Therapist and a Ph.D. student of Transpersonal Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies, Natalia was co-founder and president of the Colombian Art Therapy Association, lecturer, presenter, and author...
Sara Powell
Founder of ATIC Psychological Counseling Center, Sara is a registered Art Psychotherapist (HCPC) and psychotherapist (MBACP) with the Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and BAAT, UK. She has over 12 years of experience providing psychotherapy...

Meet the conference

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Carmen Oprea

Carmen is the main organizer and the host of this conference.
She is a registered art therapist with post-graduate training in sandplay therapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy. Holding three master's degrees in art therapy, fine arts, and design, she is currently a doctoral candidate in psychology.

Her professional career includes art therapy services for individuals and groups of all ages with various life challenges at her clinic, Accès Art. She deeply resonates with Indigenous wisdom and strives to provide culturally sensitive art therapy to Inuit and First Nations adolescents. She offers supervision sessions to creative arts therapists.

She is involved in research projects related to art therapy and depression at at Concordia University. She was the Research Coordinator for the project engAGE Living Lab at the same university, Carmen is fortunate to be part of a dedicated team who collects evidence for public practices in a local mall and to see the community growing. She is also involved in other research
She is committed to promoting accessible art therapy for individuals and communities.

The Home Study Paid Package

World Art Therapy Conference 2024

If you are unable to attend the free conference or you prefer to watch the presentations at your own pace, simply click the "ENROLL" button ENROLL from below. This home study package also gives you access to the continuing education credits, since no learning activity can be tracked during the free conference. The video-presentations will be made available to you immediately after the conference dates and will remain accessible for one year, along with handouts, articles, etc. You will get a Certificate of completion after watching the videos or a certificate attesting your CE credits.
Please note that prices are listed in Canadian Dollars.

Full-time students are eligible for 50% discount from the full price (450CA$) upon providing proof of enrollment in an academic institution.
The early-bird price will be available until January 26, 11:59 PM EST

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This second edition of our online conference gathers sound and innovative ideas in art therapy worldwide. The conference has three sections that will treat different aspects of art therapy. The presentations will focus on benefits, approaches, methods, and interventions when working with adversity, integrating ecological models, and understanding better the use art therapy in the digital era.

Learning objectives:
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
• Describe at least four art therapy interventions and techniques explained in each of the three sections
• Distinguish various ways to work with adversity
• Describe at least four basic principles of the ecological models
• Analyze the integration of digital media in the sessions and the effects on virtual therapy
You will also see each presentation's learning objectives for a more in depth understanding.

Note: The material for the home study conference is dropped on your account progressively, after each week of the conference, respectively the first section will be available at the end of the day on February 4th, the second section at the end of February 11th, and the third one at the end of February 18th.


This package offers you 46 NBCC Countinuing Education credits for certified counsellors in US and continuing education hours, as per approval by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Other Professional Orders and Associations may accept the accreditation, so please consult with your respective regulatory body.

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Creative Therapies Events Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7468. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Creative Therapies Events Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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This package will give you 39 hours of continuing education hours, as per approval by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Members of CCPA will receive transcripts at no cost listing all attended events assessed as Continuing Education Credit. Non‐members must attach a cheque for $30.00 payable to CCPA to have CEC’s recorded and to have a transcript issued.

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Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc. (ATCB) recognizes an array of Continuing Education Credit activities, inclusive of those pertaining to the spheres of professional and mental health counseling. These specified activities are delineated within the recertification standards, which are disseminated to all Art Therapy Registered-Board Certified (ATR-BC) professionals during their recertification year, as well as being accessible via the official ATCB website. It is mandated that a minimum of six CE credits in the domain of ethics and six CE credits in the domain of supervision or education must be acquired in each certification cycle. Licensees practicing as art therapists within their respective states (in US) are advised to consult with their state boards to ascertain the acceptability of various CE courses for the purpose of license renewal.

Please check with your regulatory body in your country, this home study program may be accepted for CE credits in European countries, Australia, and Asia.

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Creative Therapies Events Inc. is our registered legal name under which all official and legal matters are conducted. This includes compliance with all regulatory requirements and licensure board mandates.
We operate under the brand name 'Creative Arts Therapies Events' which may be used, along with our logo, for all our educational and promotional materials, both in print and electronic formats, including for advertising certified credits where applicable.
We have employed LearnWorlds, a learning management system, for delivering this program. The use of LearnWorlds, including its logo, does not imply sponsorship or co-sponsorship of any educational or business activities by LearnWorlds in relation to Creative Therapies Events Inc.

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