Day 1

Public Practice Art Therapy

February 18, 2023
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Art Hives: Grassroots Networks of Care Preparing for Unknown Futures

Janis Timm-Bottos, Ph.D., ATR-BC

Janis Timm-Bottos is an Associate Professor at Concordia University, Faculty of Fine Arts, teaching students in Creative Arts Therapies and Interdisciplinary Studies. She is founder and director of the Art Hives Initiative and Primary Investigator of the engAGE Living Lab créatif. Building on a career in pediatric physical therapy, Janis and her research team have developed different models of public homeplaces that cascaded into the Art Hives Network which currently links over 250 small and sustainable studios across Canada and beyond. Her research focuses on public science, community-defined evidence, and how to give the tools of art therapy back to communities. With an ongoing interest in scaling the health benefits of social inclusion through art hives, her research includes promoting welcoming third spaces in universities, museums, hospitals, and shopping malls. She is currently the Primary Investigator for Public Practice Art Therapies research that includes: “Sand worlds”, “Art Therapy for Depression and Anxiety” and FRQ-S “Meet me at the Mall” involving older adults working in collaboration with university researchers in a mall setting to promote circles of care for better health and wellness outcomes for all.
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Using a Virtual Art Therapy Studio to Enhance Wellness

Carolyn Brown Treadon and
Sheila Lorenzo da la Peña

Dr. Carolyn Brown Treadon Ph.D. is a Registered and Board Certified art therapist (ATR-BC), and an Art Therapy Certified Supervisor (ATCS). Before becoming the Graduate Art Therapy Program Coordinator, PennWest University, she taught at Florida State University and Thomas University.  
She received a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Fine Art (Painting) degrees from Ohio University, Master of Arts in Expressive Therapy from The University of Louisville and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.
Before entering academia, she provided art therapy services in alternative schools and out-patient settings before becoming clinical supervisor of a community based mental health clinic. During that time, she had the privilege of supervising art therapy interns as well as interns from other disciplines. Her published research includes topics on utilizing art museums in the therapeutic process, the virtual studio and using the art therapy process to alter individual's perceptions and attitudes toward individuals with disabilities. She continues to explore how using resources such as the museum and other experience-based practices can be utilized to further students' knowledge and skill acquisition during their training to become art therapists.
Dr. Brown Treadon has served on the Art Therapy Credentials Board, serves on the American Art Therapy Association Conference Committee and is the current Chair of the Certification Committee and Job Analysis Special Committee for the Art Therapy Credentials Board.

Sheila Lorenzo de la Peña Ph.D. is a Board-Certified art therapy supervisor (ATR-BC, ATCS). The director of the undergrad art therapy program at Pennwest University, she also teaches in the graduate art therapy program. Currently overseeing the community art studio and the virtual studio(s). As time allows, hosting a spanish language virtual studio and constantly expanding her understanding of art therapy practice as a latina scholar, clinician, and community artist.
She obtained her MS and Ph.D. from Florida State University and worked 13 years with adults living with chronic mental health illness in a forensic setting. Her publications include topics on material use and adaptations in art therapy, virtual open studio approaches for wellness, and clinician self-care.
Presently an associate editor for the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association and serving on the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) board as well as the AATA Education sub-committee on undergraduate education, a member of the Pennsylvania Art Therapy Association (PATA), and American Art Therapy Association (AATA).
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The Community Table

Bobby Lloyds, Miriam Usiskin,
Naomi Press, and Kate France

Bobby Lloyd is a visual artist, UK HCPC registered art therapist, supervisor and educator. Since the early 1990’s, her work has spanned NHS and community settings in the UK, alongside contexts of conflict and social upheaval internationally. Through her role as CEO of Art Refuge and a practitioner on its programmes on either side of the English Channel, she is increasingly interested in the roles of socially engaged art and adapted art therapy practice in relation to displacement, crisis support and community, and in turn to social justice.

Miriam Usiskin is a UK HCPC registered art therapist, clinical supervisor and educator. She is a core member of the Art Refuge team working on either side of the English Channel with people who are displaced. She is currently researching the Art Refuge model The Community Table through a professional educational doctorate at the University of Hertfordshire where she is also a senior lecturer on the MA Art Therapy. Her specialist focus is on resilience, displacement, crisis support, social justice, imagination and hope.  

Naomi Press is a visual artist and UK HCPC registered art therapist with a background in community arts and development. Alongside co-running the Art Refuge Paris programme, Naomi works for other organizations supporting teams, with a specialist focus on displacement, arts and human rights. Naomi is a clinical supervisor and lecturer in higher education.

Kate France has worked in theatre and multidisciplinary arts in Britain and France for the last thirty years. As well as performing and devising work, she creates participatory pieces with a wide range of communities, using video, music and voice. Her experience in socially engaged practice led her to train as an art therapist in France, and her dissertation on The Community Table with Art Refuge has recently been awarded a prize by the charity Entreprendre pour Aider. She co-runs the Paris programme for Art Refuge.
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Art Therapy Is Still a Meeting Place

Chris Wood

She teaches, works with service users in the NHS mental health services, and helps arts therapists (art, music and drama therapists) register for PhDs and further research. For over twenty years, she was Programme Leader consecutively in two universities. Currently, she continues as a senior lecturer with the Art Therapy Northern Programme in Sheffield and as an HCPC registered art therapist for Sheffield Health and Social Care.
She works with a small team of Art Therapists with SHSC and as a research fellow at the University of Sheffield, alongside Professor Brendan Stone and Dr Anthony Williams. She is a trustee of the Art Refuge charity, helping people who are refugees.
I feel that there is worldwide inspiration to be taken from the development of service-user movements. I am interested in how people find ways to live well despite hardship and injustice, and I often think about the contribution that art and art therapy might make. I think where we live and the politics of our time have an impact on our mental health.
I have written and published papers and chapters and collated a book. The themes of my writing have often been about the places we inhabit and share. But I have also written a little about the quest for evidence. Her publications are listed on the Orcid system.
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Decolonizing and Indigenizing Art Therapy Practice, Research & Training in India: A Community-Led Cultural Model of Learning

Oihika Chakrabarti

Oihika Chakrabarti DAT, RATh, MFA is a pioneering Indian Art Psychotherapist, with over two decades of clinical, developmental, rehabilitative, post-disaster/humanitarian and training experience, working in India and overseas. Oihika has a Masters in Fine Arts from Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan and in 1997, was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship by the Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India to pursue postgraduate training in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK. On her return, she pioneered Art Therapy in India, spearheading the first Art Psychotherapy clinical service in India at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences’s Child Guidance Clinic at Wadia Children’s Hospital, Mumbai in 1999. In 2004, she founded Manahkshetra Foundation (art for social change) to expand the scope of the field.
Oihika has a Professional Doctorate in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University, USA, and her doctoral research on decolonising the curriculum via pan-India consensus research aims to contribute to the creation of the first culturally relevant Masters in creative arts therapy in India. Oihika has contributed to numerous international publications on art therapy and is core faculty of art therapy on the PG Diploma Expressive Arts Therapy programme at St. Xaviers College, Mumbai.
Oihika is a Co-Founder and Chairperson of The Art Therapy Association of India (TATAI). She is a Global representative for the European Consortium of Arts Therapies Education (ECArTE) in India, a peer reviewer of Goldsmiths Online Journal, UK and an International Advisor to the International Association of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (IACAET). She has been an International Mentor to the American Art Therapy Association (AATA).

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Museum Art Therapy Round Table

Susan Anand
Helen Jury
Mitra Ghadim
Elisabeth Ioannides
Sara Thoisy
Stephen Legari

Susan Ainlay Anand, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPAT, LMFT is a graduate of New York University and has worked with children and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings since 1982. She is on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she provides clinical services and is engaged in resident training. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the MFA in Art Therapy Program at MIT-ADT in Pune, India. Susan facilitates groups for cancer patients (The Creative Healing Studio) and people with memory loss (Art in Mind) at the Mississippi Museum of Art. She has published accounts of her work in journals and books, and authored and co-edited the book, The Legacy of Edith Kramer: A Multifaceted View. Her interests include advocating for the profession through the MS Art Therapy Association and as member on the Advisory Council for LPATs through the Mississippi Department of Health. Nationally, she has served as a board member for the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) and the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), and has worked on numerous committees in AATA including the International Special Interest Group. She has conducted workshops and presentations in the U.S. and other countries.

Helen Jury is an Art Psychotherapist and a practising artist, and a doctoral researcher at UCL, London, based in the department of Genetics, The Psychoanalysis Unit and the Slade School of Art, where she is researching the touch and handling of materials and objects in Art Psychotherapy as a distinctive psychotherapeutic medium.
Helen lectures in Art Psychotherapy and runs workshops and trainings on areas of research and practice. She is the editor of two books with Ali Coles, Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries: Reframing Practice, and Art Psychotherapy and Innovation: Techniques, Territories and Technologies, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Helen is also the author of various articles and chapters on Art Psychotherapy theory and practice, and is an Assistant Editor for IJAT: The International Journal of Art Therapy, with special responsibility for the Early Career Researcher and New Practitioner awards.

Dr. Mitra Reyhani Ghadim, ATR-BC, LCAT, ATCS is an art therapist, researcher, author and educator. She currently works as senior art therapist and director of exhibitions at the Living Museum of NYS OMH Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and teaches in graduate art therapy programs. She has years of experience in working with all age groups and populations in community-based as well as inpatient and outpatient settings. Mitra managed a museum-based art therapy program for several years developing community art therapy services through partnership with various organizations. She holds an MFA, and an MA and Doctorate in Art Therapy.

Εlisabeth Ioannides, MA, (BAAT, EFAT, CATA, EAP, ICOM, AICA) is an Education Curator and Art Psychotherapist at the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST) in Greece.  She studied Psychology and Fine Arts (BA) at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, USA, she received an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK and an MA on Art Psychotherapy from Art and Psychotherapy Center, Athens, Greece. Her interests lie in the promotion and application of Learning, Health & Wellbeing initiatives in museums and galleries.
As an Education Curator, she carries out the learning programs for primary education schools. Additionally, she realizes programs for children and adults inside and outside the museum. She also designs the learning material that accompany the exhibitions. Since 2017, in collaboration with Ms. Aphrodite Pantagoutsou, she has been conducting at EMST the art psychotherapy program "Exploring the Museum's Images - Exploring My Image". Her research focuses on the contribution of the museum environment to art psychotherapy. You can find her articles on

Sara Thoisy began her professional life by designing fashion accessories. With a passion for education, she teaches applied arts in vocational high school in parallel, then full time for 15 years. Passionate about the relationship between art and care, Sara became an art therapist in 2018. She was working with patients with brain damage, with the goal of adaptation and rehabilitation, but also that of inclusion. and autonomy. She currently has a private practice with various populations: children, school dropout adolescents, children, and seniors. She develops projects in partnership with municipalities and centers for social action, but above all with the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France.

Stephen Legari holds a Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University and a Masters degree in Couple and Family Therapy from McGill University and is a registered art therapist, licensed psychotherapist and family therapist. Since 2017, Stephen has worked at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal, Canada as Program Officer for Art Therapy in the Division of Education and Wellness. This program specializes in community and clinical partnerships that seeks to provide arts-based therapeutic activities for a range of publics within a fine art museum context. Stephen has also supervised masters level students in art therapy and social work and has published several texts on museum-based wellness and therapy practice within a broader movement of the arts in health.
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