Monday, June 29, 2015

Announcement from Mary Andrus

Mary Andrus has accepted a full time faculty/fieldwork coordinator position at Marylhurst University in Portland Oregon starting this fall.

'It has been a joy and pleasure teaching here at SAIC and supporting the growth of this amazing art therapy community'.

She will oversee and manage Art Therapy Studio Chicago, Ltd. from a distance and has hired a team of qualified and brilliant art therapists to run the studio and offer art therapy to the community.

Next month they will be offering two unique groups:

Evolve: Art Therapy Process Group

Do you work through aspects of your life through art-making?
Are you the sort of person who is looking for experiences?
Have you been in therapy and want to try something different?
Creativity and problem solving are experiences rich in personal learning and growth, as well as integrating helpful coping skills. The art making process aids in exploring and identifying values, emotions, thoughts and ideas. Making art is self-soothing and an important way to care for yourself.

Each week suggested exercises will be provided. Individual exploration of themes and materials are also welcomed and encouraged. It is not necessary to have previous instruction, knowledge of art processes, or prior engagement in art therapy. We will work through metaphor, themes, and storytelling, all as ways to help you integrate and process aspects of your life. There will be some introduction to materials, skill instruction, and education about the therapeutic aspect of art making. Our first group will include some discussion on group guidelines and confidentiality.

EVOLVE is an art therapy group led by Erin Owens, a licensed clinical professional counselor, registered art therapist, and artist.

8 week group, slated to start July 20, pending registrations
Mondays 7pm - 9pm at Art Therapy Studio Chicago (easy blue line access)

Minimum of four registered participants and a maximum of eight

and the next...
Art Works Course
Do you find yourself saying, "I wish I had the time to paint" or "I just don't have the space to make art", or "I would like to know how to bring more art into my life"... well now is your chance to connect with art making and get some support along the way! In this 9 week course participants will read the book Art Works, co-authored by Don Seiden, art therapy pioneer and Amy Davis, published author. We will read weekly various chapters, complete assignments, keep a daily journal and meet once per week at Art Therapy Studio Chicago to make art and share our thoughts about the readings. This course is offered for the cost of $200.00(book included), $100.00 for students. Co-Facilitated by Anna Celander, and Jackie Lohr

Group will run Sundays July 12th- August 30th from 7-9pm
Just think of it as an investment in your self, your happiness and fulfillment in your life. You deserve this and are worth it! Sign up now!

Monday, June 22, 2015

June is Men's Health Month!

As part of AATA's public information campaign, faculty member Randy Vick wrote a piece titled "Action, Image, Meaning--Art Therapy and Men's Health". 

 To learn more about Men's Health month go to .

Illinois Art therapy Association News and Information


Welcome to your Members Only E-Alert!

For access to the Members Only section of the IATA website, go to click on Membership, Member updates, and use the password: 2015ArtTherapy

If you missed the formal IATA Welcome Letter last month click here for a copy.

Contact for any questions or concerns regarding your membership.

Join the IATA Communications Committee!

The IATA Communications Committee is looking for 
committee members to help with social media!  If you're interested in joining please e-mail

for Bariatric Support Group
August 17 & September 21, 2015
Saint Joseph Medical Center
Joliet, Illinois 

Michelle Shaban, RN, BSN, CGRN, is looking for art therapists to present on art therapy with bariatric surgery patients for approximately one hour during a Bariatric Support Group.  There will be a small monetary incentive for participating. Please contact Michelle with questions or to volunteer:

Michelle Shaban, RN, BSN, CGRN, GI / Bariatric Nurse Navigator Presence, Saint Joseph Medical Center
Joliet, Illinois 
Office: 815.725.7133 ext. 7090

Upcoming IATA Meetings

All IATA members are welcome to attend, extend feedback, and vote at regular Chapter meetings.  Non-members can also come to Chapter meetings with prior approval from the executive board.  Members in attendance at the Executive Board meetings are the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Board of Directors (3).  Any IATA member or Committee Chair who would like to attend the Executive Board meetings should e-mail the president for confirmation of time and place.

July 19
Chapter Meeting
gust 9 
Executive Board Meeting
ber 20
Chapter Meeting
ber 4
Executive Board Meeting
er 8
Chapter Meeting
ber 13
Holiday Dinner

A full schedule of 2015 meeting times and places and other events can also be found under Calendar of Events on the Illinois Art Therapy website as well! 

*Dates are subject to change

Visit the Membership section on IATA Website for a list of Executive Board and Chapter meeting minutes using the password: 2015ArtTherapy

Master Supervision Workshop

Facilitated by Barbara Fish, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPC, past president of IATA.

Awakenings Foundation
4001 N. Ravenswood
Chicago, IL
Maximum 20 participants.

More information coming soon!
35th Annual IATA Conference

The Contemporary Landscape of Art Therapy

Saturday, November 7, 2015
National Museum of Mexican Art 
1852 W 19th St 
Chicago, IL 60608

More information coming soon!

8th Day Center for Justice
2nd Annual Art Show

Friday, August 21, 2015
Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60608

The 8th Day Center for Justice is hosting their 2nd Annual Art Show on August 21, 2015. The theme of the event is racial justice. They are looking for volunteers to submit any type of art (visual, performance, etc).  Submissions are due by end of July. Contact Chris Eagan, 312-641-5151 ext for more information or questions.

Take a look at photos from last year!
The Postcard Project

Healing is a process. Make it a creative one. Turn a postcard into a canvas for your healing process. It can be painted; drawn; written; sewn onto. When you're done - mail it to us! We will receive postcards for one year, and then turn our collection into an exhibit at our gallery. Don't miss this opportunity to express yourself, and participate in an exhibit that will anthologize artwork of survivors - and those who love them. This is a great opportunity for art therapy groups to express themselves and take part in something bigger! For information on hosting a postcard workshop, contact

Awakenings Foundation
4001 North Ravenswood Avenue, #204-C
Chicago, IL 60613

The Awakenings Foundation is a private operating foundation created to support and showcase the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence.


Children's Counselor &Advocate
Apna Ghar
Chicago, IL

The Children's Counselor provide crisis intervention, short or long term counseling and group counseling for children and adolescents witnesses or survivors of gender violence to ensure safety, stability and self-sufficiency for the child and primary caregiving parent . This is a full time position with some evening and weekend hours as needed. This position reports to the Manager of Counseling Services.

Submit your resume and cover letter with salary history/expectation

Visit the job posting for more information.

Art Therapist
Tuscan, AZ 

Provides Art Therapy intervention services to older adult residents both individually and in groups to address therapeutic goals in collaboration with social services, activities, and nursing professionals. Conducts assessments of new admissions. 

Visit the website for more information.
Expressive/Recreational Therapist(s)
Linden Oaks-Edward Hospital
Naperville, IL 

Linden Oaks- Edward Hospital has two Expressive/Recreational Therapist registry openings!  Please visit the website for the complete job description and qualifications. The job number to put in is 18069 or 18035.
Or contact a member of the recruitment team directly for more details on this and other behavioral health openings:  Teri Piper,

Alum exhibiting at Northwestern’s Dittmar Memorial Gallery

MAAT graduate Jave Yoshimoto has an exhibition opening this month at the Dittmar Memorial Gallery at Northwestern University in Evanston (Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive). The show, entitled “The Melting World” runs June 25 through August 9 with an opening reception on the 25th from 4-6 pm.

This solo exhibit memorializes the earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. For more information on this show go to,-tsunami.html#sthash.5sRtqPzg.dpuf

For news on Yoshi's other work and exhibits check out his website:

Thursday, June 4, 2015

2nd International art Therapy Conference

Finding Spaces, Making Places: Exploring social and cultural space in contemporary Art Therapy practice.

Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th April 2016
Goldsmiths College, University of London
New Cross, London SE 14 6NW, UK

This conference continues the exploration of contemporary art therapy practice initiated in our first conference here at Goldsmiths in 2013. Art therapists are of necessity engaged in making spaces, creating both physical and imagined spaces. Finding places relates to both the physical setting and the place of the art therapist in organisations where they work. We are wanting delegates to bring their own questions and insights in relation to space in art therapy to the conference, finding a place there for discussion and exploration, in workshops and in paper and panel presentations.

We will be making further announcements soon in relation to Keynote Speakers and morning Panel presenters. We shall also send out announcements in relation to our programme, and a call for afternoon papers. In the meantime we suggest a visit to ATOL Art Therapy OnLine Vol 5 Issue 1 to explore the work of our previous conference. Go to -

Full cost of Conference is £500 or £250/day. Cost for early bird enrolment is £400.00 (limited spaces) for the three and a half days, or £200.00 for one day. A limited number of concessionary places will be available at £200 (full conference) and £100 per day. CPD certificates will be available. Register your interest now at

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