Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Seeking A.T. Mentors and Interns

Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity that allows you to engage with youth? Join the Pitch In program at Lawndale Elementary Community Academy which supports 4-6th graders in an after school program!

Chicago's Pitch-In project, supported by the Wood Family Foundation is looking for mentors. CEO, Zachary Korotko, and program Manager Alex Scheidemantel has expressed a need for art therapists and art therapy students.

An ATR is currently staffed to supervise if necessary. This would be good for a second year as a supplement, or a first year who is hoping to gain experience in a school setting.

Please click here for more information on how to become a mentor. 

Call for Art

Audrey Di Maria, Editor of upcoming book Exploring Ethical Dilemmas in Art Therapy 50 Art Therapists from 20 Countries Share Their Stories is looking for art by an art therapist for the cover! 
The book is set to be published in the US and UK in June, 2017 by Routledge/Taylor & Francis. 

  • Art should be responsive to the theme of the book (the exploration of ethical dilemmas in art therapy). 
  • It may be abstract or representational.
  • It should be oriented vertically.
  • Its colors should not be too dark. 
  •  Deadline: 11/1/16

The art will be selected by decision in conjunction with the publisher's Marketing Department. 

The art therapist/artist selected will be credited as the "Cover Artist" on the back cover of the back and on the Acknowledgements page. 

Please email any questions, information, and image as an attachment in the largest size and resolution possible to 

Monday, September 26, 2016

QI2017: Early Registration & Call for Submissions

The Thirteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI2017) is a congress held annually at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Its mission is to facilitate the development of qualitative research methods across a wide variety of academic disciplines. In addition, it provides leadership to demonstrate the promise of qualitative inquiry as a form of democratic practice, to show how qualitative inquiry can be used to directly engage pressing social issues at the level of local, state, national and global communities. 

QI2017 is now taking submissions for papers, posters, and panel presentations. The deadline is December 1, 2016.

Early registration for a discounted rate also ends December 1, 2016.

Please click here for more information.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Save the Date: 2016 HMPRG Awards

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in Chicago Health & Medicine will hold its 6th HMPRG Awards. The awards, honor individuals and organizations across six categories, the awards celebrate those whose work exemplifies Health & Medicine’s mission to promote social justice and challenge inequities in health and health care.  

2016 HMPRG Awards
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Prairie Productions, 1314 West Randolph, 5:30-8:30
Individual Tickets - $75 • Student/Schweitzer Fellow Tickets - $25

Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy: Giving and Receiving Care in an Unequal World

Health & Medicine invites you to the second of a two-part series on the ethics and assumptions of caregiving for older adults and people with disabilities in the U.S. context. The first event in this series was held on June 23rd and introduced the historical context of key Long-Term Care policy decisions along with current trends and perspectives within the paid and unpaid workforce.  On October 7th, we will take the conversation further, examining the ethics and injustices embedded in giving and receiving care within the current Long Term Care system, connecting to our current political environment, and crafting a vision for a better society. Please join us in the discussion!
Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    
Location: Loyola University Regents Hall (Lewis Towers, 111 E. Pearson, 16th floor)
Registration: $15 - We do not want cost to be a barrier for any participants. Fee waivers are available upon request; simply email or call (312) 372-4292

Please click here for more information!  

IATA 2017 Nominations

Nominations to join the IATA board in 2017 are still open! 

  • President 
  • President Elect 
  • Director of Marketing & Communications 
  • Treasurer 
  • Governmental Affairs Committee Chair 
  • Outreach Chair 
  • Exhibitions Chair 
  • Marketing & Communications Co-Chair 
  • Conference Committee Chair Elect 
  • Conference Committee Chair 

Click here to nominate! 

Research Study: Call for Participants

Doctoral student at Mount Mary University seeks clinical art therapy supervisees, former art therapy students, and current art therapy colleagues for research study  
The purpose of this study is to investigate art therapists’ developmental experiences between graduating from graduate training and entry into the art therapy profession as newly board-certified, credentialed professionals. The data from this study will inform the art therapy profession regarding the implications of an important developmental transition.  If more information is known of the developmental transition, then the art therapy profession (i.e., new art therapists, students, art therapy educators and, supervisors), employers, and other stakeholders can prepare for and normalize experiences. 

Art therapists who meet the following criteria may be eligible:
Professional art therapists who obtained their full art therapy credentials (ATR-BC) no earlier than the year 2015. 
Please contact Danielle Moss via for more information.  

Invitation for Research Consultant

M.A. Candidate in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling at Columbia College Chicago seeks recent graduate or art therapist for help for thesis proposal. 

...I am currently conducting a self-study as part of my master’s thesis, exploring integration in several domains (consciousness, bilateral, vertical, memory, narrative, state, interpersonal, and temporal) and how these influence my professional development as a dance/movement therapist. I am writing you to both request and invite you to guide me through the process of analyzing my data and create meaning of my artwork.

I chose an embodied artistic inquiry methodology to explore the previously described research question, because I believe that my creativity gives me an inroad to different parts of my selves and to acknowledge the complexity and multifacatedness of the topic. Therefore, my data collection as well as analysis methods take the form of movement and art making.

Because the process of self-reflection and self-exploration can be a difficult one, I am looking for someone that can guide me through and support me in the process of data analysis and meaning making of my artwork. At this point I am planning on meeting in person twice over a 10 weeks period between September and December 2016. While I am flexible about when those meetings take place they would most benefit me the last week of October (October 25 – 31) and the first week of December (December 4 – 11).

At these meetings I would like to go over the artwork I created during my data collection, hoping that you can support me in the process of analyzing them using your skills as an art therapist. I would be more than grateful if you could give me this service on a voluntary basis. However, I will be happy to negotiate the required compensation, if this is not possible. I appreciate your time and effort. 

Please contact Jessica Lochte via if you have any other questions about her thesis and if you would like more information. 

ARV Conference 2016

7th International Art in Response to Violence Conference 

October 13-14, 2016 Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, Illinois 

Join us for this interdisciplinary conference that will reflect on ways that visual art and art making express, communicate, and document violence in its many forms. Through art exhibits, paper presentations, and workshops, participants will address the influences and effects of visual art to address violence.
This two-day conference is open to professionals and students across disciplines and practice. From the opening ceremony, which welcomes all and acknowledges the lands and peoples affected by violence, to the closing session, there will be time for interaction and reflection. Visual art and art making can lead to peaceful solutions. The 7th Annual Art in Response to Violence Conference continues the tradition of providing learning opportunities for all who attend.
Click here for more information. 

Private Practice Workshops

Starting, Maintaining, and Expanding a Successful Private Practice: Surviving or Thriving?   

6 CEs/CEUs/PDs 

The landscape of private practice for mental health professionals is ever changing.  The thriving practice must adapt, change, and continue to redefine its relevance to clients and referral sources. For the mental health professional just starting, to the large group practice, thriving practices take risks and differentiate themselves from the competition.
This practical, nuts and bolts seminar will present tried and true practice building strategies to begin a practice from the ground up and to expand an existing practice to the next level.

9 AM - 4 PM
Loyola University - Chicago
9 AM - 4 PM
Loyola University - Chicago
Fri- Sat, March 3-4, 2017
9 AM - 4 PM
NIU - Naperville
9 AM - 4 PM
Crowne Plaza- Northbrook
Saturday, September 9, 2017
9 AM - 4 PM
Doubletree - Skokie

For more details click here

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

36th Annual Illinois Art Therapy Conference

Intersecting Art Therapy ​and Social Justice
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

This year's conference seeks to strengthen the role of art therapist in promoting social change, and to deepen our commitment to practices that aim to achieve social justice. We are presenting a call to action to acknowledge our responsibility to our community and to educate ourselves about prevalent issues of individual, collective, and institutional oppression, injustice, and violence. We aim within this conference to promote an open dialogue in order to dissect these processes, define the role that we as art therapists can play, and learn how to better serve as allies and direct collaborators for transformative social change.

Lecturers include SAIC Faculty and Alumns: Randy Vick, Cathy Moon, Val Newman, Jeannette Perkel, Sze-Chin Lee, and Caroline Edasis. Please click here for full presentation descriptions.  

Conference Schedule:

CEUs will be sponsored by The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and will be free of charge. Please bring your license number (IL state license and/or ATR-BC number); it will be needed for certificate completion.

Click here to register! 

Monday, September 12, 2016

RVA Art Therapy Group

Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors through non-judgmental crisis intervention counseling, individual and group counseling, and medical and legal advocacy in the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

Please click here for more information. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Call for Chapter Submissions

Call for chapter submissions for: Art Therapy Practices for Resilient Youth, set for publication through Routledge.

The field of literature on “at-risk” youth is robust. Art therapists across the nation have been working with this sub population since the field first emerged. Yet unlike clinicians of other trainings, art therapists are uniquely located—the modality begs client buy in, agency, and natural youth participation.

Previous mental health texts focus on finding and providing resources for at-risk youth; those who, due to significant poverty, environmental stress and pathology, find themselves with elevated negative health outcomes including shortened mortality, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, incarceration, and psychosis. As clinicians, we study, practice, and challenge ourselves to equip young people with these qualifiers to live more productive, healthier, and satisfying lives.

In this book, we shift the paradigm away from “at-risk” and towards “at-promise,” highlighting the strength- based model that moves in opposition to pathologization.

This anthology will be a critical text for students in the field, as well as professionals from a cross section of treatment methods. Focusing on resilience, the text will be organized to highlight traumatic factors and environmental prejudice as risk factors, not the youth themselves.

We are currently looking for art therapists to participate in authorship on the following art therapy chapters addressing young people in treatment as:
·         Clients with early childhood trauma
·         Clients with eating disorders
·         Clients with developmental disorders
·         Substance abusing clients
·         Clients charged as sex offenders
·         Clients of addicted parents
·         Clients of divorced/separated families
·         Adoptees or those in foster care
·         Sexually abused children and survivors of incest
·         Clients impacted by war and terrorism
·         Incarcerated clients
·         Clients confronting racial inequality

Each chapter will include a literature review of current research, a case study, and treatment implications for working with each subpopulation.

If interested in participating in this Routledge publication, please submit a 3 page letter of intent outlining your experience with the population, any relevant previous publications, and a synopsis of the intended case study. Submissions will be reviewed as received, however we ask all interested parties contact the authors no later than September 15, 2016.

For questions and inquiries, please contact Marygrace Berberian at  or Benjamin Davis at