Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Call for Art: Creative Art Therapists (CATs)

Creative Art Therapists (CATs) of Color is hosting it’s 3rd annual exhibition✨and invites all members of CATs of Color to submit a creative piece!

All expressive art modalities are welcomed. 

As a CAT of Color, what cultural values  allow you to work altruistically? 
How can these values shift people to think more socially?

Definition of altruism
1: unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others, charitable acts motivated purely by altruism
✨Feel free to interpret and explore what these concepts and terms 
      mean to you 

✨Please email a brief description of your submission idea to by Monday November 13, 2017

The show opens in March 2018, at the School of Visual Arts, we hope to
see you there!

✨Not yet a member of CATs of Color? 
✨Membership is free, and required for participation in the exhibition

Assessment of Interest

The following note is from Katharine Kiehn, MAAT, LCPC, ATR.

I am writing to assess a level of interest in plans of the Advocate Memory Center to create Art Therapy Caregiver Support Workshops. These would be an outlet for caregivers to express feelings and experiences through creating meaningful art work, build community and socialize with other caregivers, learn new ways of coping, and offer an alternative to verbal support groups.

Caregivers for patients of the Advocate Memory Center and caregivers in the community for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia would be welcome to participate.

The workshops will focus on various themes (for example relationship transitions, self-care, coping with changes, and finding joy) and offer opportunities for working with different types of art materials. We will be creating projects that caregivers can take home with them after the workshop. There will be instructions offered along with plenty of opportunity for personal expression.

Let me know if you know family members and/or caregivers of patients or clients you think would be interested and benefit from attending this type of workshop, and please feel free to pass along my contact information to anyone who is interested.

I will have official flyers pending the final determination of a location along with dates and times.

These workshops will likely start up next year in Spring 2018.
Thank you in advance for your help!

All the best,
Please send an email to if you are interested

Shame and the Traumatic Impact of Self-Deficits

The Joseph Palombo Center for Neuroscience & Psychoanalytic Social Work at the Institute for Clinical Social Work announces
The Fall Conference:
Shame and the Traumatic Impact of Self-Deficits
Featuring: Joseph Palombo
Author of: Learning disorders and disorders of the self in children and adolescents; Nonverbal learning disabilities: A clinical perspective; Neuropsychodynamic treatment of self-deficits: Searching for complementarityand co-authored with Bendicsen and KochGuide to Psychoanalytic Developmental Theories
This conference will address the problems that confront patients with neuropsychological impairments, such as ADHD, dyslexia, executive function disorder, and other brain-based disorders. Some can often feel intense shame and humiliation. At times, the impact of these self-deficits can be traumatic and lead to dissociative responses. The presenter will explore the defenses that they develop that often lead to dysfunctional feelings, thoughts and behaviors. For therapists, the challenge is to find ways of responding to such patients and to help them deal with their issues at the level of multiple domains of self-experience.
In the afternoon:
Clinical Applications: Jannira Roman case presentation
Discussants: Virginia Barry and Josh Kellman

When & Where

Saturday, November 11, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm
At: East Bank Club
500 N Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Registration & CEUs

Registration: $90.00, includes 6 CEU’s, continental breakfast, lunch, and a complimentary copy of Palombo’s new book.
The Mission of the Center is to maximize the effectiveness of mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults through the integration of neuroscience and psychoanalytic social work by offering educational opportunities to professionals and the lay public.
Founded in 1981 by leading clinicians, the Institute for Clinical Social Work’s accredited degree programs combine academic rigor and clinical training rooted in psychodynamic principles. Ready to advance your clinical expertise? Learn more about the Institute’s Master’s in Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy, PhD in Clinical Social Work, and Continuing Education programs at

Monday, October 9, 2017

ISCA Annual Conferences Call for Proposals 2018

The 2018 ISCA Conference Theme is: 
"Be The Champion for ALL Students"

The Illinois School Counselor Association invites you to submit a proposal for the 2018 ISCA Spring Conference. The conference planning committee is seeking presentation proposals that promote evidence-based programs in the domains of academic, career, and personal/social development or evidence-based programs that highlight the latest techniques and practices in school counseling. Presentations that showcase proven programs, current research, or skills of value to counselors, pre-K to postsecondary as well as district personnel, graduate students and counselor educators are encouraged to apply.
Bring your school counseling team to the ISCA Annual conference to share your innovative ideas and programs with school counselors across the State of Illinois.

Together we will reflect, inspire, and learn, while celebrating the role of the School Counselor; "The Champion for All Students."
All presenters must be paid registrants at the conference. The lead presenter and co-presenters will receive registration at a special rate which includes a continental breakfast and the awards luncheon. No other remuneration for presenters is available. There is no reimbursement for hotel and/or travel.
All workshops are one hour in length. The conferences will start at 8:00 amand will end at 3:40 pm. Workshop presentation times start at 9:00 am.
HANDOUTS: Presenters are responsible for providing their own handouts. We anticipate 75-100 participants per workshop session in Rosemont and 30-50 per session in Springfield. We require that you submit your presentation handouts electronically one week prior to the conference. Your handouts will be made available to our members on the ISCA website. We are hoping to be "greener" this year and encourage presenters to not bring printed copies of the hour long presentations. Sharing materials and resources specific to your presentations would be appropriate. 
Springfield will feature 15 presentations and Rosemont will feature 30 presentations.

Please click here for more information. 


Crip Slam: Matt Bodett (in association with 3Arts and Bodies of Work) presents:
IS: SI    NG

Oct. 19th, 2017 at 7:30pm, Touch Tour at 6:30pm
Run Time: 45mins with a 30 minute post-show discussion.

Experimenting with abstract musical scores Matt Bodett and Christophe Priessing will explore the complex relationships within schizophrenia. This performance battles socially understood models of mental illness and reveals the human within. As a part of the Access Project at Victory Gardens and one part of “TWELVE: a series of performative koans” the conversation that this performance offers extends beyond the stage, beyond the performers, and instead permeates the conditions in which we comprehend others with mental illnesses as well as our own shortcomings. Diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder thirteen years ago, Matt Bodett’s performance series addresses his diagnosis, the symptomology, the difficulties, and the healing process. Following the performance there will be a short panel discussion with Matt Bodett, Christophe Priessing, and Arlene Malinowski, moderated by Carrie Sandahl. This performance is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3Arts, and Bodies of Work.

Zacek-McVay Theater
Victory Garden Theater
 (2433 N Lincoln Ave)
Tickets: $10
Click here for Tickets

SAIC Department of Art Therapy Fall Lecture