Friday, January 26, 2018

Seeking Performers of Spoken Work Pieces!

Black History Month Spoken Word Happy Hour hosted by FindSpark & Yelp
Thursday, February 8th in at Yelp's Chicago Office
Free RSVP at 
Want to kick off Black History Month with spoken word poetry, new connections, and free food & drinks? Join FindSpark at Yelp's stunning Chicago office for an evening of poetry, fun and great conversations, Thursday, February 8th. Spots are limited and going fast, so RSVP ASAP to save your free spot!

Talented professionals and student groups are recommended to sign up to perform spoken work pieces! You can do so as you RSVP.

Free RSVP at 

Student Presentation Opportunity

Chicago Disability Studies Conference 2018
From the Margins to the Center: Disability Studies in Other Disciplines
April 20-21, 2018

Friday, April 20th, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Saturday, April 21st, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
at the University of Chicago

Keynote Speaker: Karen Nakamura
Professor of Anthropology
University of California Berkeley

Organized by:
UIC Disability and Human Development Student Association &
University of Chicago Organization of Students with Disabilities

Disability Studies has radical potential to revolutionize other fields of study. Disability Studies has brought into question foundational narratives of modern societies and has forced us to rethink how we conceive of ourselves, our bodies, communities, and nations. It has challenged academic communities to turn their attention to the accessibility of classrooms as well as the built environment on campuses. It has encouraged activists to reconsider what intersectionality can look like in practice and broadened conceptions of access. And it has prompted professional communities, such as medical experts and social workers, to profoundly transform practice by redefining notions of care. This conference encourages deeper conversations between academic and non-academic spaces,  university administration, social work, medical professional fields, and activism, to promote the valuable connections between theory and practice in all of those spaces. The 2018 Chicago Disability Studies Conference asks: What does it mean to bring disability, and the academic approaches based around disability, out of the margins and into the center? “Centering,” in this context, means to treat as essential the issues, perspectives, and insights that have often been placed at the margins. It does not mean to crowd out other perspectives but to occupy the same space.

This event is free, accessible, and open to the public. We invite submissions from graduate students, undergraduate students, activists, and community members. Papers and presentations that approach disability practically, conceptually, politically, affectively, epistemologically, and/or ontologically are welcome. Presenters from other fields often considered alongside Disability Studies—Deaf Studies, Mad Studies, etc.—are welcome to apply and explore the boundaries of these disciplines and categories.

Possible topics and questions to explore include, but are not limited to:
  • Intersectionality (Crenshaw 1991): How does centering disability impact our understanding of class, race, gender, and sexuality? What does it mean to center disability as an identity category and embodiment? How does our thinking about disability change when we think about intersections rather than margins and centers?
  • Inside and Outside Disability Studies: What are the borders of disability and Disability Studies? How do other embodied experiences, identity categories, and academic fields, such as Deaf Studies, Mad Studies, Life Course Studies, etc., speak to or with Disability Studies?
  • Social justice: What does it mean to center disability in other social movements, such as feminism, reproductive justice, labor, anti-racism, and anti-violence work? How can different identity-based movements re-center issues around each other? What critical and utopian horizons open when disability is included?
  • Citizenship: How does centering disability inform, complicate, and shift current debates regarding national identity, citizenship, refugee/immigrant status, etc.?
  • Environment, ecology, and climate change: What does it mean to center disability in discussions about natural disasters and climate change? Does this change how we think of vulnerability and resiliency?
  • Professional spheres: How is training in disability studies benefitting other professional disciplines, particularly the medical or rehabilitation sciences? Why should other professional disciplines incorporate and center disability?
  • Pain and trauma: How does centering disability in discussions of pain and trauma complicate current narratives surrounding these issues?
  • Academia and accessibility: How does centering disability affect or transform the classroom and/or the campus? How can Disability Studies and related fields change our models of accessibility and accommodation?

We invite everyone to consider these questions and others as they submit papers that demonstrate how disability are being centered in their scholarship, practice, and activism by Friday, February 23rd, at 11:59 PM. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

Presentation Times:
Graduate Students: 10-15 minutes
Undergraduate Students: 5-10 minutes
Community Members: 5-15 minutes

Please submit abstracts using the following Google Form:

If you have any questions or have difficulty accessing the submission form, contact Courtney Mullin at:   

SAIC MAATC January Spotlight: Valerie Vasquez

Valerie Vasquez is the Licensure Specialist at SAIC for the departments of Art Therapy and Art Education. Please welcome her as our first SAIC MAATC Blog Spotlight member and learn about what she does to service our department!

Vasquez typically works with graduates of the MAAT/MAATC program, or students who are reaching the end of their term to brief the Illinois licensing procedure for the ATR, LPC, and LCPC. She assists graduates who are moving to different states with specific requirements which may require forms such as proof of courses meeting content area, fieldwork hours, and syllabi.
Vasquez also assists with research requirements, helping to clarify what is required in particular states.

Vasquez obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Management at Walden University. She has over ten years of experience as a Licensure Specialist and has worked at Kendall College (IL), and continuing education with Kaplan.

When asked about some of the differences in servicing students from the art therapy program vs. art education, Vasquez shared that the art therapy licensing procedure was more complex due to multiple state requirements. "It's much more simple for teachers to obtain their license and then move (to another state) due to an easier reciprocity process but art therapy is different. It's disheartening to know that art therapy has been around for a long time but is not always recognized for counseling licensure".

The best part of her job as our Licensure Specialist? "Everyone is so knowledgeable." She stated that the support she receives from staff and professors allows her to be comfortable in assisting students who she knows "works so hard" for their degree.

Some helpful advice she shared for our current students:
"Consider where you want to be after graduation and begin to review the licensure requirements. Things can change but you will know the process better. Always be prepared that there might be something else to do to qualify for licensure. Save money, and make connections in the field."And most importantly? Keep hard copies and scan files of everything, especially documentation of fieldwork hours! "You will need it!"


Monday, January 22, 2018

Free Self Care Group!

Start your new year off making self care a priority!
Stress Free Sunday Group
Sunday, January 28th, 3:00-5:00

Come join  Art Therapy Studio Chicago for “Stress-Free Sunday” on Sunday, January 28th, 3:00-5:00. This art therapy group will help you relax and unwind on a Sunday afternoon. Come learn more about the meaningful patterns that you choose to keep in your daily routine. We will explore how to eliminate patterns that no longer serve us, and explore how to maintain healthy habits. 
*All materials included. No previous art making experience needed
Facilitated by Jacqueline Carmody, ATR, LCPC​
*All materials included. No previous art making experience needed
Please email if planning on attending.

Office/Studio Space for Rent

Kristina Vogt, who recently leaped into private practice has a beautiful office/art studio in the beautiful Fine Arts Building in DT Chicago which is available to subrent on a daily and hourly basis! 
"Right now I have Saturdays and Sundays fully open and am looking to rent the space for $150/day for the month. It is also available before 2pm and after 6pm on Mondays, and after 3pm on Fridays. I am renting it out hourly for $25/hr per month, or $10/hr per day if anyone just wants to do a group or workshop here and there. I plan to have my Mondays fully open by this summer as well."
Please contact Kristina for more information if you are interested in this amazing deal! Her contact information is posted below the photos. 

Kristina Vogt, LCPC, ATR
Creative Roots Counseling, LLC

Sanctuary Healthcare for All: Protecting the Rights of Immigrants and Marginalized People

The Public Health Woke Coalition--of which Health and Medicine is a member--will host a regional conference on February 3rd, with the goal of providing the tools and networking opportunities for advancing the safety, protection, and sanctuary healthcare for marginalized groups of people within the healthcare setting. The conference will focus on both health and legal issues faced in caring for immigrant and marginalized groups.

Date: Saturday February 3rd 2018
Location: 2229 S Halsted St., Chicago
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registration: $15.00 (Fee waivers available; email Marilyn Bingham at

The recent New England Journal of Medicine article by David Williams & Morgan Medlock documented the pervasive and negative effects impacting the mental and physical health of marginalized communities as a result of the 2016 presidential election. They issued a call for the health care community to respond to the “postelection side effects” with advocacy, education, strengthening of community partnerships, and changes in their clinical practice. Public Health Woke is moving to address those recommendations. Click here to view the draft agenda.

Target Audience
Staff from community health centers, hospitals, and other health agencies, legal agencies and leaders in community based organizations who are willing to:  1) train colleagues; 2) work to change institutional culture; and 3) address policies and procedures with the goal of supporting and protecting families and patients in marginalized groups.

Complete our Survey!
Public Health Woke has begun Surveying the Impact of Recent Policy & Practices on Immigrant & Marginalized Groups' Health. Click here.  Public Health Woke is surveying individuals who work at safety net organizations within Cook County, and surrounding counties to collect data on the impacts of the recent changes in immigration and refugee policy and enforcement on our clients. If you work at a safety net clinic, hospital, or community-based organization, please click here to complete the survey and also share it with others.  A preview of the survey is available here.

Additional Event Information
    The Public Health Woke Coalition includes:
                     Collaborative for Health Equity, Cook County
                     Commissioner Jesús García 7th District Cook County Health Task Force
                     Health & Medicine Policy Research Group
                     UIC School of Public Health, Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice
                     Illinois Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center
    Listing of conference sponsors currently in formation. Click here for sponsorship information. Thank you to our early sponsors:
                     Project Brotherhood
                     Young Public Health Professionals
    We do not want cost to be a barrier for any participants. Fee waivers are available upon request; simply email email Marilyn Bingham at

Contact Health & Medicine at 312-372-4292 or Susan Avila RN MPH at 773-960-5916 or email: with any requests or questions regarding this forum.