I just spent a few days in New York City where I attended some of the 4th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit.
One of my favorite things to do is to connect with and meet up with art therapists, students, and virtual friends I have met, collaborated with or follow online, which this conference allowed plenty of opportunity for, including a Networking Meet Up at The New School on the first day of the Summit! It was great to meet many in person from the Art Therapy Alliance and 6 Degrees of Creativity communities who were also attending the Summit.
One of the meet-up opportunities for the Art Therapy Alliance community included visiting the US debut of “Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh” currently on display at abc carpet and home. The display , works of calligraphy, and their inspiring messages were beautiful. I am grateful I was able to see it and take it in with other art therapists!
On the last day of the Summit, I offered my workshop focusing on art journaling & trauma intervention with women survivors of domestic violence, as well as using art journaling for professional self care. It was a very nice way to end the Summit: a room full of brown paper bag journal making that provided the time & space to explore and honor self-care in relationship to trauma work. Many thanks to everyone who attended!
Some themes and prompts I introduced for consideration in relationship to professional self care were inspired by these topics and inspiring work: