2017 on the go

2017 on the go

Some of the events and happenings I’ll be involved in throughout 2017:


cat514spring2017January 27 & 28: Trauma Informed Care and Social Action Workshop

Ursuline College Counseling & Art Therapy Program, Pepper Pike, Ohio

This course will introduce trauma informed art-based strategies and creative applications that can be implemented into a socially engaged therapeutic practice with individuals, groups, and in the community.  Participants will discover how creative expression helps provide a voice for women & youth survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, adults & families living with homelessness. Also learn more about the role of art-making for empowerment, peacemaking, and social action.

Art Therapy: Finding Help, Finding Hope | creativity in motionFebruary 3: 1st Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Summit, Columbus, Ohio

Representative Teresa Fedor is hosting this event at the Ohio State House. Representing the Renee Jones Empowerment Center and Ursuline ArtSpace Outreach, as part of the event’s activities I will be offering an art experience for adolescents attending in the Capitol’s Atrium.

February 6

Lorain County Community College, Lorain, Ohio– Guest speaking about art therapy to Psi Beta National Honors Society in Psychology students.


March 29-April 2

Tokens of Esteem and Affirmation: Artist Challenge Coins Mixed Media Workshop

Expressive Therapies Summit, Los Angeles, California

On Sunday morning of the Summit (4/2) I will be offering a mixed media workshop about Artist Challenge Coins (ACCs)– In this 3 hour workshop, participants will make and learn how to use ACCs as symbols of affirmation, strength, and recovery w/ a wide variety of clinical populations- as well as engage in a community art exchange with other workshop participants. Earlybird rates available until February 17.

May 19 & 20 – I’ll be helping Lisa Mitchell of Inner Canvas co-host this week-end event Create Fest: Online Creativity Festival for Mental Health Professionals. I’ll also be contributing to the line-up of speakers with an offering about social media, creativity, and connection in digital community.  Learn more here.

Fall 2017

September 16- Renee Jones Empowerment Center Human Trafficking Prevention Teen SummitSt. Ignatius High School Breen Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland, Ohio.

Join us for a day of awareness, education and action against human trafficking! This FREE ticketed event is open to all youth ages 12-19 years. However, registration is required. You can register here:https://2017trafficstopteensummit.eventbrite.com.  Summit includes: Information/Resources, Creative Expression, Internet Safety, Live Entertainment and more!

September 22–  Trauma Informed Group Strategies through Art: Mental Health Well-being, Homelessness, Buckeye Art Therapy Association Symposium, Columbus, Ohio with co-presenters: Sr. Kathleen Burke, OSU, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, BATA HLM and Kelly Armstrong, MA, LPC- Our presentation will explore the benefits of art therapy group work with adults in mental health recovery and/or transitioning out of homelessness facilitated by Ursuline ArtSpace’s Outreach Program. Presentation will highlight the value of outreach work in the community, trauma informed approaches and group strategies. Kelly and Gretchen will also be presenting this at the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County Roads to Recovery ’17 Conference: Heading in the Right Direction to Attain Mental Health & Addiction Recovery on October 23 in Cleveland. Download the brochure here.

November 8-12Social Media: The Art of Creating a Professional Digital Presence Advanced Practice CourseAmerican Art Therapy Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. This Wednesday morning course presents practical content about how art therapists can create a strong professional digital presence through the use of social media. Participants will be introduced to strategies and considerations for cultivating a presence online that aligns with ones professional work, passions, values, and career interests.

Group Strategies for Traumatized Children and Adolescents- The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children

Group Strategies & Interventions with Traumatized Children and Adolescents

This online course focuses on the benefit, strategies, interventions, and considerations important to facilitating group work with traumatized children and adolescents. Course content introduces participants to themes, sensory based activities, therapeutic books, games, and creative interventions to implement in the group setting with traumatized youth. With this course you will learn practical tools and important themes for working with traumatized youth, be introduced to group interventions and resources that incorporate sensory-based intervention, therapeutic books, and art expression and more. 6 CEUS available.

  • Learn practical tools and important themes to consider when working with traumatized youth
  • Be introduced to group interventions and resources that incorporate sensory-based intervention, therapeutic books, and art expression
  • Gain a trauma informed understanding about how these strategies and interventions can promote safety, emotional expression,coping, validation, and normalizing when working with traumatized youth
  • Enhance your awareness and insight about the benefits of using hands-on and creative interventions in group work with traumatized youth

More information available here.




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