Upcoming Events

We are excited to present  the VATA 2021 Summer Symposium!  

Save the date for Saturday, June 26 from 9:00am- 4:00pm. We will have 4 presenters sharing their expertise and art therapy work experience as well as an update on Virginia Art Therapy Licensure. 


TITLE: Processing Transition with Paper Beads
DESCRIPTION: This workshop is an opportunity for you to learn how to use paper bead making as an art therapy intervention. The process of making paper beads - taking a seemingly simple material such as a piece of paper and transforming it into something else - is a beautifully symbolic way to process your own transitions and transformations. During this 2-hour workshop, you will not only hear an art therapist discuss how this can be done with clients, but will have the opportunity to experience this intervention for yourself! The majority of the workshop will be dedicated towards engaging in this art process as a group, so you are invited to bring art materials so that you can participate even as we meet together virtually. A period for reflection and questions will be provided at the end of the workshop.
Materials needed: at least one piece of paper, any size (standard printer paper is fine), a pen, scissors, toothpicks, and standard liquid glue (such as Elmers).

TITLE: Doll Making as a Method for Self Reflection
DESCRIPTION: This case study will outline how doll making is used to process countertransference within the empathetic treatment relationship. This fiber art based process allows the creator to process the relational dynamics between the self and a client/proposed subject. The tactile product can then be used to inform transferential bonds with the symbiotic experience of the treatment relationship.

TITLE: The Graduate School Experience of Art Therapy Students of Color 
DESCRIPTION: This presentation will address the lack of diversity in graduate art therapy programs and the art therapy profession. The results support what literature has suggested as ways to diversify the field, and yielded implications for improving the graduate school experience of students of color, for further research, for art therapy practice, and for art therapy education. 


This is a virtual event via Google Meet. Your registration will be confirmed and you will receive the link to each session you sign up for 2-3 days prior to the event. 


If you sign up for session 1, you will be able to log on at 9:00, we will begin welcome and announcements at 9:15. There will be breaks in between each session with a lunch break from 12:45-1:30. The cost of the seminar is $25 for VATA members and $50 for non-members. This event is at no cost for student and new professional members! A total of 5  CEU’s will be provided. This is for ATCB credentials ONLY. If you do not attend the whole symposium, you can choose which sessions you’d like to attend: $5 per CEU for members and $10 per CEU for non members. and you must be present for the entire session to obtain full credit. VATA will email certificates 1-2 days following the event. 


TITLE: Exploring Emotions by Befriending the Monsters 
DESCRIPTION: This session will present an art therapy intervention that allows clients/patients to separate themselves from their emotions, personify them, and learn to befriend them. Two different mediums will be discussed, drawing and clay, to present this with clients. Art techniques as well as processing techniques will be discussed with age and developmental considerations.


To Register/Attend:


  1. Click THIS link to the Google Form

  2. Complete the form

  3. You will receive a confirmation email with payment invoice 1-2 days after registering

  4. Your registration will be complete after payment

  5. Before the event (2-3 days) you will receive the link for the sessions you for which you are registered

  6. On the day of the event, click on the link at the appropriate time