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The Virginia Art Therapy Association & Eastern Virginia Medical School are excited to present  the


Save the date for Saturday, October 16 from 8:45am- 4:00pm. We will have 3 presenters sharing their expertise and all things ETHICS in interactive presentations and workshops.

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SESSION 1: Ethics Refresh: Acknowledging Cultural Appropriation, Engaging in Ethical Supervision, and Applying Ethical Decision Making Models
Join Dr. Eileen Douglas, LPC, ATR-BC for an ethics refresh. During this seminar, Dr. Douglas will review ethical considerations and applications for addressing cultural appropriation in art therapy, engaging in ethical supervision, and applying ethical decision making models when facing an ethical dilemma.
1.      Identify and understand cultural appropriation and navigate the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation in art therapy
2.      Identify ethical supervision practices and understand the application of supervision models
3.      Apply an ethical decision making model to an ethical dilemma case scenario

SESSION 2: Ethics in the Advocacy World for Victims of Violence: How record keeping and confidentiality rules differ and overlap.
Carol Olson, ATR-BC, LPC will explain how, in the advocacy world, record keeping and destruction has evolved different rules in order to maintain safety for victims of violence. As advocacy centers begin to develop clinical programs and hire counselors, those rules can be confusing to track. This presentation provides information on the differences and similarities of note keeping, record retention/destruction, data tracking, and mandated reporting. 
1. Learn the basics of ethics in clinical settings specific to information retrieval, record retention/ destruction, confidentiality, and sharing information.
2. Learn the basics of ethics in advocacy settings specific to information retrieval, record retention/ destruction, confidentiality, and sharing information.
3. Learn how these different services overlap along with mandated reporting.


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. 


8:45-9:00 Welcome and Announcements

9:00-12:00 Session 1

12:00-1:00 Lunch Break

1:00-2:00 Session 2

2:00-4:00 Session 3


 The cost of the seminar is $60 for VATA members and $90 for non-members. This event is at no cost for student and new professional members! A total of 6  CEU’s will be provided. This is for ATCB and NBCC credentials . If you do not attend the whole symposium, you can choose which sessions you’d like to attend: $10 per CEU for members and $15per 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 completion of the seminar evaluation. 


SESSION 3:  Art Therapy in the Time of COVID: navigating new ethics, pivoting for process, and co-creating the path


As many of us were forced to pivot therapeutic practices when the COVID-19 pandemic altered society in March 2020, in this lecture, Joshua Brancheau, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT  explores one art therapist’s efforts to find a way to meet their clients’ needs in the face of this crisis. The objective of this talk is to share some best practices for running group art therapy through video conferencing platforms, as well as to evaluate some of the limitations inherent in this mode of therapy. This workshop will cover approaches to working within the limitations inherent in video conference technology, consideration of material choice when working with clients remotely, as well as solutions to some of the ethical hurdles posed by practicing tele-art therapy. Throughout the lecture, theoretical framework will be reframed in the context of telehealth, group rituals and directive ideas will be introduced, and the potential for incorporating digital media will be explored, all with a focus on the necessity of co-creating this new therapeutic space with our clients. This workshop will conclude with a digital art experiential that will incorporate some of the lessons learned over the last year and a half. 


1. Be familiarized with the limitations of facilitating remote group art therapy through online video meeting platforms, and some possible ways to manage these limitations. 

2. Learn the value of shifting material selection towards the more concrete cognitive/ symbolic end of the Expressive Therapies Continuum. 

3. Learn how to address several ethical issues posed by providing telehealth. 


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