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Virtual Art Therapy: Research and Practice

Virtual Art Therapy: Research and Practice

This book provides a practical and research-based exploration of virtual art psychotherapy, and how its innovations are breaking new ground in the mental health field.

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Panel discussions with the authors of virtual art therapy: research and practice

Upcoming Panel Discussions with the Authors of Virtual Art Therapy: Research and Practice

Join Michelle Winkel for in-depth panel discussions with the authors on industry-wide topics.

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Tuesday, May 17th, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022 at 10:00 AM

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 at 4:00 PM

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022 at 4:00 PM

Meet the Authors

Gretchen Miller

“Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP is a registered board-certified art therapist and an
advanced certified trauma practitioner. Gretchen has provided art therapy services to both youth
and women from homes of domestic violence, grieving children and adolescents going through
life transitions, families and adults challenged with homelessness, survivors of human
trafficking, and youth during their mental health recovery. She is a regional and national speaker
and an art therapy author about adolescents, domestic violence, digital art therapy, and social

Sara Prins-Hankinson

“Sara Prins-Hankinson, BFA, DVATI, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and
Art History. Sara went on to study at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, where most of her
work was done with women and children with cancer. Her thesis focused on the positive impact
that art therapy has on oncology patients. In May 2010, Sara became the primary art therapist
at the BC Cancer Agency. Her work includes coordinating the Children’s Group and an Art
Therapy group for young adults with cancer.”

Kathryn Snyder

“Kathryn Snyder is the founder and director of Parent to Child Therapy Associates and
Spark School-Based Art Therapy in Center City Philadelphia. She is a board-certified, registered
art therapist and licensed professional counsellor with 20 years of clinical experience. Her
current practice focuses on integrative and collaborative mental health and developmental
treatment of children, young adults and families.”

Nicky Shaw

“Nicola Shaw, PGDIP, BA, PGCE is an art therapist based in British Columbia, Canada.
Nicky finds herself working in eco art therapy, mindful phototherapy. The demographic she finds
herself working with mainly is adolescents, children, and 2SLGBTQ+ populations. Her recent
research and dedication is within the new and evolving field of eco-art psychotherapy.”

Michele Rattigan

“Michele D. Rattigan MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC is a registered, board-certified art therapist,
nationally certified/licensed professional counselor and is currently working as the clinical
associate professor in the graduate Art Therapy and Counseling program of the Creative Arts
Therapies Department. Michele has worked in many settings with individuals including
psychiatric, medical, rehabilitative and educational.”

Margaret Carlock-Russo

“Margaret Carlock-Russo, Ed.D., LCAT(NY), ATR-BC, ATCS, has over 24 years of
experience as an art therapist working with a myriad of different client populations, such as
those with learning difficulties, physical disabilities, or dementia. Currently, she is working as the
art therapist in a life plan community in Arizona. She has been working to build their very first art
therapy program for their residents.”

Pamela Whitaker 

“Pamela Whitaker, PhD trained as an art therapist in Vancouver and has worked in Canada,
Malaysia and Ireland. Dr. Whitaker was the past editor of the Canadian Art Therapy Association
Journal and also served on the editorial board of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art
Therapy Association. Dr. Whitaker has a special interest in contemporary art and creative
health, environmental art therapy, the walking studio, and the art of gatherings.

Dr. Jo

“Patcharin Sughondhabirom, otherwise known as Dr. Jo, is a medical doctor and
Registered Art Therapist living in Bangkok, Thailand. She is Director of the International
Program of Art Therapy in Thailand (IPATT), which she developed in 2011 in collaboration with
Lucille Proulx, thus bringing formal clinical art therapy training into Thailand. In 2014, she also
founded the Art Therapy Foundation to support art therapy projects in the country.
Her passion in the arts, combined with her deep interest in the human lifespan, has drawn her
into the field of palliative care. In 2005, she started an open art studio project in Bangkok for
children with cancer at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. The project was later
expanded to The Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health. This project has ignited
creative ideas and initiations in other pediatric units in the country.”

Hedaya AlDaleel

“Hedaya AlDaleel, DCiiAT, BFA is a CiiAT diploma graduate. Hedaya practices
predominantly online, and specializes in virtual art therapy sessions with women from all walks
of life.”

Christel Bodenbender

“Christel Bodenbender, MA, is an early virtual art therapy facilitator and offers services to
those in recovery from addictions and LGBTQ+ clients in private practice.

Sheila Lorenzo de la Peña

“Sheila Lorenzo de la Peña, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, works with a wide variety of populations,
such as those diagnosed with serious mental illnesses. She has taught undergraduate and
graduate students as an adjunct professor at Florida State University (FSU), where she also
received her PhD in Art Education with a focus in Art Therapy in 2015. Additionally, she
supervises graduates of various universities seeking their ATR.”

Carolyn Treadon 

“Carolyn Brown Treadon, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS is the Program Director of the Master of Arts
in Counseling Art Therapy at Edinboro University. Before teaching at Edinboro, she taught at
Florida State University and Thomas University. Previous to her teaching experience, Carolyn
facilitated art therapy services in alternative schools and out-patient programs. Subsequently,
she because clinical supervisor of a community based mental health clinic.”

Lucille Proulx

“Lucille Proulx MA, ATR, RCAT, has over 40 years of experience as an art therapist working
with children, youth, and dyads. Currently, she is Director Emeritus of CiiAT, an author of many
books, and an exhibiting artist at 90 years old!”

Jessica Bianchi

“Jessica Bianchi, EdD, LMFT, ATR-BC is the Clinical Director of the Helen B. Landgarten
Art Therapy Clinic at Loyola Marymount University. This art therapy clinic offers invaluable
services to the underserved youth population of Los Angeles.
Jessica has received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Social Justice as well as her
master’s in Marital and Family Therapy/Art Therapy from LMU. Her educational background has
fostered a unique skill set that integrates art therapy and education together as a way to
promote social justice and community activism amongst diverse populations.”

Amber Cromwell 

“Amber Cromwell, LMFT, ATR-BC is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and
worked within the Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic in many different roles. Amber has
extensive clinical experience working in community mental health, school-based work with
children, and the treatment of adults in the setting of intensive in and outpatient treatment.”

Jessica Walters

“Jessica Walters, MA, AT is an art therapist and a social justice advocate and has done
some enlightening research around telehealth, art therapy, and COVID-19.”

Kate Collie 

“Kate Collie, MFA PhD AT is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher. She was at the
foregrounds of virtual art therapy.”

Michelle Winkel

“Michelle Winkel is an art therapist, trained facilitator, and supervisor with twenty years of experience working directly with groups, families, and individuals. Michelle’s credentials include a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California and a Registered Art Therapist in North America as well as a Registered Canadian Art Therapist. From 2004 to 2005, she held a fellowship in Infant-Parent Mental Health from Harvard Children’s Hospital. Currently, she is the Clinical and Academic Director of CiiAT, an organization that she co-founded.”