IATA 2014

On Friday six of our students loaded up and headed to Chicagoland for the annual Illinois Art Therapy Association Conference. We left VERY early Friday morning, spent the day in Chicago on Friday and headed out to St. Charles Friday night. Saturday we spent the day listening to speakers, having interesting conversations, and attending workshops! The topic of the conference was titled The Elephant in the Room: A creative dialogue on power, politics, and violence.

Friday night we attended the IATA kick-off event hosted by the YWCA in Chicago. At the kick-off  we were split into groups of 4-6 and were instructed to make grounding stones. This was actually a really great directive! You need small stones, magazine clippings, glue sticks, and mod podge. The idea is that the stone is something to hold in your hand or keep in your pocket to keep you grounded or help you come back to being grounded if things get floaty. Here are  the stones we made:



The events for Saturday were at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Some of our favorite presentations/discussions were Exploring Our Defining Experiences of Power and Identity: The Rapist, An Alternative Spelling of Therapist
with Pat B. Allen,  Say It Out Loud, Release and Connect in Relationship: Gently Using Art, Mindfulness, and Somatic Experiencing to Truly Connect with Melissa J. Hedlund, Authority vs. Power: Art Therapy Leadership From The Inside Out with Heather Leigh, and Stigmatization or Solidarity? A Dialogue About Art Therapists’ First-Hand Experience with Mental Illness with Cathy Moon.

Here are a few more pictures from our time at IATA and in Chicago:


Chicago is beautiful!


Two of the first-years!


The SIUE group minus one second-year but plus one alum!

It was a weekend with lots of driving, very little sleep, many belly laughs and thoughtful conversations, as well as some not-so-thoughtful ones. :) We’re all very excited for future IATA conferences and for AATA in Minneapolis this summer!


SATA Fall Workshop 2013

SATA Fall Workshop 2013

Join us on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 from 10 am-4 pm in the art and design building for some bookmaking with Joanne Kluba!

Spring 2013 Art Show

Spring Conference April 13, 2013

Here is our brochure for the Spring Conference!  SpringConf2013brochure

The Art Therapy Counseling program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville would like to invite you to the 30th Annual Spring Art Therapy Conference! This year we have the honor of hosting Janice Hoshino, who will be presenting on using a multicultural framework when providing art therapy to couples and families. The conference will be held from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, April 13th. Please take advantage of this fantastic opportunity and mark this date on your calendars. We hope to see you there!

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Raising some Fun(d)s!

Some pictures from the Spring 2012 fundraiser!


Reflecting on Fall Conference

Reflecting on Fall Conference

Thank you to Gretchen!

FALL 2012 newsletter

Here is our  Fall 2012 Newsletter.  Enjoy reading about all the great people and happenings at SATA!newsletter cover