I’m busy working with my co-author to fine tune our paper presentation for the upcoming AATA conference in Washington, D.C. I love teaching and presenting. It reminds me of how much I still have to learn! The concepts we’ll be presenting come straight from years of experience of not only doing art therapy but also supervising and (in Einat’s case) teaching young therapists.

Over the years, I have developed a very high tolerance for chaos in my groups and individual sessions, which I believe helps lead clients toward growth and personal responsibility. The problem is, chaos and freedom can be very hard for new therapists, burned-out therapists, overworked therapists, government-funded therapists, anxious therapists and many others to deal with. Our society encourages us to be very directive, especially when working with children, and yet many therapy theories require us to meet the client where they are and take a one-down position. How do you balance chaos and freedom with structure and containment?

We’ll be presenting on Thursday, July 7th, at 10:30 a.m. Are you attending the conference? I’d love to meet you there.

Here’s a link to the official conference website, and this one will take you straight to the conference schedule.

If you click on the schedule, you’ll see I’m also teaching an all-day workshop on Wednesday, July 6th. Speaking of chaos, I’m also taking the board-certification exam on Saturday. It’ll be a busy conference for me!

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