Upcoming: Community-based Participatory Action Research Workshop Presented by Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC

October 12, 2014 @ 5:59 pm
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Would you like to expand our art therapy knowledge base but doing research sounds hard/boring/no fun/impossible/like drudgery? It’s not! Come learn about participatory action research and make some art using arts-based research techniques to explore if we could come together as a community to research a cool art therapy topic (like, combating burnout through art making, say, or discovering positive emotions through art, or–you fill in the blank!) This event is free and everyone is welcome! Art supplies provided!

2 CECs will be awarded for attendees. Certificates will be provided at the event.

When: Sunday, October 26, 2014. 1 pm – 3 pm

Where: Art Therapy Services, Anne Mills, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, 3811 Porter St. NW, Washington, DC  20016 (see directions below)


Attendees will be able to define…

o Participatory Action research and list two reasons why it is relevant for mental health professionals

o Arts-Based research and why it is useful for professional mental health experts in art therapy

o Community and identify ways community based research projects can empower individuals professionally as mental health professionals

About the Presenter:

Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC is a Provost Fellow and a graduate of Drexel University’s Creative Arts Therapies Ph.D. Program. Her dissertation was titled, An Arts-Based Study of the Dynamics of Expressing Positive Emotions within the Intersubjective Art Making Process. As adjunct faculty, Gioia has taught at Mount Mary University, the George Washington University, and Marymount University. Gioia is an artist interested in mixed media and altered art, and has worked with children, adolescents and adults with mental health needs as a registered and board certified art therapist for over 18 years. In 2010, she co-founded Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC, where she provides continuing education trainings on happiness strategies. Author of numerous articles, she recently co-authored a chapter on arts-based research for the prestigious Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research.

Directions to the event:

It is located on the second floor at 3811 Porter St. NW, Washington DC 20016.  It is just off Wisconsin Avenue in McLean Gardens, and there is a fountain in front of the building.

If you drive, there is two hour free street parking (day-long on weekends).   If you use public transportation, it is a 15 – 20 minute walk from either the Cleveland Park Metro (slightly uphill to the studio) or the Tenleytown Metro (slightly downhill to the studio).  Taxis are available at those subway stops for about $6.50 one-way, including tip.  The Porter Street studio is on many bus routes, including the 32, H3, H4, 96, and X3. There is a Capital Bikeshare station a block away at Idaho Ave & Newark St NW (2nd District police station patio).

When you arrive, just come through the lobby and take the stairs to the second floor.  It does not look like a conventional office building, but you are in the right place.  My office has my name on the door.

Three Art Therapists Who are Changing the World

September 5, 2014 @ 8:45 am
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Washington, DC–”Potomac Art Therapy Association announces 2014 Award Recipients!”

The Potomac Art Therapy Association (PATA) is the local DC-area affiliate chapter of the national American Art Therapy Association, a non-profit professional organization of over 5,000 members. Our association is dedicated to the belief that making art is healing and life enhancing.  The mission of the Potomac Art Therapy Association is to serve its members and the public by developing and promoting knowledge in, and of, the field of art therapy. We offer timely programs, ongoing education, and opportunities for networking and professional development. In addition, the Scholarship Committee works to recognize excellence in art therapy through the following three annual awards. Awardees each receive a year-long membership and a check for $300.00, as well as special recognition on PATA’s website, http://www.potomacarttherapy.org.

The Potomac Art Therapy Association is proud to announce the 2014 award recipients:

2014 Potomac Art Therapy Association Professional Scholarship Award: Tally Tripp, MA, MSW, LICSW, ATR-BC

This award is given annually to a member of the Potomac Art Therapy Association who is a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist and who demonstrates excellence in professional scholarship. Tally Tripp exemplifies this excellence by her outstanding leadership and commitment to the education of art therapy students, the supervision of art therapy graduates, and the promotion of the art therapy field through providing continuing education to others in mental health professions.

Tally Tripp has been a member of both the American Art Therapy Association and the Potomac Art Therapy Association since 1978, the year she received her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from The George Washington University Art Therapy Program.  She is a registered, board certified art therapist (ATR-BC) and a licensed clinical social worker (LICSW), with a private practice in art therapy and psychotherapy, which she started as a group practice with several colleagues in 1986. Tally’s clinical experience includes an extensive career working in psychiatric hospitals with children and adolescents. During that time, she supervised students from GW’s Art Therapy Program and was involved with novel applications of Art Therapy with Guided Imagery. After earning a Master’s degree in Social Work through the University of Maryland in 1986, Tally worked as a lead social worker with children at a hospital where she spearheaded an innovative program of Multi Family Art Therapy.

Tally has been associated with George Washington University since graduate school (Art Therapy 1978-81), as a Field Supervisor (1981-1990), as Adjunct Faculty (1990-2005), as Director of Graduate Studies (2005-2008), and as Assistant Professor and Director of the Art Therapy Center (2009-present). Tally has continued to inspire students through her teaching at GW and through her current role as Director of the GW’s Art Therapy Center in Alexandria, VA. Tally’s leadership in the area of launching and directing the GW Art Therapy Center is particularly notable, as for the last several years the clinic has made a growing impact in the community by offering low cost, confidential art therapy services to the Alexandra, VA and broader DC metro area. Therapists in the art therapy clinic are second year GW Art Therapy Program graduate students who work under the direct supervision of registered and board-certified art therapists and licensed mental health professionals.  Tally herself has supervised art therapy graduate interns at the Clinic in the last 3 years and these students have had unique and fulfilling opportunities to work with clinic clients as well as learn about the operations of an outpatient practice model. Tally also directed the operations of the clinic overall, ensuring high-quality and ethical provision of services while maximizing learning opportunities for the students.  For more information about the GW Art Therapy Center, go to: http://www2.gwu.edu/~artx/center/index.cfm.

Throughout her career, Tally has been a collaborator with other mental health professionals. She has taught at the Schools of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University, Howard University, and Catholic University as well as at the George Washington University art therapy program. She is well known as an expert on trauma treatment and is a founding member of the Washington Trauma Forum, a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation Master Trauma Group and the Greater Washington EMDR Consultation Group. Tally has presented on her work both nationally and internationally to diverse audiences and her article, “A Short Term Approach to Processing Trauma: Art Therapy and Bilateral Stimulation” was published in the American Journal of Art Therapy. Her work in this area clearly demonstrates her dedication to art therapy education and outreach. This award recognizes Tally Tripp’s valuable contribution to the education of art therapists and others as well as promoting appreciation and understanding of art therapy cross-disciplines.

2014 Potomac Art Therapy Association Distinguished Service Award: Kimberly Ottinger, MA, LCPAT, ATR-BC

This award is presented annually to a member who demonstrates outstanding volunteer service in helping the Association to fulfill its mission. This year the award goes to Kimberly Ottinger, who served as the President of The Potomac Art Therapy Association from 2011-2013. Kimberly served tirelessly to promote the Potomac Art Therapy Association and art therapy in the DC metro-area. Kimberly has provided strong leadership and energy through chairing monthly board meetings, recruiting board members, and facilitating smooth transitions between incoming and outgoing board members.

A notable accomplishment of her tenure as President was the successful recognition of the association as a continuing education credit provider by the National Board for Certified Counselors. The work that Kimberly did while President now allows the association to be able to offer these valuable continuing education credits to the public at workshops and lectures. Kimberly also played an essential role in updating the Potomac Art Therapy Association’s on-line presence through revising its website and blog. In addition to helping to organize various workshops, Kimberly also successfully collaborated with both the Maryland and Virginia affiliate chapters of the American Art Therapy Association to create a day-long research symposium at Marymount University with many high-profile art therapy speakers.

Following her role as President, Kimberly has continued to show her dedication to the Potomac Art Therapy Association by serving as Treasurer for the 2013-2014 term as well as continued as liaison to the National Board for Certified Counselors. Kimberly remains an essential member of the board; enthusiastically mentoring the incoming board members by providing support and encouragement as well as providing a role model, embodying leadership, vision and dedication to the mission of the Potomac Art Therapy Association. Kimberly Ottinger is a great asset to the organization and the field of art therapy, and this award recognizes her outstanding service.

2014 Potomac Art Therapy Association Nancy Schoebel Scholarship Award:

Valerie Pusateri, MA, for her essay, “History and Theory of Art Therapy: A Personal Reflection”

This award is named for Nancy Shoebel (1952-1990), a founding member of the Potomac Art Therapy Association, who was a leader in promoting art therapy in the Washington, DC area. The recipient of the award is an art therapy graduate student who demonstrates excellence in writing on the topic of art therapy. Students submit a completed writing sample, which can take the form of an essay, case study, or research paper, which is then reviewed anonymously. Portions of the paper will be published on the association’s website. This year the scholarship committee selected from three fine entries. The 2014 award is given to Valerie Pusateri for her essay, “History and Theory of Art Therapy: A Personal Reflection.” The committee found the essay a very thoughtful consideration of theoretical issues in art therapy in a well-constructed, succinct essay. The authentic, engaging tone made the essay a delight to read, and for these reasons, Valerie Pusateri is named this year’s Nancy Schoebel Scholarship Award recipient.

Dr. Gioia Chilton, ATR-BC, PATA Scholarship Committee Chair will formally present these awards Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the Potomac Art Therapy Association’sannual potluck luncheon (details of which can be found at http://www.potomacarttherapy.org). The Potomac Art Therapy Association thanks Dr. Chilton and committee members Lina Assad Cates, MA, LMFT, ATR and Mary Ellen Ruff, MS, LPC, ATR-BC, as well as all of our nominators and nominees. Dr Chilton said, “We are especially pleased that all of our awards this year were competitive, as this indicates the number of highly qualified art therapists and art therapy students in our region. We are very proud of these art therapists, who are making a powerful impact on our community’s health”. For more information about art therapy, please visit http://www.arttherapy.org.