Art Therapy & The Military: A Collaborative Workshop

October 28, 2014 @ 11:32 am
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Please join us for an exciting continuing education opportunity at The 296 Project open studio space! Art therapists, Charlotte Boston, MA, ATR-BC and Tally Tripp, MA, MSW, ATR-BC, will present on the relationship between art therapy, neurobiology and the specific needs of military veterans in relation to trauma and PTSD. The presentations will be followed by an art making experiential in which participants will be invited to create Artist Trading Cards.

When: November 15, 2014 from 11 am – 1:30 pm

Where: Studio 296, 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

This event is free to PATA members and to active duty or veterans. This event is $15 for non-members.

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


  • Participants will be able to describe the basic neurobiology findings of how trauma affects the brain
  • Participants will be able to name 3 systems in the person that are affected by traumatic stress
  • Participants will be able to list 3 reasons art therapy is beneficial in trauma treatment
  • Attendees will be able to at least one purpose or function of art therapy in a inpatient military setting.
  • Attendees will be able to identify two unique differences between the military and civilian population that can impact treatment.
  • Attendees will be able to identify one benefit of art therapy for those suffering from PTSD and other psychiatric disorders.


Tally Tripp MA, MSW, ATR-BC is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Art Therapist specializing in working with trauma disorders. She is a full time professor of Art Therapy at the George Washington University and the Director of the GW Art Therapy Clinic, a unique resource providing low fee art therapy to the community. In addition to her work at the university, Tally maintains a private practice in art therapy and psychotherapy in Washington DC and Alexandria VA. Tally is certified in advanced trauma training including Intensive Trauma Therapy (ITT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP).

Charlotte Boston MA, ATR-BC has provided art therapy services for psychiatric inpatients for more than 25 years. Her experiences include a broad range of populations which for 12years included military psychiatric inpatients. She was an art therapist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for 12 years. She has served in roles as director of expressive therapy, clinical director, supervisor, consultant, art therapist, teacher, presenter, and author. She is the past chair of the American Art Therapy Association [AATA], Inc. Multicultural Committee. She co-produced the film, Wheels of Diversity: Pioneers of Color, which was released in 2010. She has presented and published on multicultural issues in art therapy locally and nationally. She served on various AATA committees and is currently Secretary of the AATA Board of Directors. She is an art therapist at Adventist Behavioral Health and an adjunct professor on the art therapy faculty of The George Washington University.

The Potomac Art Therapy Association (PATA) is an approved NBCC provider (#6500). PATA may award NBCC approved clock hours for events or programs that meet NBCC requirements. PATA maintains responsibility for the content of this event. This event is held in collaboration with The 296 Project.

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.