Conference Schedule

Keynote Presenter: Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD 

Keynote Presentation: Making Art, Making Meaning: Integrating Loss in Grief Therapy

 

With the Covid-19 pandemic has come a second, shadow pandemic of disquieting grief, for the losses of persons, places, projects and possibilities that once contributed meaning to our lives, in a context that gives too little support for these often unrecognized and deeply unwelcome transitions.  In this brief presentation I argue for the usefulness of viewing grieving as a process of reaffirming or reconstructing a world of meaning shaken or shattered by bereavement and loss, and suggest the relevance of the expressive arts in (a) helping establish a safe “holding environment” for the practice of grief therapy, (b) processing and integrating the “event story” of the death of a loved one, (c) accessing and restoring a continuing bond with the deceased, and (d) revising one’s sense of identity in a changed social field in a way that is life-affirming.  I briefly illustrate the arc of this work with a sampling of my personal expressive arts projects undertaken during the pandemic, and encourage closer collaboration between art therapists and grief therapists that can deepen the creative engagement of both with clients as we seek to reconstruct their lives, as well as our own, in the shadow of loss.

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD

is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, maintains an active consulting and coaching practice, and also directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, a “university without walls” for international online training in grief therapy.  Neimeyer has published 30 books, including Routledge’s series on Techniques of Grief Therapy, and serves as Editor of Death Studies. The author of over 500 articles and chapters and a popular workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process.  In recognition of his contributions, he has been given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning.

Russian Keynote Presenter: Dr. Liudmila Lebedeva

Keynote Title: The Possibilities of Art Therapy: Overcoming Pandemic Stress and Supporting Resilience in the Face of COVID 19

This presentation will enumerate the possibilities of art therapy practice in pandemic situations. Art therapy methods have been shown to promote coping with pandemic stress; stimulate activation of self-regulation to overcome emotional exhaustion; and strengthen personal resilience. Based on Dr. Lebedev’s research and practices, the concept of “Art Therapy Cleaning" will be introduced. “Art Therapy Cleaning” aims to reduce the negative consequences of traumatic pandemic experiences through the positive transformation of artworks. These concepts will be illustrated via brief case vignettes.

Dr. Liudmila Lebedeva

is a Professor and Vice-Rector for Research and International Cooperation at the Metropolitan Institute of Professional Education in Moscow, Russia. She is an accredited specialist in the field of psychological and psychotherapeutic activity in the "Art Therapy" method and serves as an Honorary Member of the National Association for the Development of Art Therapeutic Science and Practice "Art Therapy Association." She has over 270 publications in Russian and foreign languages and provides educational art therapy programs in Russia and abroad. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Lebedeva conducted research on the concept of “Art Cleaning” which focuses on transforming traumatic pandemic experiences through art.

Full Schedule

Thursday, February 3, 2022
Opening Welcome
12:00 - 12:30 pm US Eastern Time
20:00 - 20:30 Moscow Time
Virtual Exhibit Opening Event
12:30 - 2:15 pm US Eastern Time
20:30 - 22:15 Moscow Time
Workshops Become Available
2:15 pm US Eastern Time
22:15 Moscow Time

Workshops facilitated by our conference presenters will be prerecorded and translated, so that workshop facilitators can demonstrate the full power of their art therapy interventions with volunteer participants.  These recorded workshops will become available to registered conference goers on Thursday, February 3rd, following the project opening welcome and networking events.  Workshops will remain available to registered attendees through the end of February.


Landscape of the Soul - Eco -Art Practice of Modeling a Safe Environment of Relationships 

Liliya Raisovna (RU), Art Therapist, Psychologist
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Art therapy as a Way to Reduce Emotional Stress

Natalia Nazarova (RU), Art Aherapist, Art Therapy Educator, Psychologist
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Psychotherapist Self-help Related to Experiencing Personal Grief during the Covid-19 Pandemic Using Art Therapy Techniques

Olga Levovskaya (RU), Art Therapist, Psychologist 
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What’s on Your Mind?

Patricia Isis (US), PhD, LMHC, ATR-BC
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Art Therapy in Pandemic Times: Grief Therapists Restore, Retell, and Reconstruct Meaning

Sharon Strouse (US), ATR-BC, LCPAT,
& Sarah Vollmann (US), ATR-BC, LICSW
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Friday, February 4, 2022
Opening Welcome: Dr. Barbara Parker-Bell and Dr. Natalia Nazarova
9:00 - 9:15 am US Eastern Time
17:00 - 17:15 Moscow Time
Keynote Presentation
9:15 - 10:15 am US Eastern Time
17:15 - 18:15 Moscow Time

The Possibilities of Art Therapy: Overcoming Pandemic Stress and Supporting Resilience in the Face of COVID 19

Dr. Liudmila Lebedeva

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Paper and Panel Presentations
10:30 am - 1:20 pm US Eastern Time
18:30 - 21:20 Moscow Time
10:30 – 11:20 am US Eastern Time
(18:30 – 19:20 Moscow Time)
Psycho-emotional Consequences of COVID-19 and Ways to Overcome Them
Elena Zotkina (RU), Art Therapist, Psychologist
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Self-Care for Youth, Families, Educators and Clinicians in the Age of COVID
Dan Summer (US), PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT, ATCS,
& Annette Vaccaro (US), Ed.D., LPC, LCSW, SCP, ATR-BC, ATCS, ACS
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11:30 am – 12:20 pm US Eastern Time
(19:30 – 20:20 Moscow Time)
Family and National Values as a Source of Personality Resource
Natalia Stepanchuk (RU), Art Therapist, Psychologist
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Cultivating Community Through Motivational Messages
Stacy Blechler (US), ATR-BC, CMP
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12:30 – 1:20 pm US Eastern Time
(20:30 – 21:20 Moscow Time)
Families and COVID-19: Responses, Recovery and Resilience through Art Making
Christine Kerr (US), PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT,
& Anna Shestakova (RU), PhD
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Networking Sessions
12:30 – 1:20 pm US Eastern Time
20:30 - 21:20 Moscow Time

Networking Sessions: Topics and Breakout Discussion Rooms to be Announced

Saturday, February 5, 2022
Opening Welcome: Dr. Barbara Parker-Bell and Dr. Natalia Nazarova
9:00 - 9:15 am US Eastern Time
17:00 - 17:15 Moscow Time
Keynote Presentation
9:15 - 10:15 am US Eastern Time
17:15 - 18:15 Moscow Time

Keynote Presentation: Making Art, Making Meaning: Integrating Loss in Grief Therapy

Dr. Robert A. Neimeyer

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Paper and Panel Presentations
10:30 am - 2:20 pm US Eastern Time
18:30 - 22:20 Moscow Time
10:30 – 11:20 am US Eastern Time
(18:30 – 19:20 Moscow Time) 

Art Therapy for Reducing Negative Stress Effects in Children During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Rimma Kazantseva (RU), Aspiring Art Therapist, Student in Jungian Psychotherapy
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Art Therapy in Pandemic Times: Grief Therapists Restore, Retell, and Reconstruct Meaning

Sharon Strouse (US), ATR-BC, LCPAT,
& Sarah Vollmann (US), ATR-BC, LICSW
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11:30 am – 12:20 pm US Eastern Time
(19:30 – 20:20 Moscow Time)

Environmental and Ecological Approach When Working with Stressful Conditions by Means of Art Therapy Technologies

Veronika Turgel (RU), Art Therapist, Psychologist
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Networking Session also occurs at this time jump to Networking Session

12:30 – 1:20 pm US Eastern Time
(20:30 – 21:20 Moscow Time)

Using Resources of Art Therapy in Distance Counseling

Zhanna Glazunova (RU), Art Therapist, Psychologist
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Transcending Physical Boundaries, Initial Learning from an Innovative Community Workshop Offered in Latin America

Einat Metzl (IS), LMFT, ATR-BC, RPT-S,
Joyce Y Green (US), PhD,
& Ana Laura Treviño (MX), MA, PhD Candidate
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1:30 – 2:20 pm US Eastern Time
(21:30 – 22:20 Moscow Time) 

Responses in a Virtual World while Focusing on Self-care

Joe Scarce (US), PhD, ATR-BC,
Cynthia Wilson (US), PhD, MA, ATR-BC,
Devora Weinapple (US), MA, MFT, ATR-BC,
Elia Khalaf (US), MA, RMHCI, ATR,
Jess Linton (US), BA, MA, ATR,
& Alicia Ballestas (US), MA, ATR-BC
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1:30 – 2:20 pm US Eastern Time
(21:30 – 22:20 Moscow Time) 

Art Based Study of Family Resilience among Caribbean Families

Karina Donald (US), ATR-BC
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Networking Session
11:30 am - 12:20 pm US Eastern Time
19:30 - 20:20 Moscow Time

Networking Sessions: Topics and Breakout Discussion Rooms to be Announced