Welcome to the Learning from COVID 19 Conference Page
The Learning from COVID 19 conference will be held online on Feb 3th, 4th, 5th, 2022 and is designed to provide a forum for the exchange of information regarding creative mental health practices that support youth and family resilience in pre and post pandemic times. Selected presentations and webinar workshops will identify and demonstrate creative art therapy techniques and approaches beneficial for youth and families. We look forward to welcoming presenters and attendees from Russia and the USA. The conference is designed for art therapists, mental health professionals, students of art therapy and mental health professions, educators, and others who serve communities, families, and youth.
Conference presentations, abstracts, and materials will be translated and available to conference attendees in Russian and English. Opportunities to network and exchange contact information will be available to all who participate. Join us!
Art Therapy in the USA and Russia
US and Russian art therapists share the belief that visual arts interventions, applied skillfully within a therapeutic relationship, have the power to improve mental health and wellbeing of those we serve. However, the development of art therapy in our countries have different histories and contexts for professional practice. Art therapy in the United States is a defined profession with established organizations and systems for accrediting educational programs, setting standards for achieving and maintaining art therapy credentials, and fostering engagement in art therapy advocacy and research nationwide. In Russia, art therapy practices are relatively new, emerging from the resurgence of mental health professions such as counseling and social work practices in the 1990’s. Currently, Russian professionals who utilize art therapy are mainly trained in related professions such as psychology and practice art therapy as a modality.