The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) held its 41st annual conference in early November, with five days of lectures, panel discussions and events under the title Art Therapy: Awakening Awareness. MPS Art Therapy Department faculty members Elizabeth DelliCarpini and Valerie Sereno traveled to Sacramento for the conference, where they set up an SVA table in the conference’s main hall and met with colleagues from around the world.
Sereno (who is also the department’s coordinator of special programs and projects) served on AATA’s Art Committee and participated in a panel discussion called Positive Image Strategies: Towards Agency, Insight and Reflection. “We explored how artwork can communicate issues and feelings, and how clients exhibiting their images in public can help them play a role in their own culture,” says Sereno. She presented examples from the Women Veterans Art Therapy Group that she runs at SVA, which held a formal exhibition of its work at the College, “Tears Dried Solid,” in 2009.
Image: From “Tears Dried Solid.”