North Texas Art Therapy Association (NTATA) is an affiliate chapter of the American Art Therapy Association 



NTATA Events & CEUs

2019 Meetings

Please RSVP by emailing president.ntata.org

All CEUs are FREE for members (check out our membership page) and $25 for non-members.


Sunday January 20th


NTATA Board Meeting

Pease email president.ntata@gmail.com any suggestions/comments/concerns for the board to discuss at the meeting!


Sunday, February 3rd


CEU (2hrs): Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking of youth: a creative arts therapy approach in Dallas.

 This training will explore the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) nationally and in Dallas.  You will learn how to identify, assess risk factors, and treat using evidenced-based interventions and creative arts therapy.  We will review a brief case study and end with an experiential.  

Location: POETIC, Dallas, TX (address will be emailed after RSVP)

Speaker: HaeSung Han, PsyD, ATR-BC, LCAT


Sunday, April 7th


CEU (2hrs): Murals 101:sparking transformation and building community 

Location: Dallas, TX (location emailed after RSVP)

Speaker: Elizabeth Amaro-Ruff, LMFT

"The creation of murals in the field of art therapy has been used to develop a sense of community and identity within a group of individuals" (Testa & McCarthy, 2004). For many generations and for diverse communities, murals have been a critical vehicle used to enhance the environment and bring to light social and cultural issues that are important to the community. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn the basics of mural making and will understand the therapeutics benefits of mural making as a creative process. During the second half of the workshop, participants will collaborate with their local community to create a mural through dynamic group collaboration. *Painting walls can be messy, so be sure to dress appropriately or wear proper protection.

Elizabeth Amaro-Ruff, MA, LMFT  is the Bilingual Therapist for Momentous Institute. Ms. Amaro received a BFA from Southern Methodist University and an MA in Marriage and family therapy and Art therapy from Antioch University Seattle. Ms. Amaro is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as professional artist. Ms. Amaro forms her work on identifying and implementing culturally relevant, systems-focused interactions using her extensive training in art therapy. She incorporates her formal art training and experience as well as evidence-based therapeutic practices to meet the needs of diverse populations, from tribal communities to homeless individuals to child victims, in urban and rural settings. As an advocate and clinician for sexual assault survivors, individuals, and families, she witnesses the power of art as an effective tool for safe healing from trauma, victimization and other life issues.

Sunday, May 5th


CEU (2hrs): Containment: Using Boxes as Holding Vessels

Location: Dallas Art Therapy//13999 Goldmark Drive, Dallas, TX 75240

Speaker: Maria LaVorgna-Smith, PhD, ATR-BC, LMFT-S, LPC-S, ATCS // Sarah Inatomi, MA, LPC-Intern, ATR-Provisional

“What is needed is a form of holding, such as a mother gives to her distressed child. There are various ways in which one adult can offer to another this holding (or containment). And it can be crucial for a patient to be thus held in order to recover, or to discover maybe for the first time, a capacity for managing life and life’s difficulties without continued avoidance or suppression.” (Casement, 1985, p.133)

“As art therapists, we are holding vessels for our clients; we become the powerful intercessors through our office space, our physical and mental presence and our art materials that are the therapeutic containers to health. This presentation explores the creation of health through the study of containers examining research, case study and the making of art.”

Maria LaVorgna-Smith, Ph.D., ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC-S, LMFT-S, is a seasoned therapist specializing in family, child, teen and adult issues. She is an independent private practitioner who works in Richardson and is housed in the Dallas Art Therapy. Maria is known to help artists overcome blocks to their creative spirit, using an holistic approach in her practice. Areas people seek her guidance include: grief, divorce, separation, transition, trauma, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety and spirituality. Maria is an Art Therapy credential supervisor, a marriage and family supervisor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor.

Sarah Inatomi, MA, LPC-Intern, ATR-Provisional, graduated from George Washington University in 2017, and currently works for CK Family Services Post Adoption Services.


Sunday, August 4th


CEU (2hrs): Introduction to the ITR(Instinctual Trauma Response) method of trauma treatment.

Location: 8105 Rasor Blvd, Plano, TX

Speaker: JaeJeung So, LPC-S, ATR-BC, CTT

This training will be an introduction to the Instinctual Trauma Response (ITR) method of treating trauma developed by Dr. Linda Gantt, an art therapist, and Dr. Lou Tinnin, a psychiatrist, which uses art therapy techniques as key component to trauma processing.  This CEU will provide an overview on how the ITR method works with the brain to eliminate trauma symptoms. The presentation will focus on the Graphic Narrative portion of the ITR method, which participants will have the opportunity to experience creating following the presentation.  More information on the ITR method can be found at: www.helpfortrauma.com **Please bring a set of washable markers (8 to 12 colors) if you wish to participate in the experiential. 

JaeJeung So is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Board Certified Art Therapist and a Level 3 Certified Trauma Therapist of the ITR Method. She has been practicing for over 10 years and specializes in treating symptoms of trauma. She has worked in various mental health settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics and non-profit agencies with adults, teens and children. In addition to her clinical work, she also developed art therapy programs in a number of hospitals. JaeJeung studied fine arts, psychology and sociology in college.  She received her BA from the College of William and Mary and earned her MA in Art Therapy from the George Washington University. JaeJeung is the owner of her private practice Emerge Art Therapy and Counseling in Flower Mound, TX and serves as President for NTATA.

Sunday, December 1st


CEU (2hrs): “Compassion for Compassionate: Self care for mental health professionals”

Location: TBD

2018 Meetings

January 6th, 2018 2PM-4PM

Board Meeting

For Board Members Only


February 25th, 2018 


NTATA Vision

Location: 9535 Forest Lane Suite 233 Dallas, TX 75243

Open to All.   Come and share your thoughts and ideas for NTATA!



April 13th, 2018


Art Based Approaches to Trauma

Location: 901 N. Porter, Norman, OK.

Speaker: Andrea Davis, LPC-AT/S, ATR-BC

Andrea Davis is a Board Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and the founder of Dallas Art Therapy, nonprofit.

She specializes in art therapy with clients who have experienced trauma, loss, foster/adopt and medical issues. She earned a BA in Psychology at the University of Dallas and has an MA in Humanistic Psychology from the University of West Georgia. Andrea finished her post graduate work at the Art Therapy Institute and University of Dallas.

During her 14 years of practice, Andrea has dedicated herself to advancing the profession of art therapy. She has worked with Children's Health inpatient psychiatric, SPARC - Suicide Prevention, and outpatient behavioral care. Andrea serves on the committee for the exam with the ATCB (Art Therapy Credentialing Board).  She ardently supports community projects to educate the public about the role of the art therapist. She has published and appeared on a national cable television and radio to showcase the benefits of art therapy in mental healthcare.  

Hosted by Oklahoma Art Therapy Association.  Click below link for more information on registration! 



April 29th, 2018


CEU: Creativity Monsters and Self Care

Presenter: Wendee VanOrder, ATR


Location: SCRAP Denton - 420 S Bell Ave, Denton, TX 76201

Come to learn and experiment with reusable art materials at SCRAP Denton!  


June 3rd, 2018   


CEU: Family-Focused Art & Play Psychotherapy for Adopted Children
Location: The RailStation Studios & Gallery

1013 15th Place, Suite 101
 Plano, Texas 75074

Speaker: Linda McCarley, LCSW, ATR-BC, RPT/S

Linda L. McCarley, LCSW, ATR-BC, RPT-S graduated with a MSSW from UTA in 1992, and she has since worked in a wide range of clinics, hospitals and educational settings throughout the DFW Metroplex. She has taught art and play therapy at universities in Texas and other states. Her areas of interest include the treatment of childhood disorders, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, eating disorder, traumatic stress disorder, and family issues. She  provides consultation and supervision for art therapy, play therapy, marriage and family therapy and social work.


September 9th, 2018


CEU: "Client Resiliency & Metal Embossing Techniques"

Presented by:  Heidi Tournoux-Hanshaw, LPC-AT-S, ATR-BC, ATCS

Location: The Art Station  1616 Park Pl Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76110

We will be holding Board Nominations as well!