NTATA Events & CEUs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Sunday, August 4th
CEU (2hrs): “Instinctual Trauma Response Model”
Speaker: JaeJeung So, LPC-S, ATR-BC, CTT
Sunday, December 1st
CEU (2hrs): “Compassion for Compassionate: Self care for mental health professionals”
January 6th, 2018 2PM-4PM
For Board Members Only
February 25th, 2018
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!