Art Therapy Lunch & Learn

Art Therapy Lunch & Learn
Zombie Apocalypse – Understanding the “UnDead” Archetype and Its Importance to Our Culture

The Ecumenical Center, 8310 Ewing Halsell, San Antonio, TX 78229
Event Date: October 10, 2017
Time: Noon to 2 pm
Cost: $25.00

What is it with all these Zombies? It’s not just Hollywood movies – they have their own TV shows, local parades, and handbooks! Every Halloween, at least a few kids put on green make-up, fit a plastic cleaver into their heads, and stumble out their doors to collect candy. What’s going on? In this workshop, we will delve into this persistent and somewhat bizarre message from the collective unconscious. We might as well try to understand them, because they aren’t going away!

Speaker: Vicki Williams-Patterson, MCAT, LPC-AT, ATR-BC

Note: This is a bring-your-own brown bag lunch. The Center will provide drinks.

Event Registration:

CEU's Available: This workshop is approved for 2 continuing education units for LPC, LMFT, Social Workers, Educators, Clergy

Open Studio at the Ecumenical Center - Sept 23rd

 Art Studio at the Ecumenical Center - Saturday, September 23!
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
FREE Registration at

Open Art Studio is a wonderful opportunity for people of ALL AGES  (6 to 106 years) to use art materials in a playful manner in  a relaxed setting. This creative experience is FREE! All  materials are provided.

Open Art Studio happens every fourth Saturday 10 am to 1 pm (except this December) and is led by Vicki Williams-Patterson, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC-AT. This month its on September 23! You are welcome to bring your own art materials as well as the materials provided. Prompts to help you start on your own artistic project are provided and there are plenty of folks available to help you.  

2017 STATA Art Show - "Connections"

2017 STATA Annual Art Show

"All is connected... no one thing can change by itself."  -Paul Hawken

Join us for the reception for the 2017 art show. Friends and family are invited to join with the STATA community to celebrate our annual art show. Light appetizers will be provided by STATA. Drinks and additional food available for purchase.

October 1st 3:00-5:00pm
Location: Z’Tejas
1110 W. 6th Street Austin, Texas 78703
downstairs meeting room in the annex building, the Victorian

The show will be on display until November 5th.

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Artvango Shoe Drive Fundraiser

Yadi Puente has started a non profit organization called Artvango. The focus will be on providing different expressive forms of therapy for the San Antonio children in foster care.

She is currently running a shoe drive to fundraise money for the organization. The goal is to collect gently used shoes from closet, your friends, and family (any size, any gender). Her goal is to collect over 1,000 shoes in 50 days, which will be shipped to the less fortunate in Africa. In return Artvango will receive 40-cents per pound of shoes.

Shoes can be dropped off at the SATC Building located at 3463 Magic Drive, suite T8, San Antonio, TX 78229 or contact Yadi to arrange pickup. Deadline to donate is Nov 1st.

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Red Cross Volunteer Info

If you are interested in being a mental health volunteer for victims of Hurricane Harvey, here is some info to know from Pat Grajkowski:

Volunteering for the Red Cross can be done online - go to and follow the prompts.  A background check is required and that can be completed online as well.

The current licensure requirements for Disaster Mental Health are as follows: LPC, LPC-I, LMFT, LMFT-A, LCSW, LMSW, Psychologist. 

All who complete the online requirements should also bring along a copy of their license.  Austin area EBVs should go to the Convention Center and follow the Red Cross signs.

Event Based Volunteers (EBV) are needed in the Austin, San Antonio, and Houston areas - asmany as are willing to help.  Recovery from this disaster is going to take a very long time. If you can give a few days or however long, it will certainly be appreciated. Also, if you know of anyone else who might be willing to volunteer - not necessarily for Disaster Mental Health,  please encourage them to go to to sign up. There are many areas where volunteers are needed.

Right now at the Austin Convention Center, preparations are being made to shelter over 7,000 people!  There are additionalshelters opened all over the the impacted and surrounding areas.


Sign up for the 2017 STATA art show!

2017 STATA Annual Art Show
Theme: "Connections"

"All is connected... no one thing can change by itself."  -Paul Hawken

Participants asked to submit artwork in response to the quote and theme of "connections". Imagery represents the artist's experience of connections in various capacities such as connections with: ourselves, our work, our community, nationally and/or globally.

Sign up by Sept 15th, directions below.

Location: Z’Tejas
1110 W. 6th Street Austin, Texas 78703
downstairs meeting room in the annex building, the Victorian

Mark your calendar, dates for the event:
September 15th deadline to sign up with complete info
September 24th hanging at 3-5pm
October 1st reception 3-5pm
November 5th take down your art

Sign up! 
Open the link below to enter: name & credentials, title of piece, medium, contact information, reflection statement (how does your piece represent the theme) and price if selling. Tip: Scroll over on the google doc to find all entry fields

12 x 12 canvas, each participant can submit up to 3 pieces, framed or unframed pieces

Mounting work:

  • must use commando strips only, no nails or hammering

  • can take down all existing artwork and use their nails and rails

  • can use chair rails and windowsills, too

  • STATA will provide hanging materials

Want to have your artwork featured on the publicity postcard?

Send a jpg image of your art submission to Bess Green by Sept. 9th ( for a chance to be selected. The postcard can feature up to 8 images..

Pathways to Practice - STATA meeting and CEU

"Pathways to Practice" CEU presentation and STATA meeting

Date: Sunday, August 6th 2017
Time: 2:00-4:30pm
Location: St. Edwards University, Doyle Hall (Directions below)
2 CEU's offered

Join us for a presentation from two therapists about their career pathways and how they use art in the healing of their clients. The training will include an art experiential with all materials provided. 

Our meetings are potluck style for refreshments. Please bring a snack or beverage to share.

You must RSVP online here:

- Understand the journeys of two art therapy careers
- Learn about two sites, commonalities and differences in therapeutic care provided for military populations
- Identify three Art Therapy interventions and therapeutic goals from each site
- Participate in an art experiential which highlights our professional pathways to practice and overall connection to the greater Art Therapy community!

Peter Buotte, MFA, MPS
Mandy Rutherford, LCSW

We will meet in Doyle Hall, building number 12 on the map linked here:

Enter from Congress Ave and proceed onto campus from the main entrance. Turn left at first stop sign. You will pass a large parking lot on the left and the Arts building on right. Park in the lot on the left, across from Doyle Hall. You can enter the building through the courtyard or the front.

New job opportunities for Art Therapists

Hi everyone - we got news this week about 3 job opportunities looking for art therapists. Info below.

YES Waiver Contract - Bluebonnet Trails

Bluebonnet Trails is looking to contract with certified Art Therapists or students who are working on their certification to work with children with severe emotional disturbance. They serve 8 counties surrounding Austin.  

Contact Melissa Nylander for more information or to apply.
512-244-8224 (office)
512-419-8422 (cell)
1009 N. Georgetown Street
Round Rock, Texas 78664

Epilepsy Foundation - 6 week studio project

The Epilepsy Foundation is looking for an art therapist and Austin-area location to organize their yearly art therapy studio program. The program allows for an individual to explore their creativity, meet others with Epilepsy and express themselves in an open and accepting and safe group setting! The program would run one day a week for 6 weeks culminating with a show, hopefully in the studio of the Art Therapist.

Contact Tanya Kinney
Cell: 760-217-8531
Office: 512-876-8471
8505 Cross Park Drive Ste 120
Austin, TX 78754

Silverado Onion Creek Memory Care Community

Looking for an art therapist that has experience with dementia and memory care.

Contact Ashley Urjil-Mills
Tel (512) 280-2030
11330 Farrah Lane
Austin, TX 78748

San Antonio Den Mtg

Please join the San Antonio Den at Salina's home, Sunday June 25th 1-4pm for a den meeting and workshop. Open to all interested persons.

Our guest speaker, Laura Marcel Cardona Berrio, will present "The Clown: A trip around your emotions". She will be sharing interactions, expressions, and games that the clown brings to hospital patients to encourage and support the healing process. 

Salina Shelton will also facilitate an Artist Trading Card workshop, please see attached handout. Plenty of supplies (paint, collage, stamps) will be available, but you are welcome to bring any you would like to work with. 

Snacks and refreshments provided. Hope you can come. Please RSVP so there will be materials available for all.

Salina Shelton, MA, LPC
Office: 210-617-3185

Art Therapist Job in Houston

Psychotherapy by Angelina, LLC is interested in hiring a part time art therapist, preferably who has their LPC-I. Psychotherapy by Angelina works with several agencies in the Houston area through the YES Waiver program. The art therapist will be seeing referrals from these agencies and have the opportunity for supervision under Angelina Rodriguez. They will also be able to work in a professional art therapy office located in the Houston/Bellaire area. Angelina Rodriguez, owner of Psychotherapy by Angelina, is a board certified LPC and Art Therapist supervisor.

The following qualifications should be met to apply:
§  Must have a Masters in Counseling, Social Work, or Art Therapy.
§  Status as an LPC-Intern is preferred.
§  Looking for a strong background in the arts.
§  Must have reliable transportation. 
§  Job requires approximately 10-15 hours a week, with flexible scheduling.

Anyone interested in applying may forward their resumes to or call the office at 832-930-6982.

Wellness Fair and Community Garden Ribbon Cutting - San Antonio


Roosevelt High School will be hosting the TR Community Garden Ribbon Cutting Health & Wellness Fair on May 18 from 6-8 pm.

TR Community Garden Home Page

We will have 3 tables at this event. Two will offer art interventions: breathing branches (yarn wrapped branches) and nature rubbings. A third table will offer literature, cards, and info about art therapy. 

We have the opportunity to fundraise at this event. We will be selling painted/non painted sugar skulls and painted rocks with a quote on them. 

We need  volunteers and supplies for this event. We are coordinating on a list for supplies at this time. More info to come later today. 

Arrival time & Parking: Please plan to arrive at Roosevelt High School after 5 pm.  School lets out at 4:15 and we need time to clear the parent pick up lane as well as school busses.  Parking will be available in the main parking lot at the front of the school (corner Walzem & Raybon).  See attached map

Contact Salina Shelton to volunteer: 

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Violet Crown Festival - Austin

The STATA Austin Den will be hosting a booth at the Violet Crown Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017. At the booth we will be facilitating a free children's art activity and sharing information about art therapy. All volunteers are also welcome to bring business cards or other marketing materials.

The Violet Crown Festival is a community festival in the Brentwood/Crestview neighborhood of Austin. In addition to the free children's activity booths, there is live music, food trucks, and arts/crafts vendors.

The Violet Crown Festival will be held at Brentwood Park - 6710 Arroyo Seco, Austin, TX 78757 from 10:00am-6:00pm. 

We are looking for STATA members to volunteer throughout the day. Although the sign-up schedule is broken up by hour, we hope that you will sign up for multiple slots and stay for a few hours. In addition to booth volunteers, we need setup help in the morning.

Use the link below to volunteer:

San Antonio Den Meeting - 4/30/17

Join the San Antonio Den for the next meeting on Sunday, April 30th, 1:00-4:00pm at Salina Shelton's home.

Some topics on the agenda:

  • $100 den funds, how would we like to use these funds (and future funds)?
  • Review recent community events, including any feedback, and discuss upcoming opportunities
  • fundraising opportunities
  • sign up for artist in residence at open studio events

Martha Nieto Friend will share her experience using the "Ojo de Dios" in therapy with clients. Participants will learn about the cultural history behind the mandala like creations and engage in creating their own. This event does not offer CEUs.

Email Salina to RSVP and get directions:

Stress Reduction Workshop in Austin with CEUs

CEU Opportunity from Dr. Moe Peck:

Stress, Coping, & Resilience Workshop in Austin
Sat, May 6 (9:00-7:00)
10 CEUs for LPC, LMFT, and Social Workers

Learn to identify and embrace stress with improved coping skills
Learn at different life stages to become more resilient
Learn how experiential art therapy provides relief and insight

Contact Dr. Peck to register or for more info.

"Painting Hope" Workshop - Create Art for Refugee Services of Texas

Update 4/23/17 - Thank you to everyone who joined us in making art at the "Painting Hope" workshop today. We were touched by your caring spirits, generosity, and amazing hope-filled artwork.

Join us in creating paintings to be donated for display at Refugee Services of Texas in Austin.

All artwork will be based on the theme "hope." Canvases and art supplies will be provided. All participants (including STATA members) are asked to pay a $5 supply fee.

RSVP here -

We will meet at St. Edward's Univeristy in the Fine Arts Building (Rooms 113 & 114), building number 13 on the map linked here:

Enter from Congress Ave and proceed onto campus from the main entrance. Turn left at first stop sign. You will pass a large parking lot on the left and then the Arts building will be on the right. Park in the lot on the left, across from Doyle Hall, or park in the lot across from the Fine Arts building and library.

Annual STATA Meeting (with CEU)

Join us the for Annual STATA Membership Meeting

CEU Presentation: Trauma & the Brain - Using the Senses & Art to Support Healing

Feb 26, 2017

St. Edward's University, Doyle Hall, Room 132
3001 S. Congress Ave, 78704
(Directions at the bottom of the email)

We will share updates from the past year, discuss plans for 2017, and have a CEU presentation with art-making. 

Sign up to attend:

CEU - Trauma and the Brain: Using the Senses and Art to Support Healing
Presenters - Bess Green, LPC, ATS, ATR-BC and Deann Acton, LMFT, ATR-BC

Learning objectives:
1. Participants will demonstrate basic understanding of trauma's effects on the brain and ways to help clients be "brain savvy."
2. Participants will learn strategies to help clients buy in to brain-based, trauma-informed therapy and coping skills.
3. Participants will learn strategies for increasing the sensory impact of their current art therapy or counseling practice.

Recent research is providing new insights to the ways that trauma, both big and little t, effect the brain. Growing understanding of the brain’s plasticity throughout the lifespan provides hope for clients and a challenge for clinicians. Working with cognition alone has provided limited benefits for many of our clients. They tell us, “Yeah, I knew what to do” or “I knew that wasn’t going to work but…” Cognitive strategies and strategies using the neo-cortex simply aren’t “on-line” during times of high stress and overwhelm. The research suggests that therapists need to develop new ways of supporting shift in the body, the kinesthetic and sensory experience of living. How can we as therapists incorporate these understandings into our work with clients? How can we educate our clients in ways that help build trust, reduce shame and develop empowerment in the healing relationship? These are some of the issues we will grapple with in the presentation and experiential to follow.


Bess Green is a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice.  She has worked with children and families who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse for more than ten years in a community setting. She also has experience working with adults and children in an acute hospital setting.

Having majored in studio art as an undergraduate, Ms. Green was familiar with the power of art to explore the richness and complexity of emotional life and the power to create a bridge between artist and viewer.  Art Therapy training strengthened her conviction that art helped clients who had experienced trauma find their voice and reconnect with the body safely. Further research into working with relational and solution focused counseling models and Somatic Experiencing led to an approach that was supportive but also effective given a brief treatment frame.

Deann Acton is a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in Private Practice.  In the past eighteen years, She has amassed a wealth of experience working with women and children in domestic violence shelters, running mandated violence intervention programs for men, working in prisons and juvenile detention centers as well as drug and alcohol recovery programs and mental hospitals.   For twelve years, she worked in the San Mateo County School Based Mental Health program outside of San FranciscoCalifornia.  In that program, she was able to do training with Bruce Perry and his Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and also received extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. 

Ms. Acton has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from the University of Texas.  She has used art through out her own life as a means of healing.  In 2012, when she was diagnosed with cancer, Ms. Acton used art and DBT coping strategies to weather the illness and treatment necessary to defeat it.   She is currently in full remission, but cancer left her with an even deeper understanding of the power of art to move through seemingly insurmountable challenges.  


We will meet in Doyle Hall, building number 12 on the map linked here:

Enter from Congress Ave and proceed onto campus from the main entrance. Turn left at first stop sign. You will pass a large parking lot on the left and the Arts building on right. Park in the lot on the left, across from Doyle Hall. You can enter the building through the courtyard or the front.