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.

Workshop - Mindfulness Through The Safety Pin Project

Join Art Therapists Laura Lynn Johnson, ATR-BC, LPC & Wanda Montemayor, ATR-BC, LPC-S/AT for an afternoon of art making and CEU's in the gallery at Cloud Tree Studios . We will learn, explore and understand the history and symbols of protection, learn specific interventions related to mindfulness and creativity and earn ethic CEU's. We will explore the current safety pin movement and how it relates to our practices and community.

Sunday, Jan 22, 2017

Cloud Tree Studios
3411 East 5th Street
Austin, TX 78702


Art Therapy Lunch & Learn Series 2017

2017 Art Therapy Lunch & Learn

Ecumenical Center (@ South Texas Medical Center)
8310 Ewing Halsell Drive

San Antonio, TX 78229

**Visit for more info and registration**

February 14 - Noon to 2:00 - $25
Vicki Williams-Patterson LPC-AT
Building Community & Making Connections through Art Therapy
Healing takes place best in the context of a relationship. Whether it's within one's self, one on one, a small group, a neighborhood, a nation, or the world; when people have a sense of connection with others, they are empower to work together for positive change. Art-making can be a powerful process for facilitating connections in both small & very large communities. In this workshop, you will learn several art techniques that will enrich relationships through a stronger sense of connection & set the stage for energetic healthy change!

April 11 - Noon to 2:00 - $25
Salina Shelton LPC
Renewal, Growth & Transformation
Life moves us through many cycles, transitioning from one stage of growth to another. This experiential workshop will explore psychological growth as a cycle. Different challenges at various stages and questions encountered at each stage will also be explored.

June 13 - 10:00 to 4:00 - $60
Vicki Williams-Patterson LPC-AT
Aggression in Our Schools - Art-making Tasks for Transforming a Destructive Force into Energy for Positive Change
Aggressive lashing out, whether it's in cyber space or in the school hallways, is a destructive force that can destroy the learning environment. Art-making can provide a means for anger & violence to be expressed, shared, and transformed into positive energy for change. In this extended workshop, we will explore art-making experiences that can help transform a hostile environment into an energetic atmosphere for creative change.

August 8 - Noon to 2:00 - $25
Salina Shelton LPC
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
This experiential workshop will introduce participants to the research-supported orientation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), including the 6 core processes of ACT. Participants will explore assessments and applications including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and OCD.

October 10 - Noon to 2:00 - $25
Vicki Williams-Patterson LPC-AT
Zombie Apocalypse - Understanding the "UnDead" Archetype and Its Importance to Our CultureWhat 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!

December 12 - Noon to 2:00 - $25
Salina Shelton LPC
Therapy & Spirituality? Getting Comfortable Discussing Questions of Faith
Our clients come to us with many questions. Sometimes the struggles they face may lead them to question their faith, or the safe and supportive environment you create may embolden your clients to explore their own spiritual journey. This workshop will explore the spiritual competencies endorsed by the American Counseling Association (ACA) and their real-world application.

San Antonio December CEU and Den Meeting - Holidays As a Time For Healing

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH, 3:00 TO 6:00 PM. 


Attendees will be introduced to the concept that the ability to connect in a relational context is vital to mental health.  Become acquainted with the story of the Three Magi and how it can be used as a therapeutic metaphor.  Understand the archetypal elements and their symbolic meaning. An expressive art task will put our knowledge to a painted image to swap with one another. Bring acrylic paints and brushes if you have them. Small canvases provided. 

This last San Antonio Den event of the year will be presented by Vicki Williams-Patterson, MCAT, LPC, ATR-BC and hosted by incoming Den Chair, Salina Shelton.  Refreshments provided by outgoing Den Chair, Deb Murphy. Free 1.5 CEU's as our gift to you.

Be prepared to learn, socialize with colleagues and reflect on our amazing year of professional development and connections.

Salina's home address is: 8223 Galespoint, San Antonio, 78250. Email:

RSVP Deb Murphy at or text 210-889-4126


Art Therapists in the East Austin Studio Tour

Be sure to see all the awesome art that is part of the 2016 East Austin Studio Tour.

November 12-3 & 19-20

Look for some of our STATA art therapists that are participating:

Laura Lynn Johnson (at Cloud Tree Studios): #377
3411 E. 5th

Art Therapy Austin - Deanna Miesch, Shannon Mekuly, & Deann Acton: #109
1200 E. 11th, Ste 109
Live music on both Saturdays 4:00-6:00PM

Jo Lagattuta with Women Printmakers of Austin: #279
916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 3, #102

More info:

Upcoming Stress Reduction and Ethics Workshops

Art Therapist and STATA member, Dr. Moe Peck offers regular CEU trainings on stress reduction and ethics. There are still two dates for this year and 2017 dates have been scheduled.

Stress Reduction/Mental Training (10 CEUs): Saturday, 9:00am-7:00pm
2016 - Nov 5, Dec 12
2017 - Jan 7, Feb 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, Sept 9, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2

Ethics Review (3 CEUs): Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm
2016 - Nov 6, Dec 13
2017 - Jan 8, Feb 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 5, Dec 3

Saturday $150, Sunday $75, or both for $200

To register or for questions, contact Dr. Peck at
For more information about Dr. Peck, visit

Job Opening - Contract Art Therapist with Bluebonnet Trails

Bluebonnet Trails is looking for Art Therapists to contract with them for the YES! Waiver program. Services may be provided in-home, in the community, or at your office. The YES! Waiver services assist children and teens with serious mental illness.

Apply here: