Pathways to Practice - Art Therapy Career Presentation and CEUs

"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.

Austin-area Job Opportunities

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

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:

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

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.

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


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. 

Register 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 doors.

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:

Job Opening - Contract Art Therapist for 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:

Annual STATA Art Show - Sign up now!

All STATA members are invited to submit art for our annual art show.

This year's theme is the Pablo Picasso quote: "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

StrangeBrew Coffee Shop
Austin, TX
Oct 1 - Nov 30
Reception: Sunday, Nov. 6th, 3-5PM

Artwork can any size or medium (but must be 2D and hangable) and should respond to the quote in some way. You can submit up to 3 pieces to hang and may use new or previously completed art. Please consider writing a brief artist's statement about your piece. You may include a price to sell your piece or mark it as not for sale.

Sign up by Sept. 18th on our Google spreadhseet:

Art hanging will be Oct 1st at 10PM. All help is appreciated! If you cannot drop off your art that night, please contact Karen at (North Austin) or Wanda at (South Austin) to arrange drop off in advance.

Pick up artwork from StrangeBrew at your convenience Nov 27-30th.

Art Therapy Career Panel - Defining Our Profession

STATA Meeting

Art Therapy Career Panel - Defining Our Profession

Sunday, Oct 16, 2016

St. Edward's University
Austin, TX

 A panel of three art therapists will discuss their careers, populations they support, and creative approaches to their practice. Participants will have the opportunity for Q&A with the panel. Participants will make art to reflect on "My Journey as an Art Therapist." All materials provided.

Free CEUs for STATA members (2.5 hrs); $15 for non-members

Please RSVP to

About our presenters:

Becky Butler, LPC, ATR-BC

Becky works as a community-based art therapist for Blue Sky Abilities through Austin Travis County Integral Care. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from the University of Louisville in 2013. After working in Kentucky for a year, she moved back to Austin where she primarily works with adolescents and children to overcome trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. In her free time, Becky enjoys illustrating, reading, and playing roller derby.

Elizabeth Hendley, ATR-BC

Elizabeth earned her undergraduate degree in Studio Art at UT Austin, and received her Master’s in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University in NY. She has worked in a variety of settings—schools, a hospital psychiatric unit and prison ward, and a continuing day treatment center for chronically mentally ill adults. After returning to Austin in 2006, Elizabeth spearheaded the Expressive Arts Therapy program at Dell Children’s Medical Center, working there as a part-time art therapist since 2008. She also teaches Kindergarten Art at Sterling Classical School, decorates cakes, makes jewelry, and offers art lessons and workshops.

Salina Loriaux, LPC, ATR

Salina is a graduate of Pratt’s Art Therapy program. She works at San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital in San Antonio working with Military PTSD, Chemical Dependency, adult and adolescent populations. Salina is an Army Veteran and military spouse giving back to those who have served working with local and national military/veteran agencies in the arts. She enjoys painting, gardening, running and the performance theater.

Social Action Art Therapy and the RACK Project - Aug 14th

Join us for the next Austin Den STATA Meeting!

Social Action Art Therapy and the RACK Project
Presenter: Bethany Sweeden, LPC-AT, ATR-BC

August 14th, 2016

Austin Community College, Cedar Park
Building 2000
Room 2113

Participants will learn about Social Action Art Therapy the "Random Acts of Creative Kindness" (RACK) project, which promotes creation of inspiration artworks and randomly gifting them to others to spread creative kindness. We'll make our own RACK art cards and attendees are encouraged to give them away in their communities.

Free CEUs for STATA members (1.5 hrs), $10 for CEUs for non-members

Please RSVP to

AutismCreates - July 9th

Round Rock Arts and Texas State will be presenting:


Saturday, July 9, 2016
Lecture 1:00pm-3:00pm
Art Reception 3:00pm-4:00pm
At Texas State University, Round Rock Campus, Ground Floor - Teaching Theater

Presentations by:
Dr. Laurence Becker, Ph.D.
Kiera Hoogendam, Artist
Darcy Schiller, Autism Education Specialist

Events are FREE and open to the public.
Registration required for the lecture:

Nuts and Bolts of Community Art Therapy - Austin Den Meeting 6/26/16

Title: "Nuts and Bolts of Community Art"
Location: 3019 Alvin Devane, suite 500, Austin, Texas 78741
Meeting: Sunday, June 26, 2016
3-3:30pm STATA Den updates, mix & mingle
3:30-4:30pm Presentation


CEU’s: 1 hour of CEUs offered to STATA members; $10 CEU for non-members;  $5 suggested donation for community attendees

GOALS:Participants will be able to identify different populations in a given area to help achieve a well-rounded community art therapy project, which would allow for the population to have a strong sense of ownership and pride. Participants will be able to learn how community art therapy projects can be healing for those directly and indirectly involved with the project. Participants will be able to explore how mosaics can provide artistic expression for a person as an individual and as an active community member.

Austin artist Wanda Montemayor has been creating public art for more than 18 years. She has achieved a bachelor's degree in art education, a masters' degree in professional counseling and a post-secondary degree in art therapy, and combines these skills to engage and bring the people of her community together to collectively create massive public works of art through art therapy. She is able to create ownership in her community through beautifying the city. She envelopes the messages of community members making the art, and gives each individual a voice in the final piece by making them a participant artist. Each participant artist is able to express themselves through this creation, and Wanda's skills as both an art therapist and counselor allow participants to take away more than they came with. Viewers are engaged with each project by understanding the breadth and depth of the work, the variety of voices represented by individual participant artists, and the history and story of the work of art as told through the images. Her public art is visible all over Austin. Her murals adorn the walls and exteriors of schools, and her works in public parks are iconic pieces that receive rave reviews from critics and the public alike. After finishing the giant Deep Eddy mural project in 2011 (four years in the making), Wanda recently completed the Oak Hill Phoenix project. Mayor Lee Leffingwell spoke at both of these unveilings and has awarded Montemayor proclamations for each work.  You can see more if her work at

We hope to see you there!

Violet Crown Festival and NCMHAD

The Austin STATA den will be hosting a children's activity booth at the Violet Crown Festival. 

May 7th, 2016
Brentwood Elementary School
6700 Arroyo Seco, Austin, 78757

Children can create their own inspiration stone. We will have information about art therapy and mental health in honor of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the booth, email Carolyn Mehlomakulu at

STATA Annual Meeting 2016

Please join us for the STATA Annual Meeting!

“Envision the Possibilities” 

Sunday, March 6th, 2016
Yarborough Branch Public Library
2200 Hancock Dr., Austin, TX, 78756

Connect with your colleagues, share your ideas & make art!  At our next meeting, you can choose which break-out group to participate in for the day. Within each group, participants are encouraged to offer creative ideas, planning suggestions and even volunteer for future events! 

  • Annual STATA art show: explore ways to advertise the show, promote/educate the public about Art Therapy, concept/theme, opportunities to volunteer
  • Outreach: Make "Join STATA" cards! The BOD will collect cards & send to STATA members. This group is perfect for participants who would like to make art, chat & brainstorm. What are ways STATA can network/connect with other associations, inform the public about STATA, ways members can utilize social media?  
  • Skill share: develop ideas, opportunities for STATA members to share their skills and earn CEU’s! Explore format of the concept/event, content (careers, experiential, research?). Recruit STATA members as presenters!
  • Retreat/conference: What is STATA interested in? Separate events? Combo? Could we have a service-learning project at the retreat/conference?  

Hope you can join us to “Envision the Possibilities” for STATA!

RSVP by replying to this email or on the STATA Facebook page invitation

Stress Reduction Workshop and CEUs

STATA member Dr. Moe Peck is offering two upcoming CEU events:

Stress Reduction/Mental Training: Saturday, December 12, 2016 (10 CEUs)
Ethics Review: Sunday, December 13, 2016 (3 CEUs)
Saturday $150, Sunday $75, or both for $200

To register or for questions, contact Dr. Peck at
For more information about Dr. Peck, visit
Attendance will be limited to 5 participants