San Antonio Den Mtg - June 25th

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

TR Community Garden Ribbon Cutting Health & Wellness Fair

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:

San Antonio Den Meeting - April 30th

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:

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)

Register to attend:

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

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.

Art Therapy Lunch & Learn at The Ecumenical Center

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

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.

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:

Adventures in 3D - Art Therapy Lunch and Learn


Art Therapy Lunch and Learn (Extended Session)

Offered by: Vicki L. Williams-Patterson, MCAT, LPC-AT, ATR-BC

Adventures in 3D - Creating with 3D Materials for Self-Affirmation and Self-Expression with a Special Emphasis on Play Therapy Process  

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 (11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: The Ecumenical Center, 8310 Ewing Halsell Dr., San Antonio, TX

Cost $40.00

Link to Registration:

Summary: Making things can be a powerful part of the play therapy process. Hard, soft, smooth, rough, heavy, or light – materials we can hold in our hands have a special and important meaning in our healing process. For a long time, we have known the importance of touch in development and healing. We learned to our amazement that tiny babies, in spite of being well fed, could fade away and die without touch and stimulation.

But how to offer that experience to our clients in this age of touch-less therapy? Even if you have made peace with appropriate and healing touch as a part of counseling, your client may not be able to accept it. This workshop is about discovering the power of bringing 3D materials into your counseling practice and enriching the play therapy process with easy, creative materials.

Play-Doh process, wood assemblage, wire sculpture, and newspaper & tape constructions are the experiences being offered to you in this mini-summer retreat – simple to use, inexpensive to obtain, and invaluable to restoring hopefulness, confidence, and positive energy to you and your clients. Come and have an awesome Adventure in 3D!


Annual STATA meeting

Annual STATA Meeting

Sunday, Feb 22, 2:30-4:30PM
Ruiz Branch Public Library - Community Meeting Room
1600 Grove Blvd, Austin, 78741
All STATA members and everyone interested in art therapy are invited to attend. We will have a brief membership/business meeting, followed by a 1.5 hr CEU event. STATA member Melissa Dilworth, LPC-AT/S, ATR-BC willlead "Sandtray Mandalas Using Natural Elements." Free for STATA members, $15 for non-members (CEUs approved by LPC and Social Work boards). If you would like to bring a snack to share, be aware that the library policy only allows for pre-packaged, individually wrapped items.
Please RSVP to:

San Antonio Den Event

San Antonio Den Meeting
"Art Heals Hearts Open Studio"
Saturday, December 13th, 10:00-1:00 pm
Jones Hall, Ecumenical Center
8310 Ewing Halsell Dr, San Antonio 78229 (registration encouraged)
Lunch at Alamo Cafe
Saturday, December 13th, 1:15-2:30 pm
10060 IH 10, San Antonio, 78288 (for directions and menu)
RSVP to Deb:

Attend the next Austin den meeting: May 4, 2014

Please join us in Austin for our next den meeting. Connect with other STATA members and earn a CEU.

Austin/San Antonio Den Meeting (with CEU presentation)
Sunday, May 4th, 2014
O'Henry Middle School: 2610 W 10th Street, Austin, TX 78703

CEU Presentation: Once Upon A Time… Storytelling Through Worry Dolls
Karen McGarity and Juliet Baylor will share their experience of developing successful art therapy careers within the school system and nonprofit sector. A worry doll art experiential will invite participants to explore their personal stories and become mindful of their professional journey. Case studies of this directive will illustrate stories of at-risk youth. Participants can choose to keep the doll for themselves or donate their artwork to the STATA fundraiser.

All those who are interested are welcome to attend the den meeting and CEU presentation. CEU will be offered - free to all STATA members, $15 fee for non-members to cover CEUs and provided art supplies. Meeting will be held in classroom 605. Park near the tennis courts.