“Digital Media in Art Therapy Interviews” documents research inquiry through a video product where audiences can ‘see and hear’ interviewees, interview data, and the integration of themes and ideas related to how computer arts media is used in therapy. The video interweaves four interviewees describing digitized creativity in clinical and educational applications, how digital culture is affecting clients and therapists, and inherent, distinct qualities to the media. The video content was created for research purposes but also as accessible and non-esoteric to interested persons inside and outside the field of art therapy. The video format juxtaposes themes and contrasts by art therapists Barbara ‘Basia’ Mosinski, Brian Austin, Jon Ehinger, and Robert Wolf who describe therapeutic and educational applications of digital photography, animation, and video. The aesthetics and language of video were not used to merely collect and show information but to actively synthesize the living and fluid knowledge of these artist therapists sharing contemporary and emergent phenomenon.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2016 Symposium on Creative Digital Media in Therapeutic Processes, Saturday March 12, 9am-4pm, in Chicago, Illinois. This one day symposium will bring together individuals and collaborative teams who are curious about and investigating digital media for therapeutic processes and healing narratives. Presenters will include art therapists but also a video game designer and artists, and subject matters are spanning the use of scanography and video games as therapeutic media, intersectional identities, trauma narratives re framed in video, and power of digital media immediacy and appropriation in identity exploration. http://digitalsymposium2016.wix.com/home
American Art Therapy Association’s 47th Annual Conference July 6-10, 2016 in Baltimore, MD http://www.arttherapy.org/aata-conferences.html The onsite, all day Wednesday (7/6/16) workshop that Natalie and her colleague Kelvin Ramirez will be facilitating is called “Living Baltimore: Cultural Awareness through Digital Storytelling.” This master course will develop framework around Baltimore’s sociopolitical history and how community leaders are currently responding to the events in their communities. Participants will explore their individual and collective responses, biases, and professional responsibilities by making digital stories together and in the context of Baltimore. Participants will partner with community advocates to collaboratively create digital video and audio narratives that capture elements of Baltimore and responses to structured and creative queries. The master course will expose art therapists to current social actions and movements in Baltimore, explore the relevance of art therapy supporting communities affected by oppression, and apply digital media to expand reflection and awareness.