SESSIONS 2020

Session Schedule

IEATA + OU is honored to welcome a powerful line-up of dynamic sessions for our upcoming 2020 conference. The information below is for the main conference Please visit our Preconference page for more information on Preconference sessions.


Friday, March 27, 2020
Morning Sessions (11AM – 12:30PM):

Hive Track:
The INSIDE Story with Susan Norton-Scott, MA

Queen Track:
The Old Woman and the Golden Hive with Joan Stanford, MA & Marilyn Hagar, MA

Create to Mediate, Utilizing the Arts to Mediate Conflict with Sasha Georgeson, MA

Who Am I Now & Who Am I Beecoming? with Sue Ann Herron, Ph.D.

Drone Track:
A Bee’s Eye View of Expressive Arts Therapy with Paula Artac, Ph.D.

Use of Expressive Arts in Supporting Hong Kong Police Officers during the Anti-Extradition Bill Protests with YEW Wing-see Carol, MA

Worker Track:
Learning English in Color: A Multi-Modal Approach to Language Teaching with Elfrieda Lepp-Kaethler, Ph.D.

LEGO-based Expressive Arts Therapy: Expansion of Play Range and Construction of Existential Meaning with KWONG Man Kit, Aleck, MA

Scout Track:
Articles of Affirmation: The Therapeutic Combination of Affirmations, Slow-Stitching, and Wearables with Annmarie LaConte, MA

Like Honey Upon the Lips of the Muses with Ara Parker, Ph.D.


Friday, March 27, 2020
Afternoon Sessions (2:30 – 6PM):

All sessions are 3 hours each, unless otherwise noted.

Hive Track:
Returning to the Nest: What Rises Now? Assemblage, Narrative and Process Part 2 with Amy Morrison, Ph.D.

Queen Track:
Good Grief: Practice for Practitioners with Topaz Weis, REACE

Healing Gifts from a Sacred Circle with Gerri Ann Riehl-Bandur, MA

Drone Track:
Project Dendrite with Christy-Ann Brown, MA

The HeART Scan and the Probe with Judith Campanaro, MA, CAGS, LMHC (90 minutes)

Worker Track:
The Relationship Museum with Zelda Lockhart, Ph.D.

Aesthetic Nourishment: Aliveness Within an Arts-Community-Based Therapeutic Practice with Lucia de Urioste Bejarano, MA

The Call to Create: A Musical Performance and Discussion of the Creative Process with Melinda Rothouse, Ph.D. (90 minutes)

Scout Track:
TRE (Tension Releasing Exercises) through an Expressive Arts Lens with Sara Clark, MSW, REAT

Self-Care InterPlay Tools for Therapists and Clients Who Work Too Hard with Sheila K Collins, Ph.D. & Christine Gautreaux (90 minutes)

Opening to the Extraordinary with Mukti Khanna, Ph.D.

Music Therapy with an AD(H)D Focus with Ron Kingsley (90 minutes)


Saturday, March 28, 2020
Morning Sessions (9AM – 12:30PM):

All sessions are 3 hours each, unless otherwise noted.

Hive Track:

Multi-Modal Arts as Portals to the Transpersonal Self with Maria Gonzalez-Blue, MA, REAT, REACE

Diversity in Our Greatness: A Journey Through Time and Place with Lisa Chu, MD

Hey what’s the Buzz??? with Mitchell Kossak Ph.D, Karen Estrella Ph.D, Ara Parker Ph.D, Angelica Pinna-Perez

Challenges and Opportunities for Funding in Academic Research, Clinical Practice and Community Programming with Susan Ridley, Ph.D (90 minutes)

Queen Track:

The Dream of Poetry in Dance with Devi Prem, Ph.D

Mentoring the Expressive Arts Therapist: Queen Being Supervision to Support Inclusion, Role and Responsibility with Terri Halperin-Eaton, MA (90 minutes)

Bee-lieve in the Process of a Community Garden with Sydney Melnick, MA (90 minutes)

BEEvaluating the Hive with Jennifer Meliton, M.Ed. (90 minutes)

Drone Track:

Arts Inspired Brain Change: Cultivating Neuro-Connections for Opening Possibilities with Lynn Miller, MA

Worker Track:

Locating the Queen: A Journey Toward the Therapist’s Wise Mind via Arts-Based DBT with Melissa Craven, MA, LMFT & Cynthia Diwan

Finding a Sense of Place When Everything Falls Apart with Co Carew, Ph.D. (90 minutes)

Person-Centered Expressive Arts with HeartMath: How to Bridge Differences in Unfriendly Territory with Nina “Anin” Utigaard, MFT, REAT

Pollinating Possibilities for Becoming With with Karen Caldwell, Ph. D, Heather Thorp, Ph.D, & Christine Dave

Truth Comes in Many Colors: From Playing to Learning to Change Imaginative Use of Theatre of the Oppressed in Conflict Transformation, Trauma and Social Healing Workshop with Bonface Njeresa Beti, MA

Scout Track:

CAMP: Community Arts Mural Project (tm, copyright) with Gail Giunta, MA (all day come-and-go session)

Dancing Bee-tween the Lines of Wellness and Burnout with Darlene Masse Wurster, MSW (90 minutes)


Saturday, March 28, 2020
Afternoon Sessions (2:15 – 6PM):

All sessions are 3 hours each, unless otherwise noted.

Hive Track:

“Telling of the Bees:” Exploring and Mourning Ancestral Roots with Theresa Benson, Ph.D

Back to Belonging: Eco Approaches with Jesse Newcomb, MA (pronouns: they/them) (90 minutes)

Expressive Arts in Intentional Community with Shauna DeGuire, MA (90 minutes)

Queen Track:

Reclaiming & Celebrating My Indigenous Identity: How “Nokshi Kantha” Has Healed Bengali People for Centuries Through Trans-generational Resilience with Farhana Sobhan (Shama), MA

A Beez C’s of Source Painting: Unlimited Possibilities with Aviva Gold, MFA, LCSW, REAT

Not “______ Enough”: Exploring Marginal Identity in an Age of Unworthiness with Christina Hampton, MA

Drone Track:

Psyche’s Cabaret with Maude Davis, Ph.D

Sacred Sounding: Embracing Our Authentic Voice with Anin Utigaard, MFT, REAT

Worker Track:

Peace Houses to Build Community with Deborah Sharpe, Ph.D. & Jennifer C. Clay, Ph.D.

Possibility and the Creative Switch: The EAT’s Role in Engaging Non-Creatives with Jodi Gonzales ATR, NCC, RYT200

The Enso Experience with Karla Hankes, Ph.D.


Sunday, March 29, 2020
Sessions (9AM – 12:30PM):

All sessions are 3 hours each, unless otherwise noted.

Hive Track:

Grief Medicine: Healing Hearts with Art, Yoga, and Sound with Amy Swart, MA

Art for the Soul with Jackie Schuld, M.S. (90 minutes)

Beg, Borrow, and Steal – Where Do the Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy Come From? with Karen Estrella, Ph.D (90 minutes)

Queen Track:

Panel Discussion with Global Expressive Arts Movers and Shakers with Anin Utigaard, MFT, REAT (see Description for list of panelists) (90 minutes)

The Art of Possibilities: Empowerment and Recovery Through Creativity: The Art Awakenings Model with Camille Smith, MA, LPC, ATR-BC, Tiffany Ducey, LMSW, David May, & Kendall Tewers

Worker Track:

Creating Balance Through Rhythm and Flow — A Drumming Celebration with Ejimofor Jumoke Farrow (90 minutes)

Scout Track:

AZATA Panel Discussion on Professional Certification with Natalie Foster (90 minutes)


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