Expressive Therapies Conference for 2021 is in Atlantic City and Live via Zoom!


  • MULTIMODAL, featuring all of the creative arts therapies: art, drama, music, psychodrama, writing, dance, and play therapies.
  • INTERMODAL, emphasizing collaborative workshops by two or more specialists
  • MULTIDISCIPLINARY, including professionals and content from other fields.

This extraordinary continuing education opportunity offers creative arts therapists at all levels the chance to come together to learn, collaborate, and network

  • educators and students
  • arts professionals
  • mental health professionals
  • senior and hospice care workers
  • social service professionals

I’ll be presenting November 6th Via Zoom and live in atlantic city on November 14.

See the full schedule for details.


Free! Art at Noon: Art Therapy and Catharsis.

sponsored by the Delaplaine Arts Center

Friday, Sep 10 • 12–1 pm
Most writings on catharsis – historical and philosophical – speak of catharsis as a process that affects those experiencing or viewing a work of art or a play

In this free, art at noon talk, I will identify the function of catharsis in both the viewing and creating of artwork, drawing on more than 20 years of clinical practice and contemporary research.

Upcoming Presentation! Tickets are on sale now.🎟

Saturday, August 28th, 9:00 – 12:00

via Zoom

scroll down for the link to register

Art Therapy and the Museum Experience: Sharing Language, Hope and Healing. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Area Art Therapy Association.

In 2020, I was awarded the Ronald E. Hays Presenter’s Award to help fund this presentation to the American Art Therapy Association Conference in Kansas City. In fulfillment of this award, I will be presenting with my colleague Kathryn Snyder about our joint work with the Philadelphia Art Museum in support of creating and sustaining trauma-informed museum experiences. Please register to attend.

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New publication! Contribution to an edited text!

Chapter 1. Create, Destroy, Transform: A Brain-Based Directive for Trauma Treatment. Kristyn S. Stickley and Denise R. Wolf

BAAT – The British Association of Art Therapists international art therapy practice research conference proceedings book co-edited by Val Huet and Lynn Kapitan is now available. This text contains 39 chapters from International authors. Click here for an extract that contains my chapter!

Art IN Therapy: Art Processes for the non-art therapist

Please share and consider attending.
This distinction between therapeutic and therapy is an important one. It helps us all maintain our scope of practice, ethical integrity, and ensure safety for those we serve. I can’t talk about this without also talking about my mentor Ron Hays, who had many discussions about the ‘ic” and the “eeey”: therapeutIC and therapY

We will be joined by guest star Juliet King MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC

Drexel Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Students create an Expressive Therapies Continuum blog.

Media, Materials, and Exploration Class Blog

This quarter, I had the honor of teaching a course in Drexel’s graduate art therapy program, Media, Materials, and Processes in Art Therapy. This course identified practices in art therapy explored through the direct experience of art making with a range of art materials and processes in studio, seminar, and group-based formats. An emphasis on treatment approaches through expanded media palettes was established through experiential, reflective discussions, and written and art-based integrated learning, with focus of connecting treatment approaches and goals to the Expressive Therapies Continuum.

As a culminating project, the students collectively decided on creating a class blog, including their reflective journaling along side their directed art engagements. They decided on using the tagging inherent in blogging formatting so that the site is easily searchable, as an ongoing reference for art therapist media selection to meet the diverse needs of the clients we serve.

I am so proud of their insightful and thorough explorations. I urge you to visit the class blog.