FSU Art Therapy Conference Addresses Pandemic-Related Mental Health Issues

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Starry Night, Billboard Stickers, by Michelle Chavez, Art Therapist, USA. “The COVID-19 Experiences Learning Project” is where students and professionals can exchange techniques and methods to build resilience as well as showcase their artwork created during the pandemic.

Mental health issues are an ongoing concern among young people and families, especially with the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s why Florida State University’s Art Therapy Program brings together art therapy professionals at the international conference, “The Learning from Experiences of COVID-19 Project”, where they can exchange techniques and methods to build resilience as well as showcase their artwork created during the pandemic.

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FSU Art Therapy has partnered with the National Association for the Development of Science and Practice of Art Therapy “Art Therapy Association” of Russia to present the conference, which will bring together mental health professionals, educators and students and will provide a space for positive dialogue and networking opportunities.

“Creative tools” for families

“Engaging in art can release stress, create positive energy, and support family and social bonds,” said Barbara Parker-Bell, professor in FSU’s Department of Arts Education and director of the project. “Through this project, we hope to empower families with creative tools that will improve their ability to recover from stress to achieve their precious life goals.”

The conference will include professional networking sessions and live and pre-recorded presentations that will discuss art therapy methods and techniques used by professionals to support youth and families through difficult times.

Light in the fog, watercolor on paper, by Victoria Yaraslovova, specialist in art therapy, Russia.  Artwork and statements by American and Russian art therapy professionals in response to the pandemic will be on display February 14 through March 10 at FSU's William Johnston Building Gallery.

Light in the fog, watercolor on paper, by Victoria Yaraslovova, specialist in art therapy, Russia. Artwork and statements by American and Russian art therapy professionals in response to the pandemic will be on display February 14 through March 10 at FSU’s William Johnston Building Gallery.

Guest speakers include Liudmila Lebedeva, professor and vice-rector for research and international cooperation at the Moscow Metropolitan Institute of Professional Education, and Robert A. Neimeyer, director of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition and professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Memphis.

“To overcome the long-term consequences of the pandemic stress, the consolidation and exchange of experience of specialists from different countries is of particular importance,” Lebedeva said. “For the first time, this opportunity is offered by the unique project.”

Exhibitions and artistic events

Along with the professional conference, the public can also participate by attending exhibitions and artistic events.

Artwork and statements by American and Russian art therapy professionals who reflect on experiences and creative responses to the pandemic will be on display February 14 through March 10 at FSU’s William Johnston Building Gallery, as well as than in the cities of Volgograd and Samara in Russia. The project website will host a virtual exhibition starting February 3.

Community members are invited to participate in the project’s art-making events at the William Johnston Building Gallery on February 19 and March 5.

“Woman with Glass”. Acrylic paint on cardboard. By Ilya Kovalenko, art therapy specialist, Russia. The artwork will be on display February 14 through March 10 at FSU’s William Johnston Building Gallery.

“While these professionals provided art therapy training or art therapy services during this difficult time, they also engaged in creating art,” Parker-Bell said. “Their works of art reflect pandemic-related losses, reduced social ties, altered home, teaching and therapy environments, but also reflect the joy of everyday experiences, dreams for the future and forged bonds with nature.”

The conference is free and open to art therapists, mental health professionals, students of art therapy and mental health professions, educators and others who serve communities, families and youth around the world.

The organizers expect participants from Belgium, Belarus, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, India, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Qatar, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.

“We believe these events will elevate the profession of art therapy, expand positive dialogues between Russia and the United States, and provide youth and families with creative opportunities for art viewing and artistic creation that will build their resilience. during a pandemic,” Parker-Bell said. .

The deadline to register for the conference is Thursday, January 27.

To learn more about the project, visit covidartlearning.fsu.edu/.

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