Canadian Art Therapy Association
Call for Proposals
Submission Form.docx (fillable)
Resilience, Recovery & Art Therapy
October 16 – 18, 2015
Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Lord Nelson Hotel
Deadline for submissions is extended to April 19, 2015
We invite proposals on topics related to the conference theme, including:
How do people deal with challenging events that impact or even change their lives such as the death of a loved one, loss of a job, serious illness, terrorist attacks and other traumatic events?. These are all examples of very challenging life experiences. Many people react to such circumstances or events with a flood of strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty. Sometimes there is an impact on sense of self and in relation to others (community and altered world view).
Yet some people (children, youth and adults) learn or developmentally adapt well over time to life-changing situations and stressful conditions. What enables them to do so? It involves resilience, an ongoing process that requires time and effort and engages people in various ways. It is proposed that art therapy is well suited to facilitate and support resilience for recovery and restoration.
Selection process: The Conference Program Committee will review and select proposals for conference presentations to create a program with a variety of topics and presenters.
PAPERS (50 minutes)
Oral presentation (of didactic material) usually conducted by 1 or 2 authors. No art supplies will be provided for this presentation format as it is not intended to be a hands-on experience for participants.
PANELS (80 minutes)
Groups of 3 to 6 panelists (including the moderator) speaking on different aspects of the same subject. Similar to the “Paper” format, panels are not intended to include experiential activities (no art supplies).
WORKSHOPS (80 minutes or 3 hour sessions)
Experiential structure that will include all participants in a hands-on process to provide the knowledge and understanding of the material covered. Limited art supplies will be provided, as requested by the author at the time of the proposal submission.
Art Therapy Supervision, Master class, special topics or approaches. (1, or 1 ½ hr)
PERFORMANCE ART (50 minutes)
Presentation of professional issues or clinical application in art therapy through performance art modalities including drama, music, poetry, text, movement, visual art, or combinations. Online submissions as well as supportive material such as audio or video, are to be submitted by deadline.
VIDEO (50 minutes)
Finished video on topics related to professional issues and/or clinical practice. Presenters will include discussion within the allotted time. Online submissions, as well as one copy of the video, are to be submitted by deadline.
Authors will present their work displayed on poster boards for continued viewing.
for Video or Performance submissions:
In addition to the online submission, you are required to mail one copy
of supportive material (e.g. audio or video) by the deadline to:
CATA Conference 2015
c/o Nick Zwaagstra
7028 Chebucto Rd
Halifax, NS, B3L 1M8
Please supply a return envelope with address and postage for return of material (if applicable).