Why should I attend a conference and especially the IEATA conference? That is a question I ask myself every time I consider attending any conference. Especially as a clinician in the expressive arts field working for myself this is an important consideration. One thing I always focus on in any training that I am going to pursue is how this is going to support the work I am doing and what benefits I am going to get from it.
This conference in particular only happens every 2 years and this year we are honored to be having it in Berkeley, CA. This year’s conference topics are also focusing on very relevant topics today’s struggles that most of our clients and we ourselves are dealing with on a daily basis in our culture locally and globally. This conference’s theme of “Rising Up: The Evolution and Revolution of Expressive Arts,” is focused on the education, support, and advocacy of the underprivileged, marginalized, and discriminated-against populations with the use of the creative arts to explore these meaningful and hard topics. Allowing for a safe, nurturing, and passionately creative environment to learn, grow, and tend to our own needs as clinicians, students of this field, and conduits of change.
If you are not familiar with expressive arts therapy this is the place to be to learn and educate yourself on the research and modalities within the expressive arts that are beneficial tools to all practitioners in the field hoping to find new and/or different tools and skills to share with their clients. It’s a place of building not only knowledge, but rekindle passion or ignite it for the first time. It’s a place to meet others that work with similar modalities and populations and/or to try something new that you have always wanted to explore. It’s also a place to make connections that will last a lifetime.
There will be pre-conference events and post-conference events along with three full days of the conference itself. These conference days include key note speakers and breakout sessions to participate in the experiential’s themselves. There will be time to explore research that is happening in our field with a poster session and a group think tank. Consider joining us not only for your exploration and continued support of your own education, but to connect to others in the healing field creating the energy behind the revolution that inevitably will come when we ban together.
The IEATA Expressive Arts Therapy Conference takes place Feb 28-March 3, 2019 at the Doubletree Berkeley Marina, CA, U.S.A.
Early Bird Registration includes a discount for the conference and ends December 31, 2018.