Conference Program

Preliminary Program (Subject to Change)


17:30- 19:30  


19:30 - 20:00  

Opening of the conference
Welcoming addresses

20:00 - 22:00   KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Armand Volkas
Healing the Wounds of History: Creative Arts Therapy in Intercultural Conflict Resolution and Collective Trauma
*Simultaneous translation




7:30 - 8:30   Registration
8:30 - 9:50  

Linda Gantt
Healing the Hurt: Art as a Spontaneous Response to Trauma
*Simultaneous translation

9:50 - 10:15   Coffee Break
10:15 - 11:15

Session 1: Art and Genocide

    PART A.The Holocaust – PANEL  
  • Josée Leclerc:
    Re-présenter le trauma: la fonction de témoin dans le portrait concentrationnaire / “Re-presenting” Trauma: The Witnessing Function in Concentration Camp Portraiture
    *Simultaneous translation
  • Monique Polak:
    Healing through Storytelling
    *Simultaneous translation
    Session 2: Trauma Interventions & Prevention – INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS  
  • Zeina Daccache:
    Drama Therapy in Lebanon after the war of July 2006
  • Équipe de recherche et d'intervention transculturelle, Marie France Gauthier et Anourshes Machouf:
    L’expression créatrice comme outil de prévention auprès de jeunes immigrants et réfugiés
    (in French)
  • Diane Guay:
    Une thérapeutique du trauma: (r)établissement des processus psychiques transitionnels au sein du cadre de psychothérapie psychanalytique par l’art
    (in French)
11:20 - 12:20

Session 3: Art and Genocide

    PART B. The Rwanda Genocide – PANEL  
  • Rupert Bazanganza:
    Smile through Tears / Sourire malgré tout
    (in French)
  • Caroline Beauregard:
    Enfants de la guerre: le rôle de l’art-thérapie dans la resocialisation de l’enfant confronté à un conflit armé / Children of war: The role of art therapy in the re-socialization of children exposed to armed conflict.
    (in French)
  Session 4: Clinical Applications – INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS  
  • John Docherty (RIVO):
    Silencing the witness: Organized violence and its effects
  • Johanne Hamel:
    L'art-thérapie somatique: traiter la douleur chronique liée à l'état de stress post-traumatique
    (in French)
  • Carrie Reid:
    Painting Holes in My Bucket: Art and Oratory in Healing the Traumas of Colonization

    *Simultaneous translation
  Session 5: Aging and Loss – PANEL  
  • Joseph Jaworek:
    When Trauma is in the Next Room: The Art of Older Adults Living with Dementia and Vision Loss
  • Esther Zeller:
    The Benefits of Art Therapy for Older Adults Experiencing the Trauma of Loss
12:20 - 13:45   Lunch Break (meal provided)  

13:45 - 16:45   Workshops  
  • Dawn Cruchet:
    The Power of Grief
  • Carol Lark:
    Moving Body and Mind: Painting as Intervention in Trauma and Traumatized Attachments.
  • Majie Lavergne:
    Art Therapy and Internal Family Systems Therapy: An Integrative Model to Treat Trauma Among Adolescents.
  • Nisha Sajnani, Devora Neumark and Warren Linds:
    Staging Traumatic Memories
 13:45 - 15:00

Session 6: Clinical Applications and Interventions:

  • Judith Siano:
    Face to Face with Many Faces: Striving for Integration Between the Different Parts of Personality
    *traduction simultanée
    Session 7: Film presentation and Discussion  
  • Batia Bettman:
    No More Raisins, No More Almonds
15:00 - 15:30  Coffee Break  
15:30 - 17:00  Session 8: Film presentation and Discussion  
  • Jane Edberg:
    Passing Through: Personal Expressions of Life, Love, and Loss
    Session 9: The Neuroscience of Trauma and the Arts Therapies  
  • Christine Caldwell:
    Brain-Smart Art: Using Neuroscience to Inform Trauma
    Treatment in the Creative Arts Therapies
    *traduction simultanée



9:00- 12:00  


  • Linda Gantt:
    The Graphic Narrative: An Art Therapy Technique for Processing Trauma
  • Jhan Groom:
    Transformational Doll-Making in the Treatment of Adults and Children affected by Trauma from Divorce, Loss, Abuse and Accident.
 9:00- 10:15   Session 10: Film Presentation and Discussion  
  • Judith Rubin:
    Art as Therapy in Times of Trauma
    *Simultaneous translation

     Session 11: Music Therapy and Trauma  
  • Sandra Curtis:
    Subversive Voices: Music Therapy for Women Survivors of Violence

Session 12: The Narrative of Trauma

  • Steve High, Edward Little, Devora Neumark, Lorna Roth, Tim Schwab, Rahul Varma, Jaswant Guzder (respondent), Nisha Sajnani (respondent):
    What's at Stake: A Panel on the Potential Benefits, Challenges, and Pitfalls of Art and Performance in the Life Stories of Montrealer's Displaced by War, Genocide, and other Human Rights Violations
10:15 - 10:30   Coffee Break  
10:30 - 12:00   Session 13: Neuropsychology of Trauma  
  • Jane Simington:
    Working with trauma: The interface between the psychoneurological effects of trauma and art as therapy

    *Simultaneous translation
  Session 14: Trauma and Conflict Intervention – PANEL  
  • Jaswant Guzder :
    A psychohistoriography process: A visual diary
  • Stephen Snow:
    A Post-Traumatic Campus: The Analysis of a Drama Therapy Model of Peace & Conflict Resolution applied a year after the “Concordia Riots”
  Sesion 15: Trauma and Loss - PANEL  
  • Jane Edberg:
    Nanda's Red Blanket and the Fine Art of Grieving
  • Esther Kalaba
    Collecting Loss, Weaving Threads of Memory: A Community Art Project
  • Suzy Lister
    Current Bereavement Theories: Implications for Art Therapists
12:00 - 14:15  

Annual General Meeting: AATQ (*Simultaneous translation) & CATA (Lunch provided)

14:30 - 16:30   Plenary Closing Session  
    Is My Story Hurting You? / Le psy, la victime et le bourreau
Film directed by / réalisé par David Homel
Respondents: Josée Leclerc and Armand Volkas
*Simultaneous translation
18:30 - 22:30   Benefit Banquet - “Hats off to Peace”




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