Digital International Creative Arts Therapies Symposium


Detailed Program Schedule (London, UK)

11:00am - 6:00pm, February 23, 2019


Welcome by Nicola Avery from Moscow Hive Host

Hosted by University of Roehampton

11:00am - 11:05am


Art and Media Art Transformation

The presentation reviews typical problems for urban Russian women, including body and self-image issues; relationships with partners; fertility. A particular group session “Women Self-portrait” is described, where arts and intermodal expressive arts therapy approaches were used to help change participants’ self-image, expand their range of play, and increase self-acceptance.


Varvara is a member of the Russian professional Creative Union of Artists and Graphic Designers and a member of IEATA.  She is the head of the postgraduate program of Expressive Arts Therapy at Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, director of Arts Therapy Center "ArtDOm", practical psychologist,  founder and first president of Expressive Arts Therapy Association (Russia), 

Varvara V. Sidorova, PhD, REAT, Educator, Psychologist

11:05am - 11:25am

Pre-recorded video 

KinoAnima – Expressive Arts Video Therapy

KinoAnima is an expressive arts video therapy where clients create videos about themselves in real time using chromаkey. Each session ends with a completed video reel. This presentation shows therapist and client’s use of movement, audible and visual imaging, while backgrounds and music change and transformation is set.

Sofiya Koroleva, Psychologist, Expressive Arts Therapist, Gestalt Therapist

11:25am - 11:50am

Pre-recorded video 

What do we know about UK Art Therapists views on digital art therapy? Findings from a 2016 survey

This presentation sets the scene for the UK DICATS Hive by outlining the current digital strategy in health and social care and presenting findings from a 2016 survey of UK art therapists’ views of digital technology within their practices.


Michele has worked extensively as an Art Therapist since 1987 and is a Winston Churchill Fellow. Her expertise is palliative care, with a research interest in digital technology in art therapy. Michele is an art therapist in a London hospice and a Principal Teaching Fellow at the University of Roehampton. 

Michèle Wood, HCPC Registered Art Therapist

12:00pm – 12:20pm

Live presentation

Embracing the Future with Computers and Art Therapy: Two Decades Revisited

Art therapists are currently embracing and exploring computer-based art therapy practices in ways that could not have been anticipated two short decades ago. During this presentation, historical beginnings of computer-based art therapy will be noted. Subsequent trends, progression, and challenges of contemporary technology uses will be identified and addressed.

Barbara Parker-Bell, PsyD, ATR-BC

12:20pm – 12:45pm

Pre-recorded video

Discuss, Move, Make: Roehampton Hive Audience Responses

In-person attendees of the Roehampton Hive will have opportunities to respond to presentations through discussion, artmaking, music, and movement. 


Facilitators include Emer Douglas (Art Therapist), Vicky Kammin (Music Therapist), Jonathan Isserow (Art Therapist), and Sanjini Kedia (Dance Movement Psychotherapist Trainee).

Various Facilitators

12:45pm - 1:00pm

Live (optional guided activities)

Internet Art Therapy

This video documents the early development in the 1990’s of technology and clinical guidelines for Internet art therapy. Kate Collie and Davor Čubranić at UBC Vancouver collaborated to create a computer system for group art therapy using voice communication and shareable computer art. The clinical guidelines are still used.

Kate Collie, MFA, PhD artist, art therapist and a retired psycho-oncologist.

1:00pm – 1:10pm

Pre-recorded video

Digital. Remote. Connected: The future of art therapy in the Scottish Highlands?

How can art therapists make use of digital technology to reach clients living remotely and extend their toolbox? In this talk, we will try to understand the common resistance towards technology, discuss challenges and explore ways in which to utilize digital media in art therapy practice.


Ania is a Research Fellow in digital health at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland.

Ania Zubala, Ph.D.

1:10pm - 1:20pm

Pre-recorded video

Developing a ‘Care on Line / Gofal ar lein’ Oncology and Palliative Care’

A presentation discussing the experience of using digital technology to provide an art therapy group for immunosuppressed people having chemotherapy. We explore, with consideration of the research findings, the different experience of participants and the art therapist and what that means for making meaningful connections in a digital therapy setting.

Gudrun Jones, MPhil., Art Therapist, Dr.Rachel Rahman, FHEA CPsychol AFBPsS and Dr Martine Robson BA (Hons), PGCT HE

1:20pm - 1:45pm

Pre-recorded video

Artocene Digital – Bringing Innovation to Digital Art Therapy

This short interview with Carol and Iva will give a snapshot of why they both strongly believe in the added value of digital art therapy, share very personal experience and motivation behind embarking on building new digital platform. To learn more:


Carol Hammal is an art psychotherapist and medical & digital art therapy consultant. You can view Carol's Tedx Talk here

Iva Fattorini, MD, MSC & Carol Hammal, MA, Art Psychotherapist

1:45pm - 1.55pm

Pre-recorded video

Figure and Portrait by Therapist and Patient

The presentation explores the use of sequenced digital photography as a document of a drawing made by a hospice patient in art therapy and concomitant ‘el duende’ drawing by the art therapist in response to the therapy. The sequences are shown with a live commentary by the therapist. To learn more:

Andy Ridley, HCPC Art Psychotherapist, MSc Adult and Mental Health Nursing

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Pre-recorded video + Live Presentation

‘Together we are stronger’: An exploration of collaborative family work within a children’s hospice setting using music technology as the medium for expression.

The presentation explores a continuum of multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary working implemented to meet the diverse needs of one family in a children’s hospice. The music therapist, art therapist and other professionals worked alongside social services, health and education to support a family in crisis. Music technology was used throughout.

Victoria Kammin, HCPC Music Therapist

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Pre-recorded PPT + Live Presentation



Chair: Michèle Wood

3:00pm - 3:30pm


Think Virtual Reality is just for gaming? #ThinkOutsideTheBody

This presentation will give insights into how immersive technology can benefit people and communities. Leon will share Flix Film’s work with VR technology for training public sector workers, and their research and collaboration with Royal Trinity Hospice using VR with palliative patients.

Leon Ancliffe, Managing Director at Flix Films

3:30pm -4:00pm

Live presentation

The Search for Anchors in a Digital Ocean

In introducing older people to digital technologies, the speaker observed benefits in communication and exploring interests. But he argues for the further potential to ‘anchor’ personal lives by preserving and sharing personal and family content with digital tools. He describes initiatives in this area and considers their psychological implications.

Charles Miller

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Live presentation

Digital coursework as assessment in art psychotherapy training

This presentation will explore digital artefacts as assessment in training art psychotherapists

Jonathan Isserow, Ph.D. HCPC Art Therapist, Convenor MA Art Psychotherapy, Head of Partnerships University of Roehampton

4:30pm - 4:45pm

Pre-recorded video + Live presentation

Phone as family: Social media as seductive mitigation for industrial attachment damage

Our maintenance of healthy attachment has been damaged on an industrial scale by modern work life. We embrace social media with a fantasy of repair to our damaged attachments, but we now panic that instead, they create new damage. Can the same technology be effectively harnessed therapeutically?

Mark Wheeler, HCPC Art Psychotherapist

4:45pm - 5:00pm

Pre-recorded video + Live call

Discuss, Move, Make: Roehampton Hive Audience Responses

In-person attendees of the Roehampton Hive will have opportunities to respond to presentations through discussion, artmaking, music, and movement. 


Facilitators include Emer Douglas (Art Therapist), Vicky Kammin (Music Therapist), Jonathan Isserow (Art Therapist), and Sanjini Kedia (Dance Movement Psychotherapist Trainee).

Various Facilitators

5:00pm - 5:30pm

Live (optional guided activities)

Q&A Comfort Break

Q&A, Comfort break

Various Facilitators

5:30pm - 5:35pm


Closing discussion

Summary discussion, Q&A, and closing

Chair: Michèle Wood

5:35pm - 6:00pm

Live discussion

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