Digital International Creative Arts Therapies Symposium


Detailed Program Schedule (Los Angeles, CA)*

4:00pm - 8:00pm, February 23, 2019

* The start and stop times are approximate and subject to change.

Welcome Message - Loyola Marymount University's Marital & Family Therapy/Clinical Art Therapy Department 

Welcome to our program!

Introduction to the hive schedule.

Host: Xilomen Rios, LMFT, ATR-BC, MFA

4:00pm - 4:10pm 


Robots in Art Therapy: Social Robots, Art Therapy, and Art-Based Research

What is a social robot? What do we gain and lose by accepting social robots into our lives?

Partnering with roboticists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr. Partridge's research investigated the social connectedness of among older adults using the social robot, Jibo. Through her art journals, she reflected on her experience as a researcher working with older adults and robotic technology.


Erin is an artist and board certified, registered art therapist. Her clinical experience includes work in the community, pediatric, forensic, and geriatric settings. Erin received an MA in art therapy from New York University in 2008, and a Ph.D. in art therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University in 2016. Erin’s teaching and lecturing experience include teaching at NDNU in the art therapy department, guest lectures in art and counseling programs, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, workshop facilitation at the national and international conferences, and interviews with media about art therapy

Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC

4:10pm - 4:15pm

Pre-recorded video 

Communicating between Media: Back and Forth between Physical and Digital Spaces

Mixed-media approaches lend richness to the resulting artwork. Art therapists exploring and doing research with new media have access to an expanded palette of potential materials. This presentation will cover physical and digital art created in research and clinical contexts, focusing on how mixing materials result in deeper understanding.

Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC

4:15pm - 4:40pm

Pre-recorded PPT presentation

Group Digital Art Therapy for Adults with Autism

This presentation describes the framework of the new group digital art therapy program at Lawson Ministries Hamilton Autism Centre.  The presentation will highlight the role of the art therapists, the digital applications (apps) and art-based interventions introduced to the group members with autism, and the overall program.


Olena Darewych is a registered psychotherapist in Ontario, a registered Canadian Art Therapist, and adjunct faculty at Adler University-Vancouver campus and Wilfrid Laurier University.  As an art therapist, she has 18 years of experience working with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings such as hospitals, community-based centers, schools, and long-term-care facilities in Australia, Canada, USA, and Ukraine. 

Olena Darewych, PhD, RP, RCAT  

4:40pm - 5:05pm

Pre-recorded PPT presentation

Digital Art Therapy in Practice, Autism Centre at Lawson Ministries Hamilton

This video illustrates how individuals on the autism spectrum can use digital art applications such as Fresh Paint and  Zen Coloring Book, and creative problem-solving applications such as Memory Images, Fresh Flow and Puzzle Touch to help develop essential skills and participate in activities that meet their needs.


Olena facilitates group digital art therapy sessions for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  She is the Past President of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.

Olena Darewych, PhD, RP, RCAT & Peter  

5:05pm - 5:13pm

Pre-recorded video

Exploring VR Environments for Stress Reduction and Increase in Positive Mood
 VR headset recommended 

This is a current thesis project scheduled to be conducted in a controlled environment. Two short clips of nature environments in virtual reality (VR) are shown after PPT presentation.



Sarah is a current graduate student at Notre Dame de Namur University in the Art Therapy Psychology department. Sarah received her in BA in Fine Art focusing in Fiber Arts where she first experienced the use of digital art in pattern making.


All of it Now (AOIN) is a creative agency based in San Francisco, California. AOIN’s services include digital content & immersive experiential installations for brands, agencies, entertainers, and events. With its roots in Film/TV production, information technology, and brand marketing, AOIN thrives at the technological intersection of connecting people and content in wonderful ways.

Sarah Kral, Graduate student at Notre Dame de Namur University

Berto Mora, VR Producer (AOIN)

5:13pm - 5:22pm

Pre-recorded PPT presentation + VR video

Expressive Remix Therapy: Using Digital Media Art as a Therapeutic Intervention with Adolescents

Take a step into the here and now by engaging clients using digital media art. Learn how to use digital resources in creative ways and create art at the same time.


Jeffrey Jamerson has over 20 years of experience in the public sector serving at-risk youth and families in various capacities, most recently as the Vice President of Programs and Services at Aviva Family & Children’s Services in Los Angeles, CA. Over the past few years, Jeff has created a shift in how therapy is conducted with foster children, he has integrated Narrative and Expressive Arts modalities with Digital Media Art, which he calls Expressive Remix Therapy. 

Jeffrey L. Jamerson, PhD & Jenny Hoit, LMFT, ATR

5:23pm - 5:50pm

Pre-recorded presentation + Live discussion

LMU Graduate Students' Video Project & Interview with Faculty

LMU's Marital and Family Therapy/Art Therapy graduate students' video project and an interview clip with Anthony Bodlovic (Program Director and Assistant Professor of LMU's Marital & Family Therapy) on considerations with applications of digital media in art therapy practice. Followed by an interview clip with Kathleen Fogel-Richmond (Practicum Coordinator).

Anthony Bodlovic, PhD, LMFT, ATR & Kathleen Fogel-Richmond, MA, LMFT, ATR

5:50pm - 6:25pm

Pre-recorded Video

Round Table Discussion: How does digital technology impact Art Therapy?

Einat Metzl, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC and LMU's Marital and Family Therapy/Art Therapy graduate students (Pauline Gola, Anya Kavanaugh, and Nicole Rademacher) share their experiences and observations about digital media use in art therapy.


Einat Metzl is the Chair and Associate Professor of LMU's Marital & Family Therapy/Art Therapy program. She is committed to expanding art therapy research and bridging our current paradigms of art therapy with related disciplines. Her previous work explored the interwoven and collective knowledge of wellness connected to Art therapy, sex therapy, disaster mental health, resilience, play therapy, intergenerational trauma, leadership and diversity, couples' therapy, and coping with loss.


LMU Graduate Students' Bio: Pauline Gola has a background in fine art photography and exhibited her work for several years. A graduate of USC’s School of Music, she was a DJ in dance venues and a Director of User Experience in the online music realm. Anya Kavanaugh is an artist and has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Berlin. Nicole Rademacher received her MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University and has exhibited and screened work worldwide including Transmediale, Harvestworks, LOOP Video Art Festival, 18th Street Arts Center, and at LAX Airport. 

Moderated by Nancy Choe, LMFT, ATR, MFA

6:25pm - 7:00pm


Textures, Colors, & Planes for a New Internet

Priyanka Ram, an artist, based in Los Angeles with a background in advertising discusses her use of traditional painting to critique our current digital culture.


Priyanka is interested in how the emotional qualities of shapes, colors, and tones in the digital space can be explored through traditional artistic media in the physical space.

Priyanka Ram, Artist 

7:00pm - 7:08pm

Live Interview

Universal Peace  VR headset recommended 

This is an explorative and experimental series of imagery and sound produced for the purpose of attaining inner peace through focused meditation. The five areas that the work addresses to transform are violence, environment, discrimination, self, and disease.

Born from Latin roots, Paz Fernandez is a Los Angeles-based artist and graphic designer. Paz which means peace in Spanish is one of the themes she explores through digital art and utilizes self-portraiture to define love and sensuality. She has exhibited in Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, New York, and Washington, D.C. In 2015, her work was the Official Jury Selection for ACT/ART’s “I AM THE MANY” poster competition where her poster ‘Peace Offering’ was displayed in the East Room of the White House. 

Paz Fernandez, Artist and Graphic Designer

7:08pm - 7:15pm

Pre-recorded video

Dance in Two Parts

Artist and art therapist Xilomen Rios explores performance art using video. Per its title, Dance in Two Parts may be understood as having a two-part choreography: the journey around the frame culminating with the fingers crossing. The title also alludes to a dance involving two parts of a body.


Ruth Xilomen Rios is an artist, licensed marriage and family therapist and board-certified art therapist.  She earned her MFA from Art Center College of Design and her MA in Marital and Family Therapy and Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University. Currently, she works as a school-based art therapist, provides art therapy supervision and serves as Chair of LMU’s Active Cultural Explorations Committee. Xilomen sits on the Art Therapy Credentials Board as Board Director.

Xilomen Rios, LMFT, ATR-BC, MFA

7:15pm - 7:18pm

Pre-recorded video

Trauma Response,' an excerpt from 'Lullabies for the Psychotic’ 

Trauma Response is the first section of Pauline Gloss' text-sound work, “Lullabies for the Psychotic.” The work explores the way the body, as the locus of language, produces a sense of itself and reacts and reifies trauma through submitting itself to re-writing and re-wiring.  This pre-recorded work deals with the architecture of trauma by exploring the way the self becomes split from the “perceiving I” and, in action, operates in a state of failed functioning. This work, in digital form, explores a new way for the audience to experience literary sound work.


Pauline Gloss is a text-sound artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally with major shows in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. She has performed or shown work at Human Resources Gallery, Resonance FM (London), The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division (NYC), Poetic Research Bureau, Land and Sea Gallery (SF), The Prelinger Library (SF), Automata, Betalevel, among others.

Pauline Gloss, Literary sound artist

7:18pm - 7:24pm

Pre-recorded literary sound art

Radical Cram School

Radical Cram School, a viral sensation, is a six-episode, unscripted web series in which performance artist and comedian, Kristina Wong, explores social justice with Asian American girls and non-binary kids. The series was born out of concern from Asian American parents over their children’s reactions to the racist and misogynistic public conversation during the 2016 election. Puppets, songs, games, and comedy are utilized to help kids name constructs they see every day such as misogyny, structural racism, microaggressions, and wage inequality. The series has garnered over half a million views across digital platforms and is distributed by women’s comedy platform, WhoHaHa.


Kristina Wong (Creator/ Host) was featured in the New York Times’ Off Color series "highlighting artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today." She is a performance artist, comedian, and writer who has been presented internationally across North America, the UK, Hong Kong, and Africa. She’s been a guest on late night shows on Comedy Central and FX. Her commentaries have appeared on American Public Media’s 

Marketplace, PBS, VICE, Jezebel, Playgirl Magazine, Huffington Post and CNN.  Her newest performance project is “Kristina Wong for Public Office”– a simultaneous real-life campaign for Public Office and performance art piece.

Kristina Wong, Performance Artist and Comedian

7:24pm - 7:48pm

Pre-recorded Episodes + Pre-recorded Interview

Final Discussion & Closing Statement


Host: Xilomen Rios

7:50pm - 8:00pm


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