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Art Therapy Alliance Favicard On the Go: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Fall Conference

At the end of September, I visited Southern IIlinois University Edwardsville and the Graduate Art Therapy & Counseling Program to present at this year’s Fall Conference

My community lecture, Cultivating Art Therapy Connection & Community: The Power of Social Media and Online Collaboration, highlighted the power of social networking to mobilize and create community for art therapists and art therapy students.


It was fun to present on my interest in technology, social networking, and art therapy, as well as how these loves have developed and strengthened since creating my first online forum for art therapy students in the late 1990s on Delphi Forums

Some of the benefits and value of web-based art therapy collaborations and communities include:

  • Decreasing isolation
  • Facilitating connection and a sense of belonging
  • Creating inspiration and hope
  • Empowering art-making for art therapists
  • Global networking among the art therapy community
  • Promoting art therapy and the work of art therapists

The photo here includes a background from a spread I did in my Adventure Gluebook about the trip.  I’ve been working on this gluebook throughout this year as part of 6 Degrees of Creativity 2.

Thanks to the SIUE Art Therapy & Counseling Program, its faculty, and students for their interest in this topic!  Enjoy your Favicards!  🙂  

To learn how to receive your own Favicard and contribute to this project, read the updated guidelines here 

Photos and stories already received from community members can also be seen here.


About Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC

Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP: Registered Board Certified Art Therapist, TLC Certified Trauma Practitioner, Art Therapy Community Organizer, Artist...


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