Events and Workshops

Upcoming Membership September 2019 Membership Meeting

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Please join us for our third 2019 Membership Meeting/Support Group! Learn more about NMATA and how to get involved. Our intention this year is to really connect with our community and share art therapy. Come together with us!!

Where: We will be meeting at the home of Deborah Good, a founder of AATA, NMATA, and a huge asset to our field.
2489 Elfego Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM

When: September 14th, 2pm-5pm

Free for Members; By donation ($5-$10) for Non-Members

Let us know if you can make it –

Art Therapy Book Project

Also Check out this Book project by NMATA board member Isabel Ribe:

My name is Isabel Ribe, I am a Bilingual Art Therapist working at the Santa Fe Dreamers Project providing art therapy and counseling to asylum seekers and refugees from all over the world. I have started a book project about Art Therapy and Creative Healing in communities of color around the world and am currently working with art therapists in India, New Mexico, The Philippines, Turkey, Colombia, El Salvador and Peru to submit chapters about their work! I am seeking connections with art therapists anywhere in the world who may be interested in submitting to this project. My intention is to amplify the voices and work of art therapists of color as well as international and indigenous contexts of art therapy and creative healing within the profession of Art Therapy. My hope is to expand the narrative and awareness of what art therapy is, and can be, within educational, professional and popular contexts. Please note that, since the profession of art therapy is not represented everywhere in the world, this call for submissions is open to “non-professional” art therapists who are using art and creativity as a means for healing and community work.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in contributing to this project please email

Art of Recovery at New Moon Lodge

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Art of Recovery
When: September 19, 2019
Where: New Moon Lodge, Ohkay Owingeh

On September 19th NMATA will be hosting an ALL Day in service for New Moon Lodge, a residential treatment facility for Indigenous men struggling with addiction. We are needing at least four art therapists to facilitate art therapy and eco therapy groups. This is an opportunity to bring art therapy techniques and directives to a group of people who would not likely have regular access to expressive arts.  From now until September 18th we are having an art supply drive for New Moon Lodge.

If you are interested in facilitating a group or donating supplies, please contact Alanna Sindlinger at or Christina Calderon at

Wishlist for Art supplies:
14 easels
Various kinds of paint
Various kinds of drawing materials
*No art materials will be turned away

Standing in Solidarity with the Earth Meeting

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Standing in Solidarity with the Earth
When: August 20th, 2019
Where: Fort Marcy Park in outside pavilion next to playground

Calling counsel of art therapists and healing professionals to collaborate on efforts to contribute to the healing of the planet. This is an invitation to act and respond to the critical mass of our current climate crisis through community building and creative expression. The gathering will be facilitated by Alanna Sindlinger and Karen Wennberg.

Please RSVP to Alanna at with EARTH in the subject line.


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Date: June 29th, 2019*

Time: 2pm – 5pm 

Location: Southwestern College – Santa Fe, NM

*Note that this date has changed to the 29th.

Please join us for NMATA’s June Membership Meeting Saturday, June 29th, 2pm – 5pm at Southwestern College. NMATA will also have a presence at Santa Fe Pride in the morning if you’d like to join us there too! It is very important to us to honor and provide sanctuary for those that suffer from discrimination in our community.

We wanted to update you about the Meeting Agenda as well. We have not gotten 100% confirmation from the gallery experiences yet. So we are putting that on hold and focusing the meeting to Self-Care for Art Therapists. The experiential will be about “Self” in relationship to “Self as an Art Therapist” and we will have space to brainstorm for the possible upcoming art projects and other ways to get involved in NMATA this year!

Where: Southwestern College: Main Building; First floor room
When: Saturday, June 29th 2pm – 5pm
Free to members or by donation; $5 or pay what you can for everyone else

We look forward to connecting with you at the meeting!!

Upcoming 50 year anniversary 2019 AATA Conference in Kansas City, MO: October 30th – November 3rd.

Register for 2019 AATA Conference here.


NMATA Sponsored CEC Workshop: Dream Symbols by Christina Calderon and Valerie Valentine in May 2019

This workshop will be led by Christina Calderon, MA, LMHC and Valerie Valentine, MA, LPAT, ATR, LPCC, CSAT.

When: Saturday May 11th, 2pm-5pm
Where: 48 County Road 84G
Santa fe, nm 87506

Directions: Take 503 Nambe exit
Turn right on 119 north.(it is on a curve right after flashing 25 mile an hr sign)
Take to stop sign and turn right onto 84 G
(also known as Povi Pin Poe)
I am the second driveway on the left with a silver metal gate

Members pay $30; Non-members pay $45


Dreams often give us clues to areas of our lives which need attention. Relationships or aspects of ourselves which we are concerned about in some way will be presented to us through dreams. The importance of dreams should not be underestimated nor should we dismiss reoccurring themes. This course will provide a foundation for clinicians to work with dreams in groups and individually. The presenting group directive will be adaptable for group therapy and individual therapy sessions. It will center on reoccurring themes or dream symbols.

• To teach the art therapy directive: Exploring Dream Symbols
• Participants will be able to modify this directive for group therapy or individual sessions
• Participants will be able to think in depth about the impact of dreams and reflect on
why particular dreams occur.
• Participants will be able to define “dream symbols” and explain the importance of
identifying patterns and reoccurring themes to clients.
• Participants will leave with new tools (handouts and book list) for therapeutic treatment
of client populations.
• Participants will be able to use art as a way for clients to interpret their own dreams.

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Who are WE as a community of Art Therapists?

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Come join NMATA at Meow Wolf on Saturday, March 9th for a Friends and Membership Meeting. All are welcome. We will be gathered from 12:00pm to 2:15pm in the David Loughridge Center for art making and sharing experiences.

The meeting will stem around the question of Who are WE as a community of Art Therapists? As the social climate storms on, we are faced with navigating issues that reach deeply into our community. Come support each other in sharing struggles, joys, and solidarity as Art Therapists. We will be making time to discuss how NMATA can feel like a safe, supportive space that supports each and everyone of you. Art supplies and food will be provided.

Friends and Membership Meeting
Saturday, March 9th
12p – 2:15p
MEOW WOLF David Loughridge Center
1352 Rufina Cir, Santa Fe, NM 87507

$5 donations are welcome but not required to attend

Contributions go to funding future NMATA:
• CEU courses
• Community projects that expand the field of art therapy and support marginalized groups
• Membership meetings
• Art supplies towards community projects
• NMATA overhead costs

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Core Art Directives for Effective Therapy

Join us for our next CEU offering, exploring some
core art directives for effective therapy

A 3 hour 3-CEU Workshop
Presented and Provided by New Mexico Art Therapy Association
Valerie Valentine, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC, CSAT
Alanna Burke-Sindlinger, ATR, LMHC

This course is designed to offer core art directives, with directions of when to use and populations they are appropriate for.

Attendees will leave with a list of
20 great directives taught by practitioners who have experience with each and a wealth of information to share about the variations and potentials of each.

Attendees will complete two directives and participate in group process of these directives.

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Where: 1925 Aspen Drive, Suite 701-A, Santa Fe
Cost: $35/members, $50/non-members
Please RSVP by emailing or by
calling Val @ 505-577-2469
(RSVP reserves your spot–suggested but not required,
pay-at-the-door; cash, check or credit)

ValValerie Valentine graduated from Southwestern College with a MA in Art Therapy in 2005.  Valerie has completed extensive training and work as a clinical art therapist and transpersonal art therapist in residential care and private practice for the past 10 years. She currently runs a busy private practice in Santa Fe, NM.  Valerie’s approach is holistic addressing the mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, relationship, and life-style aspects to offer a personalized path to empowered living.



Alanna graduated from Southwestern College with a MA in Art Therapy and Counseling in 2015. She has worked in the mental and behavioral health field since 2009. Alanna began working at Life Healing Center in Santa Fe as a Clinical Therapist and art therapist providing individual, family and group therapy to residents struggling with addiction, trauma and co-occurring mental health challenges. She uses a Transpersonal, person centered approach with a Jungian perspective.


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November 2nd and 3rd, 2018

Women’s Spiritual Hungers: A Women’s Healing Retreat

Women are complex and sensitive souls. We as women often strive for perfectionism that is dictated from an impossible cultural “ norm” of stimuli from the outside world. These self -imposed demands drain us of a vital, deep connection to our souls via our precious physical bodies. Our deep spiritual hunger is often misinterpreted as bodily hunger.

In this women’s retreat we will dive into an exploration of ideologies that connect our soul back to body and vice versa. Together we will seek to identify our deepest longings and creative needs. We will do this in order to claim a more sacred and grounded ability to be in present time , bringing into focus the roots of our passions and a better understanding of our instinctual selves.

Through discussions, visualizations, painting and art making we will dive into the deep reservoir of personal connection together.

With Nina Ross, PHD, LPAT & Lauren Mantecon in Santa Fe, NM

COST: $325.00 All materails included; Discounted Early Registration 20% till September 10, 2018        

contact: for registration.

10 CEU’S Available for an additional $50.00 approved by the New Mexico Therapy and Practice Board


Saturday August 18 – New Mexico Sandplay Society

Transformation & Healing Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico – August 22-26
See quick details on our event page

Full Conference website –

September 8 – NMATA Fall Member Meeting – 9:30-1:30 AT Dr. Deb Goode’s house

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September 28 – October 8 is the 10th Annual Love Armor Project hosted by the New Mexico Arts and the Department of Cultural Affairs in Santa Fe. NMATA will be presenting a day long interaction with the public about art therapy and the military. This is still in the planning stages and will likely include various workshops and presentations. Please contact if you are interested in presenting and supporting this event. The day of our presentation is tentatively scheduled for Friday, Oct 5.

October 12, 7-9 – Social Media Workshop at Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City (October 11-14, 2018)

As part of the 2018 Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City, Social Media, The Arts, and Community Engaged Projects (October 12, 7-9 pm) explores the power of the arts and how creative, interactive community based projects using social media can motivate positive change, hope, and well being. Public projects inspired by abandonment art, random acts of kindness, and other creative deeds not only motivate art making, enhance emotional development, and support compassionate acts, but also offer meaningful opportunities to connect and positively influence others that their art comes into contact with, both on and offline. As a result, this inspiration has the possibility to keep spreading its creative message from person to person. Participants will be introduced to art-based projects and experience how-to ideas for implementing this kind of creative chain reaction for use in treatment with clients and ways to facilitate this approach within a therapeutic context for individuals, groups, or communities.  Registration is now open here.

This workshop is presented by Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP and inspired by the book The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media.

October 20 – Our next CEU Workshop – – See all the details and to RSVP on that event page for Stop Motion and Digital Art Therapy Worksop

November 3, Workshop at AATA Conference

Social Media and Art Therapists: Exploring Our Digital Footprint and Presence Online(November 3, 10:15-11:45 am) will be offered at the 2018 American Art Therapy Association Conference in Miami, Florida.  This workshop invites art therapists to consider and reflect upon the impact of our digital footprint and its influence. Through didactic presentation, experiential art-making, and group discussion attendees will be encouraged to explore topics that foster an awareness about creating a digital presence online that aligns with ones goals, passions, values, and career interests.  Pre-registration required and space availability is limited. Advanced registration is open online until 9/28 via

Registration is OPEN for the American Art Therapy Association’s 49th Conference in Miami!!

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November 8-11, 2018 — Sandplay Therapists of America National Conference: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Main Conference Website with brochure and registration links.