International Conference on Art Therapy, Shenzhen China, May 15 – 17, 2013

2013 International Conference on Art Therapy – “Mixing Colors and Cultures: Art Therapy in a Melting Pot,” Shenzhen, China, May 15 – 17, 2013: Announcement and Call for Presentations

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NOTE: A three-day course on Trauma-Informed Art Therapy [Level Two] will be held on May 11, 12, and 13, 2013, in Hong Kong right before the International Conference in Shenzhen.

Shenzhen, China

From the International Conference on Art Therapy Committee: You are cordially invited to Shenzhen, China in May 2013 to attend the International Conference on Art Therapy – “Mixing Colors and Cultures: Art Therapy in a Melting Pot” hosted by the Hong Kong Institute for Counseling Professionals.

Also from the Conference Committee: “The International Conference on Art Therapy is organized by a group of passionate and professional art therapists, psychotherapists, counselors and psychologists, aiming to provide a platform for art therapists from various cultural backgrounds to display diverse perspectives on art therapy as pursued in different cultures. We believe interactive sharing is the most fundamental and valuable way to learn new skills and exchange knowledge on different means and art therapy tools. The conference would also serve the purpose of stimulating potential collaboration among art therapists across geographic regions.

The conference will feature the esteemed keynote speakers Dr. Cathy Malchiodi and Dr. Elizabeth Warson and an array of other cutting-edge art therapy pioneers from all over the world such as USA, India, Turkey, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China delivering workshops and papers on the use of art therapy in different cultures and contexts. All revenue of this event will be donated to Psycho-Art Therapy Association, a team of volunteers using arts-based approaches to help people in need in China, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Myanmar.

Being the pioneer of such a world-wide event, we would like to invite all experienced psychologists, art therapists, social workers, and human services practitioners to witness this exciting, important moment in the history of art therapy. Your full support will be of great encouragement and affirmation for our mission to spread art therapy throughout the world and to reach our ultimate goal – to maximize the utility of art therapy tools world-wide for the benefit of the end users. You are cordially invited to submit a proposal for presentation on topics relevant to the theme of the conference.

Proposal submission criteria:
Proposals may be submitted as single case study presentations or grouped into a series of educational symposia workshops. The abstract should contain a title, the author(s), and a body of content of no more than 500 words. The selected individuals/groups will be invited to present either in a 1.5 hour session or to conduct a 3 hour workshop on the chosen topic.

Please submit your proposals to before the deadline of January 25, 2013. Selected proposals will be notified via email by the end of January 2013. Please feel free to share this news with colleagues in your professional network.Should you have any questions or enquiries, please email We look forward to seeing you in Shenzhen, China in May 2013!”

Details of conference:
Dates: May 15-16, 2013
Time: 9:30am-5:30pm
Venue: To be announced/ Hotel in Shenzhen, China
City: Shenzhen, China (中國深圳)

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