2019 and 2020
Introduction to Art Therapy Program
Designed and taught the first online program on Art Therapy for Students of
Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India
2019, Chennai, India.
Keynote and Plenary Speaker
Women’s Christian College,
International Seminar on
Creative Arts Therapies.
2017, Bangalore, India
Say it with Art – A two-day symposium organized by Akhila Lakshman on behalf of the Indian Art Therapy Discussion Forum. The goal was to
introduce art therapy and how it is
used with various populations.
2016 – American Art Therapy Conference
Presented at the conference in Baltimore.
I was initiated as a director on the
Board of the American Art Therapy Association.
2016 – Workshop in Delhi, India
Presented on art and expressive art therapy to M.A. Psychology Students at the Delhi University. The students were enthusiastic and had many questions regarding the art and expressive arts therapy process. We hope to encourage the psychology department to create a program in art therapy.
2016 – Workshop in India
Presented at Art Speaks
Presented at Artspeaks India,
a private art gallery run by
Ashwini Pai Bahadur. Many
participants were eager to learn
about art therapy and where they
could receive training.
2016 – Workshop
in India at Auroville
Two-day Therapy Symposium organized by Indian Art Therapy Discussion Forum and Sankalpa. This workshop focused on our inner identity and intentions.
The symposium was followed by a wonderful ceremony that marked the beginning of the Indian Art Therapy Association.
2016 – Workshop
at MUSKAAN (NGO) India
The workshop for teachers of Muskan
an NGO for children and adults with intellectual disability was a wonderful success.
This day-long workshop was conducted by
the PFF team, along with Bani Malhotra and Manisha Khanna. The focus of this workshop
was on resilience and inner strength.
2014 – GWU Event
The University held a book signing
for the authors and editors of the book, “Using Art Therapy with Diverse Populations, Crossing Cultures,
2013 – 14 Saraswathi Kendra
Designed and implemented a grant through the Prasad Family Foundation for an American art therapist to work in India and create an art therapy program at Saraswathi Kendra. Provided supervision and project management.
2011 | 2013 – 14
Mahesh Memorial Trust
Designed and implemented a grant through the Prasad Family Foundation
for an American art therapist to work at the Mahesh Memorial Trust Pediatric
unit of the Cancer Institute.
Trained a local therapist to work with children at the center. Funding for this position was provided by the
Bambino Educational Trust.
2013 – 14 The Banyan, Chennai
Designed and implemented a grant through
the Prasad Family Foundation for an American
art therapist to work at The Banyan.
The residents received art therapy once a week. The counselors /social workers etc. were introduced to the benefits of art therapy.
Collaborated with George Washington University and Stella Maris College
to create the Survey of Art Therapy,
a one-month introduction to art therapy class. This program was well received
by the students and faculty of
Stella Maris College. Jennie Kristel
taught the class.
Along with the Art Therapy program at GWU, I introduced the study abroad program to India. It was an opportunity
to bring two highly qualified art
therapists and several students
from GWU. We conducted workshops
and seminars and worked with various institutions around Chennai. This
program now continues for the fifth year.
Creative Expressions: Say it with Art
Nidhya Guhan, Trustee and Director
of AVM school, Mrs. Devila Patel,
Trustee and Director of Bambino Educational Trust,
Dr. Nandita Krishnan, Trustee and Director of C.P. Arts Foundation
and the Grove School, Geeta Doctor,
Art Critic and prominent journalist,
Dr. Ashrafi Bagath were the
guests of honor.
Seminar with Dr. Judith Rubin
and Dr. Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro
Conducted art therapy seminars at:
Savera hotel for teachers
(thanks to Bambino Educational Trust)
Forum Art Gallery for All Indian
Working Womens Association ( AIWWA)
Social Work Institute organized
by Tulir for counselors and therapists
Fine Arts Department – Stella Maris College
National Institute of Mental Health and
Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore