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The Sacred in Therapy: Ex-Votos and Devotional Art... Michelle L. Dean at the International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference

15 June 2019

“I am very much looking forward to this international conference as it is a rich opportunity for sharing of ideas, research, and practice innovations from around the globe. I am honored to be a part of this inaugural event.” Michelle L. Dean


Michelle L. Dean is facilitating a workshop on the many sacred moments in a psychotherapy experience in which ritual may be employed as a token of acknowledgment. Devotional paintings, such as ex-votos, are made by an individual for a public place or shrine and serve a ritual purpose. Their creation spans numerous cultures and is universal to human art-making. Ex-votos are used as vows, prayers, or wishes and represent the moment of greatest need, not the cure; they are visual prayers. 

Participants will learn about the history and structuring devices of ex-votos and other devotional art forms and have an opportunity to create devotional art. Workshop participants will gain an understanding as to how these art forms may be respectfully incorporated into a psychotherapy practice that grounds the art media in historically and culturally sensitive ways.

Michelle will also be presenting a Master Class: Working With Patients with Eating Disorders and the innovative paper Archetypal Art Therapy: Exploring the PPAT, The Garden of Eden, and the Birth of Consciousness.


Michelle L. Dean, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, CGP is a U.S. registered, board certified art therapist, licensed professional counselor, and certified group psychotherapist. She is Assistant Professor, Director of the Graduate and Undergraduate Art Therapy Programs at Cedar Crest College; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Director of Art Therapy Minor at The University of the Arts; President-Elect of the Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association; Co-founder and Director of The Center for Psyche & the Arts, LLC. Michelle is the author of Using Art Media in Psychotherapy: Bringing the Power of Creativity to Practice, which won the 2016 AATA Pearlie Roberson Award.


The International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference will be held on 11-13 July 2019 at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London.

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