AGM, Workshops & Registration 2020

Information for Participants

The OATA Board is excited to welcome you to celebrate 42 years of serving the Art Therapy community at the 2020 AGM and Virtual Workshops, “Compassion in Art Therapy”, taking place on October 24, 2020. We hope art therapy practitioners and students will join with pioneers in the field, friends and colleagues to renew friendships, enjoy presentations and workshops, and to share what is new in the field.

Agenda for our day together

8:30 – 9:00 Registration – check in with Zoom platform  
9:00 – 10:00 AGM Meeting  
10:00 – 10:15 Break  
10:15 – 12:15 Emma Ates – Keynote Speaker – Compassion Applied in Art Therapy: Watercolors of Self
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch Break  
1:00 – 3:00 Concurrent Workshops: 1. With Tamar Donagi – Self Care Self Aware: A five step technique for a fully present experience
2. With Zoe Eyford – Tending to the Whole Self – A Compassion Focused Art Therapy Technique for Therapist Self-Reflection
3:00 – 3:30 Voluntary “Share Time” and a “Billet de Sortie” (easy, automatic, evaluation)


Registration fees for participants (one fee for the whole day):

“Early Bird” (until September 30th)
OATA Members $50
Non-Members $70
Students $35

After September 30th
OATA Members $60
Non-Members $80
Students $45



Emma is a registered psychotherapist (CRPO), a registered Canadian art therapist (CATA), contemplative creative therapist (CCS), and contemplative arts practitioner. She is specialized in contemplative psychotherapy (Nalanda Institute), applied mindfulness meditation (AMM), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and she is currently training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Emma is currently a mental health
therapist and provides brief therapy for youth, adults, and couples at the Centre Francophone du Grand Toronto. Presently, she serves as an adjunct faculty instructor at University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Since April 2020, she is an adjunct faculty instructor at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Emma developed the Contemplative Creative Science (CCS) theoretical framework, which is informed by the many forms of contemplative science and arts disciplines in traditional and modern Buddhism, and the latest research based on contemplative science and contemplative arts, Buddhist psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness- and compassion-based interventions. Emma is the author of “Contemplative Photo Therapy: Group Intervention for Youth with Anxiety Disorders”.

“Compassion Applied in Art Therapy: Watercolors of Self”

This presentation is an introduction to theory and interventions integrating compassion practices applied in mental health and art therapy. In the last few decades, research on the effects of mindfulness- and compassion-based interventions are flourishing as these types of interventions have been shown to have a variety of beneficial effects for different populations. Emphasis is on how the creative mediums are complementary to contemplative practices and integrated in mental health. An introduction to the Contemplative Creative Science (CCS) framework and the Contemplative Mind Training (CMT) with a foundational course on compassion for self, others and the environment. Contemplative creative applications in clinical settings will be discussed.

Contemplative creative practice will be experienced by participants using watercolor technique and journaling with the intention to explore the mind and cultivate self-compassion.

Workshop Presenter: Tamar Donagi, MA

Tamar Donagi holds a master’s degree in art therapy from The Academic College of Society and Arts, Israël. She has been practicing art therapy for the past seven years. During these years, Tamar has been specializing in feminist therapy, trauma, CPTSD, working with emotionally, physically and sexually abused woman. During those years, she has specially designed avenues to guide women therapists on their personal journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Today, as well as treating women in her studio, Tamar guides woman caregivers of all fields how to obtain personal and professional well- being and self-caring.

“Self Care Self Aware: A five step technique for a fully present experience”

The workshop will include an introduction to the complexity of the female therapeutic field, followed by a presentation of the “Present & Grounded” card deck, which I have developed especially for use by female therapists. I will demonstrate the way I use the cards confronting daily challenges as a female therapist.

Following the presentation, the participants will be invited to write and create artwork using the five-step model, which includes:

  • Awareness of feelings arising in the therapy session
  • Recognition of judgmental voices following these feelings
  • Validation of needs that are asking to be noticed & nourished
  • Exercising self-nourishment
  • Reinforcing a fully and present existence

Workshop Presenter: Zoe Eyford, MA, MA, RP

Zoë (Bowman) Eyford is an Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist based in Toronto. She is the founder of Art of Self Care, a wellness initiative supporting the well-being of people working in the helping professions. Her work focuses on enhancing the ability for self-reflection and creative release. Zoë holds a Masters in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University as well as Masters in Child Studies and Education from the University of Toronto.

“Tending to the Whole Self – A Compassion Focused Art Therapy Technique for Therapist Self-Reflection”

Focusing on your well-being, this experiential workshop promotes self-compassion and self reflection by exploring the core parts of yourself that are activated in your role as a therapist. Through image making, you will reveal how each core part is coping with the demands of your work. Practice self compassion by witnessing the parts that allow you to serve as a pillar of strength for your clients and reflect on the care you need to best support yourself.

Learning objectives:

  1. Learn an art therapy technique to reveal how your work as a therapist is affecting your brain, body, heart and soul.
  2. Practice self-compassion by reflecting on the balance and/or imbalance you experience
    between these parts of yourself as you navigate the demands of your work.
  3. Identify how you can best care for these parts to promote your well-being.

Please note that participants will receive a list of art materials that they are expected to provide themselves for these presentations.

Annual General Meeting

We will share the OATA Board’s accomplishments of the past year and hopes for the future.

Participation Certificates

Certificates of attendance will be provided to document hours for professional development and self-care. Altogether, a certificate for five hours will be issued online within the week following.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Your OATA Board of Directors.

AGM, Workshops & Registration Form

Registration fees for participants (one fee for the whole day):

'Early Bird' (until September 30th)

  • OATA Members $50
  • Non-Members $70
  • Students $35

After September 30th

  • OATA Members $60
  • Non-Members $80
  • Students $45

Payment items will be processed through Paypal upon submission.

You will be redirected to Paypal to complete your payment after submitting this registration form.