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NorCATA 2022 ABM & Winter Workshop

  • 01/30/2022
  • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (PST)
  • Virtual


NorCATA 2022 ABM & Winter Workshop

Art Therapy for Psychiatric Patients in a Hospital Setting during COVID-19


Jee Hyun Kim, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT

January 30th, 2022

Annual Business Meeting    11:00-12:00 pm PT

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Workshop with Jee Hyun Kim    1:00-3:00 pm PT


Workshop Description

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on health worldwide and significant impacts on mental and emotional health (Jolly, Batchelder, & Baweja, 2020; Petzold et al., 2020). First, this presentation will explore the main goals of short-term psychiatric treatments in a hospital setting. The presenter will explain how therapeutic programs have implemented procedures for giving people a sense of safety in their preparation for sessions, in the types of programs they offered, in their handling of art materials, and in the size of groups during the pandemic. The presentation will feature the difficulty that programs experienced in adjusting to the new procedures from the beginning of the pandemic. 

Additionally, the art therapy case vignettes for the psychiatric patients will present how they were able to safely revisit their past traumatic experiences in ways that helped shed light on the source of their fear and anxiety, where they were able to acknowledge and work through their inner wounds and traumatic experiences. This presentation will illustrate how a psychodynamic art therapy approach with open-ended interventions helped individuals increase self-awareness and improve within their treatment by transforming their painful memories into blissful moments as a process of sublimation (Kramer, 2017).  The symbolic expressions through art in an open-ended and therapeutic setting allowed them to achieve dramatic experiences which gave them a sense of self-worth in the limited circumstance.

Suggested Materials*

Brush Pens


Glass Markers

Art Journal 

*The first 20 attendees to register before January 19th will have free art supplies mailed to them for this workshop. 

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to describe two goals of the psychiatric behavioral unit in a hospital setting. 

2. Participants will be able to name at least five therapeutic programs in the psychiatric behavioral unit in a hospital setting.

3. Participants will be able to identify at least three changes unit programs made to meet the safety needs of patients due to COVID-19.

4. Participants will be able to describe, through three art therapy cases, how patients were able to safely revisit their trauma to overcome and to foster healing and growth using psychodynamic approaches.


Jee Hyun Kim is a Board Certified and New York State Licensed Art Therapist who has been serving the art therapy community for over 12 years. She currently works in a clinical and behavioral psychiatric unit at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York. Dr. Kim is also an adjunct professor in the Clinical Art Therapy and Counseling program at Long Island University, in Brookville, New York. She achieved her doctorate at Notre Dame de Namur University in 2019, and her research topic was about empowering culturally resistant children by motivating their self-expression with digital devices. She also supports Korean immigrant children and families in a community-based setting by providing art therapy programs and workshops.

The NorCATA Annual Business Meeting (ABM)
11:00-12:00 pm PT

Meet your 2022 NorCATA Board Members, see our plans for 2022, voice your own perspectives, and celebrate with an awards ceremony, including awarding our 2022 Honorary Lifetime Member. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy
 in cases of non-attendance by the registrant.


This workshop is three hours long without a break and 3 CE hours can be obtained.  Please note that breaks and meal breaks are not included in CE hours that can be obtained.

All workshops and conferences sponsored by NorCATA are accepted for continuing education by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). NorCATA has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP 6832). Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

All courses meet the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit (TBD) for Registered and Board Certified Art Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Educational Psychologists, and Other Mental Health Professionals as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  NorCATA is approved by the California Association for Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT provider number 57985) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. NorCATA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Activities such as breaks, meals, and/or casual receptions are not offered for continuing education credit.

It is each participant's responsibility to determine whether her or his licensing or credentialing body will accept the continuing education units earned at NorCATA's workshops and conferences.  NorCATA continuing education is defined as the number of actual clock hours spent in direct participation in a structured educational format as a learner. ​

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