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NorCATA offers events by and for the local art therapy community including quarterly workshops with low-cost CE hours available, regional art groups, community art or art therapy groups, and an annual business meeting (ABM) in late January. 

For details about events, please see ALL UPCOMING EVENTS area below.  Scroll to bottom of page for full list of past events.



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Please note that participation in board meeting teleconferences is for principals, regional representatives and invited guests.

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    • 01/26/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • FORT MASON, 2 Marina Blvd Building C, Room 235, San Francisco, CA 94123
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    NorCATA Annual Business Meeting (ABM)

    NorCATA members are encouraged to attend the ABM and register for the winter workshop that follows at 1pm.  Registration for the workshop starts at 12:30pm.

    • 01/26/2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • FORT MASON, 2 Marina Blvd Building C, Room 235, San Francisco, CA 94123
    • 28

    Enriched Environments for Baby Boomers

    with Jen Mank, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC

    Dr. Mank will present findings from her qualitative research project involving members of the Baby Boom cohort and art journaling.  A 10-week protocol,  designed to reduce stress and activate specific areas of the brain, will be discussed with three of the directives utilized in the workshop.

    Workshop Description

    The Baby Boomer generation is experiencing ever increasing responsibilities and stress as caregivers within multigenerational families.  Successful aging requires supportive environments in which to identify and develop creative coping strategies to combat stress. The expressive arts provide opportunities to stimulate and engage cognitive processes, activate physical movement and facilitate social engagement, which are key components in developing enriched environments.  This workshop will provide a summary of data from a qualitative research project that designed and tested an art-based protocol intended to reduce stress and build social relationships through the development of enriched environments.


    Attendees, including Art Therapists, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers and Psychologists will gain the ability to:

    1. Identify three (3) components of an enriched environment

    2. List three (3) expressive arts directives designed to facilitate an enriched environment 

    3. List three (3) stress reduction techniques that have shown positive results in the Baby Boomer generation


    Jen Mank, Ph.D., LMFT, ATR-BC is a registered and board certified art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist who currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her clinical experience includes working with individuals with serious and chronic mental illness and with elders in order to provide creative approaches to living a fulfilling and rewarding life.  Jen received a BS in art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS in art therapy from Mt. Mary University. In 2019, she received her Ph.D. in art therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University.  Jen continues to focus upon how art and creativity contribute to successful aging. 

    Please note that registration starts at 12:30pm.  Workshop starts at 1pm.   Please be on time, thanks!

    While you're at Fort Mason Center:

    Quick healthy lunch available at world famous Greens restaurant in Bldg A.
    Visit the year-round farmers' market in the center's parking lot 9:30 - 1:30.
    13 Things To Do at Fort Mason Center

    • 07/11/2020
    • 07/12/2020
    • Sonoma State University Events Center

    Call For Proposals coming soon!

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.  NorCATA is solely responsible for all aspects of our programs. NorCATA has also been approved by the California Association for Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (CEPA 57985).  All courses are approved for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.  

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. ​

NOTICE REGARDING PHOTOGRAPHY OF EVENT When you attend NorCATA's workshops and conferences, you will be entering an area where photography may occur. As such, you consent to photography, and its release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for promotional purposes, inclusion on websites and printed materials, and/or any other purpose by NorCATA. You release NorCATA, its organizers, employees, vendors, and each and all persons involved from any liability and waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties connected with the taking, and/or publication of photographs taken by NorCATA or the person or entity designated to do so by NorCATA. You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before attending the event.

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

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Belmont CA 94002-9998 


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NorCATA is approved by the Internal Revenue Services as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that promotes the therapeutic use of art throughout Northern California, public awareness of art therapy, professional development through educational events, workshops, conferences, and more.  All donations are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.

NorCATA does not and shall not discriminate, or allow discrimination against any person because of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or creed, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, physical disability, medical condition, or special needs, in any of its activities or operations. Following the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), NorCATA is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone.

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