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Butte County Art Therapy
​Support Groups:
Monthly at Studio 561 in Chico

  • Monthly art therapy groups meet from 11:00am-4:00pm on the second Saturday of each month through December 2019
    Studio 561, 561 E. Lindo Avenue, Chico, CA​
  • Each group is led by a registered art therapist, accompanied by other art and health professionals 
  • Each meeting is a suggested donation of $5
  • Space is limited to 35 participants per group
  • Mixed classes: Photo, writing/poetry, painting, sculpture, textiles, found and natural materials
  • PTSD screening before each group
  • Class evaluation after each group​

Art can be:

  • A contained space for emotional and physical overwhelm
  • A contained space for emotive expression and self-reflection
  • An expression of the story and recognition of resilience and hope
  • A tactile, controlled medium for self-care and nurturing
  • A way to restructure materials that were effected by or the result of the fire
  • A way to find connection in community
  • Exploration and expression of self​​

Scheduled Art Therapy Groups:

March 9, 2019 ACT Anxiety Management Art Therapy with mixed media - facilitated by Katrina Bobo-Spraggins ATR, AMFT

April 13, 2019 - Visual Storytelling and Journaling Techniques with 2D mixed media. Facilitated by Cynthia Wilson MA, ATR-BC, PhD candidate

May 11, 2019 Interactive Group Art Activities and guided imagery; learn ACT metaphors for anxiety, depression, and trauma - facilitated by Devora Weinapple, MFT, ATR-BC

June 8, 2019 – One canvas process painting. Tensions explored through active imagination, combining journaling with non-judgmental observation. Facilitated by Robin Valicenti, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC, MA

July 13, 2019 - Photo Therapy and Expression Techniques in Art Therapy and Photography Fundamentals (Bring some sort of camera if you have one). Facilitated by Cynthia Wilson MA, ATR-BC, PhD candidate and Kelsey Sachs BFA in photography

Aug 10, 2019 - Theme to be determined. Facilitated by Cynthia Wilson MA, ATR-BC, PhD candidate

Sept 14, 2019 - Creative writing and poetry directives. Co-facilitated by Devora Weinapple, ATR-BC, MFT, and Jean Varda.

Oct 12, 2019 - Japanese Sumi-e and Zen Shigajiku Butte County landscape
painting/drawing with ink made from Paradise fire cinders. Emphasis on
imagination simplicity, suggestion and harmony with nature.  Green matcha ink provided.  Facilitated by Robin Valicenti, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC, MA

Nov 9, 2019 - Theme to be determined and facilitator to be determined

Dec 14, 2019 - Theme to be determined. Facilitated by Cynthia Wilson MA, ATR-BC, PhD candidate

Please feel free to sign up to attend specific workshops (if you have not done so already). Please note that there is limited space available and some groups are almost filled.

If you know anyone who could benefit from these groups please pass this information along.

If you have any questions please feel free to reply to this email.

Thank you!

Take care, Cynthia Wilson MA, ATR-BC, PhD candidate 

NorCATA Acting President and Central Valley Regional Representative

Above: NorCATA art therapists at the Butte County Healing Arts Festival in Chico, CA on January 5, 2019

For the Festival, NorCATA art therapists selected a location at the Chico Mall so that there would be open and easy access to public transportation, that there would be more opportunity for fire evacuees to attend, and that the community would be there to participate even if they hadn't heard about the Festival prior to the event.

For ongoing support, NorCATA will be offering monthly art therapy groups at Studio 561 led by a registered art therapist and other facilitators.  Parents, kids, and teens welcome! 

Volunteers are needed to lead or co-lead one or more art therapy support groups.  Contact Cynthia for more information, or to volunteer.

PO Box 932
Belmont CA 94002-9998 


+1 650.485.3019 call or text


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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