Call for Submissions

We invite submissions across several areas related to Transformation, Social Justice and Social Change.

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  • Preservation of Indigenous Languages through the Arts
  • The Land as a Teaching Tool through the Lens of the Arts
  • Therapeutic Aspects of Traditional Indigenous Arts such as Storytelling, Drumming, Art-Making
  • Art as a Tool for Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Teaching Treaty Education through the Arts
  • Indigenous Artists in the Schools Offerings
  • Indigenous Expressive Arts Interventions in Schools
  • The Role of the Arts in Truth and Reconciliation
  • The Role Community Arts Outreach Centers have in Stabilizing, Supporting and Motivating Communities
  • Ceremony as Research
  • Systemic Supports and Barriers to Utilizing Indigenous Worldviews and Strategies in Healing through the Arts
  • Global Perspectives on Expressive Arts as Tools for Cross-Cultural Dialogue and Healing
  • Supervision Issues in Expressive Arts Therapy work: Transformation, Social Justice and Social Change
  • Ethics Issues to Consider in Expressive Arts Therapy work: Transformation, Social Justice and Social Change
  • Cultural Competency in Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Clinical Aspects of Expressive Arts Therapy for new Practitioners
  • Other types of clinical/Expressive Arts Therapy work
  • Transformation, Social Justice and Social Change

Please address the following four points in your abstract:

  • The knowledge gap your presentation addresses.
  • The methods or action steps used in your work.
  • The insight your presentation will provide with respect to expressive arts (from a theoretical, methodological, or applied perspective).
  • The research, policy, or applied implications of your work.

Please note that the word count limit is 100 for abstracts, and 50 for biographies.

Submission Timelines

The call for abstracts opens Sunday, May 1st, 2016.

Submission deadline is 11:59PM PST Friday, March 31, 2017.

Presentation Formats

The conference will include a variety of presentation formats. Please indicate your preferred format in your submission.

Panel Discussion

The goal is to foster discussion amongst the panel participants and with the audience members. A panel discussion will be comprised of 3 or 4 presenters with a variety of perspectives on a similar topic (e.g., representatives from academia, community organizations, and policy may talk about moving research to action as per the conference theme). The abstract submission must include a description of the panel format.


Workshops are intended to enhance attendees’ skills using applied learning experiences. Submissions should clearly describe the skills attendees’ will acquire during the session. Please indicate preference for either 90 minute AM sessions, or 3 hour PM sessions.

Poster Session

Poster Sessions feature a 3 panel (3’ x 4’) cardboard stand alone. We encourage student participation. Posters must state a Problem, Methodology, Outcomes and Sources.

Who should submit an abstract?

  • Expressive Arts Therapists/Educators/Consultants & Students
  • Community Organizations
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Public Health Practitioners
  • Language and Cultural Teachers
  • Academics
  • Policy and Decision Makers who are actively engaged in, or conducting research on, or involved in intervention work related to Transformation, Social Justice and Social Change

Please note your proposal/abstract will be reviewed by two reviewers and your identity will not be revealed to them. This is called a “blind review”. This will ensure that your proposal will be evaluated on its merits not by your reputation or status in IEATA. This will enable us to be very professional and have the integrity of the conference content at the center of the review process.”

We welcome your submissions and look forward to engaging
in a dynamic and fruitful learning experience!

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