Barbara Fish

Recent Events

Veterans Creative Strength Program Panel Presentation

Illinois Art Therapy Association Conference

Chicago IL, October 2013


Harm’s Touch Advanced Practice Course American Art Therapy Association Conference

Seattle WA June 2013

Art-based Supervision Workshop

American Art Therapy Association Conference

Seattle WA June 2013


Response Art: Art of the Art Therapist

Illinois Art Therapy Association Group Exhibition

and Roundtable Discussion

National Museum of Health and Medicine, Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. 2015

Harm”s Touch: The Effects of What We Witness

American Art Therapy Association

Annual Conference

San Antonio Texas, 2014

Response Art: Deepening the Discourse

A Dialogue with Michael Franklin

American Art Therapy Association

Annual Conference

San Antonio Texas, 2014



Harm’s Touch, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

SAIC Student Art Therapy Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2014


Art-based Supervision: Cultivating Therapeutic Insight, Workshop Presented at the Annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2015

Art-based Supervision: Cultivating Insight Through Imagery, Workshop presented at the Mt Mary and Wisconsin Art Therapy Association annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI. 2015

Master Supervision, Illinois Art Therapy Association, Chicago, Illinois. 2015

Envisioning Change: An Art Therapist’s Activism in Child Welfare Reform. Annual conference of the Illinois Art Therapy Association, St. Charles, Illinois. 2014.



Supervisors are gatekeepers and guides, overseeing the quality of client care and facilitating new therapists’ reflections and insights into their practice. Response art used in supervision offers a way to to hold experiences while engaging in empathic resonance. It presents a forum for conceptualizing treatment and investigating interpersonal dynamics including transference and countertransference. Further, it supports therapists’ effective work by facilitating the communication of challenging and nuanced content including aspects of the supervisory relationship.

This paper will demonstrate ways to engage images in supervision, supporting sound treatment and professional development.

The Use of Response Art in Supervision

American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference

Baltimore, Maryland, July 2016


© Barbara Fish, PhD, ATR-BC 2009 All rights reserved worldwide.


This 6 hour workshop and book signing was presented to

the Illinois Art Therapy Association, November 2016

This workshop and book signing was presented at Women & Children First Bookstore

Chicago, Illinois, February 2017

Art-based Supervision,

Art-based supervision relies on response art as well as verbal processing to explore content, give feedback and achieve clarity. This experiential workshop offers an opportunity to explore the use of response art used in art-based supervision.

This workshop was presented at the annual art therapy symposium,

Creative Collective Action sponsored by Mt Mary University

and the Wisconsin Art Therapy Association, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 2017.

These productive art makers joined me for a book signing of my new book,

Art-based Supervision and a workshop with image making to exploring relationships. The workshop was intended for anyone wanting to learn about art therapy and interested in using art to gain understanding.

See the Women & Children First link for details: