Ronald P.M.H Lay

Academics

Ronald P.M.H Lay

Programme Leader, MA Art Therapy
ronald.lay@lasalle.edu.sg
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  • EdD in Education (candidate), University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
  • MA in Art Therapy, Concordia University; Montreal, QC, Canada
  • BA in Fine Arts Studio and History, University of Guelph; Guelph, ON, Canada
  • BA in Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University; Waterloo, ON, Canada

Grounded in a psychodynamic psychotherapy paradigm, Ronald’s career blends both practical and academic pursuits. His years of experience working full-time as a forensic art therapist, in California’s Department of Mental Health, acknowledges the invaluable role that education plays in developing informing and preparing postgraduate students in becoming competent, ethical, socially responsible and effective professional therapists. This is especially critical in regions of the world wherein art therapy is emerging as a viable, meaningful and relevant discipline.

The California State Legislature awarded him the prestigious Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award, a two-year honour, on two separate occasions, recognising his art therapy and contributions to the facility. Ronald developed a sustaining art therapy internship at this setting, providing clinical supervision, holding several leadership positions including Acting Chief of Rehabilitation Therapy Services and Chair of the Professional Rehabilitation Therapy Practice Group. He was an active member on several local and state-wide committees that addressed assessment, development, budgets, documentation, quality assurance, privileging, credentialing, treatment intervention and planning, and Continuing Professional Development.

Ronald is a Board-Certified and Registered Art Therapist. He maintains professional credentials and memberships nationally and internationally, including the Art Therapists’ Association Singapore (ATAS), the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA), the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), and the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). He has actively contributed to these as well as the Northern California Art Therapy Association (NorCATA) through membership on committees to nominate Board Members, plan international conferences and training events, provide workshops and presentations at peer-juried conferences, and provide consultation.

Ronald is an accomplished and award-winning artist. His artistic inquiry is in the area of memory, the passing of time and the psychological interplay between these, and the mixed media he explores (photographs, found objects and acrylic paint). He has donated his personal artwork to several group auctions to raise funds and awareness to several charitable causes, including mental health, breast cancer, heart and stroke, HIV/AIDS and community arts projects. In addition to this, he has spent a considerable amount of time volunteering in Africa.

Professional Practice/Research Output

Conference Paper Presented

  • 2018: The Development of Art Therapy in Southeast Asia: Strategically Anchoring the Discipline. American Art Therapy Association’s (AATA) 49th annual conference, Honoring Yesterday, Celebrating Today, Building for Tomorrow, under the Multicultural track; Miami, Florida, USA.
  • 2017: Community, Compassion & Integrity: Consideration to Ethics Within Art(s) Therapy Community Projects. At the Gather, Envision, Create: A New Generation for Arts Therapies conference organised by Australian & New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA) and the Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ACATA); Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2017: Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accidents: The Miracle Kutchie Art Retreat/Exchange Program. Co-presented with T. Kobayashi (NY, USA), at the American Art Therapy Association’s (AATA) 48th annual conference, Art Therapy: Traversing Landscapes of Heart & Mind, under the Contemporary Issues & Current Trends: Trauma track, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
  • 2016: Seasons, Sensibility & Creative Self-Expression: The Strategic Use of the Arts with Seniors. Invited to provide a speech in section 4-2: Psychological Sciences & Elderly Health, at the 4th Annual World Congress of Geriatrics & Gerontology (WCGG-2016); Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
  • 2016: Singapore – London, Intersubjective Discoveries: An Intercultural Experience Between Two Art Therapy Training Programmes Using an Art-Based Approach. Paper co-presented with E. Safian, Dr J. Westwood & L. Morris at the Finding Spaces, Making Places: Exploring Social & Cultural Space in Contemporary Art Therapy Practice international conference organised by Social, Therapeutic & Community Studies Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London; London, UK.
  • 2015: Training, Environment & Application: Art Therapy in Southeast Asia, Singapore Panel. Invited to provide a panel, with L. Vandenborre & R. Lui, at the 11th International Conference of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.
  • 2015: Transformation, Acknowledgment, Other: The Emergence of Art Therapy in Singapore. Invited keynote speaker for the ASEAN Art Therapy section of the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Congress on Interdisciplinary Approach for Research and Development; Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2014: Art Therapy in Singapore: An Analytical Reflection of an Emerging Psychotherapy Discipline. Current issues in Psychotherapy/Politics and Psychotherapy track at the 7th World Congress for Psychotherapy; Durban, South Africa.
  • 2014: Forensic Art Psychotherapy with Older Adults: Practitioner-Based Critical Reflections. Modalities track at the 7th World Congress for Psychotherapy; Durban, South Africa.
  • 2013: The Therapeutic Significance of Integrating Music with Art Therapy Services. Invited VIP to present at the 2013 International Conference on Art Therapy – Mixing Colors and Cultures: Art Therapy in a Melting Pot; Silk Art Creative Park of China, Shenzhen, China.
  • 2013: Art Therapy in Singapore: A Practical Exploration of Introduction on a National Level. Presentation provided with K. McTaggart, at the International Art Therapy Conference, Finding a Voice, Making Your Mark: Defining Art Therapy for the 21st Century; Goldsmiths University of London, London, UK.
  • 2012: Community and Incarceration: Art Therapy’s Role Within Forensic Mental Health. Presentation provided at the 13th Congress of ASEAN Federation for Psychiatry and Mental Health (AFPMH), 30 Years of ASEAN Mental Health: Minding Our Communities; Singapore.
  • 2012: The Therapeutic Significance of Integrating Music with Art Therapy Services. Presentation provided at the International Association for Music & Medicine Conference; Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2012: Creative Therapies and Mental Health, Symposium 3. Presentation provided at the Annual Singapore Conference on Ageing (ASCA) 2012; Singapore.
  • 2012: Culture Heritage Research & Academic Network. Invited guest speaker at the 4th Fine Arts International Conference 2012 provided in conjunction with the United Nations Educational Scientific & Culture Organization (UNESCO), the Indonesian Institute of Arts, Dali University, Birmingham Institute of Arts & Design, University of Northern Iowa, and the China Conservatory of Music, sponsored by Srinakharinwirot University; Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2012: Trust within Forensic Mental Health: Balancing the Therapeutic Alliance with Practical Concerns. Presentation provided at the 2nd Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences; Osaka, Japan.
  • 2011: Tragedy, Trauma and Transformation. Workshop provided at the Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association [ANZATA] annual conference Rivers to Recovery: Creative Responses to Trauma; Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
  • 2011: Forensic Art Therapy: The Use of Technology to Re-Connect. Lecture provided at the 2nd World Congress of Arts and Therapies; Budapest, Hungary.
  • 2010: Forensic Art Therapy: The Use of Technology to Re-Connect. Workshop presentation presented at the Internationalisation of the Creative Arts in Therapy Conference, sponsored by the LASALLE College of the Arts; Singapore.
  • 2009: A New Order: The Practical Application of Art Therapy within an Evolving Forensic Mental Health Environment. Symposium presented with A. Madden & M. McLain, at the 9th Annual International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Conference; Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • 2008: Connecting the Disconnected: The Introduction of Technology in Forensic Art Therapy. Presentation with K. Menne at the 39th Annual American Art Therapy Association Conference, Art Therapy on the Cutting Edge: Invention and Innovation; Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
  • 2008: Creativity and the Confined: A Glimpse into the Various Sub-Cultures of a Forensic Mental Health Facility. Group presentation at the NorCATA Conference, Cultures of Creativity; Pacific Grove, CA, USA.
  • 2008: ‘Tethered Falcon’: The Impact of the Final Image Created by a Dying Individual during Long-Term Forensic Art Therapy. Paper presented at the Art and Psyche: Reflections on Image conference hosted by the San Francisco Jung Institute Extended Education Program; San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • 2007: Art Therapy and the Principles of Wellness and Recovery: Experiences within a Forensic Mental Health Facility as it Transitions into the New Working Philosophy. Panel presentation presented at the Trends in Art Therapy Conference sponsored by Notre Dame de Namur University & the Northern California Art Therapy Association; Belmont, CA, USA.
  • 2007: Art Therapy: An Introduction to the Methodology which Promotes Creative Self-Expression, Self-Esteem, and Improved Quality of Life. Makumira University College, Usariver, Arusha, Tanzania.
  • 2000: Walking the Walk: Synthesising Philosophy with Practicality when Providing Art Therapy to the Geropsychiatric Forensic Population. Paper presented at the Convergence: Common Ground and New Perspectives in the Creative Arts Therapies Conference sponsored by the Creative Arts Therapies Department at Concordia University; Montreal, PQ, Canada.

Peer-Reviewed Workshops Provided

  • 2018: What’s Your Story? A Purposeful Illustration of Convergence: Cohesion in Diversity. 90-minute workshop provided at the Australian, New Zealand & Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) conference, Convergence: Cohesion in Diversity; Perth, Australia.
  • 2018: Well Being and the Work Place: An Art Therapy Perspective on Purposefully Addressing Compassion Fatigue. Provided at the Nourish: Arts Therapy Wellbeing Conference organised by Ragamuffin Cambodia, Partners for Social Justice, & Naropa University (USA); Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • 2016: Self-Realignment After Shock: Construction & Assemblage to Mourn Death & Loss. Provided at the Artful Transitions symposium organised by the Australian & New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA); Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • 2015: Creative Self-Expression, Human Rights and the Workplace. The Norinchukin Bank, as part of their annual Human Rights training; Singapore.
  • 2015: Practitioner-Based Reflections and Creative Engagement. Invited to lead a 6-hour workshop on this topic by the Centre for Community Cultural Development; Hong Kong.
  • 2015: Compassion Fatigue and Ethical Practice. Invited to lead a 6-hour workshop on this topic by the Centre for Community Cultural Development; Hong Kong.
  • 2015: Compassion & Fatigue: Validating the Work of the Caregiver Through Creative Self-Expression. Invited to provide a workshop at the International Conference of Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Mumbai, India.
  • 2013: Heart: What is Art Therapy? How does it Benefit Individuals with Autism? Workshop provided to parents of children with autism during the i-AM 2013 Arts Festival; LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.
  • 2012: Team Building Through Creative Exploration. 4-hour workshop provided to professional staff of Changi General Hospital; Singapore.
  • 2010: Day-in-Napa: Forensic Art Therapy and the Infamous Napa Valley. Full-day (off-site) CEU workshop and tour provided, with Kristen Menne, to participants of the 41st Annual American Art Therapy Association Conference; Sacramento, California, USA.
  • 2010: Forensic Art Therapy: Re-Connecting Self & Community Thorugh Technology. Workshop presentation offered at the ANZATA’s 2010 Symposium Interwoven: Creativity, Community, Connection; Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2010: Understanding the Benefits of Art Therapy with Forensic Patients. Invited by Spark Studio & the Australian & New Zealand Art Therapy Association (ANZATA) to provide a half-day experiential workshop with Suzanne Vesty at the Mason Clinic; Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2009: Treating the Mentally Ill Offender: Recovery Through Art Therapy. Workshop presentation, with Alice Madden, provided at the 17th Annual Forensic Mental Health Conference; Patton, CA, USA.
  • 2009: Trauma & Tragedy: The Role of Forensic Art Therapy in Healing the Soul. Workshop presentation provided at the Trauma, Healing & the Arts Conference sponsored by Notre Dame de Namur University & the Northern California Art Therapy Association; Belmont, CA, USA.
  • 2006: Confinement & Containment: The Use of Art Therapy to Stimulate Creative Self-Expression within a Forensic Setting. Workshop presentation provided at the 14th Annual Forensic Mental Health Conference; Patton, CA, USA.

Service Projects, Consultation and Humanitarian Effort (selected)

  • 2018: Healing Through Arts: Pragmatics and Benefits Behind the Arts. Invited panel moderator as organised by Causeway Exchange & the Singapore International Foundation, as part of Arts Through Healing 2018; Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Singapore.
  • 2018: MA Art Therapy Summer Art, Culture & Mental Health Experience; Bali, Indonesia (June 2018).
  • 2017: Alzheimer’s Action Day, a collaborative project with Ngee Ann Kongsi Library and Apex Harmony Lodge (AHL); Singapore.
  • 2017/18: Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF) Charity Calendar 2018 & 2019.
  • 2017: Presence, Place & Practice in Malaysia & Singapore. Invited panel moderator as organised by Global Cultural Alliance, Dreams Made Well Productions & the Singapore International Foundation as part of Causeway Exchange Arts & Healing 2017; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 2015–2017: Miracle Kutchie Art Retreat Exchange (formerly, Tropical Art Camp), as initiated by Today Is The Day; Singapore.
  • 2017: LASALLE’s MA Art Therapy Student Overseas Trip; Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
  • 2017: Therapeutic Arts Programme, Global Alliance Africa; Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 2016: World Hospice & Palliative Care Day; Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore.
  • 2016: Let’s Talk About Addictions, community arts project and exhibition in partnership with WE CARE Community Services; Singapore.
  • 2016: MA Art Therapy Summer Art, Culture & Mental Health Experience; Napa, California, USA.
  • 2015: World Hospice & Palliative Care Day; Changi General Hospital, Singapore.
  • 2015 LASALLE’s MA Art Therapy Summer 2015 UK Art, Culture & Mental Health Experience; London, UK.
  • 2014: PERSPECTIVES: Art, Inflammation & Me, national/international community art project and exhibition in collaboration with the National Arthritis Foundation (NAF); Singapore.
  • 2012: Arts & Arts Education. Guest-of-honour research commentator for Sessions 1 & 3 of the 4th Fine Arts International Conference 2012 provided in conjunction with the United Nations Educational Scientific & Culture Organization (UNESCO), the Indonesian Institute of Arts, Dali University, Birmingham Institute of Arts & Design, University of Northern Iowa, and the China Conservatory of Music, sponsored by Srinakharinwirot University; Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2010: Forensic mental health and geriatrics. Invited to provide a Master Supervision course at the Internationalisation of the Creative Arts in Therapy Conference, sponsored by the LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

Publications

  • Lay, R. (in press). Beads, bees, glitter and perversion: Forensic art therapy with older adults. In M. Liebmann & S. Hastilow (Eds.), Arts Therapies with Sexual Offenders. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley.
  • Kelly, J., Levey, A., & Lay, R. (2017). Forwarding arts therapy in South East Asia. Creative Arts in Education and Therapy: Eastern & Western Perspectives, 3(1), 14-25.
  • Lay, R. (2016). Book review [Review of the book Arts therapists in multidisciplinary settings: Working together for better outcomes, by C. Miller (Ed.)]. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy, 11(1), 105-105.
  • Lay, R. (2016). Introduction to art therapy in Singapore. Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore Creative Arts Therapy Exchange: Symposium and Workshops Towards Health on Body, Mind and Spirit, Symposium Anthology, Hong Kong.
  • Lay, R., Morris, L., Safian, E., & Westwood, J. (2017). Singapore – London, Intersubjective discoveries: An intercultural experience between two art therapy training programmes using an art-based approach. ATOL: Art Therapy OnLine, 8(1), 1-19.

Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • 2017-current: CATA-ACATJ Editorial Review Board Member with the Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal/Revue de l’Association Canadienne d’Art-Therapie (CATA/ACATJ); biannual, double-blind peer-reviewed journal, published by Taylor and Francis Group.
  • 2012-current: International Advisor and Peer Review Panel for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy (ANZJAT), the journal of the Australian, New Zealand & Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA, formerly ANZATA).

Interviews for Book Chapters

  • Etherington Reader, A. (2018). Global art therapy. In R. Carolan & A. Backos (Eds.), Emerging perspectives in art therapy: Trends, movements & development (pp.134-154). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Angell, A., & Gunaratna, R. (2012). Terrorist rehabilitation: The US experience in Iraq. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. (Chapter 11: Art of War, pp.303-330).

Publication Review & Endorsement (invited)

  • Elbrecht, C. (2018). Healing trauma with guided drawing: A sensorimotor approach to bilateral body-mapping. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
  • Kapitan, L. (2017). Introduction to art therapy research (2nd ed.). East Sussex, UK: Routledge.
  • Miller, C. (Ed.). (2016). Arts therapists in multidisciplinary settings: Working together for better outcomes. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Conference Leadership and Planning

  • 2019: International Practice/Research Art Therapy Conference. An international art therapy conference examining current and future discourses in art therapy practice, education/training and research with global organisers, as initiated by the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and the American Art Therapy Association (AATA); London, UK.
  • 2019: Digital International Creative Arts Therapies Symposium (DICATS). An international 24-hour “live” symposium with host hives from around the world, organised and planned by a range of global collaborators including LASALLE College of the Arts (SG), Drexel University (USA) and Roehampton University (UK).
  • 2014: Embracing ripples of growth: An international critical reflection on the discourses of contemporary art(s) therapy research and practice. Co-organised by MA Art Therapy, LASALLE College of the Arts, and ANZATA; Singapore.
  • 2010: 41st Annual American Art Therapy Association Conference. Member of AATA’s Local Arrangements Committee through the Northern California Art Therapy Association; Sacramento, California, USA.
Research Interests
  • Mental Health
  • Forensics
  • Older Adults
  • Development of Professional Art Therapy in Asia
  • Professional Education and Development
Other Responsibilities

Clinical Placement Supervisor, Thesis Supervisor, Co-ordinator of the MA Art Therapy graduating cohort art exhibition for the annual LASALLE Show, Co-ordinator of the MA Art Therapy Art, Culture and Mental Health student overseas trips, Co-ordinator of the MA Art Therapy Artist-in-Residence (MAAT AIR) annual series