Art Therapy Today
Christianne Strang, PhD, ATR-BC

On June 27, 1969, a group of art therapists from across the United States and Canada met in Louisville, Kentucky with the hope of making “art therapy and its relationship to mental health and education more clearly defined and further developed.”  Their discussions, which lasted into the early hours of the next day, resulted in the adoption of a constitution for a new organization, the American Art Therapy Association. 
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We are proud to announce that a distinct art therapy license has been enacted in Connecticut! On June 26, 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed the state budget, which included licensure for art therapists. This license will go a long way in protecting the people of Connecticut, providing assurance that practitioners presenting as art therapists are qualified, and expanding access to art therapy services throughout the state. Thank you to everyone whose collective efforts led to this victory for the profession!
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Thank you to everyone who responded to our call to action. It worked! Bills to expand services of Licensed Mental Health Practitioners, including Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs), passed both the Senate and the Assembly in the final days of the Legislative Session. Now it is up to the Governor. If you reside or work in New York State, please urge Governor Cuomo to support these important bills expanding access to creative arts therapies. Share your story as an art therapist working in NY and what this legislation will mean for your clients.

TAKE ACTION! Call 1-518-474-8390 or send a note using this form and ask Governor Cuomo to support S3421 and A670.

Devora Weinapple, MFT, ATR-BC 

On November 8, 2018, a wind-whipped inferno ripped through and leveled the densely populated foothill town of Paradise in less than a day. This urban firestorm, known as the Camp Fire, surpassed the worst fires to date in the state’s history, which had been those that devastated Sonoma and Mendocino Counties just in the previous fall of 2017. The Camp Fire caused 86 fatalities, and destroyed 19,000 homes and businesses with most of the damage occurring in the first four hours.  
Janet Kempf, ATR-BC, Chair, ACATE 

Now is your time to contribute to the profession and promote best practices for art therapy educational programs! The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) is now accepting applications to fill soon-to-be open positions on the council, including three educators, one practitioner, and one public member. We ask that applicants are prepared to commit an average of five hours per month to ACATE for the three-year term. 
Susan Boxer Kappel, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, CGP, Conference Chair

Now that summer is officially here, if you have not already completed your registration we invite you to do so now! Plan to join us for the American Art Therapy Association’s 50th Annual Conference to be held October 30 to November 3, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Advanced registration is now open. You can register online or call the National Office at (888) 290-0878 or (703) 548-5860. Already Registered? Here are some ways you can expand and enrich your conference experience in Kansas City this year!
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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dr. Gladys Agell, ATR-BC, HLM on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the age of 88.  Dr. Agell was the AATA’s 9th President (1983-1985) and received Honorary Life Membership in 1986 for her outstanding and pioneering contributions to the Association and the profession as a clinician, educator, researcher, and editor. Memories and quotes about Dr. Agell are welcome and will help create a larger tribute for an upcoming issue of Art Therapy Today; please send submissions to by July 5, 2019.
Pooja Bakri, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC

I received my undergraduate degree (BFA) from the Maryland Institute College of Art. I then received my MPS Art Therapy degree from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Since receiving my degree, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of working in both community and outpatient settings. I currently offer art therapy services to both children and adults through my private practice in Montclair, New Jersey.
M.A. Counseling Art Therapy Specialization
Caldwell University
The first CACREP accredited program of this type in the nation. The program fulfills educational requirements in both art therapy and mental health counseling.
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Naylor Association Solutions
Jul 2019
The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) are delighted to partner in offering the Inaugural International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference to take place in London, July 11 to 13, 2019! Art therapists from 35 countries will present on the newest practice innovations and research.
Oct 2019
Be part of this historical year in America’s Heartland when we "meet in the middle" to celebrate 50 Years of Healing Through Art. The conference will take place October 30 to November 3, 2019. Follow our story on social media #AATA50th!
Art Therapy in the News
The New York Times Magazine 

Count Guy de Montlaur, a 25-year-old French aristocrat-turned-commando, was on the Allied ships off the coast of Normandy on June 6, 1944 when he was informed that his squad would be the very first to land on the beach in the D-Day invasion. Only 40 of the 177 French commandos survived the battle, Montlaur being one of them. 

Tom Donnellan, a member of Augustana Open Circle Adult Day Services in Hopkins, Minnesota, never thought of himself as an artist until he joined the art therapy program at the center. "It relieves tension and gives you a sense of achievement," Donnellan told KARE 11. He is currently one of more than a dozen people with a dementia diagnosis working on a process painting project. 

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