Art Therapy Today
AATA National Office

The AATA calls on federal officials and lawmakers to end the horrific conditions at detention centers and champion trauma-informed practices that support a person’s right to feel safe, to be protected, and to live without fear and maltreatment. Here are talking points to help guide the conversation, and tips on how to connect with your Representatives and Senators.
AATA National Office 

We wish all the attendees from over 35 countries and our partners at the British Association for Art Therapists (BAAT) a great Inaugural International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference!  Our President Dr. Christianne Strang, President-Elect Dr. Margaret Carlock Russo, and many AATA members will be there to share the latest in research and practice innovation. Keep up with the happenings at the conference on social media using #ArtTherapyIntConf.
Susan Boxer Kappel, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, CGP, Conference Chair

Have you made your plans to attend the American Art Therapy Association’s 50th Annual Conference to be held October 30 to November 3, 2019 in Kansas City, MO?  If not, summer is the perfect time to get conference plans checked off your to-do list! Advanced registration is now open and lower rates are still available!  You can Register Online or call the National Office at (888) 290-0878 or (703) 548-5860 to register by phone.
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Member Corner
AATA National Office

Let’s talk research! Come join our new MyAATA Journal Chat with Jordan Potash, Editor in Chief of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, and fellow AATA members. We highlight an article, brief report, or viewpoint for forum members to read, pose questions, and discover ways of applying the publication to their own work. As the discussion continues, the author(s) of the articles will join for a set period of time to answer questions and provide more insight.

This month we’re talking about the work of authors Tracy Dee Councill, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, & Kristin Ramsey, MA, ATR, who describe the case of a young boy who experiences art therapy through four phases of palliative care, from diagnosis to end of life.
AATA National Office 

The 2019 election season is here with online voting for the Annual Election commencing August 1. All voting members will receive a notice with voting instructions via e-mail. Find more information about elections and this year’s ballot, including the 2019 Candidate Slate, on MyAATA. All American Art Therapy Association members with a professional membership (New Professional, Professional, Credentialed Professional, Retired Professional) are eligible to vote in the AATA’s annual elections. Please contact with any questions.
Janeane Grisez ATR-BC, LPCC, LICDC-CS

I have had the privilege of working with both adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including community mental health, incarcerated and in the hospital setting. My primary focus has been on mental health, trauma and substance abuse treatment. I currently offer art therapy services to adolescents and adults at my private practice in Mentor, Ohio. I am inspired when working with interns in their creativity and ongoing progress of the art therapy field.
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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Adler University
Naylor Association Solutions
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 

For Ted Baxter, who suffered a stroke in 2005 at the age of 41, 10 years of recovery took determination and persistence. The stroke left him speechless and paralyzed on one side. Doctors told him if the clot had lodged in his lungs instead of his brain, he would have died. 

“Sometimes it’s about getting the pain out and sometimes it’s about getting the joy out too,” said Lisa Hayward, who was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago and discovered the art therapy program at Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Flint in 2016. Now cancer free, Hayward still uses art therapy to deal with the emotions that come with recovery. Each scribble in her notebook brings her comfort in facing the challenges of life. 
Daily Post Los Alamos

Bernadette Lauritzen of the Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization (LARSO) writes that she has noticed the continuous need for grief therapy over the last six weeks in her community. She writes, "There are a variety of types of grief support needed not just related to the death of a loved one. The Betty Ehart Senior Center will host a free program beginning July 11, for those 50 and over. Paint Strokes Through Grief, just might be the program that meets the need for many in the community."

The Alaska State Council of the Arts' $3.9 million in funding was on the long list of vetoes to Alaska's state budget by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. The veto completely eliminates the program, which has six staff members. 
Block Club Chicago

"Wounded Healer," a project by Rogers Park-based counselor and art therapist Naimah Thomas, debuted Saturday in Woodlawn. The project consists of what Thomas says are "pieces of art that I’ve made that embody how I feel about therapy; how I navigate the world and the healing process."

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