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The inaugural International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference held in London, July 11 -13, welcomed over 700 attendees from more than 35 countries. AATA President Christianne Strang, PhD, ATR-BC comments on the conference:
"I am proud and excited to have been part of this inaugural research and practice conference held in collaboration with the British Association of Art Therapists. I very much enjoyed the opportunity to meet and speak with art therapists from such diverse backgrounds, and I was completely impressed by depth and breadth of the research and practice occurring throughout the world. The future of art therapy is indeed bright!"
Scroll down for some highlights from social media #ArtTherapyIntConf.
Susan Boxer Kappel, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, CGP, Conference
“I love going to the AATA conference and look forward to the presentations. I always leave feeling refreshed and renewed.” –2018 AATA Conference Attendee.
We can’t wait to welcome conference attendees to the American Art Therapy Association’s 50th Annual Conference to be held October 30 to November 3, 2019 in Kansas City, MO! 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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Get ready to vote!
It's easy, it's online, and takes just a minute. Professional members of the Association are encouraged to vote in the upcoming election, which opens August 1 and runs through August 31.
The Candidate Slate, available on MyAATA
, gives biographies and Q&As for those running for two-year term (2019-2021) volunteer and officer positions with the AATA.
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During this year's annual conference
in Kansas City, MO, AATA is pleased to present the Master Class: Art Therapy with Refugee and Migrant Populations, to be held on Saturday, November 2, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. local time. Led by keynote speaker Dr. Essam Daod and a panel of art therapists whose work has served the psycho-social needs of displaced people, this master class will bridge global and local perspectives for attendees interested in developing resources in their own communities to address the tremendous need for accessible trauma-informed, culturally-relevant care for refugees and migrants.
In the meantime, our panel of experts would like to hear from you! AATA members are invited to submit questions
for our panelists on the MyAATA online forum. Come join fellow AATA members through the the online discussion, where Lynn Kapitan, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM, will serve as moderator. If you'd like to attend and hear from our experts in-person, be sure to register
in advance for the Master Class.
Melissa Contreras-Walter, MA, AMFT, ATR-P
I currently work with children and young adults who are severely impacted by Autism at the Creekside School and in a private practice setting in San Jose, California. Working with individuals and their families who are impacted by Autism is a population that I find the most challenging and rewarding. Through all my years working with this population, I have collected many stories from grief to success, from siblings to caregivers. The complexities that these families face daily is an opportunity for more mental health awareness for the whole family.
Idaho Mountain Express
One of the core values of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, ID is community building. Since it was founded in 1971, the Center has given back to the community through a variety of educational and transformative arts programs.
Research from the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative indicates that around half of children in the U.S. experience at least one traumatic event before they turn 17. Derricia Smith, a 17-year-old living in Philadelphia, recently found out about one of the mind's safeguards against trauma.
When you zoom in, the brush strokes seem to be the ramblings of someone unsure of where their hand is taking them. If you look from a distance, you'll find a work of art with a much deeper message.
“When I felt everything was just falling down on me, I wrote,” Princess, who joined Storycatchers when she was a high school student, told Next City. Even though Storycatchers doesn’t offer clinical art therapy, the organization is doing therapeutic work, said Christianne Strang, president of the American Art Therapy Association. This work allows people to tell their story and transform it, Strang said.
Areka Foster is a licensed professional clinical counselor and board certified art therapist. At her private practice, she uses art because creating has a therapeutic side for individuals. “It’s that whole idea of getting something off your chest. They can get it outside of them and work with it from that perspective,” she told The Blade.
KING 5 News
At Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington, soldiers and veterans are learning to express themselves and heal through art therapy. Instead of lying on a couch in a therapist's office, these individuals are receiving therapy with the help of a paint brush. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Gretchen Vogt is one of four active duty military members recovering from traumatic brain injuries in a Tuesday morning art therapy class at the Center. "There's a whole world inside of us, wanting to express ourselves,” Vogt told KING 5 News.
AATA elections open August 1 and run through August 31, 2019. Professional members of the Association are encouraged to vote!
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!