Art Therapy Today
AATA National Office

AATA President Dr. Christianne Strang joins education affairs organization Forest Of The Rain Productions to talk about the benefits of arts education and art therapy in schools in this episode of Educational Tapestry.

AATA National Office

Elections will soon close. Get your vote in today! To ensure that the AATA community fully and fairly represents our members, we need broad engagement from you in the elections process. The AATA’s Board of Directors should truly represent your interests, your needs, and your clients – so make sure that your voice is heard by participating in the annual elections. Information about online voting has been available since July on MyAATA, and elections are open now through August 31, 2019. Read on for FAQ’s on the voting process.
Susan Boxer Kappel, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, CGP, Conference Chair

The AATA Conference Committee has been working with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force of the AATA Board of Directors to ensure that at this year’s 50th Annual Conference we provide ample learning opportunities for attendees to expand their knowledge in this important area for our profession. 
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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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Department of Architecture, Interior
Member Corner
AATA National Office

We are saddened to announce the passing of Don Seiden, ATR on August 8, 2019. An artist, educator, and art therapy pioneer, Don had tremendous impact on the field of art therapy. He established the art therapy program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and served as the first president of the Illinois Art Therapy Association.

Don Seiden’s Memorial will take place Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Art Therapy and Counseling Department at SAIC. We invite friends and colleagues to submit reminiscences and quotes about Don Seiden to be included in a tribute article in an upcoming issue of Art Therapy Today. Please send submissions to by Friday, August 30.

Meredith McMackin, MFA, MS, PhD, LMHCA

I earned my undergraduate and MFA degrees in studio art and taught art in high school and college for many years before entering the field of art therapy. With the death of my son in the war in Iraq, I became drawn to work with veterans and use my background in art toward the goal of bringing peace and healing to others impacted by the trauma of war.
Master of Science in Art Therapy
Mount Mary College
Develop a sophisticated professional identity as an artist-therapist through Mount Mary University’s Master of Science in Art Therapy program. This accredited program is grounded in a profound belief in the healing power of the arts and creative process. Students implement theory and practice in a wide range of clinical contexts.
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Adler University
Cedar Crest College Undergraduate
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

Among Daytona State College’s many services for veteran students is Art in Action, the school’s art therapy program. The free program is a tool to examine and understand psychological issues. Art therapists and students examine the art, containing nonverbal messages and cues, to achieve a deeper understanding together.
Teen Vogue

Gloria Oladipo explains why she needs a woman of color as her therapist in this Teen Vogue op-ed. She writes, “I need a woman of color therapist to process the labyrinth of my mental health needs and racialized trauma, who is willing to hold my hand as I sob about anti-Blackness I do and do not understand.” 

High school students taking part in a free week-long summer art camp called Color Me Resilient will paint a mural in September’s Bright Walls event, which involves artists from around the world painting murals in Jackson, Mich.

Trauma isn’t always a physical wound you can see. Most trauma is invisible – others may not see it, and you might not be able to either. It has the ability to hide under the surface, affecting you and those around you in ways you may not understand.

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