Art Therapy Today
AATA National Office 
The American Art Therapy Association is partnering with the National Council for Behavioral Health for their Hill Day in Washington, D.C. to advocate for improved federal behavioral health policy. Hone your advocacy skills during the training day Tuesday, September 17 and then let’s head to the Capitol on Wednesday, September 18! Register for free today! Hundreds of behavioral health providers, consumers, family members, administrators and community stakeholders will gather in Washington and meet with elected officials to advocate for better resources for mental health and addiction treatment across the country. 
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As part of the AATA's ongoing commitment to increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I), the AATA Board of Directors approved the following DE&I Mission and DE&I Vision statements to guide our work incorporating DE&I into all aspects the Association.

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Thank you to all AATA’s professional members who participated in the 2019 election season! Much appreciation goes to the many members that took time to cast ballots and take part in this year’s annual election process. The Tellers Committee will meet this month to confirm election results, and newly elected officials will be sworn in during the AATA’s annual conference this October. 


Susan Boxer Kappel, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, CGP, Conference Chair
Time is running out to save on conference registration! Register by September 30 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. You can register online or call the National Office at (888) 290-0878 or (703) 548-5860 to register by phone.
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
The art therapy community lost a champion when Gladys Agell, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Dr. Agell was the AATA’s 9th President (1983-1985) and was awarded Honorary Life Membership in 1986 in recognition for her outstanding and pioneering contributions to the association and the profession as a clinician, educator, researcher, and editor. A celebration of Dr. Agell’s rich life will take place September 8, 2019, 11 a.m. at Vermont College of Fine Arts, in the College Hall Chapel, Montpelier, VT. If you need assistance with travel arrangements, contact Bertil Agell at or (802) 476-7634. Thank you to all the colleagues and friends who submitted the below reminiscences and notes in memory of Gladys Agell.
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AATA mourns the passing of Mildred (Millie) Lachman-Chapin MEd, ATR, HLM who died on August 26, 2019 at the age of 97. Millie was an educator, clinician, internationally exhibited painter, author, and was involved with the AATA since its founding in 1969. We invite friends and colleagues to submit reminiscences and quotes about Dr. Lachman-Chapin to be included in a tribute article in an upcoming issue of Art Therapy Today. Please send submissions to by Friday, September 13.
Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC
After receiving my MA in art therapy from New York University in 2005, I began working at the Renfrew Center of Philadelphia, a residential treatment facility for women with eating disorders. Over the years, I have run art-based groups addressing binge-eating, self-injury, trauma, body image and emotional expression, among other topics. I have presented widely on many of these subjects, often in conjunction with art exhibits featuring works from our collection of patient art known as the Art of Recovery.
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
Sep 2019
Join us in Washington, D.C. to advocate for improved federal behavioral health policy! Registration is free for the advocacy training day on Tuesday, September 17 to prepare you to meet with your elected officials on Wednesday, September 18.
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
Recently, art therapy received licensure in Connecticut, adding to the field’s credibility as it continues to grow. News 8 reporter Sarah Cody visits Madison to share examples of art therapy and how the creative therapeutic approach works.
Kari Wagner lives with cerebral palsy, which prevents her from speaking or using her hands. Despite this, Wagner has still found a way to express herself creatively – with a paint brush braced at the center of her forehead.
Delaware Department of State 
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Individual or organization that works to create or strengthen interactive arts participation among diverse community members while increasing the public awareness about the role of the arts in community life.
Art Therapy Express
Founded in 2003 by Lisa Bartoli, Art Therapy Express is an organization that provides innovative therapeutic arts programming throughout the state of Delaware. They serve over 1,000 children and adults with mild to severe intellectual, physical, emotional, and communication disabilities within special education school programs, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations. 
As part of the 2019 Bermuda Arts Council Grant Awards, three artists and musicians received a combined $25,000 in funding. Rashun Robinson, Leslie Tucker and Peri Nolan-Trott were this year's grant recipients.

Peri Nolan-Trott received $5,000: “Peri is studying to obtain a MA in Counselling/Art Therapy at Edinboro University, School of Graduate Studies. She has worked with the Department of Child and Family Services for 30 years. She is pursuing a degree in Art Therapy in order to incorporate her passion for art into her work as a Social Worker.”

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