Art Therapy Today
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 AATA National Office
Check out our first-ever collaborative video project celebrating 50 years of healing through art! Thank you to our more than 200 members and friends who participated in this video project via the SeenIt app!

We are so inspired by the life-changing work you do as art therapists everyday, and we could not have achieved this milestone without all of you. Whether you’re here with us at the 50th Annual Conference in Kansas City or you’re at home (following along with hashtag #AATA50th on social media), thank you for joining us in celebrating our 50th Anniversary!
  
 AATA National Office 

It's Art Therapy Week in Kansas City! We are so glad to be celebrating our 50th milestone with so many members. Greetings from the 50th Anniversary AATA Conference in Kansas City!

Read the Mayor's Proclamation and welcome notes from AATA's President, Executive Director, Conference Committee Chair and Local Arrangements Committee Chair. We are so excited to be here with so many of you as we celebrate 50 years of healing through art. We would love if you joined us on social media (hashtag #AATA50th) to share your thoughts and photos from this historic meeting.
Paula Howie, ATR-BC, LPC, LCPAT, HLM
The AATA’s presence in Washington, DC has allowed the Association to foster relationships and participate in national events with organizations such as Americans for the Arts, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration and the Mental Health Liaison Group. These have in turn helped us increase public awareness, informed our legislative agenda and amplified our voices when speaking out on national policy issues. These are the outcomes we hoped for when the AATA board made the decision to have a brick-and-mortar presence in the Washington, DC area.
  
AATA National Office 
This year’s conference features more advocacy sessions than ever before and in new session formats. And brand new to the program are appearances from Kansas U.S. and State representatives! Attendees, as you finalize each day's schedule, don’t miss these learning opportunities.
 
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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Member Corner

  
Marissa Marie Uher

My internships in a trauma unit and children's hospital have allowed me to understand the importance of choice and positivity within the medical setting. I have learned to create a safe space in various locations within the hospital in order to develop the therapeutic relationship. I have also learned to increase my knowledge about various media in order to provide choice and adaptability for any patient's needs.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Department of Architecture, Interior
URSULINE COLLEGE
Art Therapy in the News
The New York Times 
George Nkrumah Meizah grew up in Ghana and moved to New York when he was 17, fulfilling a life-long dream. After facing challenges at home, he discovered hope and purpose in art therapy.
Drexel Now
A recent study from researchers out of Drexel University’s Creative Art Therapies department in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that coloring and open-studio art therapy helps stressed caregivers of cancer patients.
Chicago Tribune
“For many of my clients, art therapy inspires creativity and artistic skills,” art therapist Gail Fried tells Pioneer Press. “It helps them feel unique and important. It gives the members the opportunity to work on problems and challenges them to overcome obstacles in their lives.”
CBC
Elizabeth Ramsey, an art therapist and former firefighter, finds healing in painting worlds untouched by flames.
 
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

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