Art Therapy Today
Peter J. Buotte, MFA, MPS
As an art therapist, I get to encounter the invisible consequences of war each day. As an artist, this series intends to make visible the experience of today’s Wounded Warrior who was physically or mentally wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan from 2001 to the present. In another act of courage, each service member has selected a gesture and posed as a sculpture. This project embraces Veterans of all services, ranks, genders, and heritages. 

UPDATE: We asked Peter a few questions about his work.  Find his answers here.
AATA National Office  
On November 8, 2019 a bill to make mental health practitioners, including licensed creative arts therapists (LCAT), eligible for coverage under Medicaid in New York was finally delivered to the Governor!

TAKE ACTION!! Call 1-518-474-8390 or send a note using this form and ask Governor Cuomo to sign S3421A into law before it's too late!
AATA National Office 
On November 13, 2019 senators Kenny Yuko (D-25) and Andrew Brenner (D-19) introduced SB 238 to provide licensure for art therapists and music therapists in Ohio. The bill would create separate licenses with distinct requirements administered by two different boards: the art therapy license under the State Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, and the music therapy license under the State Medical Board. We look forward to working with music therapists in Ohio on this unique approach to licensing both professions.
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
AATA recognized recipients of annual awards and scholarships during the  50th Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO.  After a special 50th anniversary celebration with Rising Stars and Legacy Members, AATA Board President Christianne Strang, PhD, ATR-BC, CEDCAT-S, led the recognition of AATA’s Award and Scholarship winners at the Plenary Awards Ceremony on Thursday October 31, 2019.
Claudia St Clair, ATR-BC
My richest experiences have come from working with people at end of life. My first patient was only nineteen years old. He taught me to appreciate each moment. The dying at any age have wisdom to share. It’s a blessing and honor to serve patients at a time of sacred passage.
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
Art Therapy in the News
A special three-part Veterans Day program devoted to helping veterans heal from traumatic brain injury featured Bill Shuttleworth and Davin Quinn of UNM’s innovative Center for Brain Recovery and Repair. In the program art therapist Dana Tsyconyea Simmons and James Eby discuss connections between brain research and art therapy to find breakthroughs in healing.
An art therapy program is now being offered at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, focused on helping those affected by the Virginia Beach mass shooting. The result of a partnership between MOCA and Eastern Virginia Medical School, the program is guided by arts therapists who facilitate conversations with those holding in pain from May 31.
The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has started its annual No Shave November campaign. Officers are competing to see who can grow the best beard while raising money for art therapy at Legacy Emanuel Hospital.
Legacy Cancer Institute in Portland has added a second art therapist to its art therapy program which offers a weekly studio format for patients and their families.  
The Northerner
Christy Wolfram had not heard of art therapy until her teacher suggested she shadow someone practicing it. The experience gave her new insights about herself and an interest in art therapy.
The HELMS Foundation keeps a number of local art programs fully stocked with supplies, thanks to one woman using her son’s memory to make a difference through art.  

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