Art Therapy Today
Susan Boxer Kappel, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, CGP, Conference Chair

When the Coronavirus required us to switch course to an all-virtual conference this year, we were nervous that the pandemic would also rob us of the most loved aspects of our annual conferences: the engagement and connection among attendees. Simply put, we were wrong. A huge thank you to all who are attending, participating in the chat features during sessions, and showing up (on camera) for the networking sessions! Check out some of our favorite #AATA2020 moments on social media from Days 1 and 2. 

There’s still time to register for Day 3, our final day on Nov. 7th! Register today and get access to 19 hours of educational content live (also available on demand). Registration closes at midnight EST on Friday, Nov. 6th.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the AATA Board
American Art Therapy Association (AATA) has opened registration for three more of 12 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Listening Sessions. We encourage those who identify as the following to reserve your spot! Each group is capped at 20 participants.

Black Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Art Therapists and Students - 01/07/2021, 8:00 PM (EST)
Men Art Therapists and Students - 01/06/2021, 8:00 PM (EST)
• Former or Never Been Members of AATA - 01/04/2021, 8:00 PM (EST)

Our goal is to learn through hearing diverse experiences, views, and responses to questions about DEI in the field. We will use what we learn to do better to meet and support DEI in all that we do as an association. Visit the FAQ page to learn more!


At a time when our country is facing an unprecedented mental health crisis on top of a pandemic, art therapists are on the job, helping people of all ages experiencing stress, anxiety and trauma. Let’s celebrate these amazing heroes supporting mental health every day and show pride for the art therapy profession! This is the last week to purchase your masks! The pop-up shop is closing soon, so get your order in.  
Janet Kempf, ATR-BC, Chair, ACATE

The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) is currently seeking applications for an open Practitioner member position. Please consider applying or nominating someone that you believe will work tirelessly to promote best practices for art therapy educational programs. Potentional nominees must be ATR-BC credentialed and may be either a provider of art therapy or a supervisor of practitioners. 
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
Gabriela Osorio Fajardo, MTFS, MTA

I made a book for children because I am worried about the way some kids don't have the space to express what they are going through, and sometimes here in my country [Mexico], not all kids have access to therapy because of the lack of resources or because adults don't believe in it. Also, personally, I had to make a lot of artwork for myself. I'm also dealing personally with economic problems, and a lot of people around me dying or getting sick. 

Mark your calendar! This year’s Annual Meeting of the Membership will take place on Monday, December 7, 2020, from 7:30 – 9:00 PM EST. With the event online and accessible from your home for the first time, we look forward to broad participation. Stay tuned for more details on the program agenda and how to register.


In collaboration with art supply company Faber-Castell, AATA is pleased to be able to offer members a 30% discount on select Faber-Castell art supplies with any online purchase of $25.00 or more. The discount code is now available on the members-only site, MyAATA, and can be applied during checkout. Login today to retrieve the code, and for more exclusive member resources and discounts!

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

Margaret Carlock-Russo, president of the American Art Therapy Association and associate professor and program coordinator, expressive arts therapy at Prescott College, told TMRW that people naturally turn to art when they’re seeking relief, especially in stressful times. For example, people have been creating murals and artwork for the protests surrounding racial justice. “That, to me, speaks to the deep human need to express ourselves,” Carlock-Russo said.
Cleveland Clinic

In a time when we may not be able to see our loved ones, how can we reconnect in genuine ways, nourish our minds and lift our spirits, especially with the holidays fast approaching? It’s all rooted in art. Art therapy manager, Tammy Shella, PhD, ATR-BC, explains how important art can be to stress management and how we can use it to stay connected to the people we love.
Tampa Bay Times

Jasmine Parker, has her own business, Listen to Your Art Therapy & Empowerment Services. She was inspired to open the business in her hometown in part after seeing young men from her community pass through the legal system while she worked with incarcerated youth. 

The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire has reopened (with safety measures in place) and has new plans to reach out to different communities. The museum was recently awarded more than $700,000 in CARES Act funding to expand an art therapy program for veterans. Alan Chong, director of the museum, joined NHPR's Peter Biello to talk about that and other new projects there.
The Pitt News

With COVID-19 pandemic and the November elections, 2020 has been a year filled with tension. The National Alliance on Mental Illness at Pitt is using art as a reminder to students to think about mental health. “Putting Mind Into Matter: An Art Exhibit on Mental Health & Creativity” is a virtual art gallery showcasing pieces that represent and visualize mental health and mental illness. According to Jennifer Barker, a board-certified art therapist and licensed professional counselor, art therapy focuses on making and interpreting art in the context of mental health.
LASALLE College of the Arts Ltd
Naylor Association Solutions

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