Art Therapy Today
AATA National Office
We’re pleased to invite you to AATA’s first-ever Virtual Conference on Saturday, December 7. This intensive and in-depth day of learning includes a lineup of recorded sessions from Saturday’s program during the 50th Annual Conference. A number of our presenters will be joining us live in to expand upon their work and answer your questions. The full schedule and registration details can be found here.
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If you reside or work in New York State, please take a moment to urge Governor Cuomo to support access to creative arts therapies. A670A, which would require blanket health insurance policies to provide coverage to licensed mental health practitioners, including licensed creative arts therapists (LCAT), was delivered to the Governor on November 26. Now he has three days left to act!

CALL TO ACTION: Call 518-474-8390 or fill out this contact form.

1) Ask him to sign A670A into law.
2) Ask him to write coverage for licensed mental health practitioners, including licensed creative arts therapists (LCAT), (S3421A) into his State budget.
3) Write a short paragraph on the life-enhancing work you do as an art therapist in NY, working under the LCAT.
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On December 19, art therapists in the District of Columbia will testify on behalf of B23-250, “Professional Art Therapist Licensure Amendment Act of 2019” during a combined public hearing between the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Health. Both committees may act on the bill following the hearing, and the next step would be passage by the full Council of the District of Columbia.
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These four articles are perfect for your holiday reading list! AATA members enjoy full access to Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association year round. And for a limited time through the end of the year, the following four articles are available open-access online. We are excited to offer this opportunity to share art therapy literature with your friends and colleagues. Renowned authors include pioneers in art therapy as well as art therapists contributing to the growing literature in the field of neuroscience!
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
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Christina Easterly, our Coordinator of Events and Operations is leaving our team at the end of this week. We thank her for all she has contributed to the AATA in her five years on our small team and wish her the very best in her next endeavors! Any well-wishes can be sent to Eugenia Bravo will be stepping in to take over Christina's position on an interim basis. Eugenia has been working with us for several years part-time, and we look forward to having her in the office everyday!

Stephanie Clark, LCPC, ATR-BC
The veterans I work with are often initially anxious or resistant to making art. They’ve often been trained to project a tough exterior and keep their vulnerabilities inside. When they allow themselves to be open to art making, they often create beautiful, powerful, and meaningful artwork that they share with other veterans in their group. Witnessing the transformation from resistance to openness inspires me every day.
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
Dec 2019
This intensive and in-depth day of learning includes a lineup of recorded sessions from Saturday’s program during the 50th Annual Conference in Kansas City. We are excited to offer this opportunity to complete additional continuing education course hours before the end of the year!
Art Therapy in the News
Virtual technologies are already being used in health care to train surgeons, fight phobias and help with early Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. At Drexel University, researchers are now looking at how virtual reality can be used in the art therapy field.
William & Mary
W&M’s McLeod Tyler Wellness Center offers several art therapy programs. The KnitWell group, a new offering this semester, allows students to gather together and practice the art of knitting.
Oakland Press
“The First Word of Cancer is Can” made its final stop at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital this fall. The moving exhibition involved participants from Henry Ford Hospital’s art therapy programs.
Indiana Daily Student
Lauren Daugherty, an arts-based wellness experiences manager at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, recognized her love for art when she saw a painting during a fourth grade field trip to the David Owlsey Museum of Art. She imagined her work being hung on the walls one day. Today, she helps other people capture their feelings through art.
TribLive (Tribune-Review)
“Just to have someone like Andrew who really loves our city and supports the arts and supports art therapy to be here taking time out of his day to work with our patients and families is a really big deal,” said Katie O’Connor, an art therapist at Children’s Hospital, told the Tribune-Review. She also said that McCutchen is a sketch artist himself.

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