Art Therapy Today
Margaret Carlock-Russo, EdD, LCAT, ATR-BC, ATCS

I often share with students and new professionals that, for me, art therapy is more of a calling than a profession. Often art therapists not only provide support and services to clients but are also involved in educating the public and advocating to advance access to art therapy in many areas. It is up to us as practitioners to continually look for opportunities to expand awareness and access in the communities we serve.
AATA National Office

As most state legislatures prepare to begin their 2020 legislative sessions in January, we wanted to share some bills to watch this year and also recap the art therapy victories and advancements of 2019. 2019 was a successful year in the advancement of art therapy. We achieved independent licensure for art therapists in Connecticut and had art therapy legislation introduced in 13 states – a record for our 50th year!
AATA National Office 

We invite you to submit a proposal to present at the American Art Therapy Association's 51st Annual Conference to be held in Washington, DC, October 29 to November 1, 2020. The submission deadline is January 31, 2020. Proposals can be submitted online, or you can download the Call for Proposals document to learn more about the requirements.
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
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
NYU News

Beginning January 8, NYU Steinhardt’s Art Therapy program will host a new exhibit featuring artwork from nine patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s  Disease. “Brain Storm: The Art of Resilience” celebrates the culmination of a collaborative study between Art Therapy and the Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders of NYU Langone Health.
The San Diego Union-Tribune

“How do we heal a community?” That’s the question art therapist Berenice Badillo asked 13 women taking part in one of the Project Reo Collective coffee shop’s healing sessions. The San Diego café’s owners wanted to open the shop to monthly therapeutic sessions to help provide a space for the community affected by a domestic violence murder-suicide in November to heal.
CBS News

Sue Etheridge is an art therapy teacher who has worked in prisons for 30 years, and currently works at Carolina's Central Prison. There, she teaches art therapy to people in the hospital receiving mental health treatment. About six months ago, Etheridge wondered how to get her students' artwork in Governor Roy Cooper's Executive Mansion. Her idea to have a Christmas tree with around 200 ornaments created by offenders came to fruition and now the pieces hang in the governor's home.
Akron Beacon Journal

“When my health started to decline, I made it my mission to just keep looking for information and helping people,” Alicia Hopkins told the Beacon Journal. “Sometimes I did it while I was lying flat on my back.” After taking art therapy for autism a few years ago, Hopkins became inspired by the way art can help people heal.

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