Art Therapy Today
AATA National Office

We know that AATA’s ability to provide you with continuing education hours is a crucial part of our membership offerings. The Institute for Continuing Education in Art Therapy remains your source for art therapy continuing education clock hours, allowing you to keep abreast of current trends in the profession and to develop new skills and proficiencies. With that in mind, AATA is pleased to introduce our newly redesigned online continuing education platform, which will make accessing online courses easier than ever! Over 20 new courses are available to you now. Browse the course catalog to see the full selection.

AATA National Office 

2020 is off to a great start for art therapy! Art therapy licensure bills were introduced in Virginia and Indiana, and art therapists in Nebraska and Wisconsin participated in sunrise review processes or proposals already this January.
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
Member Corner
Susan Ridley, PhD, ATR, REAT, NCC, CPS, CPRP, ADC

I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to develop a graduate Art Therapy and Counseling program at West Liberty University in West Virginia. The state is in dire need of mental health and substance abuse practitioners, and this master’s degree will help address community needs. We have initial approval to develop the program, and the full proposal is in the approval process. The degree will be a low residency/online program to meet the needs of working professionals.
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

When we make art, there’s a lot happening in both our minds and bodies. Christianne Strang, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Alabama Birmingham and the former president of the American Art Therapy Association, told NPR, "Creativity in and of itself is important for remaining healthy, remaining connected to yourself and connected to the world." 

On January 7, Puerto Rico experienced a 6.4 magnitude earthquake. Cultural organizations, such as museums and other institutions, are serving as collection centers and charging stations, distributing supplies and raising money for recovery efforts. On top of this, many are offering free arts programming and art therapy.
Orlando Sentinel

Eva Viruet has spent more nights in jail than she’d like to admit and has been to rehab before. But a new type of program is offering her something different. Seminole County’s Accepting Change Through Treatment (ACTT) program is a combination of inpatient drug rehabilitation and incarceration. It focuses on helping inmates deal with past trauma, includes different types of treatment and therapy, and offers approaches that help improve well-being like yoga, art and music.
Chicago Tribune

Over the last several years, focus on mental well-being has increased. While physical health is just as important, including the practices of eating well and being active, we are encouraged to look after our minds. For those looking to improve mental health, art therapy may be the answer.
The Emporia Gazette

Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro, professor of counselor education at Emporia State University Teachers College, has received the Ervay Family Award for Applied Scholarship for her work in improving and creating education programs. The focus of her award application portfolio was “The Introspection of Trauma-informed Pediatric Medical Art Therapy and International Disaster Response Applied Scholarship in the ESU Art Therapy Program.”

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