Art Therapy Today
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.
AATA National Office

This week, committees in the Council of the District of Columbia and Virginia General Assembly passed art therapy licensure legislation. On January 29, the DC Committee on Health voted B23-0250 out of committee. The legislation now moves on to the full Council. Today, January 30, in Richmond, Virginia, the Senate Committee on Education and Health voted SB 713 out of committee following the bill’s passage through the Health Professions Subcommittee last week. The bill now moves on to the Senate Finance Committee.
 AATA National Office 

Faber-Castell® USA is collaborating with the AATA to spread awareness for art therapy. “We believe in creativity for life, from childhood through adulthood, and share in the American Art Therapy Association’s commitment to expand access to mental health through art-making,” their website states. AATA member Carol Olson authored a post for their blog, “Art Therapy 101: Sorting Facts from Myths.” 
AATA National Office

The AATA Education and Conference Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Undergraduate Student Poster sessions for the 2020 Conference to be held October 29 to November 1, 2020, in Washington, DC. Undergraduate students are invited to submit poster proposals to present their scholarly and creative work in their study of art therapy. Click here to download information and guidelines about the new poster sessions.
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
Laurence Vandenborre, MA, AThR

Today, I have the chance to be the Founder and Managing Director of The Red Pencil, an International Arts Therapy Humanitarian Organization whose mission is to bring the benefits of arts therapy to children, adults and families on their pathway to recovery and well-being, with a particular attention to those facing overwhelming situations for which they have no words, yet whose sufferings need attention, expression, relief, release and ultimately healing. 
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
Seven Days VT

For 18 years, Emily Piccirillo served the AIDS community as an art therapist in New York City. She keeps a worn six-inch stack of index cards, each marked with the name of a person who died during those 18 years. Today, she helps others work through grief.

After several months of travelling to children’s homes with art supplies, art therapist Monica Delaney will soon be able to help kids work through grief and trauma in a dedicated space thanks to a generous donation.

The Women’s Lion Club held a painting event called Stars of Hope at the El Paso Museum of History. Community members gathered to paint wooden stars to help those healing from the tragic August 3 shooting in El Paso and spread the message that “Love is Stronger than Hate.”

Hear Saucon Valley High School student Sofia DeMotte discuss anxiety rates in teenagers with Mary McGloughlin, a registered counselor and art therapist in Quakertown.
Washington Post 

Two weeks before artist Jason Polan died of colon cancer, the art therapist at the hospital brought two blank canvases to his room. “He was sort of intrigued,” his father told the Washington Post. Though there weren’t many people to draw in his hospital room, Jason attempted to draw still life, an apple and a can of Sprite, with an unsteady hand.

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