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

The conference committee is thrilled to announce this year’s theme, Reconnecting and Visualizing Future Pathways for Art Therapy in a Diverse Society. The committee is also accepting applications for a new position, special sessions chair to focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (deadline March 8), and for volunteers to review proposals. Don't forget to submit you proposal by the March 25 deadline.

We are pleased to share an invitation from Creative Forces®: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Military Healing Arts Network for virtual discussions on research opportunities for art therapy and music therapy. Virtual informational meetings will be held on March 4 and 11 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST. RSVP is requested by March 3. Read the full invitation for more details.

The Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education is inviting applications for new awards for FY 2021 for the Assistance for Arts Education (AAE) Program. The agency identifies art therapy as a program priority—so we encourage you and your colleagues to consider applying! The Application Deadline is March 16 (please note that you may still apply if you missed the Feb. 16 deadline to submit a letter of intent). We created this FAQ to help you review the program and determine if it’s the right opportunity for you and your workplace.
Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP, Chair, DEI Committee of the Board

With the closing of the AATA’s DEI organizational questionnaire earlier this month, the DEI committee wanted to extend a thank you to everyone who contributed to this survey. Almost 100 responses were received about the culture and climate of the AATA. Throughout February, the DEI committee continued to work on finalizing a plan to examine the data gathered from the listening sessions and this questionnaire. We will continue to keep everyone informed. Please look for another update in Art Therapy Today in the spring!
AATA Undergraduate Education Committee

Please join us for the first session in our quarterly Virtual Roundtable Series! We are looking forward to an open discussion about course content, syllabi, and how we teach undergraduate coursework. The roundtable event, “Teaching Introductory Courses in Undergraduate Art Therapy,” will take place on Thursday, March 4 from 5-6 p.m. EST on Zoom.

The AATA congratulates Janet Kempf, ATR-BC, LPC for being recognized by  the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) as the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education’s Superhero! "ACATE members are better because we work with her, and our profession aims for its highest goals with her support," wrote ACATE colleagues who nominated Janet by unanimous vote.  
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 AATA education and conference committees are pleased to announce the call for undergraduate student poster sessions for the 2021 conference to be held Oct. 28-30, 2021, in San Diego, CA. Undergraduate students are invited to submit poster proposals to present their scholarly and creative work in their study of art therapy. The submission deadline is April 30, 2021.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Member Corner
Seraiah Simmons

The racial injustice that we are enduring has greatly impacted my passion for healing the Black community in particular. I am encouraged as a student art therapist to take a strength-based approach that honors resilience and restores a sense of security. Despite the intergenerational trauma and the evil enacted on Black people today, I have stronger faith that healing and creative change can occur through greater mental health resources and healthy interpersonal engagements within the Black community. My desire is to listen to direct narratives and gain more knowledge and understanding about the needs of my people who are hurting.
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
The HI lo

"Shane Sweis is an 11-year-old boy being treated at Long Beach Memorial’s Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute for acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. Esther Kim is an art therapist who has worked at the Cancer Institute for the past two years. Her job is to help kids with cancer like Shane deal with the anxiety, fear and myriad other complex emotions that they may be unable to talk about but can confront through art."

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 5 million women lost their jobs in the United States. While white women have made up some of those employment losses recently, Black, Latina and Asian women are still losing work at a disproportionate rate. Yuri Jang, who was an art therapist in a New Jersey hospital's in-patient psychiatric unit, had just returned from her maternity leave in March 2020.
The Northside Sun

Mississippi's House of Representatives passed several bills designed to reduce the licensing burden and make it easier for people to work. But not everyone agrees with the need to deregulate some of these professions, including art therapists. Susan Anand, who was the state’s first art therapist and now works at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, says that jobs will be lost if HB 1315 becomes law as a license is needed to practice a mental health profession in the state.
Govenor Tom Wolf Official Website

In a virtual conversation on Facebook, First Lady Frances Wolf discussed using art as tool to heal during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the second discussion in a series called The Bigger Picture, an extension of One Lens: Sharing Our Common Views that hones in on the various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, connecting this extraordinary moment to the broader community.
Fox6 Milwaukee

"Depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief are things that many of us deal with on a weekly basis, and if you need help with them, Brian is with a local couple that may be able to help. This morning he’s at Integration Healing where Art Therapy is just one way that they’re trying to enrich the lives of their clients."

When the words “I hate you” come out of a child's mouth for the first time, it can be shocking and upsetting for a parent. “It is an expression of feelings rather than a description of actual feelings about you,” clinical psychologist and art therapist Robin Goodman told HuffPost Life. She also said that the phrase “I hate you” generally means “I am mad,” “I hate feeling like this,” “I hate this situation,” “You don’t understand,” “You’re not listening,” or just “I can’t handle these big feelings in a better way right now.”
Williamson Herald

Art is a powerful thing and Chase Williamson, a 20-year-old Franklin resident, is hoping to harness that power and create positive change. Her paintings were recently featured in a children’s book called Creative God, Colorful Us, written by local author Trillia Newbell, which highlights human diversity as an aspect of God’s creativity. Today, Williamson is studying studio art with a minor in psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and hopes to use her experience and education to become an art therapist.

It’s been a difficult year for medical staff around the world, particularly in Beirut. With the COVID-19 pandemic, economic and financial crisis, colleagues emigrating, and the port explosion, the nerves of nurses working in the region are stretched thin. Meadows Art Therapy, an NGO, has spent the last several months working to treat the trauma that nurses experienced when thousands of wounded civilians flooded hospitals in Beirut following the explosion.

"Capturing art-world and creative figures at home in their living room, at their desks and by their windows, British photographer Joanna Vestey’s portraits are a marker of our strange times. Wearing their masks, her subjects, including Grayson Perry, Jenny Saville and Camille Walala, have been photographed as part of a series to raise money for art therapy charity, AT The Bus."
LASALLE College of the Arts Ltd
Naylor Association Solutions

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