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Announcing AATA’s Collaboration with the Atlanta University Center Consortium, the Largest Association of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) is proud to collaborate with the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective (AUC Art Collective) to raise awareness about art therapy! Working with Spelman College and the Morehouse School of Medicine, the AUC Art Collective’s goal is to introduce the Atlanta University Center community to the art therapy profession over the course of the Spring 2021 semester. To keep up with the collaboration on social media, follow @auc_artcollective and @arttherapyorg!
Mississippi Art Therapists Successfully Organized to Defeat Bill to Repeal Art Therapy and Other Licenses
The American Art Therapy Association is pleased to announce that Mississippi House Bill 1315, which would have repealed the license for art therapists as well as several other occupations, died in committee on March 2, 2021. The AATA thanks and congratulates licensed professional art therapists and supporters of the profession in Mississippi who rallied in opposition of this harmful and rushed piece of legislation.
A March 4, 2021 notice by the Department of Education announced updated deadlines for the Assistance for Arts Education fiscal year (FY) 2021 grant applications. The deadline for Transmittal of Applications was moved from March 16 to April 15, 2021. The agency still identifies art therapy as a program priority. This is an excellent opportunity to support the work of art therapists making an impact every day in our schools! We have updated our FAQ to help you review the program and determine if it’s the right opportunity for you and your workplace.
As state legislatures continue to focus on responding to the coronavirus pandemic, several art therapy licensing bills are advancing as a way to address the mental health crisis that has accompanied the virus. Read on for updates on legislation in Tennessee, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania in the 2021 legislative sessions!
AATA celebrates individual members who are making an impact in our profession and community. Every year we recognize members who are elevating the field, and we support the next generation of art therapists who will transform the profession. This is your opportunity to honor colleagues and recognize the unsung heroes and visionaries of the field or take the next step in your career by applying for a scholarship.
Susan Boxer Kappel, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, CGP, Conference Chair
When we pivoted our 2020 in-person conference last year to an all-virtual event, there were some categories of sessions that we were not able to include in the program, so we invited the Poster Session presenters to provide us with a revised digital version of their accepted proposals. We are pleased to be able to share a collection of several of the sessions with here!
And don't forget that the deadline to submit a proposal for the AATA’s 52nd Annual Conference in San Diego, CA this fall is coming up on March 25. Submit online here.
Kristina Burrow Woodruff, MA, ATR-BC, LPAT
Early in the pandemic, one of my clients had a spouse who was a front-line worker in a local hospital die from COVID-19. This particular client has significant autoimmune issues as well. Helping this client walk through the intense grief and isolation that has been occurring for them has been complex. It has made me even more cognizant of the impact of this pandemic, the need for safety protocols, and the intensity of the grief, anxiety, depression, and isolation that so many of us are experiencing during this time.
The best of Judy Rubin’s vast arts therapies-related film collection is now available in Expressive Media’s new online Film Library. The Film Library provides instant access to hundreds of hours of film — therapy sessions, conference presentations, and more — about the arts in healing! NBCC continuing education credits for many of these titles will be available soon. AATA members get 20% off all film rentals and annual all-access subscriptions. Login as a member to the "Professional Development" section of the MyAATA website to retrieve the discount codes and visit www.expressivemedia.org/filmlibrary to explore the full catalog.
Art Therapy in the News
How art therapy's powerful methods can help people of all ages overcome mental and physical health conditions
"'Art therapy is the use of the creative process, alongside a masters-level art therapist [a mental health therapist with formal art therapy training], to increase resiliency, process trauma, and increase overall well-being in a non-judgmental therapeutic relationship,' says Emily Allbery, PhD, an art therapy instructor at Miami University and a registered art therapist at Riley Hospital for Children."
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"Sitting down at the kitchen table with a box of colored pencils to shade in a flower or a bird isn’t just for kids anymore. Adult coloring books have emerged as a popular activity for people trying to reduce their stress and create a sense of calm. In fact, the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) encourages the use of coloring books for recreation and self-care. But, while artmaking does have therapeutic benefits, it’s important to distinguish it from art therapy."
The Coast News Group
"A 15-year Navy veteran suffering from daily migraine headaches, lower-back pain and depression never imagined creating bronze and ceramic sculptures of pre-colonial African kings could be an effective form of therapy and pain management."
"The opioid epidemic has hurt Native American communities more than any other demographic. A CDC study shows a more than 500 percent spike in opioid-related deaths for native people between 1999 and 2015. To fight this trend, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde is opening Oregon’s first tribally-owned opioid treatment program. Art therapy, offered as a part of the program, includes making dreamcatchers, while principles of an Indigenous-based model called 'Wellbriety' are also used alongside current practices and medications."
VIDEO: "From family trees to self-portraits, art can be a therapeutic way to process our feelings. This week on NowThis Kids, we’re talking to Tracy Councill, program director and art thearpist at Tracy's Kids. The organization that uses art to help kids and their families navigate illness."
"I’m off the intermittent fasting, restrictions and overeating now, and have started to reflect more on the younger me I so prized, the size 0 me. Why did I cherish that body, one better suited for a child than for a woman? Eileen Misluk, director of art therapy at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis and a practicing art therapist specializing in eating disorders, said many of the messages around body image, diet restriction, and food can start impacting people—but girls especially—as early as age 10 or 11."
“'Panel on Refugees and Resilience' was initiated by Simone Alter Muri, who holds a doctorate in education, creativity and child development and is director of art therapy-counseling and art education at Springfield College, and is sponsored by the college’s Holocaust Remembrance Committee and Office of Spiritual Life.The link to the virtual panel on Zoom can be accessed on the Springfield College website."
"Elizabeth Allen (BA ‘20), a graduate of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture Art Therapy Program, has earned first prize at the annual American Art Therapy Association (AATA) conference’s poster presentation competition. Her presentation, titled 'Common Threads: Community Weaving with Patients with Cognitive and Physical Trauma,' was given virtually in late January as part of the 2020 AATA conference, which delayed a few panels due to the COVID-19 pandemic."
"To mark International Womens Day the One Million Stars Ireland project will have a star installation at the Amber Women's Refuge and there will also be a number of star exhibitions at locations in Callan. The project is a community arts initiative that connects through the craft of weaving stars and raises awareness of domestic violence. It has now become a global movement with over four million stars worldwide. Siobhan McQuillan, an art therapist working alongside Amber Women's Refuge, brought the creative project to Ireland."
South Florida Sun Sentinel
"The 2021 All People’s Day Diversity Festival will be a virtual retrospective of 10 years of free festivals at Pompey Park in Delray Beach. The annual event honors people of all ages, colors, religions, cultures, sexual orientations, sizes and abilities. Many of the interactive projects incorporated into the festival were the brainchild of art therapist Susan Berkowitz-Schwartz, who founded the All People’s Day holiday celebration in 1973."
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