Art Therapy Today

AATA is pleased to announce that two art therapy master’s programs received initial accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) this spring. The CAAHEP board approved the accreditation recommendation by the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) for the art therapy graduate programs at both Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Herron School of Art and Design – IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana, in May 2021. To date, 17 art therapy programs have received initial accreditation.

The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) has elected Dr. Ron Hunt as ACATE chair for a two-year term beginning on July 1, 2021. Dr. Hunt joined ACATE as a public member in May 2020. Current ACATE chair, Ms. Janet Kempf, noted, "Dr. Hunt immediately demonstrated a strong and active commitment to the work of the council."

Awakening to Nature’s Beauty: 10 New England Meditations for the Wandering Spirit created by Jennifer Ingham, MSC and Moriah M. Mylod MAAT, ATR, RYT offers readers of all ages an immersive and visual experience through vibrant descriptions of East Coast locations and a way to connect and calm your mind during this period of continued uncertainty. The four seasons are represented in words and earth mandala photography. The American Art Therapy Association is proud to collaborate on this creative initiative and thanks Jennifer and Moriah for sharing this contribution, with 100% of the profits going to the AATA! Purchase your copy and learn more about the project here.

Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association is seeking papers for the upcoming special issue on the topic “Resilience and Transformation: Learning from 2020” and is offering limited-time free access to two articles in the current issue. All the details can be found in the call for papersManuscripts are requested by July 31, 2021.
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
Member Corner
Dan Anthon, MA, ATR-BC, LCPC

My first major internship in graduate school was on a hospital AIDS unit. This was early in the AIDS epidemic and nearly all my patients died from the disease, as did two of my dearest friends and countless others, back then mostly gay men. The work was emotionally challenging on a personal and professional level. At times it was very hard to witness the many ways their young bodies were failing them.


Only recently did we celebrate our 50th anniversary as an association — and now we are looking ahead to help determine the future of our association and the art therapy profession! During the member virtual meeting on May 27, president Dr. Margaret Carlock-Russo and president-elect Dr. Girija Kaimal laid out five “pillars,” or key issue areas, that AATA will focus on in the coming years, as well as goals for each pillar.

But none of it will be attainable without the help of our members. Please download the full draft of the strategic plan and send us your comments via this form by June 18. And if you missed the meeting, check out the 1.5-minute video on the strategic plan update!


The American Art Therapy Association 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. 

Read below and find more information on MyAATA for opportunities in the following categories: Multicultural, Honors, Research, and Governmental Affairs. All applications are due on June 15, 2021.
Craig Siegel, ATR-BC, ATCS, Multicultural Committee Chair

Student and professional members of the AATA are encouraged to apply for the Pearlie Roberson Annual Scholarship Award. This award honors Pearlie Roberson, an African American artist and art therapy client, and supports efforts to “explore, express, connect” to enhance the multicultural aspects of the therapeutic experience. The application deadline is coming up on June 15, 2021. Current and upcoming applications can be found at 2021 Award Schedule on MyAATA.
Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC, Honors Working Group Chair

This year, a new honor has been added to AATA’s annual awards that recognizes an art therapist (or current art therapy student) who has made remarkable creative contributions to the profession of art therapy as an active artist. The Outstanding Applied Creative Practice Award is inspired by the life and work of art therapist, artist, author, and puppet maker Dr. Lani Gerity Glanville. Please find the application here and consider submitting an honors nomination and full supporting documents for this or another category for a deserving peer. The Honors Working Group is accepting applications through June 15, 2021.
Jill McNutt, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, ATRL, ATCS, Research Committee Chair

The following research awards and grants are available to AATA members: two Rawley Silver Research Awards, Seed Grants for Clinical Art Therapy Research, and the Gladys Agell Award for Excellence in Research. Read on for details about each award. Current and upcoming applications can be found at 2021 Award Schedule on MyAATA.
Elizabeth Hlavek, ATR-BC, LCPAT, Speaker of the Assembly of Chapters

The American Art Therapy Association has opened the call for nominations for the Nancy Schoebel Distinguished Legislative Award. Nancy Schoebel was an inspiring art therapist and a vigorous advocate of art therapy at the local and national levels who made enduring contributions to the field through her advocacy work. The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2021. Please learn more about the selection criteria and nominate your colleague directly on MyAATA.
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
Psych Central

"When anxiety symptoms strike, finding strategies and ways to cope can be challenging. One approach that may help you find relief is art therapy...'Different studies and research [show] that when we engage in art-making, it helps the neurological system relax. Brain chemical levels will decrease and bring about relaxation for many people, which also helps the nervous system calm down,' says Margaret Carlock Russo, EdD, LCAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, president of the AATA."

"Dr Erin Partridge keeps her art therapy class and workshops going through web cameras due to the COVID-19 pandemic along with her special helper. 'Sammy is the larger parrot and she thinks Zoom has been invented just for her,' Partidge tells Shanghai Daily. 'She likes to meet all my students.' When Partridge talks about art and art therapy, her eyes sparkle, her mood elevates and the inspiration spreads."
The Daily Northwestern

"The Maine Women’s Fund recently announced grants totaling $155,000 for 16 nonprofits that are working to address the most pressing needs of women and girls across the state. From York to Aroostook County, these organizations and leaders are helping shape the post-pandemic future in key areas where the pandemic has further exacerbated existing gender inequalities. Among the distribution is $7,500 for ArtVan’s Art Therapy of Knox, Sagadahoc Androscoggin, Cumberland and York counties."
Daily Emerald

"Art therapy is more than a creative process — it explores the mind through a nonverbal approach. Licensed art therapist Grace Fletcher says many people 'struggle to communicate their emotions with words.' Fletcher welcomes children and adults of all ages to work with her in a safe environment and express themselves without feeling judged. Clients may mold clay to convey an action or sketch to revisit a memory."
Because Of Them We Can

"Led Bradshaw is a professional comic book artist. At just 3-years-old, his son Jake was diagnosed with autism. Shortly after, Bradshaw enrolled Jake in art therapy, which became the inspiration for a new comic book series, 'Jake Jetpulse,' created by the duo."
Being Patient

"Expressive arts like music, painting, and even dance have the potential to evoke powerful emotion and long-buried memories in people living with Alzheimer’s. For Lester E. Potts, Jr., who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 72, watercolor painting became an avenue to express his life experiences."

"Students featured in the ongoing annual exhibition at Raw Art Works (RAW) chose to make pieces that captured the emotional upheaval of the past year brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing movement toward racial justice. The exhibit, 'Find Your Footing, Make a Stand,' opened at RAW Monday after being put on hold last year due to the pandemic."
Racine County Eye

"Healing doesn’t just happen with medications, treatment, and regimens. It happens with art, too. Lori Caterini, a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, brings a different perspective to healthcare and steps towards healing. Through art, people can express themselves, and Caterini has the pleasure of assisting."
LASALLE College of the Arts Ltd
Essential Therapy Training

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