Art Therapy Today

This week, we’re hearing that many of you have reached a crisis point with your own credentials: Some art therapists have reported that they have had their credentials revoked due to failure to renew by the deadline, and a $400 fee may be imposed as a result.

As you know, AATA and the ATCB are independent of each other. While we have different purposes, both are critical to the success of the profession and to your ability to serve the public. AATA leadership has been reaching out to ATCB leadership to advocate for our stakeholders and continues to offer support that ATCB might find valuable. In addition, AATA’s National Office has been forwarding, at members’ requests, pertinent information to the ATCB, pursuant to the ATCB’s own policies and rules—and we will continue to do so.

Yesterday, AATA President Margaret Carlock-Russo sent a formal communication to the ATCB leadership to convey concerns about several specific issues.
Susan Boxer Kappel, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, CGP, Conference Chair

It’s not too late to register for AATA’s 52nd Annual Conference, Reconnecting and Visualizing Future Pathways for Art Therapy in a Diverse Society. Our first conference days are THIS Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24.

- Register by 11:59 p.m. ET FRIDAY, Oct. 22, to be included as a participant on the Oct. 23 Conference date.
- Register by Oct. 23 at 11:59 pm ET to be included in the Oct. 24 Conference date.
- The Dec. 18 and 19 conference registration will remain open.
Christianne E. Strang PhD, ATR-BC, Nominating Committee Chair

To ensure that the AATA leadership fully and fairly represents our members, we need broad engagement from you in the elections process. Online voting is open from Sept. 29 - Oct. 29, 2021. In this post, we’ve compiled FAQs on the voting process and an overview of information about board leadership responsibilities to help inform your decision.

Get started by visiting the Candidate Slate, available on MyAATA.

La American Art Therapy Association (AATA) se enorgullece en presentar su nueva oferta de entrenamiento en línea en español que incluye ejercicios de creación artística que proporcionará a los asistentes dos créditos de educación continua. Los invitamos a participar este 13 de noviembre a las 3PM-5PM EST horas en la sesión virtual, Arte, Vejez y Migración: una adaptación de la Terapia Cognitiva Conductual Focalizada en Trauma (TFCBT) para trabajo creativo con inmigrantes de la Tercera Edad, presentado por la Mtra. Nadia Fernanda Paredes Guapo, LMFT, ATR.

The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) is proud to present a new online training offering in Spanish, which will include creative exercises and provide two continuing education credits. Join us for this virtual session, Art, Old Age, and Migration: an adaptation of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) for Creative Work with Older Immigrants, on Nov. 13, 2021 at 3 p.m. ET. The training will be conducted by Prof. Nadia Fernanda Paredes Guapo, MA, LMFT, ATR.
October 17, 2021 | Valerie Epstein-Johnson, LPC, ATR-BC; Jacenta Irlanda, LPC, ATR-P; Nicole Xenos, LPC-C, PhD Candidate, Lara K. Rutledge, MA Art Therapy Candidate

During the workshop, therapists helped to maintain an environment that was trauma-informed as artists introduced art-making prompts and discussions related to intergenerational resilience. Using a wide range of rigid art materials, like cardboard, fabric, magazine clippings, colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, chalk and charcoal, community members were encouraged to work on a single art piece for the duration of the workshop. Artworks were inspired by group dialogue surrounding the themes: “What does resilience mean to you?”,  “How do you honor your ancestors?”, and, “What do you want to carry forward for healing?”
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
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Sonia Castro, MA, ATR, RIC

My first experience providing art therapy to a Spanish-speaking client occurred my last year in graduate school when I was a student intern at an inpatient oncology and hematology unit. I encountered many patients and families of diverse backgrounds who reported difficulties communicating their emotional needs in English, even with the use of interpretation services. These pivotal interactions in my profession remain ingrained in my memory, as it sparked a desire to advocate for and on behalf of the Latinx immigrant community and other marginalized groups in the mental health setting. 
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 approved 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

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