Art Therapy Today

For art therapists, Veterans Day serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about the mental health of veterans and service members. Among veterans who have served since the September 11, 2001, attacks, approximately one in five experiences mental health issues, including PTSD, major depression, and anxiety, according to the RAND Corporation. Here are 7 important facts to consider as Veterans Day approaches.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced its support of four new pilot research studies into art therapy and music therapy, as part of the agency’s Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network. This component of Creative Forces is managed in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF), Inc. The funding for these projects totals $1,300,000 and will take place fiscal years 2021-2023.

Among the goals of these research projects is addressing how and to what extent does art therapy affect emotional processing and self-regulation for service members and veterans.

• The University of Pennsylvania will investigate art therapy and emotional well-being in military populations with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (Bethesda, MD).

• The University of Florida, Drexel University, and the Malcom Randall VA (Gainesville, FL) will study the extent to which art therapy decreases PTSD symptoms after traumatic brain injury (TBI), and how it improves self-regulation and affects related indicators of neurophysiological response. 

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.


Join us for some exciting upcoming events in connection with AATA's annual conference! Registration links are below. 

AATA 2021 DEI Art Gallery. This show spotlights the work of three 2021 AATA Featured Members—Ashley Abigail Gruezo Resurreccion, Deanna Barton, and Elisha-Rio P. Apilado—and gives space to underlying narratives that exist within art therapy and to highlight unique and expansive perspectives in the field. VIEW HERE.

Annual Scholarship, Awards and Honors Presentation and Annual Memorial Service, Nov. 10 at 7pm ET. Celebrate AATA’s 2021 Scholarship, Awards, and Honors recipients as they are presented their awards. We will also honor art therapists who have passed away since our conference in 2020. Please join us prior to this event at 6:45pm for an inspirational and fun coloring game inspired by postmodern artist Sol LeWitt, entitled “The Conceptual Art Gameand hosted by Julie Davis of Blick Art Materials, conference sponsor. (Download the directive.) All are welcome to attend the awards presentation and Blick demonstration. REGISTER HERE.

⇒ DE&I Session, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. ET: On the DEI Journey with Cultural Humility in the Art Therapy Profession with Louvenia Jackson, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, and Tamela Blalock, MBA, CAE, CMP, DES. Qualified attendees may obtain up to 2 continuing education credits. All in the art therapy community are welcome to attend this free session, regardless of AATA membership or conference registration. REGISTER HERE.

⇒ Annual Business Meeting of the Members, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET. (Registration link will be available soon).

Thank you to all of you who participated in the first two days of our annual conference, Oct. 23 and 24. We hope you enjoyed the amazing keynote speakers and sessions, and were able to connect with friends and colleagues. You should have received an email about how to access your Continuing Education Certificates, and your On-Demand content. If you need assistance, please contact Yasmin Elian in the National Office at

If you are not registered for the last 2 days of conference, Dec. 18 and 19, you may do so until 11:59 p.m. ET on the evening before each event. Register here.

Last month, members of the California State Senate recognized the contribution of art therapists in communities across the state and commemorated Oct. 10-16 as “California Art Therapy Week of Civic Engagement”.

“Art therapists advocate for the dignity, self-worth, well-being, and creative potential of all people. Art therapists maintain awareness of the social and environmental consequences of human actions on the communities, ecosystems, and associations that they interact with. Art therapists strive to advance a sustainable and just society."

This recognition is invaluable in creating awareness of art therapy among lawmakers and a great first step toward advancing legislation that supports art therapy and the communities art therapists serve. Congratulations to our California chapters, NORCATA and SoCalATA!

If you participated in last year’s virtual annual conference, your on-demand access will expire on Dec. 31, 2021. Click here for access to the 2020 conference sessions.
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