Art Therapy Today

The American Art Therapy Association is pleased to announce the 2021 election results as verified by the Teller’s Committee. Newly elected positions include President-Elect, Secretary, Board of Directors (three), and a Nominating Committee member. The elected leaders will be installed at the American Art Therapy Association’s Annual Member Meeting, Dec. 7, 2021. Mercedes Ballbé ter Maat has been confirmed as the 2021 Honorary Lifetime Member.

⇒ President-Elect: Nadia Paredes, LMFT, ATR

⇒ Secretary: Raquel Farrell-Kirk, MS, ATR-BC

⇒ Board of Directors: Jennifer DeLucia, DAT, ATR-BC, LCAT, Michael Galarraga, LPC, ATR-BC, CSAC, CSOTP, and Miki Goerdt LCSW ATR-BC

⇒ Nominating Sub-Committee: Eliza Homer, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPC-C, LAC, NCC

We want to thank everyone who participated in this election either by taking the time to run for office or by voting. AATA is a membership-driven organization and it is, therefore, extremely important to us that our members' voices are heard in matters like these.

Last week, AATA successfully launched our first ever Spanish language session, Arte, Vejez y Migración: una adaptación de la Terapia Cognitiva Conductual Focalizada en Trauma (TFCBT) para trabajo creativo con inmigrantes de la Tercera Edad, conducted by Prof. Nadia Fernanda Paredes Guapo. The session will be available on demand in AATA's online Institute for Continuing Education in Art Therapy. We look forward to additional training sessions in Spanish to further support and engage our Spanish speaking members.

Be a part of AATA’s Annual Meeting of the Members, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET. This is a formal meeting, guided by parliamentarian authority, as is required by AATA’s by-laws. Members may choose to submit a resolution for consideration at the meeting by Dec. 2. (Learn more about the resolutions process.) However, members may submit resolutions and also informal ideas to the board year-round via While all members are welcome and encouraged to attend, only professional members (New Professional, Professional, Credentialed Professional, Retired Professional, HLM) are eligible to vote on resolutions. REGISTER FOR THE ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING HERE
Susan Boxer  Kappel, MA, ART-BC, LCAT, CGP, Conference Chair 

The last two days of AATA’s conference are just four weeks away! We are excited to welcome you to the second half of our 52nd annual conference, Reconnecting and Visualizing Future Pathways for Art Therapy in a Diverse Society. This second section will include 51 hours of new educational sessions, including two plenary sessions that you won’t want to miss. If you are not registered for the last two days of conference, Dec. 18 and 19, you may do so until 11:59 p.m. ET on the day before each event.
On Nov. 17, Louvenia Jackson, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, and Tamela Blalock led a free continuing education webinar, “On the DEI Journey with Cultural Humility in the Art Therapy Profession”. This session was designed to serve as an introductory journey into diversity, equity, and inclusion within the United States governance and Cultural Humility. Nearly 200 people in the art therapy community attended this important session. In case you missed it, this webinar will be available to view in AATA’s online Institute for Continuing Education in Art Therapy.
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Member Corner
Beckett Weeks, MA

I see Native American Heritage Month as a reminder to seek out the knowledge and traditions that were lost to me or taken from my ancestors, to renew connections with my Muscogee heritage, and to renew connections with my family, who remind me that I am as much Muscogee as they are. Additionally, this is a reminder to respect the tribes on whose land I live. One way I do this is by participating in Real Rent Duwamish, giving a monthly rent to the Duwamish Tribal Services in support of their work and their fight for federal recognition.

The American Art Therapy Association congratulates this year’s distinguished recipients of awards in art therapy leadership, scholarship, research, clinical practice, and advocacy. We also thank our generous funders whose contributions make it possible for AATA to offer these prestigious awards each year.

Awards recipients include:

Dr. Mercedes Ballbe ter Maat - Honorary Life Membership

Janet Kempf - Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Lisa Hinz - Pen & Palette Award

Dr. Simone Alter-Muri - Outstanding Applied Creative Practice Award

Dr. Judith Rubin - 2021 President’s Award

Courtney Duff - Agell Research Award

Dr. Huma Durrani - Best Paper Award

Ruth Guttfreund and Kimberly Picerno - Pearlie Roberson Award

Paige Scheinberg and Catherine M. Harris - Nancy Schoebel Distinguished Legislative Service Award
Member Resources

The end of the year is coming up and that means that it’s time for our annual membership renewal drive and raffle! If your membership is up for renewal, please look out for a separate email with more details from Terri Cochran, our Member Services Manager, or visit your MyAATA profile to renew at any time. Now, more than ever, we need your participation and voice in making our association and community stronger than ever!

Member Events

Please join us for a Movie Night and watch “Art Therapy: The Movie” with Judy Rubin and the team of art therapists who appear in the film! Get your popcorn and bring your questions for our interactive viewing experience on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 7 - 9 p.m. ET.

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