Art Therapy Today
​​​​There is still time to register for the last two days of the AATA annual conference to be held this weekend, Saturday, Dec. 18 and Sunday, Dec. 19. But you need to hurry! This weekend's attendees will have access to 51 brand new sessions included in the 52nd Annual Conference, Reconnecting and Visualizing Future Pathways for Art Therapy in a Diverse Society. Even if you are not available to attend on those days, by registering you will be able to access the sessions on-demand.
With thoughts of renewal dancing in our heads comes the idea of creating resolutions for the new year.  As you envision a bright future ahead and being part of a thriving and diverse community, we here at AATA hope to help you get started. Get a jump start on your resolutions for the new year by renewing your AATA membership and continue your art therapy journey with us. Or, if you are not yet a member, join us and start that journey today! There is a lot to look forward to in 2022 and we hope to see you there.

AATA’s national office is sad to announce the departure of Barbara Florence, Director, Events & Education. Barbara has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit and association management in the areas of corporate business development, membership, marketing, human resources, professional and career development, training, and conference and meeting planning, and more than 10 years with AATA. She has been the soul of the Annual Conference, education, and professional development disciplines for the association after having worked for Gifts In Kind International and the United Way of America. We are sad to see her go but hope that she will have a retirement full of fun and relaxation!

If you participated in the virtual conference events in 2020, please remember that the on-demand access for the sessions included in your conference registration will expire on Dec. 31, 2021. Click here for access to the 2020 conference sessions. If you need assistance, please email Yasmin Elian at
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.
Learn More
We were pleased to hold our Annual Meeting of the Members on Dec. 7. We swore in our new 2022-2023 board members and heard reports from our President, Executive Director, Treasurer, and President-Elect, before having a productive discussion among members about the future of credentialing and what they would like to see, moving forward, as professional art therapists. 
AATA's first all-member meeting of 2022 is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 20. Save the date so that you can participate in discussions about the AATA and our field's future, ensuring that your voice is heard!
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Member Corner
I am new to this journey, but the journey of becoming an art therapist is one abundant with novel information and inspiration. Each lesson and reading holds the potential to be applied to my later practice. Another aspect of my education that has become more prevalent than ever is the inclusion of peer collaboration among my first-year colleagues. The art therapy educational system is one of overwhelming support and communication. 
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.
Learn more
Adler University
Art Therapy in the News

The AATA's Art Therapy Today includes a digest of the most important news selected for the AATA from thousands of sources. Guest articles may be submitted to Publication of any guest article is at the sole discretion of the AATA. The opinions expressed and/or contents of guest articles, advertisements, and external links included in any AATA publication do not represent the positions or policies of the AATA. The AATA makes no warrenty or representation concerning the accuracy of such content.