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AATA’s National Office has received a number of questions regarding the No Surprises Act, intended to protect patients from surprise fees assessed during the clinical process. AATA has created this resource guide to help your practice stay in compliance with the new regulations. AATA is also planning a webinar with an attorney specializing in this kind of regulation to walk our members through compliance and answer questions.
In Honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Centering Memory, Dignity, and Justice in Art Therapy
By Zachary D. Van Den Berg, MA, ATR-P, LPC-Associate & Pat B. Allen, PhD, ATR
Today, we reflect on the past to inform a meaningful critique of the present and ultimately imagine a future of justice. For art therapists, the question could be adapted to: How might art therapists remember our inherited professional past, rooted in the legacies of the Holocaust, to inform a meaningful critique of the present discourse in art therapy and imagine a future of justice for our clients and ourselves?
The annual AATA conference is like coming home for art therapists. We come together to celebrate our shared passion for creativity, education, and connectivity.
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By Zachary D. Van Den Berg, MA, ATR-P, LPC-Associate
In a speech to the APA, Dr. King urged social scientists to play active roles in challenging discrimination, white supremacy, and racial injustice…and “participate in the beauty of diversity.” As art therapists—given our dual roles as both therapists and artists—we have a unique opportunity to address issues of injustice and discrimination, and in Dr. King’s words, to “tell it like it is.”
I am defined by the many identities that are part of my life history and story including that of growing up in India and Nepal and having now lived in the U.S. for the past 23 years. I carry with me many privileges and vulnerabilities at the intersection of race, ethnicity, social class, and gender. The issues of disparity and the pursuit of equity are integral to my practice as a scholar, educator, administrator, and leader. I am inspired and led by an idea in the Bhagavad Gita, a philosophical treatise embedded in one of the mythological stories of Hinduism, which says that to effort alone we must commit ourselves, not to the fruits of that effort. To that end, I am led by my values and commitment to informed decision making that includes data and voices of as many stakeholders as possible. We might not always be able to shape outcomes, but we all have agency over our efforts and to that sincere effort I remain deeply committed.
Art Therapy in the News
[New York, New York] ETC Project Creates Immersive Art Therapy Space in VR (Featuring Ikuko Acosta, AATA Member)
[Monterey County, California] For those times when words won’t cut it, art therapy can provide a path. (Featuring Jennifer Allen, AATA Member)
[Tallahassee, Florida] FSU’s Art Therapy Conference Tackles Pandemic-related Mental Health Issues - Yahoo!News (Featuring Barbara Parker-Bell, AATA Member)
[West Liberty, West Virginia] Creative Arts Therapy Exhibition Opens - WLU: News & Media Relations - West Liberty University
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